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Monday, April 19, 2021

Vaccine Manufacturer Used "Spiked" Placebo to Hide Injuries Between Vaccine and Control Groups, Lawsuit Alleges


Los Angeles-based attorneys, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, has filed yet another lawsuit, this time on behalf of a 23-year-old teacher in Reno, Nevada who claims Gardasil, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, caused her countless injuries, including, but not limited to, chronic migraines, a shortage (deficiency) or impaired function of a hormone called aldosterone, and autonomic nervous system damage

At the age of 14, Savannah Flores received her first dose of Gardasil, shortly after she experienced fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. Her second dose of Gardasil was administered just days after her 15th birthday after which she experienced trembling, shaking, chest pressure, and headaches. It was at this point that her health seriously declined. Severe migraines, vertigo, menstrual irregularities, and more  followed and life as she knew it pretty much ceased. Church camps, swimming, basketball and various other activities became too painful for Savannah.

“I live in fear of the next migraine,” Savannah said regarding her migraines that are so intense she sometimes experiences blindness. “It’s scary not knowing at any given time whether I’ll get a migraine or have another symptom that lays me up for a day or more. I miss normal.”

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, who represent others in Gardasil injury lawsuits, allege that Gardasil manufacturers, Merck & Co., Inc. and subsidiary Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp:

Utilized a toxic, or spiked, placebo to mask injuries between the vaccinated and control groups and also cut the dose of aluminum in half for the vaccinated group to mask injuries (critics believe aluminum to be the most toxic component of the vaccine)

Further, it is alleged that Merck failed to follow the protocol to report adverse events and falsely told participants that the placebo was a saline solution.

Coming at a time when vaccines seem to be the talk of the town, these claims are deeply worrying. If, as alleged, Merck knowingly hoodwinked participants in their clinical trials then what of other vaccine manufacturers? Is this a standard practice for drug companies to deceive or trick participants in trials, or indeed regulators who grant licences to vaccines?

You can read more about Merck's underhand shenanigans and Savannah's plight here.

Bob Fiddaman


Back Stories

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Baum Hedlund Take a Stand Against Vaccine Maker

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - Californian Law Firm Lead the Way in Gardasil Litigation

Friday, January 22, 2021 - Fifth Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuit Filed

Thursday, February 04, 2021 - Gardasil Vaccine Can Cause Infertility, New Lawsuit Alleges

Friday, April 02, 2021 - Gardasil Lawsuits Continue

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

15 Years - Changing Gears


Today is the 15th anniversary of this old blog of mine.

What began as an individual grievance after I was harmed by GlaxoSmithKline's Seroxat and disregarded by the British drug regulator, MHRA, turned into something far different after discovering thousands of other people across the globe were similarly harmed by SSRIs and related systemic deceit.

Now--over 2.5 million hits, a published book, and two awards later--I sometimes still have to explain to people that what they claim as SSRI facts are actually SSRI myths. That the pharma/psych industry's disinformation campaign is still going strong is a testament to their expertise in spinning fake news. And while it continues to amaze and disappoint me that this systemic fraud is a leading cause of disability and death, I find satisfaction in knowing my blog has helped countless people better recognize prescribed harms and avoid them.

Before embarking on this 15-year journey, I was a ufologist; this helped prepare me for all the attempts to discredit my reporting regarding SSRI harms. "You're a crank, conspiracy theorist, flat-earther" are some labels thrown at people who believe there is intelligent life beyond earth. Drug safety advocates are similarly called conspiracy theorists, pill-shamers, Scientologists, right-winger's, etc. Many of these attempts to slander come from psychiatrists via social media platforms. The drug-safety arena is far more disturbing than is the world of ufology.

When my blog launched on April 6, 2006, Facebook and Twitter didn't exist. One could only promote their research and writing via various online forums, many of which were infiltrated by pharma and pharma-funded "charities." Typically, these plants would attempt to pass themselves off as patients who proclaimed their lives were saved by depression pills, which I call brain pellets. But occasionally, the charades grew more sinister, and some people resorted to internet stalking and identity theft.

