Saturday the 20th of May 2006
UK Lyme Disease Advocate Arrested and Sectioned
Lexington, KY USA
By LymeBlog News Staff
May 16, 2006 9:23 PM
According to our sources in the UK, on Monday 8th May at 9.00am, Lisa Masterson, a contoversial Lyme disease advocate in the UK and organiser of the January 2006 demonstration at the Gresham College (UK) Gulf War Syndrome lecture by Prof Simon Wessely, has been arrested.
In January this year, Lisa had organised a protest at a lecture given by the psychiatrist Simon Wessely (See related news articles below). He is the main leader of a group of psychiatrists who have persisitently said that Gulf War Syndrome, and Chronic fatigue syndrome, are all due to stress and not real illnesses.
Ms. Masterson was "sectioned" under section 2 of the Mental Health Acts. Two witnesses say that 3 uniformed police officers, 2 psychiatrists and 2 social workers took her away. Despite several requests from Masterson, they would not allow her to phone a solicitor (lawyer) or anyone else.
She is being held in a locked ward at the Central Middlesex Hospital. Solicitors were eventually able to visit her on Tuesday afternoon. A close family friend confirms that they have now ordered her confinement stating that she is mentally ill and suffering from paranoia, due to her belief that her computer has been hacked by
various agents including the US military.
The psychiatrists refused to look at printed firewall logs and also refused to look at any of the evidence online, including threatening messages from many months ago and recent threats to her children.
Conditions at the Pond Ward are described as dirty, noisy, and dangerous, with mixed male and female patients, many of whom are violent. Drug therapy is often enforced on the patients in this ward.
Sources who know Masterson say that they believe that she is not insane, nor depressed, nor dangerous. She, simply, has been too outspoken and that outspokenness comes from her determination to see justice and truth.
The address of the ward is as follows, any messages of support would be greatly appreciated and would demonstrate that Lisa Masterson is not alone.
Park Royal Centre for Mental Health
Central Middlesex Hospital
Background information on the Lisa Masterson story
Update on Lisa as of Wed May 24th 2006
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