Universal Health Services, Inc., headquarters in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA)
19 Dec

Massive Fraud & Crime Exposed in America’s Largest Psychiatric Hospital Chain

Universal Health Services, Inc., headquarters in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA)

Universal Health Services, Inc., headquarters in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA)

“Lock them in. Bill their insurer. Kick them out. How scores of employees and patients say America’s largest psychiatric chain turns patients into profits.” [1]

That is how Rosalind Adams, BuzzFeed News Reporter, headlined her article written after a year-long investigation into the policies and practices of Universal Health Services (UHS), a corporation that owns over 200 psychiatric facilities in the US.

UHS admitted almost 450,000 patients last year with revenues of nearly $7.5 billion dollars and profits of around 30%. Over one third of this revenue was paid by Medicare and Medicaid. [2]

BuzzFeed staff interviewed 175 current and former UHS staff (18 were executives who ran the facilities). Another 200 additional interviews were done with patients, government investigators and experts. They also acquired UHS internal documents that presented a damning view of how the hospitals are being run.

Employees were pressured to fill the beds even if it meant exaggerating symptoms of potential patients, altering their comments to make them appear suicidal and holding them involuntarily and illegally in the hospital until their insurance payments ran out.

Hospitals were also found to be deliberately kept understaffed (to save on expenses), violating laws on how psychiatric drugs are dispensed, not cleaning the facilities and overcrowding the units with too many patients.

The Office of the Inspector General for the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2013 filed subpoenas on UHS Delaware, Inc. and over twenty UHS psychiatric hospitals for Medicare fraud. [3]

On the day the BuzzFeed investigation report was published, UHS stock dropped 12% prompting the company to issue its latest denial in a press release calling the report an “inaccurate portrayal”. Altogether, the stock has fallen by 20% since the article was published, reducing the company’s market value by $2.4 billion. [4]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (where 5 UHS facilities are under investigation) wasn’t buying any excuses from UHS, “People seeking mental health services deserve high-quality treatment — not abuse at the hands of companies that are locking patients up to turn a profit and defraud taxpayers. The Department of Justice must put an end to these shameful practices for the safety of patients both here in Massachusetts and across the country.” [5]

Sen. Grassley of Iowa, who chairs the Senate judiciary committee, wrote immediately to the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services summarizing the important points of the BuzzFeed report and giving a link to the full report. The Senator called on the IG to reply by December 23rd giving the detailed steps that his office will take to investigate the abuses at UHS. [6]

UHS Advertises Free Mental Health Assessments, Involuntarily Locking Up Applicants

By law psychiatric patients and people coming in to ask about hospital services or take a mental health assessment cannot be held involuntarily unless they are exhibiting a clear threat to themselves or others.

But UHS has violated the trust placed in them to honestly determine if a patient needs to be confined. This misleading ad and the resultant actions taken by Highlands Behavioral Health in Littleton Colorado illustrate this point:

“Highlands can help but only if you call. To speak with a caring professional or to schedule a free confidential assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, please call.” [7]

UHS then carefully tracked the per cent of those taking an assessment that became in-hospital patients.

“The goal when you’re on the phone with someone is to always get them into the facility within 24 hours,” said a former admissions employee who worked at three UHS facilities in Texas. “And the reason for getting them into the facility is that once they stepped foot in, they are behind locked doors.”

“People don’t understand,” said a former intake worker at Salt Lake Behavioral Health in Utah. “They think we’re going to diagnose them for anxiety or depression.” She added, “Our goal is to admit them to the hospital.” [8]

UHS Learns Using the Medicare Code for “Suicidal Ideation” = Profits

Former UHS admission workers, pressed to keep beds full, learned to alter passing statements that people made during the mental health assessments into something that made them look like a person dangerous to themselves or others. “Suicidal ideation” marked on a form led to almost certain admission into the psychiatric hospital and it became the UHS formula to ensure that insurance paid the hospital.

One therapist who did assessments for University Behavioral Health in Denton, TX stated that with enough leading questions about suicide “we can get the person to say, ‘It’s still on my mind.’”  [9]

In Salt Lake City intake would ask “Have you ever thought about suicide?” Then “If you had a (suicide) plan, how would you do it?” Then any answer would be considered a “plan” and the patient could be immediately locked up in the psych ward. [10]

By 2013 the suicidal ideation code appeared in more than half of all Medicare claims submitted by UHS hospitals.

UHS Finds that Cutting Staff and Giving Bad Care = Profits

The Buzzfeed investigators found several people who ran UHS hospitals who told them their corporate bosses’ policy was to cut staff year after year to increase profits no matter the dangers to other staff or the patients.

In one example a former hospital head was told to get rid of 9 nurses in order to increase profits. She resigned instead.

Four doctors from different UHS hospitals complained to BuzzFeed that they had such heavy caseloads they only had a few minutes with each patient visit and could not evaluate the patient’s mental health in any realistic way.

Mental health technicians, the staff with the least training, often spent the most time with patients at UHS hospitals. Over a dozen techs said they sometimes felt unsafe as they scrambled to monitor the high numbers of patients. One compared the environment to a “war zone.” [11]

In one egregious example of bad care, a man addicted to opiates was treated by an UHS staff doctor with a synthetic opioid called fentanyl that is more potent than heroin. A nurse then mistakenly wrote on his chart that the patient was due for another fentanyl dose. The patient got very sick and was put into a quiet room where staff were to check on him every fifteen minutes. His chart records he slept through the night. But at 9:15 am in the morning he was found in rigor mortis having been dead for hours. – killed by acute fentanyl toxicity.

His mother stated, “They killed an opiate addict with opiates. It’s unbelievable to me that could happen.”

She and her family did win a settlement with the UHS hospital for an undisclosed amount.