The drug safety world is less harsh today, but it's still unstable. There's a new breed of advocates, many of whom have the backing of organisations and "key opinion leaders." While these partnerships may help move the patient-safety ball forward, they can also create similar problems we've seen from the pharmaceutical and mental health industry alignment. Those with different opinions are labelled or blackballed or told they can't have their lived experience shared because they spoke to a publication or radio show that wasn't "mainstream" enough. This labelling and gaslighting revictimizes families who were prescribed harm. Ironically, some patient and drug safety advocate groups unwittingly do pharma's work--censorship--which benefits pharma.

I'm glad my blog never blackballed or silenced people with lived experiences of prescribed harm. While I wish I had had some sort of organizational backing when I started campaigning 15 years ago, in hindsight, not having such made my blog better. Bloggers like me, Truthman, Leonie Fennell, and Anti-Dep Aware had to make do with a keypad and a driving curiosity to independently uncover the facts. That we were unaligned with charities and special interest groups helped us candidly report what we knew and leave the PR whitewashing for others.

These days, ufologists aren't often labelled, not since the US Govt admitted in 2017 that they've had official teams investigating reports for decades. Perhaps one day, governments will do the same with drug-induced "suicides" and homicides committed whilst under pharmafia products' influence. I won't hold my breath as I imagine we'll see the presence of UFOs confirmed before we see this.

Thanks for the last 15 years, folks. Your support and guidance have been much appreciated. At times I've felt like John Coffey walking the green mile at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. I've lived and breathed this toxic business of selling sickness far longer than any would desire.

"I'm tired, boss."

Bob Fiddaman

Friday, April 02, 2021

Gardasil Lawsuits Continue


Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman recently filed yet another suit against Merck & Co. Inc. and subsidiary Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. on behalf of a 22-year-old Higganum, Connecticut woman, Korrine Herlth, who alleges that the Gardasil vaccine caused her to develop postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), vision loss, and other serious health conditions.

At the age of just 15, Korrine was vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a viral infection that commonly causes skin or mucous membrane growths (warts). Korrine's mother, Andrea, gave her consent after reviewing Merck's assurances that the vaccine was a safe preventative measure against HPV and cervical cancer. The vaccine is administered as a three-dose series for 15-year-olds and after her second shot, Korrine started to experience dizziness, shakiness, nausea, faintness, and headaches, as well as an increased heart rate. Because of this, her mother did not give consent for her daughter to receive the third jab.

Korrine's symptoms worsened from this point onwards and she has had to endure daily seizures, convulsions, chronic fatigue, joint pain, anxiety attacks, sleep apnea, hypoxia, and sleep disturbances and tics amongst a multitude of other bodily disturbances.

“My daughter has been assaulted on a systemic level,” her mother said. “Currently, there is no known cure, no offered hope of reversing the damage, just a series of trial treatments that have either failed her or exacerbated symptoms. It is a devastatingly helpless feeling watching my only child decline without hope of better days ahead.”

“Gardasil has made my life a living hell. The things I loved doing were ripped away from me. … I just want my old life back.”, Korrine said.

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman is a national law-firm that regularly goes head-to-head against pharmaceutical corporations that intentionally mislead customers about the safety and efficacy of their products. They, on behalf of Korrine, allege that Merck negligently manufactured the Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, negligently designed and conducted clinical trials before receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, and failed to warn consumers of the vaccine’s dangerous known side effects.

More can be read about Korrine's case here.

Bob Fiddaman

Monday, March 08, 2021

Seroxat and the Fallacy of Centrality


Shane Cooke

Last week, I learned a new term and planned to blog about it. Days later, I read "Gripped by and Discarded by GlaxoSmithKline," a guest post on Dr. David Healy's site. This blog explores how the two relate. 


