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the quality and the safety of their healthcare. The coalition feels strongly that the first crucial steps in both patient empowerment and patient safety
efforts are information and education. The public is increasingly aware that they must assume a greater role in health care issues but they need tools,
 strategies and support to assist them in becoming informed and engaged medical consumers who are able to make a positive impact on health care safety."

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A pharmaceutical company marketed four drugs to doctors. The drugs had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for specific medical conditions—like rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and neuropathic pain—but the company promoted the drugs for other uses as well—like post-operative pain, dementia, and migraines—and sometimes in larger doses than the FDA allowed. In some cases, the company even paid kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the drugs for these other uses.

What this company did is known as off-label marketing of prescription drugs, and it’s both illegal and potentially harmful to consumers. After an investigation involving the FBI and our federal and state partners, the company pled guilty to misbranding the drugs and agreed to pay $2.3 billion to settle criminal and civil violations…the largest U.S. health care fraud settlement ever.

At the FBI, we take our health care fraud responsibilities seriously as the primary investigative agency with jurisdiction over both federal and private insurance programs. But with total health care expenditures in the U.S. expected to reach $2.26 trillion by 2016 according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the opportunity for fraud will continue to grow—so will our workload. That means we have to find ways to leverage our resources.

Partnerships are key. A tried-and-true method of leveraging resources is establishing partnerships. And we’ve done just that—with federal agencies like the FDA and the Drug Enforcement Administration, various state and local agencies, and private insurance groups like the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association.

Our most recent joint endeavor? Our participation in the Department of Justice/Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team, or HEAT, and its Medicare Fraud Strike Forces located in several major metropolitan areas.

The HEAT initiative includes senior Justice, FBI, and HHS officials who are focusing their efforts to reduce Medicare and Medicaid fraud through enhanced cooperation. And the strike forces, which use a data-driven approach to identify unexplainable billing patterns by health care providers and then investigate these providers for possible fraudulent activity, are a vital part of the initiative. As a result of strike force efforts, more than 300 cases have been filed and close to 600 defendants charged.

Health care fraud facts: 

  • Health care fraud schemes come in all forms—fraudulent billings, medically unnecessary services or prescriptions, kickbacks, duplicate claims, etc.

  • Schemes target large health care programs—both public and private—as well as health care beneficiaries. (Medicare and the Medicaid are the largest programs, so they are targeted more often.)

  • Schemes are committed by health care providers, owners of medical facilities and laboratories, suppliers of medical equipment, organized crime groups, corporations, and even sometimes by the beneficiaries themselves.

  • FBI health care fraud cases sometimes cross over into other investigative areas, like organized crime, gangs, and cyber crime, where we see criminals beginning to use the proceeds from health care fraud schemes to fund their operations.

Tips to help avoid being victimized:

  • Protect your health insurance information card like a credit card.

  • Beware of free health services—are they too good to be true?

  • Review your medical bills, like your “explanation of benefits,” after receiving health care services and ensure the dates are services are correct.

And if you suspect health care fraud, contact your local FBI office.

Resources:
- 2009 DOJ/HHS health care fraud report (pdf)

 Latest schemes and scams:

As part of its health care fraud program, the Bureau is looking at various fraud schemes involving:

  • Home health care;

  • Infusion therapy; and 

  • Durable medical equipment.

    We’re also focused on other health care fraud-related crime problems impacting public safety, such as:

  • Off-label marketing of prescription drugs;

  • Drug diversion (prescription drugs diverted from legitimate supply sources for illicit distribution and abuse); and 

  • Internet pharmacies.

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    • The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit, public benefit organization dedicated to investigating and exposing psychiatric violations of human rights. It also ensures that criminal acts within the psychiatric industry are reported to the proper authorities and acted upon.

      CCHR was founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and the internationally acclaimed author, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center, Syracuse. At that time, the victims of psychiatry were a forgotten minority group, warehoused under terrifying conditions in institutions around the world. Because of this, CCHR penned a Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights that has served as its guide for mental health reform.

    • The Institute for Psychological Therapies is a private practice of clinical psychology.  IPT's primary work is related to allegations of child sexual abuse, but also deals with cases of sexual harassment, claims of recovered memories of childhood abuse, accusations of rape, allegations of improper sexual contact by professionals, forced and coerced confessions, false confessions, personal injury claims, mitigating factors in sentencing, custody, and medical and psychological malpractice.

    • Psych Central - Learn, Share, Grow

    • Manufacturing Victims-This book is written by a licensed psychologist who has abandoned her clinical practice, and in her book she "relates in detail how the psychological manufacturing of victims takes place. She differentiates between real victims and the ones manufactured by the Psychology Industry, which involves a blurring between the two and spreads a net to include virtually everyone. She concludes her book by saying:

    "The Psychology Industry can neither reform itself from within nor should it be allowed to try. It should be stopped from doing what it is doing to people, from manufacturing victims. And while the Psychology Industry is being dismantled, people can boycott psychological treatment, protest the influence of the Psychology Industry and resist being manufactured into victims."

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    WELCOME TO THE DRUG EFFECTIVENESS REVIEW PROJECT (DERP) HOME PAGE

    DERP is a collaboration of public entities (the Center for Evidence-based Policy and the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center) who have joined together to produce systematic, evidence-based reviews of the comparative effectiveness and safety of drugs in many widely used drug classes, and to apply the findings to inform public policy and related activities in local settings.

     

    Mother's Act
    Motherhood is NOT a Medical Disorder
     
    An article in TIME Magazine about the "Mother's Act"-- Federal legislation that would require screening all women who give birth for depression--has
    sparked a cyberspace debate. "http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1909628-1,00.html

    Dr. James Douglas Bremner (psychiatrist at Emory University) joined those of us who challenge the promoters of such legislation by debunking the
    fundamental flaw in their reasoning:

    In his article, "Motherhood is NOT a Medical Disorder" he notes:
    • "First of all, there is no evidence that women without a prior history of anxiety and depression have any increased risk of getting post partum
      depression. So to screen all moms as if giving birth is a risk factor for depression is ridiculous."

    • Second: "whenever you start screening the general population, you get into problems with over-identification of people and an increase in the number of people that go on antidepressants."

    • Third: "I am opposed to mandatory screenings of the population, like Teenscreen, which are bonanzas for the pharmaceutical industry, but a major intrusion into the privacy and autonomy of American citizens."


