Friday, June 30, 2006

The Fraud Of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

A letter from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights:

Last week, major international news outlets such as the New York Times, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal ran articles exposing that the psychiatrists who vote “disorders” into existence have ties to pharmaceutical companies who then sell drugs to “treat” those disorders!

American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM, lists the “mental illnesses” recognized by psychiatry. This “bible” of psychiatry has grown from mere 119 pages in 1968 to 886 in the latest edition, and includes categories sufficiently broad as to label anyone as “mentally ill.

Addicted to coffee? See “Caffeine-Related Disorders.” Have problem with math? See “Mathematics Disorders.” Have a child in their “terrible twos”? The DSM has a whole section on childhood disorders including “Conduct Disorder” and “Oppositional Defiant Disorder."

Yet despite there being no objective medical test to prove any chemical cause for any disorder in the DSM, billions of dollars of psychiatric drugs are prescribed each year to “treat” these conditions.

One might question how so many psychotropic drugs could be prescribed each year to treat conditions that don’t really exist—until you see that same people who create the arbitrary list of “disorders” have financial relationships with drug companies that “treat” them.

A report published last month found that 56 percent of 170 panel members responsible for overseeing the DSM had some type of financial tie to the drug industry. What’s even more alarming is that 100 percent of the “experts” on DSM panels overseeing mood disorders were financially involved with the drug industry. (“Mood disorders” are psychiatry’s cash cow and result in billions of dollars a year in revenue.)

The study is the first to document extensive monetary connections between drug companies, psychiatrists and other people responsible for the list of “disorders” in the DSM — an event or major importance given that the and Drug Administration will not approve a drug to treat a mental illness unless the condition is in the DSM.

With your support CCHR has been working to raise the public awareness in the fight for human rights. Witness the fruits of our labor as story after story in the international media are expositing the fraud being perpetrated by psychiatry their partners in crime, the psychotropic drug industry.

CCHR is on a full-out campaign to rid the planet of the dangers of psychiatry. We are winning, but we have much more to do.

Please give generously and give now to keep the momentum rolling.

All donations are welcome. Please donate to CCHR International at 6616 Sunset Blvd., LA, CA 90028 or call me at 800-869-2247 today. Your donations are tax deductible and you will receive the satisfaction of knowing you helped fund this crucial campaign.

Thanks for your help,

Yours truly,
John B. Fleming
Senior Director of Development

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Since 1969, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) has worked to safeguard the public from psychiatric violations of human rights.
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On Medication, Killed by Alligator

She was on medication, and her mother said she was "out of it" when she went for a jog. She was a drop-dead gorgeous model. The alligator must have found her attractive. They found part of her body in the water, and part in the stomach of the alligator.

The examiner said she was attacked on land, not in the water.

How much would the effect of being "out of it" on psych drugs contribute to the vulnerability of being successfully attacked on land by an alligator?

Read the story here.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

State Sponsored Child Abuse

“State Sponsored Child Abuse” trumpets the subhead in the influential e-mail e-zine What We Now Know (subscribe by clicking on this link).

The story recounts a grizzly story about the severe psychiatric misuse of children in the Montreal foster child system. It would be shocking if it was the first time we heard about such shenanigans in the world of psychiatry.

“Of course you have heard of the Nazi Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele, who became infamous for conducting grueling medical experiments on concentration camp inmates during WWII. Some of his victims were children. He tested unsafe drugs on them, injected them with lethal germs, removed their organs and limbs and performed sex change operations on them. His primary interest were identical twins,” says WWKN. It goes on:

“Thank goodness something like that could never happen here. Or could it?”

The children in this story are now called the “Duplessis Orphans”, in a dubious reference to Duplessis, the hard-nosed and seemingly heartless Premier of Quebec during the time the incident occurred.

In the 1940s and '50s, between 1,500 and 20,000 (some say up to 50,000) children living in Catholic orphanages in Quebec were subject to severe abuse. Practically overnight and without good reason, perfectly healthy children were declared mentally ill or retarded and entire orphanages were converted into psychiatric wards.

Why? Because psych hospitals were paid more than three times as much per “inmate” than orphanages. It became an obvious economic benefit to define an orphan as “insane”.

According to the article, Hervé Bertrand, one of the victims, remembers how a doctor visited his third-grade class and asked him what the word "compare" meant. "I didn't know," remembers Bertrand. "We hadn't studied it yet. That's how it was decided that I was retarded."

Surviving victims allege that some of the children underwent painful experiments, electroshock treatments, even lobotomies. Most were pulled from their schools and forced into farm labor or hospital maintenance and brutally beaten for non-compliance. Many were physically and sexually abused by the Catholic priests, nuns and administrators. Some died of their injuries. (According to unconfirmed news, a mass grave with the bones of hundreds of children was recently discovered just outside of Montreal.)

The Duplessis scandal was revealed when a 1961 commission on Quebec's psychiatric hospitals found that more than 30% of the 22,000 patients didn't belong there, most of the falsely diagnosed being illegitimate children. (Not all of the children were actual orphans; many were born out of wedlock.)

The Canadian Broadcasting Story on the subject is told at this link.