Fallacy of Centrality

The term "fallacy of centrality" was coined by Ron Westrum, a researcher who observed pediatricians' diagnostic practices in the 1940s and 1950s. He found that many of these doctors assumed that they were in a central position, and they presumed if something serious was occurring, they would know about it. If something occurred that they didn't know about it, well, it just wasn't happening. This distorted thinking prevented many pediatricians from recognizing and reporting child abuse before the early 1960s. The pediatricians' applied the "logic" that if parents were abusing their children, they'd know about it. 


A present-day example of this type of magical thinking is below (Fig 1). The former head of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn, uses her "clinical experience" to dismiss SSRI withdrawal. Burn hasn't seen SSRI withdrawal problems in her practice; therefore, it doesn't exist or rarely occurs. The fallacy of centrality is problematic among doctors, especially psychiatrists who expose their illogical thinking via social media accounts. It took Burn and many of her colleagues years to belatedly acknowledge the large SSRI withdrawal problem. Their admission came about after many members of the prescribed harm community and a handful of ethical researchers shared the real experiences and scientific facts.


Burn and Professor David Baldwin previously claimed in the national media that " the vast majority of patients, any unpleasant symptoms experienced on discontinuing antidepressants have resolved within two weeks of stopping treatment." (Fig 2) Once again, they embraced the fallacy of centrality.


Fig 1

Fig 2


The same arrogant, illogical thinking is illustrated in "Gripped by and Discarded by GlaxoSmithKline." It's the story of a young man, Shane Cooke, who suffered SSRI harms and was later repeatedly victimized by a chain of experts who employed the fallacy of centrality. Shane was just 21 when he decided to leave his foster parents, whom he had been with for nearly 20 years. He became engaged to a young woman, and they agreed to move in together. Both were in their final year at college, which caused understandable stress as they finished their degrees. 


Shane was having difficulty eating and sleeping and was anxious about his coursework deadlines. In 2002, he saw his GP, who prescribed two different SSRI brands that precipitated Shane's suicidality. His GP then switched him to Seroxat, an SSRI sold by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Prescribing Seroxat was the norm in the early 2000s given that doctors were not yet familiar with the serious risks the product presents. However, GSK and the British drug regulator, the MHRA, were aware of the problems with Seroxat.


In October of the same year, BBC's Panorama aired its first of four investigations into Seroxat. Scottish BBC journalist Shelley Jofre extensively reported the problems caused by the so-called 'wonder drug.' 

Prescribing physicians have no excuse for pushing this dangerous and risky drug after this date. Some doctors might argue they never watched the show, but this is a lame excuse. Once again, however, the fallacy of centrality comes into play here: What would an investigative journalist know about a drug that the medical profession doesn't know? 


After being prescribed Seroxat, Shane developed severe agitation, often asking his foster parents, "What's wrong with me?" 

I can relate. The adverse effects I experienced while taking Seroxat and withdrawing from it are documented in my book, this blog, and numerous podcasts. 

Shane's angry outbursts worsened, and he drove a car through a glass entrance of the Ablett Psychiatric Unit in Clwyd after he had been drinking alcohol. (SSRIs can increase cravings for alcohol and drive people to drink who have never previously consumed alcohol.) 


The Courts then ordered Shane to leave the home he shared with his wife-to-be and move back in with his foster parents. According to his foster parents, he complied with the order but would often go missing and later be found hiding in hedges or grass verges. His foster parents agreed that it was the medication causing Shane's bizarre behaviour, which now had spiralled to threats of suicide. Two doctors who then assessed Shane decided to decrease the Seroxat dose. Ten days later, Shane said he became "normal" again.


Unfortunately, Shane again became a victim of another professional's fallacy of centrality. A judge at Caernarfon Crown Court jailed Shane for two-and-a-half years for crashing his car through the doors into the foyer of the Ablett Unit Clwyd on June 2. While Shane had been drinking on the night of the crash, the judge failed to consider the role Seroxat had played. The judge wrongfully assumed that alcohol made "Shane do it." If a judge has never witnessed violence and alcohol cravings as adverse effects of prescription drugs, the judge decides this simply cannot and does not happen. (It is also true, however, that some judges do know but decide to blame alcohol; it is more convenient and less problematic than blaming a pharmaceutical company's drug.) 


