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Superheroes at ‘Wicklow Glass and Glazing’..

Dec 2013 053Well Maria Bradshaw has finally landed in Ireland.

Following the death of her lovely son Toran, Maria set up Casper NZ. Statistics have shown that in groups associated with Casper – a reduction of suicide by 20%. It seems inexplicable to me, that despite the billions spent on psychiatric drugs in this country, the suicide rate here is abominable. At the very least, the drugs are not working. At worst, the doubling of ‘suicide and violence’ which accompany psychiatric drugs, particularly SSRIs, are making the suicide rate much much worse.

Anyway, there she was, at Dublin airport, all possessions in 2 suitcases, persuaded by a mad Irish woman to move half way across the world to tackle Ireland’s suicide ‘problem’, accompanied only by Toran’s ashes, when disaster struck – some airline or other had manhandled Toran’s beautiful ‘ashes’ container and broken 3 glass panels. So there’s my lovely friend, alone on the other side of the planet with her most precious possession in tatters, jet-lagged and on the verge of an Irish/Kiwi meltdown.

Averting a meltdown.

Never fear, the lovely Supermen of ‘Wicklow Glass and Glazing’ came to the rescue. After a frazzled conversation, undignified it has to be said, with a couple of hugs and copious litres of tears, Toran stayed overnight in Wicklow, safe in the gentle hands of Stephen and Mark. Toran’s beautiful ornate container was ready the next day, more beautiful than when it went in. These lovely men would not accept any remuneration for their very intricate and extremely delicate assignment. Who said chivalry is dead? Superheroes, in the guise of Stephen and Mark, although with underpants thankfully under their trousers, came to Maria and Toran’s rescue.

Well done to the lads in Wicklow Glass and Glazing!! Phone (0404) 68382 We remain forever in your debt.

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Mindfreedom Ireland 2013

In September I was asked to speak at the Mindfreedom Ireland 10th anniversary conference. Myself and the other half met some amazing people, all with their own stories to tell; mostly awful it has to be said, but there was lots of inspirational survivor stories too. Mary and Jim Maddock were great hosts; in Mary’s case, a fine example of how someone can survive years of forced medication and ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy). Cork was perfect as always; I’d quite happily while away a few hours listening to the lovely Cork accent. I couldn’t help myself and was speaking like a true Corkonian by the time I left. The spectacular Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary was also well worth a visit while stopping off for lunch on the trip home.

Anyway, the conference was recorded and here’s my tuppence worth. In my defence, blubbing like a baby is not really my thing BUT, I was supposed to speak after a coffee break, which didn’t happen due to time constraints. We were listening to Gordon Lucas who was brilliant but had everyone in floods of tears, when the coffee break was cancelled and I was unexpectedly called. That’s my excuse for being totally unprofessional and once again rambling like an amadán.

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Wicklow Town (June-Nov 2013)

Christmas Lights  23/11/2013
Christmas Lights 23/11/2013
Swans in Wicklow Harbour
Swans and cygnets in Wicklow Harbour
Swans 2
Swans at 6am
Sammy the seal in the harbour
Sammy the seal in the harbour
Sammy
Sammy waiting for his breakfast from Alan (The Fishman on the Quay)
Cooking lessons with Keith Kenny and Alan (The Fishman)
Cooking lessons with Keith Kenny and Alan (The Fishman)
Seagulls
Feeding the seagulls on the bridge over the Leitrim river
Jake 2
Seagulls on the bridge over the Leitrim river
Jake 1
Seagulls on the bridge over the Leitrim river
Australian black swans in Wicklow
Lost Australian black swans
Wicklow Gaol
Wicklow Gaol
Preparing to trick or treat
Halloween, Scary kids..
From inside the spectacular Wicklow Head Lighthouse
From inside the spectacular Wicklow Head Lighthouse
The actual working lighthouse
The actual working lighthouse
Wicklow Church at night from the back garden
Wicklow Church at night
Crossing the tracks at the Murrough
Crossing the tracks at the Murrough
Inside a beautiful house which Tony and my brother wouldn't let me buy; no foresight!!
Viewing a beautiful old house. Head (and purse) won over heart.
Is daddy too old to play?
Playing chase on the riverbank.
Lucy, Tony and his sister 'Golly fishing' on the briddge
Lucy, Tony and his sister ‘Golly fishing’ on the bridge
Ms Bradshaw and I in the bridge.
Ms Bradshaw and I in ‘the bridge’.
Maria and Bobby's visit 157
Mr Fiddaman and my easily led husband
The Harbour
The Harbour
Bridge Street Book Shop
Bridge Street Book Shop
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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.

