The Human Face of the FDA’s Failure to Investigate Risky Medical Devices On April 8th, the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to finally require manufacturers of medical devices marketed prior to 1976 to submit evidence of the devices’ safety and efficacy. These devices had been “grandfathered” in and despite the FDA’s assessment that… Continue Reading →
Linda Andre has written a scathing and moving critique of ECT and here she is interviewed by Will Hall about it. I can tell you the book is a page turner, but I have not finished it. I’ve not been well enough to read in general and basically have not read a whole book in… Continue Reading →
Nancy Rubenstein speaks from her personal experience about why she is supporting this day of protest. Additional information and another personal story are included in this post. [click on title to read more]
The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) urges “The Today Show” to provide balanced coverage of the risks of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in which grand mal seizures are electrically induced, usually to treat severe depression.
The NCMHR is responding to a one-sided segment about ECT that “Today” ran on August 20, 2013. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
PRESS RELEASE: (and then follows a video of someone post ECT) The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR) calls upon the producers of “The Dr. Oz Show” to provide balanced and truthful coverage of the risks of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in which grand mal seizures are electrically induced, usually to treat severe depression.
“We are surprised that Dr. Oz would air such a one-sided show,” says NCMHR director Lauren Spiro, “as ECT remains one of the most controversial psychiatric practices.”
“Shock survivors” and many other mental health advocates assert that ECT’s disabling effects – including permanent memory loss and cognitive deficits – outweigh possible benefits, and call for potential ECT recipients to be told the risks so they can make an informed choice.
Great commentary on the NYT’s article about electroshock therapy on One Community, One Family Blog. I covered the ECT article here, briefly. The author at One Community, One Family Blog points out that the New York Time’s gives lots of attention to psychiatrists who support ECT and very little mention of those who do not…. Continue Reading →
This is the body of an email I got from Vince Boehm, written by Vince, regarding the FDA hearings for Electroshock devices. (used for electro-convulsive “therapy” or ECT) Wanted to pass on the information for anyone who might be able to testify. Background: Electroshock devices have been on the market since 1937, but have never… Continue Reading →
This is a second posting for those who did not see it the first time around. Please click here for an easy form to fill out to express your concern. Simply scroll to the bottom of the page after following that link The Food and Drug Administration is in charge of regulating medical devices just… Continue Reading →
Secondly, not unlike other physicians, I am weary and critical of medical scientiﬁc writings by individuals whose background is not medical. With that preface, I opened and read this book with skepticism and no small measure of trepidation. What I discovered was something out of the ordinary. This book is brilliant analysis. It is successful on many levels, including its most important task: presenting an overview of the history, safety and efﬁcacy of electro-convulsive therapy. The book is also a masterpiece of scientiﬁc writing.
A note from Jim Gottstein in my email today. Please take action. The Food and Drug Administration is in charge of regulating medical devices just as it does drugs, including the machines used to give Electroshock. But it’s not doing its job. It has allowed these machines to be used on millions of patients over… Continue Reading →