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Saturday, April 04, 2020

Zantac (Ranitidine): The Heartburn Carcinogen

Earlier this week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that manufacturers pull all prescription and over-the-counter ranitidine drugs, known by the brand name Zantac, from the market immediately. Zantac was given US approval in the early 1980s.

The FDA has determined that levels of  N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in the heartburn medications increase over time and when stored at higher-than-normal temperatures, pose a risk to public health.

According to the FDA's announcement, letters are now being sent to all manufacturers of ranitidine requesting that they withdraw products from the market, and consumers are advised to stop taking any ranitidine tablets or liquid medications they currently have. As a result of this immediate market withdrawal request, writes the FDA, ranitidine products will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or over-the-counter (OTC) use in the U.S.

Sanofi, one of the companies that produces the Zantac brand, stopped doing so in October. It said in a statement that “We take this issue seriously and continue to work closely with the F.D.A. to evaluate any potential safety risks associated with Zantac.”

Ranitidine was launched in the UK in 1995 as an OTC product. At the time the recommended dosage of the product was one tablet, although if symptoms persisted for more than one hour another tablet could be taken. Consumers were told, "the maximum recommended daily dose is four tablets."

The British drug regulator, the MHRA, is not following in the footsteps of their American counterparts. In October last year, they stated, "the health risk of discontinuing the medicine is higher than the potential risk presented by the contaminant N-nitrosodimethylamine."

Los Angeles trial lawyers, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, PC, who are in the process of filing lawsuits, state on their website, "Mounting evidence allegedly shows that Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim, the big pharma companies that make Zantac (ranitidine hydrochloride), concealed the Zantac cancer link from millions of people who took the drug for heartburn, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sour stomach, Barrett’s esophagus, acid reflux, and other issues. This deception came as the companies made unprecedented profits from Zantac, the first drug to generate $1 billion in sales."

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman attorney R. Brent Wisner discusses the latest revelations surrounding the popular drug Zantac (ranitidine). How did the FDA find out about the link between Zantac and cancer? What do Zantac and rocket fuel have in common? Is Zantac causing a cancer epidemic? Wisner answers your Zantac questions in this short video.

If you, or anyone you know, developed cancer after taking Zantac please contact Baum Hedlund here.

Bob Fiddaman

Monday, March 30, 2020

Mother Nature (Mother Earth) and the Invaluable Lesson

Mother Nature (sometimes referred to as Mother Earth) has been coughing for years, she needed some respite. She's also witnessed how we have been treating her domain and her creatures of all shapes and sizes. She needed something to stop the pollution, to stop the hunting, to stop the ignorance and selfishness, to stop the fighting. This invisible entity is making us all go back to school, she is teaching us the basics again because we have all forgotten

Animals have had to change their habits. Think about the wild animals that come into towns and cities in search of food that we, as humans, discard in an almost blase fashion. Rats, foxes in the UK, coyotes, bears in Canada and the US have had very little to scavenge during the lockdown. Birds have less bread to eat as it has, overnight it seems, become a currency. Mosquitos have had less blood to drink too. With less fishing, those gilled wonders will multiply, almost like a preparation for a fish feast for us all when this crisis has subsided. Mother Nature's offering to us by way of an apology for having to make us sit up and take notice.

She has a unique way of highlighting our failings, a unique way of showing us that those in charge really shouldn't be in charge at all.

She will continue to teach us lessons. Some we will listen to, others we won't, so she will strike again when the time is ready.

Some, mistakingly, refer to her as God.

The following are just some thoughts of mine, some have already been mentioned as possible outcomes but I've not let any other predictions in the way of my own thinking here. As we learn to adapt there will be yet more unscrupulous behaviour at work. The unscrupulous will never change, they can only see dollar signs.

These are just thoughts, they are not some sort of third eye predictions.

