Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Lie We Call Psychiatry

Joseph Biederman - The king of Myths and pharmaceutical payoffs - including promoting Child Bipolar as the new national pass time!
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I haven't written much in a while here on this blog; so I thought it was time to pop in and throw some more wood on the fire. Let's see where to begin?
The Boston Globe is playing apologist for Biederman once more with a new article from the renowned Biederman's fan club as in devoted parents of patients of this human experimental criminals work.
If you read the article you will hear this one mother tell us how wonderful Biederman was to diagnose her young daughter with bipolar disorder and drug her. She actually had the no-nads to say if it wasn't for Biederman, her daughter would have killed herself at age thirteen, instead of 20 years old when she jumped off a building to her demise.
Read some of the comments and you'll really be turning green. Of course Boston just imposed a new five cent Tax on all sugar snacks as any good Nanny state does. Wouldn't want one of those psychotic patients getting a damned donut without them paying Mighty Nanny their Tax; heck they might get diabetes and gain a thousand pounds with all those A-typical anti-psychotics they are taking. No special tax on psych meds in Boston?
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HOLD ON A MINUTE HERE! THE DAUGHTER IS DEAD!
SOME GREAT TREATMENT AND CURE GOOD OLD DOCTOR DEATH PRESCRIBED! I WOULD HAVE TO GUESS THIS MOTHER IS NOW ON DRUGS HER SELF NOT TO SEE THE HYPOCRISY AND DENIAL IN THIS FORM OF PROGRESSIVE THINKING.
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Hypocrisy highlighted again:
Boston Mass. has just added a five cent sales tax to sugar item snacks (aka Diabetes and Obesity in Kids), yet its strange that in Boston Mass., A-typical anti-psychotics have no little silly nanny state value added tax. Obviously they have thier priorities in correct order?
Moving right along:
Of course Lilly pleaded guilty to criminal offenses by way of the G-men Feds, and will pay out a tiny fraction of the profits they have made over the years { in the end, when all is said and done! they will probably pay out 6 to 8 billion} . Of course they were quick to apologize to their stock holders, and then completely ignored speaking to the patients their criminal activity and drugs killed or destroyed. That "Lilly" is some loving and caring company don't you think!
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I GUESS IT CAN BE SAID; CRIME DOES PAY IN THE GOOD OLD USA! I'M SURE THE DEMONS OVER AT ASTRAZENICA ARE TAKING NOTES TO SEE HOW THEY CAN SKATE BY WITH A NICE BOTTOM LINE IN SPITE OF THEIR UP AND COMING CRIMINAL STATUS.
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Here's a great one from open progressive California looking out for your best interest political web sites that refuse to actually post any other views in their comment section. So democratic and minority of them!
DOES RAVING HYPOCRITES RING A BELL!
I'll just post my comments here for you to read; since they choose to ignore them. Maybe you'll have better luck?
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Prop 64 Governor with holding money

Yes, the People voted for monies that would be spent to help those with Mental Health Issues regain dignity and independence through wise and frugal expenditure of funds to assimilate those with mental health issues fully with in the community and society. Yet as always, the bureaucrats and pharmaceutical lobby has turned it into a rope and dope scheme that has done nothing to improve mental health services for those in California. I guess the political forces to be, those like animals, and Pharmaceutical Industry puppets that are funded by them (like NAMI and most others) have not been reading much about the scam and horrendous disaster that these drugs have perpetrated upon society in the news lately. In all truth; drugs and bureaucracy is where most of this money is going to the great dismay of those that voted for this proposition. (Please check out http://www.furiousseasons.com/ to read more on how corrupt the mental health system and big pharmaceutical really is)
Before we continue to spend and waist precious money to line the pockets of criminals like the political arm of the APA, Lilly, AstraZeneca, J@J, Pfizer and many others with billions of our tax dollars. I believe we need to reevaluate how this money is going to be spent, and what the results are actually going to be. So far it all has been lots of double speak hype, smoke and mirrors statically invalid garbage, with little to show in real life results for those with mental health issues.
The governor should withhold this money until the so called professionals come clean and start directing the services where they can actually do some good for once. With that said; I'm sure the same old group of elitist will continue to push on with a failed model in spite of its inability to make any true difference in the lives of those in need; except worsen an already catastrophic problem.
After trying to post that comment twice, I left this comment that was also not allowed:
Those bloviates running this site that are unwilling to look at the true reality of the Mental Health System, or post opposing viewpoints in the comment section; strike me as the worst kind of hypocrites. This in one of the many reasons the system never changes for those in true need of holistic and frugal real life mental health services; it’s just more political pundits and bureaucrats protecting the same old gravy train.

