Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Zealand Prozac Case File - The Inquest, The Suppression Revealed - Part III of IV

A classic sign of psychiatry gone mad would be the deposition of one Dr. Joseph Biederman. Biederman, who has links to the promotion of psychiatric medication, was once asked the following:

What rank did you hold at Harvard. “Full professor,” he answered.

“What’s after that?” asked a lawyer.

“God,” Dr. Biederman responded.

“Did you say God?” the lawyer asked.

“Yeah,” Dr. Biederman said.


New Zealand Prozac Case File - Toran Henry

New Zealand Prozac Case File - The Loss - Part II of IV

I met Maria Bradshaw a few weeks ago, she approached me and introduced herself. "Hi Bobby, I'm Maria Bradshaw, I've been meaning to talk with you for sometime now...about my son, Toran."

One thing Maria said to me will stay with me forever more. She told me that she had read the Sara Carlin articles I wrote regarding her inquest. She said, "I've read all the articles you wrote about Sara Carlin, you gave her a voice, I wished, at the time, that someone would do the same for me and Toran"

So here I am, writing about another teenager who just happened to take an SSRi...who just happened to kill themselves by hanging...whose inquest was designed to protect the product and to paint a bad picture of the victim.

Coincidence? I think not.

Inquests regarding antidepressant medication and suicide are played down. Let's not alarm the public now as these medicines are life-savers for many millions of people. Fucking bullshit. They are no more effective than a placebo, they are chemical restraints, they are bullets waiting to be loaded, they are promoted fraudulently...they are death in a box.

The cries of the pro-antidepressant brigade will argue, "but they helped me, they still are, without them I would still be depressed" Yeh, they helped you, they stripped away human emotion, they flooded your brain with chemicals. They helped you over a period of time that you found hard to deal with. How long were you on them, a year, two, three, four...maybe you are still on them? Yeh, they did the trick alright. So good that people have been on them for years, a pill promoted to lift your blues yet why do people take them for years on end? Why do people swear that these pills help them get through their daily lives, can't they grasp that their forefathers would have had the same emotional ride - they didn't take meds, they rode the storm. They gave you life.

The psychiatric industry is based on theory. Would you have a leg removed if it was theorized you would be given an extra sensory perception?

Take a look through the history of psychiatry - they have tried so many times to "cure" mental illness, they've never been able to - and yet here we are in the 21st century. We are no further down the road. Psychiatrists hand out these drugs to children and teenagers, step back in time and you will witness how they would release mental illness by drilling holes in the heads of those who were unfortunate enough to be deemed mentally ill. Today they don't use the methods they used all those years ago, instead they gift-wrap their inhumane devices and call them antidepressants or they add the word 'therapy' to make it sound like they really care. One word to put in front of therapy - Electroconvulsive - yeh, that's therapy alright.

There's a public outcry when a doctor or psychiatrist are found guilty of raping a patient. I've news for you, they've been doing it for years with psychiatric drugs...only a small handful now oppose drugging children with these chemical coshes. Those psychiatrists that do speak out are labelled mavericks, Scientologists, a little bit 'off the wall' and/or opinionated meddlers. They are ridiculed by their fellow professionals, the pharmaceutical industry and delusional advocates who side with the industry.

As for inquests, I pretty much lived through the Sara Carlin one, obviously not as much as her family, nonetheless I lived through it, shared tears with Neil Carlin, Sara's father, at the outcome.

Inquests are, it appears, designed not to give the dead a voice, instead it's a tool used to smear the dead, to look for negatives rather than positives. Like psychiatrists, Coroner's have lost emotion, I guess they have been dealing with death for too long that it's just like eating a bowl of cornflakes to them. Inquests are mere warnings to families of the bereaved. 'Oppose us and we will drag your dead child through so much dirt that you will be wishing you could join them.'

Toran Henry had years ahead of him. Maria Bradshaw and I should never have met. The pharmaceutical industry, the limp-wristed medicine regulators, lily-livered coroners, psychiatry and greed are the reasons we did.

I want to give Toran Henry a voice. He wishes to speak so he can protect the living.

This is for those who threw mud in his direction during the inquest, it's for those who bullied a defenseless, mourning mother. It's for future families in New Zealand who, without fear, wish to seek answers as to why their loved ones died.

This is Toran's Court.

