From P.M. – the need for stronger Ethics Act in Illinois

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/us/illinois-public-officials-aid-lobbying-clients-of-family.html

This article explains why Illinois still needs tougher ethics laws and standards.  In other states, a politician must recuse themselves from voting when a close relative (grandparent, parent, child, grandchild or their spouse, brother and sisters and their inlaws) hold financial interests in companies affected by the legislation proposed.

This article explains:

Medill Watchdog examined statements of economic interests of public officials, lobbying registrations filed with the City of Chicago, Cook County and the state, and records of state bills and local ordinances. The investigation found 14 elected officials from Cook County alone who, while not lobbyists themselves, are related to or in business with lobbyists.

 

The review found more than a dozen instances in which an official took action that benefited the lobbying client of a family member or business partner.

Reformers say Illinois has a historic tolerance for corruption. “There are people who believe that’s just the way it’s done,” said Kyle McCarter, a Republican state senator from Lebanon. “Cultures don’t change overnight.”

I think that article says it all.  Clearly when Jerome Larkin head of the ARDC went after myself and Ken Ditkowsky in invalid, kangaroo court proceedings with no or very limited discovery, and they struck almost of all my crucial witnesses, if you read the transcripts, you will be thoroughly convince that “Illinois [does in fact] have a historic tolerance for corruptioin [and] there are people believe that’s just the way it’s done.”

Larkin was told to get rid of myself and Ken, that is to stop Ken Ditkowsky to stop writing his famous call the state official on the carpet for not doing their job and looking the other way, and to get rid of me for writing this blog.

Well, it did not work.  Ken at age 83 is one of the most prolific activist letter writers there still is, he is sending out dozens of emails, faxes and letters still, and I am still posting on this blog and it is more popular than ever and has more subscribers than ever.

Illinois has to tight it’s ethics laws in terms of lobbying.  It has to give the Judicial Inquiry Board teeth to take out judges that simply refuse to follow the laws as written and who flagrantly engage in Fraud on the Court, still handing out summary Eviction Orders, allow the use of tied in crony shrinks to guardianize those who do not need a guardian but are wealthy (the need for a guardian increases exponentially if the victim is wealthy and has no relatives to protect them from a bogus proceeding or there is already infighting in the family), also judges have to stop changing transcripts, closing the courtroooms outside the standards set forth in 7th circuit decisions that there has to be a motion, findings of fact and conclusions of law to seal a courtroom or transcripts and that decision has to be placed on file with the clerk for the public, and you cannot close prospective proceedings and there must be a law.  Many judges simply aren’t doing that.

And that’s not even motioning the psychotropic drugging of wards in nursing homes.  Federal Law says you cannot have nursing homes–or anyone for that matter–dispensing dangerous psychotripic meds in nursing homes UNLESS there actually is a diagnosed mental disease or illness in a patient–other than dementia.

In dementia patients, dosing them why psychotropic drugs (which are essentially horse tranquilizer), increases the chance of their death substantially. Widespread studies with Medicare statistics have confirm this.  FDA has issued black box warnings and doctors are not to do this, or risk losing their licenses to prescribe opiods, which is what should happen.

However, the IDFPR has only one investigator and I’m told they are over a year behind on these FDA black box warning/psychotropic meds cases, so that by the time your loved one is drugged and the case is investigated, they may be long dead before then.

Something has to be done.

Please keep on writing, faxing, emailing and calling your authorities to speak out against these unlawful practices.  Force our court system to be open, transparent, democratic and accountable.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.  Get involved.  Write a letter a day or a week.  Fax , call and email when you can.

Tell Jerome Larkin that corruption will no longer be tolerated as a way of life and you expect him to DO SOMETHING about crooked attorneys.

The case of Seth Gillman is a prime example of a tragic failure of the ARDC to take prompt action to protect the public and you can google his story elsewhere on this blog.

Encourage the Illinois State legislature to add into the 2009 Ethics Reporting Act that the ARDC attorneys and supervisors and managers MUST ethics report and that any state representative must report conflicts of interest with next of kin and recuse themselves on voting if there is a conflict or even an appearance of a conflict of interest with next of kin.

JoAnne

Breaking News! Karen Federighi, wrongfully guardianized and posting on Youtube and Facebook escapes guardianship purgatory to Mexico!

While we have all been looking desperately for Karen F in the US for a month since she disappeared–SHE IS NOW POSTING ON FACEBOOK.

YEAH!  She made it to Mexico and is now a free woman again.

I hope to hear form her soon. As you recall, she was perfectly competent, had all her smarts–and she is one smart cookie with 2 nursing jobs and an RN in nursing and a long list of continuing nursing education, she became the target for a guardianship when she stood to inherit hundreds of thousands of dollars and a miscreant relative got involved.

For several months she was holed up at a Best Western where she was watched round the clock by a probate goon that followed here everywhere.  Undoubtedly her estate was paying for all of this.

The probate court in Florida banned her from her own home, forced her to stay in a hotel against her will, locked her out of all her bank accounts.  But like Mary Todd Lincoln she escaped with a cache of fine jewelry she was pawning to buy food because her own Estate would not give her money for food. They wanted to force her into a locked down nursing home!

She told me she could still work and wanted to work as an RN, but her private probate goon watched her like a hawk and followed her everywhere, hacking into her phone and to her computer.  She bought Trac phones from drug stores and used those to talk safely.