Advocate
The Computer or this site is acting up? I have more post and ideas swirling around upstairs that will be coming soon! Just leaving some cookie crumbs to keep you satisfied.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Its about more than RAY SANDFORD

I will start with this quote and then respond to the email I received from MindFreedom mental health advocacy organization this morning.

“The only thing evil needs to triumph; is for good men and women to stand by and do nothing"

Decision: Protest the mental health system, or not?

I was actually unpleasantly surprised and dumbfounded that Mindfreedom had to ask this question of those supporting the cause against government superseding a person’s right to self determination, against basic human rights violations, and sanctioned medical torture.
A Psychiatric label should not and does not remove your Constitutional Rights; or does it? Why should you be concerned? Because Obviously in America today it does exactly that! If you want to believe these rough numbers given to us from the APA; 50% or more of the general population of the United States of America will suffer from a debilitating mental health condition during their life time.


That’s means this effects each of you out there on a very personal level. Your Constitutional Rights and Human Rights can and will be violated if you allow this corrupt and inhuman system of Mental Health to remain in place.

Why is nothing being done? I will tell you quite simply why nothing is being done. Psychiatry has propagated a huge power grab that has permeated our government and the courts with such overwhelming undue influence, the people (that’s you and I) no longer have fair or reasonable representation.

The so called advocates for the people in this power grab are in bed cozy and financially tied to those funding this subversion of our Constitution and Bill of Rights. NAMI and DBSA that are supposed to represent patients as advocates and as a resource assistance; are nothing but shells for Huge Pharmaceutical Corporations where they receive most of their funding.

Our government is not listening to the people or looking out for our best interest, our God given Rights, and our protected Liberties.

When this happens; what does our Constitution tell us as Good Citizens of this Democratic Nation to do? It Tells us to have another revolution! Those words were written there for this very purpose and intent. This is what our fore fathers lived and died for! This is why we fought wars, shed blood across countless fields of battle, and over oceans to defend this constitution and our personal freedom.

Yes, we have even fought ourselves in a civil war to defend our liberties; bringing to pass that great dream that all men in God’s and in America eyes our created equal.

A Call to Action: These are things we all can do! Make your voice heard, make your voice felt!

Go to the streets! March on the hospital where Ray is being tortured against his will.

March on the Capital building in Minnesota and demand that our human rights be protected!

Write and Call your Congressman and Senator in every state. Call and write the President of the United States!

To all God loving and fearing Evangelical Lutheran Church in America members: I ask you that refrain from any donations to the church and instead replace your donation with a letter demanding the Church stand against forced ETC and other treatments as a statement against basic human rights violations and as an act representing God’s will.

Boycott the State of Minnesota!

Don’t buy products produced there! Refuse to watch their sports teams on TV or attend any event associated with the State. Refuse to travel there for anything other than protest. Make your Dollar be felt by removing it from theirs.

Boycott psychiatrist and all psychotropic pharmaceutical products and services until we have the right of self determination and dignity restored. (Those already on these drugs and treatments, begin the taper off them and tell your medical provider why you are refusing to use their services).

Demand any DSM related diagnosis be removed from your medical history and records! Demand that your unjust label be removed. If you can’t be labeled, they can’t take your rights away.

Let the revolution begin from every street corner and gathering place. If you and I stand up and say enough is enough; it can change with our voices and nonviolent action! If we are not heard, God help them! I will end where I started with this simple quote
“The only thing evil needs to triumph; is for good men and women to stand by and do nothing"


I will now interject my honest comments within the text of Mindfreedom’s email



http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray - please forward

Another forced electroshock for Ray Sandford today
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Personal Comment: This should have been stopped months ago with strong protest and action by all mental health advocacy organization, yet not one has stepped to the plate in Minnesota to truly advocate or block this inhumanity!

Decision: Protest the mental health system, or not? Personal comment: Was there ever another choice?
by David W. Oaks, Director, MindFreedom International

As I e-mail out this message, Ray Sandford is being escorted again this Wednesday morning, 14 January 2009, from his group home near Minneapolis, Minnesota to Mercy Hospital for another involuntary, maintenance, outpatient electroshock under court order. My comment: who from Mindfreedom or any advocacy group is standing outside this hospital protesting and civilly blocking this social atrocity?
There is a decision each and every one of us needs to make.
It is the same decision Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks
and thousands of others in the civil rights movement had to make.


