Mikaika, Things can always seem dark. We have to have hope and persevere. Even if there are changes that come about because of this eventually they will be forgotten and chipped away at. We can see that with so many other things. Just because you haven’t seen results yet does not mean we should give up. In fact I was just contacted by Congress they didn’t tell me anything but normally I never hear anything and so I have believe that the people who have written Congress are making a difference. What we are need are more people to say things and to petition their representatives and to tell others and to not let this die on the vine. For as John Philpot Curran said “The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.” When I decided to whistleblow I thought of the admonition by Hillel: “If I’m not for myself, then who will be for me. If I am only for myself, what I am I. If not now, when?” These issues and the larger issues with the corruption in the FDA endangered my own life and my child’s and so I needed to protect us. I could have just avoided certain drugs but there were so many that I hadn’t worked on and so knew I had no clue as to what had been covered up. Plus what about everyone else. I couldn’t protect ourselves and not others. There are so many acts of corruption that occur in the FDA but people will often just not listen and so often times it’s the better part of valor to try to do what you can internally to fight knowing that you will fail and be overridden. So most of the time I felt it wasn’t worth falling on my sword over things. However in the face of I what I saw as mass murder I felt that if I wasn’t willing to stand up and risk everything then when would I ever stand up. Similarly with all the corruption that I saw in the FDA in the 2000’s and especially with psychiatry (both inside and outside the FDA) it made me think of the famous saying by Martin Niemöller regarding the Holocaust where there are various versions but where I was especially aware of the one where he said: “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the incurables (i.e. mentally ill), and I did not speak out— because I was not an incurable. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” Consequently I believed that what I was seeing was just the canary in the coal mine and that government attacks on citizens could grow worse. So please everyone, please continue to write and don’t let up. Write Congress. Write newspapers with op-ed pieces. Don’t let up. It’s draining and I know it appears hopeless at times and it’s going to be a never ending battle to have integrity in the system but we can’t give up.