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Web of Link$ Around Ray Sandford: Survivor of Electroconvulsive Therapy

by David W. Oaks last modified 2009-04-10 18:14

Here is a list of more than two dozen agencies and individuals involved in the life of Ray Sandford, the Minnesota citizen receiving ongoing forced outpatient electroshock. All are receiving taxpayer funding directly or indirectly. A few are speaking out for Ray, and should be thanked. But most are not helping Ray say “no” to his forced shock. Some directly profit from it.

updated: 10 April 2009

You are encouraged to add these links to your own blog, FaceBook page, web site, etc. so that more people can search for who is involved in Ray’s life. Help the taxpayers find out who should be thanked, or who should be peacefully asked to support Ray’s right to say “no” to his ongoing forced outpatient electroshock.

Some of the Groups and Individuals Around Ray Sandford: Shock Survivor

IMPORTANT NOTE: MindFreedom and Ray endorse nonviolence principles. Even if an individual or agency opposes Ray’s human rights, MindFreedom and Ray ask that any communication be civil. Individuals and groups listed are encouraged to submit responses, updates or corrections. In alphabetical order:
Allina Hospitals and Clinics – Owns clinic where Ray is given taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/allina
or use: http://tinyurl.com/allina

George F. Borer - Attorney for taxpayer-funded Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSSMN) who issued letters attempting to stop alerts and videos supporting Ray.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/george-f-borer
or use: http://tinyurl.com/george-f-borer

Terri Bradley - Ray’s taxpayer-funded Guardian ad Litem directly in charge of his forced electroshock.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/terri-bradley
or use: http://tinyurl.com/terri-bradley

Satveer S. Chaudhary - Ray’s elected state senator has been contacted about Ray: No comment.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/satveer-s-chaudhary
or use: http://tinyurl.com/chaudhary

Bernard M. Coelho, MD - Ray’s electroshock doctor who administers the procedure, paid for by taxpayers.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/bernard-m-coelho
or use: http://tinyurl.com/b-m-coelho

Marybeth Dorn – Judge who continued Ray’s forced electroshock
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/marybeth-dorn
or use: http://tinyurl.com/marybeth-dorn

Jon Duckstad - Attorney paid with public funds who Ray said did a terrible job representing him.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/jon-duckstad
or use: http://tinyurl.com/duckstad

Keith Ellison - Ray’s elected US representative has been contacted about Ray: No comment.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/keith-ellison
or use: http://tinyurl.com/keith-ellison

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – ELCA’s Minnesota Synods own LSSMN, which is taxpayer-funded.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/elca
or use: http://tinyurl.com/elca-lutheran

Bishop Mark Hanson, ELCA – Refuses any “supervision” of taxpayer funds used by LSSMN.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/bishop-mark-hanson
or use: http://tinyurl.com/bishop-hanson

Pamela Hoopes, MDLC – This attorney started an “ECT Work Group” to explore changing laws to help Ray.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/pamela-hoopes
or use: http://tinyurl.com/hoopes

Eric Jonsgaard, Senior Director, LSS Guardianship Options – LSSMN, using taxpayer funds, has put up obstacles to Ray’s campaign.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/eric-jonsgaard
or use: http://tinyurl.com/jonsgaard

Amy Klobuchar – Ray’s elected US Senate has been contacted about Ray: No comment.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/amy-klobuchar
or use: http://tinyurl.com/klobuchar

Dean K. Knudson, MD, psychiatrist – Oversees Ray’s case, including his taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/dean-k-knudson-psychiatrist
or use: http://tinyurl.com/knudson

Carolyn Laine - Ray’s elected state representative has been contacted about Ray: No comment.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/carolyn-laine
or use:

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSSMN) – General guardians for Ray who have put up obstacles to his campaign using public funds.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/lutheran-social-service-of-minnesota
or use: http://tinyurl.com/carolyn-lane

Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota – Joined ECT Work Group to change laws in order to help people like Ray.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/mental-health-consumer-survivor-network-of-minnesota
or use: http://tinyurl.com/minnesota-csn

