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June 16, 2024, Update:
David Is Getting Electroshocked Repeatedly

Jim Gottstein has been speaking with David most days since April 29th .  Before he was electroshocked on Thursday, June 13th, David did not exhibit any memory deficits.  David did complain about the drugging affecting his thinking.  After he was electroshocked against his will on Thursday David said it took him 30 minutes to remember where he was and had a splitting headache.  It is believed David was electroshocked against his will again the next day, Friday.  Normally, electroshock is not given two days in a row.  David was very disoriented, he couldn’t remember what day it was and was unclear on when he had been electroshocked.   He was sure he had been electroshocked twice.  When I talked to him later in the day, he didn’t remember he had talked to me earlier in the day. On Saturday, June 15th, David was feeling a little better, but was still having problems with his memory.  Today, Sunday, June 16th, David says his memory has come back some, he is groggy and sore all over.

He understands they are going to continue to electroshock him against his will this coming week.  Throughout this whole time David has said he is “scared shitless” as he saw someone being electroshocked to the point where they couldn’t talk and needed help eating.  The brain damage from electroshock is cumulative, so the fewer electroshocks the better.  David is a software engineer and he is legitimately worried the electroshock will make him unable to do that any more.

In addition to continuing to urge Dr. Schak to stop having David electroshocked against his will, you can contact Gianrico Farrugia, MD, Mayo’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) by e-mail mailing him at Farrugia.gianrico@mayo.edu.   Christina Zorn is Mayo’s Chief Administrative Officer and her e-mail address might be zorn.christina@mayo.org.  Jim Gottstein e-mailed her, requesting a delivery receipt, which he has not received, nor has he received a bounce message.

Also, please contact Minnesota Governor, Tim Walz and ask him to have the forcible electroshocking of David Russell stopped.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz
130 State Capitol
St. Paul, MN 55155
Fax:(612)296-2089
Tel:(612)296-3391
email: tim.walz@state.mn.us
web: http://www.state.mn.us

Alternate Telephone Numbers

Telephone:  651-201-3400
Toll Free:  800-657-3717
Minnesota Relay:  800-627-3529

Even though it is hard to imagine things getting worse for David, please recognize that he is at risk of retaliation and you are supporting David under the MindFreedom banner, so we ask you to take these into account when you call or write.

We will appreciate it if you leave a comment below with a copy of your e-mail and/or a description of your phone call or whatever else you might have done on David’s behalf and the response, if any.  Our system requires approval of comments so it will take a bit for it to show up.

June 13, 2024, Updates
Tell Dr. Schak and Others to Stop the Shock

Noon Central Time.  Another volunteer has identified the following Mayo Trustees’ e-mail addresses.

Jim Gottstein’s e-mail to Michael Powell, the chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees, might be useful in drafting e-mails to these trustees.  It might also be useful to keep in mind these are all MDs.

10:40 AM Central Time.  Jim Gottstein talked to David and he was electroshocked.  He said it took him 30 minutes to remember where he was, has a splitting headache and other typical electroshock negative effects.

10:20 AM Central Time.  It appears Dr. Schak changed her e-mail address and it is now Schak.Kathryn@mayo.edu.

10:00 AM Central Time.  One of our volunteers tells us the phone number of the Medical Secretary to Dr. Schak is 507-255-2326. Calls could be made to Dr. Schak there.

3:00 AM Central Time.  David Russell is scheduled to be electroshocked against his will in a few hours, presumably on the order of the psychiatrist assigned to him, Kate Schak.  It is believed Schak testified in court to obtain the court order and then in the face of our efforts to stop it told David she had decided against it.  On May 8th, Jim Gottstein wrote to Schak asking her to get the court order revoked (vacated) because David was concerned Dr. Schak or someone else might change their mind.  That certainly proved prescient.

Jim Gottstein just wrote Dr. Schak again, demanding that she stop the shock.  She can almost certainly still stop the shock as of the time this is posted.  Please e-mail or call Dr. Schak to stop the shock.  Her e-mail address is schak.kate@mayo.org. [Note: This is a bad address.  Use Schak.Kathryn@mayo.edu instead]  You can also try calling her at (507) 255-5555.  This is where the Mayo Clinic has locked David up.  If you can’t get through to her, please leave a message for her to stop the electroshocking of David Russell.

Please leave a comment below with a copy of your e-mail and/or a description of your phone call or whatever else you might have done on David’s behalf.  Our system requires approval of comments so it will take a bit for it to show up.

