The STAR*D Scandal: A New Paper Sums It All Up - Link http://tinyurl.com/26wsljq
Robert Whitaker author of "anatomy of an epidemic" unearths the nasty cover up in the NIMH STAR*D antidepressant effectiveness study. This study was government funded @ the tune of $35 million of your tax dollars.
The key to this scandal is in the numbers and misinformation that was reported to the public and health care providers.
original report findings - an inflated 67% remitted/effectiveness rate - this is a misleading and gross inflation of the truth (in most accepted circles this would be considered "lying")
The actual findings - fact that only 3% of the entering patients had a "sustained remission" (and this finding may actually be inflated do to some other unknown factors)
In layman terms this new accurate analysis of the data shows that antidepressant medications are paramount to worthless for treating depression. Let me repeat that; anti-depressant medications are not any more effective than doing absolutely nothing.
I can only imagine the cringing psychiatrist, researchers, and pharmaceutical CEO's sitting in their cushy professionally decorated offices figuring out a new plan and strategy to quash/bury this information from the general public knowledge once again. They tend to call that simply damage control and spin when your a multi-billion dollar corporate empire.
Here is a great marketing idea that with keep the masses befuddled & comatose:
How about we change/convert powerful anti-psychotics drugs into anti-depressants!! Brilliant!!! It will take them decades before they catch on....
- How deeply corrupted is the NIMH?
- Who was or is responsible?
- Was this a criminal act perpetrated upon the American public and consumer?
- If "NIMH" The National Institute of Mental Health is willing to bury pertinent public health and safety information from you the American citizen to protect pharmaceutical interest, what else are they hiding from us?
I encourage you to go over and read the entire article written by Robert Whitaker @ the link posted above.