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Letter to Sarah Teather MP of 29 September 2009 | Changes to UK Mental Health Act

September 29, 2009

Dear Sarah Teather,

I have recently been made aware of proposed temporary changes to the UK Mental Health Act that will allow people ‘with suspected mental health issues to be quickly detained because of fears over staff shortages in any forthcoming swine flu outbreak.’ This includes reducing the number of doctors giving the required psychiatric assessment from two to one. One of the possibilities this opens up is the ability to easily detain or section and subsequently forcibly drug people who refuse to take the swine flu vaccine.

In my opinion these changes smack of Orwellian control tactics and are a very dangerous precedent to set with only one month’s consultation being undertaken. The author of the article from which this news was sourced posed the question ‘Is it right that swine flu should affect health regulations?’ To which a member of the public responded: ‘Absolutely not, especially if these authorities redefine mental illness to include being opposed to the government’s official stories about the swine flu. When governments remove civil rights and arbitrarily change laws so as to deny due process of law, we are automatically living under a dictatorship. Citizens of any nation which allow such nefarious back-door assaults on their freedoms will have their indifference rewarded with tyranny.’

I strongly request that you do whatever you can to prevent these changes from taking place in this manner, even if they are temporary. As of my writing this letter there is not sufficient information available to say how long these measures would be enacted for and what the full extent of the legislation will be.

Yours sincerely,

Seth Mowshowitz

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  1. toby lee permalink
    September 30, 2009 11:28 am

    There is substantial data suggesting that keeping your vitamin D levels up will protect you from H1N1 (Swine Flu) and colds and flu in general.
    Take a look at these two articles:

    August 2009-Vitamin D3 deficiency and its role in influenza

    Sept 2009-More on Vitamin D3 and influenza

    If the links don’t work, go to and look under “In the News” This site offers a good newsletter on Vitamin D updates and recently launched a new micropill formulation of Vitamin D.

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