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— Password removed: Feb 17, 2015
I would like to begin this discussion with the reason that gave me inspiration and extra courage to continue with this struggle (no matter what happens). It is difficult to find the appropriate words to describe the ill-treatment, degradation, and humiliation that defines forced psychiatric treatment — especially when it is used to suppress dissenting ideas regarding the safety and effectiveness of active pharmacological principles in humans, including (but not restricted to) psychiatric drugs.
Part I. Whistleblowers and Psychiatrists
February 9, 2015. Reblogged this on Disrupted Physician and commented
“Trust is confidence in the honesty or integrity of someone or something. It involves a complex mixture of cognitive and emotional beliefs and expectations that create an attitude of optimism about the motives and competence of the person being trusted.
Trust requires the calculation that someone has the knowledge and expertise to do what they are being trusted to do, but it also necessitates believing that whatever they are being trusted to do is done in good faith with honesty, sincerity, and integrity.
Trust presupposes adherence to moral principles, codes of conduct, and ethical standards and requires an implicit conviction that the other person aspires to help and not to harm.
Political abuse of psychiatry is the “misuse of psychiatric diagnosis, detention and treatment for the purposes of obstructing the fundamental human rights of certain groups and individuals in a society.”
It is more often seen under totalitarian rule (the Soviet Union, China) where dissent was disapproved, often punished, and those perceived as threats to the existing political system could be effectively “neutralized with trumped up psychiatric illness. By this stigmatization reputations were ruined, power was diminished, and voices were hushed.
It involves the deliberate action of diagnosing someone with a mental condition that they do not have for political purposes as a means of repression or control.
It is important to recognize that the unique role of discrediting opinion and dehumanizing those with one whom disagrees is not limited to totalitarian regimes. The coercive use of psychiatry represents a violation of basic human rights in all cultures.”
— Michael Lawrence Langan
Thank you, Dr. Langan, for the inspiration to continue.
“The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.”… ― H.L. Mencken
“The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.” ― Carl Sagan
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ― Virginia Woolf
…”From the totalitarian state’s legislative perspective, dissidence is a crime. From the perspective of the psychiatrist educated in totalitarian society, moral, religious or political dissidence is a manifestation of mental illness.”… ― Semyon F Gluzman
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Ramirez, Jorge H (2015): Suppression of dissent: abuse of psychiatry to silence academic debate in Colombia (sluggish schizophrenia). figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1311084
Ramirez, Jorge H (2015): Forced Psychiatric Treatment PubMed Database. figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1285539
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Universidad del Valle (medical school)
My alma mater — three different academic degrees: MD (1995-2002), MSc (2002-2006), Ph.D (2008-2012).
My workplace (professor) at two different occasions (1) non-tenured: Jul 2006 – Dec 2009; (2) tenure-track: Feb 2014 to present.
…”The repression of civil society activists is still common place in many parts of the world. The Civil Society Watch programme at CIVICUS (World Alliance For Citizen Participation) documents incidents across a number of countries; these incidents include the worst of repression and suppression.
The work of CIVICUS highlights the concerns that surfaced among the Inquiry’s International Advisory Group that many governments are using the ‘war on terror’ as a cover for repressing legitimate civil society activity – activity that often constitutes dissent. Colombia, Burma, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are among the worst State offenders. The ‘war on terror’ did not create repressive states, but the terror context has provided another cover for repressive regimes. Colombia, for example, is often singled out as a very dangerous place to be a civil/human rights activist or a trade unionist. Although the war on terror [and drugs] in the Colombian context pre-dates the 9/11 attacks.
Colombia has never been a safe place to be a human rights defender, and politicians, trades unionists, journalists, church personnel, community and social leaders, and ordinary people resisting violence and displacement continue to be threatened and murdered. In addition to the human tragedies this causes, this repression sends a clear message to ordinary people not to organise themselves in defence of their rights (ABColombia, 2009).”…
Information liberation: Challenging the corruptions of information power
by Brian Martin
London: Freedom Press, 1998
189 pages, ISBN 0 900384 93 X
Excellent Article — “Loca de Rebeldia” — Published in NoGracias (Feb 17, 2015) by Enrique Gavilán: –
Credits: Featured image — Thank you Dr. Gavilán for publishing this inspirational story at a very opportune moment.
My own story will be described with full details in this post.