    Of note, the "Mother's Act" was ostensibly prompted by the suicide of Melanie Blocker-Stokes, who leaped to her death from her hotel room in Chicago three months after the birth of her daughter. However, what is ignored by the promoters--most notably industry funded psychiatrists and industry front groups (who call themselves "advocates") is that Melanie Blocker-Stokes had already been treated with multiple courses of psychotropic drugs and electro-convulsive therapy. So, how exactly would her life have been saved by "screening"??? See: http://www.beforeyoutakethatpill.com/

    This is but an example of stealth marketing: the pharmaceutical industry with the help of an army of industry supported medical lackeys are medicalizing normal stages of life--including childhood, adolescence, and motherhood. They are promoting public health policies that would vastly increase the size of the market for psychoactive drugs--even as these drugs toxic, life-threatening hazards require Black Box label warnings.

    To whit, TIME quotes University of Pittsburgh psychiatrist, Katherine Wisner, MD stating ""Postpartum depression is not a benign, uncommon thing.... Why don't we screen women for this?" What TIME failed to disclose is that Dr. Wisner is listed on the speakers bureau for Pfizer and Lilly, makers of the antidepressants, Zoloft and Prozac--drugs that carry Black Box label warnings about increased risks of suicide.

    Reality: Doctors who serve on pharmaceutical speaker's bureaus give "promotional talks" on behalf of the company that pays them--the service they render for pay is to advertise drugs to other doctors--despite the confirmed evidence of these drugs serious hazards.

    Most of such market-driven prescribing violates medicine's first principle, "First, do no harm." Indeed, such prescribing does far more harm than good, as individual's best interest is ignored.

    An unfortunate error in the original TIME article--the one that hit the newsstands--misstated Amy Philo's experience as becoming seriously suicidal and homicidal following the birth of her child.

    In fact those violent feelings emerged AFTER being prescribed Zoloft:

    "she started having suicidal and homicidal thoughts, which got stronger when another doctor raised her dosage. Eventually, Philo says, she weaned herself off the drug, and her violent feelings disappeared."

    A correction on the TIME website states:

    "The original version of this article stated that after Amy Philo's newborn suffered an accidental choking incident, Philo's preoccupation with his
    safety included fear of hurting her baby herself. However, Philo says that particular feeling did not intrude until later, after she began taking
    antidepressant medication."
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    The information herein shall not be considered an endorsement of anyone discontinuing psychiatric drugs. If you are stopping taking medication  IT IS ADVISABLE TO REDUCE DOSES GRADUALLY WITH EXTREME CAUTION, as it is difficult to predict who will have problems withdrawing. It is worth getting as much information and support as you can, and involving your doctor wherever possible. You will find withdrawal information here: http://theicarusproject.net/

    FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WITHDRAWAL:: Get Peter Lehmann's book, Coming off Psychiatric Drugs: Successful Withdrawal from Neuroleptics, Antidepressants, Lithium, Carbamazepine and Tranquilizers.  This valuable resource comes in US, UK, Greek. and German editions.
     

     

    Study finds antidepressant doesn't help autistic children

    http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-autism-drugs2-2009jun02,0,6717060.story

    Nationwide research finds that citalopram is no more effective than a placebo and that its side effects are twice as bad. About a third of autistic kids take the drug, known as Celexa in the U.S.

    By Karen Kaplan
    June 2, 2009
    An antidepressant commonly prescribed to help autistic children control their repetitive behaviors is actually no better than a placebo, according to a report published today.

    Roughly a third of all children diagnosed with autism in the U.S. now take citalopram, the antidepressant examined in the study, or others that are closely related. The results of the nationwide trial, published in Archives of General Psychiatry, have some experts reconsidering the appropriateness of antidepressants and other mind-altering drugs used to treat children with autism spectrum disorders.

    "There are tons of things being advocated as treatments for autism, some with appropriate caveats and careful explanations, others without any of that," said David Mandell, associate director of the Center for Autism Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who wasn't involved in the study.

    An estimated 1.5 million Americans have autism, a group of poorly understood developmental disorders characterized by problems with communication and social interaction. One of the hallmarks of the disorder is obsessive, repetitive behavior such as flapping one's arms or hands or memorizing car makes and models. When those routines are interrupted, severe tantrums can result.

    Only one medication -- the antipsychotic drug risperidone -- has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of irritability and aggression in children with autism. But doctors, frustrated by their limited options, haven't shied away from giving other pharmaceuticals a chance. Worldwide spending on drugs to treat autism is estimated to be $2.2 billion to $3.5 billion annually.

    Because very few medications have been tested on autistic children in large, rigorous studies, doctors have looked to drugs that treat similar symptoms in other conditions, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

    That's what led physicians to a class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, that help adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Their repetitive rituals, such as counting, cleaning or hand-washing, are reminiscent of the behaviors seen in autistic patients.

    Doctors were also hopeful about SSRIs because the serotonin system is known to function improperly in people with autism.

    But the medications will work only if the root causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder and autistic repetitive behavior involve the same biological pathways in the brain. The new study strongly suggests they do not.

    "It just begs for a more careful understanding of the neurological underpinnings of the disorder," Mandell said.

    Dr. Bryan King, director of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and leader of the study, said he was shocked to find that citalopram didn't help patients. Not only was the placebo slightly more effective, but the drug's side effects -- such as impulsivity and insomnia -- were at least twice as bad, the study found.

    "I personally would have a healthy dose of skepticism about" prescribing citalopram or other SSRIs, King said. Citalopram is sold in the United States under the brand name Celexa.

    In the study, King and his colleagues from six academic medical centers, including UCLA, enrolled 149 autistic children ages 5 to 17 whose compulsive behaviors were classified as moderate or worse. After 12 weeks, 33% of the 73 patients who took citalopram had improvements in repetitive behaviors as measured by clinicians and parents, versus 34% of the 76 patients who took a placebo.

    If there hadn't been a control group for comparison, King said he would have been impressed by the improvement seen in the children who took the drug. "The decision would most definitely have been made to continue them," he said.

    The study underscores the value of evaluating drugs in randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, which are considered the gold standard of medical research, Dr. Fred R. Volkmar, director of the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Conn., wrote in a commentary that accompanied the study. In such studies, neither patient nor doctor knows who is getting the drug and who is getting the placebo until all the results are in.

    "We need more studies of this kind to advance research and guide clinical practice," Volkmar wrote.

    Placebo-controlled studies are especially important in evaluating medications to treat behavior and mood because patients are typically in a crisis state when they enroll in a clinical trial and could improve on their own in time, Mandell said.

    What's more, the attention focused on children when they are in a trial tends to improve their behavior all by itself, Volkmar said in an interview.

