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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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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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Let’s Talk About Suicide.

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The above talk will include evidence and experience, both from myself and Maria Bradshaw, CEO of  Casper New Zealand. There may be other speakers or there might not, we’re winging it a bit at the moment. Anyway, everyone is welcome and I can assure you, we will try not to disappoint.

What I should have informed Maria is that the last time I did any public speaking I was about ten. My mother thought it was a good idea to send me to elocution lessons (should have got a refund). The elocution teacher, Miss Meredith, decided to put us in a Feis Ceoil (Festival of Music) where I was to recite ‘The Grandfather Clock‘ to a humongous room full of strangers. The first line came into my head, then zilch, nothing, nada, a blank empty head was left where my brain had once been. The prompter, whose prompting was getting louder and louder, might as well have been speaking double dutch, and to add to my humiliation I had to be escorted off the stage as my feet had mysteriously cemented into the highly polished wooden stage.

So whether you’re coming to see if I’ve improved or whether you’re coming to listen to Maria’s expert testimony, you’re all very welcome.

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LKMC Syndrome.

Lundbeck Killed My Child DisorderSo what’s happening this week in the depressing world of suicide and ‘mind altering drugs’?

The following was meant to be tongue in cheek but actually the subject is too serious and I miss my son too much to make light of this issue.

Did you hear there’s a new syndrome that’s just been confirmed? Yep, LKMS disorder aka ‘Lundbeck Killed My Son’ Disorder. I suppose if I was being fair, it should be called ‘LKMC’ aka ‘Lundbeck killed my Child’ Disorder. There are many of us affected by this virus, although thankfully it isn’t contagious.

It should be noted that LKMC disorder is a global problem, not just restricted to Ireland or the UK. In fact America, New Zealand and China are reporting an ever-increasing rate of suicide. I have previously shown that the unsuspecting Chinese are killing themselves at an alarming rate, most likely due to the relatively new ‘depression’ advertisements, pushed by dubious pharmaceutical companies including Lundbeck, here.

The latest news regarding the DSM-5 is that grief for more than 2 weeks, even after the death of a loved one, can be seen as a symptom of Major Depressive Disorder, here. Considering that Shane is dead almost four years and I can still blubber like a lunatic at the worst possible moments; that surely means I’m decidedly unwell. I wonder if a pill could cure the death of my son? Can they miraculously make him re-appear? Even your toddler’s ‘temper tantrums’ may be diagnosed as an illness under the new and ‘unimproved’ DSM-5 and therefore medicated accordingly.

This week researchers from Duke University reported that antidepressants, including Lundbeck’s Lexapro appears to help prevent a potentially serious stress-related heart condition. You can find the study in ‘The Journal of the American College of Cardiology’ here. I’d list the conflicts of interests but there isn’t enough room on the page. You can access them yourself by clicking the ‘Author Information’. Now you will have to pardon my stupidity here, but surely these researchers know that Lexapro causes heart-attacks and sudden death? The FDA sent out a warning letter to all practitioners advising of the risk of heart problem with Citalopram in August 2011. This was revised in March 2012 to include Escitalopram, which is no surprise as they’re basically the same drug (as found in a Brussel’s Court here).

Lundbeck whose patents (and patience) are running out, have been frantically scrambling around for their next block-buster drug. Vortioxetine aka Brintellix is their latest offering.  Data concerning Vortioxetine efficacy was presented at the 2013 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting (APA). 4 trial results were shown, 3 for and 1 against. It’s the 1 against that I would be interested in. Was there any deaths? There was certainly a death in one of the Citalopram trials. Are they going to publish all the Vortioxetine trials as GSK are supposed to be doing? Actually no, ignore that, GSK backtracked on that particular promise!

We will have to wait and see whether Vortioxetine will get a ‘licence to kill’ by the FDA and the EMA, and if so, whether it will add to the growing cases of LKMC disorder.

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Who regulates Psychiatry in Ireland?

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Psychiatry In Ireland  are an opinionated  lot. They seemed to have a lot to say about Shane  anyway, but I just wonder can anybody join up? Who regulates psychiatry in Ireland? Here’s a recent article from a New Zealand newspaper:

PRESS.CO.NZ

30/09/2010

A convicted drug smuggler worked as a psychiatrist in Christchurch for more than a year, but the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) says there were no concerns over his work.

The board said yesterday it was reviewing its procedures after Nigerian xxxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxxx, 40, was sentenced to 16 months jail for immigration fraud on Wednesday.

The former registrar was convicted in the Christchurch District Court on three charges after he failed to declare his criminal history when applying for a New Zealand visa in 2008.

He worked in general psychiatry from January 2009 until last month, when he resigned after charges were brought by Immigration New Zealand when he applied for residency.

In 1999, xxxxx  was jailed for two years for importing 4.5 kilograms of cannabis into Britain.

In his residency application, xxxxx forged letters from Nigerian hospitals, claiming he was working when he was in fact in prison.

He received a recognised primary medical qualification from the University of Nigeria in 1996.

xxxxx  worked in Ireland from 2004 until January last year, when he qualified as a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. (NO SURPRISES THERE THEN)

CDHB chief medical officer Nigel Millar said there had been no problems with xxxxx’s “competency or treatment of patients”.

“His caseload has been redistributed since he left the organisation and no new concerns have arisen,” he said.

xxxxx  met all the criteria for the position and supplied a Certificate of Good Standing from the Irish Medical Council as evidence of three years good practice in Ireland.

“As with all serious incidents, the CDHB is reviewing its procedures to see if there is anything that the organisation could have done better,” Millar said.

A Christchurch woman who knows xxxxx  through a flat he rented in Addington said his family still lived in Ireland.

“He was going to get his examinations done and decide whether he was going to go back to Ireland when he had his registration,” she said.

“He was quite a clean-living guy. He was just a quiet guy who used to go about his work,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.

The Medical Council of New Zealand said xxxxx’s qualifications and work history were checked when he applied to work in New Zealand.

Council spokesman George Symmes said a gap in xxxxx’s curriculum vitae between March 2003 and July 2004 was explained as the time it took to meet the Irish Medical Council’s requirement for registration.

Three references were received with xxxxx’s application for registration, all indicating he was a good doctor.

“No disclosures regarding the conviction were made by Dr xxxxx,” Symmes said.

There had been no concerns with xxxxx’s performance in New Zealand, and he received positive supervision reports.

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I have deleted out this mans name because I have no conflict with him or opinion regarding the issue of what he did. My issue is with Irish psychiatry in general who can stick their noses into my sons inquest when it suits and condemn psychiatrists like Dr Corry when his opinion differs from the pack! So can anybody join up? Exactly how stringent are the regulations?

Jan 15th 2013, Update: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2013/0115/1224328852205.html