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March 16, 2009

The ICBE will NOT be holding an ECT protest this

year  on Mother’s  Day 2009


The ICBE will be holding an ECT protest (next year) on Mother’s Day 2010 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario from 1 to 4 p.m.  meeting at the Centennial Flame. Everyone is welcome to attend.  



P R E S S   R E L E A S E

May 9, 2008

“Stop Shocking our Mothers and Grandmothers”
May 11, 2008, Sunday on Mothers Day
Parliament Hill in Ottawa:  meet at Centennial Flame, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

CONTACT PERSON:  For more info call Sue:  613-721-1833
Email:  2005.sueclark@gmail.com

The International Campaign to Ban Electroshock (ICBE) is organizing a peaceful protest against the use of electroshock in Canada and is asking that all governments in Canada put a moratorium on the use of electroshock.

This is in conjunction with two other electroshock protests taking place on May 10th in Montreal, Quebec and on May 3rd in Cork, Ireland.  See mindfreedom.org – the events section for more information

Electroshock is also known as ECT, shock, shock therapy, and electroconvulsive therapy.  60% of ECT is given to women over the age of 60 years old.  Electroshock is a form of violence against women.

ECT has been proven to cause brain damage 100% of the time. The American Psychiatric Association and the Canadian Psychiatric Association state on their position papers on ECT that ECT is safe and so are the ECT machines; this is not true at all.  The public has a right to know the truth about ECT.

Dr. Peter Breggin, a USA psychiatrist and author wrote an article about ECT and brain damage, see the following link for Dr. Breggin’s article entitled:  “Disturbing News for Patients and Shock Doctors” about the Dr. Harold Sackeim ECT study:


See Dr. Breggin’s website at www.breggin.com

Electroshock or electroconvulsive therapy involves the passage of an electrical current through the brain of the patient to produce a grand mal or major epileptic seizure. Sometimes the two electrodes are placed over both temples (bilateral shock) and sometimes over one side of the head (unilateral).
The shock induces an electrical storm that obliterates the normal electrical patterns in the brain, driving the recording needle on the EEG up and down in violent, jagged swings. This period of extreme bursts of electrical energy often is followed by a briefer period of absolutely no electrical activity, called the isoelectric phase. The brain waves become temporarily flat, exactly as in brain death, and it maybe that cell death takes place at this time.

A shock-induced seizure is typically far more severe than those suffered during spontaneous epilepsy. In early times, when the shock patient’s body was not paralyzed by pharmacological agents, it would undergo muscle spasm sufficiently violent at times to crack vertebrae and break limb bones.

excepted from Toxic Psychiatry, by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. (see www.breggin.com for more info)

See the following link :”Electroshock Quotationary” by Leonard Roy Frank, an American ECT survivor and editor of the book “The History of Shock Treatment”


Two to three times more women than men undergo electroshock usually without informed consent or against their will.

Pregnant women are given electroshock as do women with postpartum depression.  

The number  of ECTs given yearly:

Ontario:  14,000 ECTs given yearly  Source:  Don Weitz, Toronto

British Columbia – 46,000 ECTs given in the past 5 years  Source:  PRLEAP.com – August 30, 2005

USA – 100,000 Americans get ECT yearly.  Since 1940 when ECT was first introduced into the USA, 6 million Americans have had ECT
Worldwide – 1 to 2 million people  get ECT yearly  Source: Leonard Roy Frank, San Francisco

The ICBE deems ECT to be barbaric, unethical, inhumane, and torture.  Sue Clark-Wittenberg, director of the ICBE in Ottawa had ECT in 1973 given to her against her will at the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital in Ontario.  Sue was 17 years old.  On her 5th ECT, her heart stopped and she had to be revived.

Sue suffers from permanent memory loss and has difficulty learning new things since she had ECT.  Sue says “no one should have to go through what I did, ECT is a crime against humanity and ECT must end now”.  Sue’s mom also had ECT.

Political prisoners are often given ECT as a form of torture.  Electroshock is a political issue and a human rights issue.

See Sue’s videos about ECT and the ad campaign to ban electroshock at this link:


Please come out and support our worthy cause on May11 and help stop ECT being used in Canada!

For more info on ECT, visit these websites:


See the ICBE website:  icbe.wordpress.com (for more info on ECT)  You can become a member of the ICBE.  Membership is free.  There is a monthly newsletter on the ICBE website.  

Let Sue know if you want to become a member of ICBE – please email Sue:  2005.sueclark@gmail.com

or call Sue at 613-721-1833.

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