ISEPP 2014 International Annual Mental Health Conference: Transforming Mad Science and Re-imagining Mental Health Care

Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 14-16, 2014

David Healy, M.D. to present at the ISEPP 2014 Conference

Posted by Maria Mangicaro


Now in its 17th year, the ISEPP annual conference is known for attracting distinguished speakers and researchers from around the world who share their unique experiences, perspectives and impassioned call for mental health advocacy.

David Healy, M.D., author of Pharmageddon will be among the 2014 ISEPP conference presenters.

Pharmageddon is the story of a tragedy

aaaaaaaaaaIn 1962 a sleeping pill called thalidomide caused a horrific drug disaster whose emblematic images of limbless and handicapped babies born to distraught mothers linger to this day.The United States Congress swung into action. They wanted to prevent such a tragedy happening again. They were also determined to rein in the marketing excesses of the pharmaceutical industry.Three steps were taken.


First, new drug development was rewarded with product rather than process patents. Second, new drugs were made available on a prescription only basis. Third, new drugs had to prove they worked through controlled trials before they could be marketed.

In 1962 it looked like these steps would make for safer and more effective drugs and ultimately reduced healthcare costs.

In 1962 it looked like these steps would make for safer
and more effective drugs and reduced healthcare costs.

On the 50th anniversary of the 1962 FDA bill enacted by Congress, Pharmageddon shows how these very arrangements have led to an escalating number of drug induced death and injury, how in some areas of medicine drug induced death is the commonest form of death, and how the costs of treating these problems exceed the costs of the entire drugs budget.

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Published on Mar 21, 2012
Pharmageddon: Cardiff University psychiatrist Dr. David Healy says evidence-based medicine and industry-controlled drug trials are leading to an over reliance and unnecessary treatment by prescription. As part of TVO 19s Mental Health Matters coverage, he joins Steve Paikin to detail what he sees as the growing pharmaceuticalization of medicine.


4 comments on “David Healy, M.D. to present at the ISEPP 2014 Conference

  1. JANA
    September 23, 2014

    is zoplicone also bad sleep medecine? What can be alternative one?

    • isepp
      September 23, 2014

      Hi Jana,

      there are many alternatives for insomnia, have your medical doctor check for underlying conditions.

      Many individuals have found help through acupuncture/products at health food stores/massage therapists/chiropractic/yoga/meditation, there is a lot of information out there

      • JANA
        September 23, 2014

        The main problem is major depression and had 19 ect.
        i tried tumeric yestoday. i feel a bit lifted up? Little miracle. How much tumeric should i have daliy as read a study to consume for 4-6 wees to see signficant effects. is that true? Jana

      • isepp
        September 24, 2014

        Hi Jana,

        My husband and I both have been taking Curamin for pain from inflammation and it’s been working great. I didn’t realize it but it probably has been helping us sleep better too.

        Curamin is a more potent form of turmeric. Your local health food store should have info on it

        Also what helps me sleep is an ice pack on my neck for 15 minutes. I think it helps bring blood to the brain

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