The Daily Show 2014: organised crime in the drug industry

Published on April 16, 2024

Peter C Gøtzsche was invited to participate in The Daily Show on 16 September 2014 where he played the role of Deep Throat revealing secrets about organised crime in the drug industry in a garage in New York. The comedian was brilliant. See the satire.


Does USA have the worst healthcare system in the world?

Published on March 29, 2024

The late Bernard Lown (Harvard cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient) said that capitalist medicine results in two things: undertreatment for people without money or insurance, and overtreatment of those with money.

This is the situation in US healthcare, and I wrote about it in my 2013 book, “Deadly medicines and organised crime: How big pharma has corrupted health care.” I documented that US healthcare is one of the worst in the world. Here is what I wrote:

Keeping people healthy is not a priority in America’s profit-driven system, which thrives when people are ill.1 The propaganda has made nearly half of all Americans believe that the United States has the best healthcare in the world, albeit with a clear political divide (68% of the Republicans and 32% of Democrats).2

The beliefs that what is good for big pharma is also good for the people and that market forces will solve all problems are contradicted by the facts. The Unites States has the most ineffective healthcare system in the developed world.3,4

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Deadly psychiatry and dead ends

Published on March 25, 2024

Chapter 14 in my 2015 book, “Deadly psychiatry and organised denial,” contains the documentation that led to my conclusion that psychiatric drugs are the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. What is particularly noteworthy is that I am not speaking about the third leading cause of death among psychiatric patients, but in our whole population.

Furthermore, I explain how I arrived at the conclusion that our current usage of psychotropic drugs could be reduced by 98%. That was in 2015. Today, I would set the percentage at 99%, as we should not use neuroleptics (antipsychotics) at all. This means that we only need to use 1% of the psychiatric drugs we use today, and if we did that, far fewer people would die and far more people would be able to live normal lives.

These issues are so fundamental and so important that I have decided to upload Chapter 14 on my website. Everyone should be able to read about them for free.

Psychiatry beyond repair

Published on December 19, 2023

Denise Winn has interviewed me for Human Givens Journal. It is one of the best interviews I have contributed to. Read it here.

“Why we resigned” from the Cochrane Governing Board

Published on December 6, 2023

By Peter C Gøtzsche
Institute for Scientific Freedom

6 November 2023

The day after I was expelled from the Cochrane Governing Board and from the Cochrane Collaboration on 13 September 2018, four board members resigned in protest. Two days later, they gave their reasons in an email, “Why we resigned,” which they sent to Cochrane colleagues asking them to help distribute the letter to others. They also uploaded their letter on the Austrian Cochrane Centre’s website but were immediately asked by Cochrane’s leadership to remove it, which they did. One of Cochrane’s key principles is transparency. I therefore bring the letter below, which Cochrane misrepresented in a defamatory way. Read full article.

Role of health authorities in denying the withdrawal problem with depression drugs

Published on December 5, 2023

By Peter C Gøtzsche
Institute for Scientific Freedom

5 Dec 2023


Official guidelines and statements from the authorities and psychiatrists have denied for decades that depression drugs can cause dependence, and this denial is still seen today. They also underestimate substantially the severity and duration of the withdrawal symptoms. They provide dangerous advice about tapering procedures that are far too quick and does not respect the hyperbolic binding curves of the drugs to brain receptors, or they provide no tapering advice at all apart from useless statements about gradually reducing the dose, which is seen in package inserts. The massive use of depression drugs is not evidence-based but marketing-driven. These drugs do not have clinically relevant effects on depression; they double the risk of suicide; and have many other important harms. In clinical trials, the patients prefer a placebo for an active drug.The main focus in the coming years should be on avoiding prescribing depression drugs and on helping those who are on them to come off them as safely as possible. Read the article

My career in exposing fraud, bias and injustice in healthcare

Published on December 4, 2023

Sir Iain Chalmers, the founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, and Jeremy Howick invited me to give a lecture in 2019 at an MSc course in Oxford about the history and philosophy of evidence-based healthcare. They asked me to share my personal experiences and research on conflicts of interest under the heading, “Power versus rationality.” In other words, it was about speaking truth to power. As this subject might have general interest, I have summarised my lecture here.

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

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


By Peter C Gøtzsche
Institute for Scientific Freedom

14 November 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: …

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).