Thursday, July 28, 2005

Psychiatry, The Pseudoscience, is in Trouble Again

The US Justice Department has criticized a state run Mental Hospital in California various abuses. For example, inmates being bathed every two to four weeks! Drug overuse, excessive restraint. Read it all for yourself: Report Criticizes Calif. Mental Hospital

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

"United" Video in Canadian Movie Theaters

A Canadian movie chain will show the award-winning UNITED music video, that promotes human rights, during August in 66 theaters across the country. UNITED's popularity continues to grow with regular airings on radio and TV, both in the US and overseas.

Friday, July 22, 2005

FDA warns anew about antidepressants and suicide

Some people have been warning the world for years that antidepressant drugs cause suicide. There is overwhelming evidence. In fact in many countries around the world such drugs carry a warning about the increased chances of suicide. In America the pharmaceutical industry has such power that it is only now that the FDA has issued a warning. How many more people have to die before these dangerous and (according to the FDA) killer drugs are taken off the market?

FDA warns anew about antidepressants and suicide

FDA probes antidepressant safety for adults.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Alert from Vice President CCHR International:

I just received this alert via a friend who gets mailings from The Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

Demand FACTS.

As many of you may have noticed, there are journalists now publishing articles and editorials regarding the "validity" of so called mental disorders and promoting them as "diseases" or "illnesses" without any evidence to support this claim. I am fascinated to know what evidence these reporters and/or editorial boards have that can substantiate their claim that any mental disorder as a disease, illness or physical abnormality. Because they are seemingly ignorant of the fact that neither the American Psychiatric Association, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, or any other psychiatric body has yet to validate such a claim. Even the President of the American Psychiatric Association admitted that there is no chemical imbalance test -- only last week.

For the editorial boards of these papers to promote mental disorders as brain diseases or medical conditions -- without any facts to substantiate this claim -- or any mention of the known dangers of the drugs prescribed to treat them is not only irresponsible, but unacceptable.

To give you an example -- The Billings Gazette, published an editorial by their own editorial board, stating that "Mental illnesses are real medical conditions that affect millions of Americans." "Rigorous, published scientific reviews prove that mental treatment works for mental illnesses" "Safe and effective treatments are available and may include medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two" And finally, "Declaring that psychiatry is a fake is no less ridiculous than announcing that all cancer treatments or all cardiac care is fraudulent. Modern mental health care is based on scientific facts about brain disease."

So I called the editorial department -- and demanded proof of their claim. I spoke to the Editor. I asked for proof of this claim as the editorial was attacking those who point out there is no such proof. The editor had no answer or could give me no evidence. I asked how he could attack someone for saying there is no proof, then state that mental illness was a "disease" if he couldn't answer my question. I cited the fact that the President of the APE just admitted there is no chemical imbalance, that the 1999 report by the Surgeon General of the United States admitted that there is no way to diagnoses mental disorders as there is no physical basis. That there is not one mental health agency or group which has proved this claim -- and demanded sources and proof or studies or evidence to substantiate their stated facts. I got what you would expect -- nothing. Nor did the "editorial boards" who approved these statements, bother to point out that just last week the US FDA issued suicide warnings for all adults taking antidepressants.

This type of irresponsible journalism has to stop -- particularly when it is promoted and approved by the Editorial Board. They must not only publish a retraction of this claim, but alert their public that they have no such evidence, and warn them of the recent FDA warning about antidepressants.

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A similar editorial was published by the DesMoines Register. Their "Editorial Board" approved of a similar piece which claimed "...mental illness, a real disease that can be successfully treated with prescription medication." Again, no evidence to substantiate the claim of "disease," and When I called the woman, Carol Hunter, whois the Managing Editor of the paper, and asked her for proof of this claim, -- she told me there was "volumes" of evidence to support this claim, but couldn't cite one reference when I pressed. Instead, she hung up on me.