Expect more people to eat less meat as we learn more about animal viruses and how they have always existed, also how they can, in the blink of an eye, be passed onto humans. This will have an economical effect on farmers etc

Travel by air
 ~ A stamp in your passport that will confirm that you have had the coronavirus and therefore unlikely to get it again.
~ A stamp in your passport that confirms you have been immunised against the coronavirus with a vaccine. (see vaccines)

Travel, as we know it, has changed forever. Expect longer queues at airports and a huge increase in airfares. Long term, economy travel will probably become a thing of the past as more and more distance between humans is requested, particularly if this virus, or another strain of it, hits us again. Less travel = less pollution

Cruise Ships
May become a thing of the past unless they can figure out why colds, flu-type viruses spread so quickly. Less traffic in our oceans = less polluted waters.

A vaccine will be rushed through and will be available before we know it. The safety of the vaccine will be touted as being safe in small clinical trials with no obvious side effects. The trials will probably run for 6-12 weeks. No raw data will be offered up by drug companies for scrutiny. The vaccine manufacturer/s will be offered indemnity, meaning no lawsuits against them will be allowed should the vaccines cause injury or death to those taking them. The ball has already started rolling on this.

Mental Health
New disorders or sub-types will be created. It will be claimed that many have detachment-type disorders and new phobias. Mourning the loss of loved ones will continue to be deemed as a mental disorder if that mourning process goes beyond two weeks. Psychiatric 'medication' prescriptions will increase as will cases of autoimmune diseases, ironically caused by some of 'medications' prescribed.
Expect a huge promotional push in the field of mental health - we've already seen it during the corona crisis and I expect it to increase after the 'curve' has flattened.

Suicide figures will rise and be blamed on the aftermath of the coronavirus. Any suggestion that the increase in suicides is a result of psychiatric 'medications' will be dismissed - this has been the normal response by 'medical experts' for the past 40 years or so.

Drug Companies
New drugs to prevent any corona-type virus will be created and marketed, they will claim to help slow the process of spreading a virus. Millions will be spent on a huge scaremongering campaign that will result in more people taking substances that they don't really need to take. Cold remedies will be modified, claims of 'Super Extra Strength' versions of existing cold remedies will be heavily promoted.

Expect increases in taxes and expect pension saving schemes to be hard hit too. The governments around the world will need to claw back money they have spent/lost during the corona crisis.

Expect a worldwide ban 10 or 20 years from now. Probably a good thing but it will mean higher taxes on foodstuffs, electrical goods etc. Those suffering nicotine withdrawal will be offered patches or smoking cessation drugs, eg Champix (varenicline) and/or Zyban (bupropion), two drugs associated with suicidal thinking, the latter being an antidepressant.

Bob Fiddaman

Friday, March 27, 2020

Is an Influential Australian Psychiatrist Spreading Fear?

First off, the coronavirus doesn't cause any psychiatric 'disorders'. Let's be abundantly clear about that.

I'm astonished to see Australia's leading brain pellet spokesperson Patrick McGorry (above), spreading fear on Twitter.

It appears McGorry took umbrage to a letter (below) sent into The Guardian from Dr Lucy Johnstone. The letter from Johntsone was in response to Paul Daley’s article (We face a pandemic of mental health disorders, 24 March)

McGorry, in a rather contradictory fashion, tweeted the following in response:

If, according to McGorry, fear is "100% absolutely appropriate" why does he then add his own mix of fear with, "...severe stress, economic collapse & multiple losses in a global disaster will lead to a major increase in need for MH care..."?

It seems that in the space of just two weeks psychiatrists, such as McGorry, have become expert virologists and economists overnight. They are jumping into a situation and trying to make it appear as though they have an important role in what's going on or what may happen as a result of this global pandemic.

The truth of the matter is, they don't have a clue about what is going on, they only think they do. Yes, people are fearful, I am myself, as are many of my family and friends, in fact, every time I clear my throat mild panic sets in but do we really need the likes of McGorry spreading more unnecessary fear with his crystal ball predictions? All of his claims are natural responses to situations, they are not mental disorders, therefore they should never be treated as such. A pill won't get you a job nor will it make the economy look better either.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Let's just look at the current way psychiatrists diagnose Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

To be diagnosed with OCD, you must have obsessions:

 - worry that you will become sick or “contaminated”
 - a belief that you or someone you love is in danger 
- Sometimes the link between the compulsion and the obsession is clear, like someone who washes their hands repeatedly to fight germs or contamination.