The Inquest, The Suppression Revealed - Part III of IV

Central to the inquest was the appropriateness and effect of the prescription of Prozac to Toran Henry, contrary to warnings by its manufacturer that it had a propensity to cause suicide in children and adolescents.  Toran and his family had a right to know that the makers of Fluox [1] specifically warned that it should not be used for those under 18.

Coroner, Dr Murray Jamieson

On the 9 November 2009 the inquest of Toran Henry began, it was to last 20 days.

The Coroner, Dr Murray Jamieson, presided over events.

The Lecture of Counsel, John Moody

About a month before Toran's inquest started, the Coroner appointed John Moody as counsel to assist the court. Moody asked for a meeting with Maria Bradshaw [Toran's mother] and her lawyer.

He started the meeting by lecturing Maria Bradshaw about how wrong it is for parents to take action against those involved in the deaths of their children - that this just delayed healing and recovery and served no purpose. He then said that Coroner Jamieson was totally against the notion of doctors being subject to judicial reviews of their practice.

This, it would appear, is standard for the bereaved family attending or wishing to pursue an inquest, a kind of warning, if you like. Who is John Moody to suggest that any parent wishing to know how or why their child committed suicide is wrong? Furthermore, how can he suggest that an inquest delays 'healing and recovery' and worse still, serves no purpose?

When Maria left the meeting she told her lawyer that she was very concerned at the statements made by Moody. She queried how Jamieson could preside over an investigation into the role of Toran's doctors in his death when he held the views expressed by Moody.

Maria's lawyer said that if she raised the issue, Jamieson would more than likely excuse himself from the case and Maria would end up with the Chief Coroner who, in her lawyer's view, would be even worse to deal with.

Some choice, huh?

Given all of this, Maria was not surprised that the Coroner allowed aggressive questioning of her on the grounds that Maria had threatened manslaughter charges against Zoran Simovik, the unqualified psychiatrist who had prescribed her son Prozac.

Coroner - "'Very uncommon' for SSRIs to be linked with suicide"

Jamieson, who has had no training with regard to SSRi treatment, amazingly voiced his opinion halfway through Toran's inquest. He claimed that in his 8 years as a coroner he knew that it was 'very uncommon' for SSRIs to be linked with suicide and he had great sympathy for 'the psychiatric registrar' ie Zoran Simovik.

Well, first off, let's pick up on his "'very uncommon' for SSRIs to be linked with suicide" statement.

In the USA ALL SSRi's, including Prozac, have been slapped with a black box warning. It warns of suicide in children taking this particular group of medications. Did Jamieson know this? Obviously not, or else he wouldn't have made such a brash declaration. Drug packets in New Zealand do not carry a “Black Box” warning as required by the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] in the United States. [3] As a matter of fact, no patient information leaflets were ever included in any of the Prozac medication that Toran ingested.

Prozac Patient Information Leaflet produced by Eli Lilly and Company

There seems to be a pattern here with what happened in the inquest of Oakville, Canada teen, Sara Carlin. Sara had been taking Paxil when she hanged herself in the basement of her parents home. At day one of her inquest, Coroner's counsel, Michael Blaine, went in front of TV camera's during a short recess in the inquest proceedings. He announced, "The courts acknowledge that this medication can increase thoughts of suicide in particular patients but they don't think that the medication played a role in Sara Carlin's death."

This after half a day of the two week inquest. Similarly, in Toran's inquest, it was the presiding coroner, Dr Murray Jamieson, who sprung to the defence of SSRi's, this approximately a week and a half into the three week inquest.

There's me thinking that all evidence should be heard before any party offers their verdict.

Jamieson was a former gynaecological registrar who resigned from medicine and did a law degree, then became a Coroner. During his time as a gynaecological registrar, Jamieson taught undergraduates about the detection and treatment of cervical cancer and precancerous conditions of the genital tract, he took this teaching position over from Professor Herb Green in 1982. Green, later went on to be embroiled in the Cartwright Inquiry, a Commission of Inquiry held in New Zealand from 1987 - 1988. It was commissioned by the then Minister of Health, Michael Bassett, to investigate the alleged malpractice of Green who had been intentionally undertreating women with cervical cancer and experimenting on his patients without their consent or proper approval.

During the Inquiry, a letter published by the New Zealand Medical Journal surfaced. It was authored by Dr Murray Jamieson.

Jaimeson, speaking of cervical cancer, starts off with a rant about Apostles, Herod Agrippa and the Roamn dictaror, Sulla.

