Yet more commentary on fraud

Here’s the link again:

https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/fugitives/profiles.asp#other-fugitives

Note again that these are small businesses run by foreigners. Are these the REAL bad guys? Even if they weren’t framed, these are small offenses compared to what’s happening on a large scale in many hospitals and large facilities around the country. Remember Justina Pelletier? That was gross medical fraud done by the powerful and rich Children’s Hospital, putting a child in the middle as well. These federal agencies need to go up against state hospitals, too. Taxpayers are paying for the fraud and abuse at these places, where insurance money is milked and they call it health care. You want bad guys? Go no further.

More commentary on fraud link

Here’s the link again:

https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/fugitives/profiles.asp#other-fugitives

As I keep scrolling down, I am alarmed that many of these folks are from countries other than the USA. Why? They could have been framed. I suspect so. We already know about uneven sentencing. We already know that the majority worst offenders aren’t caught nor reported.

Who is victim? Vulnerable people who count on the durable medical equipment. Costs are soaring and the ones on the bottom suffer the worst.

Should you really get your doctor’s permission?

We’ve known for a while about FDA fraud. Here’s a link regarding a team of researchers who dug deep into drug trial fraud:

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/02/fda_inspections_fraud_fabrication_and_scientific_misconduct_are_hidden_from.single.html

Your doctor is given fake information. Do you really think “doctor knows best” when they are given data that is based on faulty studies?

“This drug has no side effects.”

“This is the only treatment that will help you.”

“Your condition is so serious that a powerful drug is required.”

“Minimal side effects, minimal risk.”

“You can trust me. I’m a doctor.”

Sure, there are a handful of doctor skeptics out there. A handful that refuse the bribery and peer pressure. They fend off the threats from large, money-making corporations.  Those that speak out the loudest are killed. “disappear,” or are the victims of scandal.

It’s a tough world out there.

They’ve known the dangers of lithium for decades! Patients die! Why remain silent on this?

It wasn’t hard for me to pull up over 20 medical studies from researchers around the world. There were more, but it got too overwhelming.  They’ve known this drug kills people all along! If you were given a pill and told, “Most likely, this will shorten your life by at least 25 years,” would you take it? What if you were told, “Many studies indicate that there’s a 100 percent chance this drug will destroy your thyroid.” Would you take it? Would you take a pill that in most patients, causes not only lithium-induced nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, which means the kidneys fail to concentrate urine, but most likely, progressive renal insufficiency along with it?

In brief, they’ve known this drug kills people. They don’t want patients to know that.

I read one case study about a woman who was given an antidepressant following the death of her spouse. The study states that she showed manic symptoms following administration of the antidepressant. Mania is a common side effect of antidepressants, however, the shrinks put her on lithium anyway. Decades later, she went into renal failure. The study states that the renal failure was from the lithium.

Wait! So she was put on a life-shortening drug and kept on it for decades because of a bad drug interaction? Yes, this can happen. All they have to do is to grind it into her head that she is permanently bipolar. The diagnosis becomes identity, increasing mood swings.

And of course, I’m sure they told her, “You need lithium the way a diabetic needs insulin.” Doctors learn to tell their patients this, but they know it’s an inaccurate analogy. They are told that lying to patients is okay so long as the patients take their drugs.

All along, none of this was true. She never needed lithium.

Believe in possibility.

Words of wisdom by Rachel Ann Klein, a link, and my belief that Rachel’s death was suspicious

Here’s the link. Rachel commented on this article, and you can find her wonderful comment right below. She was an inspiration to so many people.

‘Our little songbird has flown the nest’

I am now remembering stuff about Rachel, a few things she told me and that I witnessed. I didn’t put two and two together, but now, I have more information about patient harm than I had before. I see her death as tragic.

She told me the following: She stated that she’d had a procedure or surgery done for ovarian cancer. She stated that something hadn’t gone right about the surgery. She said that due to medical error, her cancer, which could have easily been eradicated, wasn’t. She said whatever medical people were involved had caused her cancer to spread. And she added what I’ve come to learn about malpractice: The patient has no recourse.

