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Tuesday, 13 November

16:54

Learning From Each Other As Psychiatric Survivors "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

There are common themes among the thousands of psychiatric survivors Ive known, worked alongside and consulted with over the past 15 years. We all want to use the hard lessons weve learned from falling prey to psychiatry to help others.

Every single one of us has a dream to spare someone else the harm we went through ourselves.

The process of emancipating oneself from psychiatry teaches people a lot. There are almost universal lessons about the nature of reality, conformism, and living healthfully by ones own rules.

This is why many psychiatric survivors feel an unspoken bond with one another. Anyone whos been through med withdrawal knows it has a death and rebirth quality. Theres a sense of coming back to life with renewed vigor and optimism.

Theres also a resentment and anger that a system supposedly there to help and heal can often do exactly the opposite.

Its been 15 years since I went through psychiatric drug withdrawal after being bedridden for two years while on a drug cocktail. Ive gone through many phases, from being so acutely aware of what psychiatric meds do to the mind that I didnt want to be in the same room with anyone on them, to speaking up immediately and without reservation in opposition to anyone who even mentioned a psychiatric diagnosis.

There were phases where I wanted to move on with my life and forget the whole thing. Along the way Ive worked in childcare, sales, food demoing, modeling, theater, tea packing, and other things.

After six years of consulting with others coming off meds and almost 15 years leading support groups and trainings and speaking and writing publicly, what I feel most called to now is to share what Ive learned with those who have come off psych meds more recently.

The psychiatric survivor movement, as incohesive as it might have become, has deep roots (and history) in learning from and liberating one another.

People whove been around the movement for a long time have deep wisdom, and those who are newer have fire, passion and rage. Sometimes we all have all of it, of course. Yet, over the years, my fire and passion for talking about psychiatry has dampened.

In fact, Ill be totally honest: Im sick of it. When youve had the same conversations over and over and heard the same stories again and again with a few changed details, you want to move on to something different (or at least bring new life to it).

I still care as much as ever about helping people become liberated from psychiatric harm. Yet the process of talking to people about the same exact topics in the same way gets tedious. I once blurted out that I was bored of it on a speakers panel about someone wh...

Monday, 12 November

17:22

Daily Digest 11/12 - The Next Financial Crisis, 'Remarkable' Decline In Fertility Rates "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

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17:14

'Twenty million unsafe abortions' prevented in a year "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

More women and adolescent girls than ever are making regular use of contraception, says a report on family planning in the world's poorest countries.

07:30

Positive benefits of physiological birth "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

In our risk-focused world, its great to see a study focusing on the positive benefits of physiological birth. A research study published in BMJ Open (Olza et al 2018) has brought together the results of eight other qualitative studies of womens experiences of physiological birth and shows how this can be an empowering journey for women.

In the authors own words:

Giving birth physiologically is an intense and transformative psychological experience that generates a sense of empowerment. The benefits of this process can be maximised through physical, emotional and social support for women, enhancing their belief in their ability to birth and not disturbing physiology unless it is necessary.

(Olza et al 2018)

And if ever there was a time in which we need to enhance womens belief in their ability to birth and not disturb physiology unless it is necessary, it is now.

You can read the full study here. 

 

Olza I, Leahy-Warren P, Benyamini Y et al (2018). Womens psychological experiences of physiological childbirth: a meta-synthesis. BMJ Open http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020347 
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01:20

Public Petitions FDA to Investigate Gardasil Vaccine Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

NIH-CDC-Merck-Gardasil

Open Letter to FDA Commissioner: Investigate Gardasil Clinical Trials

by SaneVax, Inc.

The following open letter to FDA Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, calling for immediate investigations into many facets of the clinical trials for Gardasil sponsored by Merck was emailed today.

If you support this request, please leave a note in the comment section here that includes your name, title, and organization. Help the FDA understand how deeply concerned you are about the sanity of HPV vaccination programs.

SaneVax-Featured

Dr. Scott Gottlieb
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

November 9, 2018

Dear Dr. Gottlieb:

Gardasil Vaccine Clinical Trial Investigation

This open letter, written on behalf of medical consumers around the world, is an urgent request for you to investigate potential malfeasance perpetrated by Merck during their clinical trials of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus vaccine that the FDA approved in June 2006. A new book, The HPV Vaccine on Trial: Seeking Justice for a Generation Betrayed, by Holland, Rosenberg, and Iorio, outlines at least four areas requiring the FDAs urgent attention. (A copy has been sent to you under separate cover.)

Protocol V501-018

Protocol V501-018 was the only controlled trial in the target age group of 9-15-year-olds. This Protocol is the basis for the only long-term safety and effectiveness research in this population. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal and Pediatrics have published results suggesting that the vaccine is safe and effective after ten years of use. However, the FDAs June 2006 Clinical Rev...

00:55

Public Petitions FDA to Investigate Gardasil Vaccine Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Fertility"

NIH-CDC-Merck-Gardasil

Open Letter to FDA Commissioner: Investigate Gardasil Clinical Trials

by SaneVax, Inc.

The following open letter to FDA Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, calling for immediate investigations into many facets of the clinical trials for Gardasil sponsored by Merck was emailed today.

If you support this request, please leave a note in the comment section here that includes your name, title, and organization. Help the FDA understand how deeply concerned you are about the sanity of HPV vaccination programs.

SaneVax-Featured

Dr. Scott Gottlieb
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

November 9, 2018

Dear Dr. Gottlieb:

Gardasil Vaccine Clinical Trial Investigation

This open letter, written on behalf of medical consumers around the world, is an urgent request for you to investigate potential malfeasance perpetrated by Merck during their clinical trials of Gardasil, the human papillomavirus vaccine that the FDA approved in June 2006. A new book, The HPV Vaccine on Trial: Seeking Justice for a Generation Betrayed, by Holland, Rosenberg, and Iorio, outlines at least four areas requiring the FDAs urgent attention. (A copy has been sent to you under separate cover.)

Protocol V501-018

Protocol V501-018 was the only controlled trial in the target age group of 9-15-year-olds. This Protocol is the basis for the only long-term safety and effectiveness research in this population. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal and Pediatrics have published results suggesting that the vaccine is safe and effective after ten years of use. However, the FDAs June 2006 Clinical Review...

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