They took all her papers and documents from her so she could go no where and do nothing.  Driver’s License, Social Security Card, Passport–you name it gone. Overnight. With no money and no back account it is surprising she survived for months and then escaped to Mexico where she applied for asylum.

This is what our country has gone to.  Probate court in Florida which Karen F fought is no better than in Chicago.  Story after story still comes across my desk.

Thank you for all your prayers to get Karen F safe out the US and out of a dangerous Florida Guardianship.

You can friend her on Facbook and track her progress as she makes a new life outside the US court system.

Sadly, Barbara Stone’s mother is still in guardianship.  And sadly, Barbara Stone is still afraid to speak out and tell the story about her string of crimes in Florida because they have threatened to kill her mother if she makes one peep to the authorities or to the public.  Continue to pray for her also.

JoAnne

From Karen F on Facebook

Greetings From Ensenada Mexico: Unbelievable that I have had no choice but to live like a fugitive from injustice thanks to the corrupt members of the Collier County Probate Court. To stay safe, I have had to disguise myself as a bag lady, a homeless guy (yes, dude!), a Muslim, a madam, a foreign tourist, an undercover cop, pet therapist, street performer, and even a wedding crasher! Praying for justice!

More breaking news on corruption at the ARDC–the court reporter’s IDFPR request for taking a transcript at my trial without a license

Dear Readers;

You just can’t make this stuff up.  I FOIA’d (Freedom of Information Act) all the documents at the Ill. Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation relating to my court reporter when she took 5 days of transcript at my trial, never said she was unlicensed and then proceeded to render doctored transcripts, all in favor of the ARDC’s kangaroo hearing. She then voluntarily and permanently surrendered her license and paid a fine of $2500. All of this should be on the website.

It’s the most disgusting mess I have ever encountered in my life (I know my court corruption victims have suffered more, but this is way over the top).

Here are the FOIA responses and they are an eye opener:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6FbJzwtHocwOGs5OXBCZEJrb21fVE5ZeTMydWpWR21KSGMw

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6FbJzwtHocwejIyQ1k3Wlk0QkllNGpTTjE3ZjJMMDVJblpF

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6FbJzwtHocwa2QwT0hrSHI2MVFRdGhQdGdLS0NyWXlCMVFn

The ARDC has filed some ridiculous affidavits with the Ill. Supreme Court that she has applied for relicensure.

Here is the ARDC response to my Rule to Show Cause against them and take a look at the Affidavit they had the court reporter file at pp 11 to 12

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6FbJzwtHocwM3pMLTBkWmYtYnM

 

While the court reporter offered to have another court reporter listen to her audio and transcribe it, that has not been done and sent to me.

I am in the process of making the demand now via the ARDC and have them pay for MY court reporter.

Disgusting fraud, absolutely disgusting.  Larkin, Smart and Opryszek should all be ashamed of their Fraud on the Court and should be fired and prosecuted immediately.

They trashed my law practice and my clients have suffered because of it.

People want honest attorneys, they don’t need the authorities using their fake powers to engage in “go after” kangaroo court proceedings.

This blog has told nothing but the truth about the Sykes case and Kathie Bakken gave testimony to it with her mother Yolanda and all of it was ignored by the Tribunal. Gloria would have testified as to the same but was banned because she didn’t turn over 10,000 emails relating to her case and I stood behind her on this one.  No other witness had to turn over 10,000 emails.  Horrifying.

Joanne

 

From Ken Ditkowsky on the wrongful suspension of Lanre Amu by Jerome Larkin, head Administrator of the IARDC

On practicing law while black.

Subject: Practicing Law while Black
Date: Jan 18, 2017 5:42 PM
Mr. Hurt,
 
Overt racism is rare in today’s world.    Gone are the days when a person who happened to have a skin color that was a deep hue is confronted by a raving racist.   Today’s racist is must more subtle.   He (I use this pronoun as I have a particular he in mind – Jerome Larkin!)subverts the legal process to feed his malady and all the while he is engaged in discrimination or other activities of racism he uses the facade of liberalism, public office, party affiliation, attorney discipline,  or some other guise to engage in his JIM CROW mantra.   Sometime his co-conspirators are people who have the same skin coloration as the victim.   These “uncle Toms” have very little of the commodity known as self respect. In other circumstances Avarice substitutes for integrity in parts of our Justice system.
 
The Amu case is replete with Jim Crow identity.   Amu is an anomaly.   He is an intellectual who happens to have several advanced degrees and a strongly developed conscience.    He also has a very dark skin color of an African.   Amu’s  strongly developed conscience is a handicap in Chicago where City Hall corruption is legend.   Chicago prides itself in having the best Judges and Political people money can buy.    We know how honest each of these judges is — a Chicago Judge who is bribed – stays bribed.  (It costs $150,000 to become a Judge – that is a cash bribe to an official of the Chicago Democratic Party.    To become a Federal Judge the price is substantially higher – I guess they have to payoff the Republicans)
 
Amu’s charges against the system and in particular a sitting judge were verified by the respected business publication:  CRAINS CHICAGO BUSINESS.    The fact that Crains Chicago Business conducted their own investigation and made the same charges that Amu did against a corrupt judge. But this apparently did not bother either Mr. Larkin or the Illinois Disciplinary Commission (IARDC).    The Establishment decided that Atty Amu having a dark skin was not entitled to his Constitutional Rights as he was complaining that an Establishment (White) Judge was corrupt.   Worse yet, he disclosed the corruption and a BUSINESS PUBLICATION made the same averment.   Indeed, under Illinois Disciplinary Law, and the rulings of the Supreme Court of Illinois Amu was a danger to the public and they suspended him on first an interim basis, and then on a longer term (3 years) and until further order of court.
 
