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Psychiatry in charge of gun control: utter disaster

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by Jon Rappoport

September 5, 2019

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During the reign of Barack Obama, mass shootings prompted a White House declaration that community mental health centers would be created across America, in order to spot and treat persons before they committed violent acts. Now, under Trump, we are seeing a similar reaction, with a twist.

The Daily Caller, Aug 22, 2019: “Trump Admin Is Considering Using Amazon Echo And Apple Watch To Determine If Citizens Should Own A Gun”

“The Trump administration is considering a proposal that would use Google, Amazon and Apple to collect data on users who exhibit characteristics of mental illness that could lead to violent behavior, The Washington Post reported Thursday.”

“The proposal is part of an initiative to create a Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA), which would be located inside the Health and Human Services Department, the report notes, citing sources inside the administration. The new agency would have a separate budget and the president would be responsible for appointing its director.” More

It’s the Brain-altering Drugs Stupid: Addictive Opioids, SSRIs, Anti-psychotics, Benzodiazepines and Suicidality

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Duty to WarnBy Gary G. Kohls, MD – December 18, 2018 (3,471 words)

 

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we’ve been fooled.” — Carl Sagan, “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection” (February 1, 1987)

Drug Czar Jim McClelland launching the RxADI Indiana initiative in Indianapolis – July 2018

This morning, just as I was about to start writing my weekly Duty to Warn column, I glanced through my local paper, the Duluth News-Tribune, and was confronted by a full-page ad on page A3, essentially identical to the one pictured above, except that the News-Tribune version didn’t have any Indiana groups on the poster.

The ad was titled “Rallying to Address Opioid Addiction”. The ad likely cost well over a thousand dollars and was paid for by an entity that I had never heard of before called “Rx ALI Minnesota”. Rx ALI is the abbreviation for Rx [ie, prescription drug] Abuse Leadership Initiative). The group is apparently a fresh new “alliance” of “concerned” corporate entities that were suddenly interested in the opioid crisis that has been affecting all portions of America for decades.

Or maybe the interest of some of this now-seemingly ubiquitous major alliance that is sponsoring the ad all over America has some ulterior motives, such as trying to obscure the guilt that those behind the initiative should be acknowledging. Perhaps there are hidden entities that have been guilty of actually causing the addiction and suicidality crises in the first place are they are now trying to unjustly be a part of the many altruistic efforts that are going on already.

Pretending to be a part of the solution is easier than admitting that they were a major cause for the crisis in the first place. Big Businesses are notorious for trying to finagle their way into positions of “leadership” when decisions might be made that could affect their share price, shareholder confidence, prestige or corporate survival.

Five days before the full-page RxADI ad appeared in the News-Tribune, there was an opinion piece published that was written by the CEO of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America), one of the ad sponsors seen at the top of the photo image above. The editorial was about dealing with the national opioid crisis. CADCA’s HQ is located in the Washington, DC area, so it was fair to ask what motivated the CEO to specifically write an opinion piece for Duluth readers? In that piece, which was supposedly written specifically for the News=Tribune, CADCA’s CEO named many of the co-sponsors of the ad that was published 5 days later. I knew right away that the proximity of the two items was no coincidence.

So I had to dig further.

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Psych Drugs and Guns Don’t Mix

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 By Gary G. Kohls, MD – 4-02-2018

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“Violence and other potentially criminal behaviors caused by prescription drugs are medicine’s best kept secret.” — David Healy, UK psychiatrist and author (and co-founder of www.RxISK.org)

“The establishment media ignores the scientific evidence linking psychiatric medications and violent behavior because psychiatry is the religion of the mainstream media, and they don’t want to see the dangers of psychiatrically prescribed drugs.” — Peter R. Breggin, psychiatrist and author (www.breggin.org)

In some European nations it is against the law for doctors to prescribe SSRIs for children and adolescents because of 1) the lack of long-term safety studies and 2) the known increased incidence of violence and suicide.” —

The FDA has warned that any abrupt change in dose, whether starting on, increasing, decreasing or discontinuing the drug, skipping doses by forgetting, or when switching from one antidepressant to another where you are both abruptly decreasing one antidepressant AND abruptly increasing the new antidepressant can cause suicide, hostility or psychosis – generally a manic psychosis which is often (mis-)diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder or occasionally as Schizophrenia when it is actually caused by the abrupt change in dose. Another problem can be if another antidepressant is added to one you are already takin,g thus producing a synergistic affect. Withdrawal, especially abrupt withdrawal, from any of these medications can cause severe neuropsychiatric as well as physical symptoms, both of which can be life threatening.”

