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Royal College of Psychiatrists: “Necessary redactions have been made”

Dr Peter Gordon’s saga with the Royal College of Psychiatry UK is shocking. His treatment at the hands of these ghouls is disgraceful. These emails from the Royal College display their complete and utter contempt for those who dare to challenge their lucrative (Pharma-funded) Power paradigm in the mental health arena

Peter is a light in the darkness.

The Royal College of psychiatry should be deeply ashamed of themselves and I think there should be a public inquiry into their dealings over the past 20 years.

Hole Ousia

A month before I resigned from the Royal College of Psychiatrists I made a Subject Access Request asking for College communications that involved me to be released. At the beginning of this month I recieved a large bundle of printed material from the College that exceeded 300 sides of A4.

Of this material supplied by the College 93 A4 sides had been COMPLETELY redacted and another 94 sides had everything redacted other than a subject heading, date, and/or partial address list [in other words NO content was provided].

Of the remaining material 32 A4 sides were full copies of my communications over the years with the College in relation to ethics, transparency of competing interests, and realistic medicine.

This is an example of one of the pages that was not fully redacted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists:

There was not a single page where material had not been redacted…

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The Royal College Of Death, Disablement And Denial…

“….Could our drug-based paradigm of care, for some unforeseen reason, be fueling the increase in disability rates? And in order to investigate that question, you need to look at two things. First, do psychiatric medications alter the long-term course of mental disorders for the better, or for the worse? Do they increase the likelihood that a person will be able to function well over the long-term, or do they increase the likelihood that a person will end up on disability?…”

Robert Whitaker –



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Twitter is a maelstrom of opinions at the best of times, and most of them are clashing continually like a box of pots and pans hurled down an infinite cyber escalator. The Royal College of Psychiatry in the UK has been in a ‘Twitter War‘ with activists (trying to bring attention to the dangers of psych drugs) for quite some time now. Most of the skirmishes occur when Psychiatry refuses to acknowledge the harms caused by psychiatric drugs (or lately- ECT). Psychiatrists don’t like to be questioned on their methods, and more often that not, they block those who insist on questioning them or drawing attention to harms. I’ve been blocked by several psychiatrists because I have been asking them extremely awkward questions about conflicts of interest within the murky realms of the key opinion leaders of UK psychiatric research.

Psychiatry is so awash with Pharma cash nowadays that it seems it has become normalized. 10 or 15 years ago it was seen as controversial and unbecoming of a psychiatrist to sell their careers (and their integrity) to Pharma, yet it’s so common nowadays that it’s somehow seen as normal.  Nobody bats an eye lid it seems. This isn’t confined to psychiatry though, it’s across the entire medical profession.

As an example of the amounts of money that your average key opinion leader in medicine can make, have a look at (STD Expert and Pro-Vaccine) Dr Dominck Rowley’s tweets below. For one weekend conference he got 3000 euro. Of course Dominck Rowley sees no problem in this at all, in fact he’s rather proud of it, and that’s understandable considering the 3000 euro a pop most likely helps him to justify it.

Where money is concerned, we are all easily seduced.

Money has a power like no other.

People will steal it, and they will kill for it.

It doesn’t take a lot of money to taint an individual.

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So if we are to take Dr Dominick Rowley’s average of 3000 a pop for a weekend conference, for your average garden variety key opinion leader in academic psychiatry perhaps it’s a similar (or more) rate? If they do (let’s say) 10 of these a year, once a month or so, that’s about 30,000 extra cash a year they can get just for touting the benefits of drugs for the Pharmaceutical industry.

Handy work if you can get it right? (that’s if you can call this kind of reputation-pimping ‘work’).

Now let’s say they do this work regularly, over a decade, they could earn close to 300,000, or perhaps 500,000 or more over their careers?

That would pay for a house, a nice lifestyle, or a lot of good living.

