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The non-pursuit of happiness.

Happy womanThe non-pursuit of happiness. “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open” John Barrymore.

There you have it, just when I least expect it, it creeps in (uninvited I might add) and smacks me round my gobsmacked gob!

Today was the usual run of the mill day; there I was, for once minding my own business, standing in the kitchen after collecting the kids from school, when it happened. Lucy was rabbiting on about planting her acorn tree in the garden, Henry was doing his usual worrying about his maths homework, when there it was; I realised I was happy, or maybe content is a better description. You could have knocked me down with a feather. Four years and one month since my lovely son died and I was just resigning myself to looking at my miserable face staring back at me from the bathroom mirror, when today my heart felt ‘not quite’ so heavy. Do you know how mind-numbingly boring it is being miserable?

I knew it was coming of course; I tried hard to ignore it, I’m not bloody ready, but lately the sadness was lifting whether I liked it or not. This, of course doesn’t mean that I won’t cry in Tescos or embarrass myself at the motor tax counter ever again, but the endless need to fight Lundbeck, the corrupt medical system and even more corrupt Irish psychiatry was being overridden by walks on the beach, feeding the ducks or teaching the kids how to ride a bike (a seemingly impossible task). It doesn’t make me less sad about the way my son died or the fact that he caused the death of an innocent young man, some things can never be unseen or unheard unfortunately, but I’ve resigned myself to it and understand the circumstances.

I certainly won’t be letting Lundbeck off anytime soon (actually not ever) as my son deserved so much better. I wonder sometimes if Ulf Wiinberg (CEO of1111 Lundbeck) sleeps well at night? Probably, but you can bet your bottom dollar that Shane’s face and all the other victim’s faces must make the odd appearance in the pharmaceutical cesspit that lurks in the furthest recesses of his mind. That reminds me, a new book by Peter Gøtzsche ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare‘ has recently been published. Chapter two is freely available here and deals with SSRI induced suicide. If you can’t face reading the whole chapter, then pages 224-229 deal with Lundbeck corruption which you might find interesting.

Lundbeck’s latest symposium is happening soon in Monaco (November). I see that Professor Tim Dinan from UCC Cork is making an appearance, although the European Medicines Agency assured me that Professor Dinan will not receive any honorarium for his trip to Monaco or any of the other Lundbeck sponsored symposia that I brought to their attention; so no worries on the ‘independence’ of their scientific advisors there. Phew, that’s such a relief!

Anyway, getting back to my original point, somehow I feel that this shift in mood would make Shane the happiest of all. Now I think the ducks are waiting for me.

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Citalopram in the Sunday Post

Sunday Business Post

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I never expected my life to turn out like this. Before Shane died, I was happily rambling along minding my own business (I was, I swear!). There are more and more compelling arguments that Citalopram and other SSRIs can cause people to kill themselves and others. Don’t let it be you or your family. Be aware that these type of drugs are powerful mind altering drugs. Do not believe lazy doctors who spout the ‘chemical imbalance’ rubbish. We were not born with an inherent defect that only the pharmaceutical industry can save us from. These supposedly ‘safer’ drugs can kill in overdose. They can cause heart attacks, stroke, suicide, homicide, birth defects, et cetera. Thank-you to John Breslin and Iain Harrison for writing this article. I was happy to be interviewed for it. Thanks also to Mike Schoger who captured the article for me; his lovely mum died as a result of taking her prescribed Citalopram.

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My Sister, My Son and An Irish Coincidence.

Shane and his aunt... Pub quiz May 2009Ireland is a fairly small incestuous country, notoriously resistant to change and outside influence. Our leading ‘experts’ are given free rein to spout whatever gospel they wish, largely uncontested, much like the erroneous messages the catholic church spouted not so long ago. Look how that ended for our ‘land of saints and scholars’ (sorry mam!).

This week, despite saying in my last post that I was done arguing, I ended up doing just that. I spoke on Newstalk radio along with Prof Healy and a highly indignant Dr Moosajee Bhamjee (the same Dr Bhamjee who wanted to put Lithium in our water). Okay, maybe I’m biased here; you can make up your own mind by accessing the recording via the newstalk picture below:

The Right Hook

Getting back to the incestuous reference, it seems that being a small country, most of us will have come into contact with someone who happens to have worked with, be related to, was married to, divorced by, or was a neighbour to someone else that we both knew. Now how’s this for a coincidence….