UHS Learns Keeping Them In Until the Insurance Runs Out = Profits

BuzzFeed News found two dozen current and former employees in 14 different UHS hospitals around the US who stated the policy was to hold patients captive until their insurance ran out to achieve maximum possible payments.

A divisional vice president, Sharon Worsham, repeated a mantra to them: “Don’t leave days on the table.” [12]

It was common practice and expected that a patient stayed the full number of days that would be paid by their insurance. Staff and doctors participated in “flash meetings” in which the administrators went down the names of patients discussing treatments. But the meetings also had the purpose of reviewing how many days they had left and how to use them.

Two people who worked at Highlands Behavioral in Colorado when Paul Sexton, then the head of the hospital, led the daily flash meetings, said he ran down the list demanding an explanation for each early discharge asking, “Why are they going home?”. [13]

A better question is “Why the doors to UHS psychiatric hospitals are still open and why are they receiving tax payer money?”



[2] Ibid






[8] Ibid

[9] Ibid

[10] Ibid

[11] Ibid

[12] Ibid

[13] Ibid

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Arcan Cetin (Facebook)
19 Dec

Seattle Mall Shooter was on Psychiatric Drugs

Arcan Cetin (Facebook)

Arcan Cetin (Facebook)

Five more people have lost their lives to an out of control man under the care of a psychiatrist. Arcan Cetin had been diagnosed with ADHD, depression and autism. Records show that doctors were gravely concerned about their patient. [1]

Unfortunately this concern was not translated into action, for on September 24th, the armed Cetin arrived at the mall armed with a rifle. His first victim was a beautiful young girl shopping for clothes. He killed her without a second thought. Before a minute had passed, he had murdered three more women and a man. [2]

Cetin’s Counselor Thought Killer “Wanted to Make a Change”

How could this happen, when just months earlier a counselor wrote, “Arcan is in the Preparation stage of change, he now realizes that he has a problem and wants to make a change.” It was also noted by this counselor in a court memo that Cetin was working two jobs and claimed not to have used alcohol or marijuana in three months.

Apparently the fact that Cetin was treated with psychiatric drugs Prozac as well as Guanfacine to treat ADHD didn’t trouble the counselor, despite Prozac’s known suicidal and homicidal side effects. [3]

Psychiatrist Points out Homicidal Effects of Prozac

Psychiatrist Hyla Cass in a Huffington Post  article from 2013 states, “A common thread amongst the most horrific school shootings of the past 25 years is that the majority of the shooters were taking a psychiatric medication.”

Dr. Cass also points out, “Many legal cases, with closed books due to settlement, document cases of suicides and homicides in individuals who had not been violent prior to taking medication, and often they were newly prescribed or on an increased dose.”

Some examples of people committing mass murder while on antidepressant drugs includes Jeffrey Weiss, who killed 10 during a shooting rampage in March of 2005. Earlier that same day he murdered his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend. Weiss was taking Prozac.

Eric Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox when he became infamous as one of the Columbine High School shooters.

Dr. Cass references a study of reports to the FDA regarding drug-induced violence. This study demonstrates that in antidepressant users, there is an 840% increased rate of violence. [4]

Who is at Fault?

The families of the Seattle victims have every right to demand Arcan Cetin’s psychiatrist take responsibility for his murderous rampage. The possible homicidal side effects of Prozac have been well known for many years, and psychiatrists can no longer plead innocence.

However, it is perhaps rather important to remember that the psychiatrist does not understand the mind and freely admits that he is unable to cure any mental disorder. [5]

While the search continues for a “motive” behind the killings, the fact that Cetin was taking psychiatric drugs gets little press. And whether or not there was a “motive” behind Cetin’s psychiatrically drug-addled mind is a moot point. The man was under a psychiatrist’s care, and the drug he was on is known to cause homicidal behavior in some users.

That should be enough to have this drug banned forever.




[3] Ibid



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01 Dec

Something Worse than Electroshock Therapy?


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When psychiatric drugs and electroconvulsive therapy fail to relieve a patient’s depression, psychiatrists report he has “treatment-resistant depression”.

This patient is then a prime candidate for any experimental lunacy that the profession dreams up because the poor victim feels he has nothing to lose. The earlier treatments have left him more depressed and suicidal than he was before he first met a psychiatrist. He’ll try anything no matter how bizarre.

As we have reported earlier, lobbyists are pushing for a Senate vote this coming week on a bill called “The 21st Century Cures Act” – or HR 34 in its newly “amended” form. The law calls for skipping scientifically sound safety testing of new medical devices in the guise of helping desperate cases, but it would result in harmful and potentially deadly new gadgets being rolled out for use on the general population.

If passed and signed into law, ECT shock machines could become as commonly available and used as electric wheelchairs.

Ready in the wings if this bill passes into law is an equally destructive medical device and procedure called “Deep Brain Stimulation” (DBS) – touted as the perfect new salvation for “treatment-resistant depression.”

A Vancouver based freelance journalist named Danielle Egan explored the chilling story of DBS in detail in her article “Adverse Effects: The Perils of Deep Brain Stimulation for Depression”.[1]

Deep Brain Stimulation begins with two surgeries.

The first surgery takes an entire day. It begins by bolting a frame to the patient’s head so the surgeon can locate the target area of the brain.

Then, two holes are drilled through the bone of the skull so that wires and electrical contacts can be positioned deep in each hemisphere of the brain.  The wires are then tunneled back through the brain, under the skin of the scalp, behind the ears and down the neck into the chest.

In the second surgery, an internal pulse generator is installed under the skin (a so-called brain “pacemaker”) that delivers electricity via the wires to the brain implant. The specific voltage for each of the eight electrode contacts are set by an external remote control computer programming device, the settings of which are controlled by a medical specialist.

When “turned on” the battery continuously delivers electricity into the targeted part of the brain. The battery might go dead in as little as 10 months requiring another chest surgery to change batteries.

