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Ireland’s continuing abuse of children.

Help meAn article yesterday in the Irish Times regarding asylums in Ireland makes for very disturbing reading.

Dr Damien Brennan of Trinity College Dublin has recently launched a book detailing Ireland’s ‘mental health’ structure, then and now; Irish Insanity: 1800-2000 .

Dr Brennan worked as a mental health nurse in St Loman’s, Grangegorman and Portrane. He said “there was a harshness and dehumanising aspect that was very much like the Magdalene laundry.” 

Here’s a couple of the more disturbing facts in this article:

(1) Medical professionals and local communities protecting their economic interests played a major role in the incarceration of tens of thousands of people in (Irish) asylums.

(2) Point 1 above- can’t be blamed on the church; it was a State-run project. We did it as communities, as societies.

(3) Ireland in the 1950s had the world’s highest rate of mental hospital residency.

(4) Point 3 above – had little to do with the mental state of the admitted individuals. Rather, it was driven by factors such as law, economics and vested interests, including the creation of a medical treatment hierarchy that continues today.

(5) The staff had a stake in this. The medics and nurses had their professional interests in this. Economically, it became very important.

And the most disturbing points:

(6) One definite factor he said was the “medical takeover of hospitals” in the mid-19th century. “Medics gained control of inspections, directors and clinical positions and that maintains today – even post Vision for Change.”

(7) “I would be concerned about new markets of diagnosis being opened up, for example, the diagnosis of attention deficit disorder. You find schools will get resources where it is diagnosed, and that’s a poor dynamic. It reminds me of the mental hospital system expanding as a business, on the basis of continued diagnosis.”

(8) “The current State policy on mental healthcare was written by an expert group comprising two service users, a chairperson and 15 members of professional bodies. Vision for Change gave them an opportunity to write their job descriptions in the post-institutional phase.” and further “The fact that we go to these professional groups, myself included, as the initial point of contact – I’m not sure how useful that is.”

So this could never happen in 2013, right? Wrong, and we are allowing it to continue; yes – you, me and every Irish citizen who sit back and allow these so-called professionals to incarcerate a young (16 year old) girl against her will and medicate her to the point of incapacity against her mother’s wishes. This case is on-going in High Court proceedings – The Mother v HSE Psychiatrists (author’s case name). Where is this young girl’s human rights. What human rights does the mother have in protecting her child? None it seems! We are allowing these so-called HSE professionals to violate this young girl’s body with harmful and life-threatening dangerous drugs. She was never in danger of hurting herself (or anyone else for that matter). For a insight into which dangerous drugs this girl was prescribed, see my previous post here.

The dubious actions by the HSE using an ex-parte procedure was described by the High Court Judge as “a very frail procedure, putting it at its mildest.” Let us not forget that this is a test-case and will set a precedent for every mother or parent who seeks help for their child in a HSE run institute. I do hope that this girl will not end up as another statistic in the next report on HSE deaths.

In July (Irish Times) the mother told Justice George Birmingham (in the High Court) that “her daughter walks like a 70-year-old woman since anti-psychotic drugs were administered to her”. She said her daughter was hunched over, her arms were stiff at her side and she was shuffling along when she visited her.

Last Thursday (24th October) the case came up again. Justice Birmingham said that all the existing orders, including those allowing the use of anti-psychotic drugs, should be continued (Irish Times). He said he would hear the matter again on December 5th.

This week our ‘Minister for Justice’ Alan Shatter has ordered an independent report into two cases where Roma children were removed from their parents by the gardai (over doubts about their parentage) and rightly so. What about a young 16 year old who is incarcerated by the HSE and pumped with mind-altering dangerous drugs? Surely an investigation is warranted here too?

BTW, I should probably make myself clear; I have the utmost respect for Alan Shatter. I don’t always agree with his decisions, but I think he’s a good man, not like the other dubious Ministers I could mention, but won’t. Maybe I should brush up on the auld defamation law. Truth and honest opinion can only go so far!