Without a scintilla of evidence, and no witnesses put on the stand whatsoever, Larkin’s panels of commissioners determined that as Amu had a dark skin he should be barred from the practice of Law.  The Supreme Court concurred.    How can a man with the deep hue to his skin = who observes corrupt judges and reports the same to the authorities be allowed to practice law in Illinois? Clearly unthinkable to the Illinois Bar!     Thus Amu has been stripped of his license to practice law.   
 
Our president has pointed out the gains of our citizens who happen to have a dark hue to their skin color, and we are grateful.   We are grateful that Amu was not “lynched!”   No cross was burned on his lawn!   Indeed, all that the Illinois attorney registration and disciplinary commission and the Supreme Court did was to take from him was his ability to practice of law.   They did not strip him of his Engineering degrees or licenses nor did they beat up his wife.   Indeed, they met due process by providing him with a very nice kangaroo hearing wherein he could say anything he wanted!     Indeed, he could bring in any witness he wanted and was assured that the ruling of the Supreme Court of Illinois would be suspension of his law license without regard for the fact that Larkin was committing prejury!.
 
Illinois, under its present administration has assumed the heritage of the “old South” in a modern form.   Our political and Judicial elite only practice “segregation” pursuant to the format of the Illinois movement.   In Amu’s case, a bit of frugality with the truth and selective adjudication by Mr. Larkin and his minions filled the bill; however, Mr. Larkin is not shy in his perfidy.
 
Representative Lewis was beaten to a Pulp during the Selma march and became an Icon of the Civil Rights movement so Larkin and his gang could not demonize or humiliate him however, another Icon of the Civil Rights movement (and one of the organizers of the Selma March) became the focus of Jerome Larkin and the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.   It appears that Civil Rights Icon Diane Nash opted to be a public spectator at the Kangaroo Disciplinary Hearings conducted for the benefit of JoAnne Denison.   As there was a seat in the gallery of the courtroom right adjacent to yours truly, Mr. Larkin acted to protect my virginity and keep me from having to sit next to an elderly person who had a slightly darker skin color than me.   He barred her from the hearing room.
 
You cannot make this stuff up!    Diane Nash was actually the only person barred from the hearing room wherein JoAnne Denison was being subjected to the fixed inquiry inquisition.   After the proceeding, I met Diane in the lobby of the IARDC and she related to me that she wished to attend but had been barred from attending.   As such things are not supposed to happen in Chicago, I wrote and e-mail to Mr. Larkin demanding an apology – even the usual insincere variety would have been welcomed as the insult to not only Ms. Nash, but the entire African American community, was just too outrageous to let go.    Of course – Larkin and the elites continue in their JIM CROW ACTIVITIES openly and notoriously.
 
Discrimination and lawlessness is the credo of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission/Illinois Supreme court.   How else could the Illinois Supreme Court continue to employ Jerome Larkin and his gang of 18 USCA 371 co-conspirators.   
The African Americans who “do not know their place” as determined by Larkin and the Illinois elites are not the only victims of this obvious corruption — Senior citizens are another desirable target.   The pecuniary rewards for discrimination against Mr. Amu, Ms. Nash, ***** are slight; however, the rewards of elder cleansing are many.   Philip Esformes was indicted for stealing a billion ($1,000,000,000) dollars from Medicare!    
 
Hopefully, the new administration will keep its campaign promise to Make America Great again.   The elimination of Jim Crow from Chicago legal circles would be a very nice start!       
From Joanne:
Similarly, Ken Ditkowsky lost his law license for 4 years for revealing corruption in the Mary G Sykes case.  He wrote numerous letters to the authorities (many of which were and are published on this blog), complaining that Mary Sykes, an elderly 90 year old woman was guardianized but never served with a Summons or Petition by the sheriff.  This action is required for any court to take jurisdiction.
Mary’s elderly sisters, Josephine and Yolanda, were not provided with the time, date and place of hearing on the guardianship Petition 14 days in advance. The Sodini case establish that next of kin must receive this type of Notice, or again, the Guardianship court has no jurisdiction.
As if that weren’t bad enough, a Cook County Guardianship case running from 2009 to Mary’s death in 2015 without jurisdiction, her home was sold without an accounting, $1 million in valuable coins disappeared when the Guardian drilled out a safe deposit box, and a bogus judgement was entered against a family member, Gloria to gain access to her insurance settlement which was wiped out to pay for a nursing home–a place where Mary never wanted to go, and to pay attorneys fees in the matter.
This is how our probate courts operate.
Terrorizing innocent attorneys for reporting and complaining about corruption in Illinois is how the ARDC and Jerome Larkin operate. They ban discovery, strike witnesses and assemble together “tribunals” that railroad these attorneys.
Meanwhile the ARDC is busy writing nonsensical letters to summarily dispose of valid citizen complaints.
It’s time to clean all of this up and start operating on an ethical and honest basis in Illinois.
We need more blogs and books about corruption so others can avoid these fixed cases and situations.  So keep on reporting about corruption and I will be glad to publish, until there is nothing more to publish.
JoAnne

From Ken Ditkowsky and getting paid to protest?

