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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

I didn't know MEN could get breast cancer - until I needed a mastectomy

When Mark Doel first noticed spots of blood on his bedsheets, he was not unduly concerned.

Even when a work colleague pointed out that he had a couple of specks on his shirt, the keen badminton player assumed it was dry skin or that he was rubbing against his shirt during sport.

After several months, he visited his GP, who agreed it was probably a skin condition and prescribed cream to help.

In fact, Mark had breast cancer.

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SSRI withdrawal a problem for women - Healy FIDDAMAN has "ladies problems"?

MHRA asked whether in his view there was any way that patients who were more at

risk of prolonged withdrawal reactions could be identified. Prof Healy said that he felt
that from his experience women seemed to be more at risk than men but it was
unknown whether this was because more women than men were treated with SSRIs.

MHRA said that their review of the issue had not identified any link between the risk
of withdrawal reactions and the gender of the patient. Prof Healy considered that
there was little evidence available on how to manage patients who had difficulty
withdrawing from SSRIs. All agreed that this was a very difficult area to study as the
management of the patient would differ depending on the patient

SSRI withdrawal related to half life - means SEROXAT is NOT worst SSRI - FIDDAMAN

4. New evidence relevant to management of withdrawal reactions

Prof Healy was not aware of any new evidence relevant to the management of withdrawal reactions. When asked if he had a view on the size of the problem of serious and prolonged withdrawal reactions with SSRIs, Prof Healy said that this was not possible to measure. Prof Healy said that while the propensity of an SSRI to cause withdrawal reactions was often thought to be only related to the half-life of the drug, this seemed unlikely to be the case – it could also be related to the potency of
the different drugs at the serotonin reuptake site. The lack of understanding of the problem contributes to a lack of effective solutions.

MHRA - Meeting to discuss awareness and management of withdrawal reactions with SSRIs - FIDDAMAN / HEALY

Meeting to discuss awareness and management of withdrawal reactions with SSRIs and related antidepressants

26 June 2009


Professor David Healy

Mrs Sarah Morgan

Dr Julie Williams

Ms Diane Leakey

1. Introductions and background

MHRA explained that the background to this meeting was a meeting held with Mr Fiddaman in September 2008. Mr Fiddaman had raised concerns about a lack of awareness on the part of health professionals of withdrawal reactions with SSRIs and related antidepressants. Prof Healy explained that he had had a long term involvement with the safety of SSRIs and that he received a large number of e-mails directly from people withdrawing from SSRIs asking for advice on management of withdrawal symptoms. Before the meeting Prof Healy had provided documents that he had produced relating to the management of withdrawal from SSRIs.

2. Existing advice on management of withdrawal reactions with SSRIs/SNRIs

All agreed that most health professionals get their information from guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the British National Formulary (BNF) rather than directly from the Summaries of Product Characteristics (SPC), although it was noted that the SPC was very important as it dictated the information that would be available to the patient through the Patient Information Leaflet. MHRA informed Prof Healy that they had provided input to the recent consultation for revision of the NICE depression guideline and that the revised guideline would be available towards the end of the year. MHRA had also informed the BNF that they were looking at the area of withdrawal reactions and would contact them in the future regarding proposals for updates to the relevant sections of the BNF. MHRA also raised the important role played by Prescribing Advisors in the Primary Care Trusts in influencing prescribing practice. Prof Healy said that a key point not included in the guidance currently available was the existence of liquid formulations of SSRIs which could be useful in the management of withdrawal to allow slow tapering. Prof Healy also stated that before treatment started there should be a discussion between the prescriber and the patient about the possibility of withdrawal reactions.

3. Awareness of withdrawal reactions in clinical community

Prof Healy expressed the view that general practitioners (GPs) were not aware that withdrawal reactions on stopping SSRIs could be prolonged in some patients and were not aware of how to manage withdrawal reactions in these patients. Prof Healy was concerned that GPs may instinctively advise patients to withdraw by taking tablets on alternate days and this was not an appropriate approach.

4. New evidence relevant to management of withdrawal reactions

Prof Healy was not aware of any new evidence relevant to the management of withdrawal reactions. When asked if he had a view on the size of the problem of serious and prolonged withdrawal reactions with SSRIs, Prof Healy said that this was not possible to measure. Prof Healy said that while the propensity of an SSRI to cause withdrawal reactions was often thought to be only related to the half-life of the drug, this seemed unlikely to be the case – it could also be related to the potency of
the different drugs at the serotonin reuptake site. The lack of understanding of the problem contributes to a lack of effective solutions.

MHRA asked whether in his view there was any way that patients who were more at
risk of prolonged withdrawal reactions could be identified. Prof Healy said that he felt
that from his experience women seemed to be more at risk than men but it was
unknown whether this was because more women than men were treated with SSRIs.

MHRA said that their review of the issue had not identified any link between the risk
of withdrawal reactions and the gender of the patient. Prof Healy considered that
there was little evidence available on how to manage patients who had difficulty
withdrawing from SSRIs. All agreed that this was a very difficult area to study as the
management of the patient would differ depending on the patient.

5. Dependence/withdrawal for women of child-bearing years

Prof Healy had asked for the issue of use of SSRIs in pregnancy to be included in the
agenda. He said that it was an important issue and the subject of upcoming court
cases in the USA. Prof Healy said that it was important that women of childbearing
years were appropriately informed of the risk of withdrawal reactions with SSRIs
before beginning treatment and stated that in his view doctors may be liable under
the Congenital Disabilities Act 1976 if they did not adequately inform patients of the
risks of treatment during pregnancy.

MHRA said there had been communications about a small risk of congenital
malformations associated with paroxetine and this issue was under further discussion
at EU level. Prof Healy highlighted a recent publication describing an animal study
looking at reproductive toxicity of a variety of SSRIs. MHRA asked for the reference
and to be kept informed of any further new evidence of relevance to this issue.

MHRA noted that NICE had published its antenatal and postnatal mental health:
clinical management and service guidance and that it was important that NICE was
kept informed of any new evidence or advice in this area. MHRA agreed to find out
whether review of the guideline was planned and to let Prof Healy know the best
contact point for communication on this issue. Post meeting note: Prof Healy
confirmed post-meeting that he had contacted NICE on this issue.

6. Opportunities for better communication with health professionals

Prof Healy said that the focus should be on highlighting to GPs that withdrawal
reactions could be serious and prolonged in some patients and agreed that NICE and
the BNF would be reasonable routes.

7. AOB

MHRA thanked Prof Healy for attending the meeting and agreed that it would be

important to keep in contact on important new evidence in this area.


Monday, 28 November 2011

N Ireland Health Trust 'failed in its duty of care' toward sexually abused child

Health Trust 'failed in its duty of care' toward sexually abused child

The Southern Health and Social Care Trust "failed in its duty of care" towards an allegedly sexually abused child, the NI Ombudsman claims.

Ombudsman Tom Frawley said the service given by the trust "fell short" of expectations.

Figures released on Monday revealed that overall complaints were up 23% during the first half of 2011.

The health and social care sector was singled out as having more than doubled its number of complaints.

The ombudsman deals with complaints from people who claim to have suffered injustice because of maladministration by government departments, agencies and a wide range of other public bodies.

The latest figures show an increase in the number of complaints regarding health and social care from 75 to 117.

Mr Frawley said the case involving the alleged sexual abuse of a child was "all the more concerning given the nature of the allegation and the trust's statutory responsibility to safeguard children".

Statutory regulations breach

He said he had identified failings in adhering to required child protection procedures and in keeping sufficient records.

"I deemed this investigation so important that in addition to recommending a comprehensive apology and consolatory payment to the complainant (the child's mother), I recommended that the trust share the report with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority with regard to follow up action," he said.

The ombudsman also found that two separate GP practices were in breach of relevant statutory regulations after they struck patients from their practice list.

In both cases, the patients had received no warning they would be removed from the list or given any explanation of why they had not been told.

