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Archive of MindFreedom "Dendrite" Alerts 2004 and 2005

The alert system for MindFreedom News was previously called "Dendrite." Here's an archive of some of the alerts put out during the 2004 to 2005 years.

From office at MindFreedom.org  Tue Mar  1 12:31:08 2005
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: MindFreedom Update: Action Conference Scholarship Info
Message-ID: <BE4A110C.21ACE%office@MindFreedom.org>


NEWS: MindFreedom Action Conference - 1 March 2005
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

      LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR
      "ACTION CONFERENCE" ON CHANGING
      THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

The MindFreedom Action Conference is scheduled for
April 29 to May 2, 2005, and is co-sponsored by
MindFreedom International and American University
Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, USA.

The title is: "Activism for Human Rights in Mental
Health: How the Law Can Support Grassroots Action
for Human Rights in the Mental Health System."

There is a complete packet of information about the
conference at http://www.MindFreedom.org, including
invitation, housing, transportation. etc. The price
has purposely been kept low to be affordable.

A very limited amount of scholarship funding has been
raised for those who require assistance to attend. BELOW
is the Scholarship Info & Application. Please forward widely.

MORE DONATIONS are urgently needed for this scholarship
fund. Whether or not you plan on attending this event,
please consider helping others go to this conference now!
Your donation is tax-deductible under IRS 501(c)(3).
You may donate via the web, please specify in the
"comments" section that your donation is for SCHOLARSHIPS:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

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

MINDFREEDOM ACTION CONFERENCE

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Application Deadline: All conference scholarship
applications must be received by e-mail in the MindFreedom
office by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday March 15, 2005.

All applicants will be notified of MindFreedom's
decision by Monday, March 21, 2005.

Please request ONLY enough money to make it
possible for you to attend, so that scholarships
can go to as many participants as possible.

Scholarship funds available will go mainly to
registration fees, and will mainly be partial.

Your application data will be kept confidential.

Upon completion, please e-mail the below
application only to: office@mindfreedom.org,
include the word "SCHOLARSHIP" in subject line.

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

MINDFREEDOM ACTION CONFERENCE

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION


Name:

Street Address:

City/State/Postal Code:

Country:

E-mail Address:

Home Phone:

Cell Phone:

Work Phone:


PLEASE KEEP YOUR ANSWERS TO BELOW *BRIEF*, THANKS.


(1) What do you need assistance paying for to
allow you to attend the Action Conference?

PLEASE MARK ONLY EXPENSE(S) THAT APPLY TO YOU,
IN USA DOLLARS:


-- CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE

Registration fee (including 5 meals): $145

Amount You Can Afford:

Scholarship Amount Requested:


-- TRAVEL:  Air, train, bus, other? (please specify)

Estimated Cost:

Amount You Can Afford:

Scholarship Amount Requested:


-- LODGING (see web site for cost estimates)

Estimated Cost:

Amount You Can Afford:

Scholarship Amount Requested:


-- OTHER EXPENSES: Please specify.

Estimated Cost:

Amount You Can Afford:

Scholarship Amount Requested:

~~~~~~~

TOTAL SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST: $

~~~~~~~


(2) What other sources have you approached
for funding? Please list source and results.



(3) Please tell us: How will this scholarship
help you further your activism for human rights
and alternatives for people affected by the mental
health system? What about the Action Conference
particularly interests you?



(4) If you are a member of MindFreedom International,
please describe how have you been active in
any MindFreedom campaigns, committees, activities or
Sponsor Groups?



(5) Would you be available to volunteer before or
during the conference? If you have a skill or
job in mind, please list.



(6) OPTIONAL: Are you a member of a very marginalized
and disempowered constituency (such as because of
psychiatric label, race, disability, gender preference,
etc.)? Please list.



(7) Is there anything else you'd like the
MindFreedom Scholarship Committee to know?
(Please keep comments brief.)



~~~~~~~

More information about the conference, including
invitation, housing and transportation is on
the web site http://www.MindFreedom.org.

Please forward, thank you.



From office at MindFreedom.org  Wed Mar  2 11:36:28 2005
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: MindFreedom Update: Action Conference Scholarship Info
Message-ID: <BE4B55BC.21AF2%office@MindFreedom.org>


NEWS: MindFreedom Action Conference - 2 March 2005
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

      LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR
      "ACTION CONFERENCE" ON CHANGING
      THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM

The MindFreedom Action Conference is scheduled for
April 29 to May 2, 2005, and is co-sponsored by
MindFreedom International and American University
Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, USA.

The title is: "Activism for Human Rights in Mental
Health: How the Law Can Support Grassroots Action
for Human Rights in the Mental Health System."

There is a complete packet of information about the
conference at http://www.MindFreedom.org, including
invitation, housing, transportation. etc. The price
has purposely been kept low to be affordable.

A very limited amount of scholarship funding has been
raised for those who require assistance to attend. BELOW
is the Scholarship Info & Application. Please forward widely.

MORE DONATIONS are urgently needed for this scholarship
fund. Whether or not you plan on attending this event,
please consider helping others go to this conference now!
Your donation is tax-deductible under IRS 501(c)(3).
You may donate via the web, please specify in the
"comments" section that your donation is for SCHOLARSHIPS:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

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

MINDFREEDOM ACTION CONFERENCE

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Application Deadline: All conference scholarship
applications must be received by e-mail in the MindFreedom
office by 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday March 15, 2005.

All applicants will be notified of MindFreedom's
decision by Monday, March 21, 2005.

Please request ONLY enough money to make it
possible for you to attend, so that scholarships
can go to as many participants as possible.

Scholarship funds available will go mainly to
registration fees, and will mainly be partial.

Your application data will be kept confidential.

Upon completion, please e-mail the below
application only to: office@mindfreedom.org,
include the word "SCHOLARSHIP" in subject line.

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

MINDFREEDOM ACTION CONFERENCE

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION


Name:

Street Address:

City/State/Postal Code:

Country:

E-mail Address:

Home Phone:

Cell Phone:

Work Phone:


PLEASE KEEP YOUR ANSWERS TO BELOW *BRIEF*, THANKS.


(1) What do you need assistance paying for to
allow you to attend the Action Conference?

PLEASE MARK ONLY EXPENSE(S) THAT APPLY TO YOU,
IN USA DOLLARS:


-- CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEE

Registration fee (including 5 meals): $145

Amount You Can Afford:

Scholarship Amount Requested:


-- TRAVEL:  Air, train, bus, other? (please specify)

Estimated Cost:

Amount You Can Afford:

Scholarship Amount Requested:


-- LODGING (see web site for cost estimates)

Estimated Cost:

Amount You Can Afford:

Scholarship Amount Requested:


-- OTHER EXPENSES: Please specify.

Estimated Cost:

Amount You Can Afford:

Scholarship Amount Requested:

~~~~~~~

TOTAL SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST: $

~~~~~~~


(2) What other sources have you approached
for funding? Please list source and results.



(3) Please tell us: How will this scholarship
help you further your activism for human rights
and alternatives for people affected by the mental
health system? What about the Action Conference
particularly interests you?



(4) If you are a member of MindFreedom International,
please describe how have you been active in
any MindFreedom campaigns, committees, activities or
Sponsor Groups?



(5) Would you be available to volunteer before or
during the conference? If you have a skill or
job in mind, please list.



(6) OPTIONAL: Are you a member of a very marginalized
and disempowered constituency (such as because of
psychiatric label, race, disability, gender preference,
etc.)? Please list.



(7) Is there anything else you'd like the
MindFreedom Scholarship Committee to know?
(Please keep comments brief.)



~~~~~~~

More information about the conference, including
invitation, housing and transportation is on
the web site http://www.MindFreedom.org.

Please forward, thank you.




From office at MindFreedom.org  Mon Jan 31 12:43:14 2005
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: NEWS: MindFreedom Action Conference Info Center Launched
Message-ID: <BE23D862.2120B%office@MindFreedom.org>


NEWS RELEASE - 1 February 2005
http://www.MindFreedom.org - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: David Oaks (541) 345-9106 oaks@mindfreedom.org

     Momentum Builds for the MindFreedom 2005
     Action Conference and Protest

     Friday, April 29 to Monday May 2, 2005

     American University Washington College of Law
     Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Momentum continues to grow for
MindFreedom International's 2005 Action
Conference entitled, "Activism for Human
Rights in Mental Health: How the Law Can
Support Grassroots Action for Human
Rights in the Mental Health System."

The 2005 Action Conference will bring
together key leaders, activists, allies
and advocates in the field of human
rights for people labeled with
psychiatric disabilities. The
conference is co-sponsored by American
University Washington College of Law
and MindFreedom International.

Today the conference planning committee
announced the lineup of facilitators and
opened up registration for the
conference, which will take place at
the American University Washington
College of Law in Washington, D.C.

For your invitation to the conference
complete with information about
registration, agenda, transport,
lodging and the protest, go to the
ACTION CONFERENCE INFO CENTER at:

http://mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/action_conference.shtml.

Facilitators include Robert Whitaker,
award winning author of _Mad in
America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and
the Enduring Mistreatment of the
Mentally Ill_.

David Oaks, Director of MindFreedom,
said, "We are seeing a lot of interest
in this conference and expect it to get
even more exciting. This is not just
another conference where lecturers
address a passive audience. This is
about participants uniting to
self-organize campaigns together."

Conference Chair Krista Erickson, added
"Space is limited to the first 150
people to pre-register, and
pre-registration is required. If you
are committed to rolling up your
sleeves to win freedom in the mental
health system please register soon. We
kept the registration fee, which
includes meals throughout the
conference, as low and affordable as
possible."

The conference will start Friday
evening, 29 April, and take place all
day Saturday, 30 May and Sunday, 1 May
2005. A nonviolent protest will be held
at noon on Monday, 2 May 2005 at the
Pharmaceutical Research and
Manufacturers of America (PHRMA).

The conference has six facilitated
tracks that will develop specific
action and implementation plans.

** US Congress/Federal Government. The
focus includes countering the improper
influence of the psychiatric drug
industry on the US government.
Facilitators include: Dominick Riccio,
PhD, Executive Director of the
International Center for the Study of
Psychology and Psychiatry (ICSPP).

** Public Education and the Media. Win
media coverage of psychiatric practices
that are routinely violating people's
rights and subjecting them to harmful,
ineffective -- even fatal -- drugs and
procedures. Facilitators include:
Robert Whitaker, author, and Laurie
Ahern with Mental Disability Rights
International (MDRI).

** International: Work with The World
Health Organization (WHO) and the
United Nations (UN) to combat abuses
internationally. Facilitators include:
MindFreedom President, Celia Brown and
MindFreedom Director, David Oaks.

** Choices In Mental Health. Develop,
network and support humane and truly
helpful alternatives to the mental
health system. Facilitators include:
Long-time organizer and MindFreedom
co-founder and board member Janet
Foner.

** How the Law Can Help Fight Forced
Treatment. Fight the sham legal
proceedings resulting in forced
drugging and other horrors, such as
forced electroshock, by combining the
tools of the legal system and
grassroots activism. Facilitators
include noted attorney, James B. (Jim)
Gottstein, Esq., of the Law Project for
Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights).

** Open Track. This track welcomes
suggestions for other actions by any
conference participants to raise
topics, ideas or concerns not covered
by other conference tracks, especially
voices from neglected and marginalized
groups. Facilitators include dedicated
psychologist and MindFreedom board
member, Al Galves, PhD.

For an invitation to the conference
complete with information about
registration, agenda, transport,
lodging and the protest, go to:

http://mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/action_conference.shtml.

# # #
PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL APPROPRIATE PLACES
ON AND OFF THE INTERNET.

MindFreedom Support Coalition
International is a grassroots human
rights non-profit uniting over 100
sponsor groups in 15 countries working
for human rights and alternatives in
mental health. The organization is
a Non Governmental Organization
accredited by the United Nations.

Sometimes called the "Amnesty
International of mental health,"
MindFreedom is independent from any
government, mental health provider,
drug company or religion.

To join or renew your membership in
MindFreedom, or make an additional
end-of-year tax-deductible donation,
go now to:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

Those interested in joining may
request a free sample copy of the
Winter 2005 _MindFreedom Journal_ by
e-mailing your postal mailing address to:
office@mindfreedom.org.

Or write to:

MindFreedom
454 Willamette, Suite 216
PO Box 11284
Eugene, OR 9744-3484 USA

For information about MindFreedom's
human rights action campaigns see:

http://www.MindFreedom.org

Please forward to all appropriate
places on and off the Internet.



From office at MindFreedom.org  Mon Dec 27 17:28:50 2004
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: NEWS from Inside a Psychiatric Institution, to You
Message-ID: <BDF5F6D1.2070E%office@MindFreedom.org>


NEWS - 27 December 2004 - please forward
http://www.MindFreedom.org

      "We Are Stepped On Daily."

      Psychiatric Survivors Protest From
      *INSIDE* Montana State Hospital.

      How You May E-Mail the New Governor
      of Montana to Support the Protesters!

Eight psychiatric inmates of Montana State Hospital
have contacted MindFreedom asking for urgent help.

Most have even joined MindFreedom as members.

They all have united to protest and speak out
about violations inside the psychiatric facility.

With a brand new Governor taking office next
week, there's an easy way for you to e-mail
your support for these protesters inside
Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs.

These courageous psychiatric survivors report:

* They are locked up for no good reason.

* They do not have access to adequate advocacy.

* They are being forcibly drugged with powerful
psychiatric drugs that can cause brain damage.

* They feel hopeless about ever getting out.

* And the food is lousy, to boot.

There is no known organization in Montana
of, by and for mental health consumers and
psychiatric survivors. None.

Here are quotes from these MSH protesters:

"I don't deserve to be locked up just because
I didn't go to therapy. They gave me Haldol
shots against my will. Please help me get
out of here. I have been here too long, and
am suffering for no reason." - Julia Weeks,
a new MindFreedom member.

"We are stepped upon daily." - Susan Ann Green,
a new MindFreedom member.

"They trumped up all these charges about me.
So my therapist wrote all these trumped-up
charges against me because I saw my case
manager and not my therapist. I took my
medication and they lied and said that
I didn't take it." - anonymous

"I was just traveling through Montana.
I have been locked up and heavily drugged
here for months." Kathleen A. Johnson,
a new MindFreedom member

"I am fortunate to have come across your path.
The conditions are deplorable. People are
treated worse than animals. There is
over drugging, mis-medicating, shock
therapy, and on it goes. I am enclosing a
membership application." - Ana Valentine,
a new MindFreedom member.

"I was forcibly drugged and held for
months in MSH." - Robert Kay, a long-time
MindFreedom member, finally released.

"I have been in mental institutions for the
past 17 years. Warm Springs doesn't offer
much in the way of healthy measures. Instead
they press medications. I am writing you in
hope you could intervene and ease the burden."
- Charles McCormick, a new MindFreedom member.

~~~~~~~~~~

    * ACTION * ACTION * ACTION *

NEXT WEEEK a brand new Governor of Montana
takes office on 3 January 2005.

Please take a moment now to e-mail even a
brief civil note to the transition team for:

Governor-Elect Brian Schweitzer

E-MAIL: govelectschweitzer@mt.gov

FAX: 406-444-9631

PHONE: 406-444.9600

SAMPLE MESSAGE (though your own words are best):

Dear Governor-Elect Schweitzer:

Please investigate allegations made
by eight inmates of Montana State Hospital
that they are being held without due
cause and without adequate advocacy,
and that they are being forcibly
administered powerful psychiatric drugs.

Signed: ______[your name]____________

~~~~~~~~~~

EXTRA ACTIONS:

YOU MAY WRITE TO any of the current
psychiatric survivors quoted above at:

Montana State Hospital
PO Box 300
Warm Springs, MT 59756 USA

You may try phoning them on the
patient ward phone at: (406) 693-9950.

Or you may try phoning and faxing these
inmates, and/or Ed Amberg, administrator, via
ph: (406) 693-7000 or fax: (406) 693-7069.

~~~~~~~~~~

YOU MAY ALSO copy your e-mail to Montana media:

bwilke@dailychronicle.com, editor@mtstandard.com,
editor@broadwatercounty.net, ajones@kbzk.com,
news@ktvm.com, ljulius@maxmontana.com, Pkonecny@kxlf.com

~~~~~~~~~~

ARE YOU INSPIRED...

... by these brave psychiatric survivors
*inside* Montana State Hospital who are
joining MindFreedom International?

It's the end of the year and an ideal
time to join or renew *your* membership.

