1. Professor dr. David
Healy & SSRI-stories
2. Diederik Stapel is
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.
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
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:
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:
David’s latest book, Pharmageddon,
documents the riveting and terrifying story of how pharmaceutical
companies have hijacked healthcare in America and the life-threatening
David is a founder and
Chief Executive Officer of Data Based Medicine Limited, which operates
through its website RxISK.org, dedicated to making medicines safer
through online direct patient reporting of drug effects.
Here is how the last site
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
in which antidepressants are mentioned.
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
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
(escitalopram), and Luvox (fluvoxamine). Other newer
antidepressants included in this list are Remeron
(mirtazapine), Anafranil (clomipramine) and the SNRIs Effexor
and Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) as well as the dopamine
reuptake inhibitor antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) (also marketed
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
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:
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
two "falls", two "experiences", two "insights", and in English two
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
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.
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
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
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: