It may come as a shock to some of you; but, Electroshock machines have never been tested for safety or efficacy. Electroshock machines were "grandfathered" into the system when the FDA assumed jurisdiction over medical devices in 1976.
In 1990, Congress ordered the FDA to have shock machines tested. Both ECT manufacturers and the closely knit shock advocates--most of who have significant financial interests in ECT--vehemently opposed safety tests. The agency went along with the vested stakeholders and failed to comply with the congressional order.
Electroshock--unlike other medical devices--is most often forced on non-consenting patients such as, Ray Sandford of Minneapolis. Ray, who is 54, has been subjected to 40 shock treatments against his will by court order!! Though Sandford is not charged with any crime , he has received over 40 such rounds of shocks on an outpatient basis so far--even after his original mental problems have long since subsided and he has repeatedly asked for the shocks to stop. Is it civilized to force a human being to undergo brain damaging electroshock as punishment ? What, if any crime has Ray Sanford committed?
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Government Accountability Office criticized FDA's delay in January. So, this week the FDA ordered the makers of 25 different types of medical devices marketed before 1976, to submit safety and effectiveness data within 120 days. Electroconvulsive therapy devices are included.
From - mindfreedom
Monday, 13 April 2009
Dear Friend of Human Rights in Mental Health:
Had a chance to check out the "Web of Link$" surrounding Ray
Sandford's life yet?
It's super-urgent to ACT on these links now.
In just two days, Ray is scheduled to be woken up early in his basement room in a group home in a quiet residential neighborhood just north of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Against his will, Ray will be escorted the 15 miles north to Mercy Hospital, put under anesthesia, and given another involuntary,outpatient electroshock, also known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Ray's has had more than 40 of these court-ordered electroshocks to his brain. No end is in sight.
By a rotten coincidence, this next forced electroshock is on USA Tax Day, Wednesday, 15 April 2009.
So especially during these next 48 hours please *act* on Ray's Web of Link$!
*ALL* of these many groups and individuals involved in Ray's life receive taxpayer funding, directly or indirectly. A few are helping Ray, some are harming him, many are silent:
Like Ray, do not give up. Never ever give up.
For the months I've worked with Ray on his campaign, both he and his mother have continued to clearly, passionately and reasonably argue against his ongoing forced electroshock.
I'm spiritually disgusted that during a time of economic crisis, our scarce taxpayer dollars are wasted torturing an American citizen.
I say it's time to peacefully throw some tea into the harbor.
Are you with us?
Please ACT with Ray Sandford, his Mom, and all of us now:
1) VISIT Ray's Web of Link$:
2) CONTACT as many of the agencies and individuals as possible with a civil message of support for Ray. Yes, there are more than two dozen.
Just do what you can. A few are supporting Ray, many are not.
3) FORWARD this alert to others.
4) LINK to all of Ray's Web of Link$ if you have a blog, web site, Facebook page, posting on web forums, etc. Your linking can help make it easier for all to search for who is helping Ray, and who is not.
The updated list of links is in this message *BELOW*, or click here:
Thank you, everyone, for your emergency support of Ray, his family,and his human right to say "no" to electroshock.