May 2, 2013
me+ME:  Healy & SSRI + Diederik Stapel
1.  Professor dr. David Healy & SSRI-stories
2.  Diederik Stapel is making it
About ME/CFS


I am still paying back my walk of a week ago, but am doing a little better. So first there is a fairly large section on David Healy and SSRI-stories, which ought to be both disquieting and amazing, and next there is news about Diederik Stapel.

1. Professor dr. David Healy & SSRI-stories

I wrote about professor dr. David Healy yesterday and should have referred you to his own site, but did not.

To start with, here it is:
This also gives access to his latest blogs, including Brand Fascism that I mentioned yesterday, with the difference that today's link is to Healy's blog.

Next, David Healy published and publishes quite a lot, and it may be the case that you miss certain things. I did, for one example., so here are the four important links:
From the last I quote the first paragraph:
Dr. David Healy is an internationally respected psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist, and author. A professor of Psychiatry in Wales, David studied medicine in Dublin, and at Cambridge University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, 200 other pieces, and 20 books, including The Antidepressant EraThe Creation of Psychopharmacology from Harvard University Press, The Psychopharmacologists Volumes 1-3 and Let Them Eat Prozac from New York University Press, and Mania from Johns Hopkins University Press.
And the last two:

David’s latest book, Pharmageddon, documents the riveting and terrifying story of how pharmaceutical companies have hijacked healthcare in America and the life-threatening results.

David is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Data Based Medicine Limited, which operates through its website, dedicated to making medicines safer through online direct patient reporting of drug effects.

However, in fact my main interest right now is in another site, that I did find because of his site, and that is not by far as well known as it should be:
Here is how the last site describes itself:
This website is a collection of 4,800+ news stories with the full media article available, mainly criminal in nature, that have appeared in the media (newspapers, TV, scientific journals)  or that were part of FDA testimony in either 1991, 2004 or 2006, in which antidepressants are mentioned. 

This web site focuses on the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), of which Prozac (fluoxetine) was the first.  Other SSRIs are Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine) (known in the UK as Seroxat), Celexa (citalopam),  Lexapro (escitalopram), and Luvox (fluvoxamine).  Other newer antidepressants included in this list are Remeron (mirtazapine), Anafranil (clomipramine) and the SNRIs Effexor (venlafaxine), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) as well as the dopamine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) (also marketed as Zyban).

It is all quite disquieting, including the fact that it disquiets so few. But I have been there, as the last link illustrates, and cannot change this.

Also, I am off Prozac, and not on any other SSRI, so my main reason to spend as much attention as I did is to refer others to it, notably patients with ME/CFS, who may have found that SSRIs they were put on changed their personality or are hard to give up.

They are hard to give up, often, and one other reason to pay as much attention to this, as I have done, is to warn others that any of the above mentioned medicines may be quite dangerous, and are best avoided, if you possibly can.

And this recommendation includes to stop them as soon as possible,
if you possibly can.
2. Diederik Stapel is making it

There was a far too long interview, or perhaps it was an "interview", with Diederik Stapel in the New York Times, late in April, that I did not pay any attention to because it did not contribute anything.

But now it turns out this almost coincides with Diederik Stapel's re-arisal, not in some real trade, but as a professional marketeer - and I quote from his own texts, but translated:

In spite of his scientific fall, Diederik Stapel still possesses some qualities. Thanks to his fall he could add cathartic experiences and insights to these. Together they form the qualities, experiences and insights for a consultancy practice, that has been registered under the name Pile Consult.

Diederik is available as willful and unburdening counselor, motivator, coach, brand and identity language consultant, proponent, questioner, (with- and ghost-) writer, speaker, and - do not forget this - experience expert.

Especially the last paragraph was difficult to translate, as modern Dutch has many extra-ordinarily vague terms. (And in case you missed it: The first paragraph has an initial tautology, two "falls", two "experiences", two "insights", and in English two consultancies.)

But OK... he has - it seems - not learned anything, and goes on in a trade that is very closely allied to his previous one, except that now he will get paid for lying, instead of getting paid for writing the truth.

It seems more fit.

But I wonder what happened to his court cases - and whether he knows that a "Pile", in English, not only is, in Dutch, a "Stapel", but also a "Hemorrhoid".

About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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