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” – Upton Sinclair, anti-fascist, anti-imperialist American author from the early decades of the 20th century. Sinclair’s 1903 novel “Jungle” was about the horrific slaughterhouse practices in the meat-packing industry in Chicago. That powerful book led to President Theodore Roosevelt’s pushing through the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. (Ed note: Upton Sinclair’s axiom, if taken to heart, applies to almost every employee, investor, CEO or member of every board of directors of every polluting, for-profit industry as well as for most of us physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, drug sales reps, journalists, banker-lenders and the employees and CEOs of every company that makes or markets toxic substances, drugs and vaccines– (with the exception of those courageous ones who stood up and spoke out against the injustice or the pollution that their industries were participating in). I was recently reminded of the lyrics of a Peter, Paul and Mary song that included the lyrics: “If you’ve been to jail for justice, then you’re a friend of mine”. Upton Sinclair would have resonated with that song.)

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Psychoactive Drugs and Violence

In my weekly Duty to Warn columns I have frequently written about the connections between 1) the wide-spread prescribing of dangerous psychiatric drugs to humans whose brains have not fully developed and 2) the large variety of violent, often criminal behaviors that are committed by the newly drug-intoxicated patients. More

How the CIA hid their MKULTRA mind-control program

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March 30, 2018

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“To give you an idea of how far the CIA, the US military, and its allied academics will go in MKULTRA “research,” here is what I wrote in 1995 about several human experiments. My information was based on the three key books I mentioned above, as well as Martin Lee’s classic, Acid Dreams:

“Dr. Robert Heath of Tulane University, as early as 1955, working for the Army, gave patients LSD while he had electrodes implanted deep inside their brains.”

“In the mid-1950’s, Paul Hoch, M.D., a man who would become Commissioner of Mental Hygiene for the State of New York, then a laborer in the field for the CIA, gave a ‘pseudoneurotic schizophrenic’ patient mescaline. The patient had a heaven-and-hell journey on the compound. But Hoch followed this up with a transorbital leucotomy [aka lobotomy]… Hoch also gave a patient LSD, and a local anesthetic, and then proceeded to remove pieces of his cerebral cortex, asking at various moments whether the patient’s perceptions were changing.”

People need to understand how the history of mind control and psychiatry are interwoven, and how the madmen and murderers within these “professions” are content to use torture “in the name of science.”READ MORE HERE!!

When deranged psychiatrists became social justice warriors

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“As Dr. Peter Breggin describes it in his landmark book, Toxic Psychiatry, a deal was struck. Drug companies would bankroll psychiatry and rescue it. These companies would pour money into professional conferences, journals, research. In return, they wanted “science” that would promote mental disease as a biological/chemical fact, a gateway into scores of new drugs. Everyone would win—except the patient.”

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I wrote and posted this article on October 11, 2012. What I revealed then is still happening now. I offer the article as an illustration of how far “social justice” can go in actually punishing people classified as victims—not helping them as advertised.

Buckle up:

It’s the latest thing. Psychiatrists are now giving children in poor neighborhoods Adderall, a dangerous medical stimulant, by making false diagnoses of ADHD, or no diagnoses at all.

Their aim? “Promote social justice,” to improve academic performance in school.

The rationale is, the drugged kids will now be able to compete with children from wealthier families who attend better schools.

Leading the way is Dr. Michael Anderson, a pediatrician in the Atlanta area. Incredibly, Anderson told the New York Times his diagnoses of ADHD are “made up,” “an excuse” to hand out the drugs.

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Exposing psychiatry as a fraud from top to bottom

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Exposing psychiatry as a fraud from top to bottom

Note: This is an expanded version of my recent piece about psychiatry. It contains far more evidence that psychiatry is a highly dangerous fraud.

By Jon Rappoport

“Promoting diabolically false science, psychiatry creates a gateway for defining many separate states of consciousness that don’t exist at all. They’re cheap myths, fairy tales.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Regardless of what you think of Donald Trump, the deployment of psychiatrists to diagnose a person they oppose on political grounds is a tactic—not science.

In some cases, psychiatrists give favored individuals a soft landing—“Well, he’s suffering from bipolar and he needs help straightening out his life”—while in other cases these shrinks use their diagnoses to discredit and diminish public figures—“his judgment is impaired, pay no attention to what he’s saying, he needs treatment (toxic drugs).”

It’s the old USSR strategy, with a few cultural twists to fit the American landscape.

It’s time to lay out the facts about psychiatry, to show how bankrupt this “science” really is.

Wherever you see organized psychiatry operating, you see it trying to expand its domain and its dominance. The Hippocratic Oath to do no harm? Are you kidding?

The first question to ask is: do these mental disorders have any scientific basis? There are now roughly 300 of them. They multiply like fruit flies.

An open secret has been bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.

THERE ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.

No blood tests, no urine tests, no saliva tests, no brain scans, no genetic assays.

And along with that:

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A whole branch of science turns out to be fake

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A whole branch of science turns out to be fake

By Jon Rappoport

Devotees of science often assume that what is called science is real and true. It must be. Otherwise, their faith is broken. Their superficial understanding is shattered. Their “superior view” of the world is torpedoed.

Such people choose unofficial “anti-science” targets to attack. They never think of inspecting their own house for enormous fraud.

For example: psychiatry.

An open secret has been slowly bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.

THERE ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.

And along with that:

ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.

Their findings are published in periodically updated editions of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), printed by the American Psychiatric Association.

