Doxycycline and Stephen O’Neill

May, 20, 2020 | 8 Comments


  1. Thank you for this Masterclass in the preparation and presentation of EXPERT Medico-legal,

    We read, and listen to so much ‘evidence-debased medicine’.

  2. The ‘Jungle’ of the ‘SS’ …

    A touch of Mowgli..

    Instead, the coroner ruled (using an anachronistic phrase not often heard nowadays) that Stephen

    “took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.”

    ‘unless the medication she was put on disturbed the balance of her mind. But what does ‘disturb the balance of your mind’ mean?

    Editorial note: In 1962, Sylvia Plath committed suicide a week after going on phenelzine, an antidepressant. She had two young children, making her death close to inexplicable – unless the medication she was put on disturbed the balance of her mind. But what does ‘disturb the balance of your mind’ mean?

    In this account, another Sylvia put on doxycycline gives one of the best accounts there is of how easy it can be to slip away. Several weeks ago a RxISK story outlined the data linking doxycycline to suicide. This account is certain to make that data seem much more terrifying.

    “It’s frightening to think that a tablet I take for acne can make me want to take my own life. It’s even more frightening that I nearly didn’t make the connection.”

    In 2013, Dr David Healy published a list of “Drugs that can trigger and cause suicide or homicide”

    Anti-Infectives: Mefloquine [aka Lariam]; Doxycyline [Doryx]; D-cycloserine [Seromycin]; Fluoroquinolones [Levaquin, Cipro]; Oseltamivir [Tamiflu].

    “The experience wasn’t fatal in my case, but others haven’t been so lucky.”

    Stephen’s voice called the SS – the Secrets of Seroxat and the Secrets of Sertraline – the doctors were flailing around … with behavioural toxicity

    …following a course of doxycycline. …

  3. My first experience of akathisia was from one tablet of Sertraline and one tablet of Nytol. Within hours was in an horrific state that I couldn’t explain with words. In the early hours I was in the A&E of a local hospital pacing everywhere – a junior doctor tapped both my knees and then told me there was nothing wrong with me and that she would write to my GP and discharged me. That letter got me a visit from a psychiatrist, nurse and social worker more psych drugs and a decent into utter horror and vile abuse in a psych ‘hospital’ which went on for a year. I later discovered that both Sertaline and valerian – found in Nytol – inhibit/block important CYP450 enzymes. And if you think it’s over when you are finally discharged think again, you are never free of psych. You are now primed for further bouts unless you are very very careful. It’s not just a question of staying off psych drugs – ofcourse you can’t do that if a psychiatrist get’s hold of you, you’re getting the drugs. You have to be very aware of any stresses and situations that can cause anxiety to become an issue.

  4. If the harm done by antidepressants were acknowledged by coroners etc. it would undermine social control. Those not conforming (e.g. social behaviour or taking time off work) are treated with the sledgehammer of drugs because it’s the quickest way to control behaviour. The ‘mental health’ system (including GPs) is about power, not health (the deceit of the medical language-‘health’ ‘diagnosis’ ‘treatment’ regarding emotional distress/ behaviour is Kafkaesque).Victims of the system are ‘heads on sticks’ to keep the rest of society in line. (That industries and professions feed off them is secondary). The individual and understanding real causes of distress/behaviour is irrelevant.
    To control behaviour, victims are degraded by ‘diagnosis’ (not diagnosis at all and unscientific) which involves ignoring real causes of distress and lying (the lie of the ‘chemical imbalance’ in psychiatry and the lie in clinical psychology about causal false beliefs) which means the person is seen as having no agency and should not be listened to or believed. (Despite no proper mental capacity assessments ever taking place). Assessment information is distorted to fit with these erroneous theories of cause. Since no one wants the shame of such (loaded) diagnoses, the latter serve as an effective deterrent for those who may stop conforming. These false diagnoses are used to coerce patients into taking drugs. Drugs are ‘chemical straightjackets’ for emotions/behaviour but also serve to invalidate (punish) consideration of real but inconvenient causes of distress. For the depressed, being emotionally numb does not prevent them working (but does prevent any agency in addressing real causes of original distress). In the mental health system coercion ultimately takes, in the case of confinement (sans legal rights), the form of ‘psychiatric rape’ – see psychiatrist Thomas Szasz) – clearly punitive. Psychiatrists know drugs harm, continuing to coerce when drugs are clearly causing e.g. heart problems (GPs are involved in this) so they are unlikely to be concerned about akathisia. (It is not just that acknowledging side effects would remove power to use drugs – side-effects are also part of the punishment/deterrent). In ‘hospitals’ akathisia controls social behaviour by increasing focus on its torture, so making people less challenging about their inhumane treatment – so doctors ignore it. Pacing associated with akathisia is like a ‘tarring and feathering’ (patients look ‘mad’ after taking medication, not before)-for some psychiatrists this is just part of the punishment. Even if treatment is provided for akathisia it’s only to persuade the person to keep taking the offending medication (although persuasion is little used before force). If the person manages to stop medication, the treatment for akathisia is immediately withdrawn, despite the evidence that akathisia persists. These attitudes from the mental health system pervade GP practice.
    Guidelines, by omitting side effects help deceive the public that their emotional wellbeing and health matters.
    It is the myth of mental illness and how this serves powerful groups- state, employers etc by justifying the use of punitive measures as the most effective and efficient form of social control that needs to be challenged. Maybe the state’s response to coronavirus will help people realise that their health per se is irrelevant and that the mental health system /GPs threaten us all.

  5. The easy life
    The wealthy life
    of The Coroner under Pharmagods of Prey.

    What about those lovely people, old and young…Pharmagods of Prey do not care.
    They try to justify their prescribed poisons and devalue the beautiful people now gone.

    How dare they!

    The Pharma Industry like Psychiatry is an Industry…
    Would one put some tainted oil into their car…No…But it seems to be OK for doctors to prescribe toxic drugs to human beings…
    Pharmagods of Prey are interested ONLY in their profit margins…

    Rest in Peace the Lost Souls as your realise now that the drugs do exactly what it says on the Pack ‘Suicide Ideation’.

    Governments need to wake up to Protect the vulnerable…but will they as Pharma Colonies take control everywhere!

  6. David – this describes changes have been made since the cases you documented in 2011 – is there any hope for optimism resulting from the regulation 28 report in the last case you have described -as it happened after 2015? (There are examples of reports andoutcomes on this site)

    Re What Do You Know’ historic FOI requests…………..
    ‘As you may be aware from 1 April 2015 CQC is the lead enforcement body for health
    and safety incidents in the health and social care sector
    Regulation 28 of the Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013 gives Coroners a
    power to issue a prevention of future death report during but most commonly at the
    conclusion of an inquest.
    Regulation 28 Reports (R28 Reports) are issued by Coroners when the Coroner
    remains concerned that, despite evidence given by witnesses including the registered
    provider, similar incidents could reoccur.
    A R28 Report is not a record of historic concerns related to the death; it is a court
    record of current serious concerns. R28 Reports contain important and credible
    intelligence for CQC. They must be taken seriously as these reports are about risk
    and inform our management of risk.
    R28 Reports are not exclusive to deaths in the health and social care sector but apply to
    all inquests.

    • Suzanne

      Don’t hold your breath – there have been lots of Regulation 28 reports about Antidepressants that get dismissed with a phrase like the wonderful MHRA are keeping all this under active review.


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