I gotta tell every one, I am waiting for the day I get paid to protest any injustice.  That will be the day.

See below:

Subject: Rent a criminal – DO NOT bother ME WITH THE FACTS – I’VE MADE UP MY MIND (MOTTO OF THE IARDC)

I heard two rumors that I believe to be accurate.    
 
The First is that the unlicensed Court reporter who Jerome Larkin illegally paid had her license removed from her for some sort of misconduct.   As Larkin represented to the Supreme Court that the court reporter’s lack of license was merely an oversight – he did not explain he inaccurate reporting that left out Judge Stuart’s admission of perjury during the JoAnne Denison hearing – it appears that Larkin told another lie to the Supreme Court of Illinois.   It therefore appears that the Disciplinary proceeding against Ms. Denison was so tainted that it should be rendered a nullity or Larkin should be held in contempt of Court and jailed for his lies to the Court.
 
The new reality is not new – it is called deceit, fraud, *****.   Jerome Larkin and the IARDC have practiced this new reality for years and have used it to cover-up their role in the War against the Elderly and the Disabled and in particular their protection of the dishonest judges who have and are engaged in ‘elder cleansing’ and other felonies.   It should not be forgotten that on page 91 of her evidence deposition Judge Maureen Connors was not shy in admitting that her decision had been determined prior to any hearing and was bought and paid for (fixed)!    Larkin of course was engaged in a 18 USCA 371 style cover-up and appeared to be a party to the criminal enterprise – THUS NOTHING WAS DONE, AND THE ATTEMPT TO STIFLE THE CALLS FOR AN HONEST INVESTIGATION CONTINUED.    My rationale for believing the statement is the fact that great difficulty has been had by those persons who want to see the public file as to the Court reporter.
 
The second rumor was:

REPORT: ‘GRASSROOTS’ ORGANIZATION OFFERS $2.5K TO PROTEST TRUMP INAUGURATION

 January 17, 2017  298 Comments
 
Protest photo
Photo by Loozrboy 
(Infowars) A private protest organization is offering $2,500 to participants who’d like to help protest the inauguration of the 45th US president, Donald J. Trump.
A group called Demand Protest has created several online job postings targeting Democrat areas of the country “seeking operatives to help send a strong message at upcoming inauguration protests.”
Claiming to be the “largest private grassroots support organization in the United States,” Demand Protest says they “pay people already politically motivated to fight for the things they believe.”
“You were going to take action anyways, why not do so with us!” say several job listings in different parts of the country, under the headline, “Get paid fighting against Trump
 
Jerome Larkin and his co-conspirator miscreants also get paid for their felonies.    It is not to be overlooked that LARKIN’s mission that the State overpays him to perform is to protect the public from dishonest Judges/lawyers and other members of the 2nd oldest profession who commit crimes.    His strained interpretation of his duty – i.e.  protect criminal members of the 2nd oldest profession and especially those wearing black robes=  is apparently financed by health care criminals several of whom have been indicted for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars from health care funds and in particular medicare.     I received information that shortly after the 20th of January there will be more indictments.  
 
Also lending credibility to the rumors is the Lanre Amu case and the recent fiasco of Seth Gillman.     Only after it was revealed that Gillman was co-operating with the FBI did Larkin ask the FBI for an interim suspension of Gillman’s law license.   Apparently here in Illinois stealing from Medicare, stealing from Hospice patents, stealing from employees ***** is in the best traditions of the BAR, HOWEVER co-operating with LAW ENFORCEMENT is in the eyes of Illinois so reprehensible that it warrants immediate and emergency punishment.
 
We need an HONEST INVESTIGATION and HONEST PROSECUTIONS OF THE MISCREANTS who have targeted and prey upon the elderly and the disabled.    Illinois is on the verge of Bankruptcy – why do we as citizens of Illinois pay our public officials to aid and abet criminals who are making our State unsafe to grow old in!      
 
 
Ken Ditkowsky
 

From Rochelle Williams–what is it really like to be in a guardianship case in Probate, 18th floor Daley Center

Dear Rochelle;

Thank you so much for coming forward.  Unfortunately, you describe a situation that is far too common on the 18th Floor.

I currently have a case where they are trying to force a DNR on a Greek Orthodox woman and drug her with Ativan.  Horrors.

No one would ever believe what they do on the 18th floor, that why stories from persons like you are so very important.

Thank you for writing what you did for us today.  You are very brave.