For years, even psychiatrists have been blowing the whistle on this hazy crazy process of “research.”

Of course, pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture highly toxic drugs to treat every one of these “disorders,” are leading the charge to invent more and more mental-health categories, so they can sell more drugs and make more money.

 

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Drugs and Guns Don’t Mix: Medication Madness, Military Madness and Mass Shootings

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By Gary G. Kohls, MD – 10-02-2017

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Psychiatrist Peter Breggin’s Medication Madness is a fascinating, frightening and dramatic look at the role that psychiatric medications have played in 50 case histories of suicide, murder (including mass shooters), and other violent, criminal and bizarre behaviors…Psychiatric drugs frequently cause individuals to lose their judgment and their ability to control their emotions and actions…Many categories of psychiatric drugs can cause potentially horrendous reactions. Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Xanax, lithium, Zyprexa and other psychiatric medications may spellbind patients into believing they are improved when too often they are becoming worse. Psychiatric drugs drive some people into psychosis, mania, depression, suicide, agitation, compulsive violence and loss of self-control without the individuals realizing that their medications have deformed their way of thinking and feeling…the FDA, the medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry have oversold the value (and undersold the dangers) of psychiatric drugs.” – From the liner notes to Peter Breggin’s Medication Madness: A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-altering Medications

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Last Sunday, October 1, 2017, the US achieved a new record in the Guiness Book of Records for Mass Murders (a fictitious book) when a mass murderer in Las Vegas, Nevada, ambushed a crowd 20,000 innocent country music festival attendees in the street 32 stories below his hotel room. The shooter owned, quite irrationally, some two dozen military-grade weapons, including many semi-automatic rifles with large capacity magazines (plus thousands of rounds of ammunition). More

American Psychiatric Association Wants to Expand Electroshock on Children, Elderly and Vulnerable Patients

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The FDA Admits Electroshock can cause;

  • Cardiovascular complications (including heart attacks)
  • Breathing complications
  • Confusion
  • Permanent memory loss
  • Brain damage
  • Death

Yet the American Psychiatric Association Wants to Expand its Use on Children…

Please Sign and Forward the Petition:

Ban Electroshock (ECT) Device Being Used on Children, the Elderly and Vulnerable Patients https://www.change.org/p/ban-electroshock-ect-device-being-used-on-children-the-elderly-and-vulnerable-patients

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Carla Moxon

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800-869-2247

 

Updates on Free John Rohrer with Katherine Hine

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Talk with Tenney: Updates on Free John Rohrer with Katherine Hine

 

  • CALL IN (267)521-0167 MONDAY 1/23/17 – 9 p.m.- 11 p.m. Eastern to TALK WITH TENNEY:
  • (267)521-0164 to discuss UPDATES on the John Rohrer case.
  • Lauren last interviewed Katherine October 6, 2016:
  • 2 more judges have now disqualified themselves for obvious or admitted bias in the John Rohrer psychiatric lockup case.
  • On January 26 and 27 John faces his 4th judge – 3rd visiting judge.
  • Katherine will explain the visiting judge financial racket Ohio taxpayers support, the techniques state psych hospitals use to perpetrate Medicaid fraud,
  • and will report on what is currently known about Judge Michael Ward.
  • Citizens are urged to come watch what should be a liberty hearing for John Rohrer:
  • 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 1/26/17 and,
  • 1/27/17 before Judge Michael W. Ward, Ross County Courthouse, Chillicothe, Ohio.

For more information: www.wljaradio.net or call Katherine Hine:614-633-0215

 

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Inconvenient Truths About Big Pharma and the Psychiatric Industry: The Drugs May be the Problem

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By Gary G. Kohls, MD

We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.”Patrick Henry (1775)

“It would be good for humankind and bad for the fishes if all the drugs were thrown into the sea.” — Dr. William Osler

“One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine…The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease…The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.” — Dr. William Osler

“Prozac and its successor antidepressants cause sexual dysfunction in as many as 70% of people taking them.” – Dr Loren Mosher

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The Drugs May be the Problem

The title of this column, The Drugs May Be The Problem is also the title of a seminar that I will be presenting starting on Saturday morning, January 21, 2017. On that date, the first in a series of seminars will be presented at the Red Herring Lounge, 208 East 1st Street, Duluth, MN. The event begins with registration at 8:30 am. The seminar will go from 9 am to noon. There is space for 50 participants and there is no charge for attendance. Donations will be accepted to defray expenses. The hope is that individuals or groups that attend the seminar will be interested enough in the topic to be motivated to offer sponsorship of or promotion for future events. More

HR 34: A violation of your right to be free from forced drugging, psychiatry and a host of other government intrusions