Thank you for your support of David.

June 12; 2024, Update
Betrayal: David to be Electroshocked Tomorrow

Today, June 12th, around 2:00 PM, David was informed they are going to start electroshocking him against his will tomorrow.  They wouldn’t answer any of his questions, such as how many times they plan to electroshock him, what they expect to accomplish, or even why they decided to subject him to electroshock when they had previously informed him they were not going to.  David suspects it is because he has been telling them about the corruption he has knowledge of.  Even if David is incorrect about the corruption, it is no justification for electroshocking him.  If it is true, which probably at least some of it is, the electroshock could erase his memory about it.  Electroshock is sometimes used for just this sort of purpose.  David witnessed another patient who was rendered unable to talk by electroshock and is terrified of that happening to him.  Whether it gets that bad or not, Electroshock always causes brain damage, usually causing at least some memory loss.  It is unpredictable, but many people are brain damaged so much they can no longer engage in their profession or are otherwise disabled.

It is unlikely Mayo Clinic executives and especially trustees know about the despicable actions of their employees and this should be brought to their attention.  The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Michael Powell.  Powell is the President & CEO of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, and is the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The e-mail address we have found for him is mpowell@ncta.commpowell@ncta.com

You can look at the e-mail Jim Gottstein sent Mr. Powell. Please let us know what you do on David’s behalf by putting it in the comments.  Copying and pasting e-mails work.  The system requires us to review comments so it might take a bit of time before it shows up.

We expect to be updating this page frequently in the next day or so with additional people to contact to try and stop the Mayo Clinic from electroshocking David.  It is hoped Mr. Powell, or Eric Schmidt for that matter, who ran Google for ten years and is now the executive chairman of its parent company, would not be happy about bad publicity over this.  If you find information on how to contact Mr. Schmidt, or other members of the board of trustees, please let us know.  It also seems like a social media campaign could be good–if we got some reach with it.  We could use some help with that, too.  If you initiate or participate in a social media campaign to stop David from being electroshocked, please also put that in the comments or otherwise let us know.

 

May 8, 2024 Update:
Success!!!–At Least for Now

David just informed us he has been told they are no longer planning to electroshock him and going to work on discharge planning to a theoretically slightly less restrictive environment.  YOU HAVE DONE IT!!!   There is no doubt David would have been electroshocked against his will without your efforts on his behalf. David wants everyone to know how appreciative he is.  David said he called many agencies supposedly standing up for people’s rights and no one cared until he reached MindFreedom.  He said he can’t believe people who don’t even know him have tried to help him.  When he has a chance, he plans to thank us in the comments section.

The court order will likely still be hanging over David’s head so that is of some concern, but for now we should stand down from the advocacy.  If they change their minds again David will try to let us know and we can start the advocacy again.  We will also try to keep in touch with David just to make sure.

David is still trapped by the guardianship imposed on him and it would be great if he could get out from under that.


May 7, 2024, David Russell Alert Update:
Progress?

This evening David informed us his new psychiatrist, Kate Schak, who testified in favor of electroshocking David against his will on Monday, told him today they were thinking about not going forward with the electroshock.  While not definitive, it does seem hopeful.  We had asking the president/CEO of the Mayo Clinic to stop his organization from electroshocking David against his will on deck as the next action to take and Mr. Gottstein’s e-mail to Dr. Farrugia is in the comments below.  It is still okay to e-mail Dr. Farrugia, but with the thrust being they should indeed decide not to electroshock Mr. Russell and inform him so.  Dr. Farrugia’s e-mail address is probably Farrugia.gianrico@mayo.edu.


May 6, 2024, David Russell Alert Update:
Forced Electroshock Authorized

The court authorized the forced electroshocking of David Russell today.  We understand the lawyer did not present any evidence against electroshock to rebut the untruthful testimony of the doctor.  David’s statements about the harms were ignored, presumably as a product of his “mental illness,” i.e., that he was delusional in believing electroshock is harmful. There were at least eight people from MindFreedom who tried to attend the Zoom hearing, told they had been changed to observers but not let in.  There were probably more who haven’t informed Jim Gottstein.  If you are one of those people, you might drop in a comment below.   We are not giving up.


May 5, 2024, Update — Zoom Into Hearing?