To protest, or not? Personal comment: This is more than just a protest, this is an ardent ultimatum to Minnesota and our Government that we are sending a direct message of action and demand resolution.

One of my resolutions for 2009 is to nonviolently protest.
Personal comment: I can only say Mindfreedom and others in the advocacy business need to Organize! Organize! Organize! We need to have a unified front with numbers behind the message. A radio show that gives advice like eating a candy bar and holding the wrapper to avoid ECT is not sending the message that we have power and unity in numbers and conviction to wage the bigger battle for all those that are force treated against their will in our mental health system. You do not enter a war avoiding the enemy; you seek out the opposition and confront it with all weapons at your disposal.
Ray -- summoning that unstoppable human spirit that always impresses me in so many psychiatric survivors -- asks us to protest.
Personal comment: do we want discarded and broken survivors; or do we demand change, dignity, and victory over this oppression once and for all?

Survivors of electroshock human rights violations on the MindFreedom
"Zapback" e-mail list, where the Ray Campaign is being coordinated, also say it's time to protest the mental health system.
There are many ways, times, places and reasons to protest.
But it begins with a decision.
Personal comment: don’t give Ray false hope if the intent was not to take action. I believe that is cruel and unusual punishment adding to an already horrific series of events.
Ray's forced electroshock today is not a fluke.
Ray's forced shock is not because the mental health system lacks money, though good programs need more resources. Ray's forced shock is not because of a few "bad apples" in the mental health system. Ray is surrounded by an array of taxpayer-funded agencies and professionals who are charged with protecting and helping Ray.

Ray has had court hearings represented by a court-appointed attorney. Personal comment: if the court appoints an attorney that refuses to represent their client with all resources at their disposal; that attorney should be disbarred and found in contempt of court.
He has a conservator, general guardian and a guardian ad litem.
Minnesota legal advocacy, ombudsman and mental health consumer groups are well aware of Ray's shock. Minnesota's Governor Pawlenty has received hundreds of complaints. MindFreedom filed a torture complaint with the United Nations.
Personal comment: did it get results?
The headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA], whose six Synods in Minnesota own Ray's guardian agency LSSMN, say they have been inundated with hundreds of complaints. Their official response: They're not in charge of Ray's shock, though we never said they were. We asked ELCA to stand up publicly against forced electroshock, they refuse.
Personal comment: a church is made up of its members, if those members speak out the church will listen or risk losing their support!
Ray's forced shock is a sign and symptom of how extremely oppressive today's mental health system remains, and how so much of our society is complicit with this oppression.
Personal comment: the statement rings true; Ray is but one small but important step toward a greater cause and over all mission. We have a long laundry list that demands emediate action by the power that is in the hall of government and professional associations. 1. The abolishment of the DSM as a scientific diagnostic tool 2. Any forced psychiatric treatment whether medication or other form treatment such as ECT without informed consent and personal authorization 3. No civil incarceration and institutionalization without a crime being committed 4. End the taking away of basic civil liberties and human dignity for those with mental health conditions.
Ray's forced shock is an excruciatingly painful lesson and wake up call to us all about oppression so deep, it is seldom named: sanism.
Ray's courage has educated so many people. Because Ray called the MindFreedom office this Fall, many people now know forced electroshock exists, and that psychiatrists sometimes give ongoing "maintenance" electroshock. Many now know electroshock is often given on an outpatient basis.
Many people now know that even Americans living in their own homes, which are supposed to be our "castles," out in the community, without being convicted of any crime, can be court ordered to receive such an invasive, potentially-irreversible procedure.

Now we know.

Don't let this knowledge become normal. As MLK said, show your "creative maladjustment." When I was an activist in the peace movement, there was a saying. "To know, and not to act, is not yet truly to know."

Reading about this on the Internet is not enough.
Each of us needs to decide and prepare: Protest or not to protest? When it's time for a forced shock, Ray is told because preparation must begin. The day before, all food is removed from his fridge because to get ready for anesthesia he cannot eat for a number of hours.