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URGENT ACTION ALERT

On November 30th, the House passed HR 34, a 996-page bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Act. They are now rushing to get it introduced and passed by the Senate on Monday, December 5th, at 5:30 EST. This bill must be defeated because it contains some very dangerous provisions relating to psychiatric treatments.  This is an urgent call to action as we must let our Senators know that they need to oppose it.  We have less than 72-hours to do this.
TALKING POINTS ON WHY THIS BILL MUST BE OPPOSED:
*         It drastically broadens the criteria for who qualifies for forced psychiatric treatment.  For example, if you are labeled mentally ill, you can be court-ordered for psychiatric treatment just because you are “substantially unlikely to voluntarily participate in treatment.”  All states already have their own laws regarding involuntary treatment and so there is no need for Federal legislation, especially with such dangerously broad language.
*         It undermines FDA regulations that are essential for making sure medical and drug research is conducted ethically, scientifically and safely.  Meaning it could cost lives. 
*         Additionally, this 996-page bill is being fast-tracked through as it is being introduced with no time for the Senators to fully study and understand the broad implications of it.
If you live in the United States, we need you to do the following, very simple actions-it will take you less than 10 minutes:
1.    Find your Senators (you have TWO) at the end of this e-mail. They are listed alphabetically by state.
2.    Call the listed numbers and, using any or all of the above talking points, tell them you want to urge the Senator to vote NO on HR 34. Note: Calls are the most effective way to make your voice heard.
3.    Click on the contact link for each of your TWO senators. This brings you to a form to fill out which you follow the steps to email your message that you want them to vote NO on HR 34.
4.    Forward this e-mail to ALL family members, friends, or colleagues that live in the United States and urge them to do the same.

Please make your calls and send your e-mails right away, then e-mail us back to let us know you have done so.

Sincerely,
Carla Moxon
Director of Public Activities
CCHR International
800-869-2247

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Edward Bernays, the Father of American Propaganda “Tell a Lot of the Truth, but Never Tell the Whole Truth.

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Propaganda: “a message designed to persuade its intended audience to think and behave in a certain manner. Thus advertising is commercial propaganda. Or institutionalized and systematic spreading of information and/or disinformation, usually to promote a narrow political or religious (or commercial) viewpoint.” – from http://www.businessdictionary.com/ More

25 Good Reasons Why Psychiatry Must Be Abolished

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  “Because psychiatrists frequently cause harm, permanent            disabilities,  death— death of the body-mind-spirit.”

By Don Weitz, Psychiatric Survivor & 24-year activist in the psychiatric liberation movement

1. Because psychiatrists frequently cause harm, permanent disabilities, death – death of the body-mind-spirit.

2. Because psychiatrists frequently violate the Hippocratic Oath which orders all physicians “First Do No Harm.”

3. Because psychiatrists patronize and dis-empower people, especially their patients.

4. Because psychiatry is not a medical science.

5. Because psychiatry is quackery, a pseudo-science which lacks independent diagnostic tests, testable hypotheses, and cures for “schizophrenia” and all other types of alleged “mental illness” or “mental disorder”.

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New Obamacare Mental Health Policies Can Take Your Gun and Put You In a FEMA Camp

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A NATION BEGUILED

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by Dave Hodges

There is an ongoing battle for the psychological health and welfare of America’s children and eventually all Americans. Since 2002, the government has been intent on testing millions for mental illness. This obsession even extends to our veterans as they return from combat and leave the service. The veterans are increasingly being diagnosed as having PTSD and they are subsequently being adjudicated to not being eligible to own a firearm.

Marti Oakley has been at the forefront on covering elderly abuse in which the courts are stealing the property and incarcerating the elderly into mandatory detention in a care facility because they are mentally infirm. And why is this happening? If an elderly person fails to balance their checkbook, for example, they are robbed and confined by the courts.
These practices are reminiscent of how the Soviets used to imprison political enemies. The Soviets simply said…

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14 Lies That Our Psychiatry Professors in Medical School Taught Us

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Myth # 1:

“The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) tests all new psychiatric drugs”

False. Actually the FDA only reviews studies that were designed, administered, secretly performed and paid for by the multinational profit-driven drug companies. The studies are frequently farmed out by the pharmaceutical companies by well-paid research firms, in whose interest it is to find positive results for their corporate employers. Unsurprisingly, such research policies virtually guarantee fraudulent results.

Myth # 2:

“FDA approval means that a psychotropic drug is effective long-term”

False. Actually, FDA approval doesn’t even mean that psychiatric drugs have been proven to be safe – either short-term or long-term! The notion that FDA approval means that a psych drug has been proven to be effective is also a false one, for most such drugs are never tested – prior to marketing – for longer than a few months (and most psych patients take their drugs for years). The pharmaceutical industry pays many psychiatric “researchers” – often academic psychiatrists (with east access to compliant, chronic, already drugged-up patients) who have financial or professional conflicts of interest – some of them even sitting on FDA advisory committees who attempt to “fast track” psych drugs through the approval process. For each new drug application, the FDA only receives 1 or 2 of the “best” studies (out of many) that purport to show short-term effectiveness. The negative studies are shelved and not revealed to the FDA. In the case of the SSRI drugs, animal lab studies typically lasted only hours, days or weeks and the human clinical studies only lasted, on average, 4- 6 weeks, far too short to draw any valid conclusions about long-term effectiveness or safety!