The court hearing to authorize electroshocking David against his will is scheduled for 10:00 AM Central Time, Monday, May 6th.  We have found out it is going to be held by Zoom that one can join using ID Number 1613247575 and Pass Code 246968.  We don’t know if you will be thrown out if you join the Zoom, but it could have a salutary effect on the participants to know that people are watching what they are doing.   Court rules will generally not allow you to speak.  We don’t know if chat will be enabled.   If it is enabled, we know it will be hard to be civil in light of what they plan to do to David, but please be courteous and respectful in spite of that.  You can comment about your experience of and observations about the hearing at the bottom of this page.  Our system requires approval of comments so it may take a little while before it shows up.

It is conceivable they will cancel or postpone the court hearing at the last minute.  That is what happened Thursday when there was a retention hearing scheduled on whether to continue locking up David.  The last we heard, David has not been told of the reason for the delay.  Maybe his  appointed lawyer just agreed to have David continued to be locked up?  However, we don’t see anything to that effect on the docket sheet.


May 2, 2024, Update

David signed a release of information to provide information to James B. Gottstein, Esq., of the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights), but they won’t honor it, saying only his guardian can.  This is another reason to contact Mike Hanratty at Catholic Charities, David’s Guardian.  His phone number is 507-454-2270, and his e-mail address is mhanratty@ccsomn.org.  Jim Gottstein e-mailed Mr. Hanratty asking him to send him the Electroshock Petition and sign an Authorization for Release of Information to communicate with Jim.  This e-mail is in the comments below.  So, today’s action is to contact Mr. Hanratty and demand (respectfully) that he send Mr. Gottstein the Electroshock Petition and sign an Authorization for Release of Information.  His phone number is 507-454-2270, and his e-mail address is mhanratty@ccsomn.org.   You can post your e-mail and/or describe your phone conversation or voice mail in the comment section below.  Our system requires moderation so it may take a bit for your comment to show up.


May 1, 2024 Update

May 1, 2024. At this point, the prime suspect for who filed the Electroshock Petition is Rob Morgan, the psychiatrist in charge of David where he is locked up at the Mayo Clinic.  His e-mail address is Morgan.Robert@mayo.edu.  We don’t have his direct phone number, but Jim Gottstein was able to reach him by calling the Unit at (507) 255-5555 and asking for Dr. Morgan.  Dr. Morgan didn’t deny he had filed the Electroshock Petition and Jim asked him to withdraw it.  Jim then e-mailed him, which is posted in the comments below.

Please e-mail and/or call Dr. Morgan and ask him to withdraw or dismiss the Electroshock Petition.  While it is good to be firm and direct about the harm inflicted by Electroshock, please be respectful and courteous,.  You can then post what you e-mailed, or describe your phone call or voicemail, in the comments.  If you previously  contacted Catholic Charities and have yet to post what you did in the comments, you still can.  Speaking of Catholic Charities, as David’s Guardian, it should vehemently oppose the Electroshock Petition.  They should not be let off the hook even if they didn’t file the Electroshock Petition.  Mike Hanratty is the Program Director of the Catholic Charities guardianship program, his phone number is 507-454-2270, and his e-mail address is mhanratty@ccsomn.org.


April 30, 2024 Update

Catholic Charities denies it filed the Electroshock Petition and has been asked to vehemently oppose it and to identify who did.  See, the exchange in the comment by Jim Gottstein below.


Shield Alert: Stop David Russell
from being forcibly electroshocked

April 29, 2024.  David Russel is terrified.  He is currently a psychiatric prisoner at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and there is a court hearing scheduled for this coming Monday, May 6th, where they are on track to get a court order through a sham legal process to electroshock him against his will.  David is terrified because he saw another patient who was electroshocked who now can’t even talk.

They really have David boxed in, taking his rights away through a guardianship/conservatorship and assigning him the same lawyer in both cases, who does nothing on his behalf according to David and as far as we can tell.  Having a guardian means David is not allowed to make his own decisions, essentially putting him in the position of a small child with the guardian taking the place of his parents.  The Conservator has control of David’s assets, including his income and bank account.  David is an employed software engineer and the guardianship/conservatorship is absurd, bud sadly we see this all the time.

He is currently forced to take Zyprexa and has experienced the typical large weight gain associated with it.  Zyprexa also dramatically increases the risk of diabetes.  Previously, he was forced to take Risperdal, which has caused his breasts to swell up and lactate.  This is called gynecomastia and is a well-established consequence of taking Risperdal.

