Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Is Our Government Censoring Robert Whitaker and the Book "Anatomy of an Epidemic"


Is Our Government Censoring Robert Whitaker? - Are they so afraid that once the public knows the whole truth about their pharmaceutical corporate corruption being exposed that they will have a very angry and betrayed American public to answer too?

Is Our Government Censoring Robert Whitaker and the book "Anatomy of an Epidemic" - as another dark chapter in American History where we - silence the messenger, to silence the message -

It's bad enough that the pharmaceutical industry is using main stream media, paid spy agencies, hired attack dogs, and many shill front advocacy groups in an attempt to keep the truth about the dangerous American Mental Health Establishment with their trillion dollar drug cartel scam from you the citizen. Now the United States Government itself is getting involved in the cover up front and center.

Everyone in shouting distance of this message should read Robert Whitakers book "anatomy of an epidemic" Mad In America - Robert Whitaker Blog and learn about what Big Pharma, Institutionalized Medicine, The Psychiatric Disease Mongers, and our Government does not want you to know.

I don't pull many punchs on this blog, so let me say this action by our government funded entity smells very similar to an act of gross treason against the people of this nation. We are not Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia where the censorship of truth was common place under tightfisted tyrannical totalitarian rule. This is America where we value the truth, freedom of speech, honor those willing to stand up for justice, the greater public health, doing the right thing, and taking ethical responsibility as a treasured part of our core culture and constitutional principles.



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From mindfreedom an alert:



"WHAT ABOUT BOB?"

USA Mental Health Agency May Cancel Journalist Robert B. Whitaker as
Keynoter of "Alternatives 2010"

Bob Whitaker's Book "Anatomy of an Epidemic" Criticizes Psychiatric
Pharmaceutical Claims

A major annual conference funded by the US government since 1985
advertises itself as "organized by and for mental health consumers and
survivors." The goal of this popular "Alternatives Conference" is to
support empowerment, self-determination and choice by mental health
clients.

But MindFreedom International News discovered that after Alternatives
2010 organizers confirmed their choice of keynote speaker as
journalist Robert B. Whitaker, author of a new book with a scathing
critique of psychiatric pharmaceutical claims, upper-level federal
officials objected.

*BELOW* is an exclusive MindFreedom interview with Whitaker about his
possible cancellation, plus how you can take action to inform
President Obama, and join an online conversation on the controversy.

BACKGROUND: Anatomy of Psychiatric Censorship?

Since 1985, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration [SAMHSA] has provided a grant to fund the Alternatives
Conference, bringing together several hundred mental health consumers
and psychiatric survivor from throughout the USA, many of whom lead
innovative mental health peer support programs.

The Alternatives Conference is organized each year by one of the
handful of federally-funded "Technical Assistance" or TA Centers,
which are staffed and advised by mental health consumers and
psychiatric survivors.

Alternatives 2010 is slated to begin 29 September in Anaheim,
California with the provocative theme, "Promoting Wellness Through
Social Justice." Conference organizers confirmed an invitation with
Robert Whitaker to keynote.

Whitaker's book is getting a lot of attention. Time Magazine's review
said, "Despite much vaunted claims to the contrary, writes Whitaker, a
medical journalist, 'there was never any evidence' in the scientific
literature showing that certain mental illnesses result from faulty
brain chemistry... Psychiatric drugs have changed the lives of
millions, but this book explores how they would have fared without
them. It's an alternative worth imagining."

On 15 July, Alternatives organizers told Whitaker his "confirmation"
was retracted, saying they had received objections from US government
higher-ups that he was a high-profile critic of federal agencies.
However, many past Alternatives keynoters -- including the heads of
federal agencies and MindFreedom director David Oaks -- have also
criticized federal agencies.

And Whitaker is no radical, he's a medical journalist. He emphasizes
that he sees value in the use of psychiatric drugs. His book is also
pro-active, describing his recent visit to Finland's vaunted "Open
Dialogue" approach that is helping young people diagnosed with
schizophrenia while minimizing psychiatric drug prescriptions.

By coincidence, the day before Whitaker's un-confirmation, on 14 July,
a number of national mental health consumer/psychiatric survivor
leaders issued a statement of "alarm" about "the conflict of interest
in the current relationship between the federal government and the
pharmaceutical industry."

So if the Alternatives conference is about alternatives... then what
about the alternatives Bob talks about?

What about Bob?

BELOW is the MindFreedom International interview with Robert B.
Whitaker. BELOW that is how to speak out to President Obama, and find
out more info.

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MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL INTERVIEW WITH ROBERT B. WHITAKER:

MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL [MFI] QUESTION: Why do you think you have
been dis-invited from the Alternatives conference? What do you make of
this?

ROBERT B. WHITAKER ANSWER: I think the reason is obvious -- I was
going to tell a well-documented story of science about psychiatric
medications that some at SAMSH find threatening, a story that they
don't want users of the drugs to hear. But you should ask those who
nixed the invitation. I would be curious to hear their answer.

MFI: What is it that you write about in Anatomy of an Epidemic that is
so threatening?