It’s a huge incentive for the key opinion leader to become more loyal to the Pharmaceutical industry that is keeping them in cash, as opposed to the patient who isn’t -right?

And presumably, the more loyal the Doctor is to the Pharmaceutical company’s information stream (party line) then the more work they will be offered, and the more work they are offered, the more enmeshed they become don’t they? and so on.

I have been trying to get the Royal College of Psychiatry UK to tell me how much its members have earned (either directly or indirectly) through the Pharmaceutical industry for several months now. Every time I get close to the bone, I get blocked by these psychiatrists. Royal College President- Wendy Burn- blocked me a while back, however she did admit to me that she stopped taking money from industry because she didn’t like ‘how it looked’. However she didn’t really see a problem with taking the cash in itself. I think this is a problem, and it concerns me how Wendy doesn’t see it as such. Through her ability to deny reality, Wendy Burn is dangerous. She is dangerous to patients, and dangerous to herself. She seems to crave validation through basking in the constant backslapping she gets from her colleagues. The death and disablement of patients from psychiatric drugs seems of little concern to her. She is obsessed with the brain to the point of distraction, and she has a morbid fascination with it that is bordering on some kind of fantasy fetish.

This is disturbing.



Samei Huda is another psychiatrist who tweets a lot on Twitter. He is also quite dangerous. He consistently goads, gaslights and winds up those harmed by psychiatric meds, and seems to get enjoyment out of it. Personally, I find it disturbing that someone of this character has the power to drug and disable vulnerable people, but at least people can see what he’s doing on Twitter, and make up their own minds. I would hope that his sadistic, uncouth, arrogant and borderline sociopathic personality type is not close to the norm in psychiatry, but I fear it is.


George Dawson, is another psychiatrist (from the US) who is prolific on Twitter. Dawson also likes to goad those harmed by meds. He is also disturbing, but in a different way. He is arrogant and pompous beyond belief, but quite often he (unintentionally) puts his foot in it and gives us a great insight into how psychiatrists really operate. Check out the humdinger he tweeted below, where he basically admitted that psychiatrists job is mostly about managing side effects. If I had have known that all psychiatrists did all day was manage side effects, I would never have gone to one just so that they could drug me into oblivion.


George Dawson


The psychiatrist Sameer Jauhar seems to be carving a niche for himself as the main defender of UK psychiatry on Twitter. They likely chose him because he hasn’t got the vast links to Pharma that many of the others have (such as David Baldwin, David Nutt, Paul Morrison etc). He seems squeaky clean compared to the other Pharma-Compromised Key Opinion Leaders, however this might not be the case. I asked him about a declaration of interest that he declared which entailed a visit to the Lundbeck Institute in Denmark (Lundbeck are one of the biggest Pharma earners/producers of psychiatric drugs). When I asked him about this he promptly blocked me (no surprise there).

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Sameer is highly ambitious, and no doubt his attacks on psychologists (and patient activists) like Prof John Read will earn him many brownie points as he climbs that slippery ladder up the echelons of the Royal College of Death, Disablement and Denial.

He’s doing a fine job.

Keep it up Sameer, you’ll be in that presidents chair in no time. Wendy will keep it warm for you in the meantime.


Psychiatrists are causing death and disablement to some patients with their irresponsible prescribing of psychiatric drugs, and the playing down of serious side effects and withdrawals. This is evident by the massive amounts of reports all over the internet for the past two decades in various forums, comments, blogs, social media, documentaries, youtube videos, etc etc. This dangerous debacle is out of control now, and must be addressed. The conflicts of interest within UK psychiatry – regarding Pharma-Cash- is extremely concerning too and must also be addressed.

I would like to ask all the psychiatrists at the Royal College of Psychiatry UK when was the last time that they checked up on a  patient that they have prescribed psychiatric drugs to long term? Do they feel they adequately monitor their patients?

And is it possible that any suicides under their care/treatment were related to SSRI induced akathisia?