Background (click to access the URLs below)
– Red or blue pill? (Dec 15, 2014)
– Whistleblowers and Psychiatrist — Part I. (Jan 31, 2015)
– Response to Doctor’s Blog – “Don’t ask, don’t tell” – The BMJ – doc2doc community (Feb 6, 2015)
Whether you agree or not with my arguments: please feel free to share the password with anybody who you might think can support the hypothesis, the null hypothesis or the alternative hypothesis (below).
— Please remember that this document will be continuously updated —
Abuse of psychiatry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5879.509
…”To a doctor doing his professional duty no man is a political opponent, or an enemy of the people, or for that matter a political ally, but a patient. And doctors who use their professional position to cause the imprisonment of healthy people, however politically disagreeable those people may be to the community or its rulers, are betraying the standards the medical profession everywhere strives to uphold.”…
Spence Des. Labelled for life. BMJ 2013; 347:f7037. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7037
“The overdiagnosis of, for example, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, and melanoma, has turned millions of the unsuspecting well into “cancer survivors.” And mental illness is now the norm rather than the exception, with only 17% of adults in the United States reporting “optimal mental health.” “
NSA Accused of Psychologically Abusing Whistleblowers. By Sherrie Gossett. CNSNews.com. Staff Writer. January 25, 2006
“(CNSNews.com) – Five current and former National Security Agency (NSA) employees have told Cybercast News Service that the agency frequently retaliates against whistleblowers by falsely labeling them “delusional,” “paranoid” or “psychotic.”
The intimidation tactics are allegedly used to protect powerful superiors who might be incriminated by damaging information, the whistleblowers say. They also point to a climate of fear that now pervades the agency. Critics warn that because some employees blew the whistle on alleged foreign espionage and criminal activity, the “psychiatric abuse” and subsequent firings are undermining national security.” (…)
Whistleblowers and psychiatrists. Whistleblowers are often referred to a psychiatrist by the employer. The aim then is to make a finding sufficient to discredit the whistleblower, as having a personality disorder, a pre-existing psychiatric illness, or a neurotic reaction. All too often, the psychiatrist selected by the employer will cooperate in this, relying perhaps on uncorroborated information/allegations supplied by the employer without the whistleblower’s knowledge or consent.”(…)
Read more: http://chaoticpharmacology.com/2015/01/31/whistleblowers-and-psychiatrists/
Advice for the dissident scholar –By Brian Martin. “Dissident scholars can be attacked in various ways, including by denial of tenure, harassment, withdrawal of research grants, official reprimands, referral to psychiatrists, ostracism by colleagues, spreading of rumors, transfer to different locations or jobs, and dismissal. Inevitably, the justification for such attacks is poor performance or some other inadequacy.”(…)
Read more: http://chaoticpharmacology.com/2015/02/04/advice-for-the-dissident-scholar-by-brian-martin/
Abuse of Medical Assessments to Dismiss Whistleblowers. “Stories from whistleblowers suggests that a repeated and highly consistent aspect of the whistleblowing experience is the abuse by the employer of medical and psychiatric appointments as a mechanism for intimidating whistleblowers and avoiding the need to address the real issues.Referral for psychiatric assessment comes after the whistleblower has persisted in raising a workplace issue of fraud, corruption or mismanagement which is internally investigated but not properly addressed. The referral may also come after the whistleblower has been formally charged with internal or external disciplinary charges based on a fabricated wrongdoing and where that charge or those charges have been dropped.”
Read more: Abuse of Medical Assessments to Dismiss Whistleblowers
Medical Disrespect. “We’ve known for years that entering the ranks of medicine means developing a thick skin to criticism and being made to feel small. For a long time there was a mystique that this culture held everyone to high standards, and it was the price we paid for the care we got. What is disturbing is the increasing recognition that bullies are not only bad people to be around – they’re bad doctors, too.”
“We are increasingly marketing drugs that essentially “cure” anti-authoritarians.”
“I have found that most psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals are not only extraordinarily compliant with authorities but also unaware of the magnitude of their obedience. And it also has become clear to me that the anti-authoritarianism of their patients creates enormous anxiety for these professionals, and their anxiety fuels diagnoses and treatments.” — Bruce Levine.