In his letter, Jaimeson, refers to women as "promiscuous"

"Our young people are becoming more permissive and promiscuous. An epidemic of cervical cancer, especially among our younger women, follows inexorably from these premises. True, the victims are not eaten of worms, but gnawed away by cancer (or fear of it)...the wages of sex is a positive smear."

Exactly what was Jamieson implying here, that young women are sluts?

The Cartwright Inquiry 1988 can be downloaded HERE.

Coroner's Court Experts

Dr Sabina Dosani, Kaye Brightly, Dr Sally Merry, Hugh Clarkson, and Murray Patton all gave evidence at the inquest.

Dr Sabina Dosani, medical director and founder of The Leapfrog Clinic

Dosani was born in the UK and trained at the Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. She specialises in Psychiatry and sub-specialised in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr Sabina Dosani was the medical director and founder of The Leapfrog Clinic, a private mental health service for adolescents and children. The blurb from their website [now removed] reads:

The Leapfrog Clinic is passionate about providing high quality treatment for children and their families. We work with children and young adults where there are concerns about their behavioural, mental or emotional wellbeing.

One in five New Zealanders under the age of 21 will experience mental illness.

Leapfrog is unique in its integrated offering of psychiatric, medical and psychological expertise, supported by allied health professionals.

Working with children in their infancy right up until their 21st birthday, Leapfrog strives to help each patient achieve his or her utmost potential. We achieve this with the best clinicians in the country who are at the top of their fields. Drawing on a wealth of therapeutic interventions, all with a robust evidence base we can deliver creative yet scientifically proven treatments.

Their webpage also offered Specialist Assessments for children. A Psychiatric Assessment at $390 plus tax whilst both an Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule and a Cognitive assessment would set you back $1000 tax.

Working with Schools

The Leapfrog Clinic often worked with schools whereby they ran a "Healthy minds workshop" to help staff and young people gain better understanding of mental health and illness. Publications were also offered to staff and pupils regarding; depression, bullying and attention deficit disorder [ADD]

The website also offered two questionnaires. Developmental History Questionnaire and a
Strength & Difficulties Questionnaire. Let's take a look at some of the questions aimed at 4-10 year olds, the optional answers are - 'Not true, 'Somewhat true', and 'Certainly true'

Considerate of other people's feelings?

Restless, overactive, cannot stay still for long?

Often loses temper?

Rather solitary, prefers to play alone?

Constantly fidgeting or squirming?

Easily distracted, concentration wanders?

They read like a commercial for a pharmacuetical drug, eh?

Remember, these sort of questions were aimed at 4-10 year old children!

You can download the questionnaire HERE.

The questionnaire for 11-17 year olds [self-assessment] is pretty much in the same vain, once again the questions sounding like the intro to a pharmaceutical ad for an antidepressant. You can download it HERE.

The Leapfrog Clinic website has been removed, however, the "business" is still running according to the New Zealand's companies register. The Leapfrog website was removed but with a little tweak here and there, I managed to access it HERE

In giving evidence at Toran's inquest, Dosani told the court that it was an accepted practice to prescribe Fluoxetine to adolescents in situations where they have been diagnosed with a major depressive disorder. She agreed that combining Cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] with Fluoxetine is likely to be only marginally more effective than Fluoxetine alone.

Dosani was then questioned by Ms Marshall of the Waitemata District Health Board about the supporting evidence Prof. David Healy, professor in Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine, Wales, had provided.

MS MARSHALL:...Now in your brief you have referred to the fact, and this is at page 12 of your brief, that “the studies differ on whether SSRIs increase suicidal events”?

DR DOSANI: That is correct, yes.

MS MARSHALL: Professor Healy has concluded that “There is a compelling case that Prozac can trigger suicide in susceptible individuals.” Would you agree with that statement?

DR DOSANI: I would not agree that there is a compelling case.

MS MARSHALL: This next statement is “there is little evidence that it is likely to be of benefit in patients in Toran’s age bracket” would you agree with that?

DR DOSANI: No, I disagree with that.

MS MARSHALL: Finally he says “Even less evidence that it is likely to be of benefit to males”. Would you agree with that statement?

DR DOSANI: No, and furthermore that is not something that I had seen before reading this letter.

Evidence given later by Dosani saw her being asked by Ms Janes, acting for Kaye Brightly;

MS JANES: Dr Simovik agreed that he was competent to have a discussion about medication and to make a decision about prescribing Fluoxetine without needing to have prior consulted approval. Would that accord with your experience in child and adolescent?

DR DOSANI: That would be entirely what would be expected of someone of his stage of training.