Here is the email: Editor Senior Editor

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Charlotte Church Steps Out On The Anti-Psychiatry Stage

Teen sensation Charlotte Church (the girl with the amazing, angelic voice) has come out against psychiatric counseling describing it in true British style as "bollocks" :Charlotte Church - Therapy is A Waste Of Money

Monday, July 11, 2005

Interesting Article on the legalities of Using other people's Wi-Fi

Is it illegal or not? We won't know until someone is prosecuted and the first case is under way: FAQ: Wi-Fi mooching and the law

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Leading Psychiatrists agree that Tom Cruise was right

I found this hard to believe, but it's true. It's a video of the President of the American Psychiatric Association and a Professor of Psychiatry from Harvard Medical School talking about the comments Tom Cruise made on the Today Show about psychiatric drugs hiding the true source of a person's problems, that exercise and nutrition can help a person so why not do that instead of taking drugs with dangerous side-effects and that there was no test for a chemical imbalance. The AMA president started off attacking Cruise, but the Harvard guy told the truth and the AMA guy was forced to agree with him. Bottom line - Tom Cruise was right:NBC Today Show: Was Cruise right about psychiatry?

Friday, July 08, 2005

Suicide, Chemical Imbalance and Antidepressants

Here is an article by an investigative journalist regarding the truth of Tom Cruise assertions on the dangers of psychiatric drugs: Newshound Investigations: Psychiatrists, Heal Thyselves; FDA and Other Drug Regulatory Officials Back Cruise

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Psychiatry is a Pseudoscience

If there was any doubt in your mind as to the truth of the statement that psychiatry is a pseudoscience then take a look at the data at the end of this link and your doubts will evaporate: Psychiatry is a Pseudoscience. Also covered is data on Postpartum Depression.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The "Chemical Imbalance" Hoax

Isn't it amazing that we hear about a "chemical imbalance" all the time as the cause of various mental disorders, yet psychiatrists freely admit that there is no proof that such an imbalance exists! Here is an article containing a lot of quotes from leading psychiatrists and doctors on this very subject: "Chemical Imbalance" Hoax

Monday, July 04, 2005

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR)

July 4th is a day to celebrate freedom and human rights. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to restore human rights to the field of mental health by ensuring that criminal abuses are speedily investigated and prosecuted and that people's rights are legally protected. Well, that sounds good to me, so I've been collecting links to information about the group:

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Psychiatry is a Pseudoscience

The prefix "pseudo" means: "not genuine but having the appearance of". So if we call psychiatry a pseudoscience then what are we basing it on? First let me refer you to the "Today Show" where a professor from Harvard Medical School said there is no evidence of the existence of the chemical imbalance that is supposed to produce mental disorders such as anxiety disorder, depression, ADD and ADHD. The head of the American Psychiatric Association, Steven Sharfstein, was in disagreement with that statement and said that it was open to discussion. Since when has a scientific fact been "open to discussion"? I thought a science dealt with fact. Can you see two physicists arguing about whether gravity exists or not? I think that is an obvious example of how psychiatry is in truth a pseudoscience. However, if you need more proof then visit this link and read the evidence: Psychiatry is a Pseudoscience

Saturday, July 02, 2005

American Psychiatric Association Admits There Is No Test For A "Chemical Imbalance"

Can you believe the gall of these guys? The President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Steven Sharfstein, actually admitted on the "Today Show" that Tom Cruise was right and that there is no test for the theoretical "chemical imbalance" that the APA claims antidepressants "cure". The July 11 issue of People Magazine will also quote Dr. Sharfstein as admitting, "We do not have a clean-cut lab test." That's a careful PR statement which I will translate for you: "We have NO test of any kind whatsoever." The truth is they are just throwing "happy" pills (antidepressants, etc.) at anxiety disorder, depression, ADD, ADHD and all the other mental disorders they've dreamed up, hoping the patient will feel better. BUT they have NO IDEA of what these drugs actually do! American Psychiatric Association Admits There Is No Test For "Chemical Imbalance".