…”Any information that contradicts the answer is manipulated, undermined, suppressed or downplayed; even if it is the result of real science and evidence-based research; even if it is the truth. Professional procedure, protocol and ethics are off the table. It is an underhanded free-for-all. Bare knuckle boxing. Trash your opponents work and label it junk-science. Undermine the integrity of your opponents. Use ad hominem attacks to question the opponents motives. Claim the scientists are hacks on the take. Start rumors about them.
Loudly claim you are the one who is evidence based. Proclaim professionalism and authority. Quibble. Move the goalpost. Nit-pick and split hairs. Proclaim over and over and over again you are the one who is evidence based.
And the problem is it usually works. It is an unfair playing field. When no meaningful barriers are in place to detect cheating and identify cheaters they usually win.”… — Michael Lawrence Langan
1. Hypothesis: Incorrect diagnosis.
Acute psychosis with predominance of delusional ideas Sluggish schizophrenia
2. Null hypothesis: Correct diagnosis.
Acute psychosis with predominance of delusional ideas.
sluggish schizophrenia But, there is a problem with this diagnosis — please read below —
Australian Public Servants Subjected to Soviet-Style Abuse
“To be an Australian Public Servant today means to have some of your basic human rights that other Australians enjoy stripped away from you. Two major human rights that are severely curtailed is the right to not be compulsorily subjected to psychiatric examinations and freedom of expression. On this basis, it appears that Australian Public Servants are apparently inferior to the rest of us.
Despite the Australian Public Service’s legislative value of having ‘the highest ethical standards’, Australian Public Servants who complain about workplace bullying or are viewed as organisational threats to the status quo are being falsely labelled mentally unstable and forced by bureaucrats (not general practitioners) to see psychiatrists against their will under the Public Service Regulations.
Numerous psychiatrists are partaking in this abuse, despite the fact that the Institute of Australasian Psychiatrists’ Code of Ethics states that ‘it is unethical for a psychiatrist chosen by an employer to examine an employee who has been forced to attend’ and the Medical Board’s Code of Conduct provides that all medical examinations must be consensual.” (…)
The Australian Public Service (APS) Knows that Compulsory Psychiatric Referrals are Unlawful, Unethical and Abusive; So it is Now Time for a Class Action!
(…)”The position of the APS on this issue, as conveyed by a senior APS lawyer in a recent ‘off the record’ conversation noted below, paints a disturbing picture of the mentality of APS bureaucrats who perpetrate these abuses.
- Compulsory psychiatric referrals are likely to be unlawful, unethical and abusive, but this does not matter as they can be masked under the guise of ‘care’ and ‘concern’. This is all part of ‘playing the game’ and whistleblowers should learn to join in with ‘playing the game’.
- It does not matter how unreasonable compulsory psychiatric referrals are because the APS is ‘big’ and ‘unmoveable’, and even if the matters were taken to court, the APS can hire barristers to ‘butcher’ employee litigants in the witness box.
- Whistleblowers must bear the burden of ‘proving their sanity’ (which means criminals are granted stronger rights than APS whistleblowers, as the former group enjoys the presumption of innocence until proven guilty and, if they choose to claim insanity, it is not imposed on them).
- All APS employees who have had compulsory psychiatric referrals are ‘losers’ and deserve what they get.
Our message to the APS is that your days of engaging in Soviet-style abuse of your employees, who choose to serve the public, are severely numbered. The ball lies in the APS’s court now: either issue an official directive stopping compulsory psychiatric referrals or be prepared for the APS’s (and individual senior bureaucrats’) dirty laundry to be aired out in the public courtrooms.”
Battered Plaintiffs – injuries from hired guns and compliant courts
Jean Lennane April 2000
Hired guns in whistleblowing
“In this situation the employer will want a diagnosis that ‘proves’ the whistleblower is a nut-case, rat-bag, and troublemaker; that the issues on which they have blown the whistle can therefore be safely ignored; and they can justifiably dismiss or medically retire the whistleblower. The diagnosis in that case is almost invariably a paranoid personality disorder (i.e. the whistleblower has been misinterpreting or imagining both the malpractice and/or corruption they complained about, together with the harassment and victimisation that almost invariably follow someone making such complaints). Occasionally the hired gun can stretch the diagnosis to a paranoid illness, such as paranoid schizophrenia. This is uncommon in Australia, where we don’t (yet) have the convenient diagnosis used in Soviet psychiatry to deal with dissidents there. ‘Creeping’ or ‘sluggish’ schizophrenia was an illness confined to the USSR, with no symptoms apart from the urge to dissent:
“The presence of sluggish schizophrenia does not presuppose noticeable personality changes and the absence of such symptoms does not prove the absence of the illness itself.”