In Dosani's book, "Defeat Depression", Publisher: Infinite Ideas, one of many she has authored, she suggests that to manage self harm young people should put strawberry ice-cream topping on their wrists to mimic the satisfaction they get from seeing blood. She says if people are depressed they should take their neighbours dog for a walk and if their neighbour's dog has died they should ask their neighbour to go to bingo with them.

This coming from an "expert" witness who disagrees with the world's leading expert in SSRi withdrawal [David Healy]. This coming from a professional psychiatrist who spends time with children in New Zealand and whose Leapfrog clinic targets schools.

Dr. Sally Merry

Dr Sally Merry is a senior lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has worked in clinical psychiatry for over 15 years and has a special interest in anxiety disorders, teenage depression and early intervention.

Anxiety disorders, teenage depression, early intervention? You seeing a pattern here?

This is exactly what Toran Henry was up against. He, through his brave mother, was up against a league of psychiatrists who think it is perfectly normal to medicate young children and adolescents with drugs that are, in essence, stopping children from being children.

Because psychiatrists have no scientific argument they...or rather their attorneys try a different tactic.

Here's some of the defence they used against a grieving mother:

Marinoto lawyers tried to say Toran was obviously a bad child because he had been called into the principals office in relation to bullying when he was 15. In fact he was the victim of bullying not the perpetrator.

The police interviewed 14 of Toran's friends. Twelve said he and his mother had a warm loving relationship while two mentioned an argument they had a week before he died. The Coroner called only those two to give evidence. They recanted their evidence on the stand but he still used it in his decision.

When Toran's mother, Maria, said she was going to call two of his closest friends to give evidence, Takapuna Grammar, Toran's school, released the school disciplinary records of one of them - detailing every detention he had ever had and records of whether his family had paid their school fees. Because of this, Maria immediately decided she wasn't prepared to have the children bullied and intimidated in this way and withdrew them from the witness list.

Maria complained to the Coroner about this breach of the Privacy Act and witness intimidation.

He did nothing about it.

In defending their own records and those of Toran's GP that on fluoxetine Toran slept up to 18 hours a day and that this was a clear side effect of the medication, Kaye Brightley's lawyer tried to run the argument that he slept so much because his mother starved him! This was disproved.

Can you imagine sitting in a coroner's court awaiting the outcome of why your child committed suicide, only to have psychiatrists and their attorneys make suggestions that you were a bad parent?

As I said in my opening ramble in this post. Inquests involving antidepressant medication are designed to destroy the victim and the family of the victim. It's a clear warning that future parents will endure the same if they dare question the drugs their family doctor/psychiatrist dish out.

The purpose of Toran Henry's inquest are self-explanatory:

a the person has died; and
b the person's identity; and
c when and where the person died; and
d the causes of death; and
e the circumstances of death

The second purpose is to make specified recommendations or comments that, in the coroner's opinion, may, if drawn to public attention, reduce the chance of occurrence of other deaths in circumstances similar to those in which the death occurred.

The third purpose is to determine whether the public interest would be served by the death being investigated by other investigating authorities in the performance of exercise of their functions, powers, or duties, and to refer the death to them if satisfied that the public interest would be served by their investigation it in the performance or exercise of their functions, powers, or duties.

The coroner made just one recommendation:

He recommended that Marinoto [Health centre that Toran was under the "guidance" of] review the information provided about fluoxetine [Prozac] to adolescents, particularly the advice about the importance of taking the medication as prescribed.

And that's basically it.

Twenty days of sitting through this horrific ordeal, having psychiatrists give opinions about Toran's state of mind, being labelled a bad mother, having her son painted as some sort of out of control alcoholic juvenile delinquent! This is all the coroner could come up with?

It's practically giving psychiatrists Carte blanche to continue handing out SSRi' long as they read the information about it first. Information provided by the pharmaceutical companies whom, under some fucked up law, do not have to release the negative data carried out in clinical trials.

What the coroner failed to pick up on was the following:

Clarkson, who was the most experienced psychiatrist who gave expert testimony, said that with the risk profile emerging with SSRIs it was likely that the drugs would cease to be used in the future.

Dosani said Simovik's practice was way below that which she would expect from a fourth year registrar and that she had concerns about his competence.

The Cllinical Director of Marinoto, Murray Patton, admitted that at no time did Toran ever recieve a full assessment from any of the medical professionals involved in his care.

