Kelly Hyman Named Top Class Action Lawsuit Attorney

Kelly Hyman Attorney

Attorney Kelly Hyman named among top 25 class action trial lawyers.

DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, June 21, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Following news of her recently received, highly prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the third year running, attorney Kelly Hyman has subsequently also been named as one of the top 25 class action trial lawyers in Colorado by The National Trial Lawyers, a professional organization of leading U.S. trial attorneys. A native Floridian now settled in Denver, Hyman offers a closer look at both accolades.

"The organization, The National Trial Lawyers, is comprised of premier trial lawyers from across the United States," explains Hyman, "who exemplify superior qualifications as either criminal defense or civil plaintiff lawyers."

An AV Preeminent rating, meanwhile, is a designation trusted worldwide by buyers of legal services, according to the award-winning attorney.

"I'm immensely pleased with both the recognition from The National Trial Lawyers, and my renewed, highest-possible AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which I've now held for three consecutive years," adds Hyman, an attorney at Denver, Colorado-based Franklin D. Azar & Associates focused on class action lawsuits and mass tort litigation.

An avid industry speaker, Kelly Hyman regularly provides legal analysis for shows such as Fox News, and Fox and Friends, and has appeared on Kansas' Jiggy Jaguar radio show. "The show boasts more than 12,000 daily listeners and centers on issues which the mainstream media is not currently covering," she explains.

Hyman has also appeared on Issues and Ideas with Chris DeBellow, known for its expertly presented current events coverage, and The Whistleblower with Mychal Wilson, a weekly, nonpartisan political radio show widely available to stream online.

In her work, attorney Kelly Hyman is heavily concentrated on mass tort litigation, a civil action involving numerous plaintiffs against one or more defendants in either state or federal court.

A graduate of UCLA and the University of Florida College of Law, Kelly Hyman is an attorney at Franklin D. Azar & Associates in Denver, Colorado, focused on class action lawsuits. A staunch advocate for social justice and women's issues whose other interests include current events, voting rights, female empowerment, and the entertainment industry, Kelly Hyman—who previously enjoyed a successful career as an actress for more than two decades between California and New York—is married to judge Paul Hyman, Jr.

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AAS Applauds House for Passing Bill Funding Gun Violence Research

As a survivor of loss to suicide by firearm, I know that countless others will benefit from legislators treating gun violence like the public health crisis that it is.”

— Erin Dunkerly

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, June 20, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) joins EFSGV, CSGV, Brady, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Giffords, in applauding the House of Representatives for voting in favor of allotting $50 million to NIH and the CDC for research on gun violence prevention.

"The gun lobby has prevented scientists from fully understanding gun violence and developing life saving interventions for 20 years. Today's vote is an enormous step forward. Nearly two out of every three American gun deaths is a suicide death and more than half of all American suicide deaths are gun deaths,” says Michael Anestis, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and Co-Chair of AAS’s Firearm and Suicide Committee. "Today’s vote is thus vital progress for suicide prevention.”

It now falls on the Senate to vote in favor of these funds and AAS hopes they will not only demonstrate the leadership and integrity inherent in choosing to do so, but also that they will ensure that suicide remains at the forefront of all conversations regarding how best to allocate these funds.

"I applaud the House for moving forward on providing vital, long overdue funding for this research,” says Erin Dunkerly, attorney and Co-Chair of the AAS Firearms and Suicide Committee. “As a survivor of loss to suicide by firearm, I know that countless others will benefit from legislators treating gun violence like the public health crisis that it is."

For the Media: Responsible reporting on suicide, including stories of hope and resilience, can prevent more suicides. Visit the Suicide Reporting Recommendations for more information.

About AAS: Founded in 1968 by Edwin S. Shneidman, PhD, AAS promotes the research of suicide and its prevention, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention. You can learn more about AAS at www.suicidology.org.

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New IDSAF and NIA research grants will speed Alzheimer’s microbe hunt, says Dr. Leslie Norins of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest

An image of the brain, whichis devastated by Alzheimer's disease

The brain is devastated by Alzheimer’s disease

New research grants will allow inveigationofmany clues germs might trigger Alzheimer's disease

The actions of these prestigious funders show that investigation of germs in Alzheimer's can no longer be ignored.”