This is all terrible and it would be great for David to be freed, both physically from psychiatric incarceration and forced drugging, and from the guardianship, but right now he desperately wants to avoid being electroshocked.  We are still trying to find contact information for some of the people we would like to influence, but we do know Catholic Charities has been appointed guardian over David.  The person there who is making decisions about David’s life is Brittany Dannehy whose phone number is 507-454-2270 ext. 241 and e-mail address is bdannehy@ccsomn.org.  Mike Hanratty, is the Program Director of Catholic Charities’ euphemistically named Adult Advocacy Program and his phone number is 507-454-2270 and e-mail address is mhanratty@ccsomn.org.

David says he has not been given the electroshock petition, even though it is almost certainly legally required that he be given it.  We can’t know for sure, but the Minnesota statute about the Guardian’s Power (see § (c)(4)(ii)) says it is the Guardian who is to file a petition for electroshock, so it seems good to call and e-mail Ms. Dannehy and Mr. Hanratty demanding that they withdraw the petition for electroshocking David against his will.  Information on Electroshock is available here that might be useful in crafting e-mails or for phone calls.  What they are planning on doing to David is truly barbarous and the United Nations has determined it can constitute torture (see ¶ 14) so it is right to be angry, but still please be courteous and respectful.   If Catholic Charities did not file the Forced Electroshock Petition they can deny it and if so, should be asked who did.  :Please let us know.

You can leave comments below about steps you have taken and things you have learned and check back for updates.

134 Comments

  1. From Caitlin

    I tried calling (507) 255-5555 and asking to speak to Dr. Rob Morgan. They said that the guardian needs to sign a release of information in order for me to speak to the doctor. I asked if I could just pass a message a long to Dr. Rob. They said they need the ROI for that and “They take HIPAA very seriously” I calmly explained that I’m not asking to look at any Protected Health Information I just want to pass along the message. We basically were going in circles. I called two different staff people and got the same experience.

    Would tying up their phonelines be effective? Or would it have the opposite effect?

  2. For the love of God if you are trying to send electric shocks into someone’s brain take away their assets their right to freedom and all their will to live you are actually nothing more than advocates for the devil in my view.
    Catholic charities..how on earth or in heaven is this a charitable act towards a fellow human being in God’s name ..this is actual heresy as far as I am concerbed purportedly acting in the actual Good Name of God…how can you justify
    Love and wisdom and anything about goodness in taking away a man’s right to life liberty and freedom to think for himself?

    What profit is doing to “the Church” and in the guise of “charities ” in this day and age taking over people’s assets and gaining hefty guardianship fees along with with profitability in collaboration with big pharmaceutical companies, is wrong …institutions with cross purposes and ultimately systemic corruption of power and abusive systems of mankind that are destroying people’s lives.

    STOP torturing David Russell and I pray in the powerful Name of Jesus Christ for his immediate release and an end to the lies surrounding him perpetrated by others. I pray for the Armour of God and all the angels of Heaven to cease and quench all fiery darts by the Shield of Faith and that David Russell will be delivered from further persecution at the hands of the law and those that are falsifying reports to have him incarcerated as a psychiatric prisoner. I pray for sound minds and protection over all involved towards real wisdom and kindness without prejudice against anyone who is not able to express themselves at this time that the Spirit of Truth will preserve David’s sanity and save him from the terror he is already enduring because his life and brain and body are under threat. Please protect him! People before profit.

    David Russel is terrified. He is currently a psychiatric prisoner at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and there is a court hearing scheduled for this coming Monday, May 6th, where they are on track to get a court order through a sham legal process to electroshock him against his will.
    ELECTRIC SHOCK UNDER HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL IS ACTUALLY CONSIDERED TORTURE…WOULD A LOVING GOD CONDONE THIS? CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE SPANISH INQUISITION AS THE WORK OF A LOVING GOD OR A MANMADE TORTURE MACHINE?
    David is terrified because he saw another patient who was electroshocked who now can’t even talk.

    HOW CAN THIS BE JUSTIFIED?

    PSYCHIATRY IS A MAN MADE INVENTION SINCE NAZI AND WORLD WAR ONE ISNT IT… ANOTHER ATROCITY…WAR?

