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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Why 'The Coast' Pulled the Stan Kutcher Article

The Internet and social networking websites are awash with the controversial decision of the Canadian newspaper, 'The Coast', to retract and apologise for an article it printed and disseminated online on Thursday April 28.

According to an article posted on Scribed, Kutcher had demanded a retraction of the article that he claimed was "confusing opinion with science."

The article on Scribed writes:

Kutcher demanded a retraction and threatened to launch a defamation suit against the publication as a result of its inflammatory innuendo and the potential to damage his personal,professional and political reputation.

The Coast complied and removed the article.

The original article pointed out that Kutcher was a co-author of Efficacy of Paroxetine in the Treatment of Adolescent Major Depression:A Randomized, Controlled Trial, a trial that concluded that paroxetine [Paxil,Seroxat] provided evidence of the efficacy and safety of the SSRI, paroxetine, in the treatment of adolescent depression. Additional studies are called for to define the optimal length of therapy and dose of SSRIs in this population

In other words, the authors, of which Kutcher was one, agreed that paroxetine was safe for children and adolescents.


The results of this study demonstrate the safety of paroxetine in the treatment of adolescent depression. Side effects were modest with paroxetine. Given the high rate of adverse cardiac events with imipramine, clinicians should carefully monitor cardiovascular functioning when treating depressed adolescents with imipramine.

Kutcher is quoted as saying that The Coast is confusing opinion with science. What science? Even the manufacturers of paroxetine, GlaxoSmithKline, have claimed that paroxetine is not recommended for children and adolescents. This from the GSK web page:

Paroxetine is not approved for the treatment of patients younger than 18 years of age. Please refer to the approved prescribing information for additional warnings and information.

This after misrepresenting information concerning the safety and efficacy of paroxetine for treating MDD in children and adolescents.


by ELIOT SPITZER, Attorney General of the State of New York, :


d/b/a/ GIaxoSmithKIine,


An internal GSK document from 1998 concluded that, in light of the mixed efficacy outcomes from study 329 and the entirely negative results of study 377, GSK's "target" was "[t]o effectively manage the dissemination of these data in order to minimise any potential negative commercial impact.

As part of its campaign to "manage the dissemination of these data," the document recommended that GSK prepare and cause the publication of a full artic]e on the on]y study with some favorable conclusions, study 329.

Thereafter, and in accordance with the recommended plan, an article that described and analyzed the results of study 329 was published in a professional journal. The authors of this article included two GSK employees who authored GSK's final clinical report for study 329.

The 329 study has recently been the subject of yet more controversy.

Jon Jureidini and Leemon McHenry have pointed out to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that the published evidence of fabrication, plagiarism and failure to disclose conflicts of interest on the part of its authors should deem that the original publication be retracted.

Unlike The Coast, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry refused to retract the study finding that paroxetine was safe and effective in adolescents.

For more on Paxil 329 visit the Healthy Skepticism website and view the internal documents. Another great source is the book 'Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and A Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial' by Alison Bass.

Investigative journalist Evelyn Pringle has written 41 articles on Paxil HERE

If reading isn't your thing then sit back and watch the following video HERE

Newspaper Issues Apology to Canadian Politician Stan Kutcher

Yesterday I ran with an article regarding Halifax doctor/psychiatrist/politician Stan Kutcher. Kutcher, who is hoping to be elected on Monday, is the federal Liberal candidate in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Kutcher had been featured in an article in an online newspaper called 'The Coast.'

It now appears that 'The Coast' have retracted the article and offered Kutcher a full apology, furthermore, they have agreed to make a donation in his name to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

The statement can be viewed HERE

The back story to the now retracted article can be read HERE

Friday, April 29, 2011

Stan Kutcher "Vote Paxil"


Denial - a psychological process by which painful truths are not admitted into an individual's consciousness.

It's not often you come across public figures running for office in Canada who have controversial ties to the Paxil 329 study, quite rare, so rare that the newspaper who initially ran with the headline, "Stan Kutcher involved in controversial drug test, Liberal candidate for Halifax co-authored problematic Paxil study." has now removed the story from its online page.

Kutcher is the Liberal candidate for Halifax [Canada] in Monday’s federal election. It appears he is using his expertise as a doctor to get his foot on the political ladder.

For those that don't know, Kutcher was involved in the controversial drug trials known as the Paxil 329 study.

Healthy Skepticism, the website which brought the study to light, writes:

The study was published in 2001 by the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with Martin Keller as the primary author. This misleading paper has been a focus of interest for Healthy Skepticism since 2002. In 2003 we wrote to the Editor of JAACAP raising concerns about the misleading reporting by the authors that exaggerated benefit and downplayed adverse effects. (We also questioned editorial functioning, which drew an angry response from the Editor). In 2004 CMAJ published an Editorial which showed that in 1998 an internal GSK document clearly acknowledged that GSK were aware that 329 was negative. A subsequent law suit by New York Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, was settled out of court.

It was Kutcher's job to oversee the trials, the results of which were published in 2001, with Kutcher as a co-author.

The article, initially published in the The Coast Halifax yesterday [but now removed] wrote:

Documents later made public through lawsuits demonstrate, the initial outcome measures in the study showed that there was no difference in therapeutic benefits between Paxil and the placebo, but those measures were changed to give Paxil a more favourable result.

Yesterday's article continued with:

Kutcher was in the past paid by GlaxoSmithKline and other drug companies, but has not made the dollar amount of those payments public.

Kutcher says he stands by the Paxil 329 study. “I don’t think that study caused any particular controversy,” he says. “There certainly is a group of people who would like to cause a controversy around it, but science is nasty, brutish and long.”

Indeed, as co-author of a 2008 Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry “Position Paper on Using SSRIs in Children and Adolescents,” Kutcher refers to “positive” results in the problematic Paxil 329 study and completely ignores negative results published in 2006 from further GSK-sponsored research on Paxil in treating depression in adolescents in which he was also involved.