— Leslie Norins, MD, PhD

NAPLES, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 20, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The half-million dollars in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research grants recently announced by the Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation, and the possibly millions of dollars of “high priority” grants now offered by the National Institute on Aging to study infectious agents in AD, are a “welcome affirmation” of the need to investigate more thoroughly the possible roles of germs in triggering AD, says Leslie Norins, MD, PhD, CEO of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest, Inc.

“This new funding from these two authorities will help alleviate a severe shortage of research grants to follow up many promising leads that viruses, bacteria and other pathogens are involved in AD,” says Dr. Norins. He urges scientists with microbiological talents to apply.

Strangely, he says, several AD advocacy groups appear to still be ignoring microbes, and continue to channel their research grant monies almost exclusively to the traditional topics of amyloid plaques and tau tangles. Dr. Norins attributes this to a lack of infectious diseases experts on their policy and grant review committees.

Dr. Norins also points to a recent article in ALZFORUM, which reported that an anti-viral medication administered to fight hepatitis C might also reduce the later development of Parkinson’s disease. It said, “[This] supports emerging evidence that infections contribute to neurodegeneration.” Dr. Norins reminds, “AD, like Parkinson’s, is a leading neurodegenerative disease.”

Alzheimer’s Germ Quest is a public benefit corporation, headquartered in Naples. Florida. It is self-funded, and neither solicits nor accepts outside donations. Its mission is to accelerate and deepen research into the possibility that a microbiological agent triggers AD. It is the sponsor of the $1 million Challenge Award for the scientist who proves an infectious organism is the cause of AD. Recently, it launched a $100,000 hunt for the world’s first provable case of spontaneous cure of AD.

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Keynote Speakers Will Join Thousands to Support Firm Policy on Iran

Keynote speakers; Hon. Bill Richardson, former New Mexico Governor; General John “Jack” Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), will address the rally via video from Europe.”

— OIAC

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 19, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Friday, June 21st, several thousand Iranians from 40 states across the country- including the greater DC area – will hold a rally across from the State Department and march to the White House. They will call for firm policy on Iran, urge recognition of the Iranian people’s right for regime change, and support Maryam Rajavi’s Ten-point Plan for the future Iran.
Keynote speakers; Hon. Bill Richardson, former New Mexico Governor; General John “Jack” Keane, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army; will join former Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) to address the rally.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), will address the rally via video from Europe.
Members of Congress have also been invited to address the rally.
The rally will stress that the religious dictatorship is neither willing nor capable of changing its behavior and that it must be toppled in order to ensure respects for human rights in Iran and peace and stability in the Middle East region.
Rally is in solidarity with Iran’s anti-regime protests that has erupted in 160 cities since last year.

WHEN: Friday, June 21, 2019, 11:00 AM
WHERE: U.S. Department of State, (22nd & Constitution Ave., NW)
Rally will be followed by a march starting at 1:00 pm to the White House, and conclude at 3:00 pm across from the White House
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Free and Interactive Educational Materials Available for All to Help Bring Basic Human Rights to Life

Teachers getting their Education Packages from Youth for Human Rights International

Teachers getting their Education Packages from Youth for Human Rights International

“What Are Human Rights?” educational booklet provided free of charge by Youth for Human Rights International

“What Are Human Rights?” educational booklet provided free of charge by Youth for Human Rights International

Youth for Human Rights representatives with the Mr. Terry Cherry, Past-President of the National Council for the Social Studies at the annual NCSS Convention showing the different human rights educational materials

Youth for Human Rights representatives with the Mr. Terry Cherry, Past-President of the National Council for the Social Studies at the annual NCSS Convention showing the different human rights educational materials

Erica Rodgers, National Director for Youth for Human Rights International showing the educational booklet to an educator at a teachers’ convention

Erica Rodgers, National Director for Youth for Human Rights International showing the educational booklet to an educator at a teachers’ convention

Youth for Human Rights advocate distributing the “What Are Human Rights?” booklets to parents and children

Youth for Human Rights advocate distributing the “What Are Human Rights?” booklets to parents and children

Restoring dignity and worth of the human person with free access to high-quality printed materials educating people on their fundamental human rights.

Youth for Human Rights International focuses on preventive actions”

— Erica Rodgers, National Director of Youth for Human Rights

WASHINGTON , DC, USA, June 19, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The goal of a world where people treat each other with respect and dignity is far from a reality. Within the United States, human rights abuses are clearly evident with police brutality accruing regularly, hate crimes related to religious discrimination on the rise, and hundreds of thousands of American children across the country being sold into slavery via human trafficking. Our only hope? A world reborn through understanding and respect of human rights. And this can only be done through effective education.