    Anyway despite the rant and rave this may be perceived as I am just going to end on please reconsider the implications of what this means for David if he is placed in an ongoing traumatizing situation where he hasn’t got choices on his healthcare at the very least . Make a stand for preserving his human rights

    I may not put this all into nice legalistic terminology for you but you know what ..Legalism is not what loving one another is about.
    Just ask Jesus!
    Kind regards
    Claire G in Australia

  3. Email to Brittany and Mike at Catholic Charities

    Hello,As a member of Mindfreedom I urge you as guardians of David Russell to take action to prevent the upcoming court hearing that would leave him vulnerable to forced electroshock treatment. You claim that your organization would never support someone undergoing electroshock therapy as a treatment. I ask you to stand by those words and withdraw the petition that is allowing this court . If it was not you who initiated this petition we ask that you authorize a release of information to allow David Russell to view said petition. Mayo Clinic is not allowing David himself to authorize the release of information and it requires the signature of a guardian. Mindfreedom is a community of survivors of abuse at the hands of psychiatry. We are currently trying to honor David’s wishes to stop his forced treatment of ECT. Without knowledge of who it was who initiated this petition it is difficult. We need your help in protecting David and we need you to sign an authorization for release of information. 
    We need your organization to honor the words on the homepage of your website 
    “Create a community and a world that honors the dignity of every human being”
    Sincerely
    Caitlin

  4. Dear Mr. Hanratty,

    The Roman Catholic Church teaches that a person may be required to refuse a medical intervention, including psychiatric treatment, if his or her informed conscience comes to this sure judgment. While the Catholic Church itself does not specifically prohibit the use of electroshock, the Church generally encourages the use of safe and effective treatment as a way of safeguarding personal and public health, and the body of evidence showing the extreme, capricious and irreversible adverse effects of electroshock should place this intervention outside those parameters. The following authoritative Church teachings demonstrate the principled religious basis on which a Catholic may determine that he or she ought to refuse certain somatic psychiatric treatment protocols:

    • Allopathic psychiatric somatic interventions are not morally obligatory in principle and so must be voluntary.

    • A person’s informed judgments about the proportionality of medical interventions are to be respected unless they contradict authoritative Catholic moral teachings.

    • A person is morally required to obey his or her sure conscience. A person may judge it wrong to receive certain treatments for a variety of reasons consistent with these teachings, and there is no authoritative Church teaching universally obliging anyone to receive any medical treatment. An individual may invoke Church teaching to refuse a medical intervention based on the Church’s teachings concerning therapeutic proportionality. Therapeutic proportionality is an assessment of whether the benefits of a medical intervention outweigh the undesirable side-effects and burdens in light of the integral good of the person, including spiritual, psychological, and bodily goods. It can also extend to the good of others and the common good, which likewise entail spiritual and moral dimensions and are not reducible to public health and safety. The judgment of therapeutic proportionality must be made by the person who is the potential recipient of the intervention in the concrete circumstances, not by medical professionals, courts of law, public health authorities or by other individuals who might judge differently in their own situations.

    At the core of the Church’s teaching are the first and last points listed above: allopathic psychiatric treatment interventions are not a universal obligation and a person must obey the judgment of his or her own informed and certain conscience. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs that following one’s conscience is following Christ Himself: In all he says and does, man is obliged to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right. It is by the judgment of his conscience that man perceives and recognizes the prescriptions of the divine law: “Conscience is a law of the mind; yet [Christians] would not grant that it is nothing more; . . . [Conscience] is a messenger of him, who, both in nature and in grace, speaks to us behind a veil, and teaches and rules us by his representatives. Conscience is the aboriginal Vicar of Christ.” Therefore, if a Catholic comes to an informed and sure judgment in conscience that he or she should not receive a vaccine, then the Catholic Church requires that the person follow this certain judgment of conscience and refuse the vaccine. The Catechism is clear: “Man has the right to act in conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. ‘He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters.’”

    Based on these teachings of the Catholic Church, please support David Russell’s wishes to deny electroshock treatment.

    Thank you,

    Amy Smith

    Olney Springs, Colorado

    NOTES

    Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), “Note on the Morality of Using Some Anti-COVID-19 Vaccines,” December 17, 2020, n. 5: “At the same time, practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.”

    See United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, 6th ed. (Washington, DC: USCCB Publishing, 2018), n. 28. Hereafter “ERDs.”