If you've already joined or renewed,
thanks. If not, the end of the year is
an ideal time to act.

AND GET YOUR WINTER 2004/2005 ISSUE OF
MINDFREEDOM JOURNAL, NOW AVAILABLE,
with news from India to the USA.

MindFreedom Support Coalition
International is a grassroots human
rights non-profit uniting over 100
sponsor groups in 15 countries working
for human rights and alternatives in
mental health. The organization is
a Non Governmental Organization
accredited by the United Nations.

Sometimes called the "Amnesty
International of mental health,"
MindFreedom is independent from any
government, mental health provider,
drug company or religion.

To join or renew your membership in
MindFreedom, or make an additional
end-of-year tax-deductible donation,
go now to:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

Or write to:

MindFreedom
PO Box 11284
Eugene, OR 9744-3484 USA

For information about MindFreedom's
human rights action campaigns see:

http://www.MindFreedom.org

Please forward to all appropriate
places on and off the Internet.

~~~~~~~~~~



From office at MindFreedom.org  Wed Nov  3 15:22:48 2004
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: NEWS: MindFreedom Shield vs. Psychiatric Coercion
Message-ID: <BDAEA7C0.1F633%office@MindFreedom.org>


MindFreedom News - 3 November 2004
http://wwww.MindFreedom.org - please forward

NEWS RELEASE

    Today's Re-Election of President Bush
    May Mean More Psychiatric Coercion,
    Advocates Warn

    MindFreedom Announces New
    MindFreedom Shield Program

    "All for One and One for All!"

With today's re-election of President Bush,
advocates for the human rights of people
affected by the mental health system are
preparing for the worst.

Today, MindFreedom International, an
independent non-profit coalition of 100
grassroots groups, is launching the
MindFreedom Shield Program to defend members
from an expected increase in coerced and
forced psychiatric procedures.

President Bush has endorsed a drug company
plan to screen every American for mental
health problems. A Bush appointee to a key
federal committee, psychiatrist Sally Satel,
has openly called for more "coercive,"
"intrusive, highly paternalistic" and
"involuntary care" in mental health.

MindFreedom International has an
established track record of taking
constructive, nonviolent action when a
person is being subjected to coerced or
forced psychiatric procedures. In order
to better utilize its very limited
resources, MindFreedom International
announces the official beginning of the
MindFreedom Shield Program.

MindFreedom Shield is a coordinated
registration system and solidarity
network composed by and for people who
want to have as much protection as
possible from being subjected to
coerced or forced psychiatric
"treatment."

"I hope this program lets people know
that they not only have choice A, B, or
C but that they are free to choose,
'NONE OF THE ABOVE!'" explains
advocate Pat Risser, one of a group of
psychiatric survivors who envisioned
and initiated the concept that has
become the MindFreedom Shield.
"This is a way to 'just say no' to
oppression."

MindFreedom Shield is designed to
support a person's choice to be
free from coerced or forced
psychiatric "treatment" by backing this
personal choice up with the MindFreedom
Solidarity Network -- a network of
people ready to take constructive,
nonviolent action if someone's choice
to be free from coerced or forced
psychiatric "treatment" is not being
respected or upheld.

As the current mental health system
continues to globalize and rely more
and more on coercion and outright
force, many people's rights to have
their previously expressed and even
properly documented wishes carried out
are being ignored. The recent
recommendations of the President's New
Freedom Commission to begin universal
mental health screening, currently
being implemented in several states, is
only one example of the increasing use
of such pressure.

In order to best implement this
program, MindFreedom is collaborating
closely with sponsor group The Law
Project for Psychiatric Rights
(PsychRights.org). "Through this
mechanism people saddled with
psychiatric labels can unite and offer
effective resistance to psychiatric abuses,"
said attorney Jim Gottstein, director
of PsychRights. "The MindFreedom Shield
Program fits PsychRights' mission of
defending people facing the horrors of
forced psychiatric drugging and other
forced psychiatric procedures
administered against their will
perfectly."

    All for One and One for All

MindFreedom board member and psychologist
Al Galves, PhD said, "The MindFreedom Shield
is a quick, cost-effective defense against
people being railroaded into using such
methods as medication and electroshock
to alleviate normal responses to life
issues that can more effectively,
economically and safely be addressed
through interpersonal emotional support
and creative action."

"We can't guarantee the results,"
cautions MindFreedom director David
Oaks, "But it has been our experience,
including testing the MindFreedom
Shield Program to help free a member
from a Canadian psychiatric facility,
that public awareness and people
engaging in specific, nonviolent action
can often reduce or even end coerced or
forced psychiatric 'treatment.'"

MindFreedom Shield is not meant to take
the place of legal documents expressing
a person's medical and psychiatric care
preferences, such as an "Advance Directive."
MindFreedom Shield is intended to provide
the people power clout it sometimes takes
to enforce a member's wishes, including
members with Advance Directives. "Our
recommendation is that a member have
both a MindFreedom Shield and an
Advance Directive in place." said Krista
Erickson, chair of the MindFreedom Shield
committee.

Any current member of MindFreedom may
register a MindFreedom Shield for free.
Detailed information about the program,
as well as a registration form, can be
found online at:

http://www.mindfreedom.intenex.net/shield

Any MindFreedom member who does not
have access to the Internet may write
to the MindFreedom office to obtain
information about the program.

MindFreedom Support Coalition
International is a grassroots human
rights non-profit uniting over 100
sponsor groups in 15 countries working
for human rights and alternatives in
mental health. The organization is
the only group of its kind with
Non Governmental Organization
accreditation by the United Nations
(ECOSOC Consultative Roster Status).

Sometimes called the "Amnesty
International of mental health,"
MindFreedom is independent from any
government, mental health provider,
drug company or religion.

To join or renew membership in
MindFreedom go to:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

Or write to:

MindFreedom
PO Box 11284
Eugene, OR 9744-3484 USA

For more information on the nationwide
screening program approved by President
Bush, along with his appointee psychiatrist
Sally Satel, see:

http://mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_psychiatry.shtml

For information about MindFreedom see:
 
http://www.MindFreedom.org

- end -

Please forward to all appropriate
places on and off Internet.


From oaks at mindfreedom.org  Thu Oct 21 15:02:46 2004
From: oaks at mindfreedom.org (David Oaks - www.MindFreedom.org)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: NEWS: Who bankroll$ extremist psychiatrist Torrey?
Message-ID: <F09A5801-23AC-11D9-9990-000A95C0B960@mindfreedom.org>


NEWS: http://www.MindFreedom.org - 21 Oct. 2004

      PSYCHIATRIST E. FULLER TORREY FACES
      CHARGES OF FRAUDULENT "BRAIN HARVESTING."

      TORREY PUSHES FOR MORE FORCED PSYCHIATRY.

      WHO FUNDS E. FULLER TORREY'S WORK?

      by David Oaks, Director, MindFreedom

One of the main psychiatrists in the world to promote the use
of more force by psychiatry -- E. Fuller Torrey -- is in the
midst of a controversy because of the way his organization
apparently obtained brains for research without proper
informed consent of families. (See alert AT BOTTOM.)

To whom is Dr. Torrey accountable?

Much of the millions of dollars behind much of Torrey's work
are from millionaire Ted Stanley who owns MBI Inc., one of
the biggest direct marketers in the world. You may
recognize MBI's product outlets such as Danbury Mint, the Easton
Press, the Postal Commemorative Society and others. MBI Inc.'s
web site claims they launch about 500 new products each year.

With those millions Dr. Torrey has been lobbying for more
forced psychiatry, especially the use of court orders to
require US citizens to take psychiatric drugs while living
in their own homes. Today, 42 USA states have such
"outpatient commitment" laws.

Torrey and his Treatment Advocacy Center have also pushed research
into implanted disks with time released neuroleptic psychiatric drugs.
See http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/implant_1.shtml.

And apparently Dr. Torrey has been unethically obtaining
the brains of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities
for research. (See alert and articles at bottom.)

~~~~~~~~

* ACTION * ACTION * ACTION *

BELOW is contact information for civil phone calls and
media inquiries to Mr. Ted Stanley to ask him about
his funding of Dr. Torrey's pursuit of more involuntary
psychiatric procedures and his pursuit of more brains.

You may need to talk about much more general subjects
in order to reach Ted Stanley on the phone line first,
or leave a civil message.

MBI Inc
47 Richards Ave
Norwalk, CT 06854 USA

http://www.mbi-inc.com/

webmail@mbi-inc.com

Phone number to try to reach Ted Stanley c/o of his
assistant Barbara at MBI Inc. is: (203) 853-2000.

SAMPLE MESSAGE: "Why have you not held Dr. Torrey
accountable for his promotion of forced psychiatry,
and his apparently improper brain collection methods?"

BELOW is a release from AHRP about the brain
theft controversy with news articles. Feel free to forward.

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

[BELOW is separate forwarded message by AHRP
that is not related to above introduction.]

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ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION Promoting
Openness and Full Disclosure www.ahrp.org

FYI

An investigative series of articles in Sunday's
Portland Press Herald (excerpt below) reveals that the
state's funeral inspector had harvested and shipped 99
brains--one third without informed consent--to the
Stanley Foundation.  The Stanley Foundation maintains
a brain bank of about 560 brains of people diagnosed
with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, many of who
committed suicide.

In the UK a similar scandal has led the government to
pledge tightened legal protection: BBC reports that
the government indicated its intention to "'enshrine
the principles' of informed consent - changing the
emphasis away from simply acting if relatives object,
towards having to gain explicit consent in every
case."

See: BBC.  Q&A: Brain 'theft' inquiry 2003/05/12

See:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/health/3021367.stm

The Stanley Foundation is headed by E.  Fuller Torrey,
a psychiatrist whose controversial viral theory of
schizophrenia has not been validated by any
confirmatory evidence.  The Stanley Foundation is the
largest private funder of mental illness research:
providing $40 million a year in grants for research in
schizophrenia and manic-depression--whether the
research meets ethical standards or not.

For example, Stanley has funded symptom provocation
experiments (a.k.a.  "challenge studies") that
deliberately exacerbated patients' disabling condition
in order to take brain scans during a psychotic
episode.  Our complaints about such inhumane
experiments on mentally disabled human beings aroused
public condemnation, forcing the director of the
National Institute of Mental Health to shut down 29
such experiments in 1998.  But that has not changed
the schizophrenia research culture.

Until the Gagnon family filed a lawsuit against Mathew
Cyr, the state's funeral inspector, the Stanley
Foundation, and Torrey, charging them with taking
their son's brain without their permission, the
Stanley Foundation never disclosed how it acquired its
brains.  Private research foundations are accountable
to no one except themselves.  AHRP believes that
invites abuse.

According to the Portland Herald, the Stanley
Foundation paid Cyr $150,000 for his services.  The
arrangement was approved by the state Chief Medical
Officer who had been approached by Dr.  Torrey.  Of
note: The Stanley Foundation is not accredited by the
American Association of Tissue Banks, a national
organization that sets ethical standards.

The Herald reports: "Some of the consent forms
obtained by the newspaper indicate that phone calls
between Cyr and the families were supposed to be
tape-recorded.  However, someone crossed out the word
"recorded" on the form and wrote the word "witnessed."

"Dow, of the Attorney General's Office, said the state
does not have any recordings of the phone calls.  Nor
are state officials aware of any such recordings.
Lorie Stevens of Bucksport was listed as the witness
on 65 of the 68 forms.  In any dispute with a donor
family, the relationship between Cyr and Stevens could
undermine efforts to show that the brains were
obtained with the families' clear permission"

Court documents reveal rather tawdry business
transactions.  For example, to increase the number of
brains sent to the Foundation, Torrey offered greater
and greater financial incentives to Cyr.  Torrey put a
higher price tag on the brains of people diagnosed
with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder ($2,000)
compared to those diagnosed with depression ($1,500);
and he paid Cyr an extra $500 for obtaining a donor's
psychiatric records.

In a March 2001 letter, the Herald reports: "Torrey
also encouraged Cyr to take advantage of his state
government connections.  He suggested that Cyr offer a
modest sum of money to a clerical employee in the
Medical Examiner's Office to send the request letters
on office stationery.

"It is our experience with San Diego and Seattle that
when a record request is sent out on (medical
examiner's office) stationery at the time of death,
the response is excellent and very rapid," Torrey
wrote.

No employee of the Medical Examiner's Office sent such
letters, according to Dow, spokesman for the attorney
general.  Greenwald, through the spokesman, said she
is not aware that any employee in her office was asked
to do such work.

In his March 2001 letter to Cyr Torrey wrote: "Given
your energy and track record in obtaining specimens,
it seems reasonable that you could average about two
normal controls and one case per month, which if you
also obtained records, would gross $5,000-$5,500 per
month although we can cover whatever you can obtain.
Obviously some months might be better and some worse."

In the US, a 1987 Uniform Anatomical Gift Act,
prohibits the trafficking of organs for transplants,
there is no federal law prohibiting the sale of human
organs for research.  Given the lucrative financial
incentives, and the absence of regulatory restraints,
a cottage industry in brain harvesting is thriving in
the US and the UK: many of the brains are acquired by
academic research institutions were acquired without
the knowledge or informed consent of surviving
relatives.

One might question the validity of the legal double
standard applied to organ harvesting for
transplantation compared to research--inasmuch as
organ transplants save lives, while one is hard
pressed to point at any clinically significant
diagnostic or therapeutic improvements as a result of
these brain studies.

See: PORTLAND PRESS HERALD series.  Ethical problems
plagued brain donations in Maine By KEVIN WACK,
October 17, 2004 online at:

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/041017brain.shtml

Of further note: The Stanley Foundation also bankrolls
the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) a lobbying
organization that exploits the perception that
mentally ill patients are violent, in order to promote
state involuntary commitment laws for mental patients
to allow them to be "treated." The tactic says much
about ruthless prophets whose arrogant certainty about
what's good for others leads them to justify any means
toward achieving those ends.

As the facts about psychotropic drug effects continue
to unfold, it will become evident that more often than
not, the drugs, not the disorder, are the catalyst for
violent behavior.

See, for example: Psychiatrist: Mom was depressed
Hearing held for Polk woman charged in fire death of
her children By Matt Birkbeck.  October 19, 2004
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-
b1_1childdeathsoct19,0,4608449.story?col
l=all-newslocal-hed

Another example: "Her 14-year-old daughter, Dominique,
died in April 2003 after jumping into a canal.  Slater
blames her death on the four different antidepressants
her daughter was put on in less than a year.  She said
the drug companies failed to warn of suicide risk and
that Dominique's doctors failed to carefully monitor
her.

Dominique's depression began during the summer of
2002.  She told her parents she had taken an Internet
survey sponsored by a drug company that seemed to
confirm her depression and asked to see a doctor.

The family physician agreed Dominique was depressed
and put her on an antidepressant.  A month later, she
tried to kill herself but failed.

A series of antidepressants and hospitalizations
ensued.  Finally, after being put on the drug
Effexor...  Days later, her daughter was dead.

Sacramento Bee: Warning spurs caution on
antidepressants in kids By Dorsey Griffith, September
27, 2004.

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/10892887p-11810493c.html

Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav 212-595-8974
veracare@ahrp.org

http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2004/10/17/
brain_harvesting_operation_raises_questions/

THE BOSTON GLOBE
Brain-harvesting program faulted Parents say donation
lacked consent By Associated Press October 18, 2004

PORTLAND, Maine -- A Gorham couple's claim that their
dead son's entire brain was donated to a research
laboratory in Maryland without their consent points to
a lack of oversight of brain harvesting at the state
medical examiner's office, according to the Maine
Sunday Telegram.

The newspaper said its investigation found that 31 of
99 brains that were shipped from Maine to the Stanley
Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Md., from 1999
to 2003 lacked consent forms that would provide
written proof that family members authorized the
donations.

The brain harvesting was coordinated by Matthew Cyr,
who was then the state's funeral inspector.  The
Telegram said the Stanley Institute paid Cyr $1,000 to
$2,000 for each brain he sent there, and that records
show that he collected more than $150,000 from the
laboratory during the four years.  Cyr resigned his
part-time post as funeral inspector last August.  Four
months earlier, he was named, along with the private
research laboratory and its founder, as a defendant in
a lawsuit filed by Frank and Lorraine Gagnon in
Cumberland County Superior Court.

The Gagnons said they agreed to supply a 1-inch or
2-inch sample of the brain of their son, A.J.  Gagnon,
who died last year of a drug overdose.  Lorraine
Gagnon said she was stunned to learn that her son's
entire brain had been taken.

