Cardiologist Sues His Psychiatrist for Millions After Receiving Brain Damaging Electroshock

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I’m impressed to see an ECT lawsuit make it to trial and receive so much media attention.

I think a major factor is Shaul Dadi has elevated social status as a doctor who only recently suffered severe emotional distress. It’s much harder to paint someone of his stature as a delusional, unstable nutjob who tries to blame his mental health issues on ‘imaginary brain damage’ — the standard method for discrediting shock survivors. Few of us have such an advantage.

That said, I’m grateful that some survivors have a shot at justice. Shaul Dadi’s losses are devastating. His wife’s losses are devastating. For their sake and the sake of countless shock survivors who will never have their day in court,  I hope the Dadi’s win this lawsuit.

Read the full article here.

News Coverage of Recent Failed ECT Lawsuit

TRIGGER WARNINGS: footage of pre-ECT prep, ECT facilities, and shock machines.

I came across more coverage of this recent ECT lawsuit. If you are unfamiliar, you can read up on it below:

 Cardiologist Sues His Psychiatrist for Millions After Receiving Brain Damaging Electroshock

Cardiologist Brain Damaged by ECT Denied Justice

The shock doctor’s claim that ECT is safe because they use anesthesia, oxygenation, and monitoring, is absurd.

Anesthesia may prevent broken bones and bitten off tongues, and look more humane, but ultimately, it makes ECT more dangerous.

First, it has its own set of risks. Anesthesia also adds to the hazards of ECT because it lowers the seizure threshold so more electricity is needed to induce a grand mal seizure.

Oxygenation is used because patients are given muscle paralyzers that impair a patient’s ability to breathe independently. It’s also used to fuel the seizures.

The whole reason the patient is there in the first place is to have 200-450 volts of electricity pulsed through his/her brain to cause a grand mal seizure; a violent medical event the doctors normally try to prevent. Monitoring doesn’t change that and in many cases doesn’t prevent injury or death,  permanent cognitive impairment, and memory loss.

This scenario looks quite different with reasons behind these “safety measures,” no?

As for this psychiatrist not seeing a single patient with post- ECT brain damage? You see what you look for and shock doctors don’t look. In this instance, this doctor has a patient reporting massive brain damage but that has no impact on his beliefs and perception about what he does and the effect his ‘treatment’ has on the brain.

No “Wow! The problems you’re are expressing sound like a traumatic brain injury. We did run enough electricity through your brain to power a light bulb. Let’s do some neuro testing to evaluate you and see what we can do to help rehabilitate you.”

He didn’t even consider it because he’s never “seen” brain damage from his handy work before.

And that is the stance most if not all shock doctors take when a patient reports damage. No offer for cognitive testing. No acknowledgment. No rehab. Blame the person’s mental illness and/or character and leave them to fend for themselves in a world where no one will believe their claims because doctors say: ECT doesn’t damage the brain.

Because he is a doctor, he has the implicit trust of society, he wasn’t questioned on his statement and the news station that made this blurb didn’t present any contrary information to the doctor or in their reporting. “It’s safe because we do XYZ”is all he has to say to be believed.

This miscarriage of justice was no doubt a terrible blow to the Dadi’s–it was certainly devastating for the shock survivor community. I hope this isn’t the last we hear about it.

Fingers crossed appeal efforts are heard.

 

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Sources by topic

Long standing ECT brain damage evidence:

Breggin, P. R. (1979). Electro-shock its brain-disabling effects. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Breggin_1979___AAA___Complete_ECT_Book___Overview__244_pages__Brain_Damage__Memory_Loss__Abuse__Etc_.pdf

Breggin, P. R. (2015, April 8). Simple Truth 10: Electroshock is Brain Trauma [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOtacCftvcs

Sakeim, H. (2007). The cognitive effects of electroconvulsive therapy in community settings. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Sackeim_et_al__2007___AAA___Long-term_memory_and_cognitive_dysfunction_____Bilateral_worse_.pdf

ECT and the use of oxygen:

Andre, L. (2009). Doctors of deception: What they don’t want you to know about shock treatment. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press

Psychiatry not looking for ECT-induced brain damage:

Andre, L. (1991, September). Electroshock as head injury. Retrieved July 22, 2016, from http://www.ect.org/effects/headinjury.html

Andre, L. (2009). Doctors of deception: What they don’t want you to know about shock treatment. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press

Hickey, P. (2006, November 21). http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/11/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect-effective/. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/11/electroconvulsive-therapy-ect-effective/

Janis, I. (1950). Psychological effects of electric shock treatment. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 3. Retrieved from http://www.ectresources.org/ECTscience/Janis_1950__Autobiographical_memory_loss_.pdf

Warneron, R. (n.d.). http://akmhcweb.org/ncarticles/RichardWarneronShockTreatment.pdf. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://akmhcweb.org/ncarticles/RichardWarneronShockTreatment.pdf

Dangers of anesthesia

Storrs, C. (2014, April 1). The Hidden Dangers of Going Under – Scientific American. Retrieved November 28, 2016, from https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hidden-dangers-of-going-under/

Seizure Threshold increased from anesthesia

Andre, L. (1991, September). Electroshock as head injury. Retrieved July 22, 2016, from http://www.ect.org/effects/headinjury.html

 