Youth for Human Rights International, a non-profit organization based in California is committed to educating people worldwide on their human rights and accompanying responsibilities through the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, assisting and enabling young people to become leaders, advocating for tolerance and peace.

While many other global human rights organizations focus on raising concerns about human rights violations, advancing research and advocating on behalf of the victims of abuse, Youth for Human Rights International complements this work by addressing those issues with educational materials and activities.

“Youth for Human Rights International focuses on preventive actions,” says Erica Rodgers, National Director of Youth for Human Rights International. “While other organizations are working to handle the aftermath of human rights abuses already committed, we are working to prevent the abuses from happening in the first place through broad scale education of the 30 basic human rights.”

At the core of its campaign are the informational “What Are Human Rights?” booklets, introducing youth and adults to the 30 rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, illustrated in simple and clear language. They have been provided free of charge to millions of people and are made available in 27 languages at https://www.youthforhumanrights.org/request-info/human-rights-booklet.html

The increasing interest of young people in learning their human rights led to the creation of 30 accompanying audiovisual public service messages. Each illustrates an article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through scenarios that appeal to anyone, enabling individuals of any age and literacy level to understand and apply this document.

The #OutOfMyPocket movement, a social media campaign launched last year by the National Education Association through which educators are sharing their stories, revealed alarming facts. Shockingly, in the 21st century, public school educators are reaching into their own pockets to pay for school supplies without reimbursement, the average amount spent a year by every teacher is $479. Filling the need for high-quality and effective human rights education, Youth for Human Rights provides educators worldwide with complete Education Packages in 18 languages, free of charge.

Included in each Education Package are the following human rights action tools:
1. The Youth for Human Rights Educator’s Guide – contains lesson plans, enrichment activities, ideas for activating the students on human rights education and a list of specific correlations of the lessons to model education standards. This is a resource for implementing a complete human rights curriculum in your class or school, or can be integrated into an existing curriculum.
2. The Story of Human Rights – a powerful and compelling documentary film that defines human rights by telling the dramatic story of their history and development from earliest times to the present day. It is suitable for all ages and is available in 26 languages.
3. Public Service Announcements (PSAs)– they depict each of the 30 Articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These individual videos portray in real-life terms what each one of the 30 human rights is. They have been airing on TV, in movie theaters and sports stadiums all over the world. They are translated in 17 languages.
4. UNITED music video, a winner of more than a dozen international awards—including “Best Short Film” at the New York International Independent Film Festival. This five-minute, street-savvy, multiethnic video gives a human rights message and advocates nonviolence. Available in 17 languages.
5. The What Are Human Rights? booklet contains a fully illustrated, youth version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights that makes human rights understandable for young people. It is available in packages of 24.
6. A set of 30 posters – highlighting one the 30 human rights to help reinforce human rights education in your school or community centers.
7. Glossary of terms, references to print and online resources.

These are tools that can empower any educator to bring human rights to life for young people through education. If you are an educator, request your free Education Package HERE.

About Youth for Human Rights:

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 whose mission is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. Their most recent campaign has included #KnowYour30 with the deliberate purpose of increasing awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which lists the 30 human rights every person has – and how these become interwoven into everyday life. To learn more go to https://www.youthforhumanrights.org or watch
https://www.scientology.tv/series/voices-for-humanity/mary-shuttleworth.html

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How Mommy or Daddy’s “special candy” has led to an uptrend in kids emergency room visits

Not your average "gummy bears" how edibles are landing kids in emergency rooms across the country.

Not your average “gummy bears” — edibles are landing kids in emergency rooms across the country.

Drug Free World offers free educational materials to combat drug abuse.

Drug Free World offers free educational materials to combat drug abuse.

“Education is critical to help save our youth,” said Thalia Ghiglia, DC advocacy director of the Drug-Free World program.

“Education is critical to help save our youth,” said Thalia Ghiglia, DC advocacy director of the Drug-Free World program.

Recent trends in edible candies putting kids in danger of life threatening overdoses, because parents, grandparents and babysitters have left them lying around.

