Enterprise Holdings Theft Victim to IBM: High Resolution Photographic Cloud Technology Urgently Needed

Enterprise car with subsequent damage that is 'pinned' on crime victim to legitimize claim

Enterprise car with subsequent damage that is ‘pinned’ on crime victim to legitimize claim

National Car Rental ‘ding and dent’ scam victim asks IBM corporation to develop powerful solution to protect public from routine and easy-to-perpetuate scams

Enterprise has been accused of running a ding-and-dent scam so often by readers of this site, I’ve lost count.”

— Christopher Elliott, Consumer Advocate at Elliott.org

ARMONK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, August 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today its public plea to the IBM Corporation for innovative and effective technology solutions to protect USA citizens, as well as our sisters and brothers who visit from around the world, from predatory behavior and fraud perpetrated with frequency and ease by rental car agencies exploiting the good faith and fair dealing covenant.

The technology is also desperately needed because of unconscionable adhesion contracts and predatory forced arbitration, as well as the absence of federal uniform and predictable standards cherished by the industry today.

Related: Alliance for Justice: Forced Arbitration is taking away one of your most basic rights; join us in fighting back — https://www.afj.org/multimedia/first-monday-films/films/lost-in-the-fine-print

“As a theft victim – like so many others across the nation — of a systematic ‘ding and dent’ rental rip-off encounter, I know first-hand how easy these crimes are committed against honest and unsuspecting victims,” acknowledged David Howe, National Car Rental ‘ding and dent’ scam victim. “I also have become intimately familiar with the sophistication of these financial fraud schemes, including the extraordinary efforts agencies will pursue to secure the financial fraud — which makes exposing and eliminating these dishonest activities both critical and challenging.

“Moreover, the car rental industry is pointedly banking on consumers who trust that the agency will behave ethically; thankfully, the vast majority of agents are ethical and honest. Nevertheless, when a vehicle is assigned, many of the major car rental companies have what they call an ‘Expedient’ rental process. That process is really a liability-in-waiting because consumers are constantly held accountable for damages that are pre-existing. Worse, consumers are held accountable without the agency having an iota of evidence for responsibility. It’s the very reason our society desperately needs technology solutions to eliminate – or at least significantly mitigate – the easy-to-commit scams that have plagued consumers, state attorney general offices across the USA, legislators, and others to name a few.

“For the record, Alamo and National specifically engage in ‘Expedient’ rentals and this should be a particular concern for lawmakers and consumers alike. The undeniable fact is that ‘Expedient’ rental practices expose the public to incredible financial risk,” Howe stressed.

Related: Enterprise Rental Scam (FOX News) – Man says rental car company charging for damage that doesn’t exist — https://kdvr.com/2016/06/06/man-says-rental-car-company-charging-for-damage-that-doesnt-exist/

“And it’s worth repeating that a critical part of the ‘Expedient’ process is the biased adhesion contract that contains one-sided arbitration clauses designed to disadvantage consumers in incredible ways. Moreover, the agencies intentionally avoid clear disclosure informing renters of the significant financial risks, particularly because they know unsuspecting renters are relying on the good faith covenant when they enter the vehicle and drive away. And to add salt to the wound of the predatory scams — once the agency implicates the innocent renter — the agencies boast that consumers have virtually no standing or due process in a court of law. It’s shocking in a nation where due process and the rule of law is so fundamental.

Listen to Enterprise agent eagerly announce the company’s arbitration policy designed to keep consumers far away from open court dockets and jury trials: https://soundcloud.com/user-370781554/howe-damage-recovery-unit-cannot-sue-no-due-process

Related: Forced Arbitration Protects Sexual Predators and Corporate Wrongdoing — https://nwlc.org/blog/forced-arbitration-protects-sexual-predators-and-corporate-wrongdoing/

“Indeed, it’s obvious to any observer who travels routinely and rents frequently that many consumers never give the car a second look but instead anticipate fair and honest treatment at rental return,” said Howe. “And even if a consumer does look the car over, it’s easy to miss a ding here, a dent there, and a stain or two on the interior, for example. It all translates into myriads of opportunities to cash-in on a consumer's insurance or credit card policy by eager rental agencies looking to increase revenue in very dramatic terms.

“It simply must be proclaimed that the liability threat to the renter isn’t dependent on pre-existing vehicle condition, regardless of minor ‘wear and tear’ or worse. Rather, it has to do with the consumer diligence – or lack of — to carefully document every square inch of the vehicle’s condition before driving off the lot.