The latter radio discussion came about after I sent an e-mail to the show expressing my concerns over the resident expert Dr Ciara Kelly and her portrayal that SSRI antidepressants were, and I quote “the drugs themselves are not dangerous, they’re not addictive, they’re not even dangerous at high levels of overdose.” She also said, regarding Niamh Drohan’s investigation into over-prescribing (see last 2 posts here and here), that the 7 doctors did the right thing in prescribing antidepressants for a first time patient with mild depression.

Dr Ciara Kelly

Referring to the toxicity of SSRIs, George asked Dr Kelly: “What would happen if I took 55 of them (antidepressants) with my cup of tea?” Doctor Kelly answeredOne of the reasons that the SSRI tablets are as popular as they are, is that compared to older type of antidepressants, is that they are safer in overdose. So there are not the same levels as Cardio Toxicity …”. OH GOD, seriously, was I supposed to ignore that?

Anyway back to the coincidence; in 2011 my sister, whom I wrote about before here, was very unhappy about going back to work. She had just had a new baby and was besotted by her, but as needs must, needed to return to her job in the bank. The thoughts of leaving her daughter filled her with dread and she was feeling terribly unhappy. She was also dealing with the recent horrific death of her much-loved nephew Shane. She dispatched herself off to the local doctor who promptly, after about 10 minutes, told her she needed to go on antidepressants. My sister refused, explaining what had happened to Shane, her nephew, and the terrible consequences because of these drugs. Alas, to no avail; the doctor seemed to ignore her protestations and insisted that she needed antidepressants. As she was leaving my sister asked the doctor if she thought she “would get better?” The doctor’s response was.. “Not without the tablets!” My sister who politely and tearfully refused, left without a prescription, feeling much worse than she had when she went in. For my sister, who is a big softie and nothing like me, and who would never argue with anyone (husband not included), making a stand such as this would have been a huge thing for her to do.

She duly went back to work and was back to her old cheery self soon afterwards. Did I say she lives in Greystones, where Dr Kelly practices? You can see where this is going? Absolutely! I discovered last night that Dr Kelly is the very same doctor who told my sister she wouldn’t get better without taking antidepressants. You were wrong AGAIN Dr Kelly. By the way, I’m not singling out Dr Kelly; she is doing what most other GPs are probably doing. It doesn’t follow though, that the practice of going against the recommended guidelines is good practice, even if they’re all doing it. It’s sad though that Dr Kelly, instead of listening to the testimony of her patient, Shane’s aunt, instead chose to believe the ‘Irish Psychiatry’ stance that antidepressants can ‘do no harm’.

Information for the concerned doctor:

Toxicology tests are widely under-reported mostly due to the cost factor. This is where Coroners and families need to step up to the plate, otherwise uninformed doctor’s will still think these drugs are safe. Here are some victims who have died by a safe ‘SSRI only’ overdose, courtesy of Brian at ‘AntiDepAware‘.

Citalopram/Cipramil/Celexa:  Karen Gloster (2005), Barbara BerryDeborah Owens (2006), Rhian Evans (2007), Rodney Harrop (2008), Philip Bromley (2009), Belinda KellyMichael MillerNatalie CashinSusan Mealing (2010), Patrick Carroll (2011), Malcolm AverissRobert Lennon (2012)

Fluoxetine/Prozac: Donna ChaseMark Cain (2003), Christine ByrneDianne Pickersgill (2008)

Sertraline/Zoloft: Dale Pashley (2007), Brian Elder (2010), Afsheen Khan (2011)

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Officially Knackered

Knackered 1That’s it, I’m officially wrecked; as in knackered, exhausted, on the scrapheap, whatever you want to call it. I have spent the last few years, since Shane died in 2009, trying to change the world and put right the indefensible.

Ireland is such a small country that a little misinformation goes a long way and the misinformation surrounding prescribed drugs, whether intentional or not, has given the impression that most prescription drugs are safe. They’re not. My son is dead because of misinformation and our belief that doctor’s knew best. Sadly and increasingly, that is not always the case. Antidepressants can kill. They can cause suicide, homicide, violence, mania, worsening depression and akathisia, etc, etc. Here’s a few examples of very recent misinformation still being dished out in Irish Media:

1. This week in an Irish Independent article “GPs advised on options of medication and therapy“, the author wrote “Doctors were advised to prescribe benzodiazepine – anti-depressants that are addictive – if the patient developed increased agitation and only for a short period”. Now it doesn’t take a genius to tell you that benzodiazepines are not an antidepressant. I felt I had to comment, which the Indo duly published.