    The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. King and several of his colleagues have received research grants and other funding from pharmaceutical firms, including Forest Laboratories Inc. of New York, the maker of Celexa.

    karen.kaplan@latimes.com

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    Stop Medicaid Fraud

    Before you go to this site, I thought I would explain why I am even listing this as a link in our NFPCAR website. First in these Economic times, health care is taking more and more out of our stretched budget. Secondly, we are asking everyone that they need to be responsible for their actions. Believe it or not, in most states, the agency has guidelines to follow, and actually are quite good. However, so many times, many individuals either don't bother to follow them and/or make up their own rules. Medicaid funding is designed to help those who can not afford and/or need a reduced rate in services. So any services fraudulently reported hurts all of us. And many times the agency itself is just a fraudulent in reporting these services.

     

    We as care givers, parents, etc. are expected to do the right thing. So why shouldn't those who administer many of our programs be expected to do the right thing?? So with these basic ideas in mind, please proceed to the site and learn more. Link: http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/

     

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    HEALTHCARE | DR. FERNANDO MENDEZ-VILLAMIL

    Miami psychiatrist defends his record over prescriptions

    A state senator said a Miami psychiatrist `should be a poster boy' for tougher enforcement,
    while the doctor says he's been unfairly targeted

    January 16, 2010
    http://www.miamiherald.com/business/v-fullstory/story/1428212.html

    By John Dorschner

    A Miami psychiatrist who wrote 284,908 prescriptions over the past six years has cost Florida taxpayers $43 million, and a state senator said Friday that ``he should be
     a poster boy'' for a legislative inquiry into whether ``tougher enforcement provisions are needed.''

    The practices of Fernando Mendez-Villamil, who has an office on Coral Way, came to light last month when Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, complained about him to federal
    authorities for writing prescriptions at a rate of 150 a day, seven days a week. Grassley, like many in Congress, is concerned about reducing America's high healthcare costs to reform the system.

    The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has released data showing that those prescription-writing practices were expensive, too -- since the patients had Medicaid, the state-federal insurance for the poor.

    State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Destin, chairman of the Senate healthcare committee, told The Miami Herald on Friday that the Legislature has ``a tough law already on the books'' that requires state regulators to investigate outliers like Mendez-Villamil, who writes twice as many anti-psychotic drugs as any other doctor in the state. But his case may mean the law needs to be tougher.

    Mendez-Villamil prepared a lengthy response to Grassley, defending his record. He said he is a dedicated doctor helping many poor patients, often working 11 or 12 hours a day, six days a week.

    ``I may be an oddity as a physician because I do not play golf, I do not have a boat and I seldom leave my practice for extended vacations,'' Mendez-Villamil wrote in the letter provided to The Miami Herald by a publicist. ``That is not to solicit sympathy or to appear `noble.' I am simply committed to my patients, profession and enjoy what I do and do not seek distractions.''

    Mendez-Villamil also disputed earlier Herald stories, which said that he was under investigation by state regulators and that Medicare, the federal program for the elderly and disabled, had stopped paying his claims because of the investigation.

    ``The information received from this agency [AHCA] advised that I am not under any sort of investigation,'' Mendez wrote in a letter dated Monday, Jan. 11.

    However, AHCA on Friday forwarded The Herald a letter sent Thursday to Robert Pelier, the doctor's lawyer, stating ``an agency investigation is underway.''

    Pelier told The Herald on Friday that AHCA was sending out mixed signals. He pointed to the first Herald story on the doctor, published Dec. 17, in which an AHCA spokeswoman said the high prescription rate does not ``indicate that there is anything improper regarding his prescribing.''

    A day later, the state told The Herald there was indeed an investigation.

    Mendez also wrote: ``I was very surprised to read in The Miami Herald [in a Dec. 18 story] that Medicare had supposedly stopped payment for my services; and I am very pleased to confirm with Medicare officials that this was NOT true.''

    Pelier, Mendez's lawyer, said Friday that the doctor as late as Dec. 21 had received a Medicare payment.

    Medicare spokesman Peter Ashkenaz said Friday, ``When I said he wasn't being paid back in December it was because we were reviewing all of his claims. It's likely that he received a Medicare payment, but nonetheless, we are continuing to review all of his claims because he has not been excluded from Medicare by the OIG,'' the Office of the Inspector General.

    The Mendez-Villamil case comes at a time when reformers are seeking to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, which are twice as much per capita as in European countries. Reformers believe these costs can be reduced without affecting quality of care.

    Grassley has pressured the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which provides Medicare and Medicaid funding, for an explanation on how one doctor could write so many prescriptions. So far, HHS has yet to respond to the senator.

    On the state level, Sen. Gaetz said he has long been concerned with Medicaid expenditure patterns that seem to make no sense -- such as the average Miami patient getting five times as many home healthcare visits as a similar patient in Ocala.

    Gaetz said he views the Mendez-Villamil case as a way of revealing whether the present law is adequate of if it's an ``enforcement problem and the state agencies are not doing enough.''

    If the law needs tightening, ``then we will tighten the screws as many times as necessary'' because ``providers like him should not be draining money out of the pockets of taxpayers,'' Gaetz said.

    Pelier, the attorney, said that the state was wrongly preoccupied with saving money on the atypical anti-psychotics, which can cost more than $800 for a month's supply per patient. He said that only 1 percent of the doctor's patients are hospitalized. If they weren't taking the drugs and ended up in the Jackson psych ward, for example, the cost to taxpayers would be far higher.

    State records indicate that Mendez-Villamil was paid $46,238 by Medicaid to see patients in 2007 and $31,735 in 2008. He received $14,579 in the first quarter of 2009, but then payments dropped down to $3,472 in the third quarter.

    ``I want you to know that I take very good care of my patients,''' the doctor said in his letter. ``My top priority is to improve their conditions. In more then 10 years of practice I have worked with thousands of afflicted individuals.''

     


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    2. Vaccines: English Doctor Who First Linked Vaccine with Autism (in 1998) Has Medical License Revoked

    The English doctor who initiated public concern about vaccines potentially causing autism had his medical license revoked for "dishonesty and irresponsibility." Dr. Wakefield and his supporters maintain the validity of his research. Read more about this incident and whether or not children should receive vaccines at all.
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    Wasn't sure if I should post this to group or not, but I wanted to pass it along to all of you.

    It's called Helping Traumatized Children: Tips for Judges and it lists all the "child traumatic stress reactions" by age group.  The web page says "NCJFCJ and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network have been collaborating for several years on training, publications, and other resources to help judges and other professionals learn about the importance of trauma in the lives of at-risk children and families".  I thought maybe we could use their own publications against them to prove how much harm is being done in unnecessary removals because of ASFA and CAPTA.
     

    Expert warns of revisions to psychiatric 'bible' DSM

    Sharon Kirkey, Canwest News Service  Published: Monday, April 26, 2010

    As Dr. Allen Frances read through the list of proposed changes to psychiatry's bible of mental sickness, alarms started ringing in his own mind.