Is there any proven medical science supporting this activity?

DBS targets an almond-sized part of the cerebral cortex “thought” to be implicated in depression.[2]

Ms. Egan discovered “Proponents of DBS still have no idea about why DBS might provide a benefit, or its possible ‘therapeutic’ mechanism of action, even though it has been researched since the ‘80s.”

The idea of the effect created by DBS is similar to the cognitive blunting that victims of lobotomies experienced back in the 1940s. Psychosurgery, the idea of deliberately destroying brain tissue, fell out of favor for awhile but resurged in the 1990s. The medical centers where this theory has risen are the current proponents of DBS and they implant the electrical brain devices in the same parts of the brain formerly targeted by psychosurgery.

Dangers of Deep Brain Stimulation

DBS surgery comes with a host of potential surgical risks, including:

  • Up to an 8% risk of bleeding in the brain that can lead to permanent deficit, or death 1.1% of the time.
  • An 8% chance of stroke or permanent neurological deficits.
  • A risk of infection of up to 15%.
  • 5% risk of hemorrhage.
  • 2% risk of seizure.
  • The potential for air to enter the brain, and leakage of cerebrospinal fluid or brain fluid
  • ‘Hardware-related’ complications are also possible (including breakage or migration of the implant’s wires or electrodes), all of which could necessitate additional brain or chest surgeries, including device wire fractures that make it impossible for the pacemaker to deliver electricity to the contacts in the brain.
  • Scar formations in the brain

DBS electrical treatment can also cause mental effects

  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Apathy
  • Fatigue
  • Mania
  • Elation and hyperactivity
  • Aggression
  • Addiction (to gambling, shopping, drugs, alcohol)
  • Hypersexuality, sometimes resulting in criminal behavior, including pedophilia

A trial consent form for DBS included some information about potential adverse effects, but these were called “rare complications”. These were apathy, suicide, attention deficit, anxiety, ruminativeness (continuously thinking about the various aspects of situations that are upsetting), hypomania (elation and hyperactivity), mania, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and psychosis.

Here are the stories of two people who signed up to be in DBS trials.

Jim’s Story (at his request, not his real name)

Jim recalled that following the implant, “I had severe mental fogginess, trouble reading, concentrating, focusing, doing my job—tasks I’d done before almost in my sleep. I had to apply for disability. I had a profound feeling of disconnection with reality, disconnection from the world around me, and anhedonia – that’s an inability to feel pleasure, motivation, anticipation, even from things you enjoy doing. I had some anhedonia before the surgery, but not to that extent. It was a lot worse after DBS. I felt very different, the changes felt internal – the innermost workings of your brain. I’d never felt like that before.” [3]

About 6 months following his implant he had extreme sleep problems “I’d have night terrors and catatonic sleep, like narcolepsy; it would just come over me in the middle of the day and I’d have 20 minutes to get somewhere safe before it took over and knocked me out; my wife couldn’t even wake me up. That happened four or five times per week. The doctor discovered that for four to six hours a night I have no REM sleep, and the other half of the night I have three to four hours of solid REM sleep – the doctor said he’d never seen anything like that,” Jim says. “Who knows if it’s implant-related, or due to stimulation. I know it’s not related to medications because I wasn’t on any medications during the first year of the trial.” [4]

Jim finally got a doctor to remove the device in a four hour surgery.

“I guess the surgeon had to do a bit of prying. After he took off the burr caps that cover the holes in my skull, the second piece that fits into the skull gave him trouble because the bone and tissue had knitted around it. My head is throbbing around the burr holes and so is the skin around the [chest pacemaker] box. Hopefully it’ll all heal. I can’t go back and un-ring the bell. I feel like the DBS broke my brain; it broke something in me. I think the UCLA investigators did what they could for me, but I think that the way these studies are conducted, peoples’ health and safety is often secondary to the goals of the corporate sponsors. But I need to put what happened behind me. I’m just relieved it’s out.”

Rich’s Story

Rich told the interviewer, “Gradually over the next six months, little bits of depression started coming in,” he says. “At six months everyone’s device got turned on. That’s when all hell broke loose with me. It hit me like a Mack truck. I was working from home doing a conference call and the rage just popped. Somebody said something stupid and I felt like I was going to murder someone. I called the [study] doctor saying, ‘I’m out of my mind.’ For the next 6 months that cycle repeated. I’d go in for programming, they’d change the [DBS device] settings to who knows what, they never said what they were doing, but within 24 hours, a new Richard emerged—apathetic Richard, manic Richard, suicidal Richard, homicidal Richard, who knows what kind of Richard would appear after these sessions.” [5]

“It would be a single emotion, like rage, extreme anxiety, paranoia or self-harm. Between these episodes I was just a robot with no emotions, no feelings.” [6]

He took no drugs prior to the implant but once the electricity began he was soon on an average of three drugs including antipsychotics.

He quit his job and took disability.

“I tried to lie down and sleep, but I couldn’t. I wasn’t thinking about suicide. I wasn’t thinking about anything. But then I got up, grabbed a sharp knife and started hacking at my arm. There was no thought behind my actions, no mental negotiation, no thought of consequences, no premeditation. It felt like an involuntary action, like my brain ordering my heart to beat. I remember being fascinated by the blood and understanding that since I was alone, I had all the time in the world. That’s when I got a call from the person at the [Broaden] study center, wanting to make sure I had the time and location of my appointment. I gave no indication of what I was doing until he asked me if I was safe. I just started laughing hysterically and couldn’t stop. I eventually said something about being in a pool of my own blood. I guess the phone was handed off to another member of the study staff who kept asking me what I had done, what [part of my body] I had cut. Whenever she mentioned a spot, I’d cut that particular spot. Then she asked if I had taken any pills, so I started downing the bottle of Geodon [antipsychotics]. This went on until the police showed up at my door. .. “

Finally, three years after the implant Rich had it removed. But the horrible effects continued.