Devastated by their son's incarceration, Shane's foster parents eventually heard about a psychiatrist from Bangor, Wales, who was researching the link between Seroxat and rage. That doctor is David Healy. They contacted Healy, who assessed Shane's medical records and determined Seroxat had induced Shane's fury on the evening of June 2.


The decision to jail Shane was going to be appealed, but the appeals process would have been lengthy. Shane was nearing his sentence's completion (shorter than the punishment he was initially given), and he decided not to continue an appeal. He served the prison sentence for his Seroxat-induced crime. GSK continues to deny Seroxat causes dependency and suicidal thoughts and actions. However, I do not believe GSK's false claims are products of the fallacy of centrality.


Upon Shane's release, he was electronically tagged and sent back to his foster parents. His engagement, independence, and career all destroyed by a risky drug and repeated fallacies of centrality. Despite these travesties of injustice, Shane went on to complete his coursework and passed his exams. Today, Shane is active on Twitter and hopes others won't suffer what he did. Shane and his foster mom, Mary, now run the Prescribed Medication Withdrawal group in Wales.

You can follow him here and read his full story here.

Mary, who is one of the unsung heroes in the advocacy world, can be followed on Twitter here.

The withdrawal group is now doing fortnightly zoom meetings. Anyone within travelling distance of Prestatyn, in particular, are welcome to join in. (this is in the hope of meeting face to face in the future) 

You can reach Mary via email at



If you still need convincing that Seroxat isn't problematic, watch the four investigative reports here. Perhaps you can share them with healthcare professionals who, like so many prescribers out there, probably suffer from a fallacy of centrality.





Bob Fiddaman

Monday, February 08, 2021

Mr Stephen O'Neil ~ "If only we knew then what we know now"

Antidepressant-induced "suicides" don't just effect moms, dads, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives. Deaths caused by 'medication' rip through the hearts of so many more and can result in long-lasting suffering for all involved.

The following is a guest-post from Colleen, the niece of Stephen O'Neil. It's graphic in detail - it needs to be.

Colleen, like so many others out there shares her story below and asks for our help.

Please consider taking 10 minutes or so to contact the family after you read her story.


It’s been almost 5 years since Stephen (pictured above) died but we still have the same conversations every single day. Replaying those last 6 weeks of his life.

I am/was Stephen’s niece Colleen, but we grew up more like brother and sister. Stephen was more than just an uncle to me, he was my friend.

On 16th June 2016, Stephen was prescribed Sertraline 50mg as he was having trouble sleeping and mild anxiety. He came out from the GP surgery that day and told my father he was prescribed antidepressants and why, he was very open like that. 

Just 2 days later he appeared on my aunt’s doorstep early morning, dishevelled and visibly distressed. He said the tablets had done something to his head. He went to the pharmacist seeking help and a doctor, over the phone, advised him to stop Sertraline immediately.

That night he stayed with my mother as he was too afraid to stay on his own. The next morning my mother found him crying and he opened up to her about the horrific night he experienced, just over 24hours of starting Sertraline. 

That night, after beginning Sertraline just the day before, he began to get highly agitated, he couldn’t settle, he had intrusive, dark suicidal thoughts that he never had before the medication. Things got so scary for him that he took a cold shower in the small hours of the morning to try “snap out of it”. He admitted to putting a belt around his neck. He went outside and walked for miles as he couldn’t sit still. He came home and prayed for the sun to come up. 

Looking back now, at this point we should have just kept Stephen like an egg. He had already stopped the tablets, all he needed now was comfort and reassurance that what he was experiencing was indeed a common enough side effect (that can affect 1-100 consumers) and time to heal.