Do they monitor their patients thoroughly for emerging side effects such as depersonalization, de-realization, med induced mania, suicide, aggression, etc etc?

Do they think that it’s possible that throughout their entire career that they might have harmed at least one person? harmed in the sense that they drugged a patient into death, disablement or worse trauma? and if so- how do they clear this with their conscience?

Have they seen the raw data on the drugs they prescribe? and if not (they haven’t) then why don’t they ask their Pharma buddies to provide it?

And also, I’d like to ask them, have they read through the forums of Surviving antidepressants? or the antidepaware website?



Furthermore, I’d like to ask them, how much has the Royal College of Psychiatry UK members received from Pharma over the past 50 years? either directly or indirectly?


A ballpark figure would suffice..




Seroxat/Paxil Suicide Cover Up


Cover Up? Paxil and Suicide Risk


Yes, it appears the makers of Paxil may have been a bit disingenuous in their publication of the risks of suicide associated with their medication back in the early 1990s. The U.S. Senate has made available an in-depth report (4 MB PDF) written by Joseph Glenmullen, a Harvard psychiatry professor, who examined the drug company’s data on Paxil. There apparently were some serious discrepancies in the original researchers’ data analysis.

One of those discrepancies was a pretty big one — that Paxil resulted in a suicide rate 8 times greater than a sugar pill. That’s a huge, major difference.

The researchers were clever in their cover-up. They included 2 people who apparently committed suicide before the study even began and attributed their suicides to the placebo control group. Nobody, of course, would’ve ever discovered this creative data interpretation if it weren’t for a lawsuit filed against GlaxoSmithKline (the makers of Paxil) in California.

There isn’t much dispute about whether the original researchers’ data analysis was proper in any form, manner or universe — it wasn’t. It was a crass manipulation of the data in order to gain market approval for the drug (which was later accepted by the FDA as a part of the drug’s safety and efficacy new drug application).

The report also noted that suicides during these kinds of research trials should be fairly rare anyways, because the researchers specifically stack the cards:

During the wash-out period [a period of 1 to 2 weeks before the study begins where subjects are removed from all existing medications], all patients are given daily placebo pills. Hence, another name for this pre-study period is the “placebo wash-out phase.” Patients whose depressions quickly improve during this time are labeled “placebo responders” and excluded from the actual study. Administering a placebo during the wash-out phase is also a technique used by pharmaceutical companies to wee out patients who would respond quickly to a placebo in the official study. This weakens the performance of the placebo by removing quick placebo responders, thereby making the performance of the antidepressants look better.

Pharmaceutical companies use this technique because the placebo effect accounts for such a high percentage of an antidepressant’s effect. According to the FDA, the placebo effect accounts for about 80% of the effect of antidepressants. […] If the pharmaceutical companies did not use the placebo wash-out procedure, the difference between placebo and antidepressants would be even smaller. Thus, the placebo wash-out phase accomplishes two tasks: washing out patients’ old drugs and weeding out placebo responders.

In other words, some pharmaceutical companies go to great lengths to “stack the deck” to ensure that when the study begins, they get the best results possible.

Keep in mind, too, that anyone who is seriously suicidal or depressed is actually excluded from participating in these kinds of studies. This only reinforces the importance of these findings — these are people who were not actively or seriously suicidal before taking Paxil.

Many psychiatrists and doctors consider Paxil a good “go-to” antidepressant for folks with depression and a little anxiety. It tends to be more calming than some other SSRI antidepressants, and therefore was very widely prescribed in the 1990s and even now. Undoubtedly such prescriptions have helped millions of Americans over the past two decades in grappling with their depression.

But it likely has also caused more harm than doctors or patients were aware of, because of these kinds of data manipulations that understated the risk of suicide.

I sincerely hope pharmaceutical companies are learning from these mistakes — all research data will eventually become public knowledge. So ensure you don’t cut any corners to get your drug approval, or else the chickens will come home to roost one day.