    “A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.” Catechism of the Catholic Church (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1993), http://www.vatican.va, n. 1790. Hereafter “CCC.” 5See ERDs, nn. 32-33; nn. 56-57; Part Three, Introduction, para. 2; Part Five, Introduction, para. 3. 6See ERDs, nn. 56-57. Both of these directives state that the proportionality of medical interventions is established “in the patient’s judgment.” 7 CCC, n. 1777, citing John Henry Cardinal Newman, “Letter to the Duke of Norfolk,” V, in Certain Difficulties felt by Anglicans in Catholic Teaching II (London: Longmans Green, 1885), 248. 8CCC, n. 1782, citing Second Vatican Council, Dignitatis humanae, December 7, 1965, n. 3.

  5. From: Jim Gottstein [mailto:jim.gottstein@psychrights.org]
    Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2024 7:11 AM
    To: MHanratty@ccsomn.org
    Cc: jim.gottstein@psychrights.org; David Russell; Morgan.Robert@mayo.edu
    Subject: David Russell Electroshock Petition

    Dear Mr. Hanratty,

    Yesterday David signed an Authorization for Release of Information to provide me with information but Medical Records won’t honor it, saying only the guardian can authorize release of his records. Please sign an Authorization for Release of Information in favor of James B. Gottstein, Esq., for all documents and authorize personnel to provide me with information. Urgently, though, I need to see the Electroshock Petition, which I can’t imagine isn’t in your possession. Please immediately e-mail it back to me or fax it to (xxx) xxx-xxxx.

    Sadly, we have not yet been able to interest the media in David’s plight, but him being put in the same sort of trap that Britney Spears was may be enough to get them interested.

    Sincerely,

    James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq.
    President/CEO

    Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
    406 G Street, Suite 206
    Anchorage, Alaska 99501 USA
    (907) 274-7686
    https://psychrights.org

    The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock. We are further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging interventions against their will. Due to the massive psychiatric drugging of children and youth, PsychRights has made attacking this problem a priority. Children are virtually always forced to take these drugs because it is the adults in their lives who are making the decision. This is a national tragedy of immense proportions. PsychRights is seeking sufficient funding to increase its impact. See, Getting to the Next Level.

  6. Dear Dr. Morgan,

    Please do not force David Russsell to undergo ECT.

    I am the director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, and I work to provide accurate information to people with mental health conditions.

    ECT is an extremely controversial procedure that has caused life-changing harm to many. It involves serious risks. In fact, many people believe that it has destroyed their lives.

    The risks—permanent amnesia and permanent deficits in cognitive abilities—have been confirmed by researchers such as Dr. Harold Sackeim, a well-known proponent of ECT, whose 2006 study in Neuropsychopharmacology (www.nature.com/npp/journal/v32/n1/full/1301180a.html) concludes: “This study provides the first evidence in a large, prospective sample that adverse cognitive effects can persist for an extended period, and that they characterize routine treatment with ECT in community settings.”

    Psychiatrist Daniel B. Fisher, MD, PhD, testified before the FDA when the agency was contemplating moving ECT equipment from Class III to Class II; this reclassification subsequently took place. Here is a link to Dr. Fisher’s testimony: https://power2u.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/OralRemarksToFDA-1.27.11.pdf

    There is an abundance of information about the dangers involved in ECT at this link: https://psychrights.org/Research/Digest/Electroshock/electroshock.htm

    The World Health Organization and the United Nations are in agreement on this important point: “International human rights standards clarify that ECT without consent violates the right to physical and mental integrity and may constitute torture and ill-treatment. People being offered ECT should also be made aware of all its risks and potential short- and long-term harmful effects, such as memory loss and brain damage.” This quote appears on numbered page 58 of the document at the link below:
    https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240080737

    David Russell is already aware of the harmful effects of ECT. By eliminating the electroshock petition, you would be doing him a great service!

  7. TO Mr. Rob Morgan, nobody deserves to be electric Shocked, for what? His Parent Died, That right there is debilitating , He has Grief , Please let the Young Man go, Release him, Grieving the loss of a Parent or a Wife has nothing to do with mental Illness, Its grief, We loved our Wife for so many Years, and then they got sick, organs didn’t work, and they passed, we are left with a empty spot to deal with, a Void that is nothingless, until we do figure out how to deal with this Heavy Loss. Please All Of Humanity is asking you to Release this Young Man, for he did Nothing Wrong. Thank you,

  8. I sent an email to Rob Morgan, David’s psychiatrist this morning.

    Dear Dr. Morgan,

    I am a volunteer with the human rights group MindFreedom International, which also works with the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights). I am writing in concern for the wellbeing of Mr. David Russell, who is being detained against his will and receiving forced treatment, including upcoming scheduled electroshock. He says he does not want this.