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The Sherif Sultan Saga

Mr ForgetfulThere’s been an interesting development today in the ‘Sherif Sultan’ Saga.

Remember, Mr Sultan is the consultant in Galway who received an official warning from the HSE for speaking out on the dangers of taking statin drugs? This followed the publication of his paper here-The ugly side of Statins. He said what David Healy has been saying for a long time, that he and his colleagues “are fed up with trial of organizations to cover up truth about the ugly side of statin because of invested interest and commercial sponsorship.”

The picture you may think is a random one, but no, it’s a reminder (no pun intended) that the FDA have recently added ‘memory loss’ to the ever growing list of serious statin adverse effects.

So Mr Sultan was slapped with a gagging order (aka ‘STFU’ order) by the HSE. Did he accept this lying down? No he didn’t! Was he willing to keep taking the paycheck and stop warning his patients that statins are dangerous and usually unnecessary? Nope! What he did say was “Odds are greater than 100 to 1 that if you’re taking a statin, you don’t really need it” and further “We are observing the revealing of the ‘utmost medical tragedy’ of all times. It is extraordinary that the healthcare industry has inadvertently induced life-threatening nutrient deficiency in millions of otherwise healthy people.” 

Thankfully the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) have stepped in. Replying to the 2 senior executives, the IHCA have asked for the gagging order to be revoked. According to the Irish Independent, the reply states that there is “no provision in a hospital consultant’s contract to check with their employer the content of any comment they want to make to the public” and further that consultants have an “ethical, legal and moral obligation to advocate on behalf of their patients”.

Are we seeing the start of a revolt, an ethical army led by Mr Sultan? I sure hope so. The pharmaceutical influence in the ‘illness’ profession has reigned and dictated for long enough. It’s about time that someone stood up to Goliath. Will it be David again, or Sherif, or hopefully both? Who could have foreseen that the revolution would start in Ireland?

So the next time your doctor insists that you need that box of Pfizer pills or Lilly drug, ask him/her what he thinks of that surgeon in Galway who said “in Healthy patients with no cardiovascular history, statins have no proven benefit – in medical terms no scientific evidence for the use of statin in primary prevention.”

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Dr Sherif (Hippocrates) Sultan.

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Remember Hippocrates?

Primum non nocere  – “first, do no harm.”

An article in today’s Irish Independent entitled ‘HSE Gags Surgeon After Cholesterol Drug Claims’ has truly shocked me to the core. The article tells the sorry tale of a leading surgeon who is gagged for giving his informed opinion. The HSE is Irelands’ Health Service Executive. Its Code of Governance states:

“The Health Service Executive (HSE) was established under the Health Act 2004 as the single body with statutory responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services in the Republic of Ireland. As outlined in the Health Act, 2004 the objective of the Executive is to use the resources available to it in the most beneficial, effective and efficient manner to improve, promote and protect the health and welfare of the public.”

Dr Sherif Sultan, a leading vascular surgeon at University College Hospital Galway, researched a number of statin studies and concluded that they may do more harm than good in healthy people. He found there was a lack of evidence to show they should be given to healthy people and therefore avoiding the risk of statins’ side effects. Commenting in the Independent, Dr Sultan said: “I have received an official warning from the HSE and have been instructed not to liaise directly with the press in my capacity as a HSE consultant.” Today is a bad day for human rights in Ireland. Surely the HSE is violating this man’s Constitutional right to ‘freedom of expression’, not to mention Irish Citizens right to ‘Bodily Integrity’?

Statins adverse effects can include increased risk of Diabetes, Impotence, Acute Renal Failure, Myalgia and Severe Memory Loss. Last year the FDA (US Medicines Regulator) added diabetes and memory loss warnings to all statins. So Dr Sultan is right to be concerned. It begs the question; is our Government running the HSE or is Big Pharma pulling the strings once again? He further stated that analysis by the ‘British Medical Journal’ showed the superiority of exercise over drug therapy. Imagine saying exercise was superior to a possibly dangerous drug? Put him in the stocks; seriously gag the man, he’s lost the plot!