Mr Frawley also highlighted the case of an elderly woman suffering from dementia who was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

"The trust failed to utilise detailed nursing plans which would have led to more appropriate and importantly more effective communication with the patient and her relatives," he said

FIDDAMAN on speaking to himself after death - closet scientologist Bob must be planning on reincarnation

When we have left this life we will ask ourselves what we have done for humanity. To create an awareness about a wolf in sheep's clothing takes a lot of time, effort and courage. CCHR are creating that awareness - Bob Fiddaman, Activist, Birmingham, UK.   "

Sunday, 27 November 2011

CCHR Board of advisors - Fact-Checking by Ann O'Nymous Modérateur Français

The Commissioners are: -


Thomas Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, State University of New York Health Science Center.


Isadore M. Chait


Rohit Adi, M.D., diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine since 1993 and now serves as the assistant director of a level II trauma center, U.S.

Ivan Alfonso, M.D., doctor of internal medicine, Colombia

Giorgio Antonucci, M.D., medical doctor and author from Italy, who worked in Imola psychiatric institution with "schizophrenic" patients that he treated drug-free, enabling them to be discharged and to work in the community without the hindrance of psychiatric labels and drugs, U.S.

Ann Auburn, D.O., natural health practitioner and Chairman of the Osteopathic Medical Board of Michigan, U.S.

Mark Barber, D.D.S., dentist and researcher, U.S.

Lisa Bazler, B.A., M.A., psychologist, co-author of Psychology Debunked, U.S.

Ryan Bazler, electrical engineering, co-author of Psychology Debunked, co-founder with his wife, Lisa, of the Christian Backpacking Youth Ministry for six years, U.S.

Shelley Beckmann, Ph.D., microbiologist and researcher, U.S.

Lisa Benest, M.D., dermatologist, U.S.

,Peter Bennet, retired police superintendent with a diploma in Criminology. He is now an expert on environmental/toxic effects on child behavior, UK

Mary Ann Block, D.O., licensed osteopathic physician, medical director of The Block Center in Dallas, Texas, author of No More ADHD, U.S.

John Breeding, Ph.D., psychologist, director of Texans for Safe Education and author of The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses and The Necessity of Madness and Unproductivity: Psychiatric Oppression or Human Transformation, U.S.

Lisa Cain, associate professor of psychology, U.S.

Kay Carlson, Former pharmaceutical sales representative and author of the book, Diary of a Legal Drug Dealer, U.S.

Anthony Castiglia, M.D., physician and member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, U.S.

Roberto Cestari, M.D.,general medical practitioner, author and president of CCHR Italy

James Chappell, D.C., N.D., Ph.D., doctor of chiropractic, naturopathic doctor, clinical nutritionist and author of the book, A Promise Made, A Promise Kept: Son's Quest for the Cause and Cure of Diabetes, U.S.

Beth Clay, president BCGA International, LLC, an integral health consulting and government relations firm, U.S.

Bishop David Cooper, president, the Spanish Orthodox Church and professor of nursing, U.S.

Jesus Corona, psychologist, Mexico

Javier Hernandez Covarrabias, medical doctor-- ear, nose and throat specialist, Mexico

Ann Y. Coxon, M.B., B.S., neurologist practicing in Harley Street, London, UK

Moira Dolan, M.D.,Texas general medical practitioner and researcher who has testified against electroshock and other psychiatric practices, U.S.

Mary Ann Durham B.S., pharmacologist, U.S.

Dan Edmunds E.D.D., psychotherapist, consultant and lecturer, U.S.

David Egner, Ph.D., child psychologist and former special education director, U.S.

Seth Farber, Ph.D. psychologist, author and founder of the Network Against Coercive Psychiatry, U.S.

Mark Filidei, D.O., medical director of the Whitaker Wellness Center in California, U.S.

Nicolas Franceschetti, M.D., ophthalmologist, Switzerland

Marta Garbos, Psy.D., psychologist, U.S.

Howard Glasser, M.A., executive director of the Children's Success Foundation, psychologist and author, U.S.

Patti Guliano, D.C., chiropractor, U.S.

Edward C. Hamlyn, M.D., a founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, medical doctor with the International Allergy Testing Center, UK

Brett Hartman, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of Hammerhead 84: A Memoir of Persistence about his own experiences being subjected to psychiatric "treatment" as a high school graduate, overcoming this without drugs, U.S.

Lawrence B. Hooper, M.D., medical doctor specializing in Family Practice, U.S.

Joseph Isaac, clinical psychologist, India

Georgia Janisch, R.D., registered dietician, who treats mental and emotional problems without the use of psychiatric drugs, U.S.

Derek Johnson, natural health practitioner, South Africa

Jonathan Kalman, N.D. naturopathic doctor, U.S.

Marguerite Kay, M.D., medical doctor specializing in internal medicine, U.S.

Peter Kervorkian, D.C., chiropractor, U.S.

Oleg Khilkevich, professor of nursing, U.S.

Kenichi Kozu, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the U.S. non-profit corporation, Society of Preventive and Alternative Medicine, Japan

Eric Lambert, pharmacist and past president of the West Virginia Pharmacists Association, U.S.

Anna Law, M.D., emergency room physician, UK

Richard Lippin, M.D., occupational medicine, U.S.

Otan Logi, former psychotherapist, U.S.

Bari Maddock, Ph.D., holistic psychologist, U.S.

Lloyd McPhee, U.S. health insurance agent opposed to mandated mental health parity and any regulation forcing insurance carriers to cover psychiatric treatment, U.S.

Joan Mathews-Larson, Ph.D., founder of Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

Coleen Maulfair, executive director of Maulfair Medical Center, U.S.

Conrad Maulfair, D.O., doctor of osteopathy, founder of Maulfair Medical Center in Topton, Penns., U.S.

Clinton Ray Miller, lobbyist for alternative health, U.S.

Robert Morgan, Ph.D., psychologist, U.S.

Craig Newnes, consultant clinical psychologist and editor of the Journal of Critical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy, UK

Gwen Olsen, former pharmaceutical company sales representative and author of the book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher -- God's Call to Loving Arms, U.S.

Mary Jo Pagel, M.D. graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch with honors in cardiology. She is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Preventative and Industrial Medicine, U.S.

Genita Petralli, Holistic healthcare practitioner and nutritionist and author of the book, Alcoholism, The Cause and the Cure, U.S.

Steve Plog, founder and CEO of the Results Project, U.S.

Vladimir Pshizov, M.D. psychiatrist who wrote two books about Soviet punitive psychiatry and is a practicing psychiatrist from the Commonwealth of Independent States, Russia

Lawrence Retief, M.D., family practitioner who helped expose apartheid psychiatric practices, South Africa

Megan Shields, M.D., family practitioner from California, U.S.

Allan Sosin, M.D., Medical Director of the Institute for Progressive Medicine, U.S.

David Stein, Professor of criminal justice at Virginia State University, U.S.

Ram Tamang, director of Ayurvedic medical clinic, U.S.

David Tanton, Ph.D., graduated with honors from Clayton Natural Healing with a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition and is founder and research director of Soaring Heights Longevity Research Center, U.S.

William Tutman, Ph.D., former clinical psychologist and executive of the Campaign to Stop the Federal Violence Initiative, a 1990s plan by psychiatrists, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, to drug African American youth and other minorities, U.S.

Tony Urbanek, M.D., D.D.S., prior fellowship with the National Institutes of Health, and an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, U.S.

Margarethe von Beck, Doctor of Literature and Philosophy, South Africa.

Wanda von Kleist, Ph.D., psychologist, U.S.

Julian Whitaker, M.D.,is the founder of the Whitaker Wellness Center in California and a popular speaker and lecturer. Dr. Whitaker is the author of the widely read newsletter Health and Healing, U.S.

Spice Williams-Crosby, BSc, MFS, CFT, [Master of Fitness Sciences, Certified Fitness Trainer], actress, stuntwoman, nutritional counselor and human rights activist, U.S.

Michael Wisner, environmental health activist and author of Living Healthy in a Toxic World, U.S.

Sergej Zapuskalov, M.D.,former Soviet psychiatrist who rejected psychiatry when communism ended, Russia


Jose Francisco Aguirre, attorney, Mexico

State Rep. Russell Albert (NH), sponsored bill against ECT, U.S.

Lewis Bass, M.S., J.D., attorney, U.S.

Timothy Bowles, Esq., attorney, U.S.

Robert Butcher, barrister and solicitor, Australia

Robert E. Byron, LLC, attorney, U.S.

