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Joan Gadsby Update

April 2009

Since writing her internationally endorsed book Addiction By Prescription published in 2000, Joan has continued with great persistence and dedication to create awareness and bring about much overdue systemic change worldwide re addictive prescription drugs - benzodiazepines and antidepressants. Joan views antidepressants as the follow up to Valium 20 years later.

Based on her many years of comprehensive research into addictive prescription drugs and through her own experience, Joan received an Honorary PhD for her work in this field in which she has become an internationally recognized authority, educator, advocate and presenter at many international conferences.

She also continues to do media interviews throughout North America and in October, 2006 was in Washington, DC filming a television program for the Retirement Living Network.

Joan also provides medical and legal consulting services to various clients including lawyers, mostly in North America as her time permits.

A feature film/movie project based on her book is in the development stage and remains a passion and priority for Joan.

In 2003 after 12 years of costly and frustrating litigation against her former doctor and former lawyer (who was found to be egregiously negligent in the first trial), Joan made the difficult decision not to continue with a further Appeal and to move on with her life leaving behind over $2 million in economic losses and damages from her former prescription drug addiction.

Joan has been off all prescription drugs for over 18 years now,has rebuilt her health,her family and her life and firmly believes God kept her alive from her unintentional overdose in February 1990 when she almost died, to continue to carry on her important message of the horrific effects of addictive prescription drugs - an accidental and doctor induced addiction. Denial, ignorance and apathy unfortunately continue today within the medical profession while drug companies continue to be motivated primarily by money and bottom line profits.

Joan has returned to her career in marketing and property development as President of her own company, Market Media International Corporation and in 2005 she bought 3 acres of oceanview property on which she is developing and building 31 villas in an exclusive niche market community in West Sechelt on the scenic Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada under the name of Seaview Villa Estates. Joan is President of Seaview Villa Estates - web site www.seaviewvillaestates.com.

The tragic deaths of Joan's 2 beloved children, Derek in December 25, 1966 with a brain tumour and Deb, May 1, 1999 of breast cancer continue to have profound effects on Joan's life. Both are in her heart, thoughts and prayers daily.

The birth of her 2 grandchildren, Veronica who is 6 and August who is 3 to her daughter Carrie and her husband David, a former New Yorker, and who live minutes away from Joan's home in North Vancouver, Canada have brought new love, joy and meaning to her life.

Market-Media International Corp.
4507 Cedarcrest Ave., North Vancouver, BC, V7R 3R2, Canada
Phone: (604) 987-6064 Fax: (604) 987-6063
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