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01 Oct

Mental Institutions: Their Hellish History – Part One

Banner 1Nellie Bly risked her life when she feigned insanity and had herself committed to a New York mental institution in 1887. She was a reporter, and her purpose was to expose the true conditions, including brutality and murder, that reigned in Blackwell’s Island Asylum.

The conditions at Blackwell’s Island were much worse than even Nellie expected. She wrote of “oblivious doctors” and “coarse, massive” orderlies who “choked, beat and harassed” patients, and “expectorated tobacco juice about on the floor in a manner more skillful than charming.”

She also came across institutionalized women who spoke little or no English, and were committed simply because their English prevented them from being understood.

Ms. Bly tells how her fellow inmates were made to sit from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on straight backed benches, not allowed to talk or move for the entire time. The women were not given reading materials, nor were they told anything of the world at large.

The nurses on a whim could savagely beat any woman, even the elderly or ill. Nellie describes one patient whose hair was pulled out by the roots and internally injured by severe beatings.

Sadistic behavior on the part of the orderlies, guards and nurses was the order of the day. Women were forced to take drugs that made them dreadfully thirsty, and then refused even a drop of water to relieve their anguish.

This is how Ms. Bly described her personal experience with being manhandled into an ice cold bath, thick with the grime of the dozens of bathers preceding her.

“My teeth chattered and my limbs were goose-fleshed and blue with cold. Suddenly I got, one after the other, three buckets of water over my head – ice-cold water, too – into my eyes, my ears, my nose and my mouth. I think I experienced the sensation of a drowning person as they dragged me, gasping, shivering and quaking, from the tub. For once I did look insane.”

Nellie writes of an elderly blind woman, who was begging go home. She was lightly clothed, just like the rest of the inmates, despite the freezing temperatures in the asylum. She was brought into the sitting room and made to sit on a hard bench with the rest of the women.

The old woman cried, “Oh, what are you doing with me? I am cold, so cold. Why can’t I stay in bed or have a shawl?” When she attempted to feel her way to leave the room, the attendants forced her back to the bench, laughing at her as she attempted to leave yet again, bumping against the table and benches in her blindness.

The doctors paid little attention to their patients, and refused to listen to any who tried to plead their sanity.

At one point, Nellie said to one of the doctors, “You have no right to keep sane people here. I am sane, have always been so and I must insist on a thorough examination or be released. Several of the women here are also sane. Why can’t they be free?

“They are insane and suffering from delusions.”

Nellie was released through the actions of an attorney after 10 days, and her subsequent expose of the asylum resulted in a larger appropriation to improve the conditions of mentally ill patients in New York city. Blackwell’s Island Asylum, not surprisingly, was shut down.

Unfortunately, the closing of Blackwell’s did nothing to prevent the sadistic march of psychiatry through the following century and a quarter. Nellie Bly’s story of a Victorian madhouse was only a precursor of atrocities to come.



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Brain on Fire
01 Oct

Psychiatrists Want More Research with Psychedelic Drugs?! – Part Two

Brain on FireThe Earliest LSD “Research”

Appropriately enough LSD’s creator, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann an employee of Sandoz Laboratories, was the first person to experience a bad trip on LSD. Telling no one at Sandoz except his lab assistant, Hoffman gave himself 250 millionths of a gram of LSD.

Forty minutes later he wrote in his journal “Beginning dizziness, feeling of anxiety, visual distortions, symptoms of paralysis, desire to laugh.” that was all he could write. He had his lab assistant help him home and