“The morbid process develops very slowly so that its other manifestations remain imperceptible. Diagnostic difficulties increase if the subject relates in a formally correct way to the environment.”
However this lack of symptoms, coupled with ‘reformist ideas’, particularly if expressed with ‘an unshakeable conviction of his own rightness’ was enough to land dissidents in the nightmare of psychiatric prison hospital, indefinitely, or until the administration of overdoses of psychiatric drugs and other ‘treatment’ led to the ‘fading away of delirious conceptions’ – i.e. willingness under that duress to agree to toe the Party line.
In Australia, the diagnosis of paranoid personality disorder has some striking similarities. For this diagnosis to be valid, a patient must have exhibited symptoms throughout their adult life, and in all areas of it, not just at work. Most whistleblowers are well above average as employees, and until they blow the whistle have exemplary work records, as well as being unremarkable in their family and personal lives. That is, there is no evidence to support the diagnosis of a paranoid – or any other – pre-existing personality disorder, and of course thinking that you are being persecuted once you really are being victimised is not a sign of mental illness. But just as lack of evidence wasn’t a problem in the USSR, it often presents no problems here:
“There is no past history of personality difficulties which I am aware of and from a psychiatric point of view I cannot establish the presence throughout his life of personality traits which significantly affected his work or social life. This is not surprising given Mr W’s defensiveness and projection of all his difficulties onto the Department.”
“I found Mr T. to be very cooperative in the interviews and to have a cheerful and pleasant manner. This contrasted with accounts given to me by others, mentioned above, that he can at times be very belligerent and uncooperative. It was easy to see that he would be able to present his viewpoints in a very plausible manner to people who were in relatively brief contact with him, or who did not seriously challenge his statements.”
Hired guns here, like their Soviet counterparts, have problems with the whistleblower’s conviction of his own rightness:
“He has developed compulsive behaviour based on his own set of high moral values…..This type of personality could qualify as a reason for retirement on medical grounds. If this did occur, it would have to be forced on Mr V, as he can see nothing wrong with his personality and merely considers himself a person of high integrity.”
And with their persistence in pursuing authorities to try to get action on their complaints….
“There is every reason to believe he will continue in his present litigious activities writing numerous letters to parliamentarians, ministers and the PM etc. He is quite insightless into his mental condition…..” “There seems little doubt that in the last year what had been a highly valued idea by him, that is exposure of corruption in the SRA, has become an obsession in the sense that he both cannot and will not put it out of his mind…”
And at the ‘overestimation of himself’ that caused problems for Soviet psychiatrists: “He was very grandiose regarding his abilities as a quarantine officer…….” “..he may in fact have a personality disorder. His personality traits are such as to produce grandiose and obsessive behaviour…” -” http://www.bmartin.cc/dissent/documents/Lennane_battered.html
3. Alternative hypothesis: delusions of interpretation – Les folies raisonnantes.
It was suggested during the final days of December 2014 by a good friend of me and my family — living outside Colombia for many years (no personal contact — except emails and social networks). I appreciate now the act of trying to help — but it doesn’t help at all to receive more labels only after 2 weeks of ill-treatment — I call it as torture (other persons and organizations agreed).
This is debunked here: “Here’s a New Year’s resolution for all the magical creatures among you” –@ScienceDump
Definition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment Under international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), the definition of torture comprises three main aspects:
1. Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is inflicted on a person;
2. The act must be intentionally inflicted;
3. The act must be instrumental for such purposes as:
(a) obtaining from the individual or a third person information or a confession, or
(b) punishing him/her for an act he/she or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or
(c) intimidating him/her or a third person, or
(d) coercing him/her or a third person, or
(e) for any reason based on discrimination of any kind.
What distinguishes torture from other forms of ill-treatment, which include other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and outrages upon personal dignity, is the third – purposive – aspect.