Instead, because of lack of knowledge and wanting to do the “right thing”, we phoned the crisis team. Stephen then voluntary admitted himself to a local psychiatric unit. 

Stephen was discharged from that unit with a note for his GP stating that he had an “adverse reaction” to Sertraline but instead of heeding this advice and realising that Stephen was a healthy, highly functioning man before Sertraline and allowing him to recover from his reaction, he was prescribed more medication and advised that this is what was needed to feel better again.

During the next 6 weeks Stephen was prescribed Quetiapine (antipsychotic drug) and Mirtazapine (serotonergic drug), Buspirone (anti-anxiety) as well as other drugs such as Diazepam, Propranolol and Zopiclone.  A cocktail of drugs, each one just seeming to exacerbate the original symptoms. 

In this time Stephen constantly voiced his fears, that it was the tablets. This is a common theme throughout his medical notes, that along with wanting to get better. He constantly said to us “when I get better..”

But he never did. Looking back, we can see, he was polydrugged to death. He was found by his brother on 29th July 2016, kneeling forward, with a rope around his neck.

At his inquest the coroner decided to adopt the evidence of the associate medical director of the local psychiatric unit where Stephen stayed, but who didn’t know Stephen personally, rather than the expert testimony of Professor Dr David Healy. 

Professor Healy was well prepared, having reviewed all of Stephen’s medical notes and records, as well as witness statements gathered by myself. He also had the opportunity to consult extensively with us, Stephen’s family. 

The associate medical director painted a picture where indeed Stephen suffered a “catastrophic” reaction to Sertraline, leaving him with flashbacks of that first night, flashbacks which may have put him in a trance like, dissociative state where he may not have known what he was doing and contributed to his death.

And whilst it was also agreed during inquest that Stephen suffered Akathisia, the coroner decided then that Stephen “died by his own act, whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed”.

For us this does not go far enough. Whilst we know that it was the buspirone that was the final nail in Stephen’s coffin, we believe when applying the legal “but for” test for causation, Stephen would not have died “but for” taking Sertraline.

We don’t ask for Sertraline or any of these drugs to be banned. What we do want is an acknowledgment of their true dangers by authorities and regulators so that prescribing doctors, healthcare workers and mental health charities can understand and begin to tackle this medication-induced pandemic of suicide we are facing.

How many more times do we have to hear families who have been torn apart by medication-induced suicide say “If only we knew then what we know now”.

We are asking other families who have been bereaved by medication-induced suicide to write a letter to the Minister of Health and Chairperson of the Health Committee in Northern Ireland. They can try to ignore one voice but many voices together and they will have to listen. 

Please send letters to, if possible, please keep to one page. 





Thursday, February 04, 2021

Gardasil Vaccine Can Cause Infertility, New Lawsuit Alleges

Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman has filed their 7th lawsuit against Gardasil manufacturers, Merck.

Plaintiff Kayla Carrillo, 20, alleges Gardasil caused her to develop postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), seizure disorder, and infertility, among many other serious health issues. POTS  is a condition that affects blood flow. and also causes the development of symptoms such as fainting and an uncomfortable, rapid increase in heartbeat.

Kayla was just a 12-year-old when she received her first shot of Gardasil. Within 24 hours she experienced a seizure-like episode. Over the following months other serious health issues developed including irregular menstrual problems.

It was during this time that Kayla received her second Gardasil injection. Two days later, she collapsed at school and was rushed to the Emergency Department of Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

As the months wore on, Kayla suffered severe abdominal pain and an ultra scan showed she had a hemorrhagic cyst in her right ovary along with large Nabothian cysts in her cervix, the cysts were gradually enlarging so Kayla reluctantly decided to have the cyst on her ovary surgically removed. 

Since the age of 15, Kayla has undergone at least one surgery per year on her reproductive organs. Doctors say she will not be able to get pregnant and will not be able to pursue in vitro fertilization (IVF).  