Kutcher's campaign page kind of leaves a bitter taste in the mouth wihere he writes the following:

I believe that my broad experience in health care, community activism and international social issues has given me the skills necessary to represent you in Ottawa. With your support I will be a staunch advocate for the economic and social prosperity of our region and for the future of our children.

His biography page, once again, emphasises his work with children:

Stan is a doctor, teacher, researcher and innovator working in adolescent mental health locally, nationally and with the World Health Organization. He has spent his career working to improve the lives of young people and their families.

What was it Stan told The Coast newspaper again?

“I don’t think that study caused any particular controversy,” he says. “There certainly is a group of people who would like to cause a controversy around it, but science is nasty, brutish and long.”

With respect Stan, you were not paid to think, you were paid to oversee a pediatric clinical trial, a trial that promoted the use of Paxil in children.

Nice work Stan! Let's hope you get the votes you crave on Monday.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the CCHR Human Rights Award Banquet in East Grinstead [near Gatwick]. To be honest I had no idea I would receive my second award from the powerhouse that is CCHR.

I travelled from Birmingham with a trio of *Brummie beauties, two of them volunteers for CCHR. Thank you Sarah, Vicky and Sadie, you made me feel most welcome.

Upon arriving at the lavish banquet I met up with two warriors I had met previously in Los Angeles earlier this year, President CCHR International, Jan Eastgate, and Executive Director CCHR United Kingdom, Margaret McNair.

I also met with Brian Daniels, the man with the voice of a radio talk show host. Brian and I had only previously spoken over the phone so it was great to finally meet up with last, I thought, a bloody bloke!

It was only going through rehearsals that I realised that CCHR UK were going to give me an award, I was quite shocked yet very proud that the UK branch were acknowledging my advocacy work over the past 5 years.

Earlier in the year I invited a couple of special guests to share in this CCHR experience, namely Leonie and Tony, parents of Shane Clancy. One thing I love about the Irish [well, most of them] is their kindness and warmth. Both Tony and Leonie had this in abundance as did the other Irish folk I met that night. A one stage [after the event] I was sitting amongst 6 Irish people, I felt like I was at Cheltenham race course.

MC for the event was former Rolling Stones manager Tony Calder and there were three awards presented on the night, the first presented by Peter Bennett to Sharon Parnell, the second was presented by Hermann Keppler and Jan Eastgate to Dounne Alexander.

It was another night where CCHR brought people from all walks of life together, yet another moment of realisation that there are many advocates out there fighting their own corners, sticking it to 'da man'.

Myself, Leonie and Tony headed back to the hotel and stayed up into the wee hours drinking red wine, their company enraptured me. Two lovely people carrying such sadness in their hearts. We kind of clicked with one another, it must be the Irish in me [mother's side]

The day after saw me lunch with Margaret McNair and Jan Eastgate, Brian Daniels joined us later. It was another chance for me to get acquainted with the work these warriors do and the results they achieve. I cannot big them up enough, they are advocates on a mission, they acknowledge all that is bad about the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatry, they also acknowledge the good in people who fight against this psychopharmaceutical monopoly.

I love them to bits.

I'm hooking up with some CCHR people again pretty soon. This is the Birmingham branch, my hometown.

Over coffee we shall plan our art of war.

This is the beginning of my journey. If people wish to continue standing in my way then I will just walk around them with fingers in my ears. They have nothing to say that is of any interest to me, they are part of the problem and not the solution, for that they should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

CCHR ain't just rock...they are rock AND roll!


*Brummie - colloquial term for the inhabitants, accent and dialect of Birmingham.


CCHR International

Orgasm - Mental Disorder [DSM Satire]

Psychiatrists at the Balls, Balls, Bigger Balls Bearings Institute of Modern Psychiatry in South Woolaboolagoolagonga, Australia, have recently published their findings into a three year study and have found that having an orgasm may mean you have a mental disorder.

Lead researcher, Prof. Hugh Jerection, found that out of the 1000 subjects who appeared in the study, 996 [male and female] could not 'keep the wolf from the door' after a series of mattress dancing sessions with their favourite pop idols.

The study, sponsored by Sony [in conjunction with Razzle Magazine] showed that when reaching sexual peak, the subjects could not hold back. "The gates did open", remarked Psychiatrist, Mary Hinge. She added, "We tried throwing buckets of water over the copulating couples but nothing could stop them."

One subject, who shall remain nameless, was enjoying his mattress dancing session with country pop icon Shania Twain. Prof. Dick Head told us, "Jesus, that guy was going at it, we started playing images on a screen of Margaret Thatcher above the headboard, threw cold water over them and even used cattle prods on them. Sadly, this did not stop the bandana wearing Englishman from finishing what he started."

A tired Shania told us after, "Man, could he go. I started singing, 'Man, I feel like a woman' and he seemed to only have one thing on his mind. We swapped phone numbers after the session."

"It proves one thing," announced Prof. Hugh Jerection, " proves beyond reasonable doubt that having an orgasm is akin to having obsessive compulsive disorder."

Four subjects were said to have been disappointed in the study. One told us, "It was pretty obvious that Vinyl Vera was a placebo, her startled look and smell of plastic told me she was a dummy [placebo] One love bite on the neck and she deflated on me."

Psychiatrist, Mary Hinge was said to be elated with the results. "For years millions of people have been crippled with the orgasmic dysfunction disorder [ODD], this study has proven that there is a huge, yet treatable, problem."

Upon hearing the trial results leading Australian psychiatrist Paddy McFlurry said, "I can not only predict if a person has this disorder, I can predict if they will get it in future years." McFlurry, sporting a Back to the Future t-shirt, added, "Mental health is a huge problem here in Australia, we need to eradicate this problem by early intervention. If a person suffering from ODD is electrocuted during intercourse this corrects the chemical imbalance. We aim to nip this disabling disorder by electrocuting them before puberty."

On asked what these results could do to civilization, McFlurry responded with, "Are you a Scientologist?"