“Failing to document – and relying on trust and fair dealing – can mean a very time-consuming and very expensive punitive treatment.

Related: Enterprise Rental Scam (CBC) – Enterprise Rent-A-Car credits customer $4,000 after Go Public investigates — http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/enterprise-rent-a-car-improperly-charges-customer-1.3466025

“Yes, there’s a reason that agencies rely on rudimentary damage slips and ‘Expeident’ rental protocols,” Howe insisted. “The reason involves enormous sums of money absconded by the industry through predatory – and in my case – fraudulent practices.

“Frankly, it begs the question: Why, in an era of high-quality and inexpensive digital photographic technology, are rental agencies not using technology that would virtually eliminate questions of liability? Moreover, why are lawmakers allowing agencies to operate without the technology when the existence of consumer harms is so apparent? It simply defies logic when one ponders with logic, honesty, and common-sense.

“So that’s why I’m today calling on the IBM corporation for help and, in particular, business and technological expertise. Because I’m convinced that consumers empowered with efficient and powerful technology that includes comprehensive photographic documentation of vehicle condition preserved with secure cloud technology would significantly limit the theft scams routinely perpetrated against innocent individuals.

“On a related note, I found myself particularly motivated and inspired by the statement from IBM Chairman, President, and CEO Ginny Rometty,” continued Howe. “The chief executive said the following about IBM: ‘We remain dedicated to leading the world into a more prosperous and progressive future; to creating a world that is fairer, more diverse, more tolerant, more just’.

“There should be no doubt that I strongly agree with Ginny’s vision,” confirmed Howe. “And more specifically as it relates to bad acts that harm consumers with consistency and impunity, the idea of using technology to make the world fairer couldn’t be more germane.

Related: Enterprise Rental Scam (CBS News) – Enterprise Car Rental Company charges $500 for phantom hail damage — https://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/05/11/enterprise-rent-a-car-hail-damage-refund/

“From my perspective, — and having more than a decade successfully interacting with IBM server technology — it’s also a logical conclusion that a company like IBM would lead the effort.

“So please, IBM Corporation…hear this crime victim’s plea. Hear the pleas from our fellow citizens and visitors who’ve been — and who will become — financially exploited. Please take this task on and get to work on this important technology initiative. And once it’s ready for production, know that that this victim will take your solution to Congress and demand its implementation.

“Lobbying Congress to protect fellow humanity from predatory business practices…that’s a promise that I’m looking forward to pursuing with vigor and pleasure,” concluded National Car Rental ‘ding and dent’ fraud victim Howe. “The time for a ‘renter’s bill of rights’ with explicit federally mandated consumer protections is now!”

Related: Enterprise Rental Scam (Raycom Media) – Enterprise Rental Company is demanding $600 for damage — http://raycomgroup.worldnow.com/story/31190715/car-rental-company-is-demanding-600-for-damage

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Europe’s leading fintech, blockchain & finance experts set to speak at 3rd Blockchain for Finance Conference in October

The European meeting point for finance & technology professionals working to commercialise blockchain technology returns to Ireland on October 2-4

DUBLIN, IRELAND, August 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — – Jeremy Wilson, Vice Chairman of Barclays set to discuss the future role of digital tokens in financial services
– BFC EU takes place in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on October 2-4
– Host sponsors include Deloitte, Arthur Cox, Enterprise Ireland, Barclays and IDA

The European meeting point for finance & technology professionals working to commercialise blockchain technology returns to Ireland this October. The conference takes place on October 2-4 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin (http://bit.ly/2MA52At)

Now in its 3rd year, BFC EU is expected to attract 350+ attendees from the largest financial institutions, tech giants and blockchain solution providers to discuss the latest projects that are being moved from proof-of-concept to Production. They will network and learn from the industry’s leading lights about the future of finance, cryptocurrency, tokens, technology and banking, regulation and much more.

