This site showcases all my writing through December 1, 2020. For my more recent work, go to:
Prescription for Sorrow: Antidepressants, Suicide, and Violence
December 01, 2020
This is a tale of staggering corporate mendacity and greed, and of news media which all too often behave like lapdogs rather than watchdogs. But it's also the story of courageous doctors, reporters, litigators, and ordinary men and women whose lives were turned upside-down by these drugs -- all of whom were relentless in their drive to uncover the truth.
Madness and Genetic Determinism: Is Mental Illness in Our Genes?
July 12, 2019
A century of research in the field of psychiatric genetics has produced no credible evidence of a strong genetic component to so-called “mental illnesses,” no findings that help the human condition in any way, and in fact has caused great harm by diverting attention away from the well-established causes of these conditions, which have their roots in child sexual abuse and other adverse childhood experiences.
Unmasking the Truth: Part 3: Do Masks Cause Infections?
December 01, 2020
Why did anyone think wearing a warm, moist rag a millimeter away from his or her mouth, for hours at a time, creating the ideal conditions for bacteria to multiply, would be a good thing? This is a gigantic, uncontrolled experiment.
The Spin Doctors
October 27, 2020
A basic principle of science—not to mention common sense—is that the burden of proof rests on anyone making a claim. These drugs have been on the market for decades. After all this time, can anyone point to any convincing evidence that they produce meaningful long-term benefits for children or adults? The harms, however, are indisputable. Why do doctors continue to prescribe these drugs?
Unmasking the Truth: Part 2: A Fever Pitch of Hysteria
September 15, 2020
The hysteria is approaching a fever pitch. Writing in The Conversation, a professor of medical ethics opined that we need “morality enhancers” to induce people to wear their masks. Such morality enhancers might be taken in pill form, the professor helpfully explained, or added to the water supply.
Kicking Over a Straw Woman
August 03, 2020
Once upon a time there was a family with ten sons. Six of the sons went on to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
One tried to murder his wife by forcing her to inhale cyanide fumes. One shot his girlfriend dead, then turned the gun on himself and ended his own life. One molested his younger brother and sisters. One set fires and viciously attacked police officers, as well as patients and staff members in a mental hospital.
Are you curious to know what the Hell was going on behind the scenes while these boys were growing up? I am.
Children of the Cure by David Healy, M.D.
June 02, 2020
GlaxoSmithKline's Study 329 of Paxil claimed the drug was "safe and effective" for the treatment of major depression in adolescents, even though their own data -- data no one else was allowed to see -- showed the stuff was totally ineffective and drove the kids crazy to boot.
The Real Myth of the "Schizophrenogenic Mother"
January 10, 2020
The real myth of the schizophrenogenic mother is the idea that psychiatrists ever seriously promoted the idea that mothers are solely responsible for schizophrenia in their children. And this myth has for too long been used as a straw woman to divert attention from serious discussion of the role of abuse and trauma in the genesis of schizophrenia and other types of mental distress, and to promote biological explanations and pharmacological interventions for these conditions instead.
November 01, 2019
I know that we are all supposed to pretend that we are going to live forever, that death is this rare and preventable anomaly, but you know something? I think hanging in there until sixty-five was enough for Uncle Walter. He’d seen a lot of this world, both the good and the bad, and I think he was just ready to meet The Man Upstairs.