Now, here's some food for thought.

What if residents of Wuhan, where the coronavirus purportedly originated from, had been 'obsessive' about washing their hands repeatedly to fight germs or contamination, would we still have seen such a global spread?

What if those same residents wanted to obsess about hygiene but were fearful to do so because they didn't want to be labelled by psychiatrists as having OCD?

As I understand it psychiatry views a person who washes their hands repeatedly to fight germs or contamination as possibly having a brain disorder, or the makings of one but what would an independent psychiatrist think of McGorry's latest contradictory rant on Twitter?

McGorry is famous for his Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre [EPPIC]. Over 50% of psychiatrists who took a poll believed that EPPIC put young people at risk of being over-medicated.

McGorry, with the financial assistance of Seroquel manufacturer Astra Zeneca, also wanted to carry out a clinical trial [of sorts] with children, among others, who had not yet been diagnosed with a psychotic illness. In other words, he wanted, it appears, to trial out Seroquel, a powerful antipsychotic, on subjects who, for all intents and purposes, had nothing wrong with them.

Psychiatrists, psychologists and researchers from all over the world lodged a complaint when they heard of the planned trial.

McGorry pulled the trial and now denies that the complaint had anything to do with his decision.

It begs the question of who has the obsessions here, is it the people who wish to make their own choices or the people who constantly push their choices on others?

McGorry is, in essence, fearmongering. It's almost like he and many other Twitter and media psychiatrists are experiencing schadenfreude, a pleasure that one derives from another person's misfortune.

In any event, the way we view the world is likely to have some drastic changes after all this blows over ~ leaves me wondering if the field psychiatry is going to move the goalposts on their criteria for OCD - if they do then it will be an admission of 'we got it wrong' - a hidden admission at that as they rarely apologise for getting things wrong. If they don't change the criteria then they are going to look rather stupid...not for the first time.

We, as a race, will be obsessively washing our hands for years to come.

Leave the medicine to the real doctors and the choice of wanting to be as obsessive as we want about our own hygiene, please Paddy!

Bob Fiddaman

You can read more about Paddy McGorry here 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Lift Your Spirits ~ The Virus Blues

A musical list to lift the virus blues.

I'm Gonna Be (500 miles) - Proclaimers

One Great Thing - Big Country
Little Darling - Jimmy Barnes

Heroes - David Bowie
What You Need - Inxs

Fire Your Guns - AC/DC

House Arrest - Bryan Adams
Get the Party Started - Pink

I Just Call You Mine - Martina McBride
Acquiesce - Oasis

Listen here (Spotify)

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus: Putting Things Into Perspective

Worrying times are upon us all as we batten down the hatches and self-isolate to prevent catching this worldwide virus that, for most, didn't seem troubling when news first broke.

Images of Wuhan, China, where the virus originated, were spread across the internet and global news channels. It, for most, was their problem and not ours ~ that, however, has changed drastically over the past few weeks/months as the virus has spread globally and the media have ramped up stories that sell - namely death.

As I write this, there are a confirmed 277,169 worldwide cases, 11,431 of those have resulted in fatalities. The current estimated population of the world is 7.7 billion.

The figures above will definitely rise and, more importantly, we will eventually see a decline just as they are in Wuhan. For the third day running Wuhan are reporting no new cases. South Korea has also seen a sharp drop in new cases, whilst in Hokkaido, Japan’s second-largest island and which has the most number of cases of COVID-19, finally lifted its State of Emergency yesterday.

Britan and the US are weeks behind these countries in terms of the actual slowing down of the spread. Some may argue that we've been slow out of the blocks to curb the spread and because of this we may face more cases per head then the above-mentioned countries.

Panama, where I live most of the year, has reported just one death out of 198 cases, 7 of which are in critical condition. Panama has a population of just under 4 million. The Panamanian authorities acted swiftly after the one death that has occurred. They closed down all the schools and banned flights from Europe and have now imposed a curfew on residents, also a total booze ban, including bars and supermarkets. The booze ban is a good idea because this prevents people from gathering at one another's houses to 'party'.