2. Following Niamh Drohan’s investigation into the over-prescribing of antidpressants (see last post), yesterday’s ‘Midday’ on TV3 did a segment on whether doctors were indeed over-prescribing. Some good points were made and I think the overall impression was that yes, GPs were over-prescribing. Then near the end Fiona Looney (a TV and radio personality) said “No-one of them (GPs) over-prescribed”. Seriously Fiona? Despite the doctor’s diagnosing this girl with mild depression which antidepressants are not recommended for, therefore all arguably over-prescribed, you don’t think a prescription for a lethal dose of 1 month, 2 months, 3 months and 6 months is over-prescribing? My son took 39 Cipramil in 17 days and his toxicology report showed a ‘toxic to fatal’ amount in his system. You may want to re-visit your argument Fiona. The show can be viewed here and this comment is around 15 mins. Again I felt compelled to comment, but they didn’t read that one out!

3. Again following Niamh’s investigation, George Hook had an expert on his Newstalk radio show, a Dr Ciara Kelly from Greystones, who wrongly pointed out that “the drugs themselves are not dangerous, they’re not addictive, they’re not even dangerous at high levels of overdose.” While patients suffering terrible withdrawal symptoms would argue the addictive point, the other point she made was far more dangerous. Not dangerous at high levels? Referring to the toxicity of SSRIs, George asked Dr Kelly: “What would happen if I took 55 of them (antidepressants) with my cup of tea?” Doctor Kelly answered “One of the reasons that the SSRI tablets are as popular as they are, is that compared to older type of antidepressants, is that they are safer in overdose. So there are not the same levels as Cardio Toxicity …” She never once said that 55 pills could certainly be fatal. Neither did she mention that some SSRIs, including Citalopram AKA Escitalopram are actually associated with Cardio Toxicity. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22996077 You sure need to be worried when even the IMB send out a warning letter. Again I felt I had to comment and sent off an e-mail to George which will be followed up shortly. I’ll keep you posted. The show can be found here. Scroll to the ‘Right Hook’ for Wed 3rd April and click on number 3.

How could these people and in particularly a doctor, whom George Hook described as an ‘expert’, be allowed to misinform the public on such an important and life-threatening’ subject? Where is the medical body or ethical committee which stops Irish people being misinformed on such a large scale?

I’m off for a few days to do some much-needed studying and maybe make/burn some fairy cakes; anything which doesn’t include commenting or arguing. Incidentally, here’s a segment (3 mins) from Professor Healy’s ‘Chicago-Kent School of Law’ lecture which involves Shane. Regarding the mention of any other names; I apologise, this is outside of my control.

The full Full video can be viewed here: http://wp.rxisk.org/videos/  Brian’s take on Niamh’s article here.

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Ireland’s over-prescribing disaster.

Ali Bracken
Ali Bracken

In 2009 following Shane’s death, a ‘Tribune’ journalist ‘Ali Bracken’ decided to find out whether antidepressants were being over-prescribed in Ireland. She presented to 5 doctors with symptoms of mild-depression and was shocked when 4 out of 5 prescribed her an antidepressant. The article ‘A Pill For Every Ill’ can be viewed here. So what has happened in the last 4 years. Has the over-prescribing of potentially dangerous drugs been curtailed in any way? Nope, in fact it’s actually got much, much worse.

In the last few weeks, a young journalism student ‘Niamh Drohan’ posed as a mildly depressed student in Waterford. This time sheNiamh Drohan visited 7 GPs as part of her investigation; all near Waterford city. Sadly, all 7 prescribed her an antidepressant. Her article ‘Depressing Truth about Treating Depression In The Young’ can be viewed here. What is all the more shocking this time around, is that 3 prescriptions were issued for one month supply, 1 was for two months, 1 was for three months and 2 were for six months. Can you believe that? Two doctors prescribed a 6 months supply of a potentially fatal amount of drug, to a depressed person that they had only just met? Why not just give her a gun and play some Russian Roulette with a young girl’s life? Idiots!

