Risky medical tests where you may not get informed consent

Discontinuing benzos, SSRIs, SSRI antihistamines, or psych drugs prior to a test

Discontinuing psych drugs can be dangerous and/or lead to suicide. Many doctors do not know this. Learn how to safely discontinue psych drugs here: https://withdrawal.theinnercompass.org/

Lumbar puncture

There is a risk that your CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) will leak following this procedure. The risk tends to be underrecognized and doctors aren’t always trained on the best precautions to minimize the risk of a CSF leak.

CSF leaks may be more common in people who are hyperflexible without flexibility training. The following infographic lets you figure out your Beighton score.

Once you have a CSF leak that has been patched, certain physical maneuvers (e.g. Valsava maneuver) risk blowing the patch.



There are potential benefits to this test as it may help your doctor reach a particular diagnosis. You’ll need to weigh the risk/reward. (You can also try some of the treatments without a positive diagnosis, depending on what the diagnosis might be.)

MRI contrast dye (gadolinium-based contrast dye)

You can get gadolinium toxicity from repeated exposure to MRI contrast dye (or even the first exposure to it). This can be a very debilitating condition that lasts for years (sort of like vax injury). Many doctors will downplay the risk because it would imply that some of their patients were harmed.

The injured seem to report reactions to contrast dye that are unrelated to gadolinium toxicity, though I haven’t been able to compile good data on that.

On the other hand, there are benefits to MRI contrast dye. MRI with contrast on your heart (cardiac MRI) is one of the best ways to diagnose myocarditis. While you can just try some of the treatments without a positive test, the diagnosis could help you financially in countries that compensate for myocarditis injuries. You’ll want to get accurate legal advice for your country (e.g. because the compensation boards may argue that your myocarditis is ‘mild’ and therefore you aren’t entitled to much compensation). You’ll need to figure out the risk/reward.

CT contrast dye (iodine-based)

The vax injured seem to react to this at high rates, though I haven’t come across great data on this. It doesn’t seem to lead to long-lasting side effects.

Too many CT scans

…can lead to cancer. The risk is low but clinically unnecessary scans should be avoided.

The new risk estimates clearly enable us to confirm that for every clinically justified CT scan, the benefit by far outweighs the risk. That being said, far too many clinically unnecessary CT scans are still being performed—these number in the tens of millions each year in the United States (18,19)—and here the benefit will not outweigh the risk. It is hoped that the publication of this landmark article (10) will provide an added stimulus to justify every medical imaging procedure, both in children and in adults.

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