    "I was surprised," the renowned U.S. psychiatrist says, "that the proposals managed to be much worse than my most pessimistic expectations."

    By the time he was finished reading, Frances had calculated that the recommendations contained within the first draft for the fifth and latest revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -- a hugely influential book used daily by doctors worldwide, psychiatry's official classification of all the ways humanity can go "mad"--could unnecessarily trigger wholesale "epidemics" of mental illness and expose millions more adults and children to potentially harmful psychiatric drugs.

    Dr. Frances, more than most, knows the kind of surprises that may be lurking. He chaired the task force that wrote the current edition of the manual -- referred to as DSM-IV -- which he says is a book that unintentionally contributed to vast and sudden increases in the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and childhood bipolar disorder (manic depression), after it made changes in those definitions. Rates of bipolar disorder alone jumped 40-fold in the U.S. after the definition was broadened to suggest that children don't have to experience the typical manic symptoms seen in adults to be diagnosed bipolar -- and that depression in kids can be a persistent irritable mood. "Most of this was not our fault," Dr. Frances said.

    Rather, he blames "a runaway fad led by thought leaders and pushed by drug companies and advocacy groups."

    "We were remarkably conservative and very careful. We laboured very carefully not to have surprises, not to have unintended consequences," said Dr. Frances, former chair of the psychiatry department at Duke University's School of Medicine.

    But once a diagnosis gets out of the bottle, he says, "it spreads like wildfire in ways you could never imagine."

    This psychiatrists' bible is in the midst of its first major rewrite in 16 years, coming at a time when anti-depressants, tranquillizersandotherpsychoactive drugs have become the second most-prescribed drug class in the country, second only to cardiovasculars, according to prescription drug tracking firm IMS Health Canada. Across Canada, pharmacies last year dispensed 61.2 million prescriptions for psychotherapeutics, worth nearly $2.4 billion.

    Increasingly, some of the most potent, mood-altering drugs are going to children. Between 2005-09, the number of prescriptions forsecond-generation antipsychotics for children under 13 more than doubled, according to IMS data. Last year, nearly 700,000 prescriptions for such antipsychotics were dispensed for kids under 13.

    The changes being proposed for the manual of mental illness -- whose sales since 2000 have topped $40-million -- would create even more patients for whom psychoactive drugs can be prescribed.

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    FYI

     

    Two front page articles in today's New York Times are of particular significance to those seeking to reform US healthcare - addressing
    both quality of care and expenditure.

     

    1. "Revising Book on Disorders of the Mind" by Benedict Carey, reveals that the bipolar diagnosis for children and the prescribing
    of toxic antipsychotics for children will be delegitimized in the revised diagnostic manual in psychiatry, the DSM-5
    .

    http://www.nytimes. com/2010/ 02/10/health/ 10psych.html

     

    The foremost revision to psychiatry's diagnostic manual (in the forthcoming DSM-V) overturns current American psychiatric practice
    of loosely "diagnosing" children with bipolar and then mis-prescribing toxic antipsychotics for children. These practices have been
    aggressively promoted by leading child psychiatrists, most notably by Dr. Joseph Biederman of Harvard / Massachusetts General Hospital .

     

    Under the revised DSM-V diagnostic criteria, "Far fewer children would get a diagnosis of bipolar disorder."

     

    This revision is clearly the result of documented evidence brought to public attention. The evidence shows that children have become
    casualties of psychiatry's commercially driven, drug-centered, clinical practices. Adding fuel were the revelations about those psychiatrists'
    financial ties to psychotropic drug manufacturers.

     

    "'The treatment of bipolar disorder is meds first, meds second and meds third," said Dr. Jack McClellan, a psychiatrist at the University of
    Washington who is not working on the manual. 'Whereas if these kids have a behavior disorder, then behavioral treatment should be considered
    the primary treatment'."

     

    Children have been misdiagnosed, then targeted for abusive prescribing of toxic drugs, endorsed by American child psychiatrists at leading
    academic institutions and the American Psychiatric Association. "The misdiagnosis led many children to be given powerful antipsychotic drugs,
    which have serious side effects, including metabolic changes."

     

    Leading psychiatrists now admit that most of unruly children were misdiagnosed as bipolar: "One significant change would be adding
     a childhood disorder called temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria, a recommendation that grew out of recent findings that many wildly
    aggressive, irritable children who have been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder do not have it."

     

    "Some diagnoses of bipolar disorder have been in children as young as 2, and there have been widespread reports that doctors
    promoting the diagnosis
    received consulting and speaking fees from the makers of the drugs."

     

    Of note, psychiatry's leadership - those who are largely responsible for the meteoric rise in the labeling of normal children as "bipolar" -
    who led the way by lending the appearance of legitimacy to the illegitimate prescribing antipsychotics  for young children - which rank among
    industry's most damage-producing drugs - are retreating from their stance.

     

    Even Dr. David Shaffer, a child psychiatrist at Columbia, a strong proponent of using psychoactive drugs for children;
    the psychiatrist responsible for the design and promotion of TeenScreen - a mental screening dragnet designed to
    increase the number of school children labeled with mental disorders requiring immediate intervention; has now conceded
    that the current practice of labeling misbehaving children as bipolar has been wrong
    . Dr. Shaffer is quoted by the Times
    stating that he and his colleagues on the APA panel working on the manual "hope the people contemplating a diagnosis of bipolar
    for these patients would think again'."   

    A second important revision would retreat from the practice of presuming that children's misbehavior signaled "risk syndromes"
    for severe incapacitating mental illness which justified interventions with toxic pharmaceuticals:

     

    "One of the most controversial proposals was to identify "risk syndromes," that is, a risk of developing a disorder like
    schizophrenia or dementia. Studies of teenagers identified as at high risk of developing psychosis, for instance, find that 70 percent
    or more in fact do not come down with the disorder."

     

    "I completely understand the idea of trying to catch something early," Dr. First said, "but there's a huge potential that many unusual,
    semi-deviant, creative kids could fall under this umbrella and carry this label for the rest of their lives."

     

    Imagine the human tragedies that follow the mislabeling of 70% of children as severely mentally ill, who are then
    exposed to extremely toxic drugs that induce diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other severe adverse
    effects. Adding insult to injury, US taxpayers have been saddled with the cost of drugs that undermine the health of
    children who then require life-long care for drug-induced (iatrogenic) chronic diseases.

     

    2. The second front page article in today's Times, "The World of Long-Term Care Hospitals" by Alex Berenson is an
    investigative piece which blows the lid on unregulated, for-profit, long-term care hospitals, such as the facilities run by
    Sect Medical Corp, which Medicare's reimbursement rules favor - no matter that the quality of care provided at some (most ?)
    of these facilities is sub-standard.

