The Florida Senate Health Regulation committee is meeting tomorrow Febuary 21, 2007 to consider a bill to ban Shock Treatment on kids under 18 in Florida. You can see the full bill here: http://tinyurl.com/2rvj2n
Please e-mail Senator Atwater, Chairman of the committee and cc the Senate committee members. Tell the Senators to vote YES on Senate Bill 112. (e-mail addresses provided below)
If you know any health care professionals who can testify against shock treatment or victims of shock treatment who want to speak out, please contact Lee Sheldon, firstname.lastname@example.org
How Electric Shock "Works"
1. The patient is injected with an anesthetic to block out pain and a muscle relaxant to shut down muscular activity and prevent spinal fractures.
2. Electrodes are placed on the temples bilaterally (from one side of the brain to the other) or unilaterally (front to back on one side of the brain).
3. A rubber gag is placed in the mouth to keep teeth from breaking or patients from biting their tongues.
4. Between 180 and 480 volts of electricity are sent searing through the brain.
5. To meet the brain’s demand for oxygen, blood flow to the brain can increase as much as 400%. Blood pressure can increase 200%. Under normal conditions, the brain uses a blood-brain barrier to keep itself healthy against harmful toxins and foreign substances. With electroshock, harmful substances “leak” from blood vessels into the brain tissue, causing swelling. Nerve cells die. Cellular activity is altered. The physiology of the brain is altered.
6. The results are memory loss, confusion, loss of space and time orientation and even death.
7. Most patients are given a total of six to 12 shocks, one a day, three times a week.
Ask the foremost psychiatrists and they have no explanation to justify why or how their “treatment” works. It is literally as scientific as sticking one’s head in a light socket. Do it often enough and you will become disoriented, confused, lose your memory or even die. Same result as ECT.
Texas, California, Colorado, Louisiana have passed similar laws. South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah have imposed limitations;
ECT is prohibited by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. However, it has been documented that ECT has been given to 15, 16, and 17 year old girls paid by Medicaid in Florida (your tax dollars) over the last 5 years.
“Recent studies suggest that verbal learning decreased by a mean of 50% immediately after a completed course of ECT as compared with pre-ECT verbal learning scores.”—National Association for the Mentally Ill-Santa Cruz County, CA website
“There are no indications for the use of ECT on minors, and hence this should be prohibited by legislation.”
World Health Organization Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights, and Legislation, 2005
Senator Atwater, Chair: email@example.com
Senate Health Regulation committee members:
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