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    Norman Hanscombe

    It’s hardly news that drugs can be administered in ways which don’t obtain the best results. Might not it be worth encouraging a similar campaign about the damage done by those who convince members of various disadvantaged groups that anything which has gone wrong for them is to be blamed on the ‘evils’ of society?

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    Paul Ridker

    Sadly, it isn’t merely that “the harms of psychiatric drugs have been under-played and the benefits over-sold,” as observed by Drs. Gøtzsche, Jureidini, and Parry, but that numerous other medical interventions are affected by the same plight. Mammography is a great example of that as Peter Gøtzsche in ‘Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy’ and Rolf Hefti in ‘The Mammogram Myth’ (more on that one at ) had unmistakably laid out.

    An accurate public understanding of the medical profession as a mainly self-serving massive business instead of an objective selfless service, would make it possible for most people to readily recognize that the dismal predicament of “harms being under-played and the benefits over-sold” is not uncommon in mainstream medicine.

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    When a citizen’s freedom is compliant on them taking medication that may not improve their health and in fact may indeed worsen it, the onus is on the medical and legal regimes in which mental health is practiced in Australia to ensure that they are up to date with the risks and benefits associated with mental health treatments.

    And yet in Australia, anyone who dares to step outside the positivist bubble to provide critical analysis of such treatments is immediately shouted down by those who have powerful, vested interests in retaining the status quo.

    The evidence is compelling that what we like to call mental ‘illness’ is almost invariably the product of traumatic experience: child abuse, domestic violence, war service, etc. We would save countless billions of dollars and untold human misery if we unshackled our mental health system from its obsession with bio-psychiatry to one that placed preventing and responding to trauma at its heart.

    The wholly avoidable, iatrogenic effects of present psychotropic treatments should, as a human rights imperative, compel an urgent change of course.

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    Norman Hanscombe

    Ultimo167, your comments show you at least lack the necessary abilities / background to assess the complex issues about which you clearly feel strongly. You aren’t alone on this and I wish you well in any efforts you make to obtain any help you need to build appropriate support groups.


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