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Sunday, January 08, 2017

MAMMOGRAPHY

Mammograms do not reduce breast cancer deaths

In Denmark, 20% of women get mammograms and 80% do not.

In areas of the country where the women got mammograms, breast cancer deaths fell by 1% per year over a 10 year period (1997-2006) among women who were 55-74 years-old, but in areas where women do not get mammograms, breast cancer deaths fell by 2% per year, twice as much as in the screened areas!

In other words, breast cancer deaths fell twice as much in areas of Denmark where women do not get mammograms compared to areas where women do get mammograms!

Among women who were 35-55 years-old, breast cancer mortality during 1997- 2006 declined 5% per year in the screened areas and 6% per year in the non-screened areas.

In other words, this study shows that mammograms do not reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antipsychotics, antidepressants and benzodiazepines kill more than 500,000 people per year

Short-term randomized trials of older people show that antipsychotics kill one (1) out of every 100 people notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

In people 65 and older in the USA and Europe alone, antipsychotics, antidepressants and benzodiazepines kill more than 500,000 people per year Dr. Gøtzsche estimates.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Addiction to antidepressants, Peter Gøtzsche, MD

It can take months or years to get off of an antidepressant and some people never succeed notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

Withdrawal symptoms of antidepressants are very similar to those of benzodiazepines, 37 of 42 symptoms were the same, Dr. Gøtzsche notes.

Half of patients say that they are dependent on [addicted to] antidepressants and it is difficult to stop.

In 2003, the W.H.O. reported that fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft) were among the top 30 highest ranking drugs for which drug dependence had ever been reported.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antidepressants are not effective says Peter Gotzsche, MD

Antidepressants have been found to have very little effect when compared to an active placebo—a placebo which causes dry mouth so that neither the patients nor the researchers can guess who is getting the real drug—notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

He notes that the effect of the real antidepressants—tricyclic antidepressants in these trials—found a difference of only 1.3 points on the Hamilton Depression Scale, but the smallest effect that can be perceived is 5-6 points.

[Note: Studies show that serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSIR’s) are no more effective than tricyclic antidepressants.]

[For example, a meta-analysis published in 2000 which compared the efficacy of these two classes of drugs concluded that “There is no overall difference in efficacy between SSRIs and TCAs [tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline].”]

Patients improve by the same amount naturally within a few days

Dr. Gøtzsche also notes that other antidepressant studies have found that it only takes a few days longer for the placebo group to improve by 1.3 points on the Hamilton Depression Scale which is simply the spontaneous remission of the disease.

In other words, antidepressants have very little effect and most of the improvement that people experience over time is simply the natural, spontaneous remission of the depression.

I realized this in 1994 when my mother was told to take an antidepressant for two months to see if it was going to work, followed by another antidepressant for two months, followed by another antidepressant.

At the time I thought how incredibly ineffective these drugs must be if it takes two months for them to have an effect.

Below is a quote of exactly what Dr. Gøtzsche wrote.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antidepressants cause 15 times more suicides than the FDA claims says Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Under-reporting of deaths in [drug] industry funded trials [of antidepressants] is another major flaw. Based on some of the randomised trials that were included in a meta-analysis of 100,000 patients by the US Food and Drug Administration, I have estimated that there are likely to have been 15 times more suicides among people taking antidepressants than reported by the FDA,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia are not very effective notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

Antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia have very little effect on improving the disease notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

These drugs effect on improving symptoms of the disease when measured on a scale used for schizophrenia (the PANSS) was only 6, when the difference that is considered minimally clinically relevant is 15.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

ADHD drugs may cause brain damage notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

“The benefits of drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are also uncertain.
    “The short term relief seems to be replaced by long term harms, and animal studies strongly suggest that these drugs can produce brain damage, which is probably the case for all psychotropic drugs,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Getting rid of all antidepressants would improve health, lengthen life says Prof. Peter Gotzsche MD

“Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm—by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs, and dementia drugs (as the small effects are probably the result of unblinding bias) and using only a fraction of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we currently use,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
    “This would lead to healthier and more long lived populations.
    “Because psychotropic drugs are immensely harmful when used long term, they should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients.
    “We need new guidelines to reflect this.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Many patients have become dependent on antidepressants & psychiatric drugs, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

We also need widespread withdrawal clinics because many patients have become dependent on psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, and need help so that they can stop taking them slowly and safely,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Psychiatric drugs kill 500,000 people each year in the US and EU, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

Psychiatric drugs are responsible for the deaths of more than half a million people aged 65 and older each year in the Western world [in the US and the European Union],” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

Later in the article he writes,
    “I used Danish prescription statistics to estimate the number of deaths caused by these three classes of drugs.
    “Because falls, which are much more common in older people, are an important cause of death in people taking psychotropic drugs, I included only people at least 65 years of age and used conservative death rates: 1% for antipsychotics, 1% for benzodiazepines and similar drugs, and only 2% for antidepressants.
    “The total number of deaths a year in Denmark (3693) when scaled up corresponded to 539,000 in the United States and European Union combined.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Psychiatric drug studies exaggerate benefits of these drugs by study design says Peter Gotzsche, MD

“The randomised trials [of psychiatric drugs] that have been conducted do not properly evaluate the drugs’ effects,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
    “Almost all of them are biased because they included patients already taking another psychiatric drug.
    “Patients, who after a short wash-out period are randomised to placebo, go “cold turkey” and often experience withdrawal symptoms.
    “This design exaggerates the benefits of treatment and increases the harms in the placebo group, and it has driven patients taking placebo to suicide in trials in schizophrenia.

[This creates the illusion of adverse effects in the placebo group because people in the placebo group are experiencing drug withdrawal from being taken off of their previous psychiatric drug, which then makes the drug group look better relative to the placebo group, and the drug companies can claim that the drug group did better than placebo, and can claim there was no difference in numbers of adverse events between the two groups, which is an illusion because of the way the study was designed.]

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Benzodiazepines and similar drugs double the death rate says Peter Gotzsche, MD

“A well conducted cohort study of patients of average age 55 found that benzodiazepines and similar drugs doubled the death rate; the excess death rate was about 1% a year,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Newer antidepressants cause 50% more deaths in older people (10.6% per year vs 7%) Peter Gotzsche MD

“A cohort study of patients older than 65 who were their own control found that all cause mortality was 3.6% higher when patients were taking the newer antidepressants for one year than when they did not take antidepressants,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

[The study he is referring to found that the death rate for all-cause mortality was 7.04% per year when patients were not taking antidepressants versus 10.61% per year when they were taking SSRI’s and 11.43% for other antidepressants not including tricyclic antidepressants.]

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Benzodiazepines as sleeping pills, do more harm than good, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“One of the classic uses of benzodiazepines is as sleeping pills, but this usage also does more harm than good,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 4 titled Anxiety of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“The trials are biased, and a meta-analysis found that after adjustment for this, patients at least 60 years of age with insomnia slept 15 minutes longer on benzodiazepines or similar drugs than on placebo,” Prof. Gotzsche continues.

“Adverse cognitive events were five times [5X] more common, adverse psychomotor events three times [3X] more common, and daytime fatigue four times [4X] more common than if the patients received placebo.

“After a few weeks, the pills don’t work any longer and all that is left are the harmful effects.

Patients who took such drugs had a higher risk of falls – which cause many deaths because of hip fractures – and motor vehicle crashes.

“A study showed that benzodiazepines doubled the risk of injurious falls in people at least 80 years of age; these falls cause almost 1,800 deaths every year in France.

“In another large cohort, benzodiazepines or Z drugs [Zaleplon (Sonata), Zolpidem tartrate (Ambien), Zopiclone (brand names Zimovane and Imovane)] doubled the death rate.”

