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In coordination with Citizens Commission on Human Rights (cchr.org) we continue our expose' of the human rights violations conducted under the auspices of "mental health".
Ted Chabasinski is an attorney and human rights activist in Berkeley, California. In 1944, as a 6-year-old boy so intellectually gifted he jumped from first grade to third he was taken from his foster home in the Bronx to New York’s Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced “schizophrenic”, because his mother had been labelled “schizophrenic”. There he began a series of 20 electro-convulsive shock treatments. The boy, Ted Chabasinski, was one of hundreds of children used in ECT experiments. Tests since condemned as barbaric. He remained an inmate in a state psychiatric hospital until the age of seventeen. Chabasinski survived and became active in the civil rights movement and ultimately an attorney.
In January 2007 Chabasinski acted as the attorney for the late psychiatric survivor activist and author Judi Chamberlain, the medical journalist and author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker, and the director of MindFreedom International David Oaks in opposing a motion by Eli Lilly to extend an injunction to conceal documents that revealed that the company had known for the previous decade of the potentially lethal effects of Zyprexa ( an antipsychotic )and had engaged in an illegal off-label marketing campaign.
As a patients’ rights lawyer, Chabasinski continues to champion human rights, and writes, speaks, and blogs on issues of individual rights and freedoms.
Most recently, he has organized an International Day of Protest Against Shock Treatment, being held on May 16, 2015. There will be demonstrations in many countries and cities around the world.
fom the perspectives of people who survivors of electroshock.
Sue Clark-Wittenberg wrote me:
Electroshock also known as ECT, shock, and electroconvulsive therapy is still being given. Yearly 100,00 people in the USA get ECT. Most people are forced to have ECT. Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 to 2 to million ECTs are being given.
Sue Clark-Wittenberg is an electroshock survivor. At 17 years old shewas forced to have ECT in 1973. On her 5th ECT her heart stopped and she had to revived. In 1998 Sue became an anti-psychiatry activist.
Sue and her husband Steven founded in 2005 The International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE). The ICBE deems ECT to be torture, barbaric, inhumane, unethical and a crime against humanity. ECT must be banned universally. ECT always causes brain damage.
Don Weitz is a psychiatric survivor of insulin shock in the 1950s, an antipsychiatry and social justice activist. Since 1974, Don has been active in the Psychiatric Survivor Liberation Movement; in the 1980s has participated in many public protests including civil disobedience against electroshock and was arrested at least twice with several other survivor activists. Don is co-founder of Phoenix Rising (the first antipsychiatry magazine in Canada,1980-1990), co-editor of the antipsychiatry anthology Shrink Resistant: The Struggle Against Psychiatry in Canada (1988), author of the e-book Rise Up/Fight Back (2012), and co-founder (with Dr. Bonnie Burstow) of the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA). He continues to protest against the "mental health" system and psychiatry, he lives in Toronto.
Debra Schwartzkopff, a shock survivor who successfully settled a psychiatric malpractice suit out of court will discuss her efforts which can be found on the ECT Justice! website at www.ectjustice.com.
There is also a wealth of information and resources about electroshock. From www.ECTJustice.com:
"Our goal is to gather information from other ECT survivors with the purpose of improving standards in the consent process if this form of treatment is to continue. It is also to provide resources and information around the use of ECT."
This conversation will focus on potential legal actions people who have survived electroshock may take and we will continue to discuss concerns about informed consent for electroshock.
Electroshock is torture. Electroshock is a crime against humanity.