Mercy Hospital - The Coon Rapids, Minnesota clinic where Ray receives his taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/mercy-hospital
or use: http://tinyurl.com/mercy-hospital

Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in Minnesota – Has met with Ray and appointed informational liaison.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/metropolitan-center-for-Independent-living/
or use: http://tinyurl.com/minn-cil

Minnesota Disability Law Center - MDLC has started an ECT Work Group to explore new laws to help people like Ray.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/minnesota-disability-law-center
or use: http://tinyurl.com/minn-dlc

Brian Nystrom - Owns Nystrom & Associates which employs Ray’s psychiatrist Dean Knudson.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/brian-nystrom
or use: http://tinyurl.com/brian-nystrom

Roberta Opheim, Ombudsman – Joined the ECT Work Group to explore new laws to help people like Ray.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/roberta-opheim
or use: http://tinyurl.com/opheim

Governor Tim Pawlenty - His public affairs office said the Governor believes Ray’s forced electroshock is “safe and legal.” Has appointed Brian Nystrom (CEO of agency employing Ray’s psychiatrist) to state counseling board.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/governor-tim-pawlenty
or use: http://tinyurl.com/tim-pawlenty

Richard R. Pettingill, CEO of Allina, which owns the clinic where Ray is forcibly electroshocked using public funds.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/richard-r-pettingill
or use: http://tinyurl.com/pettingill

Victory House - Ray’s group home in Columbia Heights has put up obstacles to Ray’s campaign using taxpayer funds.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/victory-house
or use: http://tinyurl.com/victory-house

Teresa R. Warner – Judge who signed Ray’s forced electroshock order.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/teresa-r-warner
or use: http://tinyurl.com/t-r-warner

Tonya Wilhelm of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota – Using public funds, Ms. Wilhelm has put up obstacles to Ray’s campaign.
http://www.mindfreedom.org/ray-sandford-minnesota/tonya-wilhelm
or use: http://tinyurl.com/t-wilhelm

Disclaimer: The information on this page is the opinion of the author, based on reports from Ray Sandford and allies, to the best of their knowledge. If there is any dispute of the facts, please let MindFreedom know.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped research this Web of Link$ and who continue to update it. Check back for changes.

Filed under: Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Amy Klobuchar, Bernard M. Coelho, Bishop Mark Hanson, Brian Nystrom, Carolyn Laine, Coon Rapids, Dean K. Knudson, electroshock, Eric Jonsgaard, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, George F. Borer, Governor Tim Pawlenty, involuntary hospitalization, John Duckstad, Keith Ellison, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Marybeth Dorn, Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota, Mercy Hospital, Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in Minnesota, MindFreedom, Minnesota Disability Law Center, MN, Pamela Hoopes, Psychiatry: Force of Law, Ray Sandford, Richard R. Pettingill, Roberta Opheim, Satveer Chaudhary, Satveer S. Chaudhary, Teresa R. Warner, Terri Bradley, Tonya Wilhelm, Victory House, ,

Upcoming Radio: Amy Philo Speaks Out About Ray Sandford, Forced ECT & The MOTHERS Act

This Saturday, Dr. Rebecca Carley’s “What’s Ailing America” radio program will be devoted to Ray Sandford and forced electroshock.

Amy Philo will be interviewed during the first half of the show about the “treatment” received at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN, where she was an involuntary patient in 2004. Ray Sandford is being forcibly taken to Mercy for weekly ECT sessions.

For more information about Ray’s case, check out: http://www.mindfreedom.org/shield/ray/sandford-faq or listen to NPR’s coverage of the Ray Sandford campaign at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98273451

David W. Oaks, director of MindFreedom International, is scheduled to be on “What’s Ailing America” during the second half, and anyone can call in.

Call In Number: 800-313-9443
Show Time: Saturday, January 3, 2009, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern

To listen, when the show begins click: http://republicbroadcasting.org

The following Wednesday, January 7, Amy Philo will be interviewed on The Mental Health Edge radio program about The MOTHERS Act.