Had Kayla or, indeed, her mother been warned of the risks of these and other adverse events, she never would have consented to receive the Gardasil vaccine. 

According to the lawsuit, Merck failed to disclose to regulators and the public that one of the Gardasil ingredients, Polysorbate 80, is associated with infertility and many other health problems.

“Having to be the one to tell your daughter that she won’t be able to get pregnant is a pain that is beyond words. People need to know that these risks are very real. They need to know exactly what they are getting into with Gardasil,” said Kayla's mother, Marlena 

Quite why Merck failed to tell the American Drug regulator and, more importantly, the public about this is unknown.

Let's hope that this lawsuit can throw some light on Merck's alleged deception.

It's becoming increasingly difficult to speak out about vaccine injury, especially with the current promotional push for the Covid-19 'vaccine'. Mention any negativity surrounding vaccines on Facebook and the Facebook police will either flag your post or ban you for a lengthy period. These Gardasil injuries, however, are real and have ruined lives. Don't allow Facebook or name-callers to silence you, or others, who wish to create awareness about the dangers and underhand activities of Merck.

Merck, it appears, have a habit of hiding information from the public. Yesterday, Reuters reported that "Newly unsealed court documents and other records show that Merck & Co and U.S. regulators knew about reports of suicidal behavior in men taking the company’s anti-baldness treatment Propecia when they decided not to warn consumers of those potential risks in a 2011 update of the popular drug’s label."

For more details on Kayla Carrillo's injuries and the lawsuit filed visit the Baum website here.

Bob Fiddaman

Friday, January 22, 2021

Fifth Gardasil Vaccine Lawsuit Filed


Picture courtesy of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman

US Attorneys, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, filed a lawsuit yesterday on behalf of Michael “Mike” Colbath, a 21-year-old from San Diego, California, who alleges Merck's HPV vaccine, Gardasil, caused him to develop debilitating and disabling injuries.

The complaint accuses Merck of negligence, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn of dangerous side effects related to its HPV vaccine.

Baum Hedlund, who have a history of successful cases against drug companies, are seeking punitive damages against Merck for allegedly making conscious decisions to not warn or inform the unsuspecting public about serious health risks associated with the vaccine.

Co-counsel attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. had this to say:

“Just like with Vioxx, Merck put Gardasil profits over patient safety and now countless children and young people are facing inescapable health issues. At a certain point, you have to ask – what’s it going to take to stop this reckless disregard for their consumers?”

Mike Colbath received the Gardasil HPV vaccine at the age of 14. In the months that followed, he began to have trouble staying awake for the latter part of the school day.

A second shot followed and he developed severe foot pain in both feet, the pain became so intolerable that Mike, a once budding Eagle Boy Scout described as  an "expert outdoorsman", had to use crutches to walk and, eventually, became too weak to support himself. These adverse events were on top of his hypersomnolence caused by the first shot.

Mike did not receive the third shot after his pediatrician felt that the severe foot pain may have been caused by the vaccine.

Since then, Mike has been seen by multiple physicians and specialists for his complaints which now include: migraine headaches; body pains and muscle aches; chronic fatigue; hypersomnolence (sleeping 15-22 hours in a 24-hour period), sleep drunkenness, unrefreshing sleep; excessive sweating, lightheadedness, and tachycardia; tunnel vision on standing; difficulty with concentration and memory; confusion and brain fog; intermittent or episodic paralysis, numbness; and stomach pains.

The lawsuit claims that Merck committed scientific fraud during the Gardasil clinical trials and deceived the FDA before the vaccine was brought to market.  Baum Hedlund attorny, Nicole K.H. Maldonado, said,  “The deception continues to this day, as current vaccine safety and long-term efficacy assurances are based on clinical studies that were fraudulently designed and conducted to conceal safety risks.”

3:21-cv-120-W-DEB was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

You can read more about Mike's plight, and other Gardasil lawsuits filed, here and here.

Bob Fiddaman

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