Lars Engstrand, attorney, Sweden

Sandro Garcia Rojas, attorney and expert on international law, Mexico

Guillermo Guzman de la Garza, Director of Extraditions and International Judicial Matters of the Attorney General's office for Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Steven Hayes, attorney, U.S.

Gregory Hession, Esq., attorney, U.S.

State Sen. Karen Johnson (AZ), chairperson of the Family Services Committee, member of the Appropriations and Finance Committees, co-chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Family Services, U.S.

Erik Langeland, attorney, U.S.

Leonid Lemberick, Esq., attorney, Russia

Vladimir Leonov, M.P., member of Parliament of Leningradsky region of Russia

Lev Levinson, legal advocate, Russia

Doug Linde, Esq., attorney, U.S.

Jonathan W. Lubell, LL.B. Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), former president of the National Lawyers Guild, New York City Chapter, and attorney for the National Task Force for Cointelpro Litigation and Research, U.S.

Kendrick Moxon, Esq., attorney, U.S.

Rep. Curtis Oda, state representative, Utah, and insurance agent, U.S.

Col. Stanislav Pylov, director of personnel for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Russia

State Rep. Guadalupe Rodriguez, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Timothy Rosen, attorney, U.S.

Steven Russell, Esq., attorney, Utah, U.S.

Rep. Martha Tagle, Legislator, Mexico

Rep. Aaron Tilton, state representative, Utah, U.S.

Rep. Mark Thompson, former Arizona state representative, now attorney, U.S.

Rep. Michael Thompson, former state representative, Utah, U.S.

Rep. Matt Throckmorton, former state representative, Utah, U.S.


Kirstie Alley, Golden Globe and Emmy award winning actress, U.S.

Anne Archer, Academy-Award Nominated actress, U.S.

Jennifer Aspen, actor, U.S.

Catherine Bell, actor, U.S.

Dr. Wadell Brooks, Sr., radio host, "Community Focus", U.S.

David Campbell, multi-platinum recording arranger, composer and musician, U.S.

Raven Kane Campbell, singer, composer and playwright, U.S.

Nancy Cartwright, Emmy Award-winning actress and voice-over artist, the "Voice of Bart Simpson," U.S.

Kate Ceberano, five-time Platinum and four-time Gold Album recording artist, Australia

Chick Corea, multi-Grammy Award winner, jazz composer and pianist, U.S.

Bodhi Elfman, actor, U.S.

Jenna Elfman, Golden Globe winning actress, U.S.

Cerise Fukuji, Producer, writer, U.S.

Donna Isham, manager, U.S.

Mark Isham, award winning composer, recording artist and instrumentalist.

Geoff Levin, musician and composer, U.S.

Brandy Lewis, Entertainment manager, U.S.

Gordon Lewis, author, publisher, archivist, U.S.

Juliette Lewis, Academy and Golden Globe Award nominated actress, and singer/songwriter, U.S.

John Mappin, chairman and owner, United National Newspaper Group and Camelot Castle, England, UK

Jaime Maussan, investigative reporter, Mexico

Jim Meskimen, actor, U.S.

Tamara Meskimen, actor, U.S.

June Cain Miller, TV and radio talk show host and author of The Chipping Away of America, U.S.

Tariz Nasim, owner and publisher of Carvan Weekly and Radio Carvan, Canada

Marisol Nichols,actor, U.S.

John Novello, keyboardist, composer, arranger, musical director and producer, U.S.

Kelly Patricia O'Meara, investigative reporter with the Insight Magazine and author of the book, Psyched Out, U.S.

David Pomeranz, multi-Platinum award winning recording artist and songwriter, U.S.

Kelly Preston, actor, U.S.

Carlos Ramirez, actor, U.S.

Leah Remini, actor, U.S.

Carina Rico, singer, Mexico

Lee Rogers, actor, writer, director and producer, Australia

Raul Rubio, newspaper reporter for El Regio, Mexico

Harriet Schock, award-winning singer and songwriter, U.S.

Dennis Smith, the director of TV series JAG and Emmy-nominated Director of Photography, U.S.

Michelle Stafford, Emmy Award Winning Actress, U.S.

Ethan Suplee, Actor, U.S.

Micheal Walker, screenwriter, businessman and educational activist, U.S.

Cass Warner, President and Founder of Warner Sisters Productions, author, granddaughter of Harry Warner, President and Founder of Warner Bros. studios, U.S.

Miles Watkins, director, U.S.

Kelly Yaegermann, actress, producer, U.S.


Doctor Samuel Blumenfeld, former teacher, educator, author of 9 books on education, Homeschooling: A Parents Guide to Teaching Children, How to Tutor, The New Illiterates and NEA: The Trojan Horse, U.S.

Laura Chapa, Director of Special Education, Ministry of Public Education, Mexico

Gleb Dubov, Ph.D., psychologist and educator, Russia

Beverly Eakman, executive Director of the U.S. National Education Consortium, (author of Educating For The New World Order and Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education,) U.S.

Antony Flew, professor of Philosophy, UK

Wendy Ghiora, Ph.D., school principal, U.S.

Hector Herrera, professor and Assistant to the Secretary of Education of the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Wendy McCants-–Thomas, founder of Victory Ranch Inc., a charter school which offers non drug outreach programs for children and, instead, providing literacy and education assessment, U.S.

Sonya Muhammad, M.S., Los Angeles County Office of Education and advocate for foster children, U.S.

James Paicopolos, licensed elementary teacher, school psychologist and school director, U.S.

Nickolai Pavlovsky, university lecturer in ethics, Russia

Anatoli Prokopenko, archivist, historian and author, Russia

Gayle Ruzicka, director of Eagle Forum, Utah, an educational and family rights organization, U.S.

Joel Turtel, psychologist, education policy analyst and author of Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie to Parents and Betray Our Children, U.S.

Shelley Ucinski, former School Board Member, New Hampshire, U.S.


Lawrence Anthony, environmentalist and businessman, South Africa

Michael Baybak, businessman, California, U.S.

Phillip Brown, executive director of Global Business Incubation, U.S.

Luis Colon, CEO or MGE Inc., a management consulting group that has actively supported human rights causes, U.S.

Bob Duggan, businessman, California, U.S.

Joyce Gaines, CEO of United Merchant Services and co-owner of the Professional Business Bank, U.S.

James A. Mackie,businessman and mental health advocate, UK

Cecilio Ramirez, businessman, U.S.

Sebastien Sainsbury, businessman, UK

Roberto Santos, businessman, Mexico


Pastor Michael Davis, Pentecostal minister, U.S.

Edward Nasioki, Director of Missions, World Missionary Fellowship, Inc. and Dean of Christian State University, U.S.

Reverend Doctor Jim Nicholls, doctor of theology, founder of the television and radio program "The Voice of Freedom." U.S.

Bishop Samuel V.J. RowlandChief Apostle of the new Bethel Apostolic Assembly, Inc. and Fellowship Mission, U.S.


Paul Bruhne, holocaust survivor, Germany

Janice Hill, founder of the Janice Hill Foundation, UK

Nedra Jones, vice president Silicon Valley chapter of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People, U.S.

Elvira Manthey, author, holocaust survivor, Germany

Sheila Matthews, founder of Ablechild, Parents for a Label and Drug Free Education, U.S.

Ishrat Nasim, President of the Canadian Asian Shelter for the Homeless, Canada

Ghulam Abbas Sajan, member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Canada

William Tower, California director of the American Family Rights Association, U.S.

Patricia Weathers, founder of Ablechild, Parents for a Label and Drug Free Education, U.S.

Charles Whittman, III, director of Advocates for Children and Families and a board member of the American Family Rights Association, U.S.

Allan Wohrnitz, BSc, national coordinator of the Children's Rights Project, South Africa

Lloyd Wyles,national executive director of the National Indigenous Human Rights Congress, Australia

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Merck Sharp & Dohme - John Hanrahan, Ballycurkeen on trial recklessly driving a Volvo farm loader - FIDDAMAN

Carrick farmer sent for trial on assault charges

Published on Monday 23 June 2008 15:43

A Carrick on Suir farmer has been sent forward to trial at the Circuit Criminal Court on charges of assault causing harm and creating a substantial risk of death or serious harm.

John Hanrahan, Ballycurkeen, Carrick on Suir, appeared before the local District Court on Thursday when a book of evidence in the case was presented to him.

