Peter C. Gøtzsche

Myths, misunderstandings, and damages in psychiatry

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Peter C. Gøtzsche

Peter C. Gøtzsche is known and respected throughout the international community as the leading critical voice regarding medication and the pharmaceutical industry. He cofounded The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and has published more than 70 articles in the “big 5” medical journals (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and New England Journal of Medicine) and has been quoted more than 40,000 times. He is known from numerous TV shows including the renowned “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, as well as his books “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime”, “Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial”, and “Death of a Whistleblower and Cochrane’s Moral Collapse”.

Peter Gøtzsche originally held a MSc in Biology and Chemistry and started his career in the pharmaceutical industry working with amongst others clinical trials before he, in 1984, switched focus becoming a doctor (MD) followed by more than 10 years of experience in hospitals in Copenhagen, the Capital of Denmark. He went on to found The Nordic Cochrane Center and in 2010 he rose to Professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis at the University of Copenhagen. His work revolves heavily around statistic and scientific method and Peter Gøtzsche has cowritten CONSORT, STROBE, and PRIMSA, which all serve as guidelines for solid and evidence based reporting of scientific research.

Peter Gøtzsche is a renowned international keynote speaker and the keynotes revolve around his darlings – overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Through engaging, educational, and thought-provoking keynotes he guides us through myths, misunderstandings, and most importantly the unintended damages caused by these. Does the medication given to patients actually hurt them more than it benefits them – both individually and in society as a whole?



How to survive in an Overmedicated World

Prescription drugs are the third most common cause of death – after heart disease and cancer. We use way too many pharmaceuticals that either don’t work or even worse, hurt more than they heal. Peter Gøtzsche provides an insight into which routinely prescribed pharmaceuticals you almost always can avoid. This is especially true for painkillers, psychotropics, dementia agents, and a lot of other drugs that are used on otherwise healthy people just to reduce the risk of something uncomfortable happening sometime in the future slightly.

Myths, misunderstandings, and damages in psychiatry

Biological psychiatry has existed for over 50 years. The aim was to develop specific diagnoses and pharmaceuticals that would significantly improve patient health or perhaps even cure them. Unfortunately, more and more realise that biological psychiatry has been an utter catastrophe for patients. Neither diagnoses nor medication are specific, and we have essentially compounded the problem. We need a revolution within psychiatry where we stop focusing on diagnoses and medication and start focusing on how to best help patients, including of course psychotherapy. Myths are now falling apart amongst many psychiatrists around the globe but progress is too slow and psychotropics are still used excessively due to most research being unreliable.

The antidepressant epidemic

The use of antidepressants is spiralling out of control – like the use of benzodiazepines (anxiety meds) was in the 1960’s and actually still is. Treatment is so extensive that it corresponds to every Dane being treated for 6 years of their life. However, the effect is a best questionable while the adverse effects are unquestionable. The drugs disturb the sex life of roughly half the patients, and many develop an addiction to psykotropics, develop brain damage, or die. Psychiatry should be radically changed and psychotropics avoided as much as possible.

The many invisible deaths by medication

We don’t see them… the many deaths caused by medication. Approximately 200.000 die every year in the USA. That’s 20 times more than die in traffic. It is an alarming high number of deaths. Half die due to errors such as overmedicating, but the other half die even though they take the medicine as prescribed, meaning they die from adverse effects. The deaths are usually “invisible” due to general practitioners rarely discovering that they accidently killed a patient with prescription drugs. The patient might have died anyway. Still, it happens so often that every general practitioner on average kills a patient a year – with antirheumatic agents and psychotropics being the leading causes. To illustrate, antidepressants affects one’s balance and we know that 1 in 5 of older patients who fall and break their hip die within the next year – without anyone contributing it to the medication since many fall and break their hip anyway. A staggering amount of pharmaceuticals affect the brain and one’s quality of life negatively and in many cases we can actually manage without medication.

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death of a whistleblower and cochranes moral collapse by peter c. gotzsche

Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche co-founded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and has become one of the most respected academics of his time. His career has exposed malfeasance in the pharmaceutical industry, human clinical trials and drug regulatory agencies, empowering Cochrane to evolve into one of the world’s most trusted scientific institutions. However, in September 2018, he was unceremoniously expelled after what can only be described as a show trial that left the rest of the world wondering what happened.

Gøtzsche fought to uphold Cochrane’s original values of transparency, rigorous science, free scientific debates, and collaboration. But instead of maintaining scientific integrity, Cochrane’s leadership had become consumed with managing the charity like a business, promoting its brand and products and demanding the censorship of dissenting views.

For the first time, Gøtzsche pulls back the covers on this unscrupulous process, giving us all access to secret recordings, which reveal how his own organisation betrayed him and mislead millions of people after Cochrane cowered to the threats and intimidation from his critics.

This is the fascinating story about institutional corruption in one of the world’s most venerated charities, which ultimately led to the worst show trial in academia you can imagine.

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deadly medicines and organised crime how big pharma has corrupted healthcare by peter c. gotzsche

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AFTER HEART DISEASE AND CANCER. In his latest ground-breaking book, Peter C Gotzsche exposes the pharmaceutical industries and their charade of fraudulent behaviour, both in research and marketing where the morally repugnant disregard for human lives is the norm. He convincingly draws close comparisons with the tobacco conglomerates, revealing the extraordinary truth behind efforts to confuse and distract the public and their politicians. The book addresses, in evidence-based detail, an extraordinary system failure caused by widespread crime, corruption, bribery and impotent drug regulation in need of radical reforms. "The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don't sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life...Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors...the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe. The patients don't realise that, although their doctors may know a lot about diseases and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that hasn't been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry...If you don't think the system is out of control, please email me and explain why drugs are the third leading cause of death...If such a hugely lethal epidemic had been caused by a new bacterium or a virus, or even one-hundredth of it, we would have done everything we could to get it under control.

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deadly psychiatry and organised denial by peter c. gotzsche

DEADLY PSYCHIATRY AND ORGANISED DENIAL explains in evidence-based detail why the way we currently use psychiatric drugs does far more harm than good. Professor, Doctor of Medical Science, Peter C. Gøtzsche documents that psychiatric drugs kill more than half a million people every year among those aged 65 and above in the United States and Europe. This makes psychiatric drugs the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. Gøtzsche explains that we could reduce our current usage of psychotropic drugs by 98% and at the same time improve patients' mental and physical health and survival. It can be difficult, however, to come off the drugs, as many people become dependent on them. As the withdrawal symptoms can be severe, long-lasting and even dangerous, slow tapering is usually necessary.

In his book, Gøtzsche debunks the many myths that leading psychiatrists - very often on drug industry payroll - have created and nurtured over decades in order to conceal the fact that biological psychiatry has generally been a failure. Biological psychiatry sees drugs as the "solution" for virtually all problems, in marked contrast to the patients' views. Most patients don't respond to the drugs they receive but, unfortunately, the psychiatrists' frustrations over the lack of progress often lead to more diagnoses, more drugs and higher doses, harming the patients further.

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