Jump to content
Shep

Dr. Peter Gøtzsche - no longer with the Cochrane Collaboration

Recommended Posts

Shep

Peter C Gøtzsche - A moral governance crisis: the growing lack of democratic collaboration and scientific pluralism in Cochrane

 

I regret to inform you that I have been expelled from membership in the Cochrane Collaboration by the favourable vote of 6 of the 13 members of the Governing Board.

 

And then later in the letter:

 

However, in recent years Cochrane has significantly shifted more to a business - a profit-driven approach. Even though it is a not-for-profit charity, our “brand” and “product” strategies are taking priority over getting out independent, ethical and socially responsible scientific results. Despite our clear policies to the contrary, my centre, and others, have been confronted with attempts at scientific censorship, rather than the promotion of pluralistic, open scientific debate about the merits of concrete Cochrane reviews of the benefits and harms of health care interventions.

 

I am very saddened to read this, but I do hope that Dr. Gøtzsche continues the fight against Big Pharma's oppression and influence, wherever this good doctor goes next. 

 

Edited by Shep
fixed typo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Martina23

That is terrible. Everybody who fights for the justice will be "go away".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shep

Yes, Martina, this is very true. We see that in climate change justice, with people who want to reform Wall Street, and in many areas where people are standing up to a very corrupt corporate system where corporations have more rights and privileges than people. 

 

This part of Dr. Gøtzsche's letter gives me hope: 

 

As a result of this decision, and a number of broader issues concerning the inadequate governance of Cochrane, in accordance with its principles and objectives, four other members of the Board have resigned.

 

I hope that Dr. Gøtzsche and these four other members find another place to do their great work and can continue on, perhaps building a better group than Cochrane. 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shep

This just came out from Stat News: 

 

Turmoil erupts over expulsion of member from leading evidence-based medicine group

 

“At least in psychiatry, Peter is anything but impartial,” [Allen] Frances wrote. “He consistently expresses the most extreme views in the most dramatic and misleading way. His role at Cochrane lends its legitimacy to opinions that are dangerous to patients with severe mental illness. As an individual, Peter has total freedom to express extreme opinions, but he has no inherent right to cloak them with Cochrane’s hard won mantle of neutrality.”

 

That is a quote by Allen Frances, who was the chair of the DSM 4 which is one reason we have the psychiatric drug epidemic. 

 

He's been championing himself as a "voice" for those with severe mental illness, but Robert Whitaker had this to say in a debate with Dr. Frances:

 

 

Third, psychiatry’s concern about the imprisonment of the mentally ill is being used by advocates of forced outpatient treatment as a Trojan Horse.  The advocates for forced treatment in outpatient settings (such as the Treatment Advocacy Center) argue that forced drug treatment would prevent the mentally ill from ending up in prison, and thus their legislation, which in fact curbs the civil rights of citizens in profound ways, comes cloaked in the rhetorical garb of “humanism.” If we are going to have an honest societal discussion about the shame of imprisoning the “mentally ill,” then it needs to be completely decoupled from that legislative agenda.

 

Indeed, an argument can be made that the growing imprisonment of the “mentally ill” is yet another example of how our drug-based paradigm of care has failed us.

 

 

So it's clear there are many forces at play here. And it's also clear there are many agendas at play in the removal of Dr. Gøtzsche from the Cochrane Collaboration. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
powerback

Not one bit surprised by this ,in the big vulture world of capitalism this great man is just collateral damage.I don't think its a fight to win its too big ,doctors are on ssris and putting there chidren on them .its simply not understood or acknowledged how dangerous they are until too late .

We need to stop fighting the beast and find a happy medium because governments are not  going to give up this revenue  stream .

Peter is a brilliant man but sadly he is  way too few and far between just sad .[one grain of salt in a huge swimming pool hasn't a chance to survive .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Rosetta

Typical of 2018.  What a disaster "medicine" has become.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shep
22 hours ago, apace41 said:

 

Thanks for adding this link, Andy. 

 

I'm so glad Whitaker found the connection to E. Fuller Torrey, who is one of the most despicable people in the area of forced "treatment". 

 

Torrey works with so-called "advocacy" groups such as NAMI and tells family members and professionals to lie and state that someone is violent or suicidal in order to get them forced into treatment "for their own good". From PsychRights: 

 

Quote

 

The psychiatric profession explicitly acknowledges psychiatrists regularly lie to the courts in order to obtain forced treatment orders.  E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., probably the most prominent proponent of involuntary psychiatric treatment says:

It would probably be difficult to find any American Psychiatrist working with the mentally ill who has not, at a minimum, exaggerated the dangerousness of a mentally ill person's behavior to obtain a judicial order for commitment.