Hanrahan is charged that on May 22, 2007, he assaulted Eamonn Quirke, causing him harm. He is also charged with intentionally or recklessly driving a Volvo farm loader through a closed gate which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another.

State solicitor, Paul Fitzpatrick, said the Director of Public Prosecutions consented to send Hanrahan forward for trial.

Judge Terence Finn ordered the return of the charges to the next sitting of Clonmel Circuit Court, starting on July 1.

Bail was set in the defendant’s own bond of J3,000.

When the case was first called in the court, solicitor Eamonn Hayes, for Hanrahan, submitted a medical certificate on his client's behalf, saying he was unable to come to court.

However Judge Finn refused to accept this and issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Hanrahan, saying the defendant had no difficulty attending a crowded court room in the past.

Hanrahan came to court a short time later, when the short hearing proceeded

conspiracy theorist David Icke cashes in from world tour and booming book business - like FIDDAMAN hahahaha

Wacky conspiracy theorist David Icke cashes in from world tour and booming book business

He claims he's the son of God and that the world is run by invisible aliens.

Moreover he contends the Queen and most of the world's leaders are the result of humans breeding with reptiles who live inside the moon which is actually a giant spacecraft.

But when it comes to cashing in on his wacky ideas, former sports journalist and all round oddball David Icke has proved he's far from crazy.

His eight-hour long shows, in which he backs up his ludicrous conspiracy theories by comparing pictures of the Queen to childish sketches of aliens, are proving inexplicably popular.

Last weekend the 59-year-old sold out the 2,100-seat Best Buy theatre in New York's Times Square with tickets going for £45 a throw.

The self-obsessed polygamist, who believes he can talk to hills, received a standing ovation despite claiming that 9/11 was an inside job and that Barack Obama is a reptile.

As he arrived in New York he posted a message on his blog saying: 'Just over there is the emerging Freedom Tower on the site of the World Trade Center.

'Those two were brought down in an engineered, fake terrorist attack.

'That event has been used to dramatically reduce freedom in the country. It was engineered by the very sources who now say we have to invade this country and that.'

The one-man 'Human Race Get Off Your Knees' show has proved to be a tour de force after successful performances in Cleveland and Ohio.

Future dates include Croatia and Amsterdam and a show at the 12,500 capacity Wembley arena in October next year.

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Hanrahan v Merck Sharp & Dohme (Ireland) Limited it was just a smell, just like seroxatUSERgroup - FIDDAMAN

This is an extract from the Judgement of Henchy J. in "Mary Hanrahan, John Hanrahan and Selina Hanrahan v Merck Sharp & Dohme (Ireland) Limited"

The Supreme Court

1982, No 2138 P 1985 No 316, (Transcript)

In which he adressed the issue of nuisance, it is thought possible that 'noise' could be substituted for 'smell'.

"where the conduct relied on as constituting a nuisance is said to be an interference with the plaintiffs comfort in the enjoyment of his property, the test is whether the interference is beyond what an objectively reasonable person should have to put up with in the circumstances of the case. The plaintiff is not entitled to insist that his personal nicety of taste or fastidiousness of requirements should be treated as inviolable. The case for damages in nuisance -- we are not concerned here with the question of an injunction -- is made out if the interference is so pronounced and prolonged or repeated that a person of normal or average sensibilities should not be expected to put up with it. It is not necessary that an interference by objectionable smell should be so odious or damaging that it affects the plaintiffs' health. It is enough if it can be said that a reasonable person in the plaintiffs' circumstances should not be expected to tolerate the smell without requiring the defendants, to make financial amends. I consider that the plaintiffs have made out such a case."

Merck, still corrupt, and still in Ireland - or was Irish farmer John Hanrahan just another FIDDAMAN?

re Leonie Fennell's post -

Merck, still corrupt, and still in Ireland

source - Independent -  JIM AUGHNEY Saturday May 20 2000

The Hanrahans, who have farmed the 250 acres at Ballycurkeen for seven generations, had their case dismissed in the High Court in August 1985 by the present Chief Justice, Ronan Keane. They appealed it to the Supreme Court which held, in July 1988, that the family had in fact established Merck, Sharp & Dohme's liability to them for damages as a result of offensive smells emitted by the factory between 1978 and '83. The court also held that John Hanrahan was entitled to damages for his ill-health and the fatalities and deformities of cattle on the farm.

With an estimated £1 million in legal costs awarded to the Hanrahans, a date was fixed for the damages to be determined by the High Court but the amount was agreed in an undisclosed out-of-court settlement between the parties in November 1990. It was generally speculated at the time that the family had secured close to £2 million from the US-owned company but it has since emerged that it fell far short of the £1.8 million the plaintiffs had sought.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

PAXIL - murderer convict to play the SEROXAT card - just like FIDDAMAN

A Roundup man serving a 50-year prison sentence for murder has appealed his case to the Montana Supreme Court.

Bobby Cooksey, 69, has filed an appeal alleging juror and prosecutorial misconduct at his trial for the shooting death of his neighbor, Tracy Beardslee, on July 9, 2009.

In the appeal filed Oct. 27, Cooksey also alleges that the judge who presided at the trial was wrong to exclude evidence of Beardslee’s use of antidepressant drugs, and law enforcement officers failed to properly investigate his claim that the shooting was self-defense.

Cooksey and Beardslee, 48, were neighbors at the end of a private road 12 miles southeast of Roundup. The men were embroiled in a dispute over an easement Beardslee maintained through Cooksey’s property.

Cooksey testified at his trial in September 2010 that Beardslee had threatened him and he shot the man in self-defense. Prosecutors said Beardslee was unarmed and was killed while trimming weeds. A jury deliberated for more than six hours before finding Cooksey guilty of deliberate homicide.

The appeal, filed on Cooksey’s behalf by the Office of the State Public Defender, seeks a new trial or, in the alternative, a hearing on alleged misconduct by a juror during the trial. The juror is accused of telling other jurors during deliberations that her mother-in-law had on occasion asked Beardslee to leave her house.

Other jurors and potential jurors committed acts that Cooksey’s public defenders say tainted the trial, including the “fulminations” of one prospective juror who “boisterously adjudged that Cooksey killed Beardslee in cold blood.”

“Cooksey’s trial was worm-eaten by juror misconduct,” according to the appeal.

The appeal also attacks a ruling by Musselshell County District Judge Randall Spaulding, who determined that evidence showing Beardslee had been taking the antidepressant drug Paxil would not be allowed at Cooksey’s trial.

“The evidence that Beardslee was using Paxil during their encounter corroborated Cooksey’s repeated statements that Beardslee was acting agitated, aggressive and crazy and tended to show Cooksey’s use of deadly force was objectively reasonable,” the appeal states.

Law enforcement officers who investigated the shooting failed to check out Cooksey’s claim of self-defense, the appeal states, and a prosecutor committed misconduct during closing statements when he told jurors they should find Cooksey guilty “to protect society” and “to protect your neighbors.”

Cooksey’s wife, Debra, has filed a brief to intervene in the appeal.

According to court records, she is asking the Supreme Court to decide whether Spaulding was correct to order the sale of eight firearms seized from her residence to help pay restitution to Beardslee’s family. The guns belong to Debra, the brief states, and were not used in the shooting of Beardslee.

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Simon Gregor photographer previously with MHRA interesting link to tuesday1st correspondance with MHRA

MHRA Simon Gregor some promo shots of his new work - B0B Fiddaman blog

MHRA - Yellow Cards which made a difference—high-dose rosuvastatin and rhabdomyolysis - FIDDAMAN blog

Yellow Cards: helping safeguard public health

The Yellow Card Scheme principally acts as an early-warning system for identifying previously unrecognised adverse drug reactions (ADRs). It also provides valuable information on recognised ADRs, allowing us to identify and refine the understanding of risk factors that may affect the clinical management of patients.

The value of the Scheme has been demonstrated many times and it has helped to identify numerous important safety issues, many of which were not recognised as being related to a particular medicine until we received information on Yellow Cards.