     

    The Times reports: "Unlike traditional hospitals, Medicare does not penalize them financially if they fail to submit quality data."
     "Under Medicare payment rules, traditional hospitals often lose money on patients who stay for long periods.  So they have a
    financial incentive to discharge patients to long-term hospitals, which then receive new Medicare payments for admitting the patients.
    Both hospitals benefit financially. "

     

    Long-term care hospitals are projected to cost taxpayers $4.8 billion this year compared to $398 million in 1993.

    http://www.nytimes. com/2010/ 02/10/health/ policy/10care. html?ref= todayspaper

     

    Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav, veracare@ahrp. org,

    212-595-8974

     

     

    Revising Book on Disorders of the Mind

    Pub: February 10, 2010, By BENEDICT CAREY, http://www.nytimes. com/2010/ 02/10/health/ 10psych.html

     

    Far fewer children would get a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. "Binge eating disorder" and "hypersexuality" might become part of
    the everyday language. And the way many mental disorders are diagnosed and treated would be sharply revised.

     

    These are a few of the changes proposed on Tuesday by doctors charged with revising psychiatry's encyclopedia of mental
    disorders, the guidebook that largely determines where society draws the line between normal and not normal, between eccentricity
    and illness, between self-indulgence and self-destruction - and, by extension, when and how patients should be treated.

     

    The eagerly awaited revisions - to be published, if adopted, in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
    of Mental Disorders, due in 2013 - would be the first in a decade
    .

     

    For months they have been the subject of intense speculation and lobbying by advocacy groups, and some proposed changes
     have already been widely discussed - including folding the diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome into a broader category,
    autism spectrum disorder
    .

     

    But others, including a proposed alternative for bipolar disorder in many children, were unveiled on Tuesday. Experts said the
    recommendations, posted online at DSM5.org <http://dsm5. org/>  for public comment, could bring rapid change in several areas.

     

    "Anything you put in that book, any little change you make, has huge implications not only for psychiatry but for pharmaceutical marketing,

    research, for the legal system, for who's considered to be normal or not, for who's considered disabled," said Dr. Michael First,
    a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University who edited the fourth edition of the manual but is not involved in the fifth.  

     

    "And it has huge implications for stigma," Dr. First continued, "because the more disorders you put in, the more people get labels,
    and the higher the risk that some get inappropriate treatment."

     

    One significant change would be adding a childhood disorder called temper dysregulation disorder with dysphoria, a recommendation
    that grew out of recent findings that many wildly aggressive, irritable children who have been given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder do
    not have it.

     

    The misdiagnosis led many children to be given powerful antipsychotic drugs, which have serious side effects, including
    metabolic changes.

     

    "The treatment of bipolar disorder is meds first, meds second and meds third," said Dr. Jack McClellan, a psychiatrist at
    the University of Washington  who is not working on the manual. "Whereas if these kids have a behavior disorder, then
    behavioral treatment should be considered the primary treatment."

     

    Some diagnoses of bipolar disorder have been in children as young as 2, and there have been widespread reports that doctors
    promoting the diagnosis received consulting and speaking fees from the makers of the drugs.

     

    In a conference call on Tuesday, Dr. David Shaffer, a child psychiatrist at Columbia , said he and his colleagues on the panel
    working on the manual "wanted to come up with a diagnosis that captures the behavioral disturbance and mood upset, and
    hope the people contemplating a diagnosis of bipolar for these patients would think again."

     

    Experts gave the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the manual, predictably mixed reviews. Some were
    relieved that the task force working on the manual - which includes neurologists and psychologists as well as psychiatrists
    had revised the previous version rather than trying to rewrite it.

     

    Others criticized the authors, saying many diagnoses in the manual would still lack a rigorous scientific basis.

     

    The good news, said Edward Shorter, a historian of psychiatry who has been critical of the manual, is that most patients
    will be spared the confusion of a changed diagnosis. But "the bad news," he added, "is that the scientific status of the
    main diseases in previous editions of the D.S.M. - the keystones of the vault of psychiatry - is fragile."

     

    To more completely characterize all patients, the authors propose using measures of severity, from mild to severe,
    and ratings of symptoms, like anxiety, that are found as often with personality disorders as with depression.

     

    "In the current version of the manual, people either meet the threshold by having a certain number of symptoms,
    or they don't," said Dr. Darrel A. Regier, the psychiatric association' s research director and, with Dr. David J. Kupfer
    of the University of Pittsburgh , the co-chairman of the task force. "But often that doesn't fit reality. Someone with
    schizophrenia might have symptoms of insomnia , of anxiety; these aren't the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia,
    but they affect the patient's life, and we'd like to have a standard way of measuring them."

     

    In a conference call on Tuesday, Dr. Regier, Dr. Kupfer and several other members of the task force outlined their
    favored revisions. The task force favored making semantic changes that some psychiatrists have long argued for,
    trading the term "mental retardation" for "intellectual disability," for instance, and "substance abuse " for "addiction."

     

    One of the most controversial proposals was to identify "risk syndromes," that is, a risk of developing a disorder like
    schizophrenia or dementia. Studies of teenagers identified as at high risk of developing psychosis, for instance, find
    that 70 percent or more in fact do not come down with the disorder.

     

    "I completely understand the idea of trying to catch something early," Dr. First said, "but there's a huge potential that many
    unusual, semi-deviant, creative kids could fall under this umbrella and carry this label for the rest of their lives."

     

    Dr. William T. Carpenter, a psychiatrist at the University of Maryland and part of the group proposing the idea, said it needed
    more testing. "Concerns about stigma and excessive treatment must be there," he said. "But keep in mind that these are
    individuals seeking help, who have distress, and the question is, What's wrong with them?"

     

    The panel proposed adding several disorders with a high likelihood of entering the pop vernacular. One, a new description of sex
    addiction, is "hypersexuality, " which, in part, is when "a great deal of time is consumed by sexual fantasies and urges; and in
    planning for and engaging in sexual behavior."

     

    Another is "binge eating disorder," defined as at least one binge a week for three months - eating platefuls of food, fast, and to
    the point of discomfort - accompanied by severe guilt and plunges in mood.