''This is a kid I brought into the world and loved and
cherished, and in death they have no right to touch
him," Lorraine Gagnon said.  Officials with the
Stanley Institute, renowned for its research into
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are fighting the
lawsuit.  The lab's founder, Dr.  E.  Fuller Torrey,
concluded in a memo last year that Lorraine Gagnon
consented to the brain removal, then changed her mind.

''This is the first such instance in the 560 brains we
have collected to date but should be expected to occur
occasionally, given the difficult circumstances of
death for a family.  We will therefore return the
brain to the funeral home as Ms.  Gagnon requests,"
Torrey wrote.

In June 2003, a brain, identified by the Stanley
Institute as A.J.  Gagnon's, was sent to a Portland
funeral home for cremation.

Maine's connection with the Stanley Institute came
about after Dr.  Margaret Greenwald was hired as
Maine's deputy chief medical examiner in 1997.
Greenwald, now chief medical examiner, had done work
for Torrey's brain bank while she was in San Diego and
he approached her in 1998 about supplying brains from
Maine.

Greenwald declined the offer but suggested that Torrey
work with Cyr, who went on to coordinate the brain
harvesting work within the medical examiner's office
in Augusta.  Cyr, who now works as a police officer in
Bucksport, still has a contract with the medical
examiner's office to answer its phones after business
hours, when reports of fatal accidents, drug
overdoses, and suicides often come in.  Cyr did not
respond to the Telegram's requests for an interview
and has not responded to the suit.

Chuck Dow, spokesman at the attorney general's office,
said there is no evidence that any laws were broken
during the period when Cyr supplied the research
laboratory with brains, but several bioethicists said
lax oversight and record-keeping can invite problems.

C Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

~~~~~~~

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/041017torrey.shtml

Portland Press Herald Sunday, October 17, 2004 Deep
pockets fuel brain researcher's quest By KEVIN WACK,

It's a scientist's dream - a mega-rich philanthropist
opens his checkbook to underwrite your research.

Suddenly the constant scramble for money is a memory.
And there's more.  Your benefactor is so committed
that millions of dollars are left over, meaning you
can issue grants of your own and extend your influence
worldwide.  Fifteen years ago, that's exactly what
happened to Dr.  E.  Fuller Torrey, founder of the
Stanley Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Md.
Torrey had written a book called "Surviving
Schizophrenia," in which he argued that mental-illness
research was underfunded.  The book struck a chord
with a Connecticut businessman whose son was diagnosed
in the late 1980s with bipolar disorder, or manic
depression.

Ted Stanley, who built a fortune in direct-mail
marketing, arranged to meet the book's author for
dinner.  Since then, the philanthropist and his wife
have given hundreds of millions of dollars to a
research institute founded by Torrey, whose
contractor's efforts to collect brains in Maine are
the subject of a lawsuit.  It's not the first time
that Torrey, once described by the Washington Post as
the "perhaps the most famous psychiatrist in America,"
has faced controversy.

His theories about possible infectious causes of
schizophrenia are seen by many researchers as outside
the mainstream.  Another lightning rod is Torrey's
support for forcing drug treatment on some mentally
ill patients, which he voiced during a "60 Minutes"
interview in 2002.

But Torrey's detractors have not soured the Stanleys'
support.  "Obviously we've been very impressed by
him," Ted Stanley said in a telephone interview from
his office at MBI Inc.  in Norwalk, Conn.  "Basically,
we provide the money, and he has figured out what to
do with it." The first research programs began in 1989
at what would become the nonprofit Stanley Institute.
Five years later, Torrey started a brain bank so he
would have brains to use for his own research.
Torrey, 67, hopes to find the causes of schizophrenia
and bipolar disorder - or, short of that, to develop
more effective treatments.

Those are daunting scientific challenges, Torrey said
in a telephone interview.  "The complexity of the
brain is extraordinary, and it's also been
extraordinarily underresearched.  It's in a very
inconvenient place called your head," he said.

For most of Torrey's more than 30 years in psychiatry,
he has been exploring the idea that infectious agents
contribute to schizophrenia.  "I think he's been on a
mission to prove that," said Dr.  Daniel Weinberger of
the National Institute of Mental Health, who has at
times criticized Torrey but also has collaborated with
him.  "And I don't think he's been particularly
objective in his analyses of the data."

In 2000, Weinberger told an academic magazine that
Torrey's viral theory is "very interesting" but has
"been supported by very little credible scientific
data."

Today, science has established that genetics are
central to explaining schizophrenia, something Torrey
acknowledges.  "There are now five, close to 10
schizophrenia genes that have been found," Weinberger
said.  "We're no longer in the realm of speculation
when it comes to schizophrenia."

However, establishing the role of genes does not
necessarily rule out the involvement of infectious
agents.  One theory being explored by Torrey posits a
link between schizophrenia and Toxoplasma gondii, a
parasite found in cat feces.  Dr.  Irving Gottesman of
the University of Minnesota, a leading proponent of
genetic explanations, said environmental factors,
including viruses, could trigger the disease among
people who have a genetic predisposition.

This explanation offers some common ground between
Torrey and mainstream geneticists, but there are still
differences.  "We don't agree on the major causes in
the story of schizophrenia.  But we've agreed to
disagree," Gottesman said.

Torrey's theories cast a large shadow over the field,
in part because he oversees the distribution of so
much money.  Last year, the institute's rapidly
growing research budget exceeded $40 million, 74
percent of which was doled out to other researchers
through grants, according to the lab's 2003 annual
report.

Today, the Stanley Institute, which has 30 employees,
funds half of all U.S.  research on bipolar disorder
and about a quarter of all schizophrenia research,
according to its Web site and various industry
reports.  The Stanley Institute spends a large
percentage of its money funding research related to
Torrey's own viral theory, according to Gottesman.  "I
have to say - as an outside judge with a biased
opinion - that Fuller is in a very powerful position,"
Gottesman said.  Torrey's reputation as something of a
maverick among scientists extends well beyond his
research.

Xxx cut xxxx

- Staff researchers Julia McCue and Beth Murphy
contributed to this report.  Staff Writer Kevin Wack
can be contacted at 282-8226 or at:
kwack@pressherald.com

[end AHRP alert]

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From oaks at mindfreedom.org  Tue Oct 26 12:16:51 2004
From: oaks at mindfreedom.org (David Oaks - www.MindFreedom.org)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: NEWS: Bush, Forced Psychiatry, and Mental Health in USA
Message-ID: <9774F3D6-2783-11D9-BC65-000A95C0B960@mindfreedom.org>


NEWS: Your Mind & Freedom - 26 October 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

      "Whatcha Gonna Do When They Screen For You?"

      Warning: Bush administration pushes for
      more US citizens to be forcibly drugged,
      even on outpatient basis.

      by David Oaks, Director,
      MindFreedom International

What would a second term by President George
W. Bush look like for the increasing number
of US citizens who are being "screened" by
the mental health system?

For some it may look like "One Flew Over
the Cuckoo's Nest" has landed in their homes.

A Bush appointee to a key federal mental health
advisory council is pushing for more coerced
and involuntary outpatient commitment as a
central USA goal over the next few years.

Forty-two US states have passed outpatient
commitment laws in the last 15 years, allowing
citizens to be court ordered to take psychiatric
drugs against their will even while living
peacefully in their own homes.

The official minutes from the meeting reveal
that psychiatrist Sally L. Satel -- in her
own words -- called for the federal government to
encourage the States to use more "coercive,"
"intrusive, highly paternalistic" and
"involuntary care." A federal employee confirmed
to MindFreedom that Satel used these exact words.

Since the Bush Administration is also calling
for screening of all US citizens for mental
health problems, Dr. Satel's crusade for more
coercion could potentially impact any American.

      The President's Psychiatrist: Dr. Satel

President Bush appointed psychiatrist Sally
Satel to the National Advisory Council (NAC)
for the US Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).

CMHS oversees hundreds of millions of federal
money for mental health care, and the NAC must
approve all grants.

This Fall the official minutes were released for
the 16 June 2004 NAC meeting in Rockville, MD:

http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs/AdvisoryCouncil/minutes/
min0904.asp

Dr. Satel, according to the minutes, stated her
goals for the important "State Incentive Grants"
(SIGs) that the federal government uses to impact
mental health policy and practice in the States.

The official minutes reported Dr. Satel's comments
about goals for the future of USA mental health:

"She recommended that SIGs address whether States
provide assisted outpatient treatment. Acknowledging
her controversial view, she noted that stigma
regarding severe mental illness may be addressed
by early coercive care that then migrates into
other, less coercive systems. She asserted that
some people need intrusive, highly paternalistic,
life-saving care....Dr. Satel offered to provide
contacts for a discussion on involuntary care."

Dr. Satel also challenged the concept of
"recovery" for people diagnosed with
psychiatric disabilities.

Dr. Satel's comments will come as no surprise to
those familiar with her work. Dr. Satel wrote the
book _PC MD_ that devotes a chapter called "Inmates
Take Over the Asylum" to denouncing the social
change movement led by psychiatric survivors and
mental health consumers.

Dr. Satel works for the American Enterprise
Institute (AEI), which is one of the best-funded
corporate think tanks in Washington, D.C. AEI is
widely acknowledged to have some of the closest
ties to the Bush Administration of any think tank,
especially to the Cheney's.

As an example of their influence, an investigation by
_Mother Jones Magazine_ credits AEI with laying the
groundwork for the war in Iraq. AEI, which is partly
funded by pharmaceutical corporations and has a
pharmaceutical company CEO on its board, also held an
all-day gathering to promote more forced psychiatry.

      Enforcement Arm for Screening?

Concern is rapidly spreading among both conservative
and progressive circles about Bush administration
announced plans -- directly created by the pharmaceutical
industry -- to screen each and every American for mental
health problems.

The President's New Freedom Commission called for this
widespread screening, which is already being put into
effect in a number of schools in the US. Adults would
also be screened during routine visits to their general
practitioner for annual exams and common ailments.

But what if a US citizen says "No!" to mental health
screening, for their child or themselves?

In a 21 October 2004 letter in the _Washington Times_,
Michael F. Hogan, chair of the President's Commission
defended it from charges, saying, "The commission did
not call for mandatory universal mental-health screening
for all children."

But many in the public are still very concerned. Rep.
Ron Paul, a Republican congressperson from Texas,
has proposed a bill from the floor of the House on
6 Oct. called "Let Parents Raise Their Kids Act," to
try to prevent any coerced screening of children.

And what about adults?

The President's New Freedom Commission did not oppose
forced outpatient commitment and other forms of
psychiatric coercion being promoted by Dr. Satel.

The fact is the MindFreedom office regularly receives
phone calls, e-mail and letters from US citizens who
are already under a wide range of coercion in their
own homes and out in their own neighborhoods to force
them to take psychiatric drugs, drugs that can cause
brain damage, addiction and death. While MindFreedom
is pro-choice about taking prescribed psychiatric
drugs, to be forced to take them is a profound
violation of fundamental human rights.

When the President's New Freedom Commission's vision
of widespread screening is combined with Dr. Satel's
vision of even more "intrusive, highly paternalistic...
coercive... involuntary care," we're left with
"more of the same" by the mental health system:

A chemical crusade backed up by government coercion.

- end -

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For more information about mental health screening:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_psychiatry.shtml

For more information about Dr. Sally Satel:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_b.shtml

http://www.aei.org/scholars/scholarID.69/scholar.asp

For Michael Hogan's letter to the _Washington Times_:

http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20041020-092931-2216r.htm

For information on Rep. Ron Paul's new bill:

http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2004/cr100604.htm

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From oaks at mindfreedom.org  Thu Oct 21 15:02:46 2004
From: oaks at mindfreedom.org (David Oaks - www.MindFreedom.org)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: NEWS: Who bankroll$ extremist psychiatrist Torrey?
Message-ID: <F09A5801-23AC-11D9-9990-000A95C0B960@mindfreedom.org>


NEWS: http://www.MindFreedom.org - 21 Oct. 2004

      PSYCHIATRIST E. FULLER TORREY FACES
      CHARGES OF FRAUDULENT "BRAIN HARVESTING."

      TORREY PUSHES FOR MORE FORCED PSYCHIATRY.

      WHO FUNDS E. FULLER TORREY'S WORK?

      by David Oaks, Director, MindFreedom

One of the main psychiatrists in the world to promote the use
of more force by psychiatry -- E. Fuller Torrey -- is in the
midst of a controversy because of the way his organization
apparently obtained brains for research without proper
informed consent of families. (See alert AT BOTTOM.)

To whom is Dr. Torrey accountable?

Much of the millions of dollars behind much of Torrey's work
are from millionaire Ted Stanley who owns MBI Inc., one of
the biggest direct marketers in the world. You may
recognize MBI's product outlets such as Danbury Mint, the Easton
Press, the Postal Commemorative Society and others. MBI Inc.'s
web site claims they launch about 500 new products each year.

With those millions Dr. Torrey has been lobbying for more
forced psychiatry, especially the use of court orders to
require US citizens to take psychiatric drugs while living
in their own homes. Today, 42 USA states have such
"outpatient commitment" laws.

Torrey and his Treatment Advocacy Center have also pushed research
into implanted disks with time released neuroleptic psychiatric drugs.
See http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/implant_1.shtml.

And apparently Dr. Torrey has been unethically obtaining
the brains of people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities
for research. (See alert and articles at bottom.)

~~~~~~~~

* ACTION * ACTION * ACTION *

BELOW is contact information for civil phone calls and
media inquiries to Mr. Ted Stanley to ask him about
his funding of Dr. Torrey's pursuit of more involuntary
psychiatric procedures and his pursuit of more brains.

You may need to talk about much more general subjects
in order to reach Ted Stanley on the phone line first,
or leave a civil message.

MBI Inc
47 Richards Ave
Norwalk, CT 06854 USA

http://www.mbi-inc.com/

webmail@mbi-inc.com

Phone number to try to reach Ted Stanley c/o of his
assistant Barbara at MBI Inc. is: (203) 853-2000.

SAMPLE MESSAGE: "Why have you not held Dr. Torrey
accountable for his promotion of forced psychiatry,
and his apparently improper brain collection methods?"

BELOW is a release from AHRP about the brain
theft controversy with news articles. Feel free to forward.

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

[BELOW is separate forwarded message by AHRP
that is not related to above introduction.]

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

Please forward.

ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION Promoting
Openness and Full Disclosure www.ahrp.org

FYI

An investigative series of articles in Sunday's
Portland Press Herald (excerpt below) reveals that the
state's funeral inspector had harvested and shipped 99
brains--one third without informed consent--to the
Stanley Foundation.  The Stanley Foundation maintains
a brain bank of about 560 brains of people diagnosed
with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, many of who
committed suicide.

In the UK a similar scandal has led the government to
pledge tightened legal protection: BBC reports that
the government indicated its intention to "'enshrine
the principles' of informed consent - changing the
emphasis away from simply acting if relatives object,
towards having to gain explicit consent in every
case."

See: BBC.  Q&A: Brain 'theft' inquiry 2003/05/12

See:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/health/3021367.stm

The Stanley Foundation is headed by E.  Fuller Torrey,
a psychiatrist whose controversial viral theory of
schizophrenia has not been validated by any
confirmatory evidence.  The Stanley Foundation is the
largest private funder of mental illness research:
providing $40 million a year in grants for research in
schizophrenia and manic-depression--whether the
research meets ethical standards or not.

For example, Stanley has funded symptom provocation
experiments (a.k.a.  "challenge studies") that
deliberately exacerbated patients' disabling condition
in order to take brain scans during a psychotic
episode.  Our complaints about such inhumane
experiments on mentally disabled human beings aroused
public condemnation, forcing the director of the
National Institute of Mental Health to shut down 29
such experiments in 1998.  But that has not changed
the schizophrenia research culture.

Until the Gagnon family filed a lawsuit against Mathew
Cyr, the state's funeral inspector, the Stanley
Foundation, and Torrey, charging them with taking
their son's brain without their permission, the
Stanley Foundation never disclosed how it acquired its
brains.  Private research foundations are accountable
to no one except themselves.  AHRP believes that
invites abuse.

According to the Portland Herald, the Stanley
Foundation paid Cyr $150,000 for his services.  The
arrangement was approved by the state Chief Medical
Officer who had been approached by Dr.  Torrey.  Of
note: The Stanley Foundation is not accredited by the
American Association of Tissue Banks, a national
organization that sets ethical standards.