“At that point I assumed the damage to my brain was permanent and it was. One night I was just sitting there watching TV. I got up, boiled a pot of water, poured it on myself, and went back to watching TV. It was like taking out the trash, just something you do almost automatically, without thought.” Eventually Rich went to the hospital to get the burns treated. “I see the scars every day, and I remember exactly what happened that day. But I don’t understand how or why it happened.”[7]

Rich summed up his interview this way:

“I went from having an environmental depression related to my life experiences, to this state where my brain dictates how I feel. Now my whole mental health status is built on the biology of my brain. I can’t make myself depressed, but I can wake up tomorrow and be manic or suicidal as hell, for no reason. When the depression used to get bad, I wanted to kill myself, but since the DBS, when I have the suicide episodes, it’s like I have to kill myself. It’s as if I don’t have a mind anymore, I’m just a brain. My brain now controls itself. I work with every fiber of my being, to still be here.  Otherwise I’d kill someone or myself, but it’s exhausting. I’d go back to my old severe depression in a heartbeat. Now I look at myself in the mirror and I wonder, ‘Who are you?”[8]

So, yes, there is something coming that’s worse than ECT and both must be banned from use.





[4] Ibid

[5] Ibid

[6] Ibid

[7] Ibid

[8] Ibid

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01 Dec

ECT: Documented Dangers

fda-elctrotherapy-kids-1078x515ECT is in the news again, with vested interests pushing this barbaric torture device as an actual “therapy” and attempting to broaden its use by sneaking it in through the 21st Century Cures Act. Disturbingly, this proposal – given new life through a complicated and convoluted maneuver just passed the House on Wednesday, November 30 and is headed to the Senate next.

Yet only 5 years ago, a seemingly decisive victory was won when it was decided by an FDA hearing that the machine could not be downgraded to a Class II medical device from a Class III device.

At that time, on January 27, 2011, The Department of Health and Human Services held an FDA advisory committee meeting regarding the use of medical devices, specifically the ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) machine. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of reclassifying the device and downgrading its danger from a Class III medical device (most potential harm) to a class II device, as benign as a condom or an electric wheelchair.

Testimony was given on both sides of the issue. Psychiatrists presented arguments in favor of expanding the use of the machine and its purported “benefits”. Those who had received these “benefits” testified in devastating detail how their lives had been ruined by having years of memories erased. An especially heartbreaking story was that of a woman who had been subjected to ECT treatment during post-partum depression. Afterwards, she no longer recognized her newborn infant or the husband who had admitted her for this “treatment”. Her husband divorced her and took the child with him.

Attorney Presents Clear Evidence of FDA’s Neglect

One of the first speakers to give negative evidence at the 2011 hearing was attorney Kendrick Moxon. Mr. Moxon’s testimony pointed out that in 1976 the FDA already recognized the dangers of ECT and “placed them in Class III, with the expectation that there would be a rapid evaluation of their safety and efficacy”.

Indeed, two years later in 1978 the American Psychiatric Association (APA) did a survey and discovered 41% of shock practitioners agreed that ECT did cause brain damage, with 14% of them asserting ECT should be stopped.

Apparently the FDA completely ignored the concern of those practitioners and in the following 10 years, no evaluation of any kind was made.

According to Mr. Moxon, the FDA has required the ECT manufacturers to submit evidence of safety and efficacy while at the same time the manufacturers left it up to the FDA “to prove something they could not”.

All during this mutual “You go first” arrangement, innumerable lives were cruelly altered and even lost.

Apparently over 1,200 articles proving the dangers of ECT treatment were ignored by the FDA on the sole basis that they were not from “randomized control groups”. Mr. Moxon states that “They disregarded 50 years of studies and reports because the studies were not formulated with a research technique that was almost never used when most of the studies were done…I hardly think that means those studies were worthless”.

There is something very fishy going on, especially with the evidence that the FDA’s Executive Summary found “Gains in efficacy are achieved only at the expense of increased risk of cognitive effects.”  and “Little evidence exists supporting the long-term effectiveness of ECT.”1

Why would the FDA admit this in their summary without irrevocably banning ECT?

Another way of Pushing ECT: the 21st Cures Act

The 21st Century Cures Act, or HR 34 in it’s newly “amended” form, is a bill with the purported humanitarian intent of helping those with grave illnesses by making certain treatments available to them that otherwise they would not have access to.

But there is a definite danger: if this bill passes the House and Senate and is signed into law by the President, the door would be left wide open to weaken standards that are in place to approve prescription drugs and medical devices, including the ECT machine.2

As with all devices and drugs promoted by “authorities” and mercilessly advertised on TV, the internet and radio, the consumer must be vigilant.

Our society does not need a broadening promotion of ECT as mental therapy by psychiatrists who admit they don’t really understand what effects it has on the brain.

Thankfully there are psychiatrists who address this sham head on, like Dr. Peter Breggin, who writes:

“ECT (electroconvulsive treatment) damages the brain and mind. In many cases, it results in huge permanent gaps in memory for important life events, educational background, and professional skills. The individual may even lose his or her identity. Even when much less harm is done, individuals continue to suffer from ongoing cognitive difficulties with learning and remembering new things, and with unwanted changes in their personalities.” 3

Clearly, ECT is not a beneficial treatment, and anyone who proposes or practices it should be regarded as either wildly misguided or devilishly sadistic.





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17 Nov

Why Even the FDA Was Forced to Admit ECT Machines are High Risk

ECTECT Victims Speak Out

Almost 6 years ago the FDA explored whether psychiatric electroshock machines should be considered to have the same risk to patients as powered wheelchairs and air purifiers.