The last time I saw Rachel was in 2013. I recall I visited her in her home in 2012. She and I were on the phone first and then she invited me to drop by. This is what I saw.

She sat at the far end of the room. She looked different. I realized she had no hair. Rachel apologized, explaining that she had her wig off. She said, “Some people get uncomfortable around me when I don’t wear it because a bald head reeks of cancer.” I told her it didn’t bother me in the least. She was finishing up some work on her laptop. Her service dog, Zoe, came to say hello to me.

Rachel finished up what she was doing. I told her that I was amazed at her apartment. “It’s beautiful!” I said.

Rachel told me I should apply for Section 8. I explained that already I was in my 50’s. Should I apply, the waiting list was now ten years. I didn’t want to say to her that I didn’t think I’d live that long. She knew what I meant, though.

I met Rachel through my church. It didn’t take long before she reached out to me. I recall one thing she said was that folks found it difficult to be friends with someone who has to face death at far too young an age. She knew I’d been in the mental health system just as she had been.

Rachel told me she used to deal with suicidal urges, so to her point of view, facing impending death meant a double-whammy. She told me she had a feeling I could relate to what she was saying. I told her that many people with eating disorders like myself come close to death due to low weight, dehydration, or other medical complication related to malnutrition. I told her that I had gone to bed at night so many times wondering if I was going to wake up alive in the morning.

May 23, 2014, Rachel died in her sleep. This has been a mystery to me ever since I heard the news. She was ten years younger than me. Why had this occurred? Was her death dismissed and forgotten about? Was there no investigation? People don’t die by magic.

Let no person’s voice ever go unheard. I know in my heart that this was a suspicious death and should have been thoroughly investigated. I personally need answers to this, knowing what I know.

I know more about malpractice now that I did before. A person who is victim of malpractice is often totally discredited. I’m sure that’s what happened to Rachel. Someone saw to it that she was made to look like a complainer, nothing more. Someone saw to it that people around her doubted her claims.

I know this, because that’s what happens to people who are victims of malpractice. Those who have been wronged get screwed. Rachel was intelligent and insightful and I personally believe what she told me. People who are victims of malpractice often are illegally denied medical care, and are lied to as a way to cover up wrongdoing. We think of it as blacklisting. She was flagged. Of course she was!

Rachel told me she still took cancer pills. Yet one day I recall she announced in church that she was cancer-free. Who told her this? Were her medical records fudged to hide wrongdoing? This is fairly standard procedure, to cover up the truth.

If the medical profession wanted to see to it that she believed she was cancer-free, then how did she acquire the cancer drugs? Were these prescribed or did she obtain them illegally? She told me she knew that cancer drugs killed noncancer cells as well as cancer cells. But if these powerful medical institutions were lying and covering up the truth, then maybe she knew she needed something, and took her problems into her own hands. Why? Because people who are denied care take care of themselves any way they can.

I agree that Rachel could be difficult at times. I know anyone who is victim of malpractice tends to be bitter for a long time. Of course she had no recourse, not only that, the doctors who were so scared of her (due to her awareness and intelligence) saw to it that she was screwed every time she tried to get medical care. She must have felt trapped, with no way out in sight.

It was difficult for Rachel to be tactful, and at times, she came on strong. Of course she had these problems! So many others who are abused end up angry, especially when they aren’t believed by most around them.

Rachel, if you can read this now, I want to let you know that you were one of the key people who helped me realize that Mental Health Care is a farce and a lie. I admired you so much, even when spats between us kept us from communicating. Right after I left the States, I wanted to call you. I never had the chance. You died ten days after the day I departed.

I don’t know what killed you, Rachel. I have always contended that it was lack of love.  Call it a broken heart if you wish. They should have believed you. They should have listened. May we all listen now, and hear your words. Rest in peace.