Hence the FDA, prescribing physicians and patient-victims should not have been “surprised” by the resulting epidemic of SSRI drug-induced adverse reactions that are silently plaguing the nation. Indeed, many SSRI trials have shown that those drugs are barely more effective than placebo (albeit statistically significant!) with unaffordable economic costs and serious health risks, some of which are life-threatening and known to be capable of causing brain damage.

Myth # 3:

 “FDA approval means that a psychotropic drug is safe long-term”

False. Actually, the SSRIs and the “anti-psychotic” drugs are usually tested in human trials for only a couple of months before being granted marketing approval by the FDA. And the drug companies are only required to report 1 or 2 studies (even if many other studies on the same drug showed negative, even disastrous,  results). Drug companies obviously prefer that the black box and fine print warnings associated with their drugs are ignored by both consumers and prescribers. One only has to note how small the print is on the commercials.

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Childhood is Not a Mental Disorder

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You wouldn’t hesitate to dial 9-1-1 if you saw a child being physically threatened, beaten or abandoned.

Yet every day millions of children silently experience abuse at the hands of the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry—being falsely diagnosed and prescribed dangerous drugs, with many facing institutionalization.

Fortunately, Citizens Commission on Human Rights has been on the front lines of mental health reform since 1969… providing the antidote to the powers that continue to put profit before children’s lives.

Please watch this short video and arm yourself with 3 facts the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want you to know:

FACT #1: Over 8 million kids and adolescents in this country have been labeled as being “mentally ill.” Yet there are no brain scans, x-rays, genetic or blood tests that can prove this diagnosis. What is certain is that the 8.3 million children, more than one million age five and under, are prescribed dangerous and potentially lethal drugs to ingest.
FACT #2: In the U.S. alone, 286 regulatory agency warnings cite dangerous, often fatal side effects of the psychiatric drugs commonly prescribed to children. These include diabetes… heart problems… strokes… mania… psychosis… hallucinations… seizures… and worse.
FACT #3: Psychiatric drugs CAN KILL. Forty-one drug regulatory warnings cite suicide as a side effect of the drugs prescribed to children. Twenty-three different warnings cite sudden death. When placed on anti-depressants and similar medications, children die. That is a fact.
Don’t remain silent. Quickly learn what can be done to protect the millions of vulnerable kids who Citizens Commission on Human Rights advocates for each and every day.
Wear your support on your sleeve.

Receive a FREE “Childhood is Not a Mental Disorder” T-shirt — a $25 value — when you make a $50 tax-deductible donation today.

Whatever amount you give, know it will go a long way in the fight against the psychiatric labeling of children. And understand you will be directly helping at-risk girls and boys write their own, brighter stories. Thank you!

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Electroconvulsant Shock Therapy (ECT): Is it Safe or Even Effective?

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In my practice of holistic mental health care, I encountered a number of unfortunate patients that had had one or more series of electro-convulsant (shock) therapy (ECT) , where a series of sub-lethal electrical shocks are administered directly to one or both hemispheres of the brain.

To be regarded as “therapeutic”, enough electricity in this still very controversial procedure (often utilizing up to 400 volts) has to be given to cause a grand mal seizure, which inevitably results in post-seizure coma. Shock to the brain commonly results in memory loss (both short-term and long-term) and the loss of cognitive abilities (both short-term and long-term).

General anesthesia plus intravenous sedatives are also administered in order to eliminate any memory of the otherwise painful procedure and also to relax muscles (thus minimizing muscle damage and the possibility of fractured bones during the often violent seizure). Both drugs are brain-altering and potentially brain-damaging but are routinely given. The cocktail of futile and potentially neurotoxic psychiatric drugs that may even have caused chemical brain damage are typically continued for fear of causing serious withdrawal syndromes if they were to be stopped.

Labor costs account for much of the $500 – $1,000 cost for each ECT session, some or most of which is usually borne by health insurance companies. Most ECT is given in a series of 6 – 12 sessions, usually three times per week for 2 – 4 weeks. Besides the attending psychiatrist and an anesthetist or anesthesiologist, a number of other psychiatric staff, including psychiatric nurses, are present as assistants.

In the ECT-treated patients that came to my clinic, the memory loss and cognitive disabilities (which their psychiatrists had reassured them would be temporary) had actually become permanent, even years after the shock “treatments”. Permanent social security disability status was common, as was difficulty in functioning on the job. (A classic example of one of the many unintended consequence of ECT from history is Ernest Hemingway, who, after complaining of his severe loss of cognition and memory (his main tools as a writer), committed suicide shortly after the second of his two series of ECTs he had received at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.)

