Welcome to Data Based Medicine

January, 12, 2012 | 19 Comments


  1. This is absolutely great news, David, not only for all of us followers of your outstanding work, but also for the entire medical community (and beyond!)

    I have hope and faith that these initiatives will contribute to a most necessary turn in the History of Medicine, for the sake of all.

    Thank you and best of lucks,

    Psychiatrist (Chile)

  2. […] Although SSRI Stories only features cases which have appeared in the media, starting March 2012 there will be a Website:  http://www.rxisk.org/ which will allow personal stories to appear in a different Website from SSRI Stories.  This is the work of Dr. David Healy  https://davidhealy.org/welcome-to-data-based-medicine  […]

  3. THANK YOU. The website ssristories.com literally saved my life. I was going through the suicidal thoughts, so i quit, then I had a psychotic withdrawal. All before the “black box warning” was in place, so I could not get any doctor to treat me like I was having a reaction to the drug, even though I KNEW that was the problem. (I did clinical research for Ely Lily in my career.) The ONLY place I could find confirmation of what I knew was happening to me was that website, and it literally kept me fighting when my own brain was trying to kill me.
    I am very excited to see this being taken to the next level. I cannot thank you enough, and I KNOW you will save lives by this effort.

  4. Hello, I am trying to find out how I can get help for my son, who has been on two anti psychotic drugs for some time (clozapine tablets 700mg daily and a fortnightly injection of clopixil) he has started experiencing a strange side effect about two months ago it started, which I have discovered is called ‘ocular gyric crisis. I notified his careers and they have told his doctor and key worker over a month ago, but nothing has been done to change his medication. It is my belief that he is on too much medication and that he is a poor metaboliser, and a lot of his symptoms and health problems stem from being over medicated. I feel that his health is in danger. If you or anyone would like to reply to me via my private email address, with any advice I would be happy to hear from you. Sincerely Karen Thorpe

  5. […] are unsupported or injurious to the reputation of its product, as happened to Prescrire. (See also Welcome to Data Based Medicine). It is against this background that I am saying that antidepressants such as Cymbalta or Pristiq or […]

  6. Hello David. I am surprised I haven’t found you before today, as I tend to do a lot of internet research into healthiness. But now we are meeting. That is good. I run two blogs that are in many ways related to your stated mission, and in some ways, very different. The two sites are http://personalhealthfreedom.blogspot.com/ and http://healthicine.org/

    Our goals are similar, but my strategy is different. I believe we need a new point of view.

    The medical systems, the medical paradigms, the medical doctors and researchers use a medical technique to focus their energy on a medical issue – usually creating a ‘drug’ solution, with medical side effects.

    I believe we need to use a health paradigm, from a healthiness viewpoint, to research healthiness and ways to improve healthiness. Along the way we will learn that healthiness has symptoms, and side effects too. But today, healthiness is missing…

    I call this Healthicine: the arts and sciences of health and healthiness.

    maybe we can work on this together?

    to your health, tracy
    Founder, healthicine.org

  7. While I am in agreement with the accumulating data on the topic of violent adverse reactions – is there also data on how much comparable violence occurs that is NOT associated with adverse drug reactions? Seems that for a really tight case there needs to be that side of the story also??

  8. I have taken Prozac and had absolutely no bad effects from it. In fact, I first took Prozac in 1988 and was on it for 3 years during a period of very dark depression. Prozac is not a diazapam which means it is not a mood elevator. Very slowly over a period of about a month I realized I was feeling less depressed, more in control of my thoughts, more in control of my emotions and by the end of the second month I was no longer depressed, I was happy, I was enjoying my life again. I was going to a clinical psychologist as well, and with the help of Prozac gained a new perspective. I stayed on it for over a year, slowly withdrew and periodically when I feel myself spiraling down the black hole of depression again I schedule an appointment to see my doctor and when I am taking Prozac I have to schedule a monthly appointment with him or he will not prescribe it. I do not believe that children and teens should be prescribed drugs because they are a little hyper. My brother was the original hyper kid and my parents nearly went nuts raising him but he turned out great. On the other hand, his son was given drugs and he is not okay today. He is in his 40s and he still needs drugs to deal with his problems. I was helped by Prozac and think it saved my life when I was constantly thinking about ending it. It is not for everyone however, and doctors who prescribe these drugs for the first time to a patient should keep the patient under close supervision, such as scheduling monthly or more frequent appointments and getting the pharmacy to refuse to dispense the drugs to the patients who ignore appointments.