Hipp

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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The Irish College of Phishy Psychiatry.

The Four Courts

It seems to me that our Irish Courts rely far to much on psychiatric ‘expert’ advise. What am I on about today, you might ask?

In a 2004 paper entitled ‘Expert Witness Perceptions of Bias in Experts’, Michael Commons et al had this to say:

“There are many ideal qualities for expert witnesses. The objectivity of the expert witness, in psychiatry or elsewhere, is one of the more valued qualities that an expert hopes to bring to the legal system, despite the latter’s necessarily partisan adversarial structure. Despite this ideal, dealing with bias constitutes one of the central challenges for expert witnesses in the legal system.”

I have never made any apologies for my caustic opinion of Irish Psychiatry (collectively) and I’m not about to now. Not just Patricia Casey and Ted Dinan but Irish psychiatry as a whole are like a pack of wolves cards ready to come tumbling down, drowning in their own chemically imbalanced pool of serotonin. They operate under the guise of helping people, and yet after my son died, while we were flailing about looking for answers, they went on the defensive and repeatedly kicked us when we were down. Protecting their medical model while bullying the living and discrediting the dead is not only unethical but inhumanity at its worst. Attending victims’ inquests as ‘independent’ experts while taking payment from the drug companies at issue is biased in the extreme.

The only reason that psychiatry Ireland were represented at my son’s inquest (by Patricia Casey who also had links to Lundbeck) was because I publicly stated that Lundbecks’ Cipramil/Celexa was the catalyst for my son’s death. What amazes me is that the Irish College of Psychiatry have ‘charity’ status here. I would have thought that being charitable would be an essential requisite for setting up a charity. Obviously not!

Getting back to my original point; After my son’s inquest the college released a statement here. Along with the implied message that Professor Healy’s testimony was fabricated, they further stated that “Antidepressants are effective in the treatment of depression and thus lead to a reduction in suicidal thoughts. The effective treatment of depression is an important means of reducing suicide rates.” Now you see, therein lies the problem. In Kinsella v Rafferty [2012] IEHC 529, (Full Case here), the Court listened to two psychiatrists. It found on the evidence of Dr. Lane that in the case of antidepressant medication, in at least 50% of cases, perhaps up to 70%, no improvement resulted and there was no return to normal functioning. Dr. Tobin, whilst disagreeing with the higher figure of 70% as being too pessimistic, nonetheless agreed that in cases of severe anxiety disorder, the failure rate in treatment was of the order of 50%.

Put your faith in the hands of the Irish College of Phishy Psychiatry, at your own risk. Have I been clear enough on my opinion?

By the way, I did invite Patricia Casey and Ted Dinan to our Wicklow talk but neither replied!

Expert Witness Perceptions of Bias in Experts.

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Ah Yes; The Lundbeck Salute.

Lundbeck two finger saluteI have always said that I never get angry, but I think I may have to revise that statement. You’d think by the following conversation, that I had lost my purse or something equally trivial, but hey, what’s a son to Lundbeck pharmaceuticals?

Sept 20 2013

Causality Assessment.