An exhausted Tiger Woods, who was drafted in to the study, told us, "I average two rounds of golf a day, some of the chicks in the trial [Tiger bedded 358 in all] were just plain crazy, one wanted to make out in a bunker and kept shouting 'Putt me Tiger, putt me', I am totally knackered and may have to miss the Master's this year."

A spokesperson for the Therapeutic Goods Administration, the Australian equivalent of the FDA and MHRA, said, "Our hands are, I don't mean in that"

Prof. Hugh Jerection, Psychiatrist, Mary Hinge and Prof. Dick Head have no competing interests but each declared that they subscribed to Razzle Magazine before driving off into the sunset in Paddy McFlurry's DeLorean.



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sniff Sniff - Nasal Spray to Beat Depression

Those wacky scientists are at it again. Not content with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors to increase the levels of serotonin in the human brain in pill shape form, they now, it appears, are on the verge of releasing a nasal spray that can help beat depression!

According to the Daily Mail:

"The spray, based on a natural brain chemical, could be effective within two hours, compared to several days for some of the most widely used antidepressant drugs.

"The liquid is released at the top of the nose and is designed to penetrate the brain areas involved in mood".

The Daily Mail cites that the trial is being carried out at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where researchers are investigating the use of the spray containing neuropeptide Y.

A quick browse of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine clinical trials page shows the following:

Intranasal Administration of Neuropeptide Y in Healthy Men

ID Number 05-0986
Principal Investigator(s)
Adriana Feder

Department(s) or Division(s)

The purpose of this study is to help understand how Neuropeptide Y, a natural substance found in the brain that can regulate stress and anxiety, can be effectively delivered to the human body. Male volunteers who have no history of psychiatric illness, are in excellent physical health, and have no history of nasal or spinal disorders or surgery may be eligible to participate.

Contact Information
Gang Wu
(212) 241-9336

Recruiting Patients: Yes

The new trial, which involves 15 volunteers aged 25 to 45, is designed to investigate how well the spray and neuropeptide Y work in the brain, and the effects will be compared with a placebo.

I'm left wondering if the placebo will be inserted through the nasal passage as well?

This isn't the first time nasal sprays have been touted as 'alternatives' to pills. In fact, the Daily Mail has reported on many nasal sprays in the past.

The nasal spray that could help fight Alzheimer's

British scientists develop nasal spray that could stop the flu virus from laying you low

New nasal spray could protect from deadly meningitis and pneumonia

Nasal spray can stop miscarriage

The sweet smell of success: Scientists invent memory-boosting nasal spray

Nasal spray to help impotence

Nasal spray hailed as latest HRT treatment

The articles continue including a love hormone spray that could help shy people at parties, a 'cuddle' spray that could ease symptoms of autism, a spray that reduces brittle bone risk and a spray that protects you from bird flu.

So folks, if the 'depression' spray gets the go-ahead you will no longer have to wait for the pills to 'kick-in'. Within two hours your depression will apparently be beaten into submission with the aid of a nozzle and a liquid formulation that gets straight to the root of the problem - quite where that root is, is still, as yet, unknown.

So, not only do you have antidepressant addiction to look forward to, you also have nasal spray addiction to look forward to as well! [See Rhinitis Medicamentosa]

I wonder if these wacky scientists have thought about suppositories to cure depression? I can just see the advertising slogan. "Do you sit at parties, do you wish you could be more active and dance the night away? Ask your doctor for 'Arseache' and rest assured that you will sit no longer at parties.

"Arseache comes in different sizes. Tapering with a special arse nozzle is recommended should you choose to wean off Arseache."

Funny...but I seriously wouldn't put it past them!



Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Doctor skeptical of ADHD ‘labelling’


A great article appeared on the Whakatane Beacon website on April 20 that really deserves to be highlighted.

It's another classic case of psychiatry being backed into a corner and using Scientology as some sort of defence.

Leif Elinder, a Swedish paediatrician, was based at Whakatane Hospital from 1985 to 1990 said:

Some naughty children were being misdiagnosed with a neuropsychiatric condition like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

As a result amphetamine and stimulant drugs were being prescribed with inadequate unbiased research into their long-term effects.

I’m sceptical of medical solutions because very rarely is it a medical cause – 95 to 99 per cent of the time it is a cultural problem.

Parents have less time for their children. Teachers have classes that are too big.

Kids need to be attended to especially when they do nice things, and often they are only noticed when they do something wrong.


The article continues with Dr Elinder's concerns that Swedish doctors were unnecessarily prescribing amphetamine or stimulant drugs for children diagnosed as ADHD. He was so concerned that he challenged prominent neuropsychiatrist Christopher Gillberg and school doctor Sophie Ekman, who had claimed 10 per cent of Swedish children had a lifelong neuropsychiatric dysfunction.

Elinder took the researchers to court three times and won the right to examine the raw data from the study. On each occasion researchers refused to co-operate and, after the final ruling, Gillberg’s associates shredded more than 100,000 pages of data, citing participant confidentiality.

Oh dear, something not quite right with the data?

The judge seemed to think so and the researchers were convicted of obstruction, fined and given suspended sentences.

The article continues with:

"During the court battles Dr Elinder was accused of being an antagonist and having links to the Scientology religion – though he has none."

Ah, the old Scientology link chestnut. [Yawn]

One would think that with all the years of trying to defend their neuropsychiatric dysfunction claims they would actually come up with evidence rather than name-calling.

Mr Elinder believed the criteria for determining an ADHD diagnosis were "so arbitrary that any child failing at school could get a diagnosis".

Give this guy a medal.

Dr Elinder, a big thank you for speaking out. You are bang on the money and the medical profession needs more people like you.

I salute you.

Full article HERE

Related material:

The Marketing of Madness [VIDEO]



Monday, April 25, 2011

The Drugs Don't Work - The Story of Danny.

I often get sent messages via email, Facebook or Twitter regarding children trapped in the mental health system because of this or that.