Inhuman and cruel treatment is defined as the infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering, which goes beyond mere degradation or humiliation. Outrages upon personal dignity are acts that humiliate, degrade or otherwise violate the dignity of the person to such a degree as to be generally recognized as an outrage upon personal dignity. Unlike torture, there is no requirement that these acts be inflicted for a specific purpose. IHL applies to all parties to an armed conflict. In contrast IHRL treaties, including the 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), apply exclusively to States. As such, Article 1 of the CAT contains the additional requirement that the prohibited acts be “inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”
This document has been shared with professors of psychiatry (Universidad del Valle) and other persons of the national and international academic community (observers).
Objective: Submission and publication in a peer-review medical journal (high impact and visibility).
Let’s also talk about physician suicide
http://chaoticpharmacology.com/2015/02/15/physician-suicide-2/ (reblogged from Disrupted Physician) — Original post here: http://disruptedphysician.com/2014/11/19/1817/
Agosto 10 de 2014 – Publicado en NoGracias
Leer el artículo completo en el siguiente enlace:
My story — Introduction
The events that caused my forced psychiatric hospitalization started almost 2 years ago on a rainy Thursday (May 2, 2013). It was announced that the Alzheimer’s cure was discovered by the Colombian scientist Rodolfo Llinas, Professor of Neuroscience at NYU Langone Medical Center.
A story about oxygen nanobubbles (RNS60).
“The majority of the Information about RNS60 only appears in the internet site of Revalesio Corporation but not in scientific journals. During the last year there has been a wide news media coverage in South and North American countries informing the public about the properties of this novel therapeutic agent. The main newspapers and tv stations from Colombia have highlighted the cooperation between Revalesio and Tecnoquímicas to study this novel therapeutic. Tecnoquimicas is a pharmaceutical company from Colombia recognized as a major producer of generic drugs in Latin America. A Knight Science Journalism blog discusses that colombian reporters should be more critical with dubious announcements to cure diseases with modified water.”
Ramirez, Jorge H (2014): A story about oxygen nanobubbles (RNS60). figshare.
Members of the directive board at Icesi University asked me not to publish my viewpoints —But, I also disagreed.
Icesi is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in Colombia, a private university located in the city of Cali (3rd largest city in the country) with close ties to several industrial and commercial private companies, among those: Tecnoquímicas SA (TQ). TQ is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Latin America, it is specialized in the manufacture of generic medicines — no research pipeline for the development of innovative new drugs — and operates in several countries of South and Central America. Tecnoquímicas was founded in Bogotá (December 17, 1934) but their central offices operates in Cali, Colombia since the inauguration of their first manufacturing industrial plant in 1951.
“The cooperation between Revalesio and Tecnoquímicas specifically involves a phase II clinical study of intravenous RNS60 in patients suffering acute stroke. Recruitment of patients will take place in the five largest cities of Colombia (Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla, and Bucaramanga) with the participation of recognized clinical centers and neurologists from the country. This clinical trial is expected to conclude in one year and will cost approximately 1.5 millions USD.
Some aspects need to be addressed before involving the participation of humans in RNS60 clinical trials: (i) the technique for measuring RNS60 concentrations to study its pharmacokinetics; (ii) the process to ensure bioequivalence among different batches of RNS60; (iii) verification of biological properties of RNS60 by independent scientists.
Revalesio states that clinical trials of RNS60 were approved by the FDA, but no records of this investigational new drug appear on the internet site of this governmental agency. Furthermore, no information about the approval of human studies with RNS60 was obtained from Revalesio and the FDA.”
Ramirez, Jorge H (2014): A story about oxygen nanobubbles (RNS60). figshare.
“Forcing whistleblowers to see psychiatrists in order to discredit them, usually as having a personality disorder that could account for their irrational obsession with malpractice, is reminiscent of Soviet misuse of psychiatry.”I If the first psychiatrist’s report is unhelpful the subject can be forced to see another until the desired result is achieved. This practice is clearly unethical: coercion invalidates consent. (The personalities of the subjects in this study were not unusual, but nearly half were of the sensing, thinking, perceiving type (about 12% of the population), which is considered to be particularly suited to quality control or accountancy.”‘)”“Whistleblowing”: a health issue.
Forced psychiatric treatment was used against me to silence academic debate and to suppress my dissenting ideas regarding the safety and effectiveness of drugs in humans and corruption in medicine.
An excerpt posted one day before my forced psychiatric (Dec 8, 2014) hospitalization follows.