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

If you ask me, no one should take antidepressants, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“If you ask me, no one should take antidepressants,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 16 What can patients do? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Fluoxetine (Prozac), a terrible drug, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“The SSRIs are pretty terrible drugs and patients aren’t too happy taking them. But doctors choose to ignore how bad these pills are,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD in Chapter 3 Depression of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“When the first best-selling SSRI, fluoxetine [Prozac], appeared in the late 1980s, there was no doubt about it. Senior management in Eli Lilly wanted to shelve it after having considered to market it for eating disorders, but Lilly was in serious financial trouble and had to make it a success,” Prof. Gøtzsche continues.

“Initially, the FDA was sceptical and noted serious flaws in Lilly’s trials.

“An FDA officer wrote in 1984 that patients who didn’t do well after two weeks had their code broken, and if they were on placebo, they were switched to fluoxeine.

“In this way, six weeks of fluoxetine was compared to two weeks on placebo, which is a hopelessly flawed comparison and, with the blinding broken, more bias was introduced.

“It also turned out that 25% of the patients had taken an additional drug, and when the FDA in 1985 removed patients on other drugs from Lilly’s trials, there was no significant effect of fluoxetine.

“By adding benzodiazepines, Lilly broke the rules for its trials but didn’t inform the FDA, and when the FDA later learned about it, the agency permitted it and thereby broke its own rules.

“The public and the doctors were never informed about this ruse.

“The FDA went to extremes to make it look like fluoxetine worked.

“Perhaps the fact that Lilly is an American company played a role.

“Fluoxetine was approved when Bush senior was president and he had been a member of the board of directors of Lilly.

“Vice President Dan Quayle was from Indiana where Lilly’s headquarters are, and he had former Lilly personnel on his own staff and sat on an FDA oversight committee.

“The German drug regulator found fluoxetine ‘totally unsuitable for the treatment of depression,’ and furthermore noted that according to the patients’ self-ratings there was little or no response, in contrast to doctors’ ratings.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

3 False Epidemics: ADHD, Autism and Childhood Bipolar Disorder, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Allen Frances, chairman for the DSM-IV task force [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders], now believes the responsibility for defining psychiatric conditions needs to be taken away from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and argues that new diagnoses are as dangerous as new drugs: ‘We have remarkably casual procedures for defining the nature of conditions, yet they can lead to tens of millions being treated with drugs they may not need, and that may harm them,’ writes Prof. Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“Frances noted that DSM-IV created three false epidemics because the diagnostic criteria were too wide: ADHD, autism and childhood bipolar disorder.”

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Friday, November 27, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Risk of suicide caused by SSRI’s grossly underestimated, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“It is clear that the risk of suicide caused by SSRIs has been grossly underestimated in the trials, and there are many reasons for this,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 16 What can patients do? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

  • “Fraud.
  • “The investigators didn’t report suicide attempts or didn’t even look for them.
  • “Many suicidal events have been coded as something else.
  • “By only recruiting people at very low risk of committing suicide for their trials, the drug industry has taken great care not to get in trouble.
  • “The companies have urged investigators to use benzodiazepines in addition to the trial drugs, which have prevented some of the violent reactions that would otherwise have occurred.
  • “Some trials have run-in periods on active drug, and patients who don’t tolerate it aren’t randomised.
  • “Most patients were in antidepressant treatment before they were randomised, which leads to withdrawal symptoms in the placebo group that predispose to suicide.
  • “Events occurring shortly after active treatment is stopped were rarely registered.
  • “Many trials are buried in company archives and these are not the most positive ones.
  • “Patients are carefully monitored in trials and drug intake is likely to be stopped before a serious problem develops.
  • “Patients in trials have contact with other people and get hope, therefore the risk of suicide is less than in real life.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Likely to have been 15 times more suicides on antidepressant than reported by FDA, Peter Gotzsche MD

“There are likely to have been 15 times more suicides on antidepressant drugs than reported by the FDA in its meta-analysis of 100,000 patients in 2006,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 16 What can patients do? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“There were only five suicides in FDA’s analysis of 52,960 patients on SSRIs (one per 10,000 patients), but an internal Lilly memo from 1990 described nine suicides in 6,993 patients on fluoxetine in the trials (13 per 10,000).