Statins are the most prescribed medications drugs globally, meaning Dr Sultan is going up against a multi billion dollar industry. A quick search through David Healy’s RxISK website reveals, among other things: 6264 cases of Myalgia, 1879 deaths, 783 cases of Acute Renal failure, 908 cases of Depression and 653 cases of Memory impairment, all reported as an adverse effect of taking Pfizers’ Lipitor. It is common knowledge that the numbers of adverse effects is seriously under-reported and the above numbers are for just one of the Statin drugs.

Cardiologist Pat Nash of the ‘National University of Galway’ contradicted Dr Sultans position and was quick to ‘reassure patients that statins are safe’. 1879 deaths is not what I’d call safe Dr Nash. I’m sure his argument has nothing to do with the support that NUIG receives from Pfizer, Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline and MSD pharmaceuticals, or its research links with Lundbeck!

I wonder what our grandparents would have thought about doctors medicating healthy people, and that we were buying into it? I know what mine would have said. ‘Cyclafeetis!’ I think it is we who have lost the plot! Good on ye Dr Sultan.

Philippe Pinel 1745-1826 (Plagurised from RxISk.org): “there is an art in medicine in knowing when to treat but an even greater art in knowing when not to treat.”

Independent Article.

HSE Code Of Governance.

Statin Induced Amnesia; RxISK.org

Reported Adverse Effects.

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Wicklow Casper Conference

PresentationWell, I did it. I survived the conference with Maria, I didn’t run out the side door and she didn’t have to slap me; well not too hard anyway. Maria was fabulous and I couldn’t have asked for a more experienced ally.

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She was able to give people a real feel for her son Toran, along with an abundance of science behind drug-induced deaths. The stories we heard on Saturday were tragic and very avoidable, but hopefully we can inform the future generation and stop the madness that SSRIs are inducing. 

Maria is the CEO of Casper NZ. New statistics have shown that in the groups which Casper has helped, there has been a 20% reduction in deaths by suicide. For young people that is a stunning reversal, because in the previous year there had been a 45% increase in 15-19 year olds taking their own lives. That has never been done in Ireland and we need to take notice. Despite all the suicide awareness groups, pharma funded and otherwise, the suicide rate in this country is huge. Maria has been asked to speak in other countries including Dubai, The Cook Islands, Australia and the US. I have no doubt she is making a difference; can we possibly ignore these results or will we just keep over-prescribing the unhappy pills which double the risk of suicide and violence?

PS. Thank you so much to everyone who made a huge effort to attend, from all over the country and indeed from across the water. I am humbled! Video to follow once my son Jake gets his act together and posts to Youtube.

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An Irish mother’s fight against forced medication….