The Herald reports: "Some of the consent forms
obtained by the newspaper indicate that phone calls
between Cyr and the families were supposed to be
tape-recorded.  However, someone crossed out the word
"recorded" on the form and wrote the word "witnessed."

"Dow, of the Attorney General's Office, said the state
does not have any recordings of the phone calls.  Nor
are state officials aware of any such recordings.
Lorie Stevens of Bucksport was listed as the witness
on 65 of the 68 forms.  In any dispute with a donor
family, the relationship between Cyr and Stevens could
undermine efforts to show that the brains were
obtained with the families' clear permission"

Court documents reveal rather tawdry business
transactions.  For example, to increase the number of
brains sent to the Foundation, Torrey offered greater
and greater financial incentives to Cyr.  Torrey put a
higher price tag on the brains of people diagnosed
with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder ($2,000)
compared to those diagnosed with depression ($1,500);
and he paid Cyr an extra $500 for obtaining a donor's
psychiatric records.

In a March 2001 letter, the Herald reports: "Torrey
also encouraged Cyr to take advantage of his state
government connections.  He suggested that Cyr offer a
modest sum of money to a clerical employee in the
Medical Examiner's Office to send the request letters
on office stationery.

"It is our experience with San Diego and Seattle that
when a record request is sent out on (medical
examiner's office) stationery at the time of death,
the response is excellent and very rapid," Torrey
wrote.

No employee of the Medical Examiner's Office sent such
letters, according to Dow, spokesman for the attorney
general.  Greenwald, through the spokesman, said she
is not aware that any employee in her office was asked
to do such work.

In his March 2001 letter to Cyr Torrey wrote: "Given
your energy and track record in obtaining specimens,
it seems reasonable that you could average about two
normal controls and one case per month, which if you
also obtained records, would gross $5,000-$5,500 per
month although we can cover whatever you can obtain.
Obviously some months might be better and some worse."

In the US, a 1987 Uniform Anatomical Gift Act,
prohibits the trafficking of organs for transplants,
there is no federal law prohibiting the sale of human
organs for research.  Given the lucrative financial
incentives, and the absence of regulatory restraints,
a cottage industry in brain harvesting is thriving in
the US and the UK: many of the brains are acquired by
academic research institutions were acquired without
the knowledge or informed consent of surviving
relatives.

One might question the validity of the legal double
standard applied to organ harvesting for
transplantation compared to research--inasmuch as
organ transplants save lives, while one is hard
pressed to point at any clinically significant
diagnostic or therapeutic improvements as a result of
these brain studies.

See: PORTLAND PRESS HERALD series.  Ethical problems
plagued brain donations in Maine By KEVIN WACK,
October 17, 2004 online at:

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/041017brain.shtml

Of further note: The Stanley Foundation also bankrolls
the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC) a lobbying
organization that exploits the perception that
mentally ill patients are violent, in order to promote
state involuntary commitment laws for mental patients
to allow them to be "treated." The tactic says much
about ruthless prophets whose arrogant certainty about
what's good for others leads them to justify any means
toward achieving those ends.

As the facts about psychotropic drug effects continue
to unfold, it will become evident that more often than
not, the drugs, not the disorder, are the catalyst for
violent behavior.

See, for example: Psychiatrist: Mom was depressed
Hearing held for Polk woman charged in fire death of
her children By Matt Birkbeck.  October 19, 2004
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-
b1_1childdeathsoct19,0,4608449.story?col
l=all-newslocal-hed

Another example: "Her 14-year-old daughter, Dominique,
died in April 2003 after jumping into a canal.  Slater
blames her death on the four different antidepressants
her daughter was put on in less than a year.  She said
the drug companies failed to warn of suicide risk and
that Dominique's doctors failed to carefully monitor
her.

Dominique's depression began during the summer of
2002.  She told her parents she had taken an Internet
survey sponsored by a drug company that seemed to
confirm her depression and asked to see a doctor.

The family physician agreed Dominique was depressed
and put her on an antidepressant.  A month later, she
tried to kill herself but failed.

A series of antidepressants and hospitalizations
ensued.  Finally, after being put on the drug
Effexor...  Days later, her daughter was dead.

Sacramento Bee: Warning spurs caution on
antidepressants in kids By Dorsey Griffith, September
27, 2004.

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/10892887p-11810493c.html

Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav 212-595-8974
veracare@ahrp.org

http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2004/10/17/
brain_harvesting_operation_raises_questions/

THE BOSTON GLOBE
Brain-harvesting program faulted Parents say donation
lacked consent By Associated Press October 18, 2004

PORTLAND, Maine -- A Gorham couple's claim that their
dead son's entire brain was donated to a research
laboratory in Maryland without their consent points to
a lack of oversight of brain harvesting at the state
medical examiner's office, according to the Maine
Sunday Telegram.

The newspaper said its investigation found that 31 of
99 brains that were shipped from Maine to the Stanley
Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Md., from 1999
to 2003 lacked consent forms that would provide
written proof that family members authorized the
donations.

The brain harvesting was coordinated by Matthew Cyr,
who was then the state's funeral inspector.  The
Telegram said the Stanley Institute paid Cyr $1,000 to
$2,000 for each brain he sent there, and that records
show that he collected more than $150,000 from the
laboratory during the four years.  Cyr resigned his
part-time post as funeral inspector last August.  Four
months earlier, he was named, along with the private
research laboratory and its founder, as a defendant in
a lawsuit filed by Frank and Lorraine Gagnon in
Cumberland County Superior Court.

The Gagnons said they agreed to supply a 1-inch or
2-inch sample of the brain of their son, A.J.  Gagnon,
who died last year of a drug overdose.  Lorraine
Gagnon said she was stunned to learn that her son's
entire brain had been taken.

''This is a kid I brought into the world and loved and
cherished, and in death they have no right to touch
him," Lorraine Gagnon said.  Officials with the
Stanley Institute, renowned for its research into
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are fighting the
lawsuit.  The lab's founder, Dr.  E.  Fuller Torrey,
concluded in a memo last year that Lorraine Gagnon
consented to the brain removal, then changed her mind.

''This is the first such instance in the 560 brains we
have collected to date but should be expected to occur
occasionally, given the difficult circumstances of
death for a family.  We will therefore return the
brain to the funeral home as Ms.  Gagnon requests,"
Torrey wrote.

In June 2003, a brain, identified by the Stanley
Institute as A.J.  Gagnon's, was sent to a Portland
funeral home for cremation.

Maine's connection with the Stanley Institute came
about after Dr.  Margaret Greenwald was hired as
Maine's deputy chief medical examiner in 1997.
Greenwald, now chief medical examiner, had done work
for Torrey's brain bank while she was in San Diego and
he approached her in 1998 about supplying brains from
Maine.

Greenwald declined the offer but suggested that Torrey
work with Cyr, who went on to coordinate the brain
harvesting work within the medical examiner's office
in Augusta.  Cyr, who now works as a police officer in
Bucksport, still has a contract with the medical
examiner's office to answer its phones after business
hours, when reports of fatal accidents, drug
overdoses, and suicides often come in.  Cyr did not
respond to the Telegram's requests for an interview
and has not responded to the suit.

Chuck Dow, spokesman at the attorney general's office,
said there is no evidence that any laws were broken
during the period when Cyr supplied the research
laboratory with brains, but several bioethicists said
lax oversight and record-keeping can invite problems.

C Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

~~~~~~~

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/041017torrey.shtml

Portland Press Herald Sunday, October 17, 2004 Deep
pockets fuel brain researcher's quest By KEVIN WACK,

It's a scientist's dream - a mega-rich philanthropist
opens his checkbook to underwrite your research.

Suddenly the constant scramble for money is a memory.
And there's more.  Your benefactor is so committed
that millions of dollars are left over, meaning you
can issue grants of your own and extend your influence
worldwide.  Fifteen years ago, that's exactly what
happened to Dr.  E.  Fuller Torrey, founder of the
Stanley Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Md.
Torrey had written a book called "Surviving
Schizophrenia," in which he argued that mental-illness
research was underfunded.  The book struck a chord
with a Connecticut businessman whose son was diagnosed
in the late 1980s with bipolar disorder, or manic
depression.

Ted Stanley, who built a fortune in direct-mail
marketing, arranged to meet the book's author for
dinner.  Since then, the philanthropist and his wife
have given hundreds of millions of dollars to a
research institute founded by Torrey, whose
contractor's efforts to collect brains in Maine are
the subject of a lawsuit.  It's not the first time
that Torrey, once described by the Washington Post as
the "perhaps the most famous psychiatrist in America,"
has faced controversy.

His theories about possible infectious causes of
schizophrenia are seen by many researchers as outside
the mainstream.  Another lightning rod is Torrey's
support for forcing drug treatment on some mentally
ill patients, which he voiced during a "60 Minutes"
interview in 2002.

But Torrey's detractors have not soured the Stanleys'
support.  "Obviously we've been very impressed by
him," Ted Stanley said in a telephone interview from
his office at MBI Inc.  in Norwalk, Conn.  "Basically,
we provide the money, and he has figured out what to
do with it." The first research programs began in 1989
at what would become the nonprofit Stanley Institute.
Five years later, Torrey started a brain bank so he
would have brains to use for his own research.
Torrey, 67, hopes to find the causes of schizophrenia
and bipolar disorder - or, short of that, to develop
more effective treatments.

Those are daunting scientific challenges, Torrey said
in a telephone interview.  "The complexity of the
brain is extraordinary, and it's also been
extraordinarily underresearched.  It's in a very
inconvenient place called your head," he said.

For most of Torrey's more than 30 years in psychiatry,
he has been exploring the idea that infectious agents
contribute to schizophrenia.  "I think he's been on a
mission to prove that," said Dr.  Daniel Weinberger of
the National Institute of Mental Health, who has at
times criticized Torrey but also has collaborated with
him.  "And I don't think he's been particularly
objective in his analyses of the data."

In 2000, Weinberger told an academic magazine that
Torrey's viral theory is "very interesting" but has
"been supported by very little credible scientific
data."

Today, science has established that genetics are
central to explaining schizophrenia, something Torrey
acknowledges.  "There are now five, close to 10
schizophrenia genes that have been found," Weinberger
said.  "We're no longer in the realm of speculation
when it comes to schizophrenia."

However, establishing the role of genes does not
necessarily rule out the involvement of infectious
agents.  One theory being explored by Torrey posits a
link between schizophrenia and Toxoplasma gondii, a
parasite found in cat feces.  Dr.  Irving Gottesman of
the University of Minnesota, a leading proponent of
genetic explanations, said environmental factors,
including viruses, could trigger the disease among
people who have a genetic predisposition.

This explanation offers some common ground between
Torrey and mainstream geneticists, but there are still
differences.  "We don't agree on the major causes in
the story of schizophrenia.  But we've agreed to
disagree," Gottesman said.

Torrey's theories cast a large shadow over the field,
in part because he oversees the distribution of so
much money.  Last year, the institute's rapidly
growing research budget exceeded $40 million, 74
percent of which was doled out to other researchers
through grants, according to the lab's 2003 annual
report.

Today, the Stanley Institute, which has 30 employees,
funds half of all U.S.  research on bipolar disorder
and about a quarter of all schizophrenia research,
according to its Web site and various industry
reports.  The Stanley Institute spends a large
percentage of its money funding research related to
Torrey's own viral theory, according to Gottesman.  "I
have to say - as an outside judge with a biased
opinion - that Fuller is in a very powerful position,"
Gottesman said.  Torrey's reputation as something of a
maverick among scientists extends well beyond his
research.

Xxx cut xxxx

- Staff researchers Julia McCue and Beth Murphy
contributed to this report.  Staff Writer Kevin Wack
can be contacted at 282-8226 or at:
kwack@pressherald.com

[end AHRP alert]

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From oaks at mindfreedom.org  Tue Oct 26 12:16:51 2004
From: oaks at mindfreedom.org (David Oaks - www.MindFreedom.org)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: NEWS: Bush, Forced Psychiatry, and Mental Health in USA
Message-ID: <9774F3D6-2783-11D9-BC65-000A95C0B960@mindfreedom.org>


NEWS: Your Mind & Freedom - 26 October 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

      "Whatcha Gonna Do When They Screen For You?"

      Warning: Bush administration pushes for
      more US citizens to be forcibly drugged,
      even on outpatient basis.

      by David Oaks, Director,
      MindFreedom International

What would a second term by President George
W. Bush look like for the increasing number
of US citizens who are being "screened" by
the mental health system?

For some it may look like "One Flew Over
the Cuckoo's Nest" has landed in their homes.

A Bush appointee to a key federal mental health
advisory council is pushing for more coerced
and involuntary outpatient commitment as a
central USA goal over the next few years.

Forty-two US states have passed outpatient
commitment laws in the last 15 years, allowing
citizens to be court ordered to take psychiatric
drugs against their will even while living
peacefully in their own homes.

The official minutes from the meeting reveal
that psychiatrist Sally L. Satel -- in her
own words -- called for the federal government to
encourage the States to use more "coercive,"
"intrusive, highly paternalistic" and
"involuntary care." A federal employee confirmed
to MindFreedom that Satel used these exact words.

Since the Bush Administration is also calling
for screening of all US citizens for mental
health problems, Dr. Satel's crusade for more
coercion could potentially impact any American.

      The President's Psychiatrist: Dr. Satel

President Bush appointed psychiatrist Sally
Satel to the National Advisory Council (NAC)
for the US Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).

CMHS oversees hundreds of millions of federal
money for mental health care, and the NAC must
approve all grants.

This Fall the official minutes were released for
the 16 June 2004 NAC meeting in Rockville, MD:

http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs/AdvisoryCouncil/minutes/
min0904.asp

Dr. Satel, according to the minutes, stated her
goals for the important "State Incentive Grants"
(SIGs) that the federal government uses to impact
mental health policy and practice in the States.

The official minutes reported Dr. Satel's comments
about goals for the future of USA mental health:

"She recommended that SIGs address whether States
provide assisted outpatient treatment. Acknowledging
her controversial view, she noted that stigma
regarding severe mental illness may be addressed
by early coercive care that then migrates into
other, less coercive systems. She asserted that
some people need intrusive, highly paternalistic,
life-saving care....Dr. Satel offered to provide
contacts for a discussion on involuntary care."

Dr. Satel also challenged the concept of
"recovery" for people diagnosed with
psychiatric disabilities.

Dr. Satel's comments will come as no surprise to
those familiar with her work. Dr. Satel wrote the
book _PC MD_ that devotes a chapter called "Inmates
Take Over the Asylum" to denouncing the social
change movement led by psychiatric survivors and
mental health consumers.

Dr. Satel works for the American Enterprise
Institute (AEI), which is one of the best-funded
corporate think tanks in Washington, D.C. AEI is
widely acknowledged to have some of the closest
ties to the Bush Administration of any think tank,
especially to the Cheney's.

As an example of their influence, an investigation by
_Mother Jones Magazine_ credits AEI with laying the
groundwork for the war in Iraq. AEI, which is partly
funded by pharmaceutical corporations and has a
pharmaceutical company CEO on its board, also held an
all-day gathering to promote more forced psychiatry.

      Enforcement Arm for Screening?

Concern is rapidly spreading among both conservative
and progressive circles about Bush administration
announced plans -- directly created by the pharmaceutical
industry -- to screen each and every American for mental
health problems.

The President's New Freedom Commission called for this
widespread screening, which is already being put into
effect in a number of schools in the US. Adults would
also be screened during routine visits to their general
practitioner for annual exams and common ailments.

But what if a US citizen says "No!" to mental health
screening, for their child or themselves?

In a 21 October 2004 letter in the _Washington Times_,
Michael F. Hogan, chair of the President's Commission
defended it from charges, saying, "The commission did
not call for mandatory universal mental-health screening
for all children."

But many in the public are still very concerned. Rep.
Ron Paul, a Republican congressperson from Texas,
has proposed a bill from the floor of the House on
6 Oct. called "Let Parents Raise Their Kids Act," to
try to prevent any coerced screening of children.

And what about adults?

The President's New Freedom Commission did not oppose
forced outpatient commitment and other forms of
psychiatric coercion being promoted by Dr. Satel.

The fact is the MindFreedom office regularly receives
phone calls, e-mail and letters from US citizens who
are already under a wide range of coercion in their
own homes and out in their own neighborhoods to force
them to take psychiatric drugs, drugs that can cause
brain damage, addiction and death. While MindFreedom
is pro-choice about taking prescribed psychiatric
drugs, to be forced to take them is a profound
violation of fundamental human rights.

When the President's New Freedom Commission's vision
of widespread screening is combined with Dr. Satel's
vision of even more "intrusive, highly paternalistic...
coercive... involuntary care," we're left with
"more of the same" by the mental health system:

A chemical crusade backed up by government coercion.

- end -

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For more information about mental health screening:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_psychiatry.shtml

For more information about Dr. Sally Satel:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_b.shtml

http://www.aei.org/scholars/scholarID.69/scholar.asp

For Michael Hogan's letter to the _Washington Times_:

http://washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20041020-092931-2216r.htm

For information on Rep. Ron Paul's new bill:

http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2004/cr100604.htm

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NEW ISSUE OF MINDFREEDOM NEWSJOURNAL IS OUT

A new issue of _MindFreedom Journal_ is now out, featuring
articles about mental health screening, the globalization
of mental health human rights violations and much more. Join!

To get your copy and support human rights campaigns, join
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From office at MindFreedom.org  Tue Sep 21 16:08:50 2004
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: MindFreedom News: Pfizer, Events, Bush, Voting & More
Message-ID: <BD760291.1EA95%office@MindFreedom.org>


MindFreedom News - 21 September 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

Seven Brief News Items on Human Rights
and the Mental Health System:

~~~~~~~~~~

    Pfizer, Inc. vs. MindFreedom - Round 3.