Parents, babysitters, teachers and caregivers need to be aware of this threat and prevent accidental overdoses leading to kids ending up in hospital emergency rooms”

— Thalia Ghiglia, DC advocacy director of the Drug-Free World program

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 19, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Imagine being a little kid and you see a shiny wrapper sitting on the counter that looks like a promising sweet treat like gummy bears, brownies and other “candy”. However, within an hour you start to feel extremely dizzy, have a rapid heartbeat and feel like you are suffocating. What you thought was an innocent candy was actually your parents’ “edibles.”

Accidental ingestion of marijuana edibles, is becoming a dangerous problem in states where marijuana has been legalized. Caretakers and parents are leaving it in reach of children with devastating results.

Talking with CBC News, Dr. Bhaskar Gopalan puts it into perspective, "But imagine an eight-year-old child ingesting some edible cannabis and having a six-hour experience of hallucinating, anxiety, paranoia — it can be quite damaging for the kid's psyche." [1]

In New Mexico, Ohio and California kids have taken these marijuana laced gummies to school thinking they were candy, and distributed them among their classmates, sending multiple children to the ER. There are already two cases this month of several students becoming ill due to the distribution of these candies at a school in Virginia, and one child at an elementary school in Massachusetts had to be hospitalized after eating candy with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main chemical in marijuana).

According to a study by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, approximately 22.4% of homes in Colorado have unsafely stored edibles, and this represents 23,009 homes. In LA calls to the poison control center for children accidentally eating marijuana increased 45% from 2016 to 2017 after marijuana became legalized. Also, according to the Center on Addiction, the rates of marijuana exposures on children age 5 and younger increased nationally by 148 percent over a seven-year period. Furthermore, these edibles are packaged in an extremely similar design to many popular candies. This makes it appealing to kids and they can easily mistake it for that name brand candy.

The effects of edibles on kids are much more intense than those on adults. Cookies and candy with marijuana in them contain multiple doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that causes the physiological effects of marijuana. When a kid eats this, they often experience intense overdose symptoms. Most of the kids that ate these edibles were then sent to the ER with strong symptoms such as dizziness, accelerated heart rate, trouble breathing and even seizures.

These issues can only be remedied with more drug awareness and education. Resources that are offered from sources like the Foundation for a Drug-Free World can help people to understand the truth about what effects drugs like marijuana can have on oneself and the people around them. www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts/marijuana.html

“Parents, babysitters, teachers and caregivers need to be aware of this threat and prevent accidental overdoses leading to kids ending up in hospital emergency rooms,” cautioned Thalia Ghiglia, DC advocacy director of the Drug-Free World program.

“Education is critical to help save our youth,” Ms. Ghiglia continued.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World works with many other prevention centers to educate youth that these drugs are essentially poisons. The Foundation’s “Truth About Drugs” program includes free drug prevention and education booklets and videos in 22 languages. To obtain these go to www.drugfreeworld.org.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a non-profit public benefit corporation based in Los Angeles that focuses on grassroots level drug prevention and education and provides high quality materials to health counselors, teachers, sheriff’s departments and police, all over the world. Through the efforts of the Foundation, its volunteers and partners, more than 50 million of the Truth About Drugs educational booklets have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 180 countries and the Truth About Drugs public service announcements have aired on more than 500 television stations.

For more information on the Truth About Drugs program go to www.drugfreeworld.org
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Written by Daniella Porras

Citations and References:
[1] https://www.msn.com/en-ca/health/medical/ont-students-hospitalized-after-eating-several-cannabis-cookies-at-school/ar-BBQDWTz

• Rabin, Roni Caryn. “Marijuana Edibles May Pose Special Risks.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 25 Mar. 2019, www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/well/eat/marijuana-edibles-may-pose-special-risks.html

• Besser, Jason. “Toddlers and THC: The Number of Young Children Exposed to Marijuana Is on the Rise.” Center on Addiction, 19 Apr. 2018, www.centeronaddiction.org/the-buzz-blog/toddlers-and-thc-number-young-children-exposed-marijuana-rise.

• Gearty, Robert. “Virginia Man Arrested after Several Students Eat Candy Laced with 'Unknown Substance,' Fall Ill.” Fox News, FOX News Network, www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-deputies-respond-7-students-ingest-unknown-substance.

• Fisher, Jenna. “Waltham Student Hospitalized After Eating Candy With THC.” Waltham, MA Patch, Patch, 13 June 2019, patch.com/massachusetts/waltham/waltham-student-hospitalized-after-eating-candy-thc.