Every one of my ECT patients had also been treated – usually for years – with high doses of a multitude of powerful, brain-altering (even brain-damaging and dementia-inducing) psychiatric drugs in a bewildering array of guess-work cocktail combinations that failed the patient or made her worse. (It is important to note that no combination of two or more psychiatric drugs has ever been thoroughly tested, short-term or long-term, for safety or efficacy – even in the experimental animal lab. Indeed, most of the trial-and-error psychiatric drug combos that my ECT patients had been given were capable of (according to the Physician’s Desk Reference [PDR]) actually causing worsening depression, lethargy and/or suicidality. So-called “treatment-resistant” depression (drug “poop-out”, drug failure or drug intoxication) and suicidality are reasons commonly given for recommending ECT.

Given the multitude of exposes in the recent media concerning the high incidence of traumatic brain injuries in Iraq War veterans and NFL football players, it is important to point out that  autopsy studies that have been done on patients who died following ECT show findings very similar to what is found in the autopsies done on traumatic brain injury cases and vaccine brain injuries, namely, cerebral hemorrhages (abnormal bleeding), edema (excessive accumulation of fluid), cortical atrophy (shrinkage of the cerebral cortex), fibrosis (thickening and scarring), gliosis (growth of abnormal tissue) and partially destroyed brain tissue. Consult the bibliography below for proof.

ECT: Another Industry That is Too Big to Fail or Criticize?

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The Brain Game Psychiatry On Trial

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Once upon a time the “science” of psychiatry was dying, plus Big Pharma wasn’t satisfied with making billions off of antibiotics,  chemotherapy, vaccines and pain medicines. They wanted more. And besides, the of psychiatry needed help. Their “profession” was in a meltdown phase. So, the “mental health experts” looked down the rat hole to see what types of mental disorders could be created. There were none. Therefore, psychiatry was now at a crossroads. Either drum up a bunch of new and fake categories, drugs_deeslabels and new medicines to treat those who were fraudulently labeled “mentally ill,” or the poor
psyche doctors would have to bite the dust. They would be out of work.

Changeing the face of psychiatry was a huge undertaking as there were no definitive laboratory tests for any so-called mental disorders. So a committee of psychiatrists was formed who then published their
“findings” and they struck pay dirt. It was called The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM-IV, printed by the American Psychiatric Association. It became the cat’s meow for
medical diagnostics.

And what transpired out of this movement?

The DSM-IV, became the bible of psychiatry and contains 297 “official” definitions and labels for every mental disorder which includes Bipolar. Welcome to the funny farm. Dr. Allen Frances who headed up the project in 1994, however, came out later after the DSM-IV was printed and actually did a 180 degree
turnaround, by saying in an interview with Gary Greenberg of WIRED magazine, that “There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s B.S. I mean, you just can’t define it.” Basically, this acclaimed
and “professional” doctor just dropped one of the biggest bombs in the mental diagnostic/medical community. He went on to say that “Diagnosis {as spelled out in the DSM-IV} is part of the magic…”

Magic?

The demons were all made up and Dr. Allen Frances not only blew the whistle on himself but also the on the entire world of psychiatry, which more often than not, prescribes an array of pills with multiple and often harmful side effects to treat their patients.

What are the side effects?

In the US alone, there are at least 300,000 cases of motor brain damage incurred by people who have been prescribed so-called anti-psychotic drugs (aka “major tranquilizers”). Risperdal, is one such drug given to people diagnosed with Bipolar. (source: Toxic Psychiatry, Dr. Peter Breggin, St. Martin’s Press, 1991) Where’s the breaking mainstream media story on this one? The psychiatry buzzword “chemical imbalance” and Bipolar are just a few of the many fabricated labels engineered by those mental health
“experts” who are guilty of…“moving a human into the system, the medical apparatus, where the essence of the game is trapping that person to harvest his money, his time, his energy, and of course his health – as one new diagnosis follows on another, and one new toxic treatment after another is undertaken, from cradle to grave. The result is a severely debilitated human being (if he survives), whose major claim to fame is his list of diseases and disorders.” “Inside the pseudoscientific fraud of psychiatry.”
Jon Rappoport/nomorefakenews.com

Some mental health researchers are convinced that the DSM might soon be completely revolutionized or even rendered obsolete. Hasn’t happened yet.

In June of 2009, Frances published a broadside on the website of Psychiatric Times, an independent industry newsletter. Frances warned that the new DSM-5 manual, which came out in May, 2013, with
its emphasis on early intervention, would cause a “wholesale imperial medicalization of normality” and “a bonanza for the pharmaceutical industry,” for which patients would pay the “high price [of] adverse
effects, dollars, and stigma.” The drug dealing machine is at the door. WIRED article, Dec. 2010: Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness; Gary Greenberg; Also author of The Book of Woe.
Essentially, by design there is also a bigger picture here. What is evident is the abnormalization of the nation, purposely driven by none other than the New World Order’s shadow elite. These controllers are intent on using hundreds of trumped up disorders to sedate the masses, weaken the nation and then control the people. If a person is considered mentally healthy, then his thoughts and ideas could have power. Those types just do not fit into the New World Order. They are a threat to it. Have your eyes been opened yet?

It is the drugging of America. Resist it.