JoAnne

From Rochelle

I know what you mean. The corruption is real. I am the guardian of a disabled person who has a 12 million dollar estate and I along with Northern Trust is the Guardian of the estate and Northern Trust for over 10 years keep saying that the estate don’t make enough money to purchase the disabled person an assessable home. The home that the disabled person live in is know for mold growth, is not assessable, doors to small, windows don’t open, and a lot of internal and external damage to the home that Northern Trust won’t even fix. Yet, Northern Trust can steal money from her account in many ways, example, They lie and say their paying large amounts for pharmacy bills and they are not, They pay kiddie land child care bills through the estate and the disabled person don’t have kids, They pay Rehab assist every month and we only meet with them once every 3 months for 20 minutes, they pay large amounts of money the home healthcare company to lie even when you have a signed contract with the home healthcare company to pay them less, when you challenge them, they forge documents and don’t show you the originals and they give the guardian ad litem over 7 raises without court approval, they give home healthcare raises without court approval, they purchase millions of the disabled person money in their own failing Mutual Funds losing Millions every year. Over 75% of the disabled persons funds is in Northern Trust Mutual Funds. And the money that the estate earn in S & P stock, Northern Trust take the money and buy more of their failing funds and they don’t look out for the disabled person best interest. When I try to tell the judge, she yells at me and tells me to shut up because she is not going to believe the they are going to risk their license to do wrong. I have a lot of proof and she won’t even look at it. We hired and fired many attorneys and home healthcare companies and still the problem still exist. Now I understand whats going on. One of the Big Fish is Northern Trust. Most of the disabled person estate is in Northern Trust stock. The Judges and attorneys don’t know stock so the believe anything Northern Trust say. Northern Trust pays the attorneys, Case Managers, Home healthcare companies etc to lie on the Disabled person or senior so they can be taken out of the home and have limited on no family visitors and then they steal the money on saying that the stock market lost all the money and during that time, they pay the new Guardian of person, case manager and Guardian ad litem high amounts of money until they apply for government assistant for the person or the person expires within two to three years. So for those with big estates, should go after the Big Fish thats paying off the little people. You will see a lot of wrong i the annual reports if you look closely. Its so easy for them to commit crimes. they need stiffer rules. The Guardian ad litem has been on this case for about 10 years. And please note, if their is no problem, the Guardian ad litem and case managers don’t make money so they have to create a problem or lie about a problem. They have to pay their bills and support their families but its wrong. Guardian at litem should not be over a case for more that 2 years. They should be replace by a new court appointed Guardian ad litem after 2 years and if the problem is not fixed in two years, points should be taken away from the Guardian ad litem and they get less case assignments for low scores. And the same for court appointed case managers. And case manager company should not be appointed if they are licensed to be guardians too, because they can lie on family with larges estates just so they can become the guardians of the person and estate. The only time a case manager should be kept on a case after 2 years is per the ward and family guardian Written request and they must show up in court and give a verbal and written request. Banks, Trust combines, should only be able to purchase and hold 30% of the estate money in their own stock or mutual fund (together) and they should get penalized if they go over the 30% and they should be able to make as much money and they possibly can for the estate. And, Trust company should never be able to invest the estate money in foreign real estate. The only real estate that should be purchased is homes and business that the ward have signed contracts and knowledge of. These are some rule that should go into effect.

From the PPJ Gazette–the dangerous clout of mega pharma

Inconvenient Truths About Big Pharma and the Psychiatric Industry: The Drugs May be the Problem

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Duty to Warn

By Gary G. Kohls, MD

“We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.”Patrick Henry (1775)

“It would be good for humankind and bad for the fishes if all the drugs were thrown into the sea.” — Dr. William Osler

“One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine…The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease…The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.” — Dr. William Osler

“Prozac and its successor antidepressants cause sexual dysfunction in as many as 70% of people taking them.” – Dr Loren Mosher

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The Drugs May be the Problem

The title of this column, The Drugs May Be The Problem is also the title of a seminar that I will be presenting starting on Saturday morning, January 21, 2017. On that date, the first in a series of seminars will be presented at the Red Herring Lounge, 208 East 1stStreet, Duluth, MN. The event begins with registration at 8:30 am. The seminar will go from 9 am to noon. There is space for 50 participants and there is no charge for attendance. Donations will be accepted to defray expenses. The hope is that individuals or groups that attend the seminar will be interested enough in the topic to be motivated to offer sponsorship of or promotion for future events.

Sadly, because Breggin has been such a big threat to the profitability of Big Pharma and the practice of psychiatry, he has unfairly been regarded as a medical heretic, and therefore he, his courageous truth-telling and his books have been essentially black-balled by psychiatrists and the medical establishment. Despite the fact that his ideas are considered heretical in mainstream psychiatry, his books continue to be inspirational and educational for psychiatric patients who know that they have been sickened and/or made worse by the use of brain-disabling drugs and electroshock.

Breggin is a giant among psychiatric whistle-blowers and a huge thorn in the side of the super-wealthy and obscenely profitable multinational psychopharmaceutical corporations (and much of academic psychiatry). He has been influential with free-thinking physicians and feared by establishment types ever since his first ground-breaking book was published in 1991.

That book was titled Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock and Biochemical Theories of the ‘New Psychiatry’.

Last year was the 25th anniversary of Toxic Psychiatry’s publication and I dedicated a recent seminar that I did in St Paul, MN to him. It needs to be emphasized that Breggin’s books are virtually banned books in polite medical establishment circles. They are rarely found on mainstream book-seller’s store shelves, and they are absent from hospital libraries that are designed for physician education.

I borrowed the main title from psychiatrist Peter Breggin’s ground-breaking 1999 book Your Drug May Be Your Problem. Thousands of Big Pharma whistle-blowers like me, along with millions of other skeptics concerning the alleged safety (now disproven) and alleged efficacy (now disproven) of Big Pharma’s often toxic and often addictive psych drugs, are justifiably concerned with the huge influence that the for-profit, essentially amoral, multinational pharmaceutical corporations have over the medical establishment, including the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) and academic psychiatry.

Many whistle-blowers that have been trying to expose the frailties and fraudulence of the psychiatric drug industry regard Dr Breggin as a mentor, and increasingly, many survivors of psychiatric drug addiction and neurotoxicity feel the same. His books occupy a significant section in my personal library.