  9. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/begin-research-corelation-between-shootings-and-anti-depressantsssris/TJJGc6NT

    Me and my daughter both had psychotic thoughts after being put on anti-depressants. She had been the victim of a school hostage/ shooting situation. I was recovering from the abuse of one of my children by my husband. Both of us felt the impulse to take a gun or knife and kill people. We immediately stopped taking ( zoloft, and prozac) and never before or since has this happened to us again.
    We think that they need to look hard at the current medicines used to treat emotional trauma, and maybe consider softer and less dangerous alternatives such as St. Johns Wort and cognitive therapy. Please guys we need help. I have never tried to get signatures on anything. How do I start?

  10. I have a client who had a seizure due to the drugs he was prescribed by 5 different doctors with no one communicating…he went to the hospital…they release him to only take out one drug and put him on another…that is making him more manic then he already is…and the pain in his legs and the open heart surgery drugs…
    I chewed the ER doctors good saying “well it’s no surprise with all the CRAP he is on” and literally ordered them to check on the vitamin and mineral levels, MRI, CAT…
    Now he is suicidal and I left work not knowing if he will eat a gun for dinner instead of supper…good little guy…66…5’2…Grumpy Old Men…funny most of the time…
    Any suggestions? I am trying to get him into a husband-wife psychiatrist team to get him into DETOX – and he wants to go – so I hope it works for him…
    They need to stop doping up Gran pa and Gran ma for God’s Sakes…sorry for venting folks but this really pisses me off…
    I got some books from another husband-wife team “Rare Earths – Forbidden Cures” and the handbooks…talks about what our bodies need to keep in sync and the problems with some of the pharmaceuticals dispensed…interesting read…
    Well send me suggestion if you have them and I printed the page for him to read tomorrow…link him to the site so he can tell his story…in it’s entirety…

  11. What a fantastic illuminating ( thanks for that word) article David—-thanks so much. I especially like this statement because its so true and so well said—

    “companies and doctors are now using trial data, or the lack of it, as a drunk uses a lamppost — for support rather than illumination” —
    Brilliant- Paints the picture perfectly.

    just like unnecessary and oppressive– long term forced drugging —

  12. “103 “Healy long term strategy.
    Just last Thursday Healy was quoted in a Cincinnati paper saying Prozac causes violence and suicide…X has asked that we go back to legal and determine if we can sue Healy under UK law.””

    Hmm, looks like a pretty major paranoid hallucination there. You need to start taking your meds again David!

  13. I am a long time schizophrenic and user of anti psychotics and am currently on a psychiatric ward! I have the proud description of “Survivor” to add to my lifelong struggle within psychiatric “Care”. And find I continue to protest fighting in my little world against a system of coercion in medicating and misguided concepts of the madness I find I have suffered with all my life! My current diagnosis is that of schizoaffective disorder which describes my symptoms as partially schizophrenic and partially bi polar these two labelings I personally reject! With a view to my release I allowed them to dose me with Depakote and the impact on my body and mind was horrific! I felt in myself I was being poisoned and I thought deeply about death and ending my life soon. I refused it came to and now will not take any oral medication whatsoever! But I have no choice but to allow them to inject me with Haldol Deconaote and am given 78mg a week! The withdrawals I am expecting will be horrific once being reduced and I know that it is actually harming my brain! I meet people every day who have been prescribed these toxins and would advise don’t ever allow them into your body ever! There are no quick fixes for the consequences of traumatic events in your life! Or for that matter madness!

  14. Thank you Dr Healy, thank you for being “trouble”.

    I remembered Aldous Huxley’s 1962’s lecture in California:

    “”And it is of course true that pharmacologists are producing a great many new wonder drugs where the cure is almost worse than the disease. Every year the new edition of medical textbooks contains a longer and longer chapter of what are Iatrogenic diseases, that is to say diseases caused by doctors (laughter} And this is quite true, many of the wonder drugs are extremely dangerous. I mean they can produce extraordinary effects, and in critical conditions they should certainly be used, but they should be used with the utmost caution. But there is evidently a whole class of drugs effecting the CNS which can produce enormous changes in sedation in euphoria in energizing the whole mental process without doing any perceptible harm to the human body, and this presents to me the most extraordinary revolution. In the hands of a dictator these substances in one kind or the other could be used with, first of all, complete harmlessness*, and the result would be, you can imagine a euphoric that would make people thoroughly happy even in the most abominable circumstances.””…
    The Youtube video has the lecture:
    Have a nice weekend.

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