Call in to discuss informed consent, electroshock, and potential legal actions that you can take! 9-11 PM Eastern (267)521-0167
Misinformation about electroshock is being delivered to the public. David Healy, psychiatrist and a writer on Mad in America, also co-authored a book supporting electroshock. Shock survivors want to hear Healy's defense. They say the dangers of his pro-shock position include people voluntarily getting it based on his word that brain damage from electroshock is an "urban myth" (which Breggin M. D., pointed out in HuffPost 2012). Shock survivors demonstrate the ways in which they have been damaged and present evidence from studies validating those damages. To many in the survivor movement, it is starting to feel Healy, like psychiatry itself, is a hidden danger, acting as an ally, supposedly anti-drug, he has long had the support of the movement. Shock survivors want to know: Do you know David Healy supports electroshock? Call in live: (267)521-0167
Jason Kalendek, a 43 year old shock survivor,who had been on psych drugs for more than 20 years was conned into getting electroshock as a way to get off the drugs. Electroshock destroyed his working memory and caused amnesia; destroyed his art career. The shock was 5 years ago and he is barely able to survive, the trauma of it is the worst thing that has ever happened to him.
Marie Jones, 49, lost all of her autobiographical memory due to electroshock without informed consent, which she was subject to while going cold turkey from Klonopin.
Tony Buonfiglio is a 61 year old electroshock survivor and photojournalist who was subjected to shock at 16 years old. He never regained memories of his childhood and continues to struggle with long term and short term memory loss.
Kim Wood is 57 years old and on SSDI for over 6 years after 16 years of psych meds. After 18 electroshocks, 2009-2010, her 26 year nursing career was destroyed.
Invited: David Healy, Peter Breggin; Ginger Breggin, Robert Whitaker, Bonnie Burtsow
Tonight on Mad U - Getting Our Acts Together - Uniting Against Shock on May 16th, Creating Effective Collective Action. - To listen, call: (267) 521-0167 (press 1 or *1 to talk) This Saturday, May 16th 2015, survivors around the world will unite to ban the use of electro-convulsive shock (ECT) as a mental health 'treatment.' The May 16th action involves 30 sites from 9 countries and 12 States in the U.S. In this episode, we take an up close look at the protest itself - what will happen at various locations, how to participate, what to expect if you attend. We'll also talk about direct action and what goes into organizing effective collective action.
An estimated 100,000 people still receive this brain-damaging procedure in the United States alone even though research shows ECT is no more effective than placebo. For further reading:
Readings from Leonard Frank -http://psychiatrized.org/…/FromTheFilesOfLeonardRoyFrank.htm
Ted Chabasinski, JD, Author, Mad in America,http://www.madinamerica.com/author/tchabasinski/
This week on Mad U: Mad About U! This show is about you - What are your favorite classics in the mad movement? What are the 'must reads' for this show? What are the hot topics to address? What authors and movement leaders should 'everyone' know about? How should we go about the show? What's the best way to engage the material and create a lively discussion? How would you like to participate? What's the best way to learn from others? To share what you know?
Electroshock - Guest appearance by George Ebert who will talk about the upcoming protest on May 16 and read some of his writings.
Bonus current events topic: Why pilots crash planes. Bring your lived experience and what you've read about the crash. We'll pull from our pot of 'mad wisdom' and make sense of it together.