“The effect of criminal practices by pharmaceutical companies is only possible because of the complicity of others: healthcare systems, professional associations, governmental and academic institutions. Pharmaceutical companies also corrupt at the personal level, politicians, and political parties are on their payroll, medical professionals seduced by different types of gifts in exchange of prescriptions (i.e., bribery) which very likely results in patients not receiving the proper treatment for their disease, many times there is no such thing: healthy persons not needing pharmacological treatments of any kind are constantly misdiagnosed and treated with unnecessary drugs. Some medical professionals are converted in K.O.L. which is only a puppet appearing on stage to spread lies to their peers, a person supposedly trained to improve the well-being of others, now deceits on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. Probably the saddest thing is that many honest doctors are being misled by these lies created by the rules of pharmaceutical marketing instead of scientific, medical, and ethical principles.”…
Ramirez, Jorge H (2014): Data (i.e., evidence) about evidence based medicine. figshare. http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1093997
— More About Coercion and Abuse of Psychiatry Follows —
Please remember that this document
iswas protected by password --- if I shared with you, it's because of two possibilities:
1 — We both stand up for freedom of speech, integrity, transparency and accountability in healthcare.
Please feel very welcome to eavesdrop this document and share your position (private or publicly) — Critical viewpoints are welcome (public or private) — I am always open to the exchange of ideas — it’s all the opposite to the suppression of ideas — that’s something which I will never, ever resign.
2 — You were directly or indirectly involved in the events related to my forced psychiatric hospitalization — remember that this go back to May 2013 — Response: Why the silence?
Let’s be honest: You probably do not have anything to contradict research data — publicly shared / raw data level — questioning the safety and effectiveness of many drugs — which you probably prescribe (violating one of the principles of medical ethics: autonomy) and you also feel entitled to “teach” others — it’s acceptable to inject drugs to others who think different than you do (e.g., forced injection of midazolam and haloperidol — my own story — true story).
If the persons involved directly or indirectly in this event are never going to answer — it does not matter – I understand. Please, share this document with any person or organization you think could argue — publicly or privately — and support the null hypothesis stated at the beginning of this document (Ideas: Colombian Association of Psychiatry, American Association of Psychiatry, Latin American Association of Psychiatry, etc).
Hmmm… I just remember that almost 1 year ago I openly criticized the transparency and conflict of interests of all of these associations…
“Me gustas cuando callas porque estas como ausente,” — Pablo Neruda
The scaffold here is…
Healthcare corruption and suppression of those who dissent traditional medical practices not supported by the evidence which are widely used by many medical specialities (not only psychiatric drugs as appears in my clinical record — I repeat: forced psychiatric hospitalization) —Bad and unsafe medical practices promoted by lunches, gifts, travels, money, and many other different types of bribes to doctors.
Medicine has become corrupted to the bones
“I hate purity, I hate goodness! I don’t want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone to be corrupt to the bones.” — George Orwell, 1984.
White Coat, Black Hat — Carl Elliot.
(…)”If a marketing campaign is really successful, it goes beyond hype to insinuate itself into the language and thought of the population as a whole, essentially remaking the way people think of themselves. Concepts such as reflux disease, erectile dysfunction, and irritable bowel syndrome have had considerable success, but the most remarkable changes have come in the language of psychiatry with the emergence of neurobiological concepts such as social anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and bipolar disorder. What is striking about this neurobiological language is the extent to which ordinary people have come to incorporate it into their identities. You may have erectile dysfunction or irritable bowel syndrome, but you are bipolar or ADHD. Your diagnosis is part of who you are.” (…)
The clinical record states that I have “overvalued ideas” regarding my research activities aimed to determine the safety and effectiveness of drugs in humans.
Re: Research production: Oct 2013 to Feb 2015
“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” — Groucho Marx
Sometimes I feel that some of my colleagues are not academics, nor physicians, but young and old rude politicians, behaving in a manner not even barely close to the Hippocratic oath they made.
Later Thomas Sydenham said “primum non nocere”
First, do no harm
Zuerst einmal nicht schaden
Lo primero es no hacer daño
Per prima cosa, non nuocere
D’abord, ne pas nuire
There is also a Hippocratic oath for scientists —I think that this oath should be studied thoroughly by any scientist analyzing data and sharing conclusions of research — that affect us all — (not only biomedical sciences but also in other areas — for example the arts, the economists, the sociologists, engineers and anyone who it may concern).
