Sweden did exceptionally well during the COVID-19 pandemic with its open society

Published on March 24, 2023

By Peter C Gøtzsche

No wonder the news media are totally silent about the data that show that Sweden’s open society policy was what the rest of the world should have done, too. Numerous studies have shown Sweden’s excess death rate to be among the lowest in Europe during the pandemic and in several analyses, Sweden was at the bottom.

This is remarkable considering that Sweden has admitted that it did too little to protect people living in nursing homes. …


Serious harms of the COVID-19 vaccines: a systematic review

Published on March 22, 2023

By Peter C. Gøtzsche and Maryanne Demasi

The full review here.


BACKGROUND: Serious and severe harms of the COVID-19 vaccines have been downplayed or deliberately excluded by the study sponsors in high impact medical journals.

METHODS: Systematic review of papers with data on serious adverse events (SAEs) associated with a COVID-19 vaccine.

RESULTS: We included 18 systematic reviews, 14 randomised trials, and 34 other studies with a control group. Most studies were of poor quality. A systemat-ic review of regulatory data on the two pivotal trials of the mRNA vaccines found significantly more SAEs of special interest with the vaccines compared to placebo, and the excess risk was considerably larger than the benefit, the risk of hospitalisation. The adenovirus vector vaccines increased the risk of venous thrombosis and thrombocytopenia, and the mRNA-based vaccines increased the risk of myocarditis, with a mortality of about 1-2 per 200 cases. We found evidence of serious neurological harms, including Bell’s palsy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, myasthenic disorder and stroke, which are likely due to an autoimmune reaction. Severe harms, i.e. those that prevent daily activities, were underreported in the randomised trials. These harms were very common in studies of booster doses after a full vaccination and in a study of vaccination of previously infected people.

CONCLUSIONS: Further randomised trials are needed. Authorities have recommended population-wide COVID-19 vaccination and booster doses. They do not consider that the balance between benefits and harms becomes negative in low-risk groups such as children and people who have already recovered from COVID-19 infection.

Peter C Gøtzsche, interviews and lectures on YouTube

Published on March 20, 2023

Arranged by number of views as of 20 March 2023. The top one has been seen by half a million people; the list stops at 5,000 views.

2014 Big pharma is organised crime 7min, California

2014 La industria farmacéutica es crimen organizado 7min, California, Spanish subtitles …

The terminology we use about medical drugs can be misleading

Published on March 18, 2023

“Efficacy and safety” and “benefits and risks” of drugs are misleading terms. Words matter. They influence people’s decisions about drugs, other treatments and other interventions. We should therefore abandon misleading terminology and speak about benefits and harms instead. See my BMJ article here

How shall we help patients withdraw from depression drugs?

Published on March 14, 2023

Our systematic review of 13 randomised trials (2085 patients) showed that the length of taper was highly predictive for the risk of relapse (P = 0.00001). All the studies we reviewed confounded withdrawal symptoms with relapse; did not use hyperbolic tapering; withdrew the depression drug too fast in a linear fashion; and stopped it entirely when receptor occupancy was still high. The true proportion of patients on depression drugs who can stop safely without relapse is likely considerably higher than the 50% we found. Offering cognitive behaviour therapy allowed significantly more patients to become drug free without relapse compared with tapering in standard clinical care (P = 0.002). Our full review is here and it is also up at MedRiv.

Bipolar disorder in young people is often a misdiagnosis

Published on March 9, 2023

By Peter C Gøtzsche

The first sentence in a BMJ article about drug monitoring for bipolar disorder is: “Bipolar disorder often affects a younger population (peak onset between 15 and 19 years)” (1).

How is this possible when bipolar disorder in children and young people was virtually unknown 50 years ago? Because bipolar disorder in young people is mainly a misdiagnosis that stems from confusing the harms of stimulants with the disorder. …

How to lose weight in an evidence-based way

Published on February 15, 2023

By Peter C Gøtzsche, Professor emeritus, Institute for Scientific Freedom

Dieting to lose weight is a big industry, but much of the advice offered is not evidence-based. Being a scientist, I reasoned that, to lose weight, you only need to count your calorie intake and expenditure, put it in a spreadsheet, and ensure there is a deficit every day. I shall explain how to do it and provide a spreadsheet you can use. Read more.

Should I get chemotherapy for cancer? Probably not

Published on February 4, 2023

Peter C Gøtzsche, Institute for Scientific Freedom

If you get cancer, one of the most important questions is to decide if you should accept or decline chemotherapy. By far most patients accept chemotherapy, likely because they think that if it wasn’t worthwhile, it wouldn’t be offered.

This is a mistake. …

Book review: Critical Psychiatry Textbook

Published on January 12, 2023

In my book, I describe what is wrong with the psychiatry textbooks used by students of medicine, psychology and psychiatry. Much of what is claimed amounts to scientific dishonesty. I conclude that biological psychiatry has not led to anything of use, and that psychiatry as a medical specialty is so harmful that it should be disbanded.

In a book review that just came out in the journal Psychosis, Tom Federn, licensed clinical social worker from New York, notes how shocked he became when he read my book. He feels ashamed to be part of a profession involving the gross mistreatment of so-called psychiatric patients. His book review is here.

”YouSee er nogle værre banditter”

Published on December 15, 2022

Sådan sagde min ellers afdæmpede bankrådgiver, efter at YouSee havde chikaneret mig så meget, at jeg ville sikre mig, at de ikke kunne trække et beløb, jeg ikke skyldte dem, via betalingsservice med tilbagevirkende kraft.

Jeg opsagde i en e-mail mit telefon- og bredbåndsabonnement 22/8 til udløb 30/9, men fik til svar, at jeg ”ønskede” at opsige et af deres produkter. Nej, jeg havde opsagt det!

YouSee’s forretningsmetoder ligner et bevidst forsøg på at franarre kunderne penge, de ikke skylder, ved at sprede et røgslør, der forvirrer kunderne og er fuldstændig gakket. Den slags skal udstilles, hvilket jeg hermed har gjort. Læs mere.