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues — as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior — since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today’s society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

The Narrative Controllers

New Post from the always excellent… Dr Peter Gordon…

Hole Ousia

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity.

Science is more than a word. It is about a world of understandings translated into language. This is wonderfully ambitious but does mean that content is lost as experience is translated into words. There is further loss as this is translated into the singular language of science. The next step is often to “convert” this language into numbers.  So at each stage in the scientific process the content of experience is diminished.

Up until the early 19th century science included the humanities. From 1830 onwards, in the Western world at least, science became more narrowly defined and understood.

It is my view that science needs to return to the more natural and encompassing approach of the so-called enlightenment period. “Evidence-base” needs to be…

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GSK’s Dodgy Lamictal…

GSK Hides Dangerous Side-effects of Epilepsy Drug, Lamictal

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GSK Hides Dangerous Side-effects of Epilepsy Drug, Lamictal

While we all know that any drug comes with side-effects, it’s critical that drug companies and foundations tell the public the truth about those side-effects.

In this Video:

  • Learn how drug giant GlaxoSmithKline lied to the FDA and withheld critical information tying their seizure medication Lamictal to a devastating condition known as Steven Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and even toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN).
  • How their Drug increases suicide and suicidality by more than 3 fold.
  • How the Epilepsy Foundation fails to mention the corruption/fraud behind this drug and the real risks of life altering permanent side-effects.

Watch as Dr. Dale breaks down the problems with Big Pharma fraud and The Epilepsy Foundation’s misinformation regarding the true risk of Lamictal.

It is my hope that as a community and nation we can drive real change and end corruption within medicine.


….” the corrupt greed that’s “alive and well in the pharma business.”

“…It is very important that companies like Insys be held responsible for corrupting the medical community, as well as endangering and sometimes killing innocent patients..”




BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 9: Former chief executive of Insys Therapeutics Inc Michael Babich leaves the federal courthouse after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in Boston, Massachusetts on January 9, 2019. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/Boston Herald)


A former pharmaceutical chief executive pleaded guilty to playing a part in a sophisticated scheme to give kickbacks to doctors who prescribed his company’s fentanyl-based opioid drugs — a move one top lawyer said is one step toward the goal of cutting down the corrupt greed that’s “alive and well in the pharma business.”

Michael Babich, the former CEO at Insys Therapeutics, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston on Wednesday for his role in a nationwide scheme to bribe physicians to prescribe the company’s oral-spray painkillers meant for cancer patients facing extreme pain.

“It is very important that companies like Insys be held responsible for corrupting the medical community, as well as endangering and sometimes killing innocent patients,” said attorney Mike Moore, who’s leading some efforts to sue pharmaceutical companies two decades after securing a massive settlement against tobacco companies.

Moore, the former Mississippi attorney general, added, “Greed is alive and well in the pharma business and must be weeded out.”

Cases remain open against several of Babich’s alleged co-conspirators. The company paid half a million dollars two years ago after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office sued it on similar claims.

Sitting before a federal judge, Babich, 42, admitted he used Insys as a vehicle to bribe doctors into prescribing Subsys to patients who did not have cancer — a scheme that ended up lining his own pocket with $3.5 million more in profit, an amount he has agreed to give up. Those physicians would write Subsys prescriptions for no legitimate medical purpose, according to prosecutors.

Babich and the other officials disguised bribes and kickbacks in the form of speaking fees, the feds said, adding that Insys executives would punish those who didn’t write enough prescriptions.

Alec Burlakoff, a former sales vice president for Insys, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy in November and agreed to cooperate with investigators. Babich, who faces up to 25 years behind bars, also will cooperate.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling attended the court hearing Wednesday. His office declined to comment, citing the pending related cases.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “Boston has reached a breaking point in the fight against the opioid epidemic. We have a public health crisis on our hands that has steadily gotten worse in recent years and even though we have been increasing access to critical treatments and supports, we can’t fight this alone. It’s time to hold accountable the companies that created and fostered this crisis and pursue remedies to stop its harmful marketing tactics.”