Then early in the morning staff wakes him up and he is brought to the hospital. Ray is put under anesthesia, and electricity is run through his head inducing a convulsion. He wakes up with more memory and cognitive problems.
Ray has had more than three dozen and he says, "It is scary as hell every time I go."
Ray's forced shock is not because of a lack of public attention.
Hundreds have spoken out against this ongoing forced shock. Last month, Ray's plight was aired on National Public Radio. Ray's own elderly mother, a retired psychiatric nurse, has recently pleaded with Ray's psychiatrist to stop (since Ray is under guardianship, she has no official say).
Most recently, Ray was sent to a neurologist for a check-up, but that did not stop his shock.
The only change this past month is that instead of weekly electroshock, Ray is now on a complicated pattern of every other week, followed by every third week, back to every other week. Instead of receiving his maintenance electroshock last Wednesday as Ray at first expected, his shock is today.

Why are we surprised?
Based on the hard-won lessons of so many other groups that have organized for their basic human rights, how can we expect real change without protest?
In my 33 years in this field, I have seen many colleagues begin to work in organizations and agencies that are funded by the mental health system, and many of them are doing tremendously helpful and crucial work. This work must continue, it's a sign of hope.
Today it is common to hear mental health system leaders claim this system's values have changed to:
* Mental health consumer self-determination.
* Client empowerment.
* Advocacy and human rights.
* Recovery.
* Consumer-driven trauma-informed peer-delivered services.

And again, there are signs of hope. But we ask: Why is Ray Sandford getting involuntary maintenance electroshock this morning?
Why is there a mental health "Abu Ghraib" operating before our very eyes?
Why does forced electroshock and forced psychiatric drugging continue in other states in the USA?
Why is forced electroshock growing internationally?
In my study of history, minor reform of psychiatry is not a solution, minor reform is one of the problems.
Minor reform fuels more of the same.
When you hear a simple call for "more money" for the mental health system -- without addressing the required fundamental change, watch out!
Remember Ray.
Truly, we need a nonviolent revolution in the mental health system. Historically, nonviolent revolution requires nonviolent protest.
So there is one question now:
Protest, or not?
Personal comment: Not just action, but focused and organized action for dramatic change!
Protest begins with a decision. I hope you make that personal
commitment.
If you agree it is time for protest, please forward this to a
colleague and add in your own words, "I agree, it's time."
Remember Ray.
- David W. Oaks, Director, MindFreedom International
For links to latest news, Ray Campaign blog, and frequently asked
questions about the "No More Shock For Ray Campaign" go here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray

MindFreedom International
454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284 Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA
web site: http://www.mindfreedom.org
e-mail: office@mindfreedom.org
MFI member services phone: (541) 345-9106
MFI member services toll free: 1-877-MAD-PRIDe or 1-877-623-7743
fax: (480) 287-8833

If the mental health advocates and the American Public can’t stop Ray Sandford from forced ECT against his will; then we have lost the war before the battle has even begun! But far worse than that, we have all lost our way and the precious gift of the American dream and promise.
I ask that everyone that reads this takes some form of direct action! Thank You

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

RAY SANDFORD THE ABUSE AND TORTURE CONTINUES

RAY SANDFORD! THE ABUSE AND TORTURE CONTINUES!
WHY?


Ray will be woken up early in his "Victory House" group home near Minneapolis again this morning, Wednesday, 7 January 2009.
Ray Sandford is scheduled for another forced electroshock.
Under a court order and over his expressed wishes, he'll be escorted the few miles to Mercy Hospital, put under anesthesia, and given another “electroconvulsive therapy" or ECT through his brain.
Ray says, "It is scary as hell every time I go."
Today, involuntary electroshock continues for Ray and many others all over the world.

MINDFREEDOM SAYS "ZAP BACK"!
Communicate with a growing global community of nonviolent resistance
Where ever you are! MINDFREEDOM SAYS "ZAP BACK"!
Communicate with a growing global community of nonviolent resistance
Where ever you are!

RE-LAUNCH:
MindFreedom International Free Live Mad Pride Web Radio!