I have spent many hours reading and studying Breggin’s books. Over and over again, I have confirmed the veracity of his evidence and applied his insights in my past practice of holistic mental healthcare, where I saw hundreds of patients who had been seriously sickened by and addicted to irrational cocktails of psych drugs, which has been prescribed in trial-and-error experimental fashions. Sometimes, when all the psych drugs and their combinations and dosages of drugs had been tried and failed (usually making the patient worse), brain-disabling and seizure-inducing electroshock, the ultimate psychiatric method of last resort, was added, with the predictable loss of employability, personality and memory – both short-term and long-term.

Sadly, because Breggin has been such a big threat to the profitability of Big Pharma and the practice of psychiatry, he has unfairly been regarded as a medical heretic, and therefore he, his courageous truth-telling and his books have been essentially black-balled by psychiatrists and the medical establishment. Despite the fact that his ideas are considered heretical in mainstream psychiatry, his books continue to be inspirational and educational for psychiatric patients who know that they have been sickened and/or made worse by the use of brain-disabling drugs and electroshock.

Breggin is a giant among psychiatric whistle-blowers and a huge thorn in the side of the super-wealthy and obscenely profitable multinational psychopharmaceutical corporations (and much of academic psychiatry). He has been influential with free-thinking physicians and feared by establishment types ever since his first ground-breaking book was published in 1991.

That book was titled Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace the Drugs, Electroshock and Biochemical Theories of the ‘New Psychiatry’.

Last year was the 25th anniversary of Toxic Psychiatry’s publication and I dedicated a recent seminar that I did in St Paul, MN to him. It needs to be emphasized that Breggin’s books are virtually banned books in polite medical establishment circles. They are rarely found on mainstream book-seller’s store shelves, and they are absent from hospital libraries that are designed for physician education.

Among the approximately 2 dozen books Dr Breggin has written during his long career as author and practicing psychiatrist (he is still curing patients at age 80) is his Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry: Drugs, Electroshock and the Role of the FDA (1997, revised in 2008).

That book exposed the corrupted pseudoscience and out-and-out bribery that has enabled the psychopharmaceutical industry to convince the CDC, the FDA, the NIMH, and academic psychiatry (all of which have enormous power in essentially every medical school and major medical clinic in the nation), to thrive by foisting their potentially addictive, potentially brain-damaging and potentially dementia-inducing synthetic psych drugs (and their potentially brain-damaging electroshock “treatments”) onto an unsuspecting, indoctrinated and often naive healthcare industry (and the brain-washed populace). Pharmaceutical money in the hundreds of millions are showered upon those supposedly independent groups every year.

 

Corporate, for-profit “science” has not been recognized as pseudoscience and therefore has been spreading, thanks to the propaganda that is repeated endlessly in the popular media that overwhelms the accurate, unbiased neuroscience research that is published (but not read by most physicians) in relatively obscure journals.

 

Non-corrupted “pure” science that doesn’t rely on Big Pharma money can only be done if the influence of big money isn’t a factor. And the journal articles written about that science are being written by conscientious and under-funded research scientists who haven’t been bought or co-opted by the pharmaceutical corporations that are collectively known as Big Pharma.

 

The full title of Dr Breggin’s 1999 book, co-authored with Dr David Cohen, is Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications.
Psychiatrist William Glasser wrote the following in the forward to the first edition:

 

“Nowhere does the false medical thinking (that there is a drug cure for almost all common diseases) do more harm than in the modern psychiatric argument that mental illness is easily diagnosed and then cured by a side-effect-free drug. Nowhere is the correct psychiatric thinking more evident than in the books by Peter Breggin. In them he explains clearly that patients with mental illnesses are in almost all instances suffering from their inability to connect with important people in their lives and need help in making these vital connections. He supports safe, drug-free counseling as a more effective way to help people, and I enthusiastically agree with this premise.”

 

Psychiatrist Alberto Fergusson wrote:

 

“This book is one of the most important things that has happened to psychiatry and especially to so-called ‘psychiatric patients’ during this century. Having worked for more than 20 years with so-called schizophrenics – the main victims of the abuse by prescribed psychiatric drugs – I can say that Breggin and Cohen must be praised for the courage they have had to unmask many pseudo-scientific conclusions frequently present in supposedly scientific literature.”

 

Psychiatrist Douglas C. Smith endorsed the book with this:

 

“One hundred years from now, people will read current psychiatric textbooks with the same incredulity we have about blood-letting and snake oil. Your Drug May Be Your Problem will be remembered as the turning point and as the beacon that showed the way out of these dark days of widespread psychiatric drugging. Breggin and Cohen provide us with critical information we need to know in order to make informed decisions about psychiatric drugs, including when and how to stop taking them. They present it all within a coherent philosophy of life and health that makes the routing use of psychiatric drugs obsolete. If you have reached that inevitable point of being disillusioned with your psychiatric drug, this book will be your best friend and guide.”

 

 

In 2008, another of Breggin’s ground-breaking books was published. It was titled Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-altering Medications. The liner notes say:

“Medications for everything from depression and anxiety to (so-called) ADHD and insomnia are being prescribed in alarming numbers across the country, but the “cure” is often worse than the original problem. “Medication Madness” is a fascinating, frightening and dramatic look at the role that psychiatric medications have played in 50 case histories of suicide, murder, and other violent, criminal and bizarre behaviors…

“Psychiatric drugs frequently cause individuals to lose their judgment and their ability to control their emotions and actions. The book raises and examines the issues surrounding personal responsibility when behavior seems driven by drug-induced adverse reactions and intoxication.