Panama has acted quickly.

Unfortunately, for me at least, I fear it may be quite a while before I am allowed entry into this beautiful country and even more beautiful populace. My long-time partner remains there and it's heartbreaking for both of us as we now contemplate spending an infinite amount of time apart. (I came back to the UK in February)

It's important that we all keep our eyes on the latest updates. It's important that we adhere to what the governments and medical experts are recommending.

On the flip-side of the coin, it's important that we don't over-obsess about what the media and social media are telling us  ~ much of it is recycled news of doom and gloom and this puts fear into most of us. Be cautious but don't be fearful. Fear spreads quicker than any virus and examples of this can be seen by supermarket shelves being stripped of their goods almost as soon as they are filled.

If one good has come out of this pandemic it's been an eye-opener of how we, as humans, behave when the chips are down. We seem to lose the power to empathise and our own survival instinct becomes more important than anyone else. We are in this together, folks, we will beat this. Remain human. Remain humane.

For Krissy

"I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope." ~ Red, Shawshank Redemption

Bob Fiddaman

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Street Drug Charities Open Doors to Antidepressant Withdrawal Victims

BBC News: 12 March 2020

The mental health charity Mind says it is signposting people to street drug charities to help them withdraw from antidepressants because of the lack of alternatives available. Those affected can experience debilitating symptoms.

Notes of a meeting held at MHRA on 2 September 2008
Bob Fiddaman said he would like to discuss problems of withdrawing from Seroxat. He said that though his concerns centred around Seroxat, he recognised that other SSRIs posed similar problems which ought also to be addressed.

Patient perspectives on informed drug prescribing 24 November 2004
 ~ Charles Medawar
The first thing that didn’t happen was any meeting to discuss the issues with the UK regulators. For six years, they refused to meet – and this explains why ‘The Antidepressant Web’(ADWEB) displays facsimile copies of the several hundred letters we exchanged. 

Click on all three links. Pay attention to the years.

Nothing more to say.


Bob Fiddaman ~ The "Pill-Shaming Activist"

Tuesday, March 03, 2020


Between us all, we look back now on years and years of trying to raise awareness of the risks associated with SSRI/SNRI drugs - and all that seems to have happened is that prescribing of these drugs has continued to soar exorbitantly. Many of us have lost family members and friends and have seen for ourselves the terrible consequences of the effects of SSRI/SNRIs. Others have experienced for themselves the horrific adverse effects of these drugs and are desperately trying to warn others and to pass on their own expert experience. Many of us have voluntarily undertaken huge amounts of research and made significant contributions - and want to share what we have learned and are learning. Peter Gordon's 'Timeline of |Missed Opportunities' film summarises what has happened since 2002 - and how the National Suicide Prevention Strategy is deeply flawed by the flagrant disregard for the known (and heavily suppressed) risks of these mass-prescribed drugs.

Having been repeatedly ignored, 'blocked' and fobbed off by those with whom we have tried to communicate - we felt a need to share what we now can, and however we can, as a means of public safety education. If those in authority won't do what they are ostensibly employed to do - then we will do whatever we can do ourselves.

Lead author, Marion Brown, is a retired psychotherapist & mediator. Her late husband was a GP, who ran into severe medication difficulties himself (after 20+ yrs on Seroxat) and ended his life in 2011.


3 March 2020


We write to express extreme alarm at the way our concerns – expressed over more than a decade to a considerable number of individuals and groups, representing various committees, specialities, institutions and departments in the UK – have been, and are being, apparently quashed.

Current ‘expert’ advice on suicide prevention, which is now accepted government policy, is that SSRI/SNRI drugs are prescribed to any patient who indicates they may be feeling suicidal or have suicidal thoughts. Our concern is that SSRI/SNRI drugs can themselves cause such suicidal thoughts/impulses - and also a very serious adverse drug reaction called AKATHISIA, the symptoms of which are so unbearable that they can lead people to end their own lives. This fact is not recognised by governments, the NHS or the public, and is not mentioned in the national ‘Suicide Prevention Strategy’, despite our efforts to draw this important issue to the attention of responsible individuals and departments. Many people ARE INDEED dying avoidable deaths by iatrogenic suicide – when suffering known and/or extreme and unrecognised adverse prescribed drug effects.

