Humanistic Psychiatry Declaration

Published on November 14, 2023

We, a doctor and a lawyer, have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing biological paradigm in psychiatry. We recommend an approach we call humanistic psychiatry.

Humanistic psychiatry focuses on the patients’ troubles, and on how they can best be helped, respecting their experiences, values, preferences, and autonomy. Coercion is not an option.

Biological psychiatry assumes that mental health issues are caused by abnormalities in the brain and that psychiatric drugs can help normalise these abnormalities. No reliable research exists in support of this idea.

Mental health issues are not medical issues, and psychiatry should not be seen as a medical specialty but as a humanistic enterprise. Read the Humanistic Psychiatry Declaration

Why some of us no longer want to publish in prestigious medical journals

Published on November 14, 2023

Being one of the few people in the world who have published over 100 papers in “the big five,” BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine, I know how to get my work into the most prestigious medical journals. But I rarely knock on the door now. We discussed some of the reasons for preferring to publish elsewhere during a two-day meeting in Copenhagen in October 2022, Lack of scientific freedom: causes, consequences and cures, arranged by the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford and my Institute for Scientific Freedom. The most important reasons are: (Read the article)

Lehrbuch der kritischen Psychiatrie: ADHD

Published on October 29, 2023

Nachfolgend finden Sie nur die Abschnitte betreffend ADHS übersetzt mit chatGPT 3.5, und Bard, Google; diese Übersetzung wurde überarbeitet von Gabriel Morales Abellán,; lesen Sie das ganze Buch kostenlos im Internet (Critical Psychiatry Textbook). 

Children’s little helper

Published on October 9, 2023

Lyrics by Peter C Gøtzsche, 30 Nov 2022

After “Mother’s little helper” by the Rolling Stones 1966

Mick Jagger song: “And though she’s not really ill, there’s a little yellow pill …” Back then, it was about abuse of benzodiazepines. Today, it is exactly the same with the abuse of depression pills, which have taken over the market of benzodiazepines and even expanded it. But the lyrics are not about depression pills. They are about ADHD drugs, which in rare cases kill children. See lyrics here.

Origin of COVID-19: The biggest cover up in medical history

Published on October 6, 2023

By Peter C Gøtzsche
Institute for Scientific Freedom

6 October 2023

When the COVID-19 pandemic spread all over the world in early 2020, the Chinese government covered up its origin.1,2 The Chinese cover up quickly extended to US academics with conflicts of interest, prestigious medical journals, the media, and the key advisor to the US President, Anthony Fauci.

It was an orchestrated effort to hide the obvious, which was too painful to admit, that the pandemic was highly likely caused by a lab leak in Wuhan, and that the virus, SARS-CoV-2, was highly likely manufactured at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.1 In this lab, researchers take a harmless virus and make it deadly by genetic modification in so-called gain-of-function experiments.

The cover up was highly effective. It shaped the public opinion that the virus had a natural origin and had spread from animals to humans, even though not a single thread of evidence in support of this idea has ever been produced. Chinese censorship and threats against those who knew better1 won the first round but the game has now been lost. Read full article

Report on improving mental health outcomes

Published on September 27, 2023

A new Report on improving mental health outcomes, a collaboration of scholars, activists, and survivors (James Gottstein, Esq, Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD, David Cohen, PhD, Chuck Ruby, PhD, Faith Myers) demonstrates that the mental health system’s standard interventions (especially overreliance on drugs and incarceration into psychiatric facilities) are harmful, counter-productive, and forced on unwilling patients. These standard interventions turn upside down known facts about what helps people in distress while they violate principles of international law. The authors recommend that People (relationships), Place (safe places to live), and Purpose (meaningful activities), alongside hope, all within a voluntary system of services, should be made broadly available via public and private programs. The authors describe over a dozen currently available approaches embodying these principles, which they suggest would both dramatically improve treatment outcomes and reduce treatment harms.

Second call for retraction of a fraudulent trial report of fluoxetine in children and adolescents

Published on September 25, 2023

We wrote to JAMA Psychiatry on 3 August calling for retraction of a fraudulent trial report of fluoxetine in children and adolescents. Read our open letter here. On 21 September, Anette Flanagin,  Executive Managing Editor, Vice President, Editorial Operations JAMA and JAMA Network, sent a misleading response:

We shared your letter with the author of the study published in Archives of General Psychiatry and he does not identify any new concerns. Similarly, we do not find new evidence in support of your request to retract this article.

There are lots of evidence of fraud in the trial report, published with Graham Emslie as first author, and we provided this evidence. We have therefore kindly asked Flanagin, in the public interest:

1 To reconsider your decision not to retract Emslie’s paper.

2 If you still do not want to retract the paper, then to publish an erratum where you explain that what was published was seriously misleading and that many of the numbers presented in the article contrasted with the numbers in Eli Lilly’s clinical study report about the same trial.

3 If you still do not want to retract the paper, then to give us the opportunity to publish an account of the many errors in Emslie’s article, asking him to respond in the same issue. Such an opportunity should not be limited to a short letter to the editor, with a word count. It needs a full article, as there are so many errors in Emslie’s paper.  

4 To forward to us Emslie’s reply to you where he indicates that there is nothing to be concerned about in his article.

We feel it is your ethical duty towards the patients and their relatives to do this.

If Flanagin doesn’t act, she will not only sully the reputation of JAMA Psychiatry. The journal will also be seen as being complicit in future suicides caused by antidepressants as a direct harm of depression drugs. Read our full letter here.

Andrew Wakefield: A horribly harmful fraudster and anti-vaxx hero

Published on September 17, 2023

Wakefield’s fraud created a false link between the MMR vaccine and autism. His “study” in The Lancet was retracted and he was struck off the UK’s medical register for committing unethical and fraudulent research on children. But he is nonetheless considered a hero in anti-vaxx circles, including in Robert F Kennedy Jr’s organisation, Children’s Health Defense, where he shall speak at a three-day conference in November.

Wakefield has now sunk so deep that he wouldn’t recommend kids to get any vaccine. This anti-vaxx movement, headed by Wakefield, is likely highly lethal. The measles vaccine, for example, has saved millions of lives. I have therefore uploaded, freely available, the chapter on measles from my book, “Vaccines: truth, lies, and controversy,” where I give a detailed account of Wakefield’s horrendous fraud and related issues.

I have also written a short article about the latest developments. …

False propaganda about face masks and Cochrane editorial misconduct

Published on September 11, 2023

Why did governments all over the world and their so-called experts lie profusely about the effect of face masks when they don’t seem to work? And why did Cochrane throw its researchers under the bus both in 2020 and in 2023, thereby undermining its own credibility? Read the bizarre story here.

A journal desperately wants your help and charges an undisclosed fee for it

Published on September 11, 2023

Earlier this month, I received an odd email from an associate editor of a medical journal, written in exceptionally poor English, asking for my help. Out of curiosity, I asked: “Since you seem to have a problem, how much do you pay authors to help you?” The editor replied that I was going to pay them, not the opposite, and, as it is customary for predatory journals, she did not tell me how much. Read my article here.