BFC EU will attract over 50 world class speakers including:

– Jeremy Wilson, Vice Chairman, Barclays
– Phil Goffin, Chief Digital Officer, FNZ
– Alex Batlin, Founder and CEO, Trustology
– Moiz Kohari, SVP – Chief Tech Architect, State Street
– Roberto Mancone, Chief Operating Officer, we.trade
– Gavin Wells, Head of Europe, Digital Asset
– Brian McNulty, Managing Director, R3
– David Dalton, Partner Consulting, Deloitte
– Richard Crook, Head of Emerging Technology, RBS
– Barry Childe, Head of Distributed Leger and Cryptocurrency Technology, HSBC
– Mariana Gómez de la Villa, Global Program Manager Blockchain, ING
– Chris McDaniel, President, RiskBlock Alliance
– Patricia Regnault, Head of Asset Management Europe, Linedata

The brochure is now available to download at for anyone interested in finding out more: http://bit.ly/2MA52At

Dean Murphy
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Intermountain Healthcare Names New Leaders to Executive Leadership Team

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, August 9, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Heather Brace has been named Intermountain Healthcare senior vice president and chief people officer. She is currently a Human Resources executive business partner with Intermountain.

Dan Liljenquist, currently vice president of the Enterprise Initiative Office at Intermountain, has been named senior vice president and chief strategy officer.

Both Brace and Liljenquist will serve on Intermountain’s Executive Leadership Team.

“Heather and Dan exemplify principle-based leadership and embody our values. Both leaders have conveyed an exciting vision for the areas they will lead,” said Intermountain CEO and President Marc Harrison, MD. “They have demonstrated the ability, through previous assignments, to take on challenging work and to engage their teams in taking innovative and strategic approaches. I am confident their leadership will strengthen us and help us deliver better care and service to our patients and our caregivers.”

Two other Intermountain leaders, David Flood, current senior vice president and chief development officer, and Doug Hammer, current senior vice president, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, have been added to Intermountain’s Executive Leadership Team.

Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, 170 clinics, a Medical Group with about 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health plans group called SelectHealth, and other medical services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain, visit www.intermountainhealthcare.org.

Daron Cowley
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New Paper Captures Pain, Suffering, and Anxiety Inflicted on Patients with Cancer by Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Community Oncology Alliance Releases Fourth in Series of True Patient-PBM Horror Stories

It is unbelievable that policymakers could read these PBM horror stories and think the current stranglehold these middlemen have on cancer patients and our entire health care system is a good thing”

— Ted Okon, executive director of COA

BROOKLYN, NY, UNITED STATES, August 9, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) continues to expose the inhumane pain, suffering, and anxiety inflicted by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) on patients with cancer with the release of another paper documenting real-life PBM horror stories.

Telling the real stories of cancer patients and oncology professionals across the country, the paper “Danger, Delay, Denial: Pharmacy Benefit Manager Horror Stories” features stories provided to COA by community oncology practices. The serious, sometimes dangerous, stories include PBM bureaucracies causing severe lapses in a leukemia patient’s care; filling prescriptions with the wrong dosage; and standing in the way of timely treatment while a patient’s window of opportunity to treat a deadly breast cancer closed.

• Read the full COA PBM paper “Danger, Delay, Denial: Pharmacy Benefit Manager Horror Stories.”

The paper’s release comes at a time when the federal government appears to be suffering from a split personality on the issue of health care middlemen, decrying their negative influence one day while putting forth changes that will increase their influence on our health care system the next. The government has recently proposed a slew of changes, including that some, or all, of Medicare Part B medications be shifted to fall into Part D, which is currently dominated by the negative influence of PBMs. The government also just released guidance that insurance middlemen, some of which own PBMs, can require first-fail step therapy for Part B and D medications in Medicare Advantage, which could impact up to a third of Medicare patients.

Increasing the power and prevalence of corporate PBMs and insurance middlemen at a time when both policymakers and the public are pushing back against their negative influence, just does not make sense. There is vast evidence that the incompetence and greed of middlemen have not only failed to reduce drug prices but has ironically caused them to increase thanks to the network of shadowy rebates and discounts siphoned off by middlemen. And, as this horror stories series clearly demonstrates, this has all been done at the expense of cancer patients who are left to suffer.

“It is unbelievable that policymakers could read these PBM horror stories and think the current stranglehold these corporate middlemen have on cancer patients and our entire health care system is a good thing. Unfortunately, the administration does not seem to have received this message and is advancing new policies and proposals that are absolutely terrible for Medicare patients,” said Ted Okon, executive director of COA. “It’s time to take decisive action to stop PBM abuses and the patient harm that they inflict. Not one more patient or family facing a devastating disease like cancer should suffer because of these unaccountable middlemen.”

