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Relentless and Tragic Marketing: Psychiatric Drugs from Before the Cradle to the Grave

by John Breeding, PhD and Amy Philo

Working with others, we strive to alleviate distress and to support and enhance the personal growth, transformation, individuation, self-determination, and clear and expanded awareness of individuals. Necessity dictates that we also spend a lot of time challenging aspects of the mental health profession that do the opposite—creating more distress, suppressing growth and transformation, violating self-determination, and dulling and blinding awareness. We call it psychiatric oppression, the systematic, institutionalized mistreatment of those judged as “mentally ill.” This essay focuses especially on the ever expanding encroachment of psychiatric oppression to more and more of the population, and to individuals who are less and less in need of actual help. This encroachment takes the form of mass marketing for psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. One key aspect of oppression theory is the claim to virtue. For psychiatric oppression that claim is the notion that mentally ill people need their treatment; its growing extension is the concept of prevention, that potentially mentally ill people need treatment as well!

The Regressive Progression: Treatment to Prevention

“An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure.” Like all great aphorisms, this one, often associated with Ben Franklin, holds wisdom and is partly true, based on assumption. In this case, one must assume the role of victim of unnecessary malady that necessitates a cure…and that there is a felt connection or empathic relatedness to the one who suffers malady. Where these assumptions are not met, the aphorism is false. To wit, for the giant corporation of Halliburton and its government and military operations group, or for the mercenary army of Blackwater, going to war is worth a great deal more than diplomacy.

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Ray’s Web of Link$

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.
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George F. Borer – Attorney for taxpayer-funded Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSSMN) who issued letters attempting to stop alerts and videos supporting Ray.
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Terri Bradley – Ray’s taxpayer-funded Guardian ad Litem directly in charge of his forced electroshock.
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Satveer S. Chaudhary – Ray’s elected state senator has been contacted about Ray: No comment.
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Bernard M. Coelho, MD – Ray’s electroshock doctor who administers the procedure, paid for by taxpayers.
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Marybeth Dorn – Judge who continued Ray’s forced electroshock
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Jon Duckstad – Attorney paid with public funds who Ray said did a terrible job representing him.
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Keith Ellison – Ray’s elected US representative has been contacted about Ray: No comment.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – ELCA’s Minnesota Synods own LSSMN, which is taxpayer-funded.
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Bishop Mark Hanson, ELCA – Refuses any “supervision” of taxpayer funds used by LSSMN.
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Pamela Hoopes, MDLC – This attorney started an “ECT Work Group” to explore changing laws to help Ray.
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Eric Jonsgaard, Senior Director, LSS Guardianship Options – LSSMN, using taxpayer funds, has put up obstacles to Ray’s campaign.
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Amy Klobuchar – Ray’s elected US Senate has been contacted about Ray: No comment.
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Dean K. Knudson, MD, psychiatrist – Oversees Ray’s case, including his taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.
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Carolyn Laine – Ray’s elected state representative has been contacted about Ray: No comment.
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Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSSMN) – General guardians for Ray who have put up obstacles to his campaign using public funds.
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Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network of Minnesota – Joined ECT Work Group to change laws in order to help people like Ray.
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Mercy Hospital – The Coon Rapids, Minnesota clinic where Ray receives his taxpayer-funded forced electroshock.
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Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in Minnesota – Has met with Ray and appointed informational liaison.
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Minnesota Disability Law Center – MDLC has started an ECT Work Group to explore new laws to help people like Ray.
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Brian Nystrom – Owns Nystrom & Associates which employs Ray’s psychiatrist Dean Knudson.
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Roberta Opheim, Ombudsman – Joined the ECT Work Group to explore new laws to help people like Ray.
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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.
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Richard R. Pettingill, CEO of Allina, which owns the clinic where Ray is forcibly electroshocked using public funds.
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Victory House – Ray’s group home in Columbia Heights has put up obstacles to Ray’s campaign using taxpayer funds.
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Teresa R. Warner – Judge who signed Ray’s forced electroshock order.
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Tonya Wilhelm of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota – Using public funds, Ms. Wilhelm has put up obstacles to Ray’s campaign.
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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, ,


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