So why are Irish doctor’s prescribing so recklessly? The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines  recommend that doctors “Do not use antidepressants routinely to treat mild depression because the risk–benefit ratio is poor…” Another NICE review stated that the benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo in mild to moderate depression may be minimal or nonexistent.

What about the Irish Human Rights Commission who recommended, among other things, that doctors/psychiatrists are to give an ‘oral explanation of risks/side-effects of SSRI’s in advance of prescription, together with relevant written information’ and that a ‘level of monitoring and ongoing supervision is required when SSRI’s are initially prescribed’. I don’t think that equates to ‘here’s a script, now have a nice day young lady and don’t take them all at once’.

Considering Shane had access to 6 weeks of poison Citalopram and had a toxic-to-fatal level of same in his system when he died, how many horses could a 6 month supply kill? This dangerous over-prescribing is heading for disaster. As Dr Phil would say; how’s that working for ya professor? Rising suicides and increased prescribing… sometimes 2+2 really does equal 4.

IHRC Recommendations.

NICE guidelines.

NICE Review Consultation Doc.

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The 3 musketeers? Lundbeck, the Irish College of Psychiatry and the Irish Medical Council.

The 3 MusketeersAll for one and one for all?

Now I know a lot of you may think I’m a little delusional or at the very least a slightly emotional, conspiracy theorist. Some of you may think (or not) that that’s understandable, albeit a tad hard to believe. Some may just think that I’m not the full shilling, I understand that and accept it. Either way, bear with me if you will.

I have made no secret of the fact that I thought Professor Patricia Casey and the Irish College of Psychiatry’s involvement in Shane’s inquest was, how do I put this; a little strange! I also made no secret that I found it ‘strange’ that the Irish College of Psychiatry would choose to send someone with a long history of working for lundbeck (the drug company who invented Citalopram), to my son’s inquest. Considering Citalopram is the drug I blame for Shane’s death, I wondered whether she was representing psychiatry Ireland or lundbeck that day?

Still bearing with me?

In 2010 I sent off a ‘Freedom Of Information’ request to Lundbeck which I happened to be going through this week. Most of it was newspaper clippings from the various media outlets in Ireland and a few e-mails with a lot of redaction. I came across one e-mail which I had somehow missed before. It’s an internal e-mail to members of the Irish College of Psychiatry, from the College President Justin Brophy, referring to their decision not to address the antidepressant ‘issue’ raised by the ‘Shane Clancy Affair’.

Well here’s the conspiracy theorist bit;

Why did Lundbeck have access to private ‘internal’ e-mails sent by Justin Brophy to members of the Irish College of Psychiatrists? Who forwarded this ‘internal’ e-mail to a pharmaceutical company implicated in my son’s death? There’s quite a few members of Irish Psychiatry who have financial ties to Lundbeck; does that surprise you? Me a conspiracy theorist?

The Irish Medical Council is a public body set up by statute. Section 38 of the ‘Medical Practitioners Act’ 1978, provides:“The Council shall from time to time determine, in relation to each specialty recognised by it, the body or bodies which the Council shall recognise in the State for the purpose of granting evidence of satisfactory completion of specialist training.”The Medical Council currently approves the Irish College of Psychiatry for the purpose of granting ‘evidence of satisfactory completion’ of psychiatric training. In August 2010, we made a complaint to the Irish Medical Council regarding the care, or lack thereof, that Shane received in his last few weeks. Similarly, the Medical Council also asked an expert with financial ties to Lundbeck (PJ Cowen), to compile an expert ‘independent’ report on my son’s case. So is it possible that the dubious relationship between Lundbeck and the Irish College of psychiatry, if not addressed, could lead the Medical Council, as a public body, open to a ‘perception of bias’? Or maybe it’s just a case of the old boy’s network, and the families of the victims are never invited? Well, you’ll have to make up your own mind, mine’s firmly made up!

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Meet Larry..

Larry 1Meet Larry, 63. Larry underwent a ‘triple bypass’ operation last Christmas, which involved spending 26 days in the Mater hospital, Dublin. Open heart surgery is known to be a very serious procedure; not least because the sternum (which is opened during surgery) can take up to 12 weeks to heal. Cardiologists acknowledge that Heart surgery is life-changing, both physically and emotionally.