Justice Birmingham

Here’s an interesting case which came up in the High Court this week. It involved a judicial Review of an earlier District Court decision regarding the care of a 16 year old girl. Following a psychotic episode, she was voluntarily admitted to a psychiatric unit. Times article.
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This young girl is being forcibly medicated with anti-psychotic medication against her mother’s wishes in a HSE run adolescent psychiatric unit. The girl’s mother said she had researched these drugs and was very concerned by medical evidence showing side-effects. The Judge in this case Mr Justice George Birmingham (pictured) seemed to be unbiased and actually listened to the mother along with the experts for both sides.
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The Times stated “In High Court proceedings, the girl’s mother said she had researched anti-psychotic drugs and was very concerned by medical evidence showing side-effects could include dyskinesia, a disorder of the nervous system. She claimed the particular drug was not licensed in Ireland for use in children or adolescents.” She claimed? That implies that her ‘claim’ is a bit dubious or controversial, does it not? How about a bit of research here?
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Dr Michelle HarleyConsultant psychiatrist Dr Michelle Harley said that when first admitted, she prescribed 2 other anti-psychotic drugs before putting her on the current drug, zuclopenthixol. The first 2 obviously did not work or caused fairly serious side-effects then? Zuclopenthixol AKA Clopixol, is a Lundbeck creation. I won’t go into the dubious practices of Lundbeck, suffice to say, don’t believe a word this drug company say; they regularly cause death with their drugs. Here’s one of their Clopixol warning letters. Incidentally, they’re still upholding the ‘chemical imbalance’ rubbish. Chemical Imbalance
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Anyway, back to whether this drug is licensed for children. No! Absolutely, categorically and emphatically NO! In fact, the MIMS (drug reference tool for docs) website state that this drug is contraindicated in children here.  Even Lundbeck advise that this medication is not recommended in under 18s here. So what’s the problem here? Will I Google ‘contraindication’ for the experts? Here we go: “Absolute contraindication means that event or substance could cause a life-threatening situation. A procedure or medication that falls under this category should be avoided.”
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The mother has every right to be concerned for her daughter’s welfare. A quick Google search of the psychiatrist in question Michelle Harley brings up a psychiatric unit in Fairview, Dublin here. I don’t know if this is where this young girl is but the psychiatrist in question practices there. Hmm… If I was this girl’s mother, I’d be chained to the gates screaming profanities, maybe getting arrested under the Lunacy Act. Can you believe there is such a thing and it seems that this Law is still adversely affecting people?
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I have the utmost respect for this girl’s mother. She obviously loves her daughter very much and feels very strongly about her ‘care’. She even went as far as getting an expert witness, Dr Bob Johnson, former consultant psychiatrist at Parkhurst Prison, to speak in the High Court. He said he believed the girl was suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder from a childhood incident, which was triggered by bullying and moving to a new school. He said “There was a view psychosis was an illness ‘like diabetes’ and could be treated with anti-psychotic drugs but he did not believe it was a biochemical disorder. Anti-psychotic drugs caused brain damage“. This NCBI Clopixol study shows that “…treatment have to be viewed with caution. Most trials present important methodological flaws and findings are poorly reported.”

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I like this Judge, he didn’t just take the normal route; believing what psychiatry says as gospel. He put proceedings back until June to see what progress might be made. He also said “The ex-parte procedure used by the HSE to obtain the initial order, with “no opportunity” for the girl’s mother to be heard, was “a very frail procedure”, “putting it at its mildest.” Way to go Justice Birmingham!
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Let’s just hope that this drug is stopped before it’s too late, or it won’t do any permanent damage in the meantime, eh? I also hope there will be no repercussions with the girl’s mother, as I know only too well the bullying that goes on within psychiatry when an ‘ordinary’ person contradicts their belief in the medical model. I hope she has a good legal team. I wonder should I recommend James MacGuill? As my sons would say; he’s a legend!
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Will Ireland put a stop to this or will we end up like America, where in one high-profile case a swat-team was sent in, all guns blazing, for a mother who refused to medicate her child? Details here, if you can believe it. All charges were eventually dropped, here. If you ask me, she’s the one who should have brought charges.
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Drug pricing chicanery in Ireland?

DOH!!

                                      D'OH

Today’s ‘Sunday Business Post’ has an interesting drug-pricing comparison. The picture shows the differences between drug prices in Northern Ireland compared to the rest of Ireland. While the picture reveals the extreme price differences between what a private customer pays here and in the north, it’s more interesting to see the comparisons between what the HSE (Health Service Executive) pays for a medication and the price a private individual up north pays for the same drug. At best, is this another case of keeping ‘industry’ happy? Never mind the little people James, they’ll never notice and sure if they do, won’t Enda have your back? Despite James Reilly’s numerous failings, this one, as acting minister for health, deserves some answers. I’ll hold my breath, shall I?

Is that DOH as in ‘Dept of Health’ or a DOH as in Homer Simpson?

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The Sunday Business Post