Cardiologist Brain Damaged by ECT Denied Justice

A few weeks back I wrote about Dadi, a former cardiologist who was suing his psychiatrist for millions of dollars in damages for severe cognitive impairment Dadi suffered after a series of  ECT treatments.

white capped text on dark grey background reads “I HAD A VERY GOOD MEMORY BEFORE. I PRACTICED MEDICINE. I HAD THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS. I LOST IT ALL,” HE SAID. “THE MEMORY LOSS. THE ISOLATION I FEEL BECAUSE OF MY INABILITY TO INTERACT WITH OTHERS. THE INABILITY TO DRIVE. I THINK THE PROCEDURE CAUSED BRAIN DAMAGE AND I FEEL IT. EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY.” Dr. Shaul Dadi

“Instead of respecting all these ‘No, no, no, no,’ [from Dadi]. . . Dr. Dadi, with no written consent, goes for electroshock therapy,' La Vista said, [And] it doesn’t matter that there’s no written consent, because the oral consent is no good, either.'"

After a twelve day trial and  nearly four hours of jury deliberation, a devastating verdict was delivered to Dadi and his wife.

The psychiatrist that damaged his brain was cleared of all charges. He will continue to shock away people’s intelligence, memories, and abilities. If they are fortunate enough to have the resources to their grievances to court, a jury of their peers is sure to f#$% things up and the world continues on in blissful ignorance about the true abuses and hazards of electroshock.

 Read the full story here.

The shock machine manufacturers and the psychiatric industry remain completely unscathed by all of this.

Dadi is not the first and will not be the last shock survivor to get screwed over by our legal system.

This is a state of shock survivor lawsuits.

 

Longtime Psychiatric Patient Sues Hospital for Excessive Restraint Use and Forced Electroshock

Trigger warnings:
Footage of unmodified electroshock
Restraints
Forced electroshock
Forced hospitalization
Pro shock comments

This video is an excellent find by kiwijustice2blog.wordpress.com. View story in the link below.

Is it ever acceptable to apply electro convulsive therapy against a patient’s will?

Garth Daniels is a 40 year, long time mental patient who has been subjected to forced restraint, lasting up to 60 days.

He is also been given 31 electrically induced convulsions in a ridiculously short four month timespan.

All without Garth and his father’s consent.

His psychiatrist plans to shock him 12 more times.

If you’re new to researching this topic, pay attention to the introductory explanation of the “procedure.

The news host states “ECT has been much more safely administered with anesthetic.”

This comment is false. While a person is less likely to break teeth and bones when they convulse, anesthesia raises the seizure threshold, requiring a stronger dose of electricity to induce a seizure. No mention of death rates.  No mention of devastation cognitive consequences. Or the risks of anesthesia. Take their word for it.

To the show writer’s credit, they made no token “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” reference.

It’s interesting– they don’t give many details of Garth’s condition but they do mention its onset: cannabis induced psychosis. They also allude to him being dangerous.
This brings many questions to mind:

  • How was this psychosis treated?
  • Did that lead to a label of an incurable condition?
  • Did that get him a life-long pass on the drug merry go round?
  •  Did the drugs he was put on worsen his mental state?
  • Was this worsening seen as, not a drug side effect but, progression of his mental illness?
  • What’s really going on with Garth?
  • What outcome is th psychiatrist expecting with this many shocks?

Garth has been assessed by an outside psychiatrist who has deemed the 40 year old competent to refuse more treatments.

Time will tell if his lawsuit will have any impact on the kind of “treatment” he receives.

References

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). (2015, December 17). Is it ever acceptable to apply shock treatment against a patient’s will? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved December 17, 2015, from http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-17/is-it-ever-acceptable-to-apply-shock-treatment/7039058#transcript

Andre, L. (1991, September). Electroshock as head injury. Retrieved December 17, 2015, from http://www.ect.org/effects/headinjury.html

Frank, L. R. (2006, June). psychiatrized.org. Retrieved from http://psychrights.org/Research/Digest/Electroshock/LRFrankElectroshockQuotationary.PDF

kiwijustice2blog | kiwijustice2.blogspot.com. (2015, December 17). Retrieved December 17, 2015, from https://kiwijustice2blog.wordpress.com/

Time. (2011, August 4). Under the Knife: Study Shows Rising Death Rates from General Anesthesia | TIME.com. Retrieved December 17, 2015, from http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/04/under-the-knife-study-shows-rising-death-rates-from-general-anesthesia/

A Paralegal Employed by Firm Representing ECT Survivor Speaks Out Against Shock

lies by David Castillo Dominici

Richard Warner has plenty to say about electroshock

thanks to several years of paralegal work he did for a firm representing a man who’s entire autobiographical memory was erased by ECT. Warner has heavily researched electroshock; its use, studies, what doctors know and are withhold regarding efficacy and risk and beautifully argues against the procedure in his paper, Shock Treatment: Efficacy, Memory Loss, and Brain Damage – Psychiatry’s Don’t Look, Don’t Tell Policy.

After reading this, I think anyone who has participated in deceiving the public and profited from the destruction of countless lives should lose their prestigious credentials, and spend the rest of their lives in a prison cell.

View all 42 pages of this anti-ECT masterpiece here.

Shock Treatment: Efficacy, Memory Loss, and Brain Damage – Psychiatry’s Don’t Look, Don’t Tell Policy. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://akmhcweb.org/ncarticles/RichardWarneronShockTreatment.pdf

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