Some authors/ topics for future shows: Leonard Frank/; Linda Andre (Electroshock); Robert Whitaker (Anatomy of An Epidemic), Redefining Mental Illness (TM Luhrman), Understanding Psychosis & Schizophrenia, Hearing Voices Movement, Intentional Peer Support (Shery Mead), Recovery Values (Shery Mead/ Mary Ellen Copeland) Defining Peer Roles (Western Mass RLC); Declaration of Principles (Tenth Annual Conference); Ron Bassman (being psychiatrized); Tina Minkowitz (ending force and coercion), Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; Pat Deegan (Spirit Breaking); Focault (Madness & Civilization); Goffman (Total Institutions), Thomas Szasz (Psychiatric Slavery/ Therapeutic State); William Miller (Rediscovering Fire/ empathy vs. coercion); Insane Manifesto;
Mad In America (articles and blogs); Radical Psychiatry Manifesto
Tonight on Mad U - 9-11 PM "Shocking Thought - "Yes They Still Do That" - To listen, call: (267) 521-0167 (press 1 or *1 to talk). On Saturday, May 16th 2015, survivors around the world will stand in unity to ban the use of electro-convulsive shock (ECT) as a 'treatment' in mental health. An estimated 100,000 people still receive this brain-damaging procedure in the United States. While highly profitable for providers, shock is no more effective than placebo. The benefits, if any, tend to be short-lived and result largely from the natural endorphins that the body releases to sooth pain when an injury occurs. Shock is often urged, and sometimes forced, when people are in a highly vulnerable state. In this episode of Mad U, we talk about the upcoming protest, why it's important, and how to get involved. We also talk about the history of shock, why it's so damaging, and what we can and should do differently when human beings reach the point where life no longer feels worth living. For further reading:
Readings from Leonard Frank - http://psychiatrized.org/LeonardRoyFrank/FromTheFilesOfLeonardRoyFrank.htm
Book review of Linda Andre's "Doctors of deception http://journals.cortland.edu/wordpress/sasc/files/2012/12/6_smuckler_book_review.pdf
Ted Chabasinski, JD, Author, Mad in America, http://www.madinamerica.com/author/tchabasinski/
Join us as Bruce Wiseman, U.S. President of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, talks with us this evening about the hidden abuse of America's elderly as they fall prey to a system used to exploit, experiment and abuse them. Drugging with psychotropic drugs, chemical restraints and electroshock await those who do not submit voluntarily to forced isolation, and the theft of their assets. The elderly are also used for experimentation with vaccines, drugs and untested therapies. This could happen to your mom, your dad or ......you.
Bruce Wiseman is the U.S. President of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights. He has testified before bodies of both houses of the United States Congress, as well as state legislative and judicial bodies in Colorado, Arkansas, New Jersey, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Florida. He has also testified before the Food and Drug Administration; the President's Commission on Mental Health; the President's Commission to Reform Special Education; and the National Institute of Mental Health’s Consensus Conference on ADHD. He has made more than 800 radio and television appearances including CNN, Fox National News, NBC's Dateline and The Montel Williams show, and has been quoted in print media across the country, including The New York Times. He has a Master’s Degree, Summa Cum Laude, in American History from the California State University at San Jose, and is the former Chairman of the Department of History of John F. Kennedy University. Mr. Wiseman is the author of the compelling book, Psychiatry: The Ultimate Betrayal and for five years hosted the acclaimed, nationally syndicated radio show, Take America Back.
Hear survivors of forced OUTPATIENT electroshock. Elizabeth Ellis, 67, is court ordered to report for involuntary electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) over her wishes. Joining her is Ray Sandford who won his own campaign against forced electroshock. Also hear from electroshock survivors Dorothy Dundas and Loretta Wilson who testified at last month's hearing by FDA about whether to finally start regulating the ECT device after 70 years of use in the USA. Joined by psychologist John Breeding who also testified, hear about their victory: The FDA panel voted to require testing of the ECT device. Special host: Celia Brown, MFI board president, along with YOUR live calls.
Special guests will be electroshock survivors Leonard Roy Frank, Mary Maddock, Loretta Wilson and Ray Sandford. Electroshock, also known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) runs electricity through the brain, and it's on the increase. The US government is having a hearing this month about whether to regulate the procedure. Our guests are the cutting edge of changing the mental health system, winning human rights in psychiatry, creating a range of more humane alternatives in mental health care. Host is psychiatric survivor David Oaks, who is director of MindFreedom. Special 90 minute show!
Kathie Cascio, a survivor of the psychiatric industry and human rights activist is passionate about the Movement. Kathie has been involved with WE THE PEOPLE In Remembrance of Esmin Green who was murdered-by-neglect at Kings County Hospital Center Psychiatric Emergency Room, June 19, 2008; psychOUT: A Conference for Organizing Resistnace Against Psychiatry; Bastille Day demonstrations and vigils to speak out agains psychiatric oppression and celebrate the human spirit.
Kathie is a survivor of elctroshock, and is totally against the use of ECT, shock, and all forms of forced treatment. Join us to talk about how our movement can thrive, end the use of electroshock and all forced psychiatry.
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