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AN RTÉ INVESTIGATION into the use of Lariam as an anti-malarial by the Irish Defence Forces found a “plausible link” between the drug and a number of suicides of soldiers.
“These figures are consistent with Lariam causing symptoms of mental illness including anxiety and depression, and are also consistent with the known association of these conditions with a strongly increased risk of suicide. These figures also indicate evidence of more serious events, such as psychosis, potentially leading to more sudden and impulsive suicides,” said Dr Remington Nevin, an epidemiologist and former US Army major.
“Today’s soldiers may be less likely to adhere to mefloquine chemoprophylaxis because of growing awareness of its strong association with psychiatric symptoms and its potential to induce neurotoxicity,” Nevin concluded. “Senior U.S. military medical officials now acknowledge that the neuropsychiatric side effects caused by mefloquine may confound the diagnosis and management of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, making its routine use less desirable.
However, mefloquine was not approved by the FDA for prophylactic use until 1989. This approval was based primarily on compliance, while safety and tolerability were overlooked. Because of the drug's very long half-life, the Centers for Disease Control originally recommended a mefloquine dosage of 250 mg every two weeks; however, this caused an unacceptably high malaria rate in the Peace Corps volunteers who participated in the approval study, so the drug regimen was switched to once a week.
[Editor's Note: Jim Humble has been trying to tell the world for over a decade that MMS COMPLETELY cures people of malaria - usually within 24 hours. You will see from the YouTube video embedded further below, that all 154 Ugandan test subjects, verified to have malaria with a blood test, were completely cured in a day. The majority, 143, were malaria free the very next day upon re-testing. The 11 patients who still had the malaria parasite, were given a second dose of MMS on Day 2, and by Day 3 were completely free of malaria. It's important to realize that the successes demonstrated in this video with curing malaria could also apply to many other "incurable" disease conditions. You can read all about MMS at this link and learn to make a convenient version of MMS called CDS Water at this link. Forward this article to everyone you know. This is tremendous information and the entire world can benefit from the germicidal capabilities of MMS. ...Ken Adachi]