SPECIAL "ZAP BACK" FORCED ELECTROSHOCK PROGRAM! *THIS* Saturday, 10 January 2009.
Time: 11 am Pacific USA, 2 pm Eastern USA, 7 pm [1900] London UTC/GMT.
At that time, simply click on:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davidwoaks
SPECIAL GUESTS:
** MARY MADDOCK will be calling in from Cork, Ireland.
Mary is the charismatic co-author of the popular book "Soul Survivor," available again through a second printing after the first edition quickly sold out.
Mary is a former nun who became a psychiatric inmate. Mary was forcibly electroshocked and then drugged for years, but broke free. Mary is now on the board of MindFreedom International, and her passion is starting new MFI affiliates. Mary's book is now featured on MindFreedom's Mad Market at http://www.madmarket.org

** LOUISE BOUTA calling in from Minnesota:
Louise is a survivor of forced electroshock and long-time MindFreedom activist who is helping to lead the "No More Shock for Ray Campaign."
Louise will report as an eye-witness about the injustice of Ray's "hearing" where his court-appointed attorney called no witnesses on Ray's side. In a scene out of Kafka this "hearing" was held in a hospital basement.

** JOHN BREEDING, PhD calling in from Texas.
John is a long-time dissident psychologist and author, who is leading a campaign in Texas to challenge human rights atrocities related to electroshock.
** HOSTING from Oregon is DAVID W. OAKS, psychiatric survivor community organizer and director of MindFreedom International. David hosted this popular online show in 2006/2007. This relaunch uses all-new technology.
** YOU and other live callers from all over the world.
Where ever you are, you may phone in via regular telephone to (646)
595-2125 or log in via your computer to listen and phone in live:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davidwoaks
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GOT MADNESS?
We're crazy about freedom on the MindFreedom Mad Pride Show!
Listen and call-in every Second Saturday in 2009 to radio for the creatively maladjusted.
To listen or call in live, or hear archives after the show, click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davidwoaks
For background info on the show and to hear selected 2006/2007 shows click on: http://www.mindfreedom.org/radio
Non-Normal MFI Mad Pride Show features include:
* MADNESS NETWORK NEWS about activists changing the mental health system internationally.
* HANDY-DANDY ESCAPE TIP! Proven tricks used by MFI members to evade psychiatric abuse.
* YOUR CHOICE about resources and alternatives for mental and emotional well being.
* LIVE DISCUSION between you and guests.
During the one-hour show you may now engage in online web chat with other listeners.
At any time -- like now -- you may e-mail in questions or guest suggestions to radio@mindfreedom.org.

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Update on Ray Campaign
Ray has had more than three dozen of these involuntary outpatient electroshocks.
Once more, because of concerns about his memory problems, his psychiatrist has slightly lowered the frequency of his "maintenance" shocks (after every 2nd week Ray will now alternate with every 3rd week, then back to every 2nd week).
MindFreedom now has a blog about Ray updates.

For links to latest news, Ray's blog, or frequently asked questions about the "No More Shock For Ray Campaign" go here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray
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Announcing 14 February 2009 MFI Mad Pride "Mad Movement Valentine
Show" Web Radio Guests include:
** Judi Chamberlin talks about history and future of Mad Movement.
Call in your support to Judi!
** Dan Fisher, psychiatric survivor and psychiatrist, was one of key advisors to Barack Obama presidential campaign about mental health issues, will answer questions about direction of mental health under the newly inaugurated USA president.

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TODAY'S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM SAYS IT HAS REFORMED.

Today's mental health system leaders claim they are now dedicated to:

1. Mental health consumer self-determination.

2. Client empowerment.

3. Advocacy and human rights.

4. Recovery.

5. Consumer-driven trauma-informed peer-delivered services.

Then MindFreedom has a question:
"Why is Ray Sandford getting involuntary maintenance electroshock this morning?"
Don't wait until you see your neighbor escorted to a forced electroshock.
When minor reform of psychiatry is not enough...

Join a nonviolent REVOLUTION in mental health.
Join MindFreedom International today here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/join-donate
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454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284; Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA
web site: http://www.mindfreedom.org
e-mail: office@mindfreedom.org
MFI member services phone: (541) 345-9106
MFI member services toll free: 1-877-MAD-PRIDe or 1-877-623-7743
fax: (480) 287-8833

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Celebrating its 23rd anniversary in 2009, MindFreedom International is a 100 percent independent nonprofit united to win activist campaigns for human rights and alternatives in mental health.

Open to the public, most members identify themselves as individuals who have personally experienced human rights violations in the mental health system.

MindFreedom is for activists who want to unite "in a spirit of mutual cooperation" as the MFI mission statement begins.

Benefits include MindFreedom Journal, special web and e-mail networking, discount on http://www.madmarket.org purchases,
MindFreedom Shield, member services office... and a nonviolent revolution in mental health.
Support voices for choices in mental health.
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