In January of 2011 an FDA advisory panel held an open hearing in which both psychiatrists in favor of ECT treatments and citizens opposed to ECT gave their arguments for or against lowering the FDA Classification from Class III (High Risk) to Class II (Moderate Risk).

Class III is required if the device has the potential for “impairment of human health” or if it might “present a potential or unreasonable risk of illness or injury”.
Massive evidence was presented to the panel indicating that indeed ECT machines should never be moved to Class II status which would lead to an influx of new manufacturers.[i]

Although psychiatrists eagerly anticipated a Class II ruling, the FDA panel voted in 2011 to keep the machines at Class lll.

Why Even the FDA Was Forced to Admit ECT Machines are High Risk

Perhaps these heart wrenching personal stories that were told or read aloud to the group managed to get through the emotional walls surrounding the FDA panel members and caused a moment of human decency. If not subjected to the pressure and lobbying money of big pharmaceutical groups, the FDA might have banned the machines altogether upon hearing these chilling reports:
“Destroyed memories have altered my life for the remainder of my life. Furthermore, memory loss is documented numerous times in my medical record as memory deficits, noted apparent, substantial. Pain is also documented multiple times after receiving electroshock. When electroshock is administered, it produces a grand mal seizure. In the aftermath, the individual appears zombie-like, as witnessed time after time by my family members and friends.” Loretta Wilson

• “In 1963, I was forced to endure 85 shock procedures, that’s 50 insulin comas and 35 electroshocks. As a result, my memory for the preceding three years was obliterated. In addition, my high school and college educations were effectively destroyed. Every part of me, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical, was less than what it would have been. I believe I never recovered fully from these repeated brain assaults. They rendered my life since then considerably less abundant.” Leonard Roy Frank

• “I had over 80 shock treatments and, yes, they called them maintenance treatments, but I don’t remember my wedding day. I don’t remember putting the ring on my finger.

I’m also a college graduate with a bachelor’s in science from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, and I don’t remember any of that. I do remember my anatomy and physiology class and unzipping a cadaver and little bits and pieces, but I don’t remember details. I also was a professional athlete. I competed in the Hawaiian Ironman and finished. I don’t remember finishing, but I know I have a metal that says I did. I have boxes of trophies that I tell my husband to go ahead and put in the attic because when I open those boxes and pull out a trophy and it has my name on it, I don’t know who that person is. I know it’s mine, but there’s a separation between that person because I don’t have the feelings or remember the feelings or the events or the traveling I did when I was sponsored as an athlete.” Barbara Winkler

• “My sister has informed me that the psychiatrist described ECT treatment as safe with only a loss of memory of the day of the treatment which would return shortly thereafter. I say my sister told me that because I have no recollection of any conversation with the psychiatrist concerning ECT. Never did it occur to me that anything that a so-called professional recommended would be harmful to me. I have no memory of the meeting or any events thereafter.

“I was subjected to six months of numerous treatments. During my course of treatment, my emotional, physical, and cognitive health severely declined.

“My family has informed me, because I have no recollection, that when I was released from the hospital after treatment, I could not be left alone as I would wander off somewhere and become lost. I often could not tell you my name and the names of any of my children. I lost not only my memories of the time I was subjected to this torture, but I was robbed of almost all memories from 2003, two years before the treatment, to 2008, three years after the treatment stopped. I was unable to converse or write coherently because my word recall was so limited, just like someone who had had a stroke. Taking care of many of my everyday needs was beyond me. In fact, one of my sisters had to take charge of my bank account. I could no longer drive or go to the mailbox alone.

“I’ve fought long and hard over the last several years to recover from the effects of this abuse and rebuild my life. However, I will never recover the part of myself that was stolen from me which consisted of my memories. Because of these lasting effects, I have, as of yet, been unable to return to my chosen profession of teaching. I’m training for a new job, but it remains a struggle for me each and every day to learn new tasks.” Evelyn Scogin

• “Shock killed me. At least it killed 16 years of my life as if I had never lived them. As a 24-year-old mother of a beautiful baby boy, I had postpartum depression and my husband convinced me to see a psychiatrist. He recommended ECT and told us that it was safe and effective. Against my will, I was repeatedly shocked. After shock, I didn’t know my husband or my baby. Shock had wiped out all my memory of my family. In fact, it wiped out everything but the first eight years of my life. My husband filed for divorce and disappeared with our son. I didn’t find him until he was seven years of age. By that time, I had missed all the bonding years with him. I missed picking him up when he fell, reading him bedtime stories, cuddling him when he had a nightmare. ECT robbed me of my chance to experience the joy that a mother feels as she watches her child grow, and my son was robbed of his mother. Today he’s a grown man, and our relationship is minimal at best. I have almost no relationship with my grandchildren who I so desperately want to be a grandmother to.

“On the outside I look pretty normal, but you don’t live with me. One, I have Post-It notes all over my house telling me what to do and when to do it. Two, my cabinets and drawers have labels everywhere so I know where things go. Three, it takes me forever to learn something new. Four, I can’t hold down a job because I get mixed up so much. Five, without this Day-Timer, I can’t function day to day. Six, and worst of all, I live with the fear of having seizures anytime and anywhere, something I’ll have to live with all my life thanks to ECT. Would you like to live with this?” Dianna Posthauer

• “When I was 19 years old, I became sad and lonely, and I tried to kill myself. I took a half a bottle of aspirin, my parents took me to the Massachusetts General Hospital, and thus began my three-year hellish odyssey as a prisoner in the horrors of the mental health system. I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and given 50 shock treatments against my will, 40 insulin comas and 10 superimposed electroshocks.