“Many categories of psychiatric drugs can cause potentially horrendous reactions. Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Xanax, lithium, Zyprexa and other psychiatric medications may spellbind patients into believing they are improved when too often they are becoming worse. Psychiatric drugs drive some people into psychosis, mania, depression, suicide, agitation, compulsive violence and loss of self-control without the individuals realizing that their medications have deformed their way of thinking and feeling. The book documents how the FDA, the medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry have oversold the value of psychiatric drugs. The book serves as a cautionary tale about our reliance onpotentially dangerous psychoactive chemicals to relieve our emotional problems and provides a positive approach to taking personal charge of our lives.”

The Tragic Story of the Soteria Project and the  Plot to Kill it (A Conspiracy Between Big Pharma, the NIMH and Academic Psychiatry)

“Psychiatry has been almost completely bought out by the drug companies…We’re so busy with drugs that you can’t find a nickel being spent on [non-drug] research.” – Dr Loren Mosher

Psychiatrist Loren Mosher (who earned degrees from both Harvard and Stanford) was the highly esteemed founder of the experimental “Soteria Project: Community Alternatives for the Treatment of Schizophrenia” from 1971 to 1983.

5 years before his untimely death in 2004, Dr Mosher endorsed Breggin’s Your Drugs May Be Your Problem. He wrote:

“Confronting current psychiatric drug prescribing practice head-on is a daunting task and we owe Drs Breggin and Cohen a vote of thanks for openly speaking the truth. Despite what the pharmaceutical companies would have us believe, we don’t need ‘a better life through chemistry.’ This book will help debunk this myth and provide practical advice on how to avoid psychiatric drugs and get off them.”

The Soteria Project proved that patients with first onset psychotic breaks could actually be cured without the need for coercive, in-patient psychiatry or the so-called “anti-psychotic/major tranquilizer” drug treatments that were considered the standard of care in all of America’s in-patient psychiatric facilities.

One only has to recall Jack Nicholson’s psych ward in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” where everybody was forced to take the authoritarian Nurse Ratched’s Thorazine at “Medication Time”.

Neither Nurse Ratched, the psychiatrists nor the treatment staff working on Randle McMurphy’s  ward had any idea that the antipsychotic drugs that were routinely administered commonly caused permanent iatrogenic brain damage, including tardive dyskinesia, tardive dementia, Parkinson’s disease, brain shrinkage and sexual dysfunction, not to mention a high incidence of the following antipsychotic drug-induced signs and symptoms: akathisia, depression, suicidality, homicidality, disability, unemployability, homelessness, loss of IQ points, chronic constipation, dry mouth, premature death, and general feelings of zombification.

Thorazine, and its sister “first generation” anti-psychotic drugs like Mellaril and Haldol, and every other so-called anti-psychotic drug ever made since then (including the second generation/“atypical” antipsychotics (and even the SSRIs) that wouldn’t come to market until the 1990s, have been found to cause diabetes, obesity, gynecomastia, pituitary dysfunction, cardiac rhythm disturbances, sudden death, etc.

Soteria’s lucky patients had been randomized into the Soteria Project and therefore most of them avoided being falsely labeled as life-long chronic schizophrenics. Most importantly, most of them didn’t wind up as permanent patients on life-long psych drugs. If it hadn’t been for the existence of the Soteria Project, they would have instead been sent to a typical coercive Southern California insane asylum, where they were told that they had a non-existent chemical brain imbalance and therefore had to be on dependency-inducing, brain-altering and brain-damaging psychiatric drugs for the rest of their lives.

Because of the luck of the draw many Soteria patients were cured of their temporary psychosis at far less costs of care and without the brain damage. Some of the Soteria patients went on to lead normal lives following their discharge. In contrast, the vast majority of the patients who had been randomized into the “insane asylums”, wound up chronically drugged with dangerous, untested (for safety) cocktails of drugs, often for the rest of their lives (which were destined to be shortened by 25 years because of the drugs).

Tragically, especially for the millions of future mis-diagnosed (and therefore mis-treated) so-called “chronic schizophrenics” since then, the Soteria Project was sabotaged by Dr Mosher’s own National Institute of Mental Health. The obviously unwelcome positive findings that were coming out of the Soteria Project were accurately seen by the establishment types in the NIMH, Big Pharma and Big Psychiatry as an economic threat to their industries, and they had to act to subvert the project. Scandalously, the project was defunded in 1983.

In a posthumously published book (2004), Dr Mosher and his co-authors describe the highly successful innovative, non-drug therapeutic approach that was given to Soteria’s patients by the young, caring, altruistic, but non-professional staff. The book was titled Soteria: From Madness to Deliverance. It told the story of the noble experiment that managed to alleviate the temporary mental suffering of some otherwise doomed fellow humans who would have been put at risk of permanent life-long drug-induced disabilities rather than given a chance at a cure.

A good description of the project can be read at Robert Whitaker’s Mad In America website:  https://www.madinamerica.com/2015/04/upon-leaving-soteria-alaska-2/.

