ACTIONS TO TAKE

An important action to take immediately, please read the following:

The FDA Wants to Declare Shock (ECT) Machines Safe  Without a Safety  Investigation. TELL THEM NO!
The Food and Drug Administration is in charge of regulating medical devices just as it does drugs, including the machines used to give shock treatment. But it’s not doing its job.  It has allowed these machines to be used on millions of patients over the past generation without requiring any evidence whatsoever that shock treatment is safe or effective! This is so even though shock machines are Class III—high risk—devices, which by law are supposed to be investigated by clinical trials as thoroughly as new drugs and devices just coming onto the market. But because of intense lobbying by the American Psychiatric Association—which claims the devices are safe but opposes an investigation—the FDA has disregarded its own law.  (For the full story of how shock survivors have  fought for a scientific safety investigation of ECT for the past 25 years, see the new book Doctors of Deception: What They Don’t Want You to Know About Shock Treatment by Linda Andre.) http://www.amazon.com/Doctors-Deception-About-Shock-Treatment/dp/0813544416/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234456386&sr=1-1
In April 2009—30 years after it first ruled the devices high-risk and named brain damage and memory loss as risks of the treatment—the FDA belatedly announced it would call on the manufacturers of the devices to provide evidence of safety and efficacy. The deadline for submissions has passed, but the manufacturers have not conducted any clinical trials, claiming they cannot afford them. They simply point to the opinions of shock doctors (including those who  have  financial interests in the device companies) as evidence that shock is safe.
The FDA is now supposed to require the ECT device to undergo the rigorous PreMarket Approval process (PMA) that is required of new devices, including clinical safety trials. But the FDA  could have called for this investigation any time in the past 30 years and has steadfastly refused to do so. It  has never wavered from its intention (as stated in 1990) to declare the shock machine safe, and downclassify it to the low-risk Class II, without  scientific evidence of  its safety. As a Class II  device, the shock machine would never have to go through the PMA process. After all,  if a PMA showed shock to be unsafe, the FDA would have to take shock machines off the market, and it knows that the American Psychiatric Association would never allow that.

The FDA has opened  up a new docket for public comments on the device. If we don’t write in, they will almost certainly reclassify. Comments will be accepted up through January 8, 2010.  Do you think shock is safe? Have you evidence you want FDA to consider, including your personal experience? Write a letter to the address below or send in the coupon. You can also make electronic comments at   http://bit.ly/fda-ect
The FDA has said that they will also carefully consider reports of adverse shock experiences. If you have had shock you should make a report to this database (your name will be kept confidential). Use this link:
This alert was brought to you by the Committee for Truth in Psychiatry, a national nonprofit educational organization which provides information about ECT to patients, families, and the public. To contact us: ctip@rcn.com
Read Linda Andre’s book called “Doctors of Deception see the book URL at doctorsofdeception.com   A must read to learn the whole truth about ECT.  Linda is an ECT survivor, researcher and now author.  A job well done, Linda!
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To: Food and Drug Administration, Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852
Re: Docket #FDA-2009-N-0392

The undersigned opposes the reclassification of the ECT device to Class II by the FDA in the absence of adequate scientific evidence of its safety, and asks the agency to call for PreMarket Approval Applications for the device.
Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________
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Signature: _______________________________________________________________________________________
Thank you for taking your time to email and contact the FDA because they need to hear from us soon.  Sue Clark-Wittenberg
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Ray Sandford wins!  See the info

Thank you all of those who helped fight for Ray Sandford and to Mndfreedom International for helping to start to campaign to help stop Ray’s forced ECT.

The ICBE made a video on youtube.com

asking that the Governor of Minnesota stop

the forced ECTs of Ray Sandford. Below is

the video:

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raypetition

Ray got his 40th forced electroshock on March 25th. Please sign a petition for Ray that is going to President Obama. Here is the link for the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-shocking-ray

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EMAIL SENT TO PRESIDENT OBAMA by Sue Clark-Wittenberg

cc: Tom O’Connor, President of Mercy Hospitaland toTim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota on May 13th, 2009 and posted on huffingtonpost.com by Sue Clark-Wittenberg director of the ICBE

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May 12, 2009

Dear Mr. President Barack Obama:

    

This is an urgent matter that needs to be dealt with immediately.

First of all the powers that be in Washington need to take a look into the Ray Sandford case.

This American middle aged man is being forced to undergo electroshock against his will at the Mercy Hospital in Minnesota today, Wednesday, May 14th, 2009

This American middle aged man is being forced to undergo electroshock against his will at the Mercy Hospital in Minnesota.

Mercy Hospital
4050 Coon Rapids Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
763-236-6000

President of the Mercy Hospital is Tom O’Connor
His telephone number is: 1-763-236-8119. You can contact him immediately by calling ‘O” and they will find him in the hospital.
    

Ray gets his 41st forced electroshock today by his doctor Bernard M. Coelho, M.D. Ray calls it “I am living this nightmare”.

See Ray’s tragic story at: http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray

Will anyone in Washington help this man? He has been very courageous and has been speaking out about his forced electroshocks. There are many more Ray’s out there in America.

Electroshock is brain damaging according to Dr. Peter R. Breggin, a psychiatrist in NY State. See his website at the URL:http://www.breggin.com

ECT is not safe nor are the ECT machines. See the lawsuits at http://www.ect.org

The International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE) based in Ottawa, Canada deems electroshock to be unethical, inhumane, barbaric, and a crime against humanity. See the ICBE website:https://intcamp.wordpress.com

Why is this man being allowed to be tortured in the name of so called health care in America? This case is a human rights atrocity!

There is a large. worldwide movement to ban electroshock universally.

The time is to help Ray Sandford and others like him now. Help stop the forced electroshock being forced on Ray tomorrow.
    

Electroshock has been proven to brain damaging according to Dr. Peter R. Breggin, a psychiatrist in NY State. See his website at the URL:http://www.breggin.com

ECT is not safe nor are the ECT machines. See the lawsuits at http://www.ect.org

The International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE) based in Ottawa, Canada deems electroshock to be unethical, inhumane, barbaric, an atrocity and a crime against humanity. See the ICBEwebsite:
https://intcamp.wordpress.com

There is a large. worldwide movement to ban electroshock universally.

The time is to help Ray Sandford and others like him now. Help stop the forced electroshock being forced on Ray tomorrow.

End electroshock for good.

I shall make it my business to let all the US politicians know about Ray’s case today.

Regards,

Sue Clark-Wittenberg
(Electroshock Survivor)
Director of the International
Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: 1-613-721-1833

“ELECTROSHOCK IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY AND IT MUST BE
BANNED UNIVERSALLY NOW”

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