“… I would wake up with a violent headache and nausea. My mind was blurred. I permanently lost eight months of my memory for events preceding the shock. I also lost my self-esteem. I had been crushed as flat as a pancake

“…The ECT was a violent and damaging assault on my brain and my very soul. It made me emotionally worse, not better. I became catatonic and desperately in fear for my life. To this day, I have great trouble staying focused in a conversation, keeping my train of thought. I forever lost the ability to do math in my head, and before this time, I had been a very good student. When I was given an IQ test a few months after the ECT and asked the population of the United States, I answered 1,000. When he asked me to guess again, I answered 2,000. I remember having no idea where to find the answer in my head.

“For me, in addition to losing my train of thought, the most troubling residual effect has been the memories of those traumatic mornings, the violent and abusive assaults on my brain.” Dorothy Dundas

• “I don’t have a memory. I don’t know if it’s because I argued with a psychiatrist and he dumped me in the locked ward and shocked me five times. I became violent. I tore my nails off grabbing onto the door, and he said after five times, he says, sometimes they don’t help people.” Donald Johnson
Stop Torture in the Name of Help

In July of 2015 the US House of Representatives passed HR 6 The 21st Century Cures Act.  Buried in the better aspects of the bill is a chance for these same ECT machines to be considered ok and safe for wide distribution.

The US Senate is considering bringing this bill to a vote before the new Congress is seated in 2017. This bill needs to be re-written so that the psychiatrist’s shock machines cannot ride in on the coattails of new medical advances that actually help people.

Many Americans falsely believe these ECT machines were banned years ago. We should let Congress know it is time to actually ban them, not give them a new lease on life.


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ECT Machine
17 Nov

21st Century Cures Act – Hidden Dangers

ECT MachineThe 21st Century Cures Act has a decent purpose to help those with life-threatening diseases by giving them previously unavailable treatment. For example, if someone has late stage cancer he or she could be treated with a relatively untried medication that may have a chance of giving them more time. In this way, lives could be extended or possibly even saved.

It is quite a stretch to add psychiatric devices and drugs with proven terrible side effects to this bill. There is no reason to “fast track” these psychiatric devices through FDA approval lines. Yet this is what is proposed in this bill.

The ECT machine is currently labeled as a class III medical device. Class III devices are considered “high risk.” Although many feel it should never be used at all and is in fact a form of torture, there is a very real threat that the ECT machine could be downgraded to a Class II medical device. This would make the apparent risk factor of the ECT machine and brain stimulating devices equivalent to the risks inherent in powered wheelchairs, condoms or pregnancy test kits. Without question, downgrading it to a Class II device would increase the number of people exposed to it’s brain damaging effects.

ECT Machine an Acknowledged Disaster

Psychiatrist Peter Breggin strongly opposes ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy). This is a statement he made on the subject in the Huffington Post:

“ECT causes closed head injury by means of electrically-induced seizures. There can be no doubt that the treatment causes trauma to the brain. The patient is comatose for several minutes in the recovery room and after a few treatments becomes confused and disoriented. A recent study confirms long-term memory loss and other cognitive deficits, which by definition is dementia….large animal studies have shown brain cell death using ECT dosages less than those routinely inflicted today.” 1

The 21st Century Cures Act as it stands now is a scheme to guarantee that inadequately researched devices and questionable drugs flood the market, harming many and lining the pockets of those in the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industries.

John Reed, professor of clinical psychology in Liverpool’s Institute of Psychology Health and Society, describes the results of ECT, “…it causes brain damage primarily in the form of memory loss and cognitive dysfunction, and involves a small but significant risk of death. It is perhaps unsurprising that passing 130 volts through brain cells designed to use tiny fractions of one volt should cause brain damage. It seems odd to have one branch of medicine working on better ways to prevent and treat seizures while another is intentionally causing them.” 2

The original theory of this psychiatric brain-disabling device originated n the 1930s, when it was believed there was a ‘biological antagonism’ between epilepsy and schizophrenia. Because of this psychiatric mumbo-jumbo, those with epilepsy were actually injected with the blood of  schizophrenics, and people with schizophrenia were tortured with ECT’s grand mal seizures.3

Apparently, psychiatry has never seen eye to eye with the scientific method.

Obviously, the lives and health of our citizens are far more important than the bottom line of a pharmaceutical or ECT manufacturing company. And these lives are certainly more valuable than the supposed “authority” of psychiatrists who would rather zap their patients with electricity than listen to their problems. Psychiatric “talk therapy” may not have done much good, but at least those patients were left with their memories and reasoning power intact.



3    ibid

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Corruption in Politics
02 Nov

Chilling Federal Mental Health Proposal

Corruption in PoliticsThe “Comprehensive Agenda on Mental Health” [1] calls for a massive expansion by the federal government for the funding and development of more psychiatric mental health treatment for Americans.

The agenda statement runs over 5,000 words and cites 25 references from reports and articles issued by government sources, psychiatric publications, US media and non-profit mental health organizations.  The assumption is that psychiatrists are the experts on mental health and know their business.

Vast numbers of Americans who have experienced psychiatric treatment themselves or who have witnessed a family member receive such treatment have come forward and told the most tragic stories imaginable about violence, homicides, suicides and a host of mental and physical side effects caused by psychiatric drugs.

This factsheet states, “Nearly a fifth of all adults in the United States, more than 40 million people, are coping with a mental health problem.” [2]

The Comprehensive Agenda on Mental Health is Built on Shaky Ground

The statistic of 40 million US adults is reported in “The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health” compiled by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) [3]

However, the details in the report present a less alarming picture. We are given estimates of those US adults 18 years or older who have any mental illness (AMI) and those who have serious mental illness (SMI).

An adult with AMI was defined as having any mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year that met DSM-IV criteria.

Adults with AMI were defined as having SMI if they had any mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities. [4]

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health says it’s reporting “estimates” and is   using the discredited DSM-IV system of voting new disorders into existence by a show of psychiatric hands in order to affirm that a new mental illness is real. These so-called mental conditions are just labels voted into existence by psychiatrists; no standard medical tests exist to establish that a patient is “bi-polar” or “ADHD” or any other psychiatric disorder.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health of the 43.5 million adults with “a mental health problem”, only 9.8 million adults have a serious mental illness (one that interferes substantially with or limits a major life activity).