Making a difference: Yellow Cards reporting rhabdomyolysis with rosuvastatin

In March 2003, rosuvastatin (Crestor) was launched in the UK. Consistent with other statins, muscle toxicity was recognised as a dose-related adverse reaction to rosuvastatin, leading in rare cases to rhabdomyolysis. The Summary of Product Characteristics for Crestor contained the warning:

…As with other HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, effects on skeletal muscle e.g. uncomplicated myalgia and myopathy, have been reported in Crestor-treated patients. Rare cases of rhabdomyolysis have been reported in subjects receiving rosuvastatin 80 mg in investigational clinical trials which were occasionally associated with impairment of renal function. All cases improved on cessation of therapy.

In September 2003, we received the first reports of suspected rhabdomyolysis with rosuvastatin treatment. By February 2004, the rosuvastatin dose was reported to be at 40 mg or higher in four of the five reports received, and the reporting rate (taking prescribing data into account) was higher than expected relative to historical data with other statins.

This finding led to a thorough review of all available data sources, and to the following update to prescribing advice in June 2004:

The highest licensed dose (40 mg) was contraindicated in patients with predisposing risk factors for muscle toxicity

Specialist supervision was recommended when the 40 mg dose is initiated

Patients who were already taking 40 mg treatment were recommended to have a review of their treatment.

See also information in Current Problems in Pharmacovigilance, October 2004

In this example, a small number of Yellow Card reports of rhabdomyolysis with high-dose rosuvastatin, combined with data on the drug’s usage levels, provided enough evidence for us to trigger a full review that led to action to protect public health.

Reporting of ADRs is vital to enable us to identify potential drug-safety issues. Please report, even if you are unsure whether a reaction is linked to a medicine. Show your support for the Yellow Card Scheme by reporting adverse reactions and you can help make medicines safer.

Report online at

Article citation: Drug Safety Update Nov 2011, vol 5 issue 4: Y1

Monday, 21 November 2011

TORAN HENRY subject to racial abuse from school teacher CASPER Maria Bradshaw claimed

Teacher abuse was factor in death: mum March 31, 2008

The mother of a New Zealand teenager who killed himself after he was filmed being beaten by other students says bullying by a teacher, and not other students, was a factor in the death.

Toran Henry, 17, was found dead at his Auckland home 12 days ago, sparking three separate investigations by authorities.

It emerged on Sunday that Henry was beaten up by other students the day before his death, and the event was later watched on mobile phones by dozens of students

Henry's mother, Maria Bradshaw, on Monday told AAP she did not believe her son was bullied at school by other students.

She said while the beating may have been a factor in her son's death, she believed racial and emotional abuse by a teacher had played a far larger role.

"The focus so far has been on the beating, but my son was not bullied by students at the school ... He was bullied by a teacher at school," she said.

"He was let down very seriously by the senior management team at his school but predominantly he was let down by mental health services," Bradshaw said.

She said in one incident her son, who was part Cook Islander and Maori, was racially vilified by the teacher, who she now wants to see sacked.

In other incidents she said the same teacher prevented Henry from getting medicine he needed to control migraines, leaving him in pain.

Bradshaw said her son was a depressed boy, which stemmed from his father's abandonment of their family while Toran was just 14 months old.

She said local health authorities had told her son they could arrange a meeting with his father, but when this did not occur her son became more angry and depressed.

He voluntarily left school last year to study at home, but returned in November to try to get enough credits to undertake a business course at university.

The school's board of trustees have indicated they will look into the matter, while the local health board and police have also said they will investigate.

"The situation is tremendously sad and the circumstances are extremely delicate," the school's board said in a statement.

"There have been some serious allegations made about the school's processes in supporting Toran during his time at the school. The principal and board of trustees are treating these allegations very seriously," it said.

New Zealand Education Minister Chris Carter has said he will investigate to see whether the school had the right protocols in place to deal with bullying.

"In my view the minister of education's call for an inquiry into Takapuna Grammar School and its culture of bullying needs to focus on the bullying that occurred between teachers and children, not between children and children," Bradshaw said.

A website where the family and friends of Toran can leave messages has been set up at, while other people have posted video tributes to Toran

New Zealand suicide rate for 80+ years from 1920 - NO link to SSRI's - explain that FIDDAMAN

Overall, the total population three-year moving average suicide rate peaked in 1927–1929 (18.5 deaths per 100,000 population). After that point, the suicide rate dropped and then stabilised, with slight fluctuations, until 1971–1973 (10.2 deaths per 100,000 population). After 1971–1973, the suicide rate increased again, reaching another peak in 1996–1998 (16.7 deaths per 100,000 population). After this point, the suicide rate declined up until the most recent period, 2001–2003 (14.2 deaths per 100,000 population) by 15.0 percent

note - The first antidepressants were introduced in the 1950s. There was no increase in the suicide rate (there wasn’t a decrease either, but that’s grist for another mill). The suicide rate began to increase in the early 70s. Fluoxetine, the first SSRI wasn’t licensed by the FDA until 1987. If anything, the suicide rate plateaued then, but more likely that’s just a blip in an ongoing increase that continued until the late 1990s – since which time the rate has decreased (“despite” all the SSRIs we’re using). In other words, antidepressant medications do not appear to affect the overall suicide rate

Sunday, 20 November 2011

New Zealand suicide rate all ages & youth .......where is the SSRI effect FIDDAMAN & Casper?

New Zealand youth suicide WORST in the world - FIDDAMAN counterpoint blog

New Zealand suicide rate position in global rankings 2009 - FIDDAMAN counterpoint blog

OECD (2011). Health: Key tables from OECD, Suicides, retrieved 28 July 2011 from

New Zealand data is from Ministry of Health (2010, December). Suicide Facts: Deaths and intentional self-harm hospitalisations 2008, retrieved 17 March 2011. Data is sourced from the NZ Mortality Collection and is shown in Table 1 ‘suicide-facts-2008-deaths-dec2010.xls’, from

The year of data collection varies by country. 2004 - Canada; 2005 - Belgium; 2006 - Australia, Denmark, Germany; 2007 - Chile, Italy, Switzerland, USA; 2008 - France, Israel, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Sweden; 2009 - Austria, Czech Rep., Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovak Rep., Slovenia, UK. No data was available for Turkey. OECD average is an unweighted average of country data.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Marla Filidei - Report on Psychiatric Drugs and Children Who Kill - made up day after Columbine - FIDDAMAN

extract -

Marla Filidei talked with me about her involvment in the CNN interview and about the "study on violence" as well.

This "study" turns out to not be a study after all, but a report titled "The Interim Report on Psychiatric Drugs and Children Who Kill". Ms. Filidei put the report together the day after the Columbine Shootings in response to media interest in the fact that Eric Harris - one of the killers - had been taking Luvox. Also according to Filidei, the "research" for the report is "date coincident". The killers killed only after they had started taking the medications.

In other words, for Ms. Filidei, it was a simple logical deduction: These children killed other students. These children had been prescribed psychotropic drugs. Therefore, the drug is the connection.

The report costs $3.00 and is available through CCHR.

SCIENTOLOGY - Ritalin - Choreographed Campaign of Misinformation - counterpoint blog exposes FIDDAMAN lies

In the wake of the Columbine massacre, CNN interviewed a medical expert who touted a study connecting Ritalin with violence. What CNN neglected to mention is that the expert, Dr. Mary Ann Block, is connected with the Church of Scientology -- and the "study" was hastily thrown together for the media. ADD Guide Bob Seay tracks down the story.

A Choreographed Campaign of Misinformation

Or, "How Proproganda is spread, Misinformation is disseminated and how People will exploit even the death of children in order to advance an agenda or to sell a book." It has always been the position of ADD on that Medication is a matter of personal choice. That is still our position. We have total respect for those parents and ADDults who choose to deal with their ADD through the use of non-medication therapies.

It is also our position that all news should be reported in a fair and accurate manner. When the story broke that TJ Soloman had taken Ritalin - Ritalin and the Conyers, Georgia school shooting, we had it on the website before Time magazine even had the hardcopy edition of it on the newsstand. We were among the first to spread the news of the Problems with Pemoline, a story about liver toxicity and Cylert.

Unlike many other "Pro-ADD Websites", we carry pages from Parents Against Ritalin and an entire list of Articles from people who think ADD/ADHD is a hoax.