Cognitive Dissonance and the Psychopharmaceutical Industry

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new logokohls Gary G. Kohls, MD

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I have been writing a weekly column for Duluth’s Reader since 2009. Many of those columns were about issues that should be of serious concern to mental health practitioners (and family practice doctors) whose practices often rely on the use of temporarily helpful but often permanently brain-disabling – and potentially addictive – psychiatric drugs for patients who complain of temporary emotional problems that can often be effectively treated – and even cured – by non-drug means.

The major themes that I have dealt with over the years have included:

  • 1) the known dangers of the synthetic chemical drugs that alter the brain, psyche and soul;
  • 2) the serious, often life-threatening withdrawal symptoms that can result when these drugs are suddenly stopped or too-rapidly tapered down (thus indicating that the drugs were dependency-inducing/addicting);
  • 3) information about brain nutrient therapy for brain-malnourished or brain-damaged folks who may actually be neurologically-impaired and not simply mentally-impaired;
  • 4) safer, non-toxic, non-drug alternative approaches to mental ill health;
  • 5) information about the reality of combat and non-combat-induced psychological traumas (PTSD) as causative factors in neurological/mental ill health; and
  • 6) the large variety of aspects of traumatic stress injuries that have been misdiagnosed as “mental illnesses of unknown origin” and therefore simplistically and erroneously treated with potentially dangerous medications.

My writings have been inspired by my own clinical experiences with suffering, emotionally traumatized people in my independent holistic health care practice. Over a thousand patients had come to me having been diagnosed with a bewildering variety of “mental illnesses of unknown origin”. The vast majority of my patients (approaching 100%) had begun their tragic descent into psychological hell when they were victimized by acute and/or chronic psychological, emotional, physical, sexual and/or spiritual violence and neglect (battered child syndrome, battered woman syndrome, childhood or spousal domestic abuse, child neglect, clergy sexual abuse, combat-induced PTSD, etc, etc), all traumas that led them into America’s psycho-pharmaceutical system, a system that has been dominated – starting in the 1950s with the first block-buster (and soon discredited) psych drugs like Thorazine and Valium. Those two drugs were among the first in a long line of brain-altering medications many of which were later found to be far more dangerous that first advertised and that are still being greedily manufactured by a long and growing list of highly profitable mega-corporations, all under-girded by very conflicted, very pseudo-scientific “research” studies, misleading advertising, and cunning 24/7 promotion that is designed to brainwash both prescribers and “consumers”.

I’m just one of a small number of out-financed, shouted-down, whistle-blower healthcare-givers and activists world-wide who have remained dedicated to their professional duty to warn the uninformed or deceived by going up against the overwhelming billion dollar dis-informational advertising campaigns that come from amoral transnational mega-corporations. It often seems like we are just crying out in the wilderness.

Sadly the cunning, well-financed ad agencies and corporate lobbyists behind the brain-washing are very successful at influencing the consumers of drugs who are told by attractive actors on TV to ask their doctors about the new medication.

Unbiased studies have repeatedly shown that prescribing practitioners are far more compliant than they care to admit when patients demand a prescription for drugs that they have seen advertised. After all, taking 2 minutes to write a prescription is easier and more profitable for a practitioner than taking 20 minutes to not write one. Doing a favor for a patient by simply writing a prescription can be a very welcome break in an otherwise busy, double-booked schedule.

The bottom line: the drug-industry designed, tested and controlled studies often get on a fast track to the Big Pharma-infiltrated FDA that demands neither long term safety studies nor evidence that the new investigational drug is not a mitochondrial toxin. Big Pharma – and every other transnational corporation that you can think of – are in the business for the money and for the profits for their shareholders and management teams – which is why they pay their CEOs, boards of directors, lawyers, lobbyists, spokespersons, drug salespersons and spin doctors so well.

The Hippocratic Oath – has the Big Business of Medicine made it Obsolete?

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Vermont Teen Forcibly Drugged and Incarcerated By DCF Wants to Come Home for 18th Birthday –

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by Health Impact News and MedicalKidnap.com staff

A judge has ruled that Vermont teen Elissa Maple be returned home on her 18th birthday, which is July 1, but DCF is fighting the ruling, even allegedly attempting bribery of the teenager to get her to voluntarily sign over her rights on her birthday. If she does so, they can keep her in the system for an additional 3 years. Elissa has spent the last year and a half being held against her will in a Massachusetts mental health facility, and has been forced to consume a cocktail of unwanted drugs.

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On Being Sane In Insane Places: “If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?”

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new logokohlsGary G. Kohls, MD

 

 

It is well known that drug-induced mania (and thus a false diagnosis of bipolar disorder “of unknown etiology”) can occur from even standard doses of most psycho-stimulating antidepressant drugs, especially the SSRIs (“selective” serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or during withdrawal from “minor” tranquilizer drugs such as the Valium-type benzodiazepines or “major tranquilizers” such as antipsychotic drugs like Thorazine, Haldol, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Abilify, Seroquel, Geodon, etc.