They tried to put me lock me up because I blog, posing a danger to THEM, not to myself

More and more evidence is becoming clear to me. People who speak out against the AMA, the APA, psychiatry in general, or a specific institution or doctor, and especially those who have a strong Internet presence should be aware of this. Did you know that psychiatric diagnosis can be assigned arbitrarily, without proof such as a blood test or xray? This means free reign for psychiatrists to diagnose a person they want to dispose of with any label they please. All you have to do is to show up. They can nail anyone they want, claiming this person is “dangerous.”

Anyone can be determined to be not only “dangerous” but potentially “dangerous.” That is, they can lock someone up with no evidence of a person’s current danger to self or others. Yes, it’s true! I just read an article on this in a medical journal. So with no evidence whatsoever except fortune-telling (best left to psychics, eh?) a psychiatrist can determine a person as being possibly violent in the future, and see to it that this person (someone who is inconvenient to them) will be out of their hair for a good long time.

This is how they silence bloggers who speak out about REAL harm done inside institutions as we speak. Folks like me, who tell the truth, are surely a danger to them because we make a point of exposing medical wrongdoing.

Do you wonder why so many whistleblowers suddenly take sick and disappear? Look no further than that person’s psych evaluation. These are done arbitrarily and on a whim, based on “opinion.” Isn’t “opinion” always biased? Of course it is! I learned this in grad school where I studied creative writing. By definition, opinion IS bias.

More later.

Please read: Yoderny Pena murder caused by psych meds…Why wasn’t this considered?

Here’s the link:

http://masscases.com/cases/sjc/455/455mass1.html

They never even considered the fact that psych meds cause violence. What happened to Pena is wrong. He was an immigrant, a person whose primary language wasn’t English. You guys gotta understand, life in the USA for immigrants such as Pena must have been tough. I’m sure he faced discrimination and profiling, especially by his doctors. We know that medical providers are the worst offenders when it comes to bigotry.

Anyone know how to contact Pena? This guy needs another trial!

This link mentioned “medication.” No mention of which one, but possibly antidepressants….

http://ma.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20130111_0000050.DMA.htm/qx

I am going to contact a few people. Sure, he would have been evasive about his immigration status. Who wouldn’t be? I know a lot of people here who have been through the immigrant experience in the USA. It’s not pleasant. This guy was screwed!

ADDENDUM: I have been in many Boston psych wards and I can tell you that immigrants who aren’t fluent in English ALWAYS get substandard care. The law states that he had a right to translator. I know as a fact that even French and Spanish-speakers have to wait a week or longer, hospitalized with no care since there’s no communication, before they get a translator. The law, right to translator, isn’t followed! He was seen at one hospital and evaluated without a translator, as you can see above. Chances are, they drugged him without even considering the possible consequences, and if he reported anything to them, dangerous side effects such as agitation that could cause violence, how could this be communicated or heard without a translator?

Let no more die or suffer at their hands.

It’s been three years now since I made that vow to myself that I would do everything I could in my power to end the inhumane treatment of people with eating disorders.  I’m not sure I can change the entire world, but I can change a small part of it. I can continue to speak out and encourage others to do likewise.

I used to think of life in terms of the Road Less Traveled. At 23,  I felt that my journey into mental health care was going to solve everything. My friends back at school warned me that I was getting into something very bad. I had no clue just how bad. My choice was unpopular. No one did therapy back then and it wasn’t considered “health care.” Back then, therapy was self-exploration for the eccentric or rich. By all means it wasn’t considered necessary. It was an add-on, something you did in your spare time. But all that changed.

Suddenly, in 2012, I found myself again on a Road Less Traveled, the rather unpopular journey OUT of mental health care, which was now considered a staple in everyone’s health care diet.

I will do anything to help others. But many aren’t ready for it yet. I must be patient.

John Oliver on Prescription Drugs, HBO, and my commentary on media and writing

Here’s the link

Bravo John Oliver! I don’t know anything about TV. Is HBO a still a major channel that many people watch? Humor is an excellent way to bring awareness to the public. Many people don’t like to read but they love to laugh. They enjoy pictures, rock music, or audio-visual displays such as animated films over the printed word. Many people enjoy reading fantasy or fiction but feel bored with nonfiction. Many people read only books that have very short chapters. I am dismayed that the preferred literature seems to be written at grade school level.