 

Torrey, E. Fuller. 1997. Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Illness Crisis. New York: John Wiley and Sons. 152.  Dr. Torrey goes on to say this lying to the courts is a good thing.   Dr. Torrey also quotes Psychiatrist Paul Appelbaum as saying when "confronted with psychotic persons who might well benefit from treatment, and who would certainly suffer without it, mental health professionals and judges alike were reluctant to comply with the law," noting that in "'the dominance of the commonsense model,' the laws are sometimes simply disregarded." 

PsychRights - Psychiatry: Force of Law

 

 

As dissident psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasa writes, "Filing a false report with the police is a felony. The Eighth Commandment states, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness.'" (Psychiatric Fraud and Force: A Critique of E. Fuller Torrey)

 

The level of power that someone like Torrey, who has committed numerous crimes against humanity and felonies, still has the power to remove someone like Peter Gøtzsche - for the crime of telling truth to power - is truly frightening. 

 

The level of corruption is unending. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kristine

 

https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l183

 

“Peter Gøtzsche, who was expelled from the Cochrane collaboration last year,1 plans to found a new Institute for Scientific Freedom. The new organisation, whose goal is “to preserve honesty and integrity in science,” will be launched on 9 March at an international symposium in Copenhagen.

 

Gøtzsche, who was a member of Cochrane’s board until his sacking last autumn, told The BMJ that the institute will be financed by crowdfunding. It will focus on lobbying for improvements in healthcare research quality as well as producing its own research”

 

 

Edited by ChessieCat
resized font

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shep
35 minutes ago, Kristine said:

Gøtzsche, who was a member of Cochrane’s board until his sacking last autumn, told The BMJ that the institute will be financed by crowdfunding.

 

Thanks for posting this, Kristine. It's a sad day in medicine when researchers on the side of truth have to seek donations from crowdfunding. 

 

But I am glad to read that Dr. Gøtzsche is still showing up in medical journals like the BMJ.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kristine
1 hour ago, Shep said:

Thanks for posting this, Kristine. It's a sad day in medicine when researchers on the side of truth have to seek donations from crowdfunding

 

But I am glad to read that Dr. Gøtzsche is still showing up in medical journals like the BMJ.

Indeed Shep, Dr Gøtzsche is an inspiration for me. No matter how many times he is knocked down he keeps fighting for scientific transparency and truth for the greater good.

 

...and here is the programme for the ‘Symposium about scientific freedom’ in March 2019...

http://www.deadlymedicines.dk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Symposium-Scientific-Freedom-9-March-2019-final-programme.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shep

Dr. Gøtzsche just tweeted about his latest book:

 

Death of a Whistleblower and Cochrane’s Moral Collapse

 

A brief description: 

 

Quote

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.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kristine

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ChessieCat

Thank you for sharing the video.  It is well worth listening to reading.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Shep

@Kristine Thanks for posting that video. It is really eye opening. As CC posted, it's well worth reading. 

 

The parts that stood out the most to me were:

 

  1. At 2:20 minutes he, he mentions that there were two complaints about him coming from a psychiatrist and someone working in psychiatry. And that made me think of Robert Whitaker's article,  The Cochrane Collaboration Has Failed Us All where Whitaker reveals that E Fuller Torrey, a very despicable human being who should be in prison for violating patients' civil rights, was involved so I think he's referring to Torrey. Torrey is extremely important to psychiatry's role as an adjunct to law enforcement.
  2. At around 7 minutes into the video, Dr. Gøtzsche states that he's getting a lot of support from Latin America because "they know what a dictatorship means."  And that made me think of Dr. Bruce Levine's recent article: Why Many Doctors Are Authoritarians – and Harmful

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bridgetini

The Institute for Scientific Freedom was officially launched on March 9th, 2019, in Copenhagen,  Denmark, at its inaugural symposium.

You can find basic information on the Institute at https://www.scientificfreedom.dk

All of the proceedings of the symposium were videoed, so I imagine that they will be available online once edited.

Speakers included Peter Goettzche, Peter Breggin, Robert Whitaker and Pam Popper.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bridgetini

Peter's book is an epub document that he is happy to send to people: his email address is pcg@scientificfreedom.dk.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Kristine

Robert Whitaker's talk at the 'symposium about scientific freedom' in Copenhagen in March 2019. Brilliant.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...