“An analysis of prescriptions written by general practitioners in the UK immediately after the drugs came on market is similarly revealing. The patients had an average age of 50 and 79% had depression, but although the follow-up was only about six months, there were 90 suicides among patients receiving fluoxetine, sertraline or paroxetine, which was 24, 17 and 27 suicides per 10,000, respectively.”

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

‘Virtually all trials of psychotropic agents are flawed’ says Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Virtually all trials of psychotropic agents are flawed, not only because of the unblinding problem, but also because of their design,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 3 titled Depression of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“This was recognised decades ago, but drug trials and reviews have continued to pretend the problem doesn’t exist, likely because the psychiatrists choose to ignore everything that threatens the myths they have built up around their profession.

“There are many tricks.

“Some studies exclude patients who improve in the placebo lead-in period; some studies use active drugs in this period and exclude people who experience troublesome side effects; and some studies have both types of ‘cleansing,’ which was the case for one of the very few trials of fluoxetine in children that purported to have shown an effect.

“But even with this extremely biased design, the children fared no better on the drug than on placebo on self-rating scales or on ratings by their parents.

“The ‘effect’ was only seen on a secondary scale filled out by the psychiatrists who were paid by Lilly to run the trial!”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Survey found 60% felt emotional numb on antidepressants says Peter Gotzsche, MD

“In a survey of 1,829 patients on antidepressants in New Zealand, 62% reported sexual difficulties, 60% felt emotionally numb, 52% felt not like themselves, 39% cared less about others, 47% had experienced agitation and 39% had experienced suicidality,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 3 titled Depression of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antidepressants don’t work for depression, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“We have used antidepressant drugs for more than 50 years, but it is unlikely that they have a real and useful effect on depression, whereas their many harmful effects are not in doubt,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 3 Depression of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

More Harm Than Good

Antidepressants cause more harm than good

“Antidepressants cause more harm than good,which the remainder of this chapter is about.”

The subheading for this section in the book is “Antidepressant drugs don’t work for depression”.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

DSM-IV created three false epidemics: ADHD, autism and childhood bipolar disorder, Peter Gotzsche MD

“Allen Frances, chairman for the DSM-IV task force [for creating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which define psychiatric conditions], now believes the responsibility for defining psychiatric conditions needs to be taken away from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and argues that new diagnoses are as dangerous as new drugs: “We have remarkably casual procedures for defining the nature of conditions, yet they can lead to tens of millions being treated with drugs they may not need, and that may harm them,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

3 False Epidemics

This created 3 false epidemics

“Frances noted that DSM-IV created three false epidemics because the diagnostic criteria were too wide: ADHD, autism and childhood bipolar disorder.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Psychiatry Has Spiraled Out of Control, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Very few leading psychiatrists are willing to admit that their specialty has spiralled out of control and when issues of overdiagnosis and overtreatment are brought up, their standard reply is that many patients are underdiagnosed,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“In a 2007 survey, 51% of 108 Danish psychiatrists said they used too much medicine and only 4% said they used too little.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

1% of US children up to only four years of age are on psychotropic drugs, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“In the United States, 1% of children up to only four years of age are on psychotropic drugs, although the first three years of life are a period of rapid neurodevelopment, and about a quarter of the children in American summer camps are medicated for ADHD, mood disorder or other mental health problems,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“It is psychiatry that has become insane, not our children.