It is in that same spirit of freedom to make personal health care choices and the public's right to have the information necessary to make such choices that we present this story. Barb Day didn't know what to think when someone from the Office of the Governor of the State of Colorado contacted her about a study linking increased school violence and the increase in the use of ritalin. She had never heard of such a study, and as the leader of the ADD Advocacy Group for the Denver Metro Area she should have heard something. But the caller sounded as if there was a such a study. It was a matter of fact. Someone had heard something about it on CNN.

In fact, the segment was on CNN several times - three times in one day, on June 1, 1999 as part of the "Headline News" segments and again on all of the "For Your Health" programs of June 5 and 6.

Barb sent me an email asking about the study. I had never heard of such a study, and I try to make it my business to stay on top of these things. Occassionally I miss something, but I usually find out about it sooner or later. This was news to me. Given the amount of evidence to the contrary, I was surprised to hear that such a study had been written. The timing - released on the day after the Columbine killings - seemed too ironic for words.

I searched Medline and all of the other databases for studies connecting Ritalin and School Violence or Medications and School Violence and found nothing.

I started asking around in chatrooms and on Bulletin Boards. People began to respond. "Yes", some of them said, "there was a study like that. I heard a lady talking about it on CNN."

Well, if it was on CNN, it must be true, right?

The lady interviewed on CNN turns out to be Dr. Mary Ann Block of The Block Center. Dr. Block is the author of the book "No More Ritalin - Treating ADHD Without Drugs". Dr. Block's other book is "No More Amoxicillin", which kind of tells you where she is coming from.

CNN arranged to interview Dr. Block.

In the course of preparing this story, CNN also contacted CHADD. According to Jennifer Garner, Director of Communications for CHADD, CNN felt that they already had the "pro-medication" side of the story covered and didn't need to talk with any of the organization's doctors or other advisors, which include highly respected researchers such as Dr. Russell Barkley and others. Instead, CNN contacted CHADD and asked them to provide families that suffered through bad experiences as a result of the medication, which CHADD was unable to do. CHADD founder, Harvey Parker, did appear on the report.

The producer for "For Your Health" at CNN, Dan Rutz, was out of town and unable to return my call.

Dr. Block's credentials are not quite as impressive as those of the CHADD Advisory Board. She does, however, serve as a medical consultant for the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights. Founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology, the CCHR defines itself as "a non-profit, public benefit organization dedicated to exposing and eradicating criminal acts and human rights abuses by psychiatry." The group is extremely Anti-ADD and views the treatment and medication of ADD/ADHD people as a human rights abuse which exists, in part, to provide income for pharmaceutical companies. Vice President Marla Filidei told me that it is the CCHR's job to see to it that the information - the "truth" - about the psychiatric profession and the ADD/ADHD diagnosis in general be made public.

She also asked me if I was familiar with this topic. I told her I had a little experience with it. I told her I wrote for

I think I neglected to mention that I am the ADD Guide.

Vice President Filidei helped Dr. Block prepare for the CNN interview. She was quite pleased with the CNN coverage of the story and the "ample opportunity" CNN had given to Dr. Block to present their side of this discussion.

Basically, Dr. Block and the CCHR feel that the American Psychiatric Association has failed to inform people that there are side effects of ritalin and other psychotropic medications. According to Filidei there are about 5 million children on ritalin and almost another million using antidepressants. Of this 6 million children, between 4%-6% experience side effects including suicide or mania.

The Physician's Desk Reference has this to say:

Nervousness and insomnia are the most common adverse reactions but are usually controlled by reducing dosage and omitting the drug in the afternoon or evening. Other reactions include hypersensitivity (including skin rash, urticaria, fever, arthralgia, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme with histopathological findings of necrotizing vasculitis, and thrombocytopenic purpura); anorexia; nausea; dizziness; palpitations; headache; dyskinesia; drowsiness; blood pressure and pulse changes, both up and down; tachycardia; angina; cardiac arrhythmia; abdominal pain; weight loss during prolonged therapy. There have been rare reports of Tourette's syndrome. Toxic psychosis has been reported. Although a definite casual relationship has not been established, the following have been reported in patients taking this drug: leukopenia and/or anemia; a few instances of scalp hair loss. In children, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy, insomnia, and tachycardia may occur more frequently; however, any of the other adverse reactions listed above may also occur.


Ritalin should be given cautiously to emotionally unstable patients, such as those with a history of drug dependence or alcoholism, because such patients may increase dosage on their own initiative. Chronically abusive use can lead to marked tolerance and psychic dependence with varying degrees of abnormal behavior. Frank psychotic episodes can occur, especially with parenteral abuse. Careful supervision is required during drug withdrawal, since severe depression as well as the effects of chronic overactivity can be unmasked. Long-term follow-up may be required because of the patient's basic personality disturbances."

Of course, none of the above are very pleasant. However, these side effects do not include going into schools and firing on other students as at least 6 of the 6 million students who use these medications have done.

That would be 6 out of 6,000,000, or 1 in 1,000,000 children on medication.

By the way, the term "parenteral" which is mentioned above means "to be injected into the body." This is obvious abuse of the medication ritalin as there is no indication in the literature for injection. When was the last time you saw somebody mainlining ritalin?

Yet, research cited by Dr. Block on CNN includes a 1995 study in which eight healthy male volunteers were administered ritalin by injection. Their scans were then compared with those of subjects in previous studies who had been injected with cocaine and found to be similiar. The problem with this study is that ritalin is not intended to be injected and does not come in an injectable form. The author of the study, Nora Volkow, stressed that taking a stimulant orally is very different from injecting or snorting it. Intravenous caffeine also resembles cocaine, she points out.

Her paper warned that similarities between cocaine and Ritalin "should not be used as an argument against the use of methylphenidate." Neither of these points were mentioned in the CNN piece.

Marla Filidei talked with me about her involvment in the CNN interview and about the "study on violence" as well.

This "study" turns out to not be a study after all, but a report titled "The Interim Report on Psychiatric Drugs and Children Who Kill". Ms. Filidei put the report together the day after the Columbine Shootings in response to media interest in the fact that Eric Harris - one of the killers - had been taking Luvox. Also according to Filidei, the "research" for the report is "date coincident". The killers killed only after they had started taking the medications.

In other words, for Ms. Filidei, it was a simple logical deduction: These children killed other students. These children had been prescribed psychotropic drugs. Therefore, the drug is the connection.

The report costs $3.00 and is available through CCHR.

CNN is not the only media outlet that has been used by this group. Insight Magazine, a publication of The Washington Times ran a story in their June 28, 1999 issue titled "Guns & Doses" which also tried to make a connection between these senseless acts of violence and pshychotropic medications such as Ritalin or Luvox.

So there we have it - an interview with an author who wants to sell a book, a study which is actually a compilation of stories taken from newspapers and whatever research could be found to provide some footnotes, and somebody in the Office of the Governor of Colorado who can't tell propaganda from research.

Freedom of Speech is a beautiful thing.


Sidebar: Scientology vs. Psychology A long running battle

From an LA Times article, ironically dated June 29, 1990 Suits, Protests Fuel a Campaign Against Psychiatry

"The church has spelled out the strategy in its newspaper, "Scientology Today".

"While alerting parents and teachers to the dangers of Ritalin," the newspaper stated, "the real target of the campaign is the psychiatric profession itself.... And as public awareness continues to increase, we will no doubt begin to see the blame for all drug abuse and related crime move onto the correct target -- psychiatry." What is "their side"?


Rod Keller / / Irresponsible Publisher

Black Hat #1 / Expert of the Toilet / CWPD Mouthpiece

The Lerma Apologist / Merchant of Chaos / Vision of Destruction

Killer Rod / OSA Patsy / Quasi-Scieno / Mental Bully

Ritalin Class action lawsuits - an example of total failure of the FIDDAMAN like CCHR Scientology criminal lawyer class action suits

The Ritalin Class action lawsuits were a series of federal lawsuits in 2000, filed in five separate U.S. states. All five lawsuits were dismissed by the end of 2002. The lawsuits alleged that the makers of Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and the American Psychiatric Association had conspired to invent and promote the disorder ADHD to create a highly profitable market for the drug. The lawsuit also alleged that CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) deliberately attempted to increase the supply of Ritalin and ease restrictions on the supply of Ritalin to help increase profits for Novartis.