• Hansen, Leah. “Kids Will Find Cannabis Edibles Irresistible, Experts Warn | CBC News.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 17 Nov. 2018, www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/accidental-cannabis-ingestion-among-children-1.4908201.

• McGreevy, Patrick. “More California Kids Are Having Pot-Related Health Scares, Poison Control Officials Warn.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2018, www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-minors-pot-poison-control-20180713-story.html.

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CCHR Warns Against Antidepressant Nasal Spray and Electroshock for Veterans

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights warns that President Trump is being misled about a nasal spray depression drug, esketamine, being the answer to veteran suicides.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights warns that President Trump is being misled about a nasal spray depression drug, esketamine, being the answer to veteran suicides.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

CCHR applauds White House action to curb suicides among veterans but the idea that dosing the brain through a nasal spray is purely hypothetical.

We are doing a great disservice to veterans when drugs and ECT are recommended. The wrong solution is to approve and enforce more damaging treatments at the expense of veterans’ lives.”

— Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, June 19, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), warns that President Trump is being misled about a nasal spray depression drug, esketamine, being the answer to veteran suicides. The President has offered to help Veterans Affairs negotiate down the price of the new drug with its manufacturer to make it more accessible to vets. However, Bloomberg News and experts report the drug hasn’t been proven to reduce the risk of suicide and has other issues. [1]

Esketamine has potential serious risks because of its molecular similarity to ketamine, a “club” and “date rape” drug that can cause disassociation, meaning victims enter a state in which they feel as if their mind and body aren’t connected, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. [2] It comes with a prominent warning: “Patients are at risk for dissociative or perceptual changes after administration” and has the potential, like ketamine, to be abused. [3] The dissociation can include difficulty with judgment, attention and thinking. [4] There are also reports of esketamine inducing “psychosis-like” effects. [5]

CCHR applauds White House and Congressional action to curb suicides among veterans but the idea that dosing the brain through a nasal spray can heal depression is purely hypothetical, [6] essentially making veterans, already subjected to suicide-inducing antidepressants and electroshock, virtual guinea pigs.

Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz, director of the Mood Disorders Center at the University of Iowa and a member of the FDA expert committee that reviewed esketamine, described its benefit as “almost certainly exaggerated.” He considered the study design for the drug flawed. [7]

Kaiser Health News (KHN) said no information was presented to the FDA committee about the safety of esketamine or long-term use, reporting: “The FDA approved it anyway, despite deep misgivings expressed at its day-long review meeting and in the agency’s own briefing materials, according to public recordings, documents and interviews with participants.”

KHN’s investigation found:

• The manufacturer provided just one successful short-term, double-blind trial of esketamine. Two other trials to test efficacy fell short. Six participants died during clinical studies, three by suicide, compared to no suicides in the control group. The manufacturer and the FDA dismissed the deaths as unrelated to the drug.

• Kim Witczak, the FDA expert committee’s consumer representative, found the conclusion about the suicides unsatisfying. “I just feel like it was kind of a quick brush-over,” Witczak said. She voted against the drug. [8]

• The single positive efficacy trial also showed only a 4-point improvement in depression symptoms compared with placebo on a scale used to measure depression severity.

• The manufacturer had the FDA designate esketamine a “breakthrough therapy” (putting it on a fast track for approval) because it showed a potential to reverse depression rapidly, yet this was based on a two-day study during which 30 patients were given esketamine intravenously.

• Steven Meisel, the system director of medication safety for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis stated: “I don’t think that we really understand what happens when you take this week after week for weeks and months and years.” [9]

Adding to the Opioid Crisis?

Esketamine is used in combination with oral antidepressants. [10] Chemically similar to ketamine, three doctors wrote a commentary on esketamine in Vice recently, stating that because ordinary ketamine is generic, the manufacturer of esketamine “simply isolated one of the two molecules in regular ketamine so that it qualified as ‘new.’” [11] Ketamine’s antidepressant effects are theorized to be from it activating opioid receptors. [12]

“My concern about this [ketamine] compound is that it is a disguised form of opiates," said Dr. Mark George, a professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. “I'm alarmed that there is pretty clear evidence [that] the way ketamine works is through the opioid system. [13]

“In the wake of the opioid crisis, perhaps the biggest worry is that loosening the reins too much on the use of ketamine and similar drugs could lead to a new abuse crisis,” Bloomberg Business Week reported. [14]

Add Brain Damaging Electroshock

Ketamine is used as an anesthetic with electroshock therapy (ECT), a treatment also recommended for the arbitrarily defined “treatment-resistant depression.” The VA reports hundreds of veterans are given ECT every year. [15]The FDA has never required Congressional-mandated pre-marketing applications (PMAs) with clinical trials proving the safety and efficacy of ECT devices. An online petition supports a total ban on ECT.

