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A psychiatric patient’s journey, as told to Peter C Gøtzsche in an email

I am a lay person who is reading a serialized version of your book “Mental health survival kit and withdrawal from psychiatric drugs.” It is both very interesting and disturbing. From some of your examples I ask myself: How could anyone function on two or three neuroleptics at once? And how could someone who has…

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The Beer Index for scientific publishing

We clearly need an index for hopelessly flawed papers. A US colleague, Professor Dennis M. Bier from Houston, has invented one and gave me permission to tell you about it. Beer index

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Elections for the Cochrane Governing Board

The Cochrane Collaboration looks for two new board members: “You should bring high levels of personal integrity to the role.” This I did when I got elected with the most votes of all 11 candidates, but it caused me to be expelled and subsequently fired from my job in Copenhagen as Cochrane Director, which I…

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Neuroleptics (antipsychotics) double mortality

Neuroleptics are some of the worst drugs ever invented. They not only double mortality but also cause irreversible brain damage in many patients. ALL studies that show they lower mortality are seriously flawed, sometimes so much that we may call it fraud. Read this comprehensive and convincing paper by Robert Whitaker from 2 May 2020…

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The Coronavirus mass panic is not justified

I shall try to summarise what we know about the Coronavirus pandemic and explain why most draconian measures that have been introduced are unlikely to work but cause colossal harm. Two measures work: isolation of cases and keeping a distance of 2 m to other people. There is no good evidence that the Coronavirus is…

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Corona: an epidemic of mass panic

By Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche In Spanish: Corona panico masivo Almost everyone I talk to, lay people and colleagues (I am a specialist in internal medicine and have worked for two years at a department of infectious diseases) consider the Coronavirus pandemic a pandemic of panic, more than anything else. On 8 March, I published…

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Sir Iain Chalmers’ personal reflection on the prehistory of the Nordic Cochrane Centre

A personal reflection on the prehistory of the Nordic Cochrane Centre I am delighted to have been asked to contribute to the 25th anniversary celebration of the Nordic Cochrane Centre. Congratulations and thanks to the Centre for its important contributions to the development of the Cochrane Collaboration. I am going to offer you a brief,…

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The Harmful Myth About the Chemical Imbalance Causing Psychiatric Disorders

By Prof. Peter C. Gøtzsche, June 28, 2019. Mainstream psychiatry is built on myths that are harmful for patients. I described 10 of them in an article for a Danish newspaper on Jan. 6, 2014, which I published in English two weeks later on psychiatrist David Healy’s website as “Psychiatry Gone Astray” (1). On Jan.…

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The Depression Pill Epidemic

By Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche, June 4, 2019. In some countries, including the United States, about 10% of the entire population is in treatment with depression pills. This is a tragedy. These drugs do not have relevant effects on depression; they increase the risk of suicide and violence; and they make it more difficult for…

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