I was recently contacted on Facebook by one of my friends, Janette, who told me the story of her son, Danny.

I, with the express permission of Janette, wish to share her story.


Danny is now 31 and but Asperger Syndrome wasn’t diagnosed until 4 years ago. Danny definitely had clear symptoms in childhood of an ASD, which if course we didn’t recognise.

[Lack of concentration in school, inability to ‘organise’ himself, poor reader, great with numbers, sleeping problems, his play and relationships different from others, so was a bullied a lot. Plus other subtle signs]

Have been told that on reaching puberty, it is possible for symptoms of the condition to worsen - or improve. Danny got better.

[Started getting good school reports; He got 7 standard grades and we were told he was university material.]

But when he was 15, he was given MMR, DT and polio vaccines – followed 5 months later by MR. In hindsight, Danny says symptoms began within 7 – 10 days of first batch of vaccines.

[Social withdrawal, fear, anxiety, paranoia and eventual depression]

Then, when he was 16, he was prescribed Seroxat for clinical depression and left on it unmonitored for 5 years. It eventually made him go manic and he developed an ‘atypical’ psychosis.

Psychiatrists then began an onslaught of antipsychotic drugs to treat this psychosis. Over a decade, he has been prescribed 12 different antipsychotic drugs – all but one, have been tried more than once. In one year he had 9 changes in antipsychotic medication, and over 3 years, 15 changes. When a new drug was introduced, he would sometimes show an improvement at the outset, but then his condition would plateau, and then deteriorate. On deterioration, dosages would be raised and his condition would worsen further. Unfortunately professionals seem to be unaware of the metabolism problems faced by people on the autism spectrum.

[Very little data available – have to rely on anecdotal evidence. People with whom I have had contact, who have been helped by antipsychotic drugs, say only miniscule doses work for them – way below recommended therapeutic doses.]

The side effects Danny has suffered have been awful. Severe Parkinsonism, liver problems, increased psychosis, insomnia [on maximum level of one drug, he went a week without sleep], weight gain, akathisia, increased paranoia, nightmarish withdrawal symptoms, to name a few.

At the moment he is on Clozapine for the 5th time. In Danny it causes what we have been told is Tardive Tourettism. The higher the dose, the worse it becomes. A vocal tic, shrugs and twitches, bad thoughts – which can progress into vocalisation of these thoughts – ie coprolalia.

[Interesting parallel with Shattock/Whitley Durham Conference paper – Bell shaped curve response – using Sulpride and Naltrexone for SIB. The same pattern of response we have seen in Danny over the years – though his particular susceptibility must be Tourette’s rather than SIB.]

On three occasions they gave Danny depot antipsychotic drugs. They had a dreadful effect on Danny. He appeared very psychotic and was in a state of extreme fear all the time. He could scarcely speak. On one depot he spent hours every day rolled up in bed in a foetal position with his eyes shut and muttering. Eventually a psychiatrist on a tribunal panel told professionals that depot drugs should never be given to people with Asperger Syndrome as it provokes absence seizures. She added that Danny would never get better on drugs; he had to have the Asperger side of his condition addressed.

[To explain why he has been 5 times on Clozapine because some local staff believe it helps him. Due to side effects of high BP and tachycardia, Clozapine requires a very slow titration in Danny – over a period of months. We think this gives his body time to clear a previous drug and show an improvement in his condition. [These drugs can CAUSE psychosis.] Also – he was never discharged on Clozapine alone. There were always helper drugs in place, e.g. sleeping pills, benzodiazepines, or other antipsychotics. So, on discharge from hospital he would appear more stable, but once he was at home, doctors would remove these safety net drugs. His subsequent deterioration would be blamed on ‘parental interference’ – hence the insistence on using depot antipsychotic drugs. It’s been a nightmare for him.

We have now been told that it is bad practice to quickly replace one antipsychotic with another, as has been happening to Danny for such a long time. A quick change-over makes it difficult to tell what is a bad reaction to a new drug, or withdrawal symptoms, or an underlying illness.]

After many battles, Danny is now in an autism specific unit going through rehab. He also has a new psychiatrist who is prepared to lower drugs extremely slowly over a long period of time. We hope and pray that during this time he will show marked improvement and illustrate once and for all, that he has been misdiagnosed as having a psychiatric condition. Discovered recently that 57% of people with late diagnosed autism spectrum disorders are first misdiagnosed with a mental illness.

Janette E Robb

Asperger misdiagnosed as mental health disorder from Lorène Amet on Vimeo.



Global Concerns about HPV Vaccines in London


UK journalist Christina England has a new article up on the website 'American Chronicle' regarding HPV vaccines. Her opening paragraph sets the tone for another imformative piece of news reporting from her. She writes:

In March this year, the British Society for Ecological Medicine held their spring conference in London. The conference entitled 'A tablet a day keeps the patient at bay - The Health Hazards of Prevention - Vaccinations and Pharmacoprophylax' brought together experts from around the world to speak on the dangers of childhood vaccinations and prescription medication.

This years speakers included MMR experts Dr Andrew Wakefield and Dr Jayne Donegan, Dr Lucija Tomljenovic from the University of British Columbia and Dr Ellen Grant. Also joining this years panel of experts were Leslie Carol Botha, Women's Health Educator and Vice-President, Media Relations, SaneVax Inc, (USA) and Freda Birrell, Political Advisor and Secretary, SaneVax Inc (Scotland) both speaking on behalf of S.A.N.E. Vax Inc.

She adds, "Botha and Birrell proved without a doubt, through facts and statistics, that the vaccinations Gardasil and Cervarix did not fit the SaneVax's criteria . The vaccines are not safe, they are not affordable, they are not necessary and they are very far from being effective in winning the war against cervical cancer."

It's a fascinating article and one that should be read by parents who have to make a decision regarding these two particular vaccines.

The whole article can be read HERE

Christina has also recently co-authored a book with Harold Buttram M.D entitled, "Shaken Baby Syndrome or Vaccine Induced Encephalitis - Are Parents Being Falsely Accused?"