WTAN AM, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern
Call the SHOW HOTLINE: 727-441-3000
Listen to the show online: http://tantalk1340.com/

Filed under: ECT, MindFreedom, Psychiatry: Force of Law, Ray Sandford, , , , ,

The MOTHERS Act Blockers: ‘The most bitter pill’ by Jason Whited, Las Vegas City Life

Thanks to Jason Whited of the Las Vegas City Life newspaper for doing what few other reporters these days are willing to do and that is – reporting the truth. And thanks for the information on Carol Blocker’s new spin on ‘her’ bill.

The most bitter pill

Reid faces unexpected criticism on postpartum measure — from mothers suspicious of Big Pharma

“AT times, the pressures that come with holding national office must outweigh the perks.                                             

Just ask U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid how he’s holding up these days.

As if working around the clock to hammer out a massive Wall Street bailout, avoiding a nationwide economic meltdown and ensuring the federal government has enough money to function during the upcoming congressional recess weren’t enough, Reid now faces ardent protests from Iowa to Texas for his support of a controversial measure that aims to reduce postpartum depression…”

In today’s Las Vegas City Life, Jason Whited reports on Harry Reid’s incorporation of The MOTHERS Act into his massive omnibus – the Advancing America’s Priorities Act, S. 3297. Whited writes that in 2005 alone, 2,727 people died because of antidepressant drugs according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Whited also points out that many health organizations have raised serious concerns about antidepressants and fills readers in on the facts about how negative trials went unpublished for years. Whited goes on to ask, “Considering all this bad press for Big Pharma, why is Reid so supportive of a program that could funnel millions of unsuspecting patients toward the industry?”

Near the end of this article we see a new twist on an old story… from Carol Blocker. Blocker is Melanie Blocker Stokes’ mom. Her new and ‘improved’ response to the MOTHERS Act criticism?

“Those who are against this [bill] don’t know anything about the illness,” says Blocker. “Melanie didn’t take the drugs, even though they prescribed them to her.”

Given the fact that Melanie was hospitalized many times, the likelihood of her never taking any psychotropic drugs is about zero. Moreover, as Mrs. Blocker admits, her daughter was electroshocked and prescribed four separate cocktails of antidepresant, anti-anxiety, and antipsychotic drugs. Obviously and unfortunately, Carol Blocker is misinformed. Though nothing she can do will bring back Melanie – passing this bill would only cause more mothers the same grief that Carol is feeling. I think that Carol deserves an apology from the doctors who drugged and shocked Melanie to death, at the very least. The fact that we all are horrified by Melanie’s death at the hands of psychiatry does not mean that we are any less sympathetic towards Melanie’s family. But unlike Carol Blocker or Harry Reid, we also sympathize with the thousands of women who have lost their babies due to antidepressant-induced spontaneous abortions, still births, fatal birth defects, and SIDS, and with the thousands of women who commit suicide every year as they were never warned that the drugs prescribed them can actually induce them to commit suicide.

I’m no stranger to trauma and grief, though I can’t say I know how Blocker feels. But neither can Carol Blocker say that I ‘don’t know anything’ about what she terms the ‘illness,’ or that I have no clue how Melanie felt… If you recall, I was suicidal and homicidal for four months on Zoloft, something proponents of the bill seem to repeatedly forget. Isaac nearly died right before my eyes and only after being prescribed Zoloft did I ever start contemplating killing myself or my son.

“Like Philo, her daughter didn’t want to take antidepressants either — a fatal mistake, she now says.” 

It’s not that I simply ‘didn’t want to take antidepressants,’ but fortunately for myself, my husband, and my children, I realized it was the drugs that were making me suicidal and psychotic. If not, I may have ended up like Melanie Stokes. And perhaps those proponents of drugging women should take a look at my YouTube video or Julie Edgington’s videos about Manie to see what exactly we are opposed to. We’re opposed to the use of as well as increasing the use of antidepressants among pregnant and nursing mothers because they are dangerous. We are opposed because the FDA and international drug regulatory agencies warn these drugs can and do cause suicidal thinking and ideation. We are opposed because people with no prior history of depression or suicidal tendencies have become so under the influence of these drugs, and numerous studies including those by Dr. David Healy verify this. So for Carol Blocker – or worse yet, Senator Harry Reid to make blanket statements that those of us who have nearly died or had our children nearly die say we are ‘misinformed’ is not only insulting, it is utter arrogance. We are not speaking from second hand experience, we lived it. We are not spouting drug company promotional statistics, we are citing drug regulatory agency warnings.

