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May 19, 2010

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Smith in Oregon   May 19th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

Public television here in the States tonight showed a very disturbing documentary of a very toxic prescription requiem which is routinely given to a very large percentage of soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

That prescription requiem consisted of anti-depressants to allay combat stress and sleeping pills principally Ambian. In the States Hospitals I have given out too many anti-depressant Rx's and updated more Ambian Rx's than I care to even count. While Ambian Rx's are fairly highly regulated, they are never intended to be taken in a high risk environment. As Ambian builds up in the liver, the effects wash over into the waking moments of the user, leaving them intoxicated, far less alert and far less consciously focused on immediate threats and tasks.

Anti-Depressants generally require a ramping up period and a ramping down period. They require careful supervision during both adjusting to the required dosage levels as well as when tapering off and no longer taking them. The documentary appears to draw serious questions in regards to medics checking each individual soldier during either of those periods when their psychological condition can be greatly worsened if that particular anti-depressant triggers any of the dozens of undesirable side-effects.

Be that as it may, MY very large concern which should be ALL Soldiers Concern that are taking anti-depressants during their war-zone tours is the following:

Anti-Depressants amp up the neuro-transmitters to flood the brain with a wider range of sensory input. Think of it as a 3 way light, you turn the light onto the next brighter level. Normally, if those drugs do not present any of dozens of undesirable side-effects AND the patient combines that Anti-Depressant treatment with good positive imagery and interactions THEN those good memory's are ingrained into their brain's short term, long term memory process in a greater strength, depth than normal. Overtime those new enhanced short and long term memory's outweigh those dragging down that individual.

The Specific Problem with supplying a great many soldiers with Anti-Depressants operating in an active war-zone:

The memory's being heightened and ingrained deeply into the short term and long term memory of that soldier are not entirely good, and happy memory's. THEY can instead fill a combat soldier with memory's of the last moment of a close friend, the body's dumped on the side of the road, or the horrific aftermath of a roadside bomb.

I respect soldiers that want to remember their friends that died in their arms. However, many soldiers AFTER taking Anti-Depressants during their tours in the active war-zones in both Iraq and Afghanistan see the most horrific images every single day Upon Returning From the War-Zone which normally would dull and be pushed back to solemn memory's from time to time.

I believe the worst thing a soldier could do in regards to dealing with combat related stress or PTSD is to take Anti-Depressants during their tour in a active war-zone.


Smith in Oregon   May 19th, 2010 3:10 pm ET

The Ling Sisters in my opinion are beautiful women and talented Journalists, Reporters. Lisa's Camera Man and Camera Crew should have been more diligent in watching Lisa Ling's back while they moved ever closer to a very hotly debated boundary with North Korea. Responsible eyes and ears were MISSING that should have been there to protect Lisa Ling and she paid the price of that lack of security and lapse in judgment. I'm pleased and happy for the Ling Sisters being reunited and continuing on with their lives.

The stupid and hapless Hikers in Iran who are now charged with Esponage were likely lured across the unmarked Iranian Border by an Iranian agent who was poising as a guide. In a hot political climate and border region like Iran, there is simply NO EXCUSE. American civilians simply cannot afford a utter lapse in judgement that largely places them directly into harms way.

These stupid hikers in Iran are now charged with espionage which certainly carries a possible Death Sentence. Of course I think that charge against them is entirely trumped up, however the American hikers are now pawns in a ongoing political showdown with the US State Department and Iran who are likely to be offered amnesty if the US returns several Iranian Nuclear Scientists that would certainly be executed shortly after being deported back to Iran.

Journalists and Reports certainly should be entirely aware of the enormous tensions between boundary's of waring nations and the networks they work for absolutely must strive to protect them. However with the horrific Republican Bush-Cheney administration previously poisoning and toxifying many international relationships around the world, American Civilians must pay careful attention and sound judgment when traveling in and near country's which strongly dislike the US State Department.

If arrested in a border crossing dispute, American Civilians can most certainly find themselves thrown into a dungeon like prison, raped, tortured, starved and languish in those conditions for a considerable length of time before even learning of what if any charges are being alleged against them, much less being freed. Exercise common sense in this Post-Bush-Republican era so that YOU do not become a pawn and a victim in tomorrows News Cycle.


Elizabeth   May 19th, 2010 3:15 pm ET

Can you tell me the name of the muslim anti-radicalization expert who appeard on Larry King Live a couple of weeks ago? Thanks.


IKHAN   May 19th, 2010 3:50 pm ET

Hi Larry
Hi fellow bloggers.
Well there will always be despotic & repressive regimes & there will always be courageous folks standing up to them even laying down their lives.