Maybe you've seen the Pfizer, Inc. ads with
the bouncing smiley face. The ad promises that
"Zoloft helps correct the chemical imbalance
of serotonin in the brain." Pfizer fibs.

MindFreedom's Scientific Panel has had a
new back and forth debate with Pfizer, Inc.
You can view the whole debate here, and ask
for a Congressional investigation:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/pfizerlies.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

    Debate on Bush Screening Heats Up

President Bush has approved plans
cooked up by the psychiatric drug
industry to screen every American,
especially students, for mental
health problems.

Watcha gonna do when they screen for you?

Opposition to mandatgory screening is
networking in a way that bridges
the usual "left - right" split,
including Rep. Ron Paul, MD, a
Republican Congressperson from
Texas, and progressive activists.

See the latest at:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_psychiatry.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

    MindFreedom Event in New York City.

"Human Rights and Alternatives: A way of Life"
is on Saturday, 9 October 2004. Celebrate
with music, food and speakers including Dr.
Peter Breggin, author Bob Whitaker, and
psychiatric survivor activists Judi
Chamberlin, David Oaks, Celia Brown.
It's also a tribute to Loren Mosher, MD.

Advance tickets recommended. Help MindFreedom
raise funds for human rights campaigns.

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/nyc10-09-04event.shtml

This event dovetails with the conference
of the International Center for the Study
of Psychiatry and Psychology, a sponsor
group of MindFreedom. For info see:

http://www.icspp.org

~~~~~~~~~~

    MindFreedom 2005 Action Conference

Save the date: "MindFreedom 2005 Action
Conference for Human Rights in Mental
Health: How the Law Can Support Grassroots
Action for Human Rights in the Mental
Health System."

29 April 2005 to 2 May 2005,
at American University Washington
College of Law, Washington, D.C.

An action-oriented conference. More info:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/action_conference.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

    MindFreedom at Alternatives 2004

If you are attending the conference
Alternatives 2004 in Denver drop by
the MindFreedom booth to check out
the Mad Market, plus catch the
MindFreedom workshop & caucus.
Participants who wish to volunteer
are encouraged to contact the office.

~~~~~~~~~~

    New MindFreedom Journal at Press.

Read about the globalization of the
mental health system from the front
lines in India. Find out how you can
become active in MindFreedom campaigns.
Plus poetry, news briefs and more.

* Current members: If you have moved and
are *unsure* if we have your new postal
address to at: office@mindfreedom.org.

* Lapsed & future members: Don't miss the
new MindFreedom Journal. A great time to
renew or join is now. It's an easy way to
unite to support human rights:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

* Not certain your membership is current?
Just ask Laurie at office@mindfreedom.org.
She'll make sure you get your issue, and
let you know when your membership expires.

~~~~~~~~~~

    Voter Registration USA Deadlines Near.

In many states the deadline is soon for
first-time registration to vote in the
USA election. Help get this information to
people diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities
who are often left out of the voting process.

Online info on registering:

https://register.campaign.com/democracy/e4/nvra/

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PLEASE FORWARD THIS NEWS ALERT!

The majority of MindFreedom members have
personally experienced psychiatric human rights
violations, but membership is open to everyone
who supports human rights in mental health and
includes advocates, professionals, family
members and the general public.

KEEP YOUR MIND FREE!

JOIN & DONATE TO MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL **NOW**! GO HERE:

http://mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

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    From oaks at mindfreedom.org  Fri Aug 13 17:05:38 2004
From: oaks at mindfreedom.org (David Oaks - www.MindFreedom.org)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: [DENDRITE] Psychiatry Captures MindFreedom Canada Artist/Activist
Message-ID: <AC546BA7-ED85-11D8-BC5B-000A95C0B960@mindfreedom.org>


MindFreedom Shield Alert - 13 August 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

    FREE SARA!

    Sara Arenson, 25-year-old artist & activist,
    has been captured by a Canadian psychiatric
    institution where she is coercively drugged.

Sara is a member of MindFreedom International,
which is issuing this MindFreedom Shield Alert.

ACTION: Please forward below statement. At BOTTOM
find 3 e-mail addresses of Canadian officials
you are encouraged to e-mail, plus more info.

A photo of Sara and this alert are also on web:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/laan.

-----------------

Statement from Network to Free Sara Arenson

August 13, 2004 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ST. BONIFACE HOSPITAL, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

On the evening of Wed., August 4, 2004 Sara Arenson, a
twenty-five year old performing artist, student and
activist, was involuntarily detained in the psychiatric
ward of the St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg.

Sara was supposedly suffering a "mixed manic" episode,
according to an examining psychiatrist, although she
believes that "mental illness" is simply a label for
spontaneous personal expression that those in power
in our society find disturbing.

At the time of her confinement, Sara had been out
walking in downtown Winnipeg dreaming up unusual
ideas about science and spirituality, asking
questions of everyone she met, and laughing,
crying, and chatting with the hungry and the poor.

Because she is a naturally spontaneous, frank,
emotionally expressive and articulate person, and
had decided that evening to start asserting herself
in ways she never had before, friends and a
psychiatrist thought she was in trouble and in
need of "treatment".

The "treatment" that Sara has received has consisted
of incarceration in a psychiatric facility, where
she is being coercively drugged with Risperidone,
a powerful "atypical antipsychotic" whose common
side effects include weight gain, dizziness,
sleeplessness, racing heartbeat, restlessness,
and anxiety.

Sara is afraid to refuse this "medication," despite
the fact that when she was brought in no blood
tests were performed indicating any sort of
biochemical abnormality in her brain or elsewhere
(since then, blood work has been performed and she
has been deemed physically healthy except for
some systemic yeast).

Sara is afraid to refuse "medication" because after
her initial psychiatric interview, she was not
allowed to go home, but forcibly restrained with
an injection and brought into the psychiatric ward.

Now she does not want to risk being injected with
slower releasing forms of antipsychotic drugs, because
she has a fear of needles and wants to minimize the
amount of drug in her bloodstream.

WHO IS SARA?

Sara is a highly intelligent, charming, high-energy,
by turns sweet and sarcastic, sometimes sad and
sometimes happy person -- in other words, just like
everyone else on this planet.

She is a writer with a Winnipeg Arts Council Grant
and her first amateur production contract under
her belt, an actor studying theatre at the University
of Winnipeg, a vocal and vociferous vegan, an
occasional gardener, and she is interested in yoga,
meditation, science, music, natural healing, and
anti-capitalist social activism.

Although she is young and her arts career is only
beginning, she is willing to risk her good name by
publicly announcing the conditions of her detainment
if this is the only way that she can end a practice
that she finds absolutely immoral and unjustifiable
in a democracy.

Sara is not an atypical psychiatric patient. Many
are emotionally expressive and intelligent, with a
belief in a spiritual realm that our dominant
"rationalistic" society dismisses as fantasy and delusion.

In fact, this is the second time that Sara has been
locked up in the past two and a half years, indicating
just how easy it is for this kind of situation to arise.

The first time, March/April 2002, she was under extreme
stress because her father was in hospital dying from
congestive heart failure, and the doctors failed to
recognize her father's illness as a precipitating factor
in her desperate journey for meaning.

Since then, her father has passed away, and she has
had to come to terms with his loss while coping with
the trauma inflicted by her initial "treatment" at
the Health Sciences Centre. Yoga, meditation, healthful
eating, close friendships, acting classes, a writing
mentorship and intensive journal-writing have saved
her from the terrible loss of hope and self-esteem that
followed her first incarceration.

"I absolutely, positively did not feel helped by
that experience," says Sara. "I was bullied as a child,
and it was actually reminiscent of the same process,
basically being called a name -- 'bipolar' -- just
means that someone else thinks that you get too
happy and too sad. Well, my emotions are my
emotions, and I have every right to feel and
express them in all their intensity!" Sara is
a passionate person who refuses to give up the
full spectrum of feeling, from joy to agony.

Involuntary psychiatric detainment is a form of
incarceration. Sara is not allowed to leave the
psychiatric facility and its outdoor patio unless
accompanied by a member of staff or her family,
and she has had to be "well-behaved," i.e. not
to argue too vehemently, not to be rude or say
swear words to staff members, and not to threaten
violence, in order to earn this "pass" time. She is
unable to concentrate on her playwriting due to
duress and the effects of the psychotropic drugs
she is taking.

Sara does not feel that she deserves the type of
"treatment" she is receiving. Although doctors
and nurses continually argue with her that she
is mentally ill and that her denial of her illness
indicates a "lack of insight", she has thoroughly
researched the subject of mental illness in the
past two years and believes it to be an elaborate
myth or social ritual (see, for example, books by
Eliott Valenstein and Peter Breggin).

She believes that her sin is simply daring to be
herself in public, and that she is being called
medically deviant because our society no longer
condones the concept of treatment for moral deviance.

According to the Manitoba Mental Health Act, a
person may legally be treated against his or her
will in a psychiatric ward for up to three weeks,
for the simple crime of being strange around others.

No psychiatrist can predict with any certainty
who will be dangerous and who won't be. Studies
have shown how ineffective such predictions have
proven in the past. Furthermore, it does not
seem constitutional to lock someone up for a
potential crime; we know that we are living in a
sham democracy when dissidents are medicalized for
speaking their minds, or, in Sara's case, laughing
and crying their minds without the aid of illegal
drugs or alcohol.

Since when has creative emotional expression and
getting to know people constituted mental disease?

For as long as the medical establishment has been
in cahoots with the powers of oppression and injustice.

EVERY HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST MUST TAKE AN IMMEDIATE
INTEREST IN SARA'S CASE, BECAUSE IT AFFECTS US ALL.

Remember what happened in the Second World War to
the insane and disabled, and recall that the first
step in extermination of differences is isolating
and marginalizing certain people for their skin
color, beliefs or behaviour.

Sara is also Jewish, and as a child she used to
spend time imagining what she would have said to
the SS to try to convince them that she was a
human being before they shot her. Her present
situation is not entirely dissimilar to that
terrible fantasy.

Evil is evil, even when cloaked in the
shiniest rhetoric of health and fitness.

What does Sara have to say about her situation?

SARA SPEAKS OUT!

"It's hard for me to not feel personally persecuted
right now, but I'm just trying to persevere, trying
to be myself as best I can with the drugs and
confinement and everything," said Sara.

"These aren't bad people. They honestly think that
they're helping me and the other patients, who,
I've discovered, are awfully hurt, sensitive, and
perceptive people who are being turned into
zombies by all the drugs that are being forced into them.

"Several men have even told me about dizziness and
fainting from the so-called 'medications,' and one
slightly overweight woman said she was taunted for
wanting a second piece of veal for dinner.

"Is this the right way to help people in trouble?
We need to let the rest of society know that the
mental health system is rife with such human rights
abuses, they are just built right into the system
that defines people as either 'normal' or 'sick'?"

Sara does not know when she will be leaving the
St. Boniface General Hospital, since she will not
admit under any circumstances to having a "mental
illness", although she does tell us that she is
being treated well enough considering the situation.

The staff are kind within the limits of their orders,
and she is receiving proper vegan meals and her B12
supplements. Sara does not intend to give up her
battle against forced psychiatric treatment,
although she would never dream of taking psychiatric
drugs away from those who genuinely do feel helped
by them. Her battle is solely against coercive and
forced "treatment" such as the kind she is enduring.

"This is a political struggle, and it's on the level
of the law and administration, not individuals," says
Sara, whose father Murray, now-deceased, was a lawyer
who prided himself on helping working class people
get the kind of legal assistance they needed.

"It's the draconian nature of the Manitoba Mental
Health Act that we must challenge here. That's the
law that allows a person to be detained without
trial or consent for up to three weeks in a
psychiatric facility, just on the word of doctors
who are unfamiliar with the individual's
personality or temperament." She reminds us once
again that she is only taking her drugs under
coercion, and that they impair her thinking in
a small but perceptible way (she is on a low dose
of Risperidone, once in the morning and once before bed).

We ask that all concerned activists contact the
people below to demand that the Manitoba Mental
Health Act be radically revised.

Help Sara in her battle for freedom from
psychiatric oppression!

If you would like to contact Sara, please call
Michael Nerman at (204) 775-2684. He will forward
all messages to her.

~~~~~~~~~~~

* ACTION * ACTION * ACTION * ACTION

1) Please forward this alert to potentially
interested people, media, etc.

2) Please e-mail to these three Canadian officials'
e-mail addresses with a civil message to let them know
exactly how you feel about this situation:

premier@leg.gov.mb.ca, minhlt@leg.gov.mb.ca, lperrin@sbgh.mb.ca

Also, please copy your e-mail message to the Network to
Free Sara, and they will try to get that to Sara, here:

reality_namer@yahoo.com

3) If you are able to do more, please also
write, fax or phone the three Canadian officials
with a civil message:

The Hon. Gary Doer
Premier of Manitoba
Room 204, Legislature Building
450 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8 CANADA
Phone: (204) 945-3714

Fax: (204) 949-1484

E-mail: premier@leg.gov.mb.ca

~~~~~~~~~~~

Hon. David Chomiuk
Minister of Health
Province of Manitoba
Room 302, Legislature Building
450 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8 CANADA

Telephone: (204) 945-3731

Fax: (204) 945-0441

E-mail: minhlt@leg.gov.mb.ca

~~~~~~~~~~~

Patient Relations Officer
Room A1153
St. Boniface General Hospital
409 Tache Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6 CANADA

Telephone: (204) 237-2306

E-mail: lperrin@sbgh.mb.ca

~~~~~~~~~~~

- end of alert -

Forwarded by:

MindFreedom Shield
MindFreedom Support Coalition International
454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284
Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA

http://www.mindfreedom.org
email: office@mindfreedom.org fax: (541) 345-3737
phone: (541) 345-9106 toll free in USA: 1-877-MAD-PRIDE

MIND YOUR FREEDOM: United Action for Human Rights.

join here: http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

MindFreedom Support Coalition International is an
independent non-profit uniting 100 sponsor groups
to win human rights & alternatives in mental health.
Accredited by the United Nations as a
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with
Consultative Roster Status.


David Oaks, Executive Director
MindFreedom Support Coalition International
454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284
Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA

http://www.mindfreedom.org
email: oaks@mindfreedom.org fax: (541) 345-3737
phone: (541) 345-9106 toll free in USA: 1-877-MAD-PRIDE

MIND YOUR FREEDOM: United Action for Human Rights.

join here: http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

MindFreedom Support Coalition International is an
independent non-profit uniting 100 sponsor groups
to win human rights & alternatives in mental health.
Accredited by the United Nations as a
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with
Consultative Roster Status.


From office at MindFreedom.org  Tue Aug 17 11:42:48 2004
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: [DENDRITE] NEWS: Bush Psychiatric Screening of USA Opposed,
    Patch Adams Volunteers
Message-ID: <BD479FB8.1DB0A%office@MindFreedom.org>


MindFreedom International NEWS - 17 August 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward now

     NEWS: BUSH PLAN TO "SHRINK" USA IS OPPOSED

     PATCH ADAMS OFFERS TO SCREEN PRESIDENT

President Bush announced that every man, woman
and child in the USA will be screened for
"mental illness" in a plan that was created by the
psychiatric drug industry, said the internationally
prestigious _British Medical Journal_.

MindFreedom International, a coalition of 100 groups
working for human rights in mental health, opposes
the Bush plan. They ask that President Bush be screened
first. The famous physician Patch Adams says, "I'll
screen him for free. He needs a lot of help."

MINDFREEDOM STARTS NEW "WEB NODE" TO RESIST BUSH PLAN
with the latest news, media articles and reports about
the growing controversy.

Go to http://wwww.MindFreedom.org to find this news:

** A MindFreedom News Release that calls for a symbolic
screening of President Bush first by Patch Adams.

** A new "Frequently Asked Questions" page explains
the role of the psychiatric drug corporations in
creating the "Texas Medication Algorithm Project,"
and how whistleblowers Allen Jones and psychiatrist
Stefan Kruszewski broke the silence, lost their jobs
and are suing government officials.

** Links to _British Medical Journal_ articles by
Jeanne Lenzer that concisely expose Bush administration
corruption and links to psychiatric drug companies.

** Plus links to other media articles, background about
President Bush's psychiatrist Sally Satel who is calling
for much more forced psychiatric drugging, and more.

# # #

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

ACT NOW: Please forward this news alert.

Ask your elected leaders to investigate psychiatric
drug company corruption inside your government.

ALSO, WHAT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

What will do you if or when the mental health screeners
come for *you* and *your* loved ones?

If Bush plans to screen the entire population for mental
health problems.... Don't you think it's time you joined
MindFreedom International? All for one and one for all.

MindFreedom International is creating a "MindFreedom Shield"
program to help defend members from threats of coercive
psychiatry by issuing alerts. Watch for more news soon.

JOIN AND DONATE TO MINDFREEDOM NOW! ALL ARE INVITED!

MindFreedom is totally independent, and not connected to any
government, mental health provider, church or drug company.

The majority of MindFreedom members have personally experienced
coerced psychiatric procedures, but membership is open to
everyone who supports human rights in mental health and
includes advocates, professionals and family members.

KEEP YOUR MIND FREE!

JOIN MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL **NOW**! GO HERE:

http://mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

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

Please forward.

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE:
e-mail to office@mindfreedom.org with remove in the subject line.



From office at MindFreedom.org  Thu Aug 19 12:36:53 2004
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: UPDATE: Bush Mental Health Screening of All Americans Resisted -
    Mass Media Silent
Message-ID: <BD4A4F65.1DCB7%office@MindFreedom.org>


CORRECTION! The below news release had an
incorrect web address. So we are re-sending
this fixed news release, with UPDATED NEWS.