In 2008 the FDA cleared TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) even though the agency’s advisers said the data failed to establish its effectiveness, calling it “marginal”, “borderline” and “questionable.” [16] As of 2018, the VA had spent more than $3.4 million acquiring dozens of the machines and related supplies, based on the FDA’s approval. Yet, a 2018 VA report on TMS found it made almost no difference in patients’ depression. [17]

Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International sums up: “We are doing a great disservice to veterans when drugs and ECT are recommended. Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is a term invented to mislead consumers into thinking the problem is theirs and not the failure of treatments given them. The wrong solution is to approve and enforce more damaging treatments at the expense of veterans’ lives.”

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:
[1] https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-13/trump-offer-to-negotiate-j-j-depression-drug-for-vets-is-all-show
[2] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320409.php; https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-05/ketamine-could-soon-be-used-to-treat-suicidal-ideation; thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(17)30099-8/fulltext
[3] https://www.rxlist.com/spravato-drug.htm
[4] https://www.livescience.com/64937-ketamine-nasal-spray-depression.html
[5] https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2009/nov/heavy-ketamine-use-affects-short-term-memory
[6] Op. cit, Live Science, 6 Mar. 2019, https://www.livescience.com/64937-ketamine-nasal-spray-depression.html
[7] https://khn.org/news/fdas-approval-of-new-depression-drug-overlooked-red-flags-in-its-testing/
[8] Ibid.
[9] Ibid.
[10] https://www.statnews.com/2019/02/20/psychiatry-awaits-esketamine-with-excitement-hesitation/
[11] https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pajkjy/opinion-the-new-ketamine-based-antidepressant-is-a-rip-off
[12] https://www.livescience.com/63457-ketamine-depression-opioid-receptors.html
[13] Op. Cit. Live Science, 6 Mar. 2019
[14] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-02-05/ketamine-could-soon-be-used-to-treat-suicidal-ideation
[15] https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/psychologists-support-ban-of-electroshock-treatment-on-military-and-veterans-300462418.html
[16] https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2018/11/27/us-goal-to-be-first-on-devices-worries-former-regulators
[17] Ibid.

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Baker Act Abuse Prompts CCHR to Call for Greater Protection of Children

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The CCHR is asking lawmakers to change how the mental health law is applied to children to protect them from unjust involuntary psychiatric examinations.

The manner in which the Baker Act is being initiated when dealing with children is a gross violation of human rights.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FL, UNITED STATES, June 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Allowing for a person of any age to be taken into custody and transported to a psychiatric facility for examination, the mental health law in Florida, commonly called a Baker Act, saw more than 32,000 involuntary psychiatric examinations initiated on children in Florida during 2017, according to the most recent report released by the Baker Act Reporting Center. Some of these children are very young, including those between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. [1]

The Florida chapter of the international mental health watchdog, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), is concerned over the large number of individuals being sent annually for involuntary psychiatric examinations in light of the fact that it is known that a percentage of these Baker Acts are illegal due to a failure to meet the criteria for taking a person into custody. There were over 199,000 involuntary psychiatric examinations of all age groups initiated in Florida during 2017.

In order to take a person into custody under a Baker Act there are three criteria that must be legally met yet it is common knowledge that this is not always done and it was disclosed during a meeting of the Baker Act Task Force in 2017 that 30 percent of the Baker Acts initiated on children in Pinellas County did not meet the criteria. This alarming fact is one reason CCHR believes the Baker Act needs to be reformed so that parents and guardians are brought into the process before a child is put through the trauma of a Baker Act. [2]

In the example of minors, parents and legal guardians are being left out of the process only finding out that their child has been Baker Acted after initiation and usually after the child has been transported by law enforcement to a psychiatric facility. CCHR believes that this is a rights violation, a belief that is shared by Sheriffs, Police Chiefs and even School Districts across Florida.

“It is abhorrent that any child can be taken into custody under the Baker Act without parental involvement in the process,” stated Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida. “But when you are talking about children young as 2 to 5 you are now talking about a gross violation of human rights.”