Our efforts have been extensive, and most recently resulted in the online publication of a short film compiled by Peter Gordon, retired NHS psychiatrist, with input from several contributors: ‘A Timeline of Missed Opportunities’. This has already been widely shared on Social Media.

Please watch this short film - and also read the Replies/Comments section (found at the foot of the blogpost) where further correspondence has been added, including a letter dated 28 Feb 2020 from the UK Department of Health and Social Care (Ref: DE-1204751).

We are sharing this open letter on social media and with the press as we consider this to be a very serious matter indeed – where the lives of countless people are being knowingly and recklessly put at risk by national ‘Suicide Prevention Strategy’ and ‘Policy’. The public – and indeed prescribers - are being cruelly misled. 

We ask specifically that the KNOWN RISKS of SSRI/SNRI drugs in particular (and indeed other medications which can cause akathisia) be fully recognised NOW - and action taken by Governments cascaded to EDUCATE all prescribers, healthcare professionals and the public on how to avoid or mitigate these risks.

Examples of our appeals can be found in this collection of letters published by the BMJ a few months ago. 

Marion Brown, Beverley Thorpe Thomson, Peter Gordon, Millie Kieve, Jo Watson, John Read, Peter Gotzsche, Catherine Clarke, Janette Robb, Stevie Lewis, James Moore, Bob Fiddaman, Dierdre Doherty, Kristina Gehrki, Fiona French, Alyne Duthie


Further Reading

UK Suicide Expert: Akathisia Can Make People Suicidal

Louis Appleby Knew About Prescription Drug-Induced Akathisia in 2004

Suicide Expert Embroiled in Twitter Controversy

Akathisia Accredited 101 Course (Free sign-up and course)

MISSD (The Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin)

Akathisia Alliance

SSRI - Induced Extrapyramidal Side-Effects and Akathisia (J Psychopharmacol.1998;12(2)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Prostate Cancer UK - Venue: Hampton In Arden

I don't often get involved in charity events, there's too many and one never knows if the money raised goes through pharma-funded organisations.

However, when I first heard of the Prostate Cancer Awareness Fundraiser in a village where I used to reside (Hampton-In-Arden), I had no hesitation in lending my support as my father (86) has recently been diagnosed with this.

Event organiser, David Castle, (pictured below) was delighted with the outcome. He told me, "I can’t believe that a conversation over a few beers with Ollie Basnett (Guitarist for 2 Weeks Notice) in November at the White Lion in Hampton culminated in what happened on Saturday. The turnout was amazing and people were so generous. Great music great food and alcohol made it a night to remember. Many thanks to sponsors and donations for the raffle. We are up to over £8k which is beyond my wildest dreams."

Event Organiser, David Castle

Live music on the night was provided by The Red Skies Band and 2 Weeks Notice, two bands that are well worth hiring should you have an event of your own.

A great time was had by all and I got to catch up with old friends and even made some new ones. It was a night when a community came together and dug deep into their pockets. They are quite a breed those Hamptonites!

I salute you all.

Bob Fiddaman

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

You've Been Labelled

Dr Jonathan N. Stea, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary

Dr Jonathan N. Stea is a Clinical Psychologist whose speciality is concurrent disorders. He is an "Adjunct Assistant Professor" at the University of Calgary.

His "antipsychiatry" label is just one example of what those in the prescribed harm community face on a daily basis on Twitter. It would appear that those who choose to go public about their experience with psychiatric medication are, according to Stea, deterring people from getting treatment and stigmatizing.

If one looks at the product labelling of any psychiatric medication one will find warnings of increased suicidality, withdrawal problems, sexual dysfunction, to name but a few.

Do we see the likes of Stea labelling the creators of the product labels, namely the drug companies and the regulators?