This is the fourth in a series of papers produced by COA that exposes the abuses of PBMs. The first, “Delay, Waste, and Cancer Treatment Obstacles: The Real-Life Patient Impact of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM)” was released in April at the 2017 Community Oncology Conference; the second, “Unaccountable Benefit Managers: Real Horror Stories of How PBMs Hurt Patient Care” was released in June 2017; the third, “Bureaucracy, Deadly Delays, and Apathy: Pharmacy Benefit Manager Horror Stories” was released last September along with the launch of www.PBMAbuses.com as a place to support patient education and advocacy on PBM issues. Visitors to the site can access the patient horror stories series, educational videos, advocacy resources, and more.

Read the full read the full COA PBM paper “Danger, Delay, Denial: Pharmacy Benefit Manager Horror Stories” at http://bit.ly/pbmhorrorstoriesv4

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Global Interventional radiology Market Research and Forecast 2018-2023

Global Interventional radiology Market Research by OMR

Orion market Research OMR Analyst

Global Interventional radiology (IR) Market, Size, Share, Market Intelligence, Company Profiles, Market Trends, Strategy, Analysis, Forecast 2018-2023

Emergence of cloud-based medical imaging will drive the growth of interventional radiology market.”

— OMR Analyst

INDORE, INDIA, August 9, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to the OMR analysis, the global interventional radiology market is growing at a CAGR of 6.8% during forecast period 2018-2023. The global interventional radiology market has witnessed a significant growth due to technological advancement, cohesive government and reimbursement policies. The global interventional radiology market is segmented on the basis of diagnostic modalities, by application, by procedure and geography. The report provides detailed and insightful chapters on market overview, key findings, strategic recommendations, market determinants, market insights, key company analysis, company profiling, market segmentation, geographical analysis, analyst insights.

Full report of global interventional radiology market is available at: https://www.omrglobal.com/industry-reports/interventional-radiology-market/

“Emergence of cloud-based medical imaging is seen as an opportunity in the global interventional radiology market. Cloud-based medical imaging informatics is one of the cost-effective and flexible solutions available in the industry. Medical imaging systems using cloud computing paradigm are in trend owing to its economies of scale, pay per use model, maintenance cost reduction, ease of information sharing and so on. Decreasing human error makes cloud-based imaging system a key solution for health IT infrastructure and diagnosis. Implementation of a cloud-based solution not only lowers the cost across an entire healthcare organization but also reduces the budget for other necessities. The future of medical imaging informatics is firmly tied to the cloud. As population globally has been forwarding towards the innovator stage, healthcare industry also evolved around greater data usability and interoperability in healthcare.”
The market on the basis of geography has been divided among four major regions – North America, APAC, Europe, and Rest of the world. North America is the leading market. The market is expected to grow at a stable CAGR. North American market is driven by high healthcare spending, well-developed healthcare infrastructure, presence of most of the major companies such as GE healthcare, Hologic, Philips, reimbursement policies, technological advancement and adoption of hybrid operating rooms and minimally invasive surgeries. Asia Pacific market is expected to have the highest CAGR amongst all regions during the forecast period of 2018-2023.

The report covers:
Comprehensive research methodology of global interventional radiology market
In-depth analysis of macro and micro factors influencing the market guided by key recommendations.
Analysis of regional regulations and other government policies impacting the global interventional radiology market
Insights about market determinants which are stimulating the global interventional radiology market
Detailed and extensive market segments with regional distribution of researched revenues
Extensive profiles and recent developments of market players

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Dr. Kim Habibi Explains Simple Ways to Keep Medical Bills Down

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 7, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Kim Habibi is a physician who truly believes in the Hippocratic Oath. He has always worked hard to make sure people could access the best quality health care without having to bankrupt themselves. However, he understands that under the American health care system, this can be quite difficult to achieve. Every year, thousands of people have to be declared bankrupt as a result of huge medical bills, many of which came as a complete surprise. However, according to Dr. Kim Habibi, there are things people can do in an emergency to help avoid this at least to some degree.
Dr. Kim Habibi explains Ways to Avoid Exorbitant Medical Bills

Habibi feels the best way to highlight how bills can be kept down is through an example of one of his patients. She was a woman who had a minor bicycle accident. She felt that she had injured herself although not seriously. Because there were onlookers on the scene, an ambulance was called that took her to hospital. A month later, she received a huge bill for the ambulance trip, because one was sent that was not in her insurance network. The patient would have been perfectly happy to take a cab or even walk herself to hospital. However, because the ambulance was called, she took it without thinking.