Our very own Rachel Corrie was among many from this country. I do not know how many Americans are aware of her bravery.
Well another episode of the admirable courage of ordinary folks who feel for humanity rather their own race & creed is unfolding off the waters of Israel.
A group of Peace loving people from Ireland,Greece,Sweden, Turkey & other European countries is desperately trying to get medicines, food & other necessities to the besieged Palestinians in Gaza.
Israel has warned that any such attempt would be stopped at any cost, despite appeals by the govts of these countries & UN Relief agencies. They have done so brutally in the past.
But the organizers are determined to get the supplies to the needy.
Unreported by our media & unnoticed by us this heart warming act of courage by people for other people would be unfolding to what end? None can say for now.


Joe G. (Illinois)   May 19th, 2010 5:15 pm ET

I heard today that they won’t let Lindsay Lohan back into the USA..

Not because she went hiking while Borak Obama was president.. But because she has lost her passport (Travel identification papers that shows she’s an American Citizen.)

Had she been less famous maybe..


IKHAN   May 19th, 2010 5:56 pm ET

@Elizabeth
it was Majid if I'm not miustaken.


Smith in Oregon   May 19th, 2010 6:04 pm ET

@ Elizabeth, perhaps you are referring to the son of Hamas who permanently left Islam and defected to the West. That young courageous outspoken foe of the Muslim Religion is MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF


gerald Jolly   May 19th, 2010 6:44 pm ET

I have followed Lisa Lings career ever since she first appeared on the VIEW, since then she has made several documentaries and all of them were excellent.

I dont know a lot about Laura's career, but I do agree, that she was not served very well by her camera man and her handlers.

And Bravo for President Clinton for bringing this travesty to a successfull conclusion.


P.M.   May 19th, 2010 6:47 pm ET

Of all the people you could have interviewed at a time when tension is escalating on the Korean peninsula, you picked the Ling sisters? How about interviewing someone who actually has useful insight to offer on the current situation, someone like Prof. Andrei Lankov for example?


kathleen   May 19th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Okay, you are home! Do you want to sell yet anothr book. Get over it. You went to a communitst country, what did you expect. Willwe never se the end of your tama? Give us a break! It is over! Stay home!


kathleen   May 19th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Okay, you are home! Do you want to sell yet another book. Get over it. You went to a communist country, what did you expect? Will we never se the end of your trauma? Give us a break! It is over! Stay home!


Michael Armstrong Sr.   May 19th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Just goes to show Al Gore has no friends over seas and very few in America .


rj   May 19th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

This government of the United States has not exactly been good or friendly to it’s own people for quite a while, in fact it really really sucks.. This government has been putting people away for years for simply smoking or selling pot . remember John Sinclair got 10- 4 -2 joints? And our government now allows people who cross our borders and do not fit the correct racial profile to be jailed and detained like the 3 U.S. folks now being detained in Iran. So we’re no better than some right wing ideologist place like Iran or worse.

Our CNN media reports our government now exercises its might to kill at will anyone suspected of being a terrorist via drone and bombing raid attacks on other sovereign nations and doesn’t care who else gets burned alive along the way. So we have many
many Human rights violations to answer for and correct ourselves…

But of course I wish good luck to all who are trying to make things better in Korea and am glad Laura and Lisa got together again..

peace now today


Smith in Oregon   May 19th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Congratulations Larry King, Ted Turner and CNN Staffers on LKL's 25th. anniversary. Well deserved Larry, you are a iconic figure, best regards to your future and continued success.


IKHAN   May 19th, 2010 11:46 pm ET

Hi Larry,
@Elizabeth
@Smith in Oregon

The gentleman's name is Majiid Nawaz he is a Muslim & he is a spokesperson of Quilliam Foundation UK, a Muslim group formed against extremism & for educating folks about true Islam.
He was on CNN a couple weeks back.


Jason   May 20th, 2010 3:37 am ET

What a comical interview. Do you Lings actually believe what you're spouting now? Laura is awesome because she somehow convinced her captors to allow her to phone her sister. Wow, Laura you have some skills. I guess the American chump who's imprisoned there now just doesn't have your awesome skill.

Hey Lisa. You especially make me sick and you seem to be running the whole show. It seems your parents did a terrible job raising you, since your whole family seems to be greedy opportunists. When will we see you on a reality TV show. You're right up there with Spencer and Heidi.


Daniel Yu   May 20th, 2010 8:29 am ET

I am extremely grateful that Laura Ling and Euna Lee was able to come back to their native land and gain freedom again. It would have been really hard to go through those harsh days in prison.


DON ELLIOTT   May 20th, 2010 8:29 am ET

THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A STUNT TO BOOST HER CAREER.
SHE KNEW VERY WELL THAT SHE WAS ENTERING NORTH KOREA, AND THEY DONT LIKE AMERICANS. ISNT THERE A NEUTRAL ZONE BETWEEN BOTH COUNTRIES? AND SOMBODY PLEASE TELL US WHY THOSE 3 STUDENTS IN IRAN WERE IN IRAQ IN THE FIRST PLACE, DIDNT THEY KNOW THERE IS A WAR GOING ON.


Dodie   May 20th, 2010 11:50 am ET

If the Ling sisters are so passionate about helping the individuals in need, why not donate the proceeds from their book to that cause?


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