     

    "This is not the normative overeating that we all do, by any means," said Dr. B. Timothy Walsh, a psychiatrist at Columbia and the
    New York State Psychiatric Institute who is working on the manual. "It involves much more loss of control, more distress, deeper
    feelings of guilt and unhappiness. "

     

     

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    >> PARENTAL CONSENT REQUIRED FOR MEDICAL CARE
    Posted: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/fosterparentallegations/message/78100

    Panda bear good job. I just learned something. Grandpa Chuck we need
    to hang on to this
    information. The 9th circuit Federal Court. Way to go Panda. Would this
    come under this
    ruling, since our friends CPS thinks that it puts the child in harms way
    not be vaccinated, I
    would think that they would challenge this. Rather than take a chance of
    putting themselves
    in the hot seat, a place where they never want to be and work very hard
    to keep us there
    instead. Then they'll blame the parent for stopping the vaccines when
    the child catches
    one of the diseases the vaccine prevents. marilyn fpls

    Panda Bear wrote:
    > I found what I was looking for! On my local FP board, one of them was
    > whining about the Health Dept. not accepting a piece of paper that
    > was purported to be placement papers. The office manager of the
    > health dept. told her that it wasn't signed by a judge for one thing,
    > but neither was it on official state letterhead, so no dice on
    > getting vaccinations for the foster child. I applaude the office
    > manager for her stance, but I had to send the foster parent the
    > following information on why their stance was incorrect. I probably
    > ruffled some feathers, but I hope I educated them too.
    > Panda
    >
    >
    >> PARENTAL CONSENT REQUIRED FOR MEDICAL CARE
    >>
    >> The medical provider needs your consent prior to treating your
    >> child. This is true even if your child is in state care.
    >>
    >> The 9th Circuit Federal Court recently decided a case which greatly
    >> emphasizes the parental right to govern medical care, even when
    >> children are in state custody:
    >>
    >> [43] The right to family association includes the right of parents
    >> to make important medical decisions for their children, and of
    >> children to have those decisions made by their parents rather than
    >> the state.
    >>
    >> � it is in the interest of both parents and children that parents
    >> have ultimate authority to make medical decisions for their
    >> children...
    >>
    >> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
    >>
    >> In the above case, the Wallis children were picked up and taken to
    >> a clinic for an invasive vaginal and anal sexual abuse examination.
    >> The court held such exams even for investigative purposes are
    >> unlawful when administered without parental consent or a court
    >> order. Parental consent is always required.
    >>
    >> � the "Constitution assures parents that, in the absence of
    >> parental consent, physical examinations of their child may not be
    >> undertaken for investigative purposes at the behest of state officials
    >>
    >> � the state is required to notify parents and to obtain judicial
    >> approval before children are subjected to investigatory physical
    >> examinations.
    >>
    >> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
    >>
    >> State agents and foster caregivers do not have the power to consent
    >> to medical care. Even if the parent refuses to give their consent,
    >> the state agent must obtain a court order for medical care. In this
    >> case, the parents have a right to go before the Judge and tell
    >> their reasons for not wanting to give consent.
    >>
    >> � unless a judicial officer has determined, upon notice to the
    >> parents, and an opportunity to be heard, that grounds for such an
    >> examination exist
    >> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
    >>
    >> Parents have the right to be present with their child during all
    >> medical examinations and appointments.
    >>
    >> Parents have a right arising from Fourteenth Amendment liberty
    >> interest in family association to be with their children while they
    >> are receiving medical attention, or to be in a waiting room or
    >> other nearby area if there is a valid reason for excluding them
    >> while all or a part of medical procedure is being conducted.
    >> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
    >>
    >> Children have a corresponding right to have their parents present
    >> during medical exams and appointments.
    >>
    >> Under Fourteenth Amendment right of family association, children
    >> have right to the love, comfort, and reassurance of their parents
    >> while they are undergoing medical procedures, including
    >> examinations, particularly those that are invasive or upsetting.
    >> � Wallis v Spencer, 202 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2000)
    >>
    >
    >
     

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    Group,
    It has been tragic what has happened with these shootings. But as we all know, it is tragic that many drugs have been used on our children. There may
    be a need, however, each and every drug must be maintained and the person taking said drugs watched closely. OR many have questioned, are the
    drugs really necessary?? Actually my doctor told me the other day, that there is a pill for any ailment. But  he, like so many others are asking. Is it really
     needed, or perhaps one could change their life style... Just a thought.

    So here is the links to a recent email for ones' consideration:
     

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    Read the disturbing truth about psych drugs and violence right here:

    http://www.naturalnews.com/027425_drugs_drugs_violence.html

     

     

    The mainstream media won't mention any links to psych drugs, of course. (It would anger their advertisers.) At the same time, the Associated Press

    has declared war on alternative medicine! Check it out here:

    http://www.naturalnews.com/027424_medicine_alternative_Associated_Press.html

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    DSM

    Thought this would be helpful since CPS likes to use different mental diagnoses to get children labled special needs.  Found it on the
     "Dictionary for Dads" website. http://www.dictionaryfordads.com/dsmivdiagnosticcodes.htm
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Complete List of DSM-IV Codes

    The diagnostic criteria codes explained by Dr. J Morrison. ... The following 2 tables give basic codes for all DSM-IV diagnoses. Note that the numbers are ...
    www.psychnet-uk.com/dsm_iv/_misc/complete_tables.htm 

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    Mental health Trojan horse

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/31/mental-health-trojan-horse/

    By Richard E. Vatz and Jeffrey A. Schaler

    The vast majority of Americans are unaware of most of what is included
    in the Senate and House health care reform bills as they head for
    reconciliation in the House-Senate Conference. They will be in for a
    big surprise concerning parity mental health care coverage, covering
    mental problems comparably to physical problems. In addition, the
    arguments supporting the changes, rarely made public in order to avoid
    rigorous debate, have revealed the shifting grounds supporting parity.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke on Dec. 16
    to a friendly crowd of health care providers and others at Sheppard
    Pratt Health System near Baltimore, a location for a broad array of
    psychiatric services, concerning mental health coverage, and,
    according to reports, she defended the expansion of such coverage with
    all of the familiar shibboleths.

    She argued, consistent with the administration's claim that expanding
    health care in general to 30 million or more citizens would actually
    save us money, that the vastly increased mental health parity program
    would additionally, as the Baltimore Sun reported her message,
    "improve care for millions of Americans who do not get all the mental
    health services they need."

    In the speech, Ms. Sebelius said, "One in 5 Americans will have a
    mental health illness this year and almost half will have a mental
    illness in their lifetimes. Yet 10 million people didn't get the
    mental health care they needed last year, and 20 million didn't get
    substance abuse services."

    Ms. Sebelius proclaimed her own false analogy of mental health to
    physical health by saying, "If 10 [million] or 20 million Americans
    were walking around bleeding, we'd have alarm bells going off."