For my own mother, who was supervising me until I got off of Zoloft when Isaac was about 4 months old, I doubt she really understood what I was going through. “That’s not Amy,” she kept saying. But thankfully my mom found out the truth and insisted I read about it before it was too late. In fact, part of the reason I stopped taking Zoloft was that the FDA issued a black box suicide warning in the middle of my ‘treatment.’ How easily Blocker and Reid have ignored our own FDA’s statement of facts based on clinical trials showing that antidepressants double the rate of suicidality.

If it hadn’t been for people speaking out against these drugs at FDA hearings and elsewhere, I wouldn’t be here opposing the MOTHERS Act today. I would be dead or in prison, and Isaac might not be here. Toby would never have been born. The news I got from the FDA and other families came in the nick of time for me, though it was too late for Melanie. 

I would never wish what has happened to Carol Blocker, Melanie’s husband and loved ones, or most of all, Sommer – Melanie’s daughter – on anyone. That is what I find so hard to understand about those who push for this bill. Even when faced with the explanation for why their friends and loved ones have died or suffered, so many people do not want to accept that drugs or shock were the culprit. This would explain how someone who did lose her daughter could be okay with a bill that would assuredly cause more women to suffer as I suffered, as Melanie suffered, and as Andrea Yates and other moms are suffering. Whether or not The MOTHERS Act passes, women and children continue dying preventable deaths. But one thing is for certain – it is undeniable what the real intentions of those who push this bill are, and that is force.     

So, did Melanie take her drugs, or not? The record is now being complicated by Carol’s most recent statement, even though all the stories from the past 7 years in papers as well as on Carol’s own website, stated that (http://www.melaniesbattle.org/story.html):

“Melanie’s [sic] was hospitalized three times in seven weeks. She was given four combinations of anti-psychotic, anti-anxiety, and anti-depressant medications. She also underwent electroconvulsive therapy. Her family rallied around her with all their strength, but in the end, Melanie jumped to her death from the twelfth floor of a Chicago hotel.”

If we’re to assume it’s true that Melanie was on and off her meds, did she not want to take them because perhaps she knew that they were making her worse? If that’s the case, was that why she was hospitalized, so she could be given them forcibly? Or how about the electroshock… Was that given as an alternative to the four combinations of drugs which Blocker now claims her daughter didn’t want to take? How soon after Melanie’s fourth hospitalization (as is now claimed) did she stop taking drugs? The time lapse was approximately 11 days from the release from the hospital, if I remember correctly, until her death, and she was missing for about 3 days before her suicide. Was she in sudden withdrawal from four drugs when she jumped out of that hotel window?

Does Carol Blocker really consider it a ‘fatal mistake’ when women don’t ‘take their drugs?’ Is the real message here about The MOTHERS Act that women should be force-drugged? What about the provision in the bill which states that nobody knows the ’cause’ of PPD and psychosis and that we need more taxpayer-funded drug research to come up with a new drug – that what the NIH is already doing is not enough? That one seems to be based on the premise that all the drugs Melanie did indeed take simply didn’t work so we need to find new and better drugs. This entire bill and PR campaign is made up of mutually exclusive and absurd claims. ‘Take drugs. Drugs are good. Fund development of new drugs because we don’t know what we’re doing yet. But still take drugs. And go to the hospital. This is not about force. Oh wait, yes it is.’

So what I would like to see, and what America deserves if we are expected to live under a new ‘Melanie Blocker-Stokes’ regime of forced drugging for moms, are answers to the following questions:

1) What drugs was Melanie taking, and when?

2) What reaction did she have to the drugs and electroshock?

3) What made the doctors release her from the hospital? (Perhaps like I had to do to get released, she was again becoming compliant with her meds?)

4) If Carol Blocker now wants us to believe that her daughter never took antidepressants, or was in withdrawal from them when she ended her life, is the message here that women need to be forced to take drugs? Because that is sure what it sounds like. 