WHITAKER: The story told to the public by the NIMH and by academic
psychiatry is that psychiatric medications have greatly improved the
lives of those diagnosed with psychiatric illnesses. Yet, even as our
society has embraced the use of psychiatric medications during the
past two decades, the number of people receiving government disability
due to mental illness has more than tripled, from 1.25 million people
to more than 4 million people.

So you can see, in that data, that something may be wrong with that
story of progress. And then, if you look at how psychiatric
medications affect the long-term course of psychiatric disorders, you
find -- in the scientific literature -- consistent evidence that they
increase the likelihood that a person will become chronically ill. I
know this is startling, particularly since we do know that some people
do well on the medications long term, but that evidence, in terms of
how the medications affect long-term outcomes in the aggregate, shows
up time and again in the scientific literature.

MFI: Can you give an example?

WHITAKER: Sure. I'll give two quick examples.

First, outcomes for bipolar disorder today are much worse than they
were 40 years ago. Today, people so diagnosed are much more constantly
symptomatic than they used to be; their employment rates have declined
from around 85% to around 33%; many struggle with drug-related
physical problems, such as obesity; and today they show signs of long-
term cognitive decline, whereas that didn't used to be the case.
Leading bipolar experts have written about this deterioration in
modern outcomes, and they point to the prescribing of antidepressants
and antipsychotics to this patient group as a likely reason for the
decline.

Second, our society of believes that all people diagnosed with
schizophrenia need to be on medication all their lives. Yet, the NIMH
has funded a long-term study of schizophrenia outcomes by a researcher
named Martin Harrow, and in 2007 he reported that at the end of 15
years, the recovery rate for those off medication was 40%, versus 5%
for those on medication. At the very least, Harrow's study shows that
some people diagnosed with schizophrenia do better long-term off
medication, but that is the type of information that is never conveyed
to the public. The NIMH didn't publicize the results of Harrow's
study, and certainly it hasn't publicized the astonishing
deterioration in modern bipolar outcomes, even though it is recognized
by experts in the field.

MFI: Why is this information so important? What is at stake here?

WHITAKER: I think we can all agree that the honest communication of
scientific results is essential to good medicine, and essential to
helping people make informed choices about what is best for them. And
if our society is going to stem this epidemic of disabling mental
illness has erupted in our society, then it needs to know this
information and think about alternative programs of mental health care
that might be funded. Mindfreedom held a hunger strike in 2003 to push
for this very thing--honesty in what psychiatry and the powers that be
tell about psychiatric disorders and psychiatric medications.

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ASK: WHAT ABOUT BOB? *** ACTIONS *** ACTIONS *** ACTIONS ***

Please keep all communication civil and strong:

(1) ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA: WHAT ABOUT BOB?

Please use the White House web site to encourage President Barack
Obama to ask SAMHSA to encourage empowered community organizing and
choice by and for mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors,
here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Sample message -- your own words are best:

"Dear President Obama: You are a community organizer. Did you know
that mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors have also done
community organizing for decades? Please ask your agency SAMHSA to
support their choice of journalist Robert Whitaker to be keynote
speaker at the annual Alternatives 2010 conference. The Alternatives
conference is about alternatives, so... WHAT ABOUT BOB? Bob's book
Anatomy of an Epidemic is an important warning about problems with the
psychiatric pharmaceutical industry."

If possible, please copy your message by e-mail to SAMHSA director Pam
Hyde at Pam.Hyde@SAMHSA.hhs.gov, and to MFI for public use at news@mindfreedom.org


(2) TALK ABOUT IT!

You can use the MindFreedom Facebook page to speak out about your
opinion. Should Bob be allowed to speak? What do we do if he's censored?

Go to MindFreedom's Facebook page here:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/MindFreedom-International/33579368821
or click here: http://3.ly/FacebookMFI


(3) USE THE WEB TO GET AROUND ANY CENSORSHIP!

Please *forward* this alert with a few words of your support to all
interested people on and off Internet.

Forward MindFreedom's Twitter feed and add your own.

Use your "creative maladjustment" and get out the word!

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You might be asking yourself who did they choose to replace Mr. Whitaker as key note speaker: Yes, no surprise that it is a Washington DC appointed political insider that will spew the standard government shill misinformation message hook, line, and sinker. The actual truth is so darned un-Democratic and un-American these days you know.

Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
United States Department of Health and Human Services

Photo of SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

Pamela Hyde was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2009 as Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Talk about a political shill; here she talks about early intervention and how effective treatments are (Maybe her next gig will be speaking @ next years APA conference). Yeah Lady, we all know how effective your drug treatments are, and those incredibly bad long term outcomes.

Just maybe you should go read Whitaker's book before getting up as key note speaker and doing a sales pitch song and dance for Big Pharma and the NAMI types.



1 comment:

Stephany said...

http://www.samhsa.gov/About/bio_hyde.aspx

Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
United States Department of Health and Human Services

Pamela Hyde was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2009 as Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Ms. Hyde is an attorney and comes to SAMHSA with more than 30 years experience in management and consulting for public healthcare and human services agencies


She is probably the one who believes Whitaker is anti establishment, and is now slated as the keynote speaker.

http://www.power2u.org/alternatives2010/keynote-speakers.html

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