    You have already been contacted by Jim Gottstein, a human rights attorney, as well as MindFreedom volunteers, who have cited the many problems with electroshock, including the United Nations conclusion that electroshock can constitute torture in violation of International Law. See: https://psychrights.org/research/digest/Electroshock/160325PsychRightsCTIPElectroshockLtr.pdf

    I would like to bring to your attention financial conflicts of interest that may be at play. As reported in the government accountability website Open Payments Data, your hospital, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, has received nearly $6 million in general and research payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies in 2022 alone. Since this governmental database was launched in 2016, it’s recorded over $44 million in general and research payments. (Data taken from https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/hospital/240010).

    I’m not stating that you personally are at fault or in any way involved in this conflict of interest. My point is that the system is rigged. But you do have the power to stop further damage to Mr. Russell.

    Due to the financial conflicts at the Mayo Clinic, it’s not surprising that instead of non-drug alternatives, Mr. Russell has been force-treated with antipsychotics, the side effects which are likely causing him to decompensate. As Dr. Martin Harrow found in his studies, people who stopped taking these drugs had far better outcomes than those who stayed on them. And Dr. Loren Mosher’s research, which was done through the NIMH, showed that people with severe mental illness did better with minimal to zero drug treatment, preferring specially designed psychosocial care in an unlocked residence. Both of these studies are reported on here by journalist Robert Whitaker: https://www.madinamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/The-Case-Against-Antipsychotics.pdf

    Please note Mr. Whitaker is not some fringe or conspiracy-theorist blogger. He reports on psychiatry’s own medical studies. You can see his awards in journalism, science, and medical ethics here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Whitaker_(author)#Awards_and_honors

    In light of the United Nations conclusions, the financial conflicts of interest, the non-medical alternatives that have much better outcomes, and Mr. Russell’s own wishes, I am asking that you withdraw or dismiss the Electroshock Petition.

    Sincerely,

    Pat Corekin

    MindFreedom Int. Volunteer

  9. Sending an email to Dr. Morgan this morning:

    Hi Dr. Morgan
    I am writing to you as a concerned community member urging you to immediately withdraw the electroshock petition submitted for your patient David Russell. David Russell deserves the basic human respect of consenting or not consenting to what medical procedures he undergoes — especially when it is a procedure that the UN considers to be torture in some circumstances.

    I urge you to work in collaboration with David to find a treatment plan that he consents to and which does not involve barbaric and torturous measures.

    Best,
    Annie Singer

  10. Dear Dr. Morgan,

    Please do not force David Russsell to undergo ECT.

    I am the director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, and I work to provide accurate information to people with mental health conditions.

    ECT is an extremely controversial procedure that has caused life-changing harm to many. It involves serious risks. In fact, many people believe that it has destroyed their lives.

    The risks—permanent amnesia and permanent deficits in cognitive abilities—have been confirmed by researchers such as Dr. Harold Sackeim, a well-known proponent of ECT, whose 2006 study in Neuropsychopharmacology (www.nature.com/npp/journal/v32/n1/full/1301180a.html) concludes: “This study provides the first evidence in a large, prospective sample that adverse cognitive effects can persist for an extended period, and that they characterize routine treatment with ECT in community settings.”

    Psychiatrist Daniel B. Fisher, MD, PhD, testified before the FDA when the agency was contemplating moving ECT equipment from Class III to Class II; this reclassification subsequently took place. Here is a link to Dr. Fisher’s testimony: https://power2u.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/OralRemarksToFDA-1.27.11.pdf

    There is an abundance of information about the dangers involved in ECT at this link: https://psychrights.org/Research/Digest/Electroshock/electroshock.htm

    The World Health Organization and the United Nations are in agreement on this important point: “International human rights standards clarify that ECT without consent violates the right to physical and mental integrity and may constitute torture and ill-treatment. People being offered ECT should also be made aware of all its risks and potential short- and long-term harmful effects, such as memory loss and brain damage.” This quote appears on numbered page 58 of the document at the link below:
    https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240080737

    David Russell is already aware of the harmful effects of ECT. By eliminating the electroshock petition, you would be doing him a great service!

    If you would like to discuss this further, please email me at susan.rogers.advocacy@gmail.com.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Susan Rogers, Director
    National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
    https://www.mhselfhelp.org/

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