From:                                         Jim Gottstein <>

Sent:                                           Wednesday, June 12, 2024 12:59 PM


Cc:                                     ;;;; 'David Russell'

Subject:                                     Please Stop the Mayo Clinic from Electroshocking David Russell Against his Will


Dear Mr. Powell,


This is to bring to your attention the despicable actions of the Mayo Clinic in going back on their word not to electroshock David Russell against his will.  After having told Mr. Russell they were not going to electroshock him several weeks ago after having gone to court to get an order allowing it, around 2:00 pm today, June 12th, he was informed they are going to start electroshocking him against his will tomorrow.  My experience is people are normally electroshocked in the morning.   It is probably too late to stop this first electroshocking, but it is normally done multiple times and the court order allows up to 30.  I am imploring you to stop Mayo from Electroshocking David Russell. 


They wouldn't answer any of his questions, such as how many times they plan to electroshock him, what they expect to accomplish, or even why they decided to subject him to electroshock when they had previously informed him they had decided against it.  David suspects it is because he has been telling them about the corruption he has knowledge of.  Even if David is incorrect about that, it is no justification for electroshocking him.


Contrary to the marketing of the electroshock industry, electroshock is very harmful with virtually no benefits to the patient.  See the information on the Electroshock page of the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) website. The January 24, 2011, PsychRights letter to the Food and Drug Administration is a good summary.   


Electroshock, however, does have benefits for staff and other people because it tends to shut the patients up or otherwise disable them.  In fact, Mr. Russell witnessed another patient being electroshocked to the point where he couldn’t even talk and even needed help eating.   Mr. Russell is terrified.


The United Nations has concluded Electroshock can constitute torture in violation of International Law.  See, UN Human Rights Council. (19 June 2020). “Mental Health and Human Rights: Resolution 43/13 Adopted 19 June 2020.” A/HRC/RES/43/13. Geneva: United Nations; UN Human Rights Council. (20 Mar 2020). Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: Report of the Special Rapporteur. A/HRC/43/49. Geneva: United Nations; Méndez, Juan E. (4 Mar 2013). “Statement By Mr. Juan E Méndez, Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.” Geneva: United Nations. See also the related Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Juan E. Méndez (2013), A/HRC/22/53. Geneva: United Nations.


You are no doubt chair of the Mayo Board of Trustees because you believe it is helping people and want to further that service.  That is not true in this case.  Again, I implore you to intercede and stop the electroshocking of David Russell against his will.  Do you want to be associated with an organization that is perpetrating torture?





Jim Gottstein

MindFreedom International

(301) 987-4466 (Direct)

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Author of The Zyprexa Papers