If, by speaking out about personal experiences, people are labelled by healthcare professionals such a Stea, what then for the drug companies and global regulators? Are they stigmatizing and antipsychiatry because they warn about the dangers of taking psychiatric medication?

Stea isn't the only one, there are many more 'professionals' on Twitter that try to silence those harmed by the very same pills they prescribe.

My question is simple:

Why such disdain for patients harmed by psychiatric medications?

Answers on a postcard to:


Bob Fiddaman

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Jordan Peterson - Akathisia

Jordan Peterson (above) is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.

Peterson was prescribed a low dose of a benzodiazepine a few years ago for anxiety following an extremely severe autoimmune reaction to food, according to his daughter, Mikhaila.

Last year, when his wife, Tammy, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the dose of the benzo, believed to be clonazepam, was increased. Clonazepam is a sedative used to treat seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NBCI) also suggests that clonazepam is effective in managing neuroleptic-induced akathisia.

After Peterson's dose was increased he began to suffer. His daughter, Mikhaila, on her YouTube channel, tells viewers:

"It became apparent that he was suffering from both a physical dependency and a paradoxical reaction to the medication. A paradoxical reaction means the drugs do the opposite of what they’re supposed to." Mikhaila added that her father experienced akathisia, which she explains as a condition “where the person feels an incredible, endless, irresistible restlessness, bordering on panic, and an inability to sit still. The reaction made him suicidal.”

She's correct. Akathisia is a precursor to suicide and drug companies have known about this for a long time and failed to warn either prescribing physicians or the consuming public about this dangerous condition.

In 1998, Dr Roger Lane, who, until early 2001, was the Medical Director of the Zoloft Product Strategy Team at Pfizer, wrote about the association and risk of violence and suicide for all SSRI drugs. As Dr Lane writes, these conditions are sometimes hard to detect and diagnose, although not so hard to treat. E.g. “SSRI-induced akathisia is a relatively rare event but is frequently unrecognized when it does occur . . . In addition to the obvious motor (objective) manifestations of ‘inability to sit still’, most researchers agree that akathisia has a strong psychological component. The most outstanding feature of akathisia is subjective distress.

Lane warned, "It may be less of a question of patients experiencing fluoxetine-induced suicidal ideation, than patients feeling that ‘death is a welcome result’ when the acutely discomforting symptoms of akathisia are experienced on top of already distressing disorders.” For this reason, is it imperative that both physicians and their patients be forewarned and alerted about this serious risk."

Lanes article, “SSRI-Induced Extrapyramidal Side-Effects and Akathisia; Implications for Treatment”, appeared in the Journal of Psychopharmacology (J Psychopharmacol. 1998;12(2):192-214.)

Mikhaila currently has two videos posted on YouTube. The first, from September 2019 and an update which was uploaded yesterday.

In the February update, Mikhaila tells viewers:

"After several failed treatment attempts in North American hospitals, including attempts at tapering and micro-tapering, we had to seek an emergency medical benzodiazepine detox, which we were only able to find in Russia. It was incredibly gruelling and was further complicated by severe pneumonia which we’ve been told he developed in one of the previous hospitals. He’s had to spend 4 weeks in the ICU in terrible shape, but, with the help of some extremely competent and courageous doctors, he survived.  The decision to bring him to Russia was made in extreme desperation when we couldn’t find any better option. The uncertainty around his recovery has been one of the most difficult and scary experiences we’ve ever had."

Between them, both videos have amassed over one and a half million views.

I'd like to thank Mikhaila for raising awareness on this issue, which, only last week, was played down by two high profile psychiatrists on Twitter. (See 'Two Psychiatrists Explain Akathisia')

For more information on akathisia and the numerous drugs that can cause it (over 500) please visit and take the Akathisia 101 online accredited course. You might just save a life!

Here are Mikhaila's two videos, after which is an educational video from MISSD (The Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin)

Bob Fiddaman

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Natalie Gehrki 7 Years

Tomorrow marks the death anniversary of 19-year-old Natalie Gehrki who, on February 6, 2013, was compelled to end her young life.