Larry was a good guy, the eldest of six. He was relaxed, funny, and easy-going, with a wife whom he knew since they were teenagers. He had 4 children and 7 grandchildren who adored him. Following Larry’s triple bypass, as is common following big operations, he started to feel a little down. He was prescribed an antidepressant Lexapro (Lundbeck’s poison and the same drug Shane was prescribed). He took Lexapro as prescribed for about a week. He told his son that his head felt like it was exploding, that it wasn’t in sync with the rest of him and that he was ‘all over the place’.

Larry went back to the doctor and his medication was changed, this time to a newer antidepressant, Valdoxan (AKA Agomelatine, manufactured by Servier) and the Benzodiazepine Xanax, another potentially dangerous drug. Larry was prescribed this drug despite recent reports that Valdoxan is associated with serious hepatotoxicity (liver damage) and that caution is advised when prescribing for overweight/obese patients. I’m sure Larry wouldn’t mind me saying that he was more like Pavarotti than Rudolf Nureyev. Either way, I’m not quite sure why any medical professional would prescribe this drug considering the doubts surrounding its efficacy and the possible dangerous adverse effects. Warning here.

According to Larry’s family, following the later prescription for Valdoxan and Xanax, he became manic, unable to function; the simplest of tasks became mammoth. He behaved bizzarely, for example: he wouldn’t allow his wife out of his sight, insisted on holding her hand at all times, seemingly afraid to let go. This was totally out of character for the usually easy-going Larry. As usual, this change was put down to the after effects and trauma of this huge operation, not the mind-altering drugs which are prescribed to unsuspecting patients, including Larry.

On 27th Febuary 2013, Larry took a rope into the garage of his old family home and less than the required 12 weeks it took for his sternum to heal, this easy going 63 year-old man was dead.

There are 2,370 suicides and 1,539 Cardiac arrests reported as a drug- reaction (of Xanax) in the RxISK website. Valdoxan (Agomelatine) is not on the RxISK website because it is not approved by the FDA in America. This drug has been called ineffective, potentially dangerous and ‘a dog’ and had 3 (acknowledged) suicides in clinical trials, before it was even approved. For more of Valdoxan’s dodgy trials and other dodgy dealings with this IMB approved drug, retired psychiatrist and scientist ‘1 Boring Old Man’ explains it here.

The Valdoxan patient information leaflet (PIL) has the usual IMB inadequate suicide warning, although directed at under 25s:

 A meta-analysis of placebo-controlled clinical trials of antidepressants in adult patients with psychiatric disorders showed an increased risk of suicidal behaviour with antidepressants compared to placebo, in patients less than 25 years old. Close supervision of patients and in particular those at high risk should accompany treatment especially in early treatment and following dose changes. Patients (and caregivers of patients) should be alerted to the need to monitor for any clinical worsening, suicidal behaviour or thoughts and unusual changes in behaviour and to seek medical advice immediately if these symptoms present.

The fact that the so-called psychiatric ‘experts’ in Ireland deny that these drugs can cause suicide, arguably negates the above warning. Even though Larry was aware of Shane’s case and the role that antidepressants played, he, like most people, trusted that the medical professionals knew better.

RIP Larry.

Lexapro PIL

Valdoxan PIL

Xanax PIL

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Academic Integrity in Ireland and the UK; Is there any such thing?

Shane and the lads.“I grew up in Ireland in the 1950s and 1960s, a period when Catholic censorship meant that work by Joyce, Beckett, Kiely, Broderick, McGahern, O’Brien, Dunne, Moore and many others were banned in Ireland because they tackled sexual issues. But it is a moot point as to whether that censorship was any more draconian than the current censorship. Having prided ourselves on finally overcoming Catholic, Nazi, McCarthyite or Soviet censorship, we perhaps think this could never happen again. We fail to see what is happening and to call it what it is.

 The above paragraph comes from a book called ‘Universities at Risk: How Politics, Special Interests and Corporatization Threaten Academic Integrity’. This particular section was written by Prof David Healy.