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pillhead-500-x-469In 1973, D. L. Rosenhan published a ground-breaking psychiatric study in January 19 issue of Science magazine. The article exposed a serious short-coming in the psychiatric hospitals at the time, and therefore it became very controversial. Dr. Rosenhan, a professor of psychology and law at Stanford University, designed the study to try to answer the title question: “If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?”

The now famous (some offended or embarrassed psychiatrists preferred to call it “infamous”) experiment that was carried out involved 12 different psychiatric hospitals and 8 different people, mostly professionals (including the author). Each of the eight were totally and certifiably sane “pseudo-patients”.

Each one secretly gained admission to one or two different mental hospitals by falsely complaining to a psychiatrist that they had been hearing voices over the past few weeks. The “voices” in each case were saying only the three words “empty,” “hollow,” and “thud.” No visual hallucinations or other psychological abnormalities were relayed to the examining psychiatrist. Except for the fake “chief complaint”, the intake histories relayed by the patients were entirely truthful. Each “patient” was immediately admitted, much to the surprise of most of the pseudo-patients.

All but one of the admitted “patients” were given a diagnosis of “schizophrenia”. The other one was labeled “manic-depressive”. When they were discharged, the eleven had discharge diagnoses of “schizophrenia, in remission,” despite the fact that absolutely no psychotic or manic behaviors had been observed during their stays.

After admission, each pseudo-patient acted totally sane, each emphasizing that the voices had disappeared. When given the chance, each also asked about when they could be discharged. Those questions were largely ignored by staff.

Despite the fact that each one acted totally normally throughout, their hospital stays averaged 19 days, ranging from 7 to 52 days.

The pseudo-patients engaged in all the normal ward activities except for the fact that they never swallowed the variety of antipsychotic pills that had been prescribed for them. The only obvious difference between the behaviors of the experimental group and the regular patients was that each of them took notes during their hospitalizations. On several occasions, a staff member wrote in the patient’s chart: “the patient engages in note-taking behavior”. Otherwise none of the staff seemed interested in any of the patient’s behaviors.

Although the pseudo-patients planned to secretly smuggle out their daily notes, they eventually stopped trying to hide the fact that they were recording their impressions of their stays, and they soon stopped the smuggling operations – with no consequences.

The average daily contact with the therapeutic staff was only 6.8 minutes per day (mean 3.9 – 25.1 minutes) and that included admissions interviews, ward meetings, group and individual psychotherapy contacts, case conferences and discharge meetings.

The group observed that attendants only came outside the “cage” 11.5 times per 8-hour shift but usually only interacted minimally with the patients when doing so. The staff psychiatrists rarely interacted meaningfully with any patient. If any interaction occurred, it was usually rather patronizing.

None of the professional therapeutic staff ever suspected that any of the 12 were pseudo- patients, whereas many of the “real” patients knew for certain that they were faking. These patients (who were probably actually taking their meds) often said things like: “You’re not crazy. You’re a journalist or a professor. You’re checking up on the hospital.” The staff never tumbled to the subterfuge. The only people who recognized normality were those who themselves had been labeled “insane”.

Upon the publication of the Rosenhan paper, there arose an enormous uproar from the psychiatric community about the “ethics” of performing such a study. Rosenhan was attacked viciously by those who had been fooled or had themselves hastily jumped to erroneous psychiatric diagnoses in the past.

Because of the controversy, Rosenhan announced that there was to be done a follow-up study in a certain research and teaching hospital whose staff had heard about the first study but doubted that such errors could occur in their own hospital. The staff was led to believe that sometime in the next 3 months there would be one or more pseudo-patients attempting to be admitted. However, by design, no pseudo-patients actually attempted admission.

Among the total of 193 patients that were admitted for psychiatric treatment during the 3-month period, 41 genuine patients (20 % of the total) were suspected, with high confidence, of being pseudo-patients by at least one member of the staff. 23 of the 41 were suspected of being fake patients by a psychiatrist, and 19 were suspected by both a psychiatrist and one other staff member. On the bright side, their heightened vigilance saved 41 normal people from receiving a diagnosis of permanent mental illness and the prescribing of brain-altering drugs.

Among the conclusions the reader can draw from these two experiments are these important and quite logical ones:

1) The sane are not “sane” all of the time, nor are those labeled “insane” actually insane all of the time. Definitions of sanity or insanity therefore may often be erroneous.

2) Sanity and insanity have cultural variations. What is viewed as normal in one culture may be seen as quite aberrant in another. As just one example, there was a famous experiment contrasting American and British psychiatrists and each country’s diagnostic differences. The two groups studied identical video-taped interviews of a group of psychiatric patients. In that series of cases, schizophrenia was diagnosed far more often by American psychiatrists than for the British psychiatrists (by a factor of 10, as I recall the article).

3) Bizarre behaviors in people constitute only a small fraction of total behavior. Similarly, violent, even homicidal people are nonviolent most of the time.

4) Psychiatric diagnoses, even those made in error, carry with them personal, legal and social stigmas that can be impossible to shake and which often last a lifetime.

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