Dr. Kim Habibi explains that many people believe ambulances are a form of public service. That is because the actual work that they do is indeed one that helps the public. However, they also have to get their money from somewhere, which means they bill their patients. Because of the health insurance system in this country, it is possible that they are an out of network provider, which means people get charged. However, as ambulances are simply called and dispatched, people do not have the option of asking specifically for an in-network ambulance. Calling an ambulance, therefore, may have significant financial repercussions, particularly if it is was a trip for something that is not classed as a life-threatening emergency.

This example, as Dr. Habibi explains, is a clear way of understanding that people need to consider what type of medical help they actually need. Similarly, a lot of people will go straight to an emergency room if there is anything wrong with them when they could have gone to a walk-in health center instead. While most doctors and physicians agree that they are there to save lives and to help people who have been hurt, the hospitals and clinics they work in have to cut costs and make money. As a result, people must take responsibility themselves for ensuring they go to where the right help is available, at the right price. A walk in the fracture clinic, for instance, will always charge less for an x-ray than what an emergency room in a large metropolitan hospital will charge. At the same time, as Dr. Kim Habibi explains, it is vital that people understand their insurance policy so that they know what they are and are not covered for.

Eric Ash
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Brooke Safford Explains How to Get the Right Travel Insurance Coverage

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 7, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — As an insurance expert, Brooke Safford regularly hears from people who have had a bad experience after taking out travel insurance. It is common that they believe to have good insurance in place, only to then find they weren’t covered for different things. Sometimes, this is because people do not read the fine print, or because they don’t keep a proper paper trail, receipts, and other evidence. Brooke Safford explains, however, that taking out the right travel insurance is often far trickier than people expect.

Brooke Safford Explains the Ins and Outs of Travel Insurance

According to Brooke Safford, most people are aware of the fact that travel insurance exists to protect them from unforeseen events when traveling. If events are foreseeable, which means they are likely to happen, it is virtually impossible to get coverage for it. That said, it is possible to take out CFAR (Cancel for any Reason) insurance, which may also cover the more expected events. However, Brooke Safford explains that it is incredibly important to then read the fine print and to truly understand the associated terms and conditions. In most cases, CFAR coverage is offered as an optional upgrade and they come with varying terms, most only refunding part of the trip in cash and returning a credit for another part of the trip.

Those wanting to go on a cruise can usually take out CFAR and upgrade this further to a 100% cash back in case of interruptions or cancellations, but then only in specific situations. Medical issues, for instance, are usually covered. Cruise travelers, according to Brooke, often take these out because it gives them everything that they need. Indeed, these plans often also include medical coverage in case something happens on board, ashore, or during excursions. Some will also include medical evacuation benefits, which can be incredibly expensive as an evacuation often costs in excess of $50,000. Similarly, if people have to fly to their cruise terminal, they must ensure that they are covered for cancellations and delays, as this could mean they miss their cruise. Trip delay benefits should always be included in a cruise travel insurance package, and Brooke explains that policyholders should also check whether they will be covered for expenses incurred due to this delay.

How much insurance costs are based on the price of the trip. Hence, the more expensive the trip, the more expensive the insurance as well. However, according to Brooke, there are other factors to be aware of as well, including the destination, the type of travel, the level of coverage, and the age of the traveler. He explains that a fair price for a standard insurance package is between 5% and 7% of the total trip. However, if someone wants to add CFAR to this, they can expect to increase their price by 40%.

According to Brooke, it is important to consider whether or not the insurance investment is worth it. Because there are so many different options available, people now have the ability to choose what is right for them, instead of taking out unsuitable blanket coverage.

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CCHR Calling for Ban on Torturous Electroconvulsive Therapy

Ban Electroshock (ECT) Device Being Used on Children, the Elderly and Vulnerable Patients

Ban Electroshock (ECT) Device Being Used on Children, the Elderly and Vulnerable Patients

CCHR Florida

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

Mental Health Watchdog calls upon the FDA to ban the ECT device from use after finding electroshock causes brain damage, memory loss and death.

ECT is brutality in the name of mental health care. The high death rate, severe memory loss, brain atrophy and damage ECT causes warrant it being banned under existing FDA law.”

— Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 3, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida announced its support of the nationwide movement to ban the use of electroshock treatment—the practice of sending up to 460 volts of electricity to the brain to “treat mental disorder”—stating that such a ban should be imminent in light of increasing reports of patients being damaged and deaths. Florida saw a 60% increase between 2015 and 2016 in the number of Medicaid recipients who were electroshocked while Texas, the only state to record deaths within 14 days of electroshock being administered, reported a death rate in recent years that represents an estimated 300 deaths nationally each year. The most frequent causes of death have been cardiac events and suicide, according to one study.

Jan Eastgate, president of CCHR International, said: “Electroshock is mental euthanasia, with a long history of being used for torture and abuse. Electric shock eradicates memory. It should never be condoned or permitted because quite apart from its inhuman aspects, patients consider it bluntly criminal, especially when forced on them. Psychiatrists and the FDA pass off electric shock machines as wonderful, even though they can kill patients.”

Electroshock’s brutal and sordid history ranges from its use in the slaughter of pigs, to painful “aversion therapy” on homosexuals, inflicting brain damage on those receiving ECT and torture.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never obtained a single clinical trial from the manufacturers of the electroshock devices proving their safety and efficacy. Under Section 516 of the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act the FDA has a duty to ban devices that present “substantial deception or unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury.” Electroshock, also called electroconvulsive therapy or ECT, can cause brain damage, long term memory loss and death, constituting more than a “substantial risk” and is far from safe and effective, according to thousands of survivors’ complaints. Ignoring these dangers, the FDA has instead limited bans under this Section to prohibiting the use of powdered gloves in medical or surgical procedures and prosthetic hair fiber implants that may trigger inflammation and hypersensitivity reactions, the latter FDA says were misrepresented in marketing as “safe, effective and causing little or no discomfort.”

“Despite evidence clearly demonstrating that there are substantial risks associated with the use of ECT, the FDA and APA continue to ignore the perils,” stated Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida. “One person being electroshocked is one too many and we are urging everyone to sign the petition to ban ECT”

The petition to ban ECT being used on children, the elderly and vulnerable patients has gained widespread support and stresses that in light of the fact that the FDA admits ECT can cause cardiovascular complications, memory loss, cognitive impairment, brain damage and death and that psychiatrists admit they do not know how ECT “works,” that the FDA should ban the electroshock (ECT) device from use.

Examples of brain damage and memory loss are all too abundant:

• In March 2016, a coroner from Sunderland County in the UK determined Elsie Tindle died after electroshock triggered an epileptic fit which caused irreparable brain damage.

• A 2012 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported a considerable “decrease in functional connectivity” between the prefrontal lobes of the brain and other parts of the brain after ECT. The most extensive long-term follow-up study indicates that “most ECT patients will never recover from the damage in the form of persistent severe mental deficits.”

• Austin, Texas, psychologist John Breeding, who heads the Coalition for the Abolition of Electroshock, said, “The bottom line is that ECT ‘works’ to the extent that it damages and disables the brain.” Breeding dispels psychiatric theories that the procedure is safer today than its “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” days in the 60s. He says that ECT has more potential for harm than ever. Much higher voltages are employed in the modern procedure because muscle relaxants and anesthetics raise the seizure threshold, with more electricity required to produce a seizure. The greater heat and electricity themselves cause more brain cell death, he says. He concludes “Given what we know about the resulting brain damage, I think this is a form of assault….”

• Leading ECT researcher and advocate, psychologist Harold Sackeim admitted in an editorial in The Journal of ECT that “virtually all patients experience some degree of persistent and, likely, permanent retrograde amnesia.” In a January 2007 study published in Neuropsychopharmacology, Sackeim and colleagues acknowledged that ECT may cause permanent amnesia and permanent deficits in cognitive abilities, which affect ability to function.

• In 2005, Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Denise de Bellefeuille ruled that a psychiatrist and Santa Barbara psychiatric facility deceived its patients by failing to tell them that ECT causes irreversible memory loss. The psychiatrist (who had performed shock treatment for over 20 years), admitted that neither he nor anyone else understands how shock treatment works, and that the consent form Johnson provided to patients was “decidedly misleading in a critical regard,” concerning the permanency of memory loss.

Stein says, “To treat mental problems by electric shocks is brutality in the name of mental health care. The high death rate, severe memory loss, brain atrophy and damage ECT causes warrant it being banned under existing FDA law.”

