Monthly Archives: October 2017

Letter to BJGP in support of Davies et al

Another letter published today supporting James Davies et al in light of criticism from Professor Siriwardena, Professor of General Practice who said that dedicated withdrawal services were unnecessary. My letter – http://bjgp.org/content/67/664/503.2/tab-e-letters Prof Siriwardena – http://bjgp.org/content/67/664/503.2

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Vampire Medicines – a post by Prof David Healy

Prof David Healy explained very well why the many harms caused by antidepressants have been kept well hidden for so long and why doctors and patients alike have been fooled into prescribing and consuming these drugs in such vast quantities. … Continue reading

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My response to Sir Simon Wessely, BMJ

Sir Simon Wessely, former President of RCPsych,  is concerned about the continued raising of awareness of mental health issues in the light of inadequate funding for mental health services.  I wished to express my concerns that as more patients seek … Continue reading

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Professor Richard Byng speaks out about drugs of dependence

Very heartened to read the comments by Professor Byng.  I sent him an email and he very kindly invited me to a conference in Devon.  If only.  He has signed the petition to the Welsh Government.  If only more would … Continue reading

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Another letter published re MUPS in the BMJ – Dr Oliver

Very dismissive response to Marion Brown by Dr David Oliver.   He then submitted another response which I had not read when I submitted mine.  He didn’t really engage in a discussion, just dismissed the concerns expressed by us, just … Continue reading

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Responded to “benign benzos” comment by GP, Richard Lehman

Richard Lehman wrote this blog some time ago but it has annoyed me intensely.  My response to him has been published. http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2017/07/10/richard-lehmans-journal-review-10-july-2017/

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Another unhelpful article from The Scotsman – David Walsh

Have responded to David Walsh’s article and have been chatting to him on Twitter.   I hope he understands a little better now about the subject of prescribed harm.  His article has proved to be very useful as it has … Continue reading

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Helen Stokes-Lampard – Annual RCGP Conference

I listened to Helen Stokes-Lampard’s speech at the recent Annual RCGP Conference.  She spoke very passionately about the devastating effects of loneliness on people’s health.  I wonder if she could spare a thought for the many victims of prescribed drugs … Continue reading

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Antidepressant prescribing in Scotland now 877,450

It seems the rate of prescribing shows no signs of slowing down and I imagine at this rate we will reach the one million mark.  Yet the RCPsych states that around 30% of patients are likely to benefit, the rest … Continue reading

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Trying to understand the medical mind

I am a sociologist by training and my special interest was the medical profession.  I spent a number of years studying the power of the profession and its various institutions.  I found it extremely interesting.   I also worked with many … Continue reading

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