In 2003, Natalie became somewhat anxious and shy and after a visit to see a psychiatrist she started on her spiral of decline. Prozac, an SSRI, was recommended. Neither Natalie or her mother, Kristina, were provided with informed consent. In fact, Kristina, in an article she wrote some years later, said, "The doctor skipped over risks vs. benefits."

In 2003 there were no black box warnings on SSRIs so neither Natalie or her parents knew anything much about it. Shortly after taking Prozac Natalie became increasingly anxious and agitated, withdrawn and apathetic, she also developed new fears and obsessions. By the middle of 2004, she had started to self-harm, light cuts to her arm were evidence of this. Her prescriber, instead of withdrawing the drug, increased the Prozac dosage.

Earlier that year (March 2004) the FDA had advised all doctors that SSRIs pose life-threatening risks to children. Neither Natalie or her parents were given this information from Natalie's prescriber.

This from her mother:

"Natalie also lost her ability to participate in physical activities. Her fifth-grade diary reflects she felt uncoordinated, “couldn’t catch a ball,” and was often “the last person picked” for sports teams. This was significant given that Natalie previously showed excellent fine motor skills and happily out-climbed friends at the rock climbing wall.

"Natalie’s doctor started offering new diagnostic guesses. They included borderline personality disorder, emotional lability, OCD and manic depression. She diligently updated her charts, but didn’t update us with new Prozac information. Natalie’s symptoms were far more serious than her original presenting symptom of anxiety."

In the summer of 2005, Natalie was instructed by her prescriber to take a "medication holiday”. The prescriber wanted to see how Natalie would fair when not taking Prozac. There was no tapering regime offered, just an abrupt stop.

Days after stopping Prozac Natalie told her mom that she wanted to kill herself. One has to bear in mind that at this point Natalie was just an 11-year-old girl. Terrified, her mother took her to hospital. After a brief consultation with the hospital psychiatrist, it was recommended that Natalie needed to restart her Prozac, in addition, she needed more drugs. Risperdal, an antipsychotic was thrown into the mix. Once again, no informed consent was given to either Natalie or her parents.

The horror-train ride wasn't over for Natalie - some years down the line Zoloft, an SSRI, came into play. Natalie's behaviour changed, she became unusually problematic in her behaviour. Her mother informed the prescriber of the change in Natalie. Despite this, Natalie remained on Zoloft.

More agitation and anxiety ensued and Natalie's self-harming was getting worse. On hearing this her prescriber added Valium, an anxiolytic and sedative, to Natalie's regime.

Good grades at school turned into bad grades and Natalie, not being able to sit in her chair at school, opted instead to wander around the classroom.

Between 2010-2013 her mother believed the Zoloft was causing the problems. She writes:

"I believed the 100 mg of Zoloft should be stopped and that perhaps it was prescribed at too high a dose. I asked about metabolism and noted Natalie’s petite size (under 5 feet tall and 110 pounds). The psychiatrist retorted dosage has “nothing to do with metabolism.”

"We explained Natalie’s adverse reaction to Prozac and offered to provide all medical records. The doctor didn’t want the records, declaring, “I make my own diagnosis.”

The prescriber reassured Natalie and her mother that Zoloft was okay. During this period Natalie continued to take Zoloft and her mother recalls that Natalie's faulty cognitive reasoning, memory loss, and destructive, risky behaviour all became worse.

In November of 2012, Natalie's Zoloft dosage was increased from 100mg to 150mg, shortly after this increase Natalie's gait changed and she started shuffling her feet as she moved. She also started skin-picking, something her prescriber put down to possible 'Obsessive-compulsive disorder' (OCD)

I'll leave the last words to her mom:

"One week later, Natalie had a scheduled therapy appointment. She was feeling ill, complained of “swollen throat glands” had a fever and headache. She thought she had the flu. Natalie tried to sleep but had terrible insomnia. She called the doctor to cancel her appointment. The doctor suggested they have telephone therapy instead. During their phone call, Natalie said she had been vomiting, discussed her “increasing OCD symptoms,” and Natalie cried. I later learned the psychiatrist instructed Natalie—without ever seeing her—to start taking 200 mg of Zoloft. Again, no informed consent, no risks vs. benefits, and caregivers left in the dark. Abductor Number Four doubled Zoloft the last 12 weeks of Natalie’s life. The doctor scheduled a follow-up appointment in two weeks. This is not close monitoring.