    But if mental heath professions' own estimates of the current number
    of people who are mentally ill are correct, Ms. Sebelius is way off in
    her calculations. As Mark Twain quipped, "There are lies, damned lies
    and statistics."

    The American Psychiatric Association (APA) claims that more than 50
    percent of Americans are mentally ill in their lifetime - and recent
    APA studies dwarf that statistic. Moreover, the problems that qualify
    as "mental disorders," all those listed in the Diagnostic and
    Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), are virtually without
    limit.

    Significantly, the new coverage of mental illness covers a vast array
    of the "worried well," who have no neurological or mental disorders
    but simply have problems in living. Support for mental health parity
    in the new health reform bills relies on the public's false inference
    that the prototypical mental disorder is dementia or some other
    organically based brain disease, which constitute only a tiny
    percentage and atypical sampling of the hundreds of "mental disorders"
    listed in DSM-IV.

    Typically, psychiatrists label those unhappy people they concede have
    no physical illness as having "social anxiety disorder" or some other
    equally benign "disorder." Such people can be in costly,
    insurance-covered therapy indefinitely. As one psychologist told us,
    "Anyone who comes in with any problem can be diagnosed as having
    'adjustment disorder.' " (e.g., "with anxiety," DSM-IV Code 309.24).

    There are many such diagnoses of easily applicable disorders,
    including "antisocial personality disorder" (DSM-IV Code 301.7),
    "avoidant personality disorder" (DSM-IV Code 301.82), and others vague
    enough to be applied to almost anyone. This is one of the reasons that
    the American Psychiatric Association claims that in a lifetime far
    more than a majority of citizens will suffer from a mental disorder,
    and the estimates are increasing.

    In the December 2008 APA's Archives of General Psychiatry, there is a
    report that "almost half of college-aged individuals had a psychiatric
    disorder in the past year [emphasis added]," and this includes heavy
    drinking, categorized as "alcohol use disorder" (DSM-IV Code 305.00).

    When everyone is sick, what is normal? "What is healthy?"

    On one strategy to deal with these issues, perhaps Ms. Sebelius and
    mental health skeptics can agree: It is high time to let a national
    debate begin - before mental health parity becomes part of universal
    national health care insurance.

    Richard E. Vatz, a professor at Towson University, is associate
    psychology editor of USA Today Magazine. Jeffrey A. Schaler, a
    professor at American University, is executive editor of Current
    Psychology and author of "Addiction Is a Choice" (Open Court
    Publishing Co., 1999).


    vs.

    David Rosenhan's THUD experiment

    Well people were admitted to psych hospitals, telling only
    one lie, that they were hearing a loud thud, but otherwise
    they were to behave completely normal.

    EVERY ONE was admitted!

    Do not overlook the PUNCH line!

    After it was exposed and embarassed the phychiatric
    community in the USA, a psych hospital challenged him
    to send more and they would spot them.

    Later they reported that they had identified 41 fakes.

    Rosenhan then announced that he had sent NO MORE fakes!

    They were CAUGHT again! They have NO CREDIBILITY LEFT!

    LOL

    http://www.dekhona.com/documentary-videos/heiidnurvo/The-Thud-Experiment-exposes\
    -psychiatry-video


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenhan_experiment

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rosenhan+thud+experiment&search_type\
    =&aq=f

     

    TO ADD

    http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=4183

    Lori's Story

    http://www.drugawareness.org/recentcases/suspicious-suicide-of-sister

    Lorraine Coppeta
    1956-1981

    Lori’s Story
    “I always knew my sister’s sudden death that was labeled suicide was
    suspicious” Nothing made sense until NOW!

    After almost 3 decades of being kept in the dark, I have the answer I
    searched for my entire life since that tragic morning I found her in
    her 1977 Buick with our father’s handgun in her lap. I promised her
    that morning I would not give up until I found t
    he “truth” about what
    really happened to her. My sister loved her family and knew we loved
    her. She would not of taken her life. So why did she?

    Summary of my story:

    My sister moved home to file for divorce in 1980.
    I am her younger sister Lisa, and we spent the most time together when
    she moved back home. I was thrilled to have the time with her. We were
    very close.
    She was a strong, smart woman and was determined to make it on her own.
    She worked for the county that we lived in and was very well liked.
    They were shocked as everyone was to hear about her sudden death. So
    out of character.

    The time she lived with us she was fine. Going to work taking one day
    at a time to rebuild her life. Until Suddenly the last month to weeks
    she  changed.

    I listened, and I watched her suddenly turn into someone I did not
    know. I could not figure it out. Why was she acting like this? Saying
    these things to me? Finding it funny to scare me?

    She started to talk about death and dying, and included me in her ideas
    on how I could help her end her life. (ways we could try)

    Some examples: She would loop a belt around her neck and ask me to pull
    as hard as I could until she stopped breathing, She would ask me to
    come in the middle of the night and put a pillow over her face to
    suffocate her in her sleep, she would lay still in her bed and when she
    heard me coming she would pretend to be dead when I shook her to wake
    her up… she would not move until she started to laugh hysterically, and
    would say “I’m just joking Lisa..I just wanted to see what you would do
    if I were really dead? and what it would really feel like to be dead? I
    wouldn’t really do it …I’m too chicken!”
    Soon another sudden change came about she started to say things like
    “HE” is in your closet and going to get you. Will you sleep with me in
    my room?! Never made sense. She also would go from laughing and joking
    about something then it turned into anger and agitation and confusion
    at times.
    Something else happened shortly before she took her life. She was
    very sick with the flu.  She lost a lot of weight, she could not eat,
    drink, or get up out of bed she was very pale and fragile looking. I
    felt so bad I could not help her feel better.
    She often fell asleep with her bible on her face she looked like she
    was searching for a answer to something that was happening inside her
    she did not understand.
    I had to take the bible of her face when she finally was able to sit
    still and take a short nap. Her sleeping pattern was all off as well.

    The night before she took her life I remember so clear all the details.
    I remember everything.. from how she kept rocking in our rocking chair
    we had in the living room. She would n
    ot stop. She also was talking
    much faster than usual and walking much faster as well. When I asked
    her to stop rocking so fast she just looked at me like she couldn’t
    stop, or didn’t want to. It was like someone was pushing her to rock. I
    thought it very odd at the time but soon overlooked it because her
    behavior had been so altered lately that I almost was getting use to it.

    Lori came into my bedroom late that night and stood in my doorway. She
    was talking to me.
    The last thing she said was “Well I’ll see you in the morning!” and off
    she went down the hallway and I heard the door slam as it always did
    behind her. I did not know it then but that was the last time I would
    see her alive.

    On September 22 1981 I was getting ready for school. I went into her
    room to borrow a shirt of hers and I quietly asked her if I could
    borrow it.
    She did not answer. So I took it and got ready to catch the bus.