Does anyone believe that anything has changed in Ireland since Prof Healy grew up in the 50s and 60s? I believe it’s actually a lot worse; as back then it was blatant, unapologetic censorship. Now it’s not as obvious but infinitely more corrupt. The question is not which academics are paid by ‘industry’ but ‘which academics are not?’ Conflicts of interests are intrinsic within Ireland and the Uk’s medical field: from the initial training that medics receive which are sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry, all the way to the Irish Medicine’s Board being almost fully funded by the pharmaceutical industry. Then there is depression websites which partner themselves with pharma companies, for example: Aware and Lundbeck. Okay, so a mental health ‘charity’ allows itself to partner a drug company which make drugs which can cause suicide? A person feeling suicidal then looks for help from a group which partner the drug company which make the drug which caused the suicide ideation in the first place. Bizarre is one word I would use. What about Brainwave (the Irish Epilepsy association) accepting funding from UCB (a drug company which make anti-seizure drugs)? A person only has to listen to the late John McCarty to know how wrong this actually is; “She was four and bold.” What about the recent lobbying of Enda Kenny and the Irish Government by industry? Just how cosy is this relationship? The Irish Times reported on the Government’s (now retracted) decision not to approved payment for new drugs: “new documents released by the Government show that Mr Kenny received strong representations on the cuts by leading pharmaceutical companies.” The tail wagging the dog, I wonder?

An article last Sunday in the UK Independent is another fine example of a serious ‘conflict of interest’. The article ‘Hooked on happy pills’? How thePower, Politics and pharmaceuticals. media demonises mental health medication’ attempts to convince the reader that antidepressants are quite often negatively portrayed in the media. Even the title wrongly and flippantly refers to these drugs as ‘happy pills’. The author Rachel Whitehead speaks of her experience as an employee of Rethink, a mental health charity. She says “Rethink Mental Illness, is neither ‘for’ or ‘against’ medication, what we’re interested in is people having a choice over their own treatment and finding what works for them.” Well that sounds promising, doesn’t it? What the author doesn’t say is that Rethink has accepted funding from drug companies including Roche and Lundbeck. Roche, you may recall is the manufacturer of Roaccutane, an acne drug, which was estimated to have caused between 300-3000 deaths by suicide or homicide. ‘The goose that laid the Golden Egg’ by Doug Bremner, details Roche’s corruption and intimidation tactics when an Irishman tries to get to the bottom of the role Accutane played in his son’s self-inflicted death. Although Roche withdrew this drug in the US in 2009, it is still available in Ireland. Rethink may want to rethink where it gets its funding, as Lundbeck’s lexapro and Cipramil have also caused numerous deaths by suicide and/or homicide. Then there is the mental health charity ‘Sane’, who also accept Lundbeck’s drug money. Remember Lord Milo, who died by suicide a week after being prescribed Lundbeck’s Cipramil? Marjorie Wallace of Sane even made a statement after Lord Milo’s death, stating “the evidence that emerged in Lord Milo’s inquest raises disturbing questions.” You bet it does Marjorie!  Did Cipramil cause Lord Milo’s suicide?

So why does this bother me today? I’ll tell you why. Today it snowed, beautiful, white, fluffy snow. I’m not really one to feel sorry for myself, waste of time and energy, but today I felt sorry for Shane and his siblings, for how much they were all missing out on. Normally he’d be the first one to make a snowman, delighting in making snow angels and there would be crying and laughter in equal measures after the snowball fights. So something is missing today; Shane.

I could never put into words just how badly I feel he was let down by the different bodies in Ireland. Firstly there are the academic ‘experts’ who argued the case for SSRIs and who, it then transpired, were paid by the same manufacturers. Then there is the Irish Medicine’s Board who said there is sufficient warning on the package inserts here. So the experts deny that SSRIs can cause suicide and violence, yet the IMB say the warnings of suicide and violence are sufficient? Figure that one out! Then there was the expert engaged by the Irish medical council, Prof CJ Cowen, of Oxford University. Prof Cowan, who is also associated with Lundbeck, actually told me that he believes that ‘in some circumstances SSRIs can lead to people behaving violently to themselves and others’. He acknowledged that he didn’t have enough facts in Shane’s case but deferred to Prof Healy’s expertise in ‘these kinds of assessments’. Oh yes, I forgot to mention that the Medical Council never thought to ask him either questions. In Shane’s case there were a number of Professors who involved themselves in the media defense of the drug, namely: Prof Patricia Casey, Prof Timothy Dinan, Prof Michael Gill, Prof Brian Lawlor, Prof James V Lucey, Prof Kevin Malone, Prof David Meagher and Prof Colm McDonald. Then there was the more formal statement from former president of the Irish College of Psychiatry, Justin Brophy, ‘CLARIFICATION ON ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATION’. Justin, who works in Newcastle Hospital, a hospital in Wicklow for people suffering from ‘mental health’ issues, does not believe what the IMB says is sufficient warning on the Package insert. Now that is my point!