Beginning in the 1980s, a series of lawsuits were filed based on the perceived harmful side effects of Ritalin. John Coale, who had participated in one of these lawsuits, joined what became an ever larger contingent of lawyers involved in what was then a growing series of Ritalin class action lawsuits. In the late 90's, there was a significant increase in production of Ritalin. A minority but vocal group of critics perceived that a crisis was on hand.[1] Coale also expressed alarm, "They were giving this stuff away like candy”. The Church of Scientology advocacy organization, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, and Anti-Psychiatry critics believed Ritalin to be highly dangerous and completely unnecessary. Coale seemed to share these beliefs as he stated the purpose of the lawsuit to be; “ put [Ritalin] off the market."[2] The St. Petersberg Times has written that Coale was a practicing Scientologist at that time.[3][4] Richard Scruggs, like John Coale, and a few other lawyers who participated in the Ritalin class action lawsuits, had previously helped win a landmark settlement from the asbestos and tobacco industries, Ritalin was to be the next major battleground. Scruggs would lead and also become a spokesman for the plaintiffs. He asserted the Ritalin defendants, "manufactured a disease"...and "it has been grossly over-prescribed. It is a huge risk." [5] Peter Breggin who is a noted Anti-Psychiatry critic, was hired as a medical consultant by the firm and was also involved as a consultant in the other lawsuits.[6]

The first class action was filed in Texas by the law firm Waters & Kraus in 2000. They created a webpage called which had an online form to seek additional participants in class action lawsuits. According to Breggin, Plaintiff Andy Waters had previously read his book Talking back to Ritalin before filing his lawsuit. The firm believed that the improper conduct of Novartis rivaled the improper conduct of the tobacco and asbestos industries and that the drug company could be liable for billions of dollars. The firm claimed that Novartis specifically took the following steps to dramatically increase the sale of Ritalin.

1.Actively promoting and supporting the concept that a significant percentage of children suffer from a "disease" which required narcotic treatment/therapy;

2.Actively promoting Ritalin as the "drug of choice" to treat children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD:

3.Actively supporting groups such as Defendant CHADD, both financially and with other means, so that such organizations would promote and support (as a supposed neutral party) the ever-increasing implementation of ADD/ADHD diagnoses as well as directly increasing Ritalin sales;

4.Distributing misleading sales and promotional literature to parents, schools and other interested persons in a successful effort to further increase the number of diagnoses and the number of persons prescribed Ritalin.

A spokesperson for Novartis responded to the Texas suit, "Ritalin has been used safely and effectively in the treatment of millions of ADHD patients for over 40 years, and is the most studied drug prescribed for the disorder."

The American Psychiatric Association stated, "the allegation that it had conspired with Novartis to create the ADHD diagnosis was "ludicrous and totally false," and said there existed "a mountain of scientific evidence to refute these meritless allegations."

A spokeswomen for CHADD stated, "That such absurd accusations even found their way into court—despite the extraordinary amount of science-based research clearly proving the disorder's existence—is just one example of the kind of hostility and skepticism that individuals with AD/HD face each day."

[edit] OutcomeThe first suit to be dismissed occurred in California in 2001. U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster dismissed the suit under California's anti-SLAPP statute. A SLAPP is a form of litigation filed to intimidate and silence a less powerful critic by so severely burdening them with the cost of a legal defense that they abandon their criticism. The Anti-SLAPP statute is designed to eliminate potential lawsuits early in court procedures, that are in reality political actions. Judge Brewster dismissed the suit stating that the defendants' speech is "protected under both the United States and California Constitutions" and that plaintiffs "failed to state a cause of action." In addition to dismissing the suit, the court also ordered that the plaintiffs pay the legal fees for Novartis, APA and CHADD. In the conclusion to one the other lawsuits, Judge Tagla stated. "that the allegations were fully without merit. Defendants failed to provide any concrete statements to document their claims." [7] By 2002 all five class action lawsuits had been dismissed or had withdrawn their lawsuits. A Novartis spokesperson stated;"...the fact that all five of the class action lawsuits have been dismissed, sends a strong message that the decision of how to treat ADHD is between the parent, patient and physician, and has no place in the courts."

Scientology psychiatric nurse photographed patient records before passing them to FIDDAMAN leader & child sex abuser Jan Eastgate

extract from - "Only Itself to Blame: The Church of Scientology"

Scientologist nurse named Rosa Nicholson hid a camera in a Sustagen box and took photographs of hospital records in the lavatory. She then passed copies to Jan Eastgate, of the CCHR, who took them to the NSW Attorney-General and helped set in train both the eventual closure of Chelmsford and a subsequent Royal Commission into psychiatric care. The community was horrified to learn of DST, which used barbiturates to put patients into extended comas to ‘cure’ mental illnesses, including depression and drug addiction; the exposé was viewed as a triumph for Scientology. Its campaign against psychiatric drugs, one of the central tenets of Hubbard’s ideology, appeared to be publicly beneficial. Eastgate was rewarded with the top position at CCHR headquarters in America. For a brief moment, Scientology was seen as a white knight for psychiatric patients.

Another side soon emerged. An alleged proponent of DST, Dr Alex Sinclair, had been targeted by the CCHR for his role in the 1965 banning of Scientology in Victoria. Scientology was accused of being motivated not by patient welfare, but by revenge. In the late 1980s, when the Chelmsford Royal Commission took place, documents were leaked from Scientology’s Melbourne Office of Special Affairs – the department of the church that investigates Suppressive Persons – seeking evidence to discredit Dr Sinclair and other psychiatrists.

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Friday, 18 November 2011

ridding this planet of psychiatry helps Scientology expand - quote Jan Eastgate FIDDAMAN leader

On being recognised for her courageous work, the Australian president of CCHR, Ms Jan Eastgate, herself a

Scientologist, said: "It's a fantastic group to receive an award from and I know that ridding this planet of psychiatry helps Scientology expand and therefore helps all of you.

"We have been fighting a war and we have won."

WHEN a royal commission last year exposed atrocities at Chelmsford Private Hospital in New South Wales, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights scored dual victories: one public, one private.

The first came with the release of Mr Justice Slattery's 12-volume report into the nightmarish "cuckoo's nest" of Chelmsford — a private hospital where the commission found that at least 24 people died as a result of deep-sleep therapy. Another 24 patients survived the treatment but later took their own lives, 19 of them within a year of leaving Chelmsford, it found.

CCHR had lobbied for an inquiry into Chelmsford for more than a decade, and the royal commissioner and the media were critical of authorities for being so slow to take CCHR's claims seriously.

The second, private victory for CCHR and its parent organisation, the Church of Scientology, which established CCHR in Australia in 1972, was heralded in the pages of the Scientology magazine 'Impact'.

On being recognised for her courageous work, the Australian president of CCHR, Ms Jan Eastgate, herself a Scientologist, said: "It's a fantastic group to receive an award from and I know that ridding this planet of psychiatry helps Scientology expand and therefore helps all of you.

"We have been fighting a war and we have won."

The battle analogy was an ironic echo of the words penned by the enigmatic "Jekyll and Hyde" psychiatrist at the centre of the Chelmsford tragedy, Dr Harry Bailey, before he swallowed a lethal combination of barbiturates and alcohol on 8 September 1985. "Let it be known that the Scientologists and the forces of madness have won," he wrote in a suicide note given the commission.

The conflict that so obsessed Ms Eastgate and Dr Bailey was one parochial campaign in an international war that has raged for 40 years between Scientologists and some they regard as their sworn enemies, psychiatrists.

Now the battlefield is Victoria, which CCHR claimed this month was "the deep-sleep capital of Australia". As the Victorian health commission winds up a long inquiry into deep-sleep therapy use in this state — largely at the instigation of CCHR — Scientology documents raise questions about the motives behind the church's push for the probe.

A key issue is the disturbing indication in the documents that apart from CCHR's altruistic interest in the Victorian inquiry, the Church of Scientology had a hidden agenda — and what could be seen by some as a witch-hunt aimed at discrediting the doctors and organisations helpful in outlawing the church in Victoria more than 25 years ago.

Those documents target the late Melbourne psychiatrist and deep-sleep advocate Dr Alex Sinclair as a key person behind the suppression of Scientology and a "big fish as regards enemy action against (the church)", and outline plans to have him made the subject of official investigations.