LinkedIn Censored The Profile Of Another Critic Of The Chinese Government



LinkedIn censored the profile and activities of a vocal critic of the Chinese government for users in China, in another apparent response to a censorship request from the government.

Corporate fraud investigator Peter Humphrey, who is British and lives in the UK, was informed by LinkedIn in December that his profile had been censored in China, but after being asked about it by BuzzFeed News this week, LinkedIn restored the page and said it had only been blocked in error.


It comes days after LinkedIn censored the page of a pro-democracy activist in China before also later restoring it after a wave of negative publicity.

Humphrey, 62, and his wife, Yu Yingzeng spent 23 months in jail in China after a court found them guilty in 2013 of illegally obtaining private information about Chinese citizens. Humphrey has said the charges were without basis and written about the grueling treatment he received in detention.

Since his release, Humphrey has been highly critical of Chinese government policy and recently filed a complaint with the British broadcasting regulator over the license given to Chinese state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) — the network that once broadcast a video of him in an orange jumpsuit giving a forced confession while he was in detention.

Peter Humphrey says he was forced to confess and wrongly convicted in China.

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Peter Humphrey says he was forced to confess and wrongly convicted in China.


Reached by phone, Humphrey said he believed posting about that complaint prompted Microsoft-owned LinkedIn to censor his profile. He received a notice from the social network on Dec. 24 last year, according to a message he shared with BuzzFeed News, saying his profile would be blocked in China because of the “presence of specific content.”

“It made me feel sick in my stomach,” he said. “This is supposed to be a company operating in the environment of free flow of information. An American company where you have a constitutional amendment that makes freedom of expression sacred.”

Asked why Humphrey’s profile had been removed in China, Nicole Leverich, a spokesperson for LinkedIn, said an internal review found the profile was “blocked in error.” It has now been restored for users in China, she said.

“Our Trust and Safety team is updating our internal processes to help prevent an error like this from happening again,” she added. She did not say why Humphrey’s profile was blocked in the first place.

The message from LinkedIn is worded very similarly to a message sent last week to US-based pro-democracy activist Zhou Fengsuo. In Zhou’s case, the company said the decision to block his profile and activities in China had been a mistake and restored them.


“This is not just about me,” Humphrey said by email after being told his profile had been restored. “How many of these ‘mistakes’ do they make without being forced to correct them? This is not only a China problem. It’s the world’s problem.”


These incidents underscore the increasing difficulty for Western technology companies of operating in the Chinese market — even for LinkedIn, which is best known as a platform for professional networking rather than political discussion. LinkedIn is obligated to respond to government requests to censor content for users based in China as a condition for it continuing to operate in the country. It is one of the few non-Chinese social networks that is not blocked there — Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are all inaccessible unless the user disguises their location using a VPN.

China operates one of the most sophisticated internet censorship systems in the world, and the government under President Xi Jinping has taken an increasingly aggressive approach to controlling speech online.


Chinese social networks are heavily censored but users in the country usually see individual posts being taken down rather than whole profiles.

US-based tech companies have recently come under scrutiny for appearing to accept censorship demands from authoritarian governments. Netflix this month took down an episode of Hasan Minhaj’s comedy show for users in Saudi Arabia, apparently because it was critical of the Saudi government. And Google faced pressure from the public as well as its own employees over a plan to build a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market. Following the backlash, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Congress the company had no plans to launch a search engine in China “right now.”

“These companies were born and bred and allowed to flourish because of the principled values and legal environment we have in the US or Britain, allowing them to be platforms for the free flow of information,” Humphrey said. “They should not bend to this kind of despotic pressure and submit to censorship.”


Google says it has no plans to launch a search product in China right now. A previous version of this post said the project had been cancelled.




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