The blurb for the book reads:

In 1971 Norma Guthkelch, retired neurosurgeon, published the first description of the Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Within the next several years John Caffey, pediatric radiologist, wrote several articles supporting the SBS theory. Very soon after, when infants were brought into hospital emergency rooms in the U.S.A. with brain hemorrhages without known accidental explanations such as auto accidents or high distance falls, almost routinely the hemorrhages have been attributed to SBS or related diagnoses resulting in criminal conviction of parents or caretakers. These and other issues such as inflicted child abuse, non-accidental trauma, failure to protect, and other diagnoses are reviewed in this book

“Since the original introduction of the SBS theory, conclusive evidence has emerged proving that these prosecutions have been founded upon tainted medical opinions and fundamentally flawed scientific methodology (i.e. junk science). It requires little imagination to understand the significant mental pain which parents undergo while grieving over the death of a child, as frequently occurs in these cases. Accusing this parent of murdering their child (with no real evidence) and putting the entire strength of the state behind this accusation is monstrous, when the entire accusation pivots upon facts which are now known to be false. Loss of job, loss of family and community ties follow the accusation.

Moreover, the general public, the grand and petite juries, the states and the parties, all have an overwhelmingly strong interest in knowing if these prosecutions are founded upon reasonable interpretation of the facts – or – if the accusations are built around falsehoods and scientific impossibilities.”

The book, published by Authorhouse, can be downloaded for Kindle users HERE or can be ordered as a paperback HERE



Sunday, April 24, 2011

Glaxo's Swine Flu Jab Under Investigation

Within weeks of having the Pandemrix jab, Joshua Hadfield began sleeping 18 hours a day and his mother says his personality completely changed.
Image: Daily Mail

The Daily Mail reported online yesterday that GlaxoSmithKline's vaccine Pandemrix, given to thousands of children across the UK, may cause the sleep disorder narcolepsy.

The European Medicines Agency [EMA] have ruled that ALL packets of Glaxo's vaccine must now carry a warning about the risk.

Not one's for sticking their necks out, the EMA have put the onus on doctors to weigh up the "risk v benefits" when administering the vaccine.

Now there's a surprise - a medicines watchdog passing the buck!

The Daily Mail article highlights the story of five year old Joshua Hadfield who, within weeks of having the Pandemrix jab, began sleeping 18 hours a day and had a personality change.

Glaxo's medicine causing personality change? Surely not.

Joshua's mum, Caroline, said:

"I believe this link will eventually be confirmed. I’m very angry about it.

"I researched the vaccine carefully before agreeing to let Joshua have it and thought I was protecting him. Now he’s saddled with this for life.

"There should have been more testing before it was rolled out and it should have been destroyed at the first suggestion of any problems."

In the words of Canadian rock star Meatloaf, 'you took the words right out of my mouth.'

Full article HERE


Friday, April 22, 2011

The British Journal of Psychiatry and It's pimping of Antidepressant Medication

It always amazes me when I stumble upon documents from years ago, this particular beauty was sent to me by Irish warrior Leonie Fennell. Leonie's son, Shane, killed himself whilst on the antidepressant medication Cipramil [known as Celexa in the US]

Leonie, who writes Leoniefennell's Blog, is in search of answers as to why her son was given a dangerous antidepressant. What she sent me is a PDF of The British Journal of Psychiatry, July 1998, Vol 173.

It's yet another fine example of the psychopharmaceutical monopoly, how everyone [except patients] are connected to the pimping of antidepressant/antipsychotic medication.

Vol 173 is littered with advertising for antidepressant/antipsychotic medication, the taglines are really quite sickening considering what we all know about these drugs. The 1998 'pharmaceutical catalogue' throws up the following full page ads: [CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE]

DOWNLOAD Media reports regarding Cipramil/Celexa

Antidepressant marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Its sale was discontinued in 2003 in some countries due to the rare incidence of hepatotoxicity (liver damage), which could lead to the need for a liver transplant, or even death. The incidence of severe liver damage is approximately 1 in every 250,000 to 300,000 patient-years. On May 20, 2004, Bristol-Myers Squibb discontinued the sale of Serzone in the United States and Canada. Several generic formulations of nefazodone are still available. [Source - Wikipedia]

DOWNLOAD Media reports regarding Efexor/Effexor

Rivastigmine (sold under the trade name Exelon) is a parasympathomimetic or cholinergic agent for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer’s type and dementia due to Parkinson's disease. The drug can be administered orally or via a transdermal patch; the latter form reduces the prevalence of side effects, which typically include nausea and vomiting.[2] The drug is eliminated through the urine, and appears to have relatively few drug-drug interactions. [Source - Wikipedia]

Now called Huntercombe Hospital

DOWNLOAD Media reports regarding Prozac

Johnson & Johnson lost a $257.7 million jury verdict in Louisiana for making misleading claims about the safety of the company’s Risperdal antipsychotic drug. J&J officials defrauded the state’s Medicaid system by wrongfully touting Risperdal as superior to competing antipsychotic drugs and minimizing its links to diabetes, said jurors in state court in Opelousas, Louisiana. [LINK]

Serdolect has a fivefold increased risk for sudden cardiac death and no proven advantage in suicide risk compared with risperidone. [LINK]

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca will pay $520 million in fines to settle charges by the federal government that it illegally marketed the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel to children and elderly patients for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. [MORE]

Side effects - Prolactin induction, thereby causing amenorrhoea and galactorrhoea in women, nausea, weight gain, insomnia, akathisia, sexual dysfunction, although much less than similar drugs in its class, and less commonly QT interval prolongation (which can lead to serious heart arrhythmias). Overdoses of amisulpride have been linked with torsades de pointes. [Wikipedia]

ZISPIN [AKA Remeron]
Clinical studies on Remeron and suicide showed that there is an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors in children and teenagers. [LINK]

Eli Lilly & Co. pleaded guilty to a charge that it illegally marketed the anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa for an unapproved use, and will pay $1.42 billion to settle civil suits and end the criminal investigation. [LINK]

On May 21, 2010, Ortho-McNeil plead guilty and was fined US$6.14 million by the FDA for promoting Topamax to treat psychiatric disorders, without applying for any approval and there was no data from any well-controlled clinical trial to demonstrate that Topamax was safe and effective to treat any psychiatric conditions. [Wikipedia]

DOWNLOAD Media reports regarding Seroxat/Paxil/Aropax.
Also read the now infamous Paxil 329 documents that GlaxoSmithKline [then Smith Kline Beecham] tried to hide - HERE

The British Journal of Psychiatry - serving the pharmaceutical industry and putting lives at risk.