RE; My son’s death (Shane Clancy)

To whom it concerns,

It has come to my attention that the CIOMS report which I have received for my son’s death is unfactual. The box marked ‘did event reappear after reintroduction’, is inexplicably blank. As you can see from my son’s medical records which I have attached for your attention, there is clearly a challenge, dechallenge and rechallenge period. The significance of my son’s suicide attempt shortly after his consumption of Citalopram and his completed suicide shortly after rechallenge surely did not go unnoticed by your pharmacovigilance department?
As this seems to be an oversight on Lundbeck’s part, can you rectify this important issue and get back to me and the Irish Medicines Board with another assessment. As I’m sure that deceased children are of huge importance to Lundbeck, this matter is surely one of utmost importance in order to prevent future fatalities.
Regards,
Leonie Fennell
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Reply Sept 25 2013

Dear Ms Fennell,

I refer to your query below concerning the CIOMS report for your son’s case. The CIOMS form was completed in compliance with pharmacovigilance legislation which requires a revision of the form on the receipt of relevant new information. There is no requirement for a revision of the CIOMS form, as the case is considered up-to-date by the Irish Medicines Board.

Yours sincerely,
Medical Department,

Lundbeck (Ireland) Ltd

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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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Be Aware/Beware of Lundbeck’s ’99 and me’

Shane, Lucy and ChrissyLundbeck, your not so friendly Pharma company are at it again in the Irish Isles. This time it’s the launch of a ‘new bipolar disorder campaign’ 99 and me.

What does the ’99 and me’ leaflet tell us? Well, let’s see: “Seeking help for symptoms of bipolar disorder is no cause for worry. Approximately 40,000 people in Ireland are currently being treated for the condition – that is approximately 1 in every 100 people in the country. Your healthcare professional is always on-hand to offer friendly advice and support. They can advise you on the right treatment pathway to suit you.”

The campaign, according to IrishHealth.com, “aims to tackle misunderstandings about the condition, to remove the stigma surrounding it and to encourage people to get the treatment they need as soon as possible.” Dr Paul Scully of St James’s Hospital stated “not infrequently, bipolar can be misdiagnosed as depression and, as a result, patients don’t receive the treatment and support they need“.

Naturally Lundbeck have a treatment for bi-polar disorder. Unfortunately the treatment may be worse than the cure; will your hands-on friendly healthcare professional tell you that? Firstly there is Sycrest/Saphris which lists Akathisia as a ‘common’ side effect. Akathisia, you may know, is well known as the precursor to suicide and/or homicide.

Then there is Abilify. According to PharmaTimes the ‘National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’ (NICE) “has issued draft guidance recommending Lundbeck/Otsuka’s Abilify for the treatment of teenagers with bipolar disorder.” Remember Akathisia, particularly if this drug is prescribed to your teenager. The RxISK database has 348 reported deaths, 573 cases of Akathisia, 572 cases of Psychotic disorder, 381 cases of Agitation, 351 cases of Schizophrenia, 303 cases of mania, 303 cases of Delusion, 292 cases of Hallucination, 295 Suicide attempts, 293 Completed suicide and 276 cases of Aggression, all directly reported as an adverse effect of consuming Abilify. I could go on but you can have a look for yourself: RxISK (Abilify)

At the moment there is a Bi-polar Conference (13-16 June) ongoing in Florida. It’s called the ’10th International Conference on Bipolar Disorders’ and the listed disclosures would make your hair stand on end, here. Interesting to see the notorious pharma shill Charles Nemeroff in attendance. Despite the numerous conflicts of interest, at least in the US pharma declarations are listed, where-as Irish Psychiatrists and Doctors seem quite reticent in revealing their pharma connections. It would certainly be interesting to see what pharma connections, if any, Dr Paul Scully of St James’s Hospital has, including Lundbeck honoraria.

It should be noted; in my experience, if you or your loved one happen to have an adverse reaction (as listed above), your hands-on friendly GP will side with the pharmaceutical industry and turn their backs on you quicker than you can say ‘Judas Iscariot’.