Over the past several years, CCHR has been working to educate those granted the power to initiate a Baker Act involving a child on why a parent or guardian should be brought into the process before initiation resulting in county and city level policy changes that requires parents to be contacted prior to initiating a Baker Act.

However, greater protection of children is needed according to CCHR prompting the organization to ask Florida lawmakers to change how the mental health law is applied to children and teens to help prevent unjust involuntary psychiatric examinations.

Those interested in learning more about CCHR’s campaign to protect children from abusive Baker Acting are encouraged to call 800-782-2878.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org

Sources:
[1] Baker Act Reporting Center http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/publications/The%20Baker%20Act%20-%20FL%20MH%20Act%20-%20FY%2016-17%20Annual%20Report%20-%20Released%20June%202018.pdf
[2] CHILDREN’S BAKER ACT TASK FORCE, MINUTES for FIRST MEETING 7.20.17 http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/mentalhealth/task-force-examination-minors/docs/20170720/20170720-minutes.pdf

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Women’s Forum of New York to Honor Companies Advancing Boardroom Parity at November 7 Breakfast of Corporate Champions

Women's Forum of New York Salutes Corporate Champions for Raising the Bar on Gender Parity in the Boardroom

2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions – Raising the Bar

Companies With At Least 30 Percent of Board Seats Held by Women to Be Recognized for Raising the Bar

The Women’s Forum of New York salutes the 2019 Corporate Champions for raising the bar for gender-balanced boards and inspiring others to accelerate the pace of change towards parity.”

— Janice Ellig, Ellig Group CEO, Breakfast Corporate Champions Founder

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, June 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Women’s Forum of New York will host the fifth biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions on November 7, 2019 in New York City to honor the S&P 500/Fortune 1000 companies which have achieved 30 percent or greater female representation on their corporate boards. This benchmark event brings together more than 600 thought leaders and change-makers including CEOs, Board Directors and government officials in support of the shared goal of gender parity in the boardroom by 2025.

“As an organization of top women leaders, the Women’s Forum of New York salutes the 2019 Corporate Champions which are raising the bar for female board representation by actively seeking more women directors,” said Janice Ellig, CEO of the Ellig Group and Chair and Founder of the Breakfast of Corporate Champions. “We salute these game-changing CEOs for accelerating the pace towards gender-balanced boardrooms and inspiring others to follow."

The 2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions Honorary Co-Chairs are Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA and Maggie Wilderotter, former Executive Chair and CEO of Frontier Communications. They will be joined by an impressive line-up of leading CEOs and Directors who will speak on why gender balance in the boardroom is a strategic business imperative and how to accelerate the path toward parity, including:

• Michele Buck, President & CEO, The Hershey Company
• Michael Corbat, CEO, Citigroup
• Mary N. Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty, Inc.
• Hubert Joly, Chairman & CEO, Best Buy Co. Inc.
• Margaret Keane, President & CEO, Synchrony Financial
• Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health
• Patricia F. Russo, Non-Executive Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
• Meg Whitman, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard

Awards will be presented to 323 corporations which have successfully accelerated the advancement of women on corporate boards by achieving and exceeding 30 percent female board representation. One company and CEO will receive the Muriel F. Siebert Leadership Award for achieving 50/50 gender parity and implementing policies and actions that inspire others to follow.

The 2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions takes place on November 7, 2019 at Cipriani 42nd Street, in New York City from 7:30am – 10:30am. To learn more about the event, review sponsorship opportunities or purchase tickets to attend, visit: www.womensforumny.org

About the Women's Forum of New York

The Women's Forum of New York is the city's premier organization of women leaders. The invitation-only membership of more than 500 women represents the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts. The organization is dedicated to the advancement of women's leadership through programs which enrich members' lives both personally and professionally, through The Education Fund, which enables talented women whose potential has been disrupted by extreme adversity to resume their education, and through the Corporate Board Initiative, which extends and expands the contribution of women leaders through corporate board participation. Founded in 1974, the Women's Forum of New York is the flagship of the International Women's Forum, a global organization of over 6,500 outstanding women leaders in over 74 Forums around the world.

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Animal Wellness Announces Law Enforcement Council Led by former Oklahoma AG Drew Edmondson and Oregon DA Joshua Marquis

Cockfighting Match

Cockfighting Ring

Horse Soring

Example of a ‘Big Lick’ stacked shoe and ankle chains

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Former Oregon District Attorney Joshua Marquis to Lead Group Seeking Robust Enforcement of Anti-Cruelty Laws

One measure of a civil society is how it treats its most vulnerable members, and few are as vulnerable as the animals.”