“Soteria is the story of a special time, space, and place where young people diagnosed as ‘schizophrenic’ found a social environment where they were related to, listened to, and understood during their altered states of consciousness. Rarely, and only with consent, did these distressed and distressing persons take ’tranquilizers’. They lived in a home in a California suburb with nonmedical caregivers whose goal was not to ‘do to’ them but to ‘be with’ them. The place was called ‘Soteria’ (Greek for deliverance), and there, for not much money, most recovered. Although Soteria’s approach was swept away by conventional drug-oriented psychiatry, its humanistic orientation still has broad appeal to those who find the mental health mainstream limited in both theory and practice.”

One can appreciate the anguish that Mosher and all the committed and enthusiastic non-professional healers felt when the NIMH pulled the plug on the experiment. Mosher became disillusioned with the APA and eventually resigned.

Loren Mosher’s 1998 Letter of Resignation from the APA: “I want no part of it anymore.”

Here are excerpts from Mosher’s letter of resignation from the APA, a professional trade and lobbying organization to which he had been a long-time member. For good reason, he called the APA the American Psychopharmaceutical Association.

He unintentionally outlines in his resignation letter the well-known strategy of how dysfunctional organizations often try to get rid of their best people (especially the creative and talented ones who also happen to be a threat to the less competent and ingrained upper management types whose positions of power, influence and seniority may be at risk). Making life miserable for promising up-and-coming employees is commonly orchestrated by threatened superiors by demoralizing the subordinates into quitting the organization. Such cowardly attacks can avoid controversy and legal entanglements. Mosher felt the pressure and logically resigned, saying “I want no part of it anymore”. Here is some of Mosher’s resignation letter:

“The trouble began in the late 1970s when I conducted a controversial study: I opened a program — Soteria House — where newly diagnosed schizophrenic patients lived medication-free with a young, nonprofessional staff trained to listen to and understand them and provide companionship. The idea was that schizophrenia can often be overcome with the help of meaningful relationships, rather than with drugs, and that such treatment would eventually lead to unquestionably healthier lives.

“The experiment worked better than expected. Over the initial six weeks, patients recovered as quickly as those treated with medication in hospitals.

“The results of the study were published in scores of psychiatric journals, nursing journals and books, but the project lost its funding and the facility was closed. Amid the storm of controversy that followed, control of the research project was taken out of my hands. I also faced an investigation into my behavior as chief of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Center for Studies of Schizophrenia and was excluded from prestigious academic events. By 1980, I was removed from my post altogether. All of this occurred because of my strong stand against the overuse of medication and disregard for drug-free, psychological interventions to treat psychological disorders.

“I soon found a less politically sensitive position at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland. Eight years later, I re-entered the political arena as the head of the public mental health system in Montgomery County, Md., but not without a fight from friends of the drug industry. The Maryland Psychiatric Society asked that a state pharmacy committee review my credentials and prescribing practices to make sure that Montgomery County patients would receive proper (read: drug) treatments. In addition, a pro-drug family advocacy organization arranged for more than 250 furious letters to be sent to the elected county executive who had hired me. Fortunately, my employers were not drug industry-dominated, so I kept my position.

“Why does the world of psychiatry find me so threatening? Because drug companies pour millions of dollars into the pockets of psychiatrists around the country, making them reluctant to recognize that drugs may not always be in the best interest of their patients. They are too busy enjoying drug company perks: consultant gigs, research grants, fine wine and fancy meals

“Pharmaceutical companies pay through the nose to get their message across to psychiatrists across the country. They finance symposia at the two predominant annual psychiatric conventions, offer yummy treats and music to conventioneers, and pay $1,000-$2,000 per speaker to hock their wares. It is estimated that, in total, drug companies spend an average of $10,000 per physician, per year, just on “education”.

“And, of course, the doctors-for-hire tell only half the story. How widely is it known, for example, that Prozac and its successor antidepressants cause sexual dysfunction in as many as 70% of people taking them?…

“Recently, it was dues-paying time for the American Psychiatric Association, and I sat there looking at the form. I thought about the unholy alliance between the APA and the drug industry. I thought about how consumers are being affected by this alliance, about the overuse of medication, about side effects and about alternative treatments. I thought about how irresponsibly some of my colleagues are acting toward the general public and the mentally ill. And I realized, I want no part of it anymore.”

The demise of the Soteria Project is just another of the multitude of daily examples of amoral, non-human, sociopathic corporations doing what is best for their bottom line and not what is best for the people that are targets of their dangerous products. We are all poorer for their actions.

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Dr. Kohls is a retired physician who practiced holistic, non-drug, mental health care for the last decade of his forty year family practice career. He is a contributor to and an endorser of the efforts of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and was a member of MindFreedom International, the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

While running his independent clinic, he published over 400 issues of his Preventive Psychiatry E-Newsletter, which was emailed to a variety of subscribers. (They have not been archived at any website.) In the early 2000s, Dr Kohls taught a graduate level psychology course at the University of Minnesota Duluth. It was titled “The Science and Psychology of the Mind-Body Connection”.

Since his retirement, Dr Kohls has been writing a weekly column (titled “Duty to Warn”) for the Duluth Reader, an alternative newsweekly published in Duluth, Minnesota. He offers teaching seminars to the public and to healthcare professionals.

Many of Dr Kohls’ columns are archived at http://duluthreader.com/search?search_term=Duty+to+Warn&p=2, http://www.globalresearch.ca/authors?query=Gary+Kohls+articles&by=&p=&page_id= or at https://www.transcend.org/tms/search/?q=gary+kohls+articles

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