Those of us in the Movement who wish to share information may want to keep these things in mind. I know it’s a sad reality that writing anything lengthy, nonlinear, complex, or meaningful won’t sell these days. It seems that public demand is for the “easy-to-read.” Most people aren’t willing to put forth the effort to understand anything that requires  more than first or second grade comprehension level.

I question how much compromise we need to make just to get the message across.

I hear so many times that scholarly literature sells to only a small market, isn’t expected to do well, and is therefore printed in small batches. I’ve spoken to so many writers of scholarly books who tell me their book has become difficult to acquire, expensive, or has gone out of print. So often I hear that only people in academic circles even looked at these books. I am saddened that so much effort has gone into gaining expertise in the topic, then researching and writing, but these incredible efforts are not reaching the mainstream. Many scholarly papers cannot be accessed by everyone, but instead require academic library privileges or membership in an association.

What can we do? Do we “dumb down” our writing, shortening our chapters, use more simple vocabulary and shorter sentences? Should we add cartoon illustrations for those too lazy or too busy to read? Do we offer lower prices? Do we publish in e-format so people can have instant gratification? After all, it takes immense effort to go to a library or bookstore. (It might burn a few calories, though.)

Perhaps many people simply don’t want to open their eyes. They are terrified of enlightenment. They may be aware that other versions of “real life” exist, but they are just fine with not knowing about any perspective other than their own narrow viewpoint. For instance, I often joke about the lack of awareness in USA of the existence of South America. Just calling USA “America” excludes Canada, Central America, and that exotic continent “below.” The assumption is that we are living in a jungle here in South America, and that the population is diseased and corrupt.

Even worse, people in one part of USA are unaware of the other parts. I lived in Massachusetts. I am amazed that folks here in Uruguay are well-versed in the 50 states of USA, and if I mention Massachusetts most know where it is on a map and have a basic idea of what it’s like there, even though many have never traveled to USA. Yet I have mentioned Massachusetts to people in states as close by as Pennsylvania who have no clue where Massachusetts is. I hear, “Oh, that’s one of those little states.” Can people not see beyond their living rooms? Do they know where Bulgaria, Armenia, Turkey, Iran, Korea, or Kenya are? Do they have a concept of time zones and the variety of landscapes and climates that exist on this planet? More dismaying is the assumption that all cultures are the same and that people worldwide share the same perspective.

I see and hear this all the time. So often I hear the assumption of the traditional family structure, the assumption that everyone can hop into their cars and drive somewhere, the assumption that everyone on the planet owns a TV, microwave, dishwasher, cell phone, or has easy Internet access.  Some people have no concept of what it’s like to be single or live in a socioeconomic situation far different from their own.

I am saddened when I hear, “Why don’t you ask your family?” because this statement assumes everyone has one, or that those that don’t must have done something terribly wrong. I am saddened when I hear people who don’t have partners for whatever reason seen as “sick” or “wrong” or “not good enough.” This is another narrow view based on cultural values not shared by all people. I ask myself why folks don’t go beyond their immediate reality and see that there’s an unexplored world out there. I guess they don’t want to see it  nor believe it.

So often I am asked about TV. People make reference to shows I’ve never heard of and assume all humans on the planet have seen these shows and are well familiar. I am saddened that so many people assume everyone watches the Superbowl, and is well-versed in the Superbowl commercials. I am saddened that so many people assume everyone has seen the latest trendy movie. The multitude of Harry Potter references is another indication of cultural short-sightedness.

Do we have to write with this short-sightedness in mind, or do we disregard public demand? What makes for the most timeless literature? Do we write what will sell in the next few years, or do we write works that will still be relevant and valued four or five generations from now? How can we enlighten without taking people too far out of their comfort zones? You tell me.

Either way, John Oliver’s presentation is a hoot for sure. What does comedy do? Comedy demands that we take a step outside ourselves, peek in, and laugh. I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I did.