~~~~~~~~~~

MindFreedom International UPDATE - 19 August 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward *now*

     NEWS: BUSH PLAN TO "SHRINK" THE USA IS OPPOSED.

     DR. PATCH ADAMS OFFERS TO SCREEN THE PRESIDENT.

     *UPDATE*: The American Psychiatric Association
     brags that the Bush "administration is appreciative"
     of how APA kept this story out of the mass media!

President Bush announced that every man, woman
and child in the USA will be screened for
"mental illness" in a plan that was created by the
psychiatric drug industry, said the internationally
prestigious _British Medical Journal_.

MindFreedom International, a coalition of 100 groups
working for human rights in mental health, opposes
the Bush plan. They ask that President Bush be screened
first. The famous physician Patch Adams says, "I'll
screen him for free. He needs a lot of help."

MINDFREEDOM STARTS NEW "WEB NODE" TO RESIST THE BUSH
PLAN with the latest news, media articles, updates
and reports about the growing controversy.

Go to http://www.MindFreedom.org to find this news:

~~~~~~~~~~

*** UPDATE: The American Psychiatric Association is
caught boasting in their member newsletter that
they helped suppress mass media coverage of the
scandal exposed by the _British Medical Journal_
series! The APA brags the Bush "administration is
appreciative." APA blames the mess on "a psychiatric
survivor group." Catch the APA gloating here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_APA_silences_media.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

*** CORPORATE MEDIA MAY TAKE ITS ORDERS FROM THE AMERICAN
PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION, but when *every* person in the
USA is being signed up for a new psychiatric program,
MindFreedom News feels *you* have the right to know!

A MindFreedom News Release calls for a symbolic
screening of President Bush first by Patch Adams - see a
photo of this famous physician/clown psychiatric survivor:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bushpsychnews.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

*** UPDATED "Frequently Asked Questions" page explains...

- The role of the psychiatric drug corporations in
creating the "Texas Medication Algorithm Project"
which is to be applied to all residents of the USA...

- How whistleblowers Allen Jones and psychiatrist
Stefan Kruszewski broke the silence, lost their jobs
and are suing government officials...

- In case you thought you could "just say no," Bush
appointee psychiatrist Sally Satel plus the huge
corporate think tank American Enterprise Institute
that Satel works for is pushing for a massive increase
in court-ordered *outpatient* psychiatric drugging...

- And just who is Patch Adams, and why should he screen
President Bush first for mental health problems?

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bushpsychFAQ.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

*** Read the stories USA corporate media are suppressing!
View the hard hitting _British Medical Journal_ series by
Jeanne Lenzer that concisely exposes how Bush is obeying
drug company orders to "screen" every single American.

Plus links to alternative media articles, background & more:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_psychiatry.shtml

# # #

~~~~~~~~~~

ACT NOW: Please forward this UPDATED news alert.

Ask your elected leaders to investigate psychiatric
drug company corruption inside your government.

WHAT ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? RESIST!

What will do you if or when it's time for *you*
and *your* loved ones to be "screened"?

If Bush plans to screen the entire population for mental
health problems.... Don't you think it's time you joined
MindFreedom International? All for one and one for all.

MindFreedom International is creating a "MindFreedom Shield"
program to help defend members from threats of coercive
psychiatry by issuing alerts. Watch for more news soon.

JOIN AND DONATE TO MINDFREEDOM NOW! ALL ARE INVITED!

MindFreedom is totally independent, and not connected to any
government, mental health provider, church or drug company.

The majority of MindFreedom members have personally experienced
coerced psychiatric procedures, but membership is open to
everyone who supports human rights in mental health and
includes advocates, professionals and family members.

KEEP YOUR MIND FREE!

JOIN & DONATE TO MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL **NOW**! GO HERE:

http://mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

Please forward.

~~~~~~~~~~

To be added to this MindFreedom DENDRITE human rights
public announcement list, e-mail: office@mindfreedom.org



From office at MindFreedom.org  Mon Aug 23 11:08:16 2004
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: NEWS: 3 NYC Events - Human Rights in Mental Health
Message-ID: <BD4F80A0.1DEB5%office@MindFreedom.org>


MindFreedom International NEWS - 23 August 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

NEWS BRIEFS

    Three New York City Area Events to Win
    Human Rights in the Mental Health System.

    Plus: MindFreedom Shield Helps Free a Member
    from a Psychiatric Institution.

1) Psychiatric Survivors Inside United Nations.

In a mad mad world, perhaps psychiatric survivors
have some good advice for a troubled planet?

Today begins two weeks of meetings in the UN on
disability and human rights. MindFreedom, which
is accredited by the UN as a Non Governmental
Organization with Consultative Roster Status,
has a team of psychiatric survivors participating.

MindFreedom is calling on the UN to join the
World Health Organization in declaring a
"Global Emergency" of human rights violations
in the  mental health system.

Read more here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/nyc_MindFreedom_UN_8-04.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

2) Save the date - Saturday night, 9 October 2004

You're invited to the MindFreedom Support Coalition
International Fundraiser and Dance Reception. It's
in collaboration with the International Center for
Human Rights and Psychiatry annual meeting.

The title: "Human Rights and Alternatives - A Way of Life."

For time, place, and tickets for the benefit, go here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/nyc10-09-04event.shtml

For info about the ICSPP conference go here:
http://www.icspp.org

~~~~~~~~~~

3) Protest Bush Administration Attacks on Human Rights
of People Affected by the Mental Health System

In the midst of the huge NYC demonstrations of the
Republican National Convention, you are invited
by MindFreedom member Rita DiCarlo to peacefully
protest President Bush to "Stop the War on
Our Brains."

E-mail Rita at mindaidproj@aol.com and go to:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/nyc_protest_Bush.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

OTHER NEWS:

** MindFreedom Shield Helps Free Canadian Member.

Remember the MindFreedom Shield alert on 13 August
about MindFreedom member Sara Arenson being
locked up in a Winnipeg psychiatric institution
and coercively drugged? Many of you spoke up!

Less than one week later, Sara e-mailed us
saying, "Good news. The hospital released me
this morning. My psychiatrist said it had to
do with the human rights groups that were
putting pressure on them. Great job MindFreedom.
Thank you so much for your help so far."

** Get Around the Blockade

As reported last week in an alert, the American
Psychiatric Association is bragging to their
members about how APA is blocking mainstream
media coverage of a mental health scandal
involving the Bush Administration: Every USA
resident is to be screened for mental health
problems in a plan cooked up by the drug industry.

You can get around the media blockade! Please tell
colleagues, e-mail lists, alternative media and
others about "The Shrinking of America":

Via main web site: http://www.MindFreedom.org

Or go directly to:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_psychiatry.shtml

Catch the APA boasting about their media blockade here:
http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/bush_APA_silences_media.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

ACT NOW: Please forward this NEWS ALERT.

If President Bush plans to screen the entire population for
mental health problems.... Don't you think it's time you joined
or renewed your membership with MindFreedom International?

JOIN AND DONATE TO MINDFREEDOM NOW! ALL ARE INVITED!

MindFreedom is totally independent, and not connected to any
government, mental health provider, church or drug company.

The majority of MindFreedom members have personally experienced
coerced psychiatric procedures, but membership is open to
everyone who supports human rights in mental health and
includes advocates, professionals and family members.

KEEP YOUR MIND FREE!

TO JOIN, RENEW & DONATE TO MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL:

http://mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

Please forward.

~~~~~~~~~~

To be added to this MindFreedom DENDRITE human rights
public announcement list, e-mail: office@mindfreedom.org



From office at mindfreedom.org  Fri Aug 27 22:48:48 2004
From: office at mindfreedom.org (office@mindfreedom.org)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: NEWS: UK Advocacy Network IN DANGER of defunding
Message-ID: <20040828054848.6FBB47D3E@sm4app04.siteprotect.com>


NEWS: Your Mind & Freedom - 27 August 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

     UKAN IS IN TROUBLE!

     And there's an easy way for you to e-mail your support!

The UK Advocacy Network (UKAN) networks many
groups of people labeled with a psychiatric
disabilities in UK. For years UKAN has been a Sponsor
Group in MindFreedom International.

Below is an alert that long-time psychiatric survivor
activist Jan Wallcraft has issued. Please act on this, and
spread the word!

For more information, see contact information below.

~~~~~


From: Jan Wallcraft - Jan.Wallcraft@scmh.org.uk

Subject: UK Advocacy Network under threat


The future existence of the UK Advocacy Network is
under threat as sources of national funding they
can apply for seem to be drying up. This has
already led to the redundancy of one of the
3 workers, and will probably lead to a further
redundancy soon, leaving only one member of staff,
able to provide only a minimal service to its 260
member groups.

This should not be allowed to happen at a time
when the right to have an advocate is coming
onto the national agenda in a way that UKAN have
consistently campaigned for for the past twelve
years or more.

Clearly there is a need for change in the world
of advocacy for there to be enough sufficiently
well trained, professionally networked and
supported advocates in place when the new Mental
Health Act comes into force.

But UKAN should be part of the process towards
achieving this. We need more than ever a national
network of service user-led advocacy to continue
to uphold the principles of independence and
the central role of service users in defining
good practice in advocacy.

If there was no survivor/service user led advocacy
organisation, we would have to invent one, and
why do that when we already have an organisation
which has provided standards, guidance, training,
networking and support for many years, despite
receiving only minimal funding?

Yes, we do need a body of professionally trained
and paid advocates available once a person has
been assessed under the Mental Health Act, but
advocacy needs a wider basis in the community,
so that people can access an advocate at any stage -
not only when immediately under threat of section.

If UKAN goes, who will be there to defend
community-based local advocacy projects set up
and run by service users for service users?

UPDATE FROM JAN: "Things are moving forward, there
is a new sense of unity in the movement now and we
will seize the opportunity."

~~~~~~~

 A C T I O N  * * * A C T I O N

If you support the continued existence of UKAN,
please send a message of support.

E-MAIL YOUR SUPPORT TO:

Jan.Wallcraft@scmh.org.uk, patrickwood@btconnect.com, officeukan@btconnect.com, TezBeulah@aol.com

~~~~~~~

For further information on what is happening
and what support UKAN needs call or email Patrick
Wood, on patrickwood@btconnect.com, (44) 114 272 8171

Please also spread the message to your contacts.

It's time for the survivor/user movement to begin
acting together, with or without funding, to ensure
we have a place in our own right in the future of mental health.

PS - the latest news on funding from Sainsbury Centre
for Mental Health (SCMH) for a
steering group of survivor/user organisations is
that we will hear in September, but I am assured
the will to go ahead is still there. I am really sorry
it's taking so long.

- Jan Wallcraft - Jan.Wallcraft@scmh.org.uk

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

FORWARDED by MindFreedom International
http://www.MindFreedom.org

To get alerts from MindFreedom, e-mail
to office@mindfreedom.org.



From office at MindFreedom.org  Tue Aug 31 13:45:01 2004
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: Michael Moore Needles Mental Health System?
Message-ID: <BD5A315C.1E2B4%office@MindFreedom.org>


MindFreedom News Alert - 1 September 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org - please forward

    Filmmaker Michael Moore May Target
    Mental Health System in His Next Film.

    MindFreedom Declares Michael Moore
    an "Honorary Psychiatric Survivor"!

    How You Can Write to Michael
    About His New Movie, "SICKO."

The Internet Movie Database reported that
Michael Moore is working on a new film
tentatively titled, "SICKO."

Said IMDB: "This film will focus on the
American healthcare system, and will look
at it through an inspection of the
system of mental health care."

David Oaks, director of MindFreedom International,
said, "We're naming Mike an 'honorary psychiatric
survivor. We're mailing Mike our new MAD
PRIDE KIT: An award certificate, t-shirt,
'heal normality' poster, stickers, the works."

AT BOTTOM is a letter from MindFreedom to Moore.

MindFreedom encourages Michael Moore to
look at more than just the funding of
the mental health system -- they want
him to probe what they call a "global
emergency" of human rights violations.

Michael Moore's current film _Fahrenheit
9/11_ has grossed more than $120 million,
so he ought to be able to pull off SICKO.

The Associated Press reported, "Moore's
latest is inspired by a segment he did
on The Awful Truth, his series which
aired on the Bravo network. In the segment,
'Funeral at an HMO,' Moore documents the
plight of a diabetic who urgently needs
a pancreas transplant and whose HMO
won't help out.?Moore goes to the HMO's
headquarters and puts on a mock funeral
for the diabetic patient, making certain
to invite the company execs.?Ultimately,
the HMO agrees to assist the patient
and make sweeping policy changes."

* * ACTION * * ACTION * * ACTION * *

Write to Mike!

Sample message - your own words &
personal story are best:

"Dear Mike, congratulations on being
named an honorary psychiatric
survivor by MindFreedom International!
Please truly expose the mental
health system in your new film. This
is not about just getting more money
for mental health care. This is
about a global emergency of human
rights violations in that system!
We need a nonviolent revolution of
empowerment and self-determination!"

