I wonder how many people commit suicide due to pharmaceutical drugs that are prescribed?
How many of the doctors whose patients commit suicide due to the pharmaceuticals they prescribed are disciplined?
Dr. Armstrong has helped a lot of people over the years, people that other doctors were unable to help, or worse, subjected to harm.
Finding doctors that don’t harm people with environmental and chemical “sensitivities” (from ignorance, disbelief, or even inadvertently, while others take their oath to do no harm as an excuse to do nothing) is nearly impossible. Too many of us are forced to go without health care as a result.
Although it seems that her approach was lacking in this case (we don’t have all the details), and my condolences go out to the family who lost a loved one, in addition to the hypocrisy of not disciplining other types of doctors after patient suicides, the closing statement in the article is propaganda that will inflict harm on people whose needs are not being served by the current system:
“Critics, including many doctors, say sometimes there’s no evidence that something is dangerous because it actually isn’t dangerous, and trying to find environmental sources for particular afflictions can mean ignoring real problems.”
The critics are usually from the petroleum/pharmaceutical industry and have a lot to lose if MCS/ES is officially understood.
All too often now, ignoring the man-made environmental sources of adverse health effects means ignoring the real problems, and countless people, including children, are suffering as a result.
(continued in the comments, I don’t have the reblogging format down yet)
An Ottawa doctor who treated a suicidal teenager with vitamins can only work with patients who have other doctors taking care of them, Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons has ruled.
The 19-year-old woman died by suicide in spring 2011, after just a few months in Dr. Jennifer Margaret Armstrong’s care.
The woman first went to Armstrong in December 2010, according to a college disciplinary finding released Monday. She had a history of suicide attempts and hospitalizations, but her mother said she’d improved with the help of a doctor experienced in environmental medicine.
That isn’t an officially recognized specialty in Canada, but the mother hoped Armstrong’s work at the Ottawa Environmental Health Clinic, in a little building on Carling Avenue near Andrew Haydon Park, would help her daughter.
Armstrong never did a standard mental-health assessment on her new patient, the disciplinary finding says.
“There were no conventional treatments offered or documented for her…
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