This means the remaining 33.7 million people “coping with a mental health problem” do not have a serious mental disorder and by the psychiatrist’s own definitions are getting along in life.

Some mental health practitioner could have slapped them with any one of 297 labels from DSM-IV and they would still be coping along just fine with things like Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Disruptive Behavior Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Sibling Relational Problem, Mathematics Disorder or Academic Problem.

Who Would Receive More Mental Health Treatment?

The agenda on mental health calls for increased treatment programs for this remarkable list of citizens:

Adults, individuals with drug or alcohol addiction, homeless people, those in the criminal justice system, veterans, children, college students, mothers during or after pregnancy, infants, kids in juvenile justice and child welfare systems and anyone young or old at risk for suicide. [5]

Psychiatrists constantly try to broaden their estimates of who has a mental disorder by including people experiencing everyday stresses and emotions of life. Why not give them a pill to help them get through their day?

For example Dr. Gene Beresin, a psychiatrist and Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently claimed 50% to 60% of college students have a psychiatric disorder. [6]

“What I’m including in that is the use of substances, anxiety, depression, problems with relationships, break-ups, academic problems, learning disabilities, attentional problems,” says Dr. Beresin. “If you add them all up 50% doesn’t seem that high.”

Is a college dating break up or a tough exam really a psychiatric disorder?

“The Comprehensive Agenda on Mental Health” would probably give MIT a gold star since that university is now “requiring incoming freshman to complete an online simulation program that will teach them the warning signs of depression, suicide and other psychiatric issues before starting classes.” [7]

Pharmaceutical Companies Love Spending Money to Lobby in Washington, DC

This proposed agenda is a pharmaceutical company’s  dream come true and money spent helping to create such legislation has a huge return on investment in the form of increased drug sales.

According to the Federal Election Commission, as of February 2016 pharmaceutical companies had donated $951,018 to all of the candidates trying to get their party’s nomination to be the presidential candidate.

US pharmaceutical companies in the last 10 years have spent $2.3 billion dollars lobbing in congress. The makers of psychiatric drugs rank high on the list of contributors. [8]

What kind of return on investment do the drug companies get for their donations to members of congress and hopeful candidates who if elected will support programs calling for more citizens labeled with disorders and more citizens placed on prescriptions for psychiatric drugs?

An example can be seen from 2003 when the prescription drug program for seniors was being added to Medicare. The drug companies spent a mere $116 million lobbying congress to prevent Medicare from having the ability to bargain for competitive drug prices.

What was the result?

Taxpayers put $90 billion dollars into the pharmaceutical company coffers.

For each lobbying dollar the return was $775 dollars for an astounding ROI of 77,500% for their $116 million investment. [9]

REFERENCE:  “Comprehensive Agenda on Mental Health”. [10]





[4] Ibid



[7] Ibid




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01 Oct

14-Year Old Child Commits Suicide While On Prozac


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Jake Lynch, a healthy 14 year old British child was diagnosed with anxiety and put on Prozac in 2013. Just a few weeks later he committed suicide.

His parents, Stephanie McGill and John Lynch were devastated. The grieving mother said  “My son had no history of self-harm, depression or suicidal thoughts, he’d just had anxiety. But 46 days after starting on Prozac, he shot himself. I later discovered to my horror that Prozac has a higher risk of suicide in children and adolescents. It was the first time I’d heard about these side-effects — if I’d known before, there is no way I would have taken that risk with my child, especially as Jake wasn’t even depressed.” 1

Imagine the horror and betrayal felt by these parents knowing that Jake’s psychiatrist neglected to warn them of Prozac’s potential dangers.

Another bereaved parent who wants to remain anonymous has personally searched coroner reports that date back a decade. This man asserts he has discovered 3,600 suicides related to antidepressant use. Seventy of these suicide victims were children.2

Although this is not considered a scientific study, that father is not alone in his assertions.

Dr. Joanna Moncrieff is a senior lecturer in psychiatry at University College London. She says that there are definite signs that antidepressants pose a suicide risk for young people. She states, “My profession has failed to do enough research to understand what these drugs do in the brain. And until we know more, I believe we should stop giving them to young people.”

In Jake’s case, he was sent to a psychologist when someone at his school decided an essay he had written was “dark.” The psychologist diagnosed him with a mild case of Asperger’s syndrome. Jake’s mom wanted him to receive talk therapy, but instead a psychiatrist saw the youngster for 10 minutes and prescribed Prozac, supposedly to “help him with his exams.”

Like many parents, Jake’s father assumed the psychiatrist knew what she was doing. John states, “Within days of starting Prozac, for the first time in his life Jake had problems getting to sleep and would wake up early. He became withdrawn and moody. At the time I put it down to teenage hormones, and more schoolwork.”

Less than a week after he began taking Prozac, Jake walked out of a mock exam. When he got home, he cried uncontrollably for hours.

Instead of investigating this troublesome development in her patient, Jake’s psychiatrist merely doubled the dosage.

His moodiness continued. When they saw the psychiatrist after 19 days, Jake’s mom told her she didn’t think the drug was working. The psychiatrist reassured her that the symptoms would be gone in three or four weeks.

The psychiatrist was wrong. Jake shot himself three weeks later. 3

As early as 1990, the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) published this information:

“Six depressed patients free of recent serious suicidal ideation developed intense, violent suicidal preoccupation after 2-7 weeks of fluoxetine (Prozac) treatment. This state persisted for as little as 3 days to as long as 3 months after discontinuation of fluoxetine. None of these patients had ever experienced a similar state during treatment with any other psychotropic drug.” 4

In other words, for over 25 years it has been widely known that Prozac can create suicidal thoughts and actions. Seemingly, only insane maniacs would continue to market and prescribe such a drug. This is apparently the case.