“Some child psychiatrists brag that they can make an initial assessment of a child and write a prescription in less than 20 minutes, and for some paediatricians it takes only five minutes.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

It Should Be Forbidden To Make a Second Diagnosis While Someone Is On Drugs, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“It should be forbidden to make new diagnoses while the patient is in treatment with psychotropic drugs, and if psychiatrists cannot resist the temptation, they should by default call it a likely drug-induced disorder,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“Doctors need to realise that it’s impossible to judge whether a patient truly also suffers from these additional “illnesses,” as long as the patient is under influence of mind-altering chemicals.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

All Psychiatric Diagnoses and Interventions Can Cause Harm, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“I have heard several senior psychiatrists say it cannot hurt anyone to get a diagnosis. Such people shouldn’t work as psychiatrists,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“All professional interventions in citizens’ lives, including giving people diagnoses, can cause harm.

“It is a paradox that public debates and reports in the news media are dominated by the beneficial effects of diagnoses and interventions when the first thing we know about any intervention is that it can be harmful.

“If this were not the case, it could not have any potentially beneficial effect.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Screening for Depression is Harmful, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“When I – as invited speaker at large scientific meetings for psychiatrists – have pointed out how harmful screening for depression is, they didn’t pay the slightest attention,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 3 Depression of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“This organised denial has shocked me, particularly when the professor at my own hospital – in reply to my remark that screening leads to treatment of many healthy people with antidepressants – said that it didn’t matter because antidepressants have no side effects!

“Really?

“To a substantial extent, the “risk groups” comprise those who have lived more than five decades, and antidepressants kill many of these (see Chapter 14).”

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Psychiatric drugs kill more than 500,000 people 65 and older each year, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Psychiatric drugs are so harmful that they kill more than half a million people every year among those aged 65 and over in the United States and Europe (see Chapter 14),” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 1 Introduction of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“This makes psychiatric drugs the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.”

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Many People Are Wrongly Diagnosed With Schizophrenia, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Very many people are wongly diagnosed with schizophrenia,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

“A 1982 study found that two-thirds of 1,023 African-Americans with schizophrenia didn’t have symptoms necessary for this diagnosis according to current guidelines.

[In other words, 67% were misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.]

“In 1985, the chief psychiatrist at Manhattan State Hospital reviewed the records of 89 patients with schizophrenia and concluded that only 16 should have gotten the diagnosis.”

[In other words, 82% were misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.]

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One-Fourth of Healthy People [Wrongly] Got A Psychiatric Diagnosis, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“It’s not surprising that when therapists were asked to use DSM criteria [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders] on healthy people, a quarter of them also got a psychiatric diagnosis,” writes Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche, MD in Chapter 2 What does it mean to be mentally ill? of his excellent book Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CANCER SCREENING

More breast cancer screening does NOT lead to fewer breast cancer deaths

More breast cancer screening does NOT reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer according to a new study.

The study looked at data from 547 U.S. counties.

Women who got screening mammograms varied from county to county from 39 percent to 78 percent.

Comparing counties where there was a 10% absolute increase in screening mammograms — for example, comparing counties where 50% of women were screened versus 40% of women were screened — there was NO decrease in breast cancer deaths.

1% MORE breast cancer deaths in counties with 10% MORE screening

The relative risk was 1.01, meaning there were 1% more breast cancer deaths where there was 10% more screening, but this difference was not statistically significant, meaning this difference could simply be due to random chance.

(It also suggests the possibility that women diagnosed with breast cancer radiation may INCREASE breast cancer deaths.)

80% more breast cancers diagnosed in the counties with the most screening, but NO decrease in breast cancer deaths

In counties with the MOST breast cancer screening versus the counties with the LEAST breast cancer screening, there were 80% more breast cancer diagnoses, (1.8 times more) but…

“We did NOT find any significant change in breast cancer deaths in this county-level analysis. This was quite surprising to me…” noted Charles Harding, lead author of the study, in an audio interview he did with the medical journal.

A one-minute audio clip from interview with the lead author, Charles Harding, is posted here.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

CANCER SCREENING

Breast cancer screening does not save lives, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

In this video clip, Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD, author of the book Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy notes that…

“We found out in just four weeks, 15 years ago, that mammography screening might NOT work.”

