Sunday, March 27, 2005

'Treatment' for Depression

Pat Butterfield is the founder of ECT Anonymous. She was depressed by the death of her Father. She went to a GP who recommended a psychiatrist who recommended ECT. She said:
"I can remember two people would come and get me and walk me past the hospital's offices to get to the room where they did it," she says. "I was deeply ashamed, I was in my night clothes and I was being frogmarched past all the office workers."
She added:
"I remember waking up and thinking that my head really, really hurt, and that I didin't know who I was or where I was.
"It robbed me of my memories. I only knew who my friends were because they kept coming in to see me.
"I lost all my confidence because I couldn't remember how to do things. I still have probems dealing with a lot of information.
"I used to be a multi-tasker, but I have problems even sorting things out in sequence now.
"I am also terrified of hospitals and doctors. I have never been back to one, I have never even been to see my GP since.
"I certainly did not give my informed consent to the procedure that I underwent. No-one told me what the side effects would be. No-one explained to me what would happen.
"I have never been able to go back to work, and I certainly wouldn't have got as far as I have without the help of my family and friends."

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


In light of the denials by those psychiatrists who still violate the Human Rights of their patients by performing ECT against their wishes (involuntary ECT), the following quote is illuminating as to the character of those psychiatrists:

"The ECT patients' inferior (test) performance does suggest that ECT causes permanent brain damage."
American Journal of Psychiatry (1973)

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Brain Damage and the "Ten Second Test"

The subject of brain damage from Electo-Convulsive 'Therapy' is a subject that the proponents of ECT like very much to avoid. When it is brought up they say things like "brain damage from ECT is just a myth" in an attempt to downplay the very idea of such a thing.
Well, I'd like you all here, irrespective of your backgrounds, your experiences, your professions, your medical, or lack of medical expertise to take the "Ten Second Test".
What is the "Ten Second Test"?
It is to contemplate for ten seconds whether or not up to 460 volts going from one side of your head to the other, or from the front of the head to the back would cause damage to a delicate organ that is used to working in millivolts... thousandths of a volt.
Done that?
Very good.
What on earth did they think caused the memory loss?
Occassionally you will also hear: "ah, but nowhere near all that electricity actually reaches the brain". Well, when you place an electrode on one temple and the other electrode on the other temple, and then hit the button... where is the electricity going to go if not through the brain?
Of course the electricity goes through the brain, and of course it causes brain damage.
Brain damage is not a side effect of ECT. Brain damage is the treatment.

Sunday, March 13, 2005


I am currently working on a submission to the government of the Territory of Australia that I live in. I read on the APA site that the largest Psych body on the planet dismisses claims of brain damage from Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT) as 'a myth'. How can they, forget that, how can they believe that others are so stupid as to believe that? A brain is an electrical circuit that operates ordinarily on millivolts (thousandths of a volt). ECT operates on a voltage of between 75 and 460 volts... and that is not going to cause brain damage? The justification for frying peoples' brains is that it changes behaviour. Well whacking someone with a piece of 4 x 2 repeatedly would also change behaviour (make people more docile), but you wouldn't be so crass as to call it 'treatment'.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Problems With So Called 'ADHD' So Called 'Treatment'

In a small but startling preliminary new study, Texas researchers have found that after just three months, every one of a dozen children treated for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with the drug methylphenidate experienced a threefold increase in levels of chromosome abnormalitiesóoccurrences associated with increased risks of cancer and other adverse health effects.

The researchers say that to their knowledge this is the first study addressing the potential chromosome-breaking effects associated with treatment of children with methylphenidate, the generic name for a group of drugs that includes Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate CD and others.

Methylphenidate is the most widely prescribed of a class of amphetamine-like drugs used to treat ADHD, with more than 10 million prescriptions written for it in 1996 alone. Between 1991 and 1999, United States sales of methylphenidate increased more than 500 percent.

Researchers at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) reported their detection of the chromosome abnormalities in the journal Cancer Letters. Their peer-reviewed paper is to be published several months hence, but the journal editors have made it available online in the journal's "articles in press" section.

The authors said they undertook the study because, even though methylphenidate has been approved for human use for more than 50 years,"there are surprisingly few studies" in either animals or human beings "on the potential for serious side effects," such as causing mutations and cancer. In 1996, a report discussing several two-year-long animal studies showed that the highest levels of methylphenidate tested caused liver tumors in male and female mice. However, similar studies in rats showed no such tumors.

The new Texas study involved researchers drawing blood from children diagnosed with ADHD before they began taking methylphenidate in order to get a baseline level of chromosomal abnormalities. Three months after the children had begun taking the drug, the researchers drew the children's blood and tested it a second time. Chromosomes are the bodies within cells that carry the genes and genetic information. All 12 of the children whose before-and-after blood cells were studied were treated with normal therapeutic doses of methylphenidate.

Most of the abnormalities found in the studied blood cells consisted of chromosome breaks "and a higher frequency of aberrations is reported to be associated with an increased risk of cancer down the line," said lead author Randa A. El-Zein, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of epidemiology at M.D. Anderson who performed the blood studies using several techniques.

"It was pretty surprising that all of the children taking methylphenidate showed an increase in chromosome abnormalities in a relatively short period of time," El-Zein said.

- The Cancer Letters article by Randa A. El-Zein, Sherif Z. Abdel-Rahman, Matthew J. Hay, Mirtha S. Lopez, Melissa L. Bondy, Debra L. Morris and Marvin S. Legator can be found on the Web by clicking the "Articles in Press" button on ScienceDirectís Cancer Letters page

Some Quotes

"The ECT patients' inferior (test) performance does suggest that ECT causes permanent brain damage."
American Journal of Psychiatry (1973)
"Is ECT necessary as a treatment modality in psychiatry? The answer is absolutely not. In the United States, 92% of psychiatrists do not use it despite the existence of an established journal entirely devoted to the subject to give it scientific respectability. ECT is and always will be a controversial treatment and an example of shameful science."
Hanafy A. Youssef, D.M. D.P.M FRC Psych Medway Hospital, Gillingham, Kent, U.K.
Fatma A. Youssef D. NSc, M.P.H, R.N. School of Health Professions, Marymount University Arlington, Virginia, USA