Scientology was, for a period, banned in Victoria after a Board of Inquiry into Scientology, conducted by Kevin Anderson, QC, which found in 1965 that while some aspects of Scientology seemed so ludicrous that its practitioners could be dismissed as "harmless cranks", to do so would be a grave mistake.

Mr Anderson reported to Parliament that the church was evil, and a serious threat to the community. Dr Sinclair participated in this inquiry.

A former Scientologist active in the church at the time says that the church continued under the guise of the Church of New Faith, until amendments under federal legislation in 1973 recognised Scientology as a religious denomination. That status, which remains in place today, effectively neutered the bans of Victoria and other states.

Perhaps the most stunning aspect of the reports is that more than 20 years after the Anderson inquiry, Melbourne Scientologists were — at least in 1987 — still trying to root out the individuals behind the 1965 probe that so damaged the young church internationally.

The preoccupation of a church organisation with investigations, debriefing and sweeping information gathering — particularly in regard to the medical world — may seem baffling without an understanding of the roots of Scientology, and the fixation of the church's founder, L. Ron Hubbard on espionage as a means of defending his empire against attack. Hubbard died, or in Scientology jargon "dropped his body", in 1986 after several years in hiding.

In the 1960s, Scientology developed an intelligence bureau known as the Guardian's Office, which was run by Hubbard's then wife, Mary Sue Hubbard. In an unofficial biography of Mr Hubbard, investigative journalist Russell Miller wrote that one of the "operating targets" was to assemble data by investigation for use "in case of attack", while another operation involved the theft, destruction or laundering of government records that held unflattering information about Mr Hubbard or the church.

In 1977, FBI raids on Scientology offices in Washington and Los Angeles uncovered evidence of a spy system that resulted in nine Scientologists, including Mary Sue Hubbard, being indicted for crimes including theft of government documents, burglarising government offices, intercepting government communications and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

The sentencing memorandum of Mary Sue and her colleagues in 1978 — after they pleaded guilty to one count each — stated: "The crime committed by these defendants is of a breadth and scope previously unheard of. No building, office, desk or file was safe from their snooping and prying. No individual or organisation was free from their despicable conspiratorial minds."

Mr Hubbard was convinced that behind all the attacks on him and his church were a small group of communists who had infiltrated most of society, as a 1968 executive directive to his followers — obtained from the United States — illustrates.

"PSYCHIATRY and mental health were chosen as a vehicle to undermine and destroy the West. And we stood in their way," he wrote. He declared that Scientology had to stop this subversive destruction of the West.

The skirmish between the medical world and Hubbard began in 1950 with an article he wrote for a pulp science [part missing] — An Introduction to a New Science", and which subsequently developed into a best-selling book. His theory promised a technique that would cure any non-organic insanity, as well a providing a cure for numerous physcal ailments, from arthritis to the common cold.

Central to his theory is a process known as auditing. A California court described this as a one-on-one dialogue between a Scientology "auditor" and a Scientology "student".

"The student ordinarily is connected to a crude lie detector, a so-called E-meter." The auditor asks probing questions and notes the student's reactions as registered on the E-Meter," the court said.

"Through the questions, answers and E-meter readings, the auditor seeks to identify the student's . . . engrams." These engrams are negative feelings, attitudes or incidents that act as blockages preventing people from realising their full potential and living life to the fullest.

The court said that since Scientology held the view people had lived many past lives, they carried engrams accumulated during those past lives a well as some from the present.

The auditor and student then worked to identify and eliminate all the student's engrams so he could achieve the state of "clear", the court said.

The medical profession was outraged, accusing Hubbard of "sweeping generalisations", of devising "a clever scheme to dip into the pockets of the gullible" and encouraging dangerous amateur psychological meddling.

Over the years Hubbard's theories acquired overtones of science fiction inspired spiritualism and evolved into the Church of Scientology. A letter from Hubbard to a senior aid provide an interesting perspective on just why Hubbard founded the religion.

The letter describes how Hubbard believed the development of his theories — then occurring within Hubbard "clinics" — should occur within some sort of independent structure. "I didn't go to all the work I went to on the HAS (Hubbard Association of Scientologists) and other things to forget that my own revenue has to be a lot better than it has been in the past," he wrote.

"Perhaps we could call it a Spiritual Guidance Centre. Think up its name will you. And we could put in nice desks and our boys in neat blue with diplomas on the walls and one, knock psychotherapy into history; and two, take enough money to shine up my operating scope; and three, keep the HAS solvent.

"I await your reaction on the religion angle . . . A religious charter would be necessary . . . to make it stick. But I sure could make it stick. We're treating the present time beingness; psychotherapy treats the past and the brain. And brother, that's religion, not mental science," he wrote.

Scientology developed a highly organised structure within which adherents "bought" their way up a "bridge" to enlightenment and mental and physical health by paying for literature and specialist classes. A 1987 British investigation of the cult by 'Panorama' featured a Hubbard policy document on which the directive "make money" featured four times.

The same program listed 27 known sub-groups and companies of the church — including CCHR — many of which ex-Scientologists have repeatedly asserted were formed as part of long-term exercise to create social reform bodies that would improve Scientology's battered image.

A 1970 French Government police agency investigation into Scientology found: "This sect, under the pretext of freeing humans is nothing in reality but a vast enterprise to extract the maximum amount of money from its adepts by (use of) pseudo-scientific theories" and that Scientology used "a kind of blackmail against persons who do not wish to continue with this sect".

A Californian Superior Court memorandum of intended decision found that from evidence given to that court in 1984, similar conclusions to the French statement could be drawn in US.

Ms Toby Plevin, a Los Angeles attorney involved in numerous actions against Scientology, argues that the bedrock of Scientology practice is to create in all believers a massive unity of mind when they have come to it on the expectation that their individual lives will improve.

Psychiatrists, too, have exercised extreme defensiveness against Scientology.

In 1988, an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald showed just how acute tensions remained between Scientology and Psychiatry. It reported that when a Sydney psychiatrist disturbed at the treatment of patients in Chelmsford wrote to one of the world's most eminent psychiatrists expressing concerns in 1981, he was urged to expose deep-sleep therapy at Chelmsford.

Sir Martin Roth, at that time the Professor of Psychiatry at Cambridge University, replied: "The inhumanity and cruelty to which patients (at Chelmsford) appear to have been subjected is quite unique in my experience and the Scientologists and other will have obtained ammunition for years or decades to come." He went on to urge that the issue be kept, for the moment, confidential.

Scientologists around the world have accused psychiatry of gross butchery, the church was itself accused of brainwashing.

MRS Hana Whitfield, an American ex-Scientologist who worked in the church's higher echelons was a personal aid to Hubbard, and argues that Scientology is Hubbard's own brand of psychotherapy continues to be practised in the hands of unlicensed people.

"They don't know they are using trance induction techniques. They don't know they are using de-sensitisation techniques (and they are) ignorant of what can go wrong," she said.

In 1989, the California Court of Appeal upheld the finding that a former Scientologist, Larry Wollersheim, had suffered psychological damage as a result of Scientology practices. A manic depressive, Mr Wollersheim had been physically restrained from leaving the church and threatened with attack if he did leave; forced to continue auditing when he wanted to stop; ordered to leave his family; financially ruined by the church and ordered not to seek professional help as his emotional state crumbled.

The court also found that auditing was conducted in a "coercive atmosphere (the church) created through threats of retribution against those who would leave the organisation".

In a 1984 case in the Superior Court of California, a court memorandum of intended decision said that the record was replete with evidence of Scientology "enemies" being subjected to threats and abuse.

The judge wrote: "In addition to violating and abusing its own members' civil rights, the organisation over the years with its "Fair Game" doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the church whom it perceives as enemies. The organisation clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder."

Of Hubbard, the court report said: "The evidence portrays a man who has been virtually a pathological liar when it comes to his history, background and achievements. The writings and documents in evidence additionally reflect his egoism, greed, avarice, lust for power, and vindictiveness and aggressiveness against persons perceived by him to be disloyal or hostile."

• Additional research, David Wilson.

Jo Chandler and Jacqui MacDonald

The Melbourne Age

22 April 1991

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Fortunately, I am now Seroxat-free, coming off the drug 'cold turkey' over four months ago. This was my fourth attempt to come off after being prescribed them by my GP over six years ago.

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