“We have done research on that ever since.”

“We can now substantiate that – it likely doesn’t work.”

Later in the video, Prof. Gøtzsche, MD goes on to say…

“So, if you look at total mortality, we can’t see any effect of [breast cancer] screening.

“If you look at total cancer mortality, remembering that radiotherapy causes cancer in healthy women, you can’t see any effect whatsoever.

“So my conclusion is that [breast cancer] screening should be stopped because it’s harmful.

“Also because one-quarter of women will get a false positive diagnosis, they will get a suspicion of a cancer that is rejected…

“A Danish study has shown that [women] are very worried even three years after they were declared free from cancer.

“The United States sees much more [misdiagnosis of breast cancer].

“It’s about double as many women get a false positive diagnosis because you are more aggressive here in the United States.

“So if you factor in this loss of quality of life in these women, you get a very negative results of [breast cancer] screening since it does not affect your mortality.

“So it is unequivocally harmful.

“We must stop this [screening for breast cancer]…

“Just as we don’t recommend prostate cancer screening in Europe.”

(A new study in the US found the same thing, that comparing counties in the US with the highest amount of women given screening mammography compared to the counties with the lowest amount of mammography screening, there was NO difference in breast cancer deaths over time.)

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

12 serious heart problems deleted from diabetes drug study of rosiglitazone (Avandia),  Dr. Gotzsche

Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD notes that the RECORD trial of the diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) was terribly manipulated by GlaxoSmithKline.

An article published in the New York Times on July 9, 2010 titled, “Caustic Government Report Deals Blow to Diabetes Drug” revealed that Dr. Thomas Marciniak, a reviewer at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), found a dozen instances in which patients taking Rosiglitazone (Avandia) suffered serious heart problems that were not counted in the study’s tally of adverse events.

The article also notes that “It [ Rosiglitazone (Avandia) ] has been shown to increase the risks of bone fractures and to cause swelling that can lead to heart failure and eye problems.”

The article also notes that “Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer, a former editor of The New England Journal, said the Record trial raised the question “whether the entire system is corrupt.””

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

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2 out of 20 healthy volunteers given sertraline (Zoloft) became suicidal, Peter Gotzsche, MD

2 out of 20 healthy volunteers given 50-100 mg of sertraline (Zoloft) became suicidal became suicidal notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD in this video clip.

The study he is referring to can be download here.

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Merck hid 3 heart attacks in VIGOR trial of Vioxx, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Vioxx [ rofecoxib, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, a Cox-2 inhibitor ] is estimated to have killed about 30,000 people,” says Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD in this video clip.

“Merck HID cases of myocardial infarction [ heart attacks ].”

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Merck lied about heart attacks with its anti-inflammatory drug, Vioxx (rofecoxib), Peter Gotzsche MD

Merck lied about heart attacks with it’s drug, Vioxx [ rofecoxib, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, a Cox-2 inhibitor ] which is estimated to have killed about 30,000 people notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD in this video clip.

Merck was told by the FDA to tell American doctors, but instead, they told doctors that the risk of heart attack with it’s drug was one-eighth (1/8) that of other drugs notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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Drug studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine are advertisements, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“What the drug industry publishes, even in the New England Journal of Medicine, should be viewed as an ADVERTISEMENT and nothing else,” notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD in this video clip.

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8 children on the SSRI antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil) had suicidal thoughts, Peter Gotzsche, MD

In a study of the SSRI antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil) in adolescents, 8 children developed suicidal thoughts while on the drug, but the study published in a medical journal did NOT mention any of these 8 children, and instead said that there was only one (1) adverse event related to the drug, a headache in one person, notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD in this video clip.

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Stopping an antidepressant can make people feel depressed or suicidal, Peter Gotzsche, MD

Stopping an antidepressant can make people feel depressed or suicidal notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD in this video clip.

This happened to my mother in 1994.

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