Read The British Journal of Psychiatry, July 1998, Vol 173 HERE


Special thanks to Leonie Fennell for passing the information over to me.


Update on Seroxat/Paxil/Aropax Book Orders

Those of you that have ordered signed copies of my book will be pleased to know that I should have them all at the end of the week. I'll sign them and get them off to you all the day they are delivered.

Thank you all for your continued support and your help in creating awareness.

Book can be ordered online at the following book stores:




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Barnes & Noble

Better World Books


Super Book Deals


Feds Want GSK VP To Testify In Wellbutrin Case

Not looking good for Glaxo.

Back story:

Lauren Stevens - What's Up Dock!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

"You Fat Bastards" - From the Journal of Eating Disorders


Oh this is just too good to miss out on without making a comment.

Those men/women in white coats have come up with a gem of a disorder. It's so hilariously funny it puts comedian greats to shame. It's a stand-up comedian's wet dream, an article to do a whole hour of rib-tickling comedy. I was in a state of complete apoplexy upon reading it.

So what am I writing about?

Wait, this gem requires a drum roll.

**Drum roll

On April 20 the Montreal Gazette ran with a story entitled, "Experts want 'night eating' recognized as disorder", it was written by Sharon Kirkey.

The headline kind of gives the article away. One should know what to expect when they see the words 'expert' and 'disorder' appear in the same sentence.

Apparently this disorder affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians.

Kirkey writes:

It starts with "morning anorexia," skipping breakfast more days than not and by dinnertime all bets are off. People eat and graze compulsively, from dinner to bedtime, and even wake in the middle of the night to eat more. Half a century after it was first described, night eating syndrome — a phenomenon where people consume at least one-quarter of their daily calories after the evening meal — is poised to become the newest eating disorder.


Have you ever heard anything so utterly ridiculous?

Oh shit! put down those nibbles you have an eating disorder.

I envisage cinemas throughout Canada will be pulling down the shutters on the popcorn stands or asking customers if they have already eaten before they left home. I can see the government health warnings on the buckets of popcorn or M&M's throughout Canadian theatres, "GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING - Eating popcorn or confectionery between meals may mean you have a fat bastard disorder. Talk to your doctor if you feel you cannot stop munching on snacks between meals."

For patrons falling asleep in cinemas we will have usherettes shining torches so the sleepy lot can be recognised then refused service at the hot dog stall in the foyer. "I'm sorry sir, you have been asleep and eating after you wake in the middle of the night means that we cannot legally serve you...the ambulance to the psychiatry unit is outside waiting for you."

Honestly, this is just so absurd...but wait...there's more.

This disorder has been given a label, you know just like OCD, ADHD etc. Yup, night eating syndrome is known as NES.

One moment...


It should come as no surprise that NES [sniggers] comes from the self-proclaimed International NES Working Group [guffaw] and was published recently in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Burp...excuse me I've just finished eating a Cornetto and it's 10.48pm.

Other 'disorders' include:

Morning anorexia — lack of desire to eat in the morning and/or skipping breakfast four or more mornings per week.

Yup, that's me.

A strong urge to eat between dinner and sleep and/or during the night.

Strong urge? Nah, I just eat because my stomach sends signals to my brain and tells it that food intake is due. It's called being hungry.

A belief that one must eat in order to get to sleep

Well, if one didn't eat then obviously one wouldn't be able to sleep, unless they were severely malnourished, sleep then would hit them like a runaway train.

Depressed mood or a worsening in mood in the evening.

Oh, I get it now...this is about mood disorders. There's that magical pharmaceutical seller - the word 'depressed'. Genius. Here's a bit of Fiddaman psychology for you. People may feel blue at night, it's when most humans mull things over, it's the silence in the bedroom that makes us think of the days ahead or of those gone by. Those unpaid bills, the weekly meeting at work etc. Watching evening news bulletins hardly brings a smile to anyones face either...unless rape, murder, starvation, catastrophes and war makes you happy. Psychology lesson over.

The International Journal of Eating Disorders adds:

People must be aware of their nocturnal ingestions (eating upon waking at night); and

The signs and symptoms have persisted for at least three months and are causing significant distress or impaired functioning.

I'll have to watch my eating habits. Looks like I'll have to throw away my 'Joy of Sex' book! Sorry ladies.

Full article can be read HERE



Psychiatrist Patrick McGorry Slams His Critics [Diddums]

Image: Patrick McGorry

I had to laugh at the article from the Herald written last August.

It would appear that Australian psychiatrist Patrick McGorry [originally an Irish born lad] doesn't like it when he is brought to task regarding his early intervention claims [He can predict if a child can get a mental disorder in later years you know]

The article, written by Brigid O'Connell, lays claim that McGorry has become the target by the Church of Scientology after he and other psychiatrists spoke out against them. I think you will find that it's the other way around.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights [CCHR] have, for a long time, been on McGorry's back. Where McGorry gets confused [bless him] is that CCHR is not the Church of Scientology. Okay, CCHR was founded by the Church [and actually also a psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, who no doubt wouldn't agree with your "early intervention" drugging kids fad either] but they are funded by Tom, Dick and Harry...that is, by anyone concerned enough about human rights.