‘Hippocratic oath for scientists’ – Nature News Blog
12 Sep 2007 – Posted by
– Act with skill and care in all scientific work. Maintain up to date skills and assist their development in others.
– Take steps to prevent corrupt practices and professional misconduct. Declare conflicts of interest.
– Be alert to the ways in which research derives from and affects the work of other people, and respect the rights and reputations of others.
– Ensure that your work is lawful and justified.
– Minimise and justify any adverse effect your work may have on people, animals and the natural environment.
– Seek to discuss the issues that science raises for society. Listen to the aspirations and concerns of others.
– Do not knowingly mislead, or allow others to be misled, about scientific matters. Present and review scientific evidence, theory or interpretation honestly and accurately.
There were also principles of medical ethics which were systematically broken more than one time by people who are supposed to take care of our health — our doctors — I am especifically talking about those doctors who were directly or indirectly involved in my forced psychiatric hospitalization with the diagnosis of “acute psychosis with predominance of delusional ideas”
Originally posted in Disrupted Physician
Null and alternative hypothesis —> REJECTED
“acute psychosis with predominance of delusional ideas” delusions of interpretation – Les folies raisonnantes.
Hypothesis Accepted: Sluggish Schizophrenia
“The intimidation of a victim to compel the individual to do some act against his orher will by the use of psychological pressure, physical force, or threats.(…)
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
Méndez, Juan E. “Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” (2013). Human Rights Council, United Nations.
…”Fully respecting each person’s legal capacity is a first step in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment. As already established by the mandate, medical treatments of an intrusive and irreversible nature, when lacking a therapeutic purpose or when aimed at correcting or alleviating a disability, may constitute torture or ill-treatment when enforced or administered without the free and informed consent of the person concerned. Deprivation of liberty on grounds of mental illness is unjustified. Under the European Convention on Human Rights, mental disorder must be of a certain severity in order to justify detention. I believe that the severity of the mental illness cannot justify detention nor can it be justified by a motivation to protect the safety of the person or of others. Furthermore, deprivation of liberty that is based on the grounds of a disability and that inflicts severe pain or suffering falls under the scope of the Convention against Torture. In making such an assessment, factors such as fear and anxiety produced by indefinite detention, the infliction of forced medication or electroshock, the use of restraints and seclusion, the segregation from family and community, should be taken into account. “…
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights: Involuntary placement and involuntary treatment of persons with mental health problems (2012)
Any restrictions of the rights of the individual must be tailor-made to the individual’s needs, be genuinely justified and be the result of rights-based procedures and combined with effective safeguards.
United Nations. Article 15 – Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
1. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In particular, no one shall be subjected without his or her free consent to medical or scientific experimentation.
2. States Parties shall take all effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent persons with disabilities, on an equal basis with others, from being subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) – d950 Political life and citizenship
“Engaging in the social, political and governmental life of a citizen, having legal status as a citizen and enjoying the rights, protections, privileges and duties associated with that role, such as the right to vote and run for political office, to form political associations; enjoying the rights and freedoms associated with citizenship (e.g. the rights of freedom of speech, association, religion, protection against unreasonable search and seizure, the right to counsel, to a trial and other legal rights and protection against discrimination); having legal standing as a citizen.”
“The sorts of dissent/discontent that can trigger suppression are diverse. They include conducting or publishing research that gives results unwelcome to powerful groups,§ teaching about sensitive topics, expressing views within an organization, and expressing views in the mass or social media. These “sorts of actions can be a challenge within a line of command in a hierarchical organization. Another sort of challenge is to a dominant orthodoxy (for example, criticisms of standard treatments for cancer) or to a vested interest (for example disclosures about private health services). Dissidents may be aware that what they do is threatening to powerful groups, or they may think they are just doing their jobs. Reprisals against dissent/discontent are also quite diverse. Suppression can include ostracism, petty harassment,* lack of communication,† blocked appointments, denial of research grants, rejection of articles, spreading of rumors, threats, reprimands, referral to psychiatrists, forced transfers, demotions, dismissal, or blacklisting. In authoritarian regimes or certain contexts, political dissidents can be physically repressed with beatings, imprisonment, forced psychiatric treatment, torture, or murder.” — Brian Martin and Florencia Peña Saint Martin