Carol Blocker also stated, “If government can act to avoid the death of just one more young mother or her newborn baby, it should do so.” Finally – a statement we can agree on. The only way that the government can or should avoid the death of just one more young mother or her baby is by staying out of women’s lives, health, medicine cabinets, and by leaving us with our right to life and liberty. Because passing The MOTHERS Act would not only not avoid more deaths, it would by its very nature cause even more.

One last thought: 

“Senator Reid stands firmly with the broad coalition of mental health and children’s groups who want this bill passed, and he hopes those blocking these women and children from the help they need will consider the toil their opposition is taking and let this important legislation move forward.”

How would the government staying out of the expansion of forced treatment prevent women from getting ‘help?’ I’ll ask Senator Reid to explain this one. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, one third of pregnant women in the U.S. take psychotropic drugs at some point during their pregnancies. There are also forums online where you can learn about ‘support groups,’ and numerous pharmacies now offer generic prescriptions for $4. This just goes to show that Reid is out of touch and too proud to admit he could ever be wrong. That is the only real fatal mistake here.

If Senator Reid is going to stand firmly with the pHARMa cartel-influenced groups who want the bill passed – then it is up to us to keep the heat on and insist that the truth be told. Apparently no amount of facts would change his mind, but that does not mean that the American people have to accept his unbending will. 

Given that, I ask simply that the government fulfill its obligation of being for the people and by the people and doing what it was meant to do and that is to protect our rights, not take them away. That is the only purpose of Government. Not to oppress, but to promote freedom – and The MOTHERS Act turns women into slaves of Pharma and the government. It must not be allowed to see the light of day. Voters everywhere should consider that their rights are about to be taken away and handed over to those who intend to harm them. We have to stand up for our vulnerable and uninformed mothers and children in any and every way we can.

Filed under: "prevention", Amy Philo, antidepressants, antipsychotics, Congress, forced 'treatment', Fred Baughman MD, Harry Reid, involuntary hospitalization, Isaac Philo, Melanie Stokes, mothers act, Paxil in pregnancy, PPD, Pregnancy, Psychiatry: Force of Law, suicide, The Future of The United States

PsychRights Article Excerpt on Legal Force and Psychiatry

Please make a donation to PsychRights by visiting their website. There you can also get an idea of all the wonderful and crucially needed work this organization is doing, including launching a Soteria house, a pro bono legal representation campaign for involuntary patients, exposing drug risks, and suing to force an end to drugging of foster children.
 

Psychiatry: Force of Law
by James B. Gottstein, Esq.
November, 2002

The purpose of this article is to set forth just the basic legal principles, underpinnings and practices employed in the widespread use of legal force to compel unwilling patients into locked psychiatric hospitals and, most importantly, force brain damaging drugs and other brain damaging treatments such as Electroshock upon them over their desperate, but hopeless objections.  The companion article, Unwarranted Court Ordered Medication: A Call to Action, describes what might be done about it and this article is really background for that one.  In addition, there are a number of excellent law review articles on the subject, a small sampling of which are listed at the end of this article.

The impetus for this article is the realization that the scientific basis for these forced treatments is non-existent and they are permanently damaging hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people.  No other field of medicine allows this sort of forced treatment.  Of course, there are many people who see psychiatrists and voluntarily, even eagerly, take psychiatric medications.  This article has absolutely no complaint about this.  It is unwarranted forced treatment that is being addressed.  This article also does not address the issue of somewhat more subtle coercion such as “if you don’t take the medication, we will take your housing away from you” or “if you don’t take your medication, we will have you committed to the mental hospital.”  This article is solely concerned with using the force of law (court orders) to compel people to submit to unwarranted psychiatric treatments they do not want.  What  unfolds is a legal system of Catch-22’s for the patients and one where the courts have not only abdicated to “professionals” their responsibility to protect the rights of people coming before them, but also condones perjury in furtherance of this abdication.

Go to psychrights.org and click on Psychiatry: Force of Law to read the rest of the article.

Filed under: forced 'treatment', Jim Gottstein, Psychiatry: Force of Law, PsychRights

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