— Drew Edmondson, former Oklahoma Attorney General

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 18, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF) and Animal Wellness Action (AWA) have announced the formation of a National Law Enforcement Council (NLEC), co-chaired by Drew Edmondson and Josh Marquis, and dedicated to enforcing our federal, state, and local laws against animal cruelty. Edmondson served for 16 years as Oklahoma's Attorney General and Marquis as Clatsop County, Oregon District Attorney for 25 years.

“One measure of a civil society is how it treats its most vulnerable members, and few are as vulnerable as the animals,” said Drew Edmondson, who served as Muskogee County District Attorney for a decade before becoming Oklahoma Attorney General. "We have a moral duty to show mercy toward all of God’s creatures.” Edmondson, who had a major role in preserving the state’s 2002 ban on cockfighting, served as a former president of the National Association of Attorneys General.

There is a documented link between animal cruelty and other forms of human-on-human violence and criminal conduct. The FBI’s homicidal triad includes early-age acts of animal cruelty. Animal fights are often staging grounds for a range of other illegal behavior. In homes where a man harms a spouse or a girlfriend, he will often turn his violent instincts toward a child or an animal.

“Cruelty to animals is not some isolated, easily compartmentalized act of aggression,” added Josh Marquis, who prosecuted numerous cases of animal abuse and neglect that were widely cited in the successful effort to secure passage of Oregon’s felony anti-cruelty law. “When we stamp out animal cruelty and apprehend people who have lost empathy for the suffering of others, we make our communities safer for everyone."

The Animal Wellness National Law Enforcement Council (NLEC) is focusing at the moment on enforcement of our federal anti-cruelty statutes, including laws against animal fighting, and offering assistance to law enforcement authorities as needed. The NLEC is also urging increased funding for anti-cruelty enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and also advocating for the passage of the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (S.479/ H.R.724) led by U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), which would create a national anti-cruelty statute to crack down on perpetrators of acts of malicious cruelty with a federal nexus.

The National Law Enforcement Council includes a number of prosecutors who have distinguished themselves in their public advocacy and continue to advocate for safer communities for people and animals.

Other members of the NLEC include:

Dave Aronberg, State's Attorney in Palm Beach County, Florida, since 2012, before which he served eight years as the youngest member of the Florida State Senate

Bob Butterworth, Florida Attorney General 1987-2002, former Broward County Sheriff

Steve Clark, former Attorney General of Arkansas, 1978-1989

Douglas Gansler, Maryland Attorney General 2007-2014 and State's Attorney, Montgomery County, DA 1998-2007

Chris Gorman, Kentucky Attorney General 1992-1996

Richard Ieyoub, former Louisiana Attorney General 1992 – 2004, Calcasieu Parish district attorney in Lake Charles from 1984 to 1992

George Jepsen, former Attorney General of Connecticut, 2001-2018, having spent 14 years as a State Senator and Representative

Jerry Kilgore, Attorney General of Virginia from 2002-2005, Secretary of Public Safety, 1994-1998

Peter Kilmartin, Attorney General of Rhode Island from 2011-2019, and a former police captain and member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives

Barbara Lawall, the current prosecutor for Pima County. La Wall was recently re-elected to her sixth term for a jurisdiction center in Tucson

Bill Lockyer, Attorney General of California, 1999-2007, and also served as State Treasurer, State Assemblyman, and President Pro Tempore of the State Senate

Patricia Madrid, former New Mexico Attorney General, 1999-2007, having first served as that state's first female district court judge starting in 1975

Ray Morrogh, current Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney, Virginia, since 2007

Jim Petro, Ohio Attorney General from 2003-2007

Lee Polikov, Sarpy County Attorney, Nebraska, since 1999. He served in the sheriff’s office prior to that

John Sarcone, County Attorney of Des Moines, Iowa since 1991 and just re-elected to 8th term

John Thompson, executive director of the National Animal Control Association and former deputy executive director of the National Sheriffs Association

Gregg Totten, District Attorney of California's Ventura County since 2002. Past President of California District Attorney's Association and Vice President of National District Attorney's Association

Anthony Troy, Attorney General of Virginia, 1977-1978.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

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