To sign the petition to ban ECT please visit Ban Electroshock (ECT) Device Being Used on Children, the Elderly and Vulnerable Patients

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.

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Diane Stein
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IT Governance targets industry readiness with NIS Regulations surveys

ELY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM, August 3, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ely, United Kingdom, 03 August 2018 – Two new surveys, aimed at discovering how prepared organisations are for the NIS Regulations (the Network & Information Systems Regulations 2018), has been launched by IT Governance.

By completing either of these surveys you stand a chance of winning a voucher worth £300 that can be used against any product or service purchased from IT Governance. Click here to take part.

The NIS Regulations became UK law on 10 May 2018 and transposes the NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems). With the NIS Regulations applying to both OES and DSPs, IT Governance has launched two surveys to understand industry compliance. Non-compliance could lead to a fine of up to £17 million.

Industry compliance remains in the early days of adoption but with the regulation only affecting certain organisation types many are still unaware that they need to comply. The aim of this survey is to help organisations assess their own general awareness and readiness to meet the NIS Regulations’ requirements and gain a clear picture of the NIS Regulations landscape.

Are you an OES?
The NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has published 14 high-level principles that OES are expected to implement in their compliance projects. A CAF (cyber assessment framework) has been developed from these principles that will be used during audits of OES to ensure they are meeting all the necessary requirements.

Are you a DSP?
The NIS Regulations also reinforce DSPs’ compliance with the Commission Implementing Regulation, which outlines the steps DSPs must take to comply with the NIS Regulations. Because of DSPs’ cross-border nature, the Commission Implementing Regulation applies to all DSPs across the EU.

Last month IT Governance announced a gap analysis service which assesses an organisation’s cyber security arrangements and provides a clear action plan to improve current levels of compliance with the NIS Regulations.

For more information on the NIS Regulations, visit our website, email servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk or call +44 (0)333 800 7000.

Liam Papworth
IT Governance
+ 44 3338007000
email us here

Source: EIN Presswire

Percentage of Elderly Receiving ECT Jumps Dramatically for Those who are Eligible for Medicare

Elder Abuse - Ban ECT

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater

CCHR Florida

According to Federal Medicare records, over 20,000 Americans received electroshock in 2014 under Medicare, which Americans are eligible for when they turn 65.

Having an Advance Mental Health Directive on file can protect a person from unwanted and dangerous psychiatric drugs and procedures – including ECT.”

— Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, August 2, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to Federal Medicare records, over 20,000 Americans received electroshock in 2014 under Medicare, which Americans are eligible for when they reach 65 years of age. [1] Of interest is that the percentage of elderly receiving ECT jumps dramatically for those who are eligible for Medicare from 3.4% of those under the age of 65 years receiving ECT to 15.6% for those 65 years of age and older. [2]

In response to this alarming information, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health, is encouraging individuals and especially seniors to complete and have on file an Advance Mental Health Directive so that if they become incapacitated their wishes will still be honored. Florida is one of 25 states that has a law allowing a person to write instructions on what if any mental health care they wish to receive including hospitalization, psychiatric drugs, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and experimental procedures. [3]

“Having an Advance Mental Health Directive on file can protect a person from unwanted and dangerous psychiatric drugs and procedures – including ECT,” stated Diane Stein, President of CCHR Florida. “This is why our organization regularly hosts a free workshop on these directives for the purpose of educating citizens on their rights.”

CCHR’s Advance Mental Health Directive Workshop is open to the public, free of charge and delivered by attorney Mrs. Carmen Miller a former Assistant Public Defender in the Thirteenth Circuit for many years in Tampa who is now in the private sector. For more information on the next workshop or please call 727-442-8820.

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. It was L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who brought the terror of psychiatric imprisonment to the notice of the world. In March 1969, he said, “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.’” For more information visit, www.cchrflorida.org

[1] Petition to Ban ECT Device use on Elderly https://www.change.org/p/ban-electroshock-ect-device-being-used-on-children-the-elderly-and-vulnerable-patients
[2] Variation in ECT use in the United States https://www.researchgate.net/publication/15444308_Variation_in_ECT_use_in_the_United_States
[3] Psychiatric Advanced Directives in Florida http://www.nrc-pad.org/states/florida-faq

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
(727) 422-8820
email us here

CCHR: Psychiatric Abuse of the Elderly

Source: EIN Presswire