POSTAL MAILING ADDRESS:

Michael Moore
c/o Ariel Emanuel
Endeavor Agency LLC
9601 Wilshire Blvd 3rd fl.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 USA

FAX TO MICHAEL MOORE: 310-248-5064

~~~~~~~~

BELOW is an open letter sent from
MindFreedom International director
David Oaks to Michael Moore.

Dear Michael,

Many of our members -- from as far away
as Ireland -- are e-mailing me and
pleading with me right now that I write
a letter to you as soon as possible. And
I totally agree, so here it is.

Why?

Our members and I have heard the
superb news that your next documentary
will tackle the health system, perhaps
including the mental health system.

I'm writing you from deep in the
grassroots, about as grassroots as you
can get. I direct MindFreedom
International. Our coalition unites 100
groups working hard for human rights and
alternatives in a very oppressive and
increasingly powerful mental health
system.

Most of our members have personally
experienced human rights violations and
other indignities in the mental health
system. We're the only group like us to
get accredited by the United Nations,
where we've been bringing up concerns
about globalization of psychiatry. I've
been a human rights activist in this
challenging field for 28 years.

I want to emphasize something:

MindFreedom is totally independent, for
better or for worse. Almost all groups
in this field have funding from some
mental health service, government
agency, drug company, church, etc.

Not us. We're totally self-funded.

Our people - those who have gone
through the mental health system - tend
to be marginalized, poor, discriminated
against and hated about as much as
terrorists. Yet by many economic
measures, the opponents we're taking on
- such as the drug industry - are among
the richest corporations in the history
of the world.

Quite an imbalance.

I'm writing to offer our pretty humble
services in any way, shape, or form. Do
you need leads? Background?
Perspectives? Footage? Books? Experts?
Survivors? Just ask.

You may have already heard from some of
our members and myself who have been
sending information your way for years.
           
In the big picture, our issue affects
everyone, because it's about democracy
getting "hands on" with the emotional
and mental well being of all people,
not just a percentage of people who
gets labeled. Psychiatric oppression
holds back all movements.

Other progressives have sometimes had a
hard time tackling our issue because
they ended up in two camps:

(A) Against absolutely everything about
the mental health care system.

Or

(B) Lobbying for more money for that
system.

But we have a more complex approach
that has helped. For us, the issue is
all about choice. Empowerment.
Self-determination. Equality. Freedom.
Human rights. Those are our core
values.

So our coalition is able to unite
people taking prescribed psychiatric
drugs, with others who absolutely hate
the stuff. There's enough room in this
movement for everyone.

The documented, proven abuse in this
field is just so overwhelming that it's
hard to explain in a brief letter. For
instance, I've had heartbreaking phone
calls from people about to receive
forced electroshock against their
expressed wishes the very next day.

Some of our members are under court
order to take powerful psychiatric
drugs while living in their own homes,
backed up by daily at home visits from
mental health "teams." Some of these
forced drugs can be so powerful that
brain scan studies prove the drugs can
cause severe brain damage, such as
visible shrinkage of the frontal lobes.

Many of our members and Sponsor Groups
are helping to provide alternatives for
recovery such as peer support, housing,
jobs, advocacy, community centers and
more. We're a coalition that protests
and does hunger strikes and speaks out
and wins. We have an e-mail alert
system that goes out to tens of
thousands of in our movement.

Unfortunately, the Bush Administration
has been pretty closed to our
empowerment perspective.

For instance, the Bush administration
appointed a psychiatrist - Sally Satel
- straight from the American Enterprise
Institute to a high level advisory
position. She wrote a book ("PC, MD")
targeting our movement, our group and
me personally - a real honor.

The Bush Administration is now pushing
a plan called TMAP (Texas Medication
Algorithm Project) that is kind of a
cookie cutter approach to pushing
psychiatric drugs. This Bush plan calls
for all - all - Americans, young and
old, to be screened for TMAP.

See our web site www.MindFreedom.org. I
enclosed some back issues of our
journal.

If we can help in any way, shape or
form, please just give me a call.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

David Oaks, Director,
MindFreedom International
http://www.MindFreedom.org

- end alert -

~~~~~~~~~~

Please forward this news alert.

The majority of MindFreedom members have personally experienced
coerced psychiatric procedures, but membership is open to
everyone who supports human rights in mental health and
includes advocates, professionals and family members.

KEEP YOUR MIND FREE!

JOIN & DONATE TO MINDFREEDOM INTERNATIONAL **NOW**! GO HERE:

http://mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

~~~~~~~~~~

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~~~~~~~~~~

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From office at MindFreedom.org  Thu Jul  8 15:43:00 2004
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: [DENDRITE] NEWS: Bush Protested in Mad Pride 2004 events in 4
    nations in July
Message-ID: <BD131C04.1C9E6%office@MindFreedom.org>


MindFreedom International NEWS RELEASE - 14 July 2004
http://www.Mindfreedomm.org - please forward

     MAD PRIDE EVENTS IN 4 NATIONS

     BUSH PLANS TO SCREEN ENTIRE USA FOR
     PSYCHIATRIC DRUGGING IS OPPOSED

Each July is MAD PRIDE month to celebrate human rights
and alternatives of psychiatric survivors, which means
everyone.

With President Bush announcing plans to screen the entire
USA population for potential psychiatric drugging, this is
very good timing, indeed. (See news articles and links at bottom.)

Mad Pride 2004 events include:

* A 72 hour camp out in front of the State Capitol
in Albany, New  York, USA by people labeled "mentally ill."

* A week of theatrical events in Toronto, Canada by
Friendly Spike Theater.

* Music events in London.

* Psychiatric survivors laying a wreath on the
actual Bastille in Paris.

* "Official launch" of a global nonviolent revolution,
complete with ribbon cutting and recreation of the
Bastille, in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

     PROTESTERS SAY: "STOP THE BUSH PUSH TO DRUG USA!"

A number of participants are making Bush the object of
their Mad Pride peaceful events this year.

That is because the Bush Administration is promoting
a plan to screen the entire USA population for "mental
illness," and pushing psychiatric drugs on those labeled.

Two whistleblowers in Philadelphia -- an investigator
and a psychiatrist -- have lost their jobs to blow
the whistle on drug company corruption in the mental
health system, and both are suing.

For more information see recent news articles, this
one from the NEW STANDARD NEWS [links to more news
articles at bottom].

~~~~~~

NEW STANDARD NEWS

http://newstandardnews.net/content/?action=show_item&itemid=614

White House May Be Planning Nationwide Program to Diagnose, Drug Kids
by Christopher Getzan

Jun 27 - A new plan by the Bush administration to test the nation's public
school population for mental disorders and treat them with controversial
drugs has raised an alarm among some medical science watchdogs and members
of the mental health community.

The White House is expected to announce a mental health and disability
initiative that recommends the screening and treatment of the country?s K-12
students. The plan is based on a Texas program a government whistleblower
has called "a Trojan horse" for pharmaceutical companies.

As first reported by bmj.com, the website for the medical news weekly the
British Medical Journal, the plan is derived from findings by the
President?s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, a committee of doctors
and mental health care professionals established in 2002. Published by the
New Freedom Initiative (NFI), the report recommends states start testing for
and treating mental disorders as early as possible, focusing on students,
who can be easily accessed in the public school system.

The mental health component of the plan is based on the Texas Medication
Algorithm Project (TMAP), which was engineered during Bush?s tenure as
governor. An algorithm is a flow chart that helps psychiatrists identify and
medicate a patient?s condition.

The New Freedom Initiative reported that "despite their prevalence, mental
disorders often go undiagnosed," and recommended a screening program for
"consumers of all ages," including pre-school children. The commission found
that schools are in a "key position" to influence the phenomena of young
children being "expelled from preschools and childcare facilities for
severely disruptive behaviors and emotional disorders." To do so, the NFI
said that "state-of-the-art treatments" were in order, and praised TMAP for
showing "results in better consumer outcomes."

The NFI plan "doesn't have the Orwellian goal of drugging the populace for a
political purpose; it's the Orwellian goal of drugging the populace for an
economic purpose." -- Allen Jones, whistleblower The American Psychiatric
Association, which itself receives some funding from drug companies, has
hailed the commission?s conclusions as a sound preventative approach to
dealing with mental illness.

Critics of the plan, however, point to strong connections between the New
Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the pharmaceutical industry, and
they contend that the plan will be a financial boon to drug companies while
compromising the mental health of the nation?s children.

Holistic mental health advocate David Oaks, director of MindFreedom, a
coalition of groups that campaigns for people diagnosed with psychiatric
disabilities, says the issues of child mental health are not only more
complicated than just testing for disorders and putting kids on drugs, but
also colored by powerful societal pressures and millions of dollars in drug
revenues. Oaks says the president?s plan amounts to little more than "No
child left undrugged."

"It's very unimaginative. The idea sounds good: get help for the kids," Oaks
said. "But the mental health machine tends to label, label, label." The
labeling, said Oaks, all too often stigmatizes children as "abnormal."

"We're not happy to say the least," said Patricia Weathers, president of
Ablechild: Parents for Label and Drug Free Education. "It's going to
increase the drugging of children."

Oaks says he believes the template for the NFI's plan originates in the kind
of extreme treatments misdiagnosed patients suffered in "the back wards" of
clinics and asylums of the past, like forced drugging or electroshock
therapies.

"This [has] been going on for years," said Oaks. "The psychiatric model [of
the past] has been mainstreamed. And now, the system's coming for all of
us."

Labeling, says Weathers, places a great deal of stress on families to raise
a "normal" child. "It's almost like a parent is beaten down. You want [your
child] in a mainstream school, not in a special needs school."

Weathers said her own son was dismissed from the public educational system
because of her refusal to continue to drug him at the school system's
request after school officials diagnosed him as having ADHD.

"Parents are losing their children" to drugging and labeling regimens, she
says. "We need to look at the underlying causes, and not be so quick to
think a child has mental problems.

"Instead of saying [a child is] having trouble reading, and giving him an
educational resource, they say, ?oh well, he's ADD?," she said. In the case
of her son, Weathers said he had physical conditions, among them anemia,
that may have been hindering his educational progress.

Criticism of the NAI plan, or at least the blueprint for it, has not been
limited to the grassroots. In 2002 Allen Jones, a former investigator for
the Office of the Inspector General in Pennsylvania, had been looking into
the propriety of an off-the-books account that originated within the
Pennsylvania Department of Mental Health. According to Jones, when he went
to the New York Times and bmj.com with accusations that the drug company
Janssen may have been attempting to influence the formation of a TMAP-style
test and treat plan, he was told to "quit swimming upstream." When he
refused to quiet down, he was fired, he added.

In a whistleblower report posted on the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights?
website, Jones elaborated on his charges, and explained that during its
pilot stage, TMAP was packed with doctors who had strong ties to the drug
industry. Jones said that ties to the drug companies gave them a financial
incentive to recommend expensive, brand name drugs,
rather than cheaper comparable medicines.

Jones also writes that a number of the New Freedom Initiative for Mental
Health Commission members were linked to TMAP's founding or are advocates
for the program's expansion in states like Maryland and Ohio.

The NFI plan, said Jones, "doesn't have the Orwellian goal of drugging the
populace for a political purpose; it's the Orwellian goal of drugging the
populace for an economic purpose."

Nationally, pharmaceutical companies have been generous in doling out
campaign contributions to the former Texas governor and his party. According
to the Center for Responsive Politics, the pharmaceutical industry has given
President George W. Bush $764,274 so far this election cycle, making the
president the number one recipient of campaign donations of either party
from the pharmaceutical industry.

Number two and three respectively are New Jersey Congressman Mike Ferguson
and North Carolina Senator John Burr, each of whom are situated on the
Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Health, which oversees
mental health and research, biomedical programs, Medicaid, and food and drug
policies. Presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has also
received campaign contributions from the industry, with just over $149,000
in donations.

This mix of money and politics is hardly helpful for members of the mental
health issues community and their advocates, said Oaks. Instead, he said,
"Imagine the whole environmental movement funded by the oil industry."

- end -

~~~~~~~~~~~

Other news articles on this breaking story:


http://www.thenewamerican.com/tna/2004/07-12-2004/insider/education.htm

http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/local/9095033.htm?1c

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39078

www.psychrights.org/

[Above, see a legal brief filed by whistleblower Allen Jones.]

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/329/7457/69

Also see http://bmj.bmjjournals.com late today, 8 July 2004,
for news about the latest whistleblower to speak out,
a psychiatrist in Pennsylvania who has lost his job and is suing,
because of harm done by children by drug company corruption.

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

ACT NOW:

Ask your elected leaders to hold an investigation of
psychiatric drug company corruption and domination in
government agencies.

Also, what about you and your family?

What will you do if and when you are screened?

If Bush plans to screen the entire population for mental health
problems.... Don't you think it's about time you joined
MindFreedom International? We unite 100 grassroots groups
to defend human rights of people in the mental health system.

Join MindFreedom now! All are invited!

MindFreedom is totally independent, and not connected to any
government, mental health provider, church or drug company.

The majority of MindFreedom members have personally experienced
coerced psychiatric procedures, and are ready, willing and
able to resist mental health system human rights violations.

For more info about MindFreedom go to:

http://www.MindFreedom.org.

To join now go to:

http://mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

MAD PRIDE!

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

Please forward this news!



From oaks at mindfreedom.org  Mon Jul 12 19:18:45 2004
From: oaks at mindfreedom.org (David Oaks - www.MindFreedom.org)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: [DENDRITE] News: Psychiatric Survivors Movement Mourns Loren Mosher
Message-ID: <F7E5BA55-D472-11D8-9916-000A95C0B960@mindfreedom.org>


MindFreedom International News - 12 July 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org

         Loren Mosher -- Psychiatrist and
         Human Rights Activist -- Has Died,
         But He's Still Fighting His Profession.

         As Loren Died, His Newest Book Goes to Press

statement by David Oaks, Director, MindFreedom

Loren Mosher was like a Schindler of
psychiatry, as in the film "Schindler's List."

One of our Schindlers has died.

Loren Mosher was a psychiatrist who fought
his own profession's oppression, who was a tremendous
ally to survivors of psychiatric human rights
violations. He died this weekend in Berlin after
struggling with a liver disease.

This is just a brief note to let people who
care about human rights in the mental health
system know about this loss of a real hero.

If you did not know about Loren's contribution
to this area, I've put just a little bit at the
bottom of this that I encourage you to read,
such as his famous letter of resignation from
the American Psychiatric Association.

I'm lucky that Loren was also a personal
friend of mine, and on the board of MindFreedom.
He did so many things to support me, our group,
so many groups, and our entire social change movement.

Loren was also superb at encouraging other mental
health professionals to have the simple courage and
decency to speak out, such as in his work with
the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry
and Psychology.

He knew how to enjoy life, too. Loren knew how to
overthrow psychiatric oppression and have a nice day,
such as in his world travels.

Loren would be delighted to know that even death is not
stopping him from challenging his psychiatric profession!

Loren has worked for many years on a book he co-authored
entitled "Soteria: Through Madness to Deliverance." Final
details for the book's publishing were being prepared at
about the time Loren died.

A colleague of Loren told me today the book will be out by
September, and perhaps even by the time a memorial is planned
for Loren in August. Soteria tells the story of his successful
fight to create a commonsense alternative that worked,
an alternative to the mental health system that did not use
the bizarre bullying and poisoning with massive amounts
of drugs that has captured the current mental health system.

Soteria was just a house, with regular people (not mental
health professionals) trained to take care of people
not by pouring toxic concoctions of psychiatric drugs
down these clients throats... not by pushing these
clients around... but instead by building relationships.

Soteria clients did better, of course, than those who were pushed
through the strangling ringer of the current mental health
system. But that data threatened the mental health system, and
the profession has done much to try to suppress the "evidenced
based" humane, empowering model that Soteria championed.

How many people's lives and minds were saved because Loren
helped them escape psychiatry's systemic abuse, both in
Soteria and in many other ways, internationally?

Well, Loren is still winning. He is winning out with his new
book. And he's winning out with the thousands of psychiatric
survivors and allies his life has touched, who will carry
on his struggle, with, hopefully, the same good humor,
intelligence, and persistence that I always saw in Loren.

Psychiatric survivor Peter Lehmann announced the news
that Loren had died in the Anthroposophic Clinic
Havelhoehe in Berlin, Germany during his last ditch
effort to fight his liver disease. Loren lived in
San Diego, California, USA.

There will be more to say about Loren's legacy for the
movement to change psychiatry. I will personally speak
about him this Bastille Day, July 14, which for 24 years has
been a day of protest of human rights abuse in the mental
health system (see http://wwww.MindFreedom.org).

Also, I am sure many of us will join me in remembering Loren
at ICSPP's conference http://wwww.icspp.org and at
Alternatives 2004. Poignantly, we psychiatric survivors
were planning an award for Loren at ICSPP; thankfully, he knew
about our often-too-slow but loving efforts to appreciate him.

Below you'll find some biographical information, articles,
and a blurb I submitted about Loren's latest book.

Thank you Loren Mosher, for fighting the good fight with
such style, cunning, wit and care. We mourn you, we
remember you, and we will redouble our efforts to
stop the violations you hated, and promote the humane
alternatives you dearly loved.

May Loren's life encourage many more Schindlers
in the psychiatric profession to have the wisdom
and bravery and love and decency to speak out about
the nightmarishly horrible abuse that is inherent
in the psychiatric system, to confront it, to even
laugh in its face, and to build loving alternatives
to it.

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

bio:

http://www.moshersoteria.com/bio.htm

Loren's work:

http://www.moshersoteria.com/

Info about Soteria:

http://www.moshersoteria.com/soteri.htm

Psychology Today article:

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1175/is_5_32/ai_55625499

Letter of resignation from American Psychiatric Association

http://adhd-report.com/biopsychiatry/bio_12.html

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

_Soteria: Through Madness to Deliverance_  [blurb by David Oaks]

> As a psychiatric survivor, I hope Soteria stories will be told and
> retold, again and again, because together they illuminate an
> exhilarating path toward deliverance from a mental health ?system?
> gone mad. In this book, Soteria's stories about how people can support
> and help others experiencing extreme mental and emotional crises
> emerge in loving (and sometimes humorous) detail. Here, the authors
> detail how dissident mental health workers, professionals, and
> researchers heroically championed an historic project in the face of a
> tidal wave of repression from the arrogant, tradition-bound
> psychiatric profession. These stories teach us how to survive a
> confused, drug-addicted, authoritarian, and, at times, deadly mental
> health establishment. For all those who?when confronted with
> psychiatry's crimes?ask, "But what's the alternative?" Soteria offers
> an elegant reply. It tells the inside story of an effective, hopeful,
> commonsense, empowering alternative to mainstream mental health
> practices.

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


David Oaks, Executive Director
MindFreedom Support Coalition International
454 Willamette, Suite 216 - POB 11284
Eugene, OR 97440-3484 USA

http://www.mindfreedom.org
email: oaks@mindfreedom.org fax: (541) 345-3737
phone: (541) 345-9106 toll free in USA: 1-877-MAD-PRIDE

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From oaks at mindfreedom.org  Tue Jul 20 10:28:43 2004
From: oaks at mindfreedom.org (David Oaks - www.MindFreedom.org)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: [DENDRITE] Wash. Post & NY Times: Loren Mosher dissident
    psychiatrist obits
Message-ID: <3FD42BD0-DA72-11D8-AEC0-000A95C0B960@mindfreedom.org>

MindFreedom News http://www.MindFreedom.org 20 July 2004

UPDATED NEWS about death of Loren Mosher, hero to the
psychiatric survivors human rights movement, and board
member of MindFreedom International.

BELOW find obituaries in both _Washington Post_ and
_New York Times_. At bottom are links to more news,
remembrance pages you may add to, and more information.