CCHR have requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Documents that may or may not show McGorry's links to the pharmaceutical industry. We are not talking about a free dinner here, we are talking millions of Aussie dollars.

You see, McGorry has devised a program whereby it could through early intervention if children would develop a mental disorder in later years. Your modern day DeLorean time machine if you will.

One would imagine that such a test would involve some sort of brain scanning machine or maybe a series of blood tests. Nope... just form filling or rather box-ticking. That's all the info the early intervention program needs to diagnose [stigmatise] a child...or rather "predict" if a child will fall foul to a mental disorder. Hey, and McGorry and friends know exactly how to treat this invisible futuristic illness too.

I find it odd that McGorry would cry victim, even more so that he would claim to be the target of "harassment." Would he do the same if Joe Bloggs requested information under the Freedom of Information Act or is he just pissed at CCHR? If the Catholic Church were to request such documents would McGorry & Co scream that they were being victimised?

For the record Paddy [McGorry], I'm not a great fan of yours either. I'd also like to see if you are funded by the industry and would ideally love to take a ride in your Delorean to predict now if I will get an ingrowing toenail when I'm 55. "Please Massa, show me the boxes to tick. I promise to be a gooooood patient"

Oh, I'm not a Scientologist either but have won two human rights awards from CCHR. Geez, they must have "brainwashed" me [which, by the way Paddy, only your drugs can do]...can your early intervention program undo what they have done to my brain? Can you give me some drugs please Paddy?

Come on Paddy, be a good little psychiatrist and show the world that you have nothing to hide...unless of course you have something to hide? Show the Aussie government the $3.5 billion "investment" plan for its kids you want to rip off the taxpayers isn't gonna be used to put them on antipsychotics that those drug companies which probably fund you are going to benefit from. Is this really why you feel harassed - you may not get your booty?

The only way people can seek the truth is by going through proper channels, namely by using the Freedom of Information Act. That's their given right, Paddy! Everyone has a right to use this tool be they Scientologists, a human rights movement, someone who claims to be from the planet Zog or someone who has delusions that Shania Twain will one day mattress dance with them.

Oh by the way, I walk under ladders as I'm not very superstitious - if I were to avoid walking under ladders I'm sure your profession would label me with some disorder, have me drugged to the eyeballs, restrained and injected with experimental drugs. Maybe you can tell me if I will walk under ladders in future years?

Face it, your crystal ball is no more effective than a fortune teller at the end of a seaside pier. At least she has the signs outside telling customers that she is paid for her crystal ball gazing.

It never ceases to amaze me that when psychiatrists are backed into a corner they scream victim. When their patients are backed into a corner, restrained, injected and/or force-fed psychiatric drugs they have no choice but to take it on the chin.

Your Delorean needs a new flux capacitator Paddy. CCHR are coming to getcha...and there are many who support their work.

Bob Fiddaman
Shania Twain fan.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cracking Post on Psychiatrist Patricia Casey

Patricia Casey, Irish psychiatrist with links to Lundbeck.

I had the pleasure last week of meeting up with Leonie Fennell and her husband Tony, parents of Shane Clancy. We talked for hours, drank mucho vino and put the world to rights [more on this in a future post]

Leonie, like any other mother who has lost a child to antidepressants drugs, [in this instance Cipramil/Celexa] has that warrior feel about her. She isn't just going to walk away from her boy. Questions need to be answered by the Irish Medicines Board and by Irish Psychiatrists...not to mention Cipramil manufacturers Lundbeck.

Her latest post centres on Patricia Casey the Irish psychiatrist whose links to Lundbeck are startling.

Leonie writes:

I had never met Patricia Casey before Shane’s inquest and I have no problem with psychiatry Ireland attending Inquests, if they want to learn something from the medical expert on the day, who in Shane’s case was Professor Healy. The problem I do have is why, under the circumstances would they send someone with a long history of working for lundbeck and the same company I am blaming for Shane’s death!

Why indeed.

Leonie Fennell has every right to ask these questions she also has every right to point out Casey's links to the pharmaceutical company Lundbeck.

Her post does just that.

Professor Patricia Casey…

Related posts:

Podcast with Leonie Fennell


Tuesday, April 19, 2011


The European Union are, it appears, wishing to put a stop on alternative medicine in favour of pharmaceutical medicine. In other words, traditional medicine, which has been around for years and which is direct competition to the pharmaceutical industry, is now being strangled by the powers that be.

Watch the 10 minute video then sign the petition, a petition that currently has 254720 signatures as I write this.

Read the new book, The Evidence, However, Is Clear...The Seroxat Scandal


Monday, April 18, 2011

Medicate the shy?

Article in the Daily Mail is highlighting whether or not The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence [N.I.C.E] should recommend drugs for use in shy people.

I cannot believe they are even considering this. Of course "shyness" has been re-labelled as...wait for it... "social anxiety disorder" [S.A.D.] - It's basically how GlaxoSmithKline used to promote Seroxat [Paxil in the US].

In and around 1999 posters were popping up all over the United States, many were pasted onto bus shelters and street corners. The poster was of a young man staring into a cup of coffee, looking despondent. Opposite him were a seemingly happy couple. The tagline for the poster read: "Imagine being allergic to people"

The poster carried the name of a website to visit - aptly named,

The site is no longer up but the Wayback machine offers the chance to view it.

The poster appears on the website with the text:

You know what it's like to be allergic to cats, or dust, or pollen. You sneeze, you itch, you're physically ill. Now, imagine that you felt allergic to people. You blush, sweat, shake — even find it hard to breathe. That's what social anxiety disorder feels like. Over ten million Americans suffer from social anxiety disorder, an excessive, persistent, disabling fear of embarrassment or humiliation in social, work, or performance situations.

The good news is that this disorder is treatable. People can overcome social anxiety disorder. So if you feel like you're "allergic to people," talk to your doctor or other health professional.

For a free informative brochure about Social Anxiety Disorder, call 1-800-934-6276.