Yep, good old Politics, Special Interests and Corporatization are still threatening Academic Integrity. Academic censorship is still very much alive and kicking in Ireland. It seems there is little difference in the way Irish and Uk ‘mental health’ charities and academics protect the pharmaceutical industry. As John McCarty said, how do these people sleep at night?

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My ‘Mad in America’ article…

Mad in AmericaToday my article was published on Robert Whitaker’s ‘Mad in America’ website, here.

This follows the publication of my November article in the Irish Independent, here. I really appreciate the publication of my work/views, particularly as it might just warn somebody, or give an insight into the corrupt pharmaceutical industry. The most telling sentence in the Independent article is the last one “The Irish Medicines Board declined to comment.” It would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic. The body entrusted with the safety of Irish medicine couldn’t or wouldn’t clarify the situation?

I have previously quoted John Le Carré; speaking of his fictional writings of the pharma industry, he said “…But I can tell you this. As my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progressed, I came to realise that, by comparison with the reality, my story was as tame as a holiday postcard.” From my experiences since Shane died in 2009, I think even John Le Carré may have underestimated the extent of the corruption within the pharmaceutical industry, which tapers all the way down to your friendly, or not so friendly, GP.

The pharma corruption is then firmly established by psychiatry’s active and frantic denials of any problems with the pills they prescribe. Even our KOPs (Key Opinion Leader’s) in Irish psychiatry will attend inquests in order to argue that the victims death was due to his/her own fault and not the fault of the drug itself. They will trample over the dead bodies and grieving relatives in order that the defense of the drug be heard.

In case I sound like a ‘conspiracy theorist’ here, let me clarify that one. I believe that antidepressants (SSRIs in particular) cause suicide and cause homicide, among other terrible reactions. I believe that that is what happened in the case of Shane, my son. I firmly believe that psychiatry worldwide know full well that these drugs are very dangerous, but are protecting their own monetary interests. People say that these drugs save lives, and maybe that is the case, BUT, that has nothing to do with the fact that they can also kill. My son never offered to be a number in the carcrash of collateral damage left behind.

So, that’s why I appreciate the publication of my work.  If you are reading this, maybe you will be pre-warned of the possible dangers, when you or a loved-one are prescribed these drugs.

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Signs!

BarniskyI admit to being a bit of a sceptic. People talk about angels, feathers, and all the different signs we get that indicate a person is still watching over us after death. Well we have had numerous signs, some that would make your hair stand on end, and some that are so far fetched that I wonder sometimes if I’m losing the plot and imagining them. I’m one of those people who watched the ‘psychic’ TV programmes because I really want it to be true for the people who are getting messages from their dearly departed; but honestly don’t believe a word of it.

My brother bought us to ‘psychic medium’ John Edwards in the Helix, but it really just confirmed to me that, in my opinion, it’s all codswallop. Although, I do believe that wherever he is, he’s okay; whether the inherent sceptic in me will ever truly believe that Shane is still around me, unless he actually smacks me (hard) on the head, remains to be seen. I have a lovely friend Louise, who reads cards and tells me that the purple aura around me means that the Archangels are looking after me. I love listening to her but she knows I don’t believe a word of it.

Another incident today, for the believer, could be attributed to a sign. One of the notes he wrote in Theology is an example. I have Shane’s stuff tucked away from his ‘quite destructive’ younger siblings. Today I inexplicably found this note on the kitchen counter, so however it surfaced, whether by human or spirit, I can’t ignore it. Just in case, on the off chance that Shane wanted his siblings to remember how much he loved them, here’s the note.

Shane's writing

“The love of your brothers and sister is reflected in your behavior towards them.

Ask yourself, when is the last time I told them I loved them, when is the last time I gave them a hug.

Sad is my plight, I don’t remember when.

I did learn by my silly mistakes.”