    As I walked out the front door down our driveway I had to pass her car.
    From a distance all I could see was RED. My first thought was “here she
    goes again,  She is trying to fool me again, and this time she used
    Ketchup!

    Well as I got closer..I saw my sister through the car window as she lay
    on her side with her head on the headrest of the passenger side door. I
    could see her face clearly. There was blood dripping from her bottom
    lip onto the seat and still I was in disbelief.
    Our father came out of the house broke the driver side window unlocked
    the door got in the car reached across her body to unlock the passenger
    side door ran around the car as fast as he could to then find out my
    sister was not moving. She was not alive. She was gone.
    My sister’s body lay across my fathers lap and he just kept repeating
    Why?
    My father’s spirit died at that moment he realized his daughter was
    dead.
    We had no answers, there was no evidence that somebody could of helped
    her there was no clues left behind. So It appeared at the time
    “suspicious”

    Decades later the truth has surfaced. Finally I was able to put it all
    together.   I was going through my sister’s box of things I packed almost 28 years
    ago.  I came across many things I remembered from the time… Including a
    medicine bottle. We knew my sister was put on a medicine to help her
    with stress from the divorce so it was not a surprise that I packed the
    bottle off her dresser.

    However..the shock came to me when I typed the name of the drug into
    the computer just months ago.
    Slowly…it all came together..and I mean all of it. From the things she
    said to the things she did. To the rocking in the chair to the things
    she was seeing that were not there ..and finally to the flu like
    symptoms that come with theSudden withdrawl of the
    medication!

    The Black Box Warnings that today are on ALL antidepressant drugs says
    it all.
    My sister was put on this drug Aug. 18 1981.
    She stopped taking it as many people did due to the side effects.
    She was in bed with the flu which turned out to be not the flu at all
    but the withdrawl from this prescription drug that in the end killed my
    sister!

    I WAS 13 YEARS OLD
    LORI WAS 25

    PEOPLE ASK ME WHY NOW DOES THIS MATTER?

    MY ANSWER IS…BECAUSE NUMBER ONE MY SISTER IS DEAD.

    NUMBER TWO I AT 13 HAD TO LIVE MY ENTIRE LIFE WITH SUSPICIAN ABOUT WHAT
    HAD HAPPENED TO HER!
    I HAD TO LIVE WITH THE NIGHTMARES, I COULD NOT WALK BY A PARKED CAR FOR
    YEARS DUE TO THE FEAR OF SEEING HER INSIDE AGAIN,
    I WOULD GO TO THE CEMETARY FOR THE FIRST FEW YEARS RIGHT FROM SCHOOL
    AND JUST SIT AND ASK..WHY..HOW..SOMETHING IS MISSING. I KNOW YOU DID
    NOT DO THIS. YOU WOULD NOT DO THIS.
    I WAS TORMENTED BY HER BECAUSE OF A MIND ALTERING DRUG..THAT WAS AND
    STILL IS LEGAL IN THIS COUNTRY.
    I COULD NOT SAY GOODBYE TO HER WHEN SHE DIED BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID TO GO
    UP TO THE COFFIN DUE TO THE FACT I THOUGHT SHE WOULD JUMP UP AT ME AND
    LAUGH LIKE SHE DID BEFORE.

    I HAVE BEEN THROUGH HELL BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE THIS DRUG DID TO MY
    SISTER..AND TO MY FAMILY.
    AND I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER FAMILIES OUT THERE STILL IN THE DARK!!
    I HOPE TO FIND THEM AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THEIR
    LOVED ONE IF OUR STORIES ARE SIMILAR..AND THIS RX DRUG WAS INVOLVED!

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    Fixin' Health Care

    To Other Thoughts

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Just a Few Thoughts

    • Transparency

    Top psychiatrist calls for ethics cleanup around 'Big Pharma'

    This say it all "Transparency is the first step toward giving patients and the public the tools they need to evaluate those relationships," said Allan Coukell, director of the Pew Prescription Project, a consumer health project of the nonprofit Pew Charitable "

    Read the whole Story>>> http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-03-23-psychiatrists-drug-companies_N.htm

     

    Intro to Medical Concerns

    Group,
    From time to time I may be introducing you to parts of our NFPCAR Website. This site is actual an integral part of the discussion group. The
    development of this website is in an Open Format and is a never ending story. Here is just one of the sections found on our Medical Concerns
     Pages>> Promoting Patient Safety

    One key word today is Transparency. So keeping this in mind, this is what the Organization presenting this avenue to present you medical concerns
     is all about. The name of the organization is Empowered Patient Coalition and here is their introduction

    "The Empowered Patient Coalition is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created by patient advocates devoted to helping the public improve
    the quality and the safety of their healthcare. The coalition feels strongly that the first crucial steps in both patient empowerment and patient safety
     efforts are information and education. The public is increasingly aware that they must assume a greater role in health care issues but they need

    tools, strategies and support to assist them in becoming informed and engaged medical consumers who are able to make a positive impact on health care safety."

    And part of this that they started is a data base to report Concerns a Patient May Have.

    Excerpts taken from: http://www.empoweredpatientcoalition.org/

    Report a Medical Event

    An Adverse Event - http://www.empoweredpatientcoalition.org/report-a-medical-event

    A Health Care Provider - http://www.empoweredpatientcoalition.org/report-a-medical-event/report-a-health-care-provider

    A Hospital or Facility - http://www.empoweredpatientcoalition.org/report-a-medical-event/report-a-hospital-or-facility

    Medications or Medical Products - http://www.empoweredpatientcoalition.org/report-a-medical-event/report-a-medication-or-medical-product

    File A Privacy Complaint - http://www.empoweredpatientcoalition.org/report-a-medical-event/file-a-privacy-complaint

    To Top

    Just another bit of information. We as a team have a lot of winter work ahead

    • Development of Our Legal Section - Although we are not lawyers, we are currently working on organizing our Statutes, Policies, etc.
      The first step is creating an outline of Organization of key Courts and terms.. ie Admin. Hearings, Family Court, etc. Then we will be
       taking advantage of the blog system to organize this information. If there are any member who know the statutes in their state and/or
      would like to become a member of our team, please let me know directly

    • Training and New Examiner.com Column by Marilyn aka momma bear - For those who are not aware, Marilyn is actually one of the
      original members of this group. Many years ago, she was also Falsely Accused as a foster parent, which led her to know more about
      the System, Admin. Law, and many, many other Life experiences.
      FYI, Besides authoring "Standing in the Shadow of the Law", here are more of her contributions:

     So, thanks for listing to this ol' guy.


     

     

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