More information on Social Anxiety Disorder is available from the following sources:

The Sources are:

Freedom From Fear

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

American Psychiatric Association

What the website does not tell you is where the funding came from for the apparent allergy to people 'illness.'

SmithKline Beecham

Their antidepressant, Paxil [Seroxat] had just recently been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of debilitating shyness, formally known as social anxiety disorder.

You would have to be from the planet Zog not to see the motive behind SmithKline's financial backing of the "Imagine being allergic to people" campaign.

At the time SmithKline insisted that helping the afflicted, not boosting sales, is the goal of the poster blitz. "We find that less than 5 percent of patients are really treated today," says Barry Brand, product director for Paxil. "There's tremendous need out there." The company, he adds, is adamant about deterring frivolous use. "We don't want this to be a pill that you take for shyness," continues Brand. "We don't want you to think, 'Oh, I'll take a Paxil and I'll feel good.' "

For N.I.C.E. to be considering whether or not "shyness" is an actual mental disorder leaves me speechless. It's an emotion, not disabling just an emotion that most of us have felt at some point in our lives. We wasn't born performers, we wasn't meant to speak publicly in front of people - circumstances put us in these situations - situations that we have, for millions of years, dealt with. We don't need a pill for that. Shyness is as much as a mental disorder as someone's love for Marmite on toast!

When I was a kid in school many of my school lessons were, I assume, lessons in life, lessons to mingle with others. "Fiddaman, please read chapter three for the class" - I didn't like doing it but it taught me - it gave me confidence to speak in front of others. I was no different to any of my class-mates. Sure, there were those who went the colour crimson when asked to speak...or read text from a book...but they did it without the need of pharmaceutical drugs.

For N.I.C.E. to contemplate over this issue is absurd. Shyness doesn't warrant a regime of medication nor does it warrant the possibility of "shy people" becoming addicted to medication. There's your benefit v risk ratio. Be shy, work through it or become addicted to prescription medication.

If shyness didn't exist then I bet my left nut N.I.C.E. would be contemplating whether or not 'over-confidence' was a mental disorder...and I bet the pharmaceutical industry would have already promoted a drug to 'fix' that problem.



Read the new book, The Evidence, However, Is Clear...The Seroxat Scandal


Friday, April 15, 2011

Lauren Stevens - What's Up Dock!

Lauren Stevens, remember her? She was previously charged with making false statements related to the promotion of Glaxo's cessation pill, Wellbutrin.

Stevens was left off the hook back in November due to a legal technicality - The prosecutors basically made errors when presenting the case.

Well...she's back in the dock again, same charges as before. More HERE


Back stories

Glaxo's Associate General Counsel Indicted For Obstruction.

Glaxo's Dirty Little Secret is out - It was Wellbutrin!

Will GSK Lawyer, Lauren Stevens, Squeal Like A Little Piggy?

Will Former Glaxo Lawyer Squeal?


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Seroxat Book Goes Global

My book, 'The evidence, however, is clear...the Seroxat scandal' is now available in other countries.

Many book outlets are carrying the book. This will save you all on postage and packaging prices from the UK.

Here's the blurb for the book:

Bob Fiddaman was prescribed Seroxat due to depression that was, in essence, due to work related problems. What followed was a journey that took him through a tapering process of, what he believes to be, a highly addictive antidepressant. Following almost two years of withdrawal, Fiddaman's new battle with the manufacturer of the drug, GlaxoSmithKline and the UK's medicine regulator, the MHRA, took him on a more frustrating journey than he ever could have imagined. The name Bob Fiddaman has become synonymous throughout cyberspace. Google his name and you will find articles he has written, many of which have been republished by a vast army of fellow patient advocates. In his debut book, Fiddaman takes the bull by the horns and pulls no punches. Doctor's and patients alike will find Fiddaman's journey both tragic and informative, in particular the current stance of the UK regulator with regard to pregnancy and antidepressants. It may also make you stop and seriously reconsider the safety and efficacy of the medications you take.

Below is a list of countries you can order the book from. Here's a selection of readers comments:

"Exposing the corruption of pharmaceutical companies and regulators, Bobby shines a light down the path of consumer resistance and shows how ordinary people can wage extraordinary fights against the fraudulent activities of big pharma and the incompetence of regulatory bodies."

"What do you do after a bad experience with a prescription medication? In Bob's case you, you start by looking to see if others had the same reaction, but Bob didn't stop there, as the more he found out the more determined he became to do something about the situation."

"George Orwell's book was fictitious whereas Bob's is a frighteningly believable account of what really goes on behind closed doors, were a club culture, and imbalance of power remains with too much control in the hands of a few individuals."

'A rare and remarkably compelling insight and factual exploration into the underhand morals and ethics of pharmaceutical giant, GSK and the regulatory body that is 'supposed' to protect us, the MHRA."

"This book is extremely well written, compelling and difficult to put down."

"Bob is a man of integrity and honesty, and this book is living proof that he is not afraid to
stand up for what he believes is right."

"At last there is someone who is not afraid to tell it as it is, MHRA and Big Pharma beware Bob Fidaman is a stubborn  tenacious man who is not going to go away, who will not be cowed by anyone or anything."

"For the very first time, a book has been published exploding the myths of anti-depressants and the corruption involved."

"For one man to stand alone and fight these very companies and the people that are suppose to protect us namely the MHRA, Mr Fiddaman you have my utmost respect."

"This is a 'must read' for anybody on Seroxat or any SSRi antidepressant, and also for anyone in the U.K. who are under the illusion that the MHRA will protect them from dangerous medication"

"I recommend this book for anyone who has personal experiences with antidepressants or depression for themselves or family members, or for more insight into drug regulation and consumer advocacy. The writing is excellent and refreshingly honest."

"The British may be known for "inventing" the first novel, and like the first novel, this reads smoothly, part epistolary, part fiction. But it's not fiction. This is a true story, which I sorely wish was fiction."

Here's a list of the countries and book stores.

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