It is time to stop crediting psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies with “having the public’s best interest at heart”, when this is continually disproved.

How many more youngsters will we lose to suicide before the psychiatric “industry of death” is shut down for good?



2    ibid

3    ibid


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baker act
01 Oct

Tweaking Crime Rate Numbers Through Baker Act Abuse?

baker actWe cringe when the crime rates soar in our city and rejoice when it plummets. Published statistics help us monitor what is going on in our neighborhoods, giving us a means to predict the future. Every day families scour the internet, researching the statistics of an area before moving there. They dictate a city’s reputation. The fact is, these numbers can guide our lives, as well as the survival rate of the local politicians.

But what if these figures were manipulated to create a favorable impression?

Some cities have divisions of their law enforcement agencies dedicated to providing police services for their school districts. Their primary statistic would be the school crime rate, which would be a key indicator of a city’s safety factor.

In Jacksonville, Florida, the mission statement of the Duval County School Police Department is to “provide support to the District by ensuring a safe and secure environment in our schools so that teachers can teach, and students can learn and be inspired and prepared for success in college or a career, and life.”[1]

First Coast News recently investigated their practices in an effort to determine the means this police department would go to in order to accomplish these goals. Upon interviewing former lieutenant, Benny Reagor, of the Duval County School Board Police Department, reporter Clark Fouraker uncovered a rash of children being detained at mental health facilities in Duval county through the Baker Act.

Reagor said, “In lieu of physically arresting them for the felony, we would Baker Act the child as opposed to an arrest[2].”

The current Duval School Superintendent, Dr. Nikolai Vitti, had been the Assistant Superintendent of the Education Transformation Office of Miami-Dade County, controlling a large region of twenty-six schools. During his reign, police were Baker Acting more than three children a day.

It’s interesting to note that, while Dr. Vitti was in Miami, the Office of the Inspector General’s issued a report in August 2013[3], detailing a test cheating scandal at the Miami Norland Senior High school, within Dr. Vitti’s area. As a result of the falsified exam results, nearly $250,000 in bonuses for purported high grades were paid out to the faculty. [4] In addition, a number of key administrators, Dr. Vitti included, were promoted to higher positions.

Upon further investigation of the area, the Florida Department of Education revealed that this particular high school had ninety-six test invalidations over the past three years, as did many other schools within the Education Transformation Office.

Whether cheating test results or Baker Acting young children, it seems that Dr. Vitti’s primary concern is how his school district appears to others, rather than the health and education of his students.

Statistics are a useful research tool to uncover performance for individuals, schools, cities, and politicians. We all rely on them. However, they are only valuable if they are accurate and honestly reported. When school officials resort to institutionalizing their students through the Baker Act to twist the numbers, we all lose. Most of all, the victimized children.






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18 Sep

Big Pharma Hides Antidepressant Trial Suicides

pill-bottlesWhether teen suicide and anti-depressant drugs are related has been presented as a “controversial subject” by the psychiatric industry. But earlier this year the Telegraph of London squashed psychiatry’s apparent uncertainty.

“Antidepressants can raise the risk of suicide, the biggest ever review has found, as pharmaceutical companies were accused of failing to report side-effects and even deaths linked to the drugs.

“An analysis of 70 trials of the most common antidepressants – involving more than 18,000 people – found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour in under 18s.” 1

Shining the Light on Truth

Nordic Cochrane Center researcher Professor Peter Gotzsche who conducted this study was sickened by the results. He states, “It is absolutely horrendous that they have such disregard for human lives.” 2

In a BMJ (British Medical Journal) report, Professor Gotzsche unfailingly takes on the psychiatric profession. When the Cochrane editors accused Professor Gotzsche of “being extreme”, he retorted:

“Usually, people who are extreme are few in number but in this case, it is the vast majority of psychiatrists that are extreme. It is truly extreme that psychiatrists have built their specialty on a number of myths, lies and highly flawed research, which have harmed our nations to the extent we have seen. Marcia Angell [previously editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine] has noted that psychiatrists should consider that other medical specialists, unlike psychiatrists, would be very reluctant to offer long-term symptomatic treatment without knowing what lies behind the symptoms, e.g. if a patient suffers from nausea or headache” 3

It is noteworthy that Professor Gotzsche’s study findings were analyzed and then endorsed by the University College London in a British Medical Journal editorial.

A Web of Lies

Big Pharma and Psychiatry were caught in a web of lies, as evidenced by the study.

For instance, 4 deaths had been untruthfully reported by a pharmaceutical company as having occurred after drug trials had ended. In another case, a patient on the antidepressant venlafaxine (brand name: Effexor) strangled himself while on the drug trial. Because he didn’t actually die for 5 more days, it was claimed he was no longer on the trial.

Drug giant Eli Lilly falsely recorded that half of the suicide attempts and suicidal ideations were merely “emotional instability or worsening of depression.”

Meanwhile, the death toll continued to rise.

In January 2016 when the Telegraph article was published, the author reported 35 inquests of deaths linked to antidepressants just that month. Staggeringly, the year before 450 inquests of this kind had been initiated. 4

A National Center for Health Research publication states that “studies showed that children and adolescents taking antidepressants were almost twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts or to attempt suicide, compared to patients taking a sugar pill.”

Antidepressant risk for children was so apparent, that in the fall of 2004 the FDA issued a warning that these drugs could lead to increased suicidal thought and behavior. 5

Psychiatrists, with their Russian roulette-like diagnostic procedures have exposed themselves as sham artists. While we can brush off with good humor the snake oil salesmen of 120 years ago, today’s version (the modern psychiatrist) offers little to laugh about. 6








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