~~~~~~~~~~

[Administrative note to dendrite list: A technical problem
allowed spam to get on this list yesterday. We are taking
all urgent steps to stop this. This is our main human rights
alert list, so please stay on!! If you have any complaints,
or praise, please let us know at office@mindfreedom.org. Thanks.
  -- David Oaks, Director, MindFreedom International]

~~~~~~~~~~~

_WASHINGTON POST_

Contrarian Psychiatrist Loren Mosher, 70

By Adam Bernstein

Washington Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, July 20, 2004; Page B06

Loren R. Mosher, 70, who died of liver cancer July 10
at a clinic in Berlin, was a contrarian psychiatrist
and schizophrenia expert who was dismissed from the
National Institute of Mental Health for his
controversial theories on treatment.

While chief of NIMH's Center for the Study of
Schizophrenia from 1968 to 1980, Dr. Mosher decried
excess drugging of the mentally ill; large treatment
facilities like St. Elizabeths Hospital that he would
have preferred to raze; and the sway pharmaceutical
companies had over professional groups.

He advocated a largely drug-free treatment regimen
for schizophrenics, which still runs counter to a p
revailing opinion for using antipsychotic drugs for
schizophrenics in the United States.

His position was based on a view that schizophrenics
are tormented souls who needed emotionally nourishing
environments in which to recover. He said drugs were
almost always unnecessary, except in the event of a
violent or suicidal episode.

He eventually established small, drug-free treatment
facilities that were more akin to homes than hospitals.
His young care providers in one center, Soteria House
in San Jose, lived and performed household chores with
the handful of patients.

"The idea was that schizophrenia can often be overcome
with the help of meaningful relationships, rather than
with drugs, and that such treatment would eventually
lead to unquestionably healthier lives," Dr. Mosher once
wrote.

As late as 2002, he claimed that 85 percent to 90 percent
of his clients returned to the community without
conventional hospital treatment.

In 1998, Dr. Mosher resigned from the American Psychiatric
Association, which he called a "drug company patsy."

"The major reason for this action is my belief that
I am actually resigning from the American
Psychopharmacological Association," he wrote in his
resignation letter. "Luckily, the organization's
true identity requires no change in the acronym.
At this point in history, in my view, psychiatry
has been almost completely bought out by the drug companies."

Loren Richard Mosher was born in Monterey, Calif., and
lived with various relatives after his mother's
death from breast cancer when he was 9. He worked
in oil fields in the American West as a young man
to earn money for medical school, or so he told his
  employers. What was then a lie, he said, soon
became truth as his co-workers came to the allegedly
aspiring doctor with complaints about colds and sexual
diseases.

After graduating from Stanford University and Harvard
University medical school, he arrived at NIMH in 1964.
His early schizophrenia research involved identical
twins, one with schizophrenia and the other without
the psychotic disorder. His research emphasized
the "psychosocial" factors that he felt led one
toward exhibiting symptoms but left the other one
apparently normal.

Creating Soteria House in the early 1970s, he said,
caused lasting trouble with the psychiatric community.
After showing studies of patient recovery that matched
traditional treatment with medication, the project
lost its funding amid a strong peer backlash. So
did a second residential treatment center in San Jose.

"By 1980, I was removed from my [NIMH] post altogether,"
he wrote. "All of this occurred because of my strong
stand against the overuse of medication and disregard
for drug-free, psychological interventions to treat
psychological disorders."

He then taught psychiatry at the Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda and
became head of the public mental health system in
Montgomery County. He started a crisis house in
Rockville, McAuliffe House, based on Soteria principles.

He was a prolific contributor to scientific journals
and co-wrote several books, including "Community Mental
Health: A Practical Guide" (1994). During the Ritalin
phenomenon of the 1990s, he was often featured as a
dissenting view in scores of articles. "If you tell
a lie long enough, it becomes the truth," he said of
the medication.

Dr. Mosher moved to San Diego from Washington in 1996.
At his death, he was a clinical professor of psychiatry
at the University of California at San Diego medical
school and was in Berlin for experimental cancer treatment.

His marriage to Irene Carleton Mosher ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Judy Schreiber
of San Diego; three children from the first marriage,
Hal Mosher of Fairfax, Calif., and Tim Mosher and Heather
"Missy" Galanida, both of Los Angeles; two brothers; and a
granddaughter.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63107-2004Jul19.html

~~~~~~~~~~~

_NEW YORK TIMES_

L.R. Mosher, Innovator at Mental Health Institute, Dies at 70

July 18, 2004

By ANAHAD O'CONNOR

Dr. Loren R. Mosher, a former National Institute of Mental
Health official who developed a drug-free approach to
treating schizophrenia and argued that psychiatrists should
rely less heavily on antipsychotic medications, died on
July 10 at a clinic in Berlin. He was 70.

The cause was liver disease, his wife, Judith Schreiber,
said.

In the 1960's and 70's, as psychiatrists were beginning to
prescribe powerful new antipsychotic drugs to treat
schizophrenia, Dr. Mosher advocated using little-known
alternative therapies instead. From 1968 to 1980, while
chief of the Center for Studies of Schizophrenia at the
mental health institute, he began a long-term study that
compared drug-free treatments with conventional
hospitalization.

Through decades of research, he found that patients who
were randomly assigned to live in a psychotherapeutic,
residential setting with few medications did just as well
as patients given drugs. In some cases, when the person had
never taken any medication, he found the outcome was even
better.

"Loren believed that you couldn't just give drugs to
someone who is in deep distress and ignore them," said Dr.
David Cohen, a professor of social work at the School of
Social Work at Florida International University and a
former colleague of Dr. Mosher. "He said that there was
therapeutic value in just being with someone and bearing
the discomfort of it. Just giving the patients drugs would
only distance yourself from them."

The centerpiece of Dr. Mosher's research project was a
12-room house in San Jose, where one psychiatrist and a
live-in staff cared for a group of about half a dozen young
schizophrenics. The center, called Soteria, or
"deliverance" in Greek, had a no-drugs rule unless patients
became violent or suicidal. Staff members shared cooking
and normal household chores with the patients and were
encouraged to view them as their peers.

The goal, Dr. Mosher later wrote, "was to provide a simple,
home-like, safe, warm, supportive, unhurried, tolerant and
nonintrusive environment."

Dr. Mosher was convinced that supportive, social
relationships could help his patients rebound from
psychosis. He viewed the illness as a coping mechanism, a
response to years of various traumatic events that caused
the person to retreat from reality.

"Basically what they're saying is: 'Hey, folks, I'm out of
here. I'm constructing this world as it pleases me, and I
don't need to pay attention to that world out there. I'm
going to live in this one because that one out there
hurts,' " he said in a 2003 interview with the San Diego
Weekly Reader.

By 1974, Dr. Mosher had opened a second residential
treatment center in San Jose called Emanon. Both centers
lasted until the early 90's, when financing dried up. But
they inspired more than a dozen similar residential centers
in Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Italy and other parts of
Europe.

In his later years, Dr. Mosher wrote and spoke widely about
his cynicism toward the pharmaceutical industry's influence
on physicians. He resigned from the American Psychiatric
Association in 1998, citing an "unholy alliance" between
psychiatrists and drug makers.

Born in 1933 in Monterrey, Calif., Loren Richard Mosher
earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford and his
medical degree from Harvard. In the 1960's, he did early
research at the mental health institute, studying sets of
identical twins in which one had schizophrenia and the
other did not. He focused on their family lives and
upbringing, seeking to identify psychosocial factors that
might have brought on mental illness.

Dr. Mosher was a clinical professor of psychiatry at the
University of California at San Diego medical school.
Throughout his career, he wrote more than 100 scientific
articles and reviews. In 1989, he published a book,
"Community Mental Health: Principles and Practice," which
has since been translated into five languages.

His first marriage to Irene Mosher, ended in divorce in the
early 70's.

In addition to his wife of 16 years, Judith, who lives in
San Diego, he is survived by two sons, Hal, of Fairfax,
Calif., and Tim, of Los Angeles; a daughter, Missy Galanida
of Los Angeles; two brothers, Roger, of San Francisco, and
Harold, of Casper, Wyo.; and one granddaughter.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/18/national/18mosher.html?
ex=1091126009&ei=1&en=d24badc0612d4d1c

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Please forward.

PsychRights has "remembrance page" on web you may add to:

http://psychrights.org/InMemoriam/LorenMosher/Loren.htm

Laing Society also has a remembrance page you may add to, with an obit:

http://laingsociety.org/

The San Diego Weekly Reader on Loren Mosher is here:

http://www.antipsychiatrie.berlinet.de/artikel/foreign/mosher_2003.htm

Loren's preface to Peter Lehmann's new
book "Coming off Psychiatric Drugs" is here:

http://www.p.lehmann.berlinet.de/withdraw.htm#loren

bio:

http://www.moshersoteria.com/bio.htm

Loren's work:

http://www.moshersoteria.com/

Info about Soteria:

http://www.moshersoteria.com/soteri.htm

Psychology Today article:

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1175/is_5_32/ai_55625499

Letter of resignation from American Psychiatric Association

http://adhd-report.com/biopsychiatry/bio_12.html

Original message from MindFreedom:

http://psychrights.org/InMemoriam/LorenMosher/Loren.htm

To join, renew or donate to MindFreedom:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

Please forward, thanks.




From office at MindFreedom.org  Fri Apr 23 16:56:54 2004
From: office at MindFreedom.org (www.MindFreedom.org Office)
Date: Tue May 17 14:23:17 2005
Subject: [DENDRITE] 6 ALERTS: Protest Psychiatry Mtg., Pfizer Fraud,
    Forced Drugs & More
Message-ID: <BCAEFB55.1A80C%office@MindFreedom.org>


NEWS: Your Mind & Freedom -- 23 April 2004
http://www.MindFreedom.org -- please forward

Six brief news items about winning human rights
for people affected by the mental health system:

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

(1) PROTEST the American Psychiatric Association
Annual Meeting, Sunday, 2 May 2004, 1 pm in front
of the Javits Center, New York City, USA.

The protest will include a huge check for $5,000
to be paid to anyone who finds that mysterious
"chemical imbalance" that psychiatry can't find.

Watch for the helium balloons that make the point
that the APA is "full of hot air."

For news release, directions, protest housing and more:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/APA2004protest.shtml

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

(2) PFIZER, INC. vs. MindFreedom: That bouncing
ball lies! The manufacturer of Zoloft debates us
about their "chemical imbalance" fraud. They lose.

If you live in the USA, you've probably seen ads on
TV for Zoloft with the little bouncy ball. The ads
claim, "Zoloft is a medicine that helps correct the
chemical imbalance of serotonin in the brain."

MindFreedom demanded that Pfizer, Inc. produce any
scientific evidence of an "imbalance" and how Zoloft helps
"correct" it. Pfizer actually responded. The MindFreedom
Scientific Panel demolished Pfizer's defense.

Read all about how Pfizer, Inc. cannot produce a single
peer-reviewed scientific article to back up this fraud.

MindFreedom asks Congress to investigate drug company
influence inside the Bush Administration agences such as
FDA, FCC and FTC. You can help. More info:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/pfizerlies.shtml

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

(3) NEW YORK STATE forcibly drugs people living at home
out in the community. Does their huge database of
potential prospects for forced drugging include you yet?

Nearly all USA states and many other nations have passed
laws this past decade allowing you to be court ordered to
take powerful psychiatric drugs on an "outpatient" basis.

The MindFreedom office has recently been in touch
with members in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Ohio
who must take these drugs while living in their own homes.

The "neuroleptic" drugs used can cause actual shrinkage of
the frontal lobes, the same area targeted by a lobotomy.

MindFreedom member Donald Chambers lives at home in
Manhattan. But he's court ordered to take these
neuroleptic drugs against his will. Read his story in his
own words and see a photo of Donald here:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/Donaldforcedrugs.shtml

MindFreedom member Jay Fickling used to work inside the
New York State mental health system. But not any more.
Jay blew the whistle on how the State of New York is
compiling a gigantic, detailed, computerized database of
citizens considered likely prospects for "mental health care"
such as this deadly forced outpatient psychiatric drugging.

Are you in the government database? Read Jay's story.
View an actual "intake form" that MindFreedom obtained:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/nystateforcedrugs.shtml

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

(4) THERE'S A JOB OPENING at the MindFreedom office in
Eugene, Oregon, USA for an Administrative Assistant:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/jobopening.shtml

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

(5) DR. MARSTON wants out from Austin State Hospital!
Cathy Marston, PhD is a MindFreedom member who is held
down and forcibly injected with Zyprexa each night.

Read her statement dictated from inside this Texas
facility. Find out how to help her main goal -- to get out:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/mindfreedom/FreeCathyMarston.shtml

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(6) IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING note about MindFreedom
e-mail lists! One of our Internet Service Providers crashed a
hard drive. Your patience is appreciated during data retrieval.

Bottom line: If you receive this DENDRITE alert by error,
please e-mail the office directly at office@mindfreedom.org
with "REMOVE" in subject line, and please accept our apologies.

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

MINDFREEDOM SUPPORT COALITION INTERNATIONAL:
United Action for Human Rights in Mental Health.

Move from patient to passion! Donate, join or
renew your membership in MindFreedom today.

Media have called MindFreedom, "The GreenPeace
of Mental Health" and "The epicenter of the
mad movement."

MindFreedom Support Coalition International
is a non-profit uniting 100 grassroots groups,
and is 100% independently funded by group and
individual members like you who support human rights.

Check out the revised mission statement. Your feedback
is appreciated in the ongoing process of updating it:

"In a spirit of mutual cooperation, MindFreedom leads
a nonviolent revolution of freedom, equality, truth
and human rights that unites people affected by the
mental health system with movements for justice everywhere."

Find out more, and join and/or donate today at
http://www.MindFreedom.org. Click on "join/donate."

Or go directly to:

http://www.mindfreedom.org/join.shtml

Or provide your check or money order or
credit card information to:

MindFreedom
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Eugene, OR 97440 USA

ph: (541) 345-9106 fax: (541) 345-3737
toll free in the USA: 1-877-MAD-PRIDE

e-mail: office@mindfreedom.org

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For news and alerts like this, you may join
this public DENDRITE MindFreedom human
rights announcement list here for free:

http://mailman.efn.org/cgi-bin/listinfo/dendrite

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