Toran's school and the police (relying on interviews from his friends) said it was quite clear that Toran was a competely different person when taking fluoxetine and that he reverted to his orignal self when he came off it.

Simovik said he had studied the links between SSRIs and suicide and had no doubt they were causally linked.

Toran's case worker said there was no doubt Toran suffered side effects from fluoxetine.

The head of the New Zealand Medicines Regulator said that SSRIs are not approved for those under 18 in New Zealand as their risks outweighed any benefit. He also said that psychiatrists were abusing the Medicines Act in prescribing these drugs to children. He said his agency had been lobbying government for years to get the power to require black box warnings on SSRIs and to close the loophole in the Medicines Act that allowed their prescription to children but had been ignored.

I refer you two the second purpose of Toran's inquest: make specified recommendations or comments that, in the coroner's opinion, may, if drawn to public attention, reduce the chance of occurrence of other deaths in circumstances similar to those in which the death occurred.

It is my opinion that the coroner, Dr Murray Jamieson, failed miserably in reducing the chance of occurrence of other deaths similar to that of Toran Henry. It's plainly obvious from his statement a week and a half in to the inquest that it was his opinion that in his 8 years as a coroner he knew that it was 'very uncommon' for SSRIs to be linked with suicide and he had great sympathy for 'the psychiatric registrar' ie Zoran Simovik.

The same Zoran Simovik who told Toran to stop his Prozac on Fridays, drink up to 6 bottles of beer a night over the weekend and resume the Prozac on Mondays. Incidently, not one of the 7 psychiatrists who testified at the inquest said this was a problem!

The Psychiatrist's that gave evidence at Toran Henry's inquest will have you believe that our children are no longer normal, they will tell you of the magic bullets, the quick fixes and the biological defects in the brain, ie; the chemical imbalance, the only imbalance is when the child starts taking the damn drug, it's the psychiatric drugs that impair the brain and not some imbalance that we, as humans, are born with.

Early intervention programs bypass your child going to the doctor because he was...well, because he was being a kid. He may have thrown a tantrum at school, he may have belched loudly in the classroom and then swore, he may have drew a picture of a man with a gun shooting at another man with a gun, he may fall asleep in the classroom or he may just be seeking attention because he wants to be popular - there's the criteria to dope him up to the eyeballs because all of the above would fit in to psychiatries disorders or children.

A child cannot be a child anymore. Long gone are the days of feeling loss, anger, remorse, guilt, anxiety, worry, fear, enthusiasm, exhilaration et al. Children's emotions are being suppressed by pharmaceutical fraud, they saw a market and they tapped right in to it with psychiatry as their vendor.

The early intervention programs, the carefully designed questionnaires, the labelling of mental disorders are all part of the commercial enterprise. Children and adolescents are caught in this enterprise because of the influence of the pharmaceutical industry.

If Toran Henry would have been born in 1950, he'd probably be celebrating his 61st birthday this year. That's the harsh reality of it all.

With a growing number of deaths related to the use of psychiatric drugs, we are in the middle of tectonic plates, they haven't quite rubbed together yet but they are sending out tremors. With each new "disorder" invented by psychiatry, the plates get closer and closer. We, as humans, are allowing this to happen because it is something we fail to see, we put our trust in psychiatrists whom, we believe, can see what we can't. They can't. We are on the verge of a psychiatric tsunami, it won't be waves of sea water coming at us, it will be the tears of those mourning the loss of a loved one...and we stood by and let it happen.

If those mentioned in this article wish to defend their profession, send me one of those carefully designed questionnaires. You want to make a difference? Stop fucking with our future and go take your psycho babble clap-trap to your God and ask him if he agrees with what it is you are doing to the children of this world.

Toran's voice has been heard and not one of you have been here to suppress it.

I bid you a peaceful and drug free future.

Oh, by the way, Toran sends you his middle finger.


Author of the book; The evidence, however, is clear...the Seroxat Scandal - Chipmunka Publishing [Launch date April 2011]

[1] Fluox (fluoxetine) belongs to the group of antidepressants known as SSRIs and is from the same drug (fluoxetine) as Prozac.
[2] The Cartwright Inquiry was a Commission of Inquiry held in New Zealand from 1987 - 1988. It was commissioned by the then Minister of Health, Michael Bassett to investigate the alleged malpractice of Associate Professor Herb Green.
[3] Antidepressant Medications for Children and Adolescents: Information for Parents and Caregivers. [Source]

Coming soon, Part IV - Mother on a mission.