"Two days after taking the maximum Zoloft dose as prescribed, Natalie was dead. She had valiantly raged against the dying light for nearly half her life but was no match for 200 mg of Zoloft. She died of a violent self-sustained injury, but did not die by her own hand: She was chemically tortured, suffered and died at the hands of her doctors. Their negligence was medical violence. As is typical of akathisia-induced death, Natalie, who was born a gentle soul, did not go gently into that good night."

Kidnapped: Natalie’s Story is in two parts. You can read them here and here.

Kristina can be reached via Twitter here.


Blog Commentary

Two years ago, Kristina and I spent time together at the Hard Rock Cafe in Panama City, Panama. On the eve of Natalie's death anniversary, we wandered around the hotel in search of any AC/DC memorabilia. As our search was coming to an end, I noticed a T-Shirt in a glass cage. The shirt once belonged to Dixie Chicks singer/songwriter, Natalie Maines.

I find this comforting as it was the Dixie Chicks that helped me through my severe Seroxat withdrawal. I mention this in my book, 'The Evidence, However, is Clear: The Seroxat Scandal.'

I believe that Kristina's daughter somehow guided Kristina to this, just to let her know that she was now free from suffering.

The message on the front of the T-Shirt reads: "Free Natalie."

Bob Fiddaman

Monday, February 03, 2020

Two Psychiatrists Explain Akathisia

Remember the names, folks.

On the left, we have Tyler Black, MD, Suicidologist and expert in emergency psychiatry. On the right, George Dawson, Psychiatrist, addiction psychiatrist, neuropsychiatrist, physician.

These two professionals have opened a can of worms on Twitter after claiming that they have both suffered akathisia. Miraculously, they claim, the akathisia was brought on by strenuous exercising!

This is a first, folks as every medical book or piece of literature regarding akathisia may have to now be re-written.

Up until their claims (Fig1), it was thought that akathisia was a condition caused by the adverse effects of treatment with many prescribed and over-the-counter drugs. To develop akathisia one can only ingest a drug, there is no other way of developing it. Dawson and Black's claims change all that.


Dawson and Black's comments caused outrage amongst Twitter users, a selection of which are below.

One concerned patient advocate, Kristina Gehrki, whose daughter, Natalie, died an iatrogenic death brought on by akathisia, felt compelled to tweet The Royal College of Psychiatrists President, Wendy Burn, whose response did nothing but fan the flames.

Burn, as per usual, completely missing the point.

Shortly after the critiques of Dawson and Black's assertions that akathisia can be caused by exercise, Black somewhat retracted his statement with:

The Medication-Induced Suicide Prevention and Education Foundation in Memory of Stewart Dolin (MISSD) reached out to Dawson, their tweet and his reply can be seen here.

Dawson's claim of being an expert in diagnosing akathisia and movement disorders is deeply worrying given his earlier claims that he developed 'acute akathisia' after strenuous exercise. How can one claim to be an expert in diagnosing akathisia when one falsely claims akathisia can be brought on through exercise?

It really is a wrong message to send out, particularly as exercise is often used to combat depressive episodes. By Dawson and Black claiming exercise can cause akathisia, they may be scaring people who want to use this route rather than a medicalised one. Quite why they have done this is anyone's guess.

Dawson and Black seem to be fully supported by the President of RCPsych, who, back in November endorsed Black's account to her followers, this too is deeply concerning. Burn's advice to Black, well, mute people, "You don't have to hear what they are saying about you."

What a wonderful legacy she is leaving behind!

There's nothing like a psychiatrist who ignores voices of those harmed by the very same drugs they've prescribed.

For more information on the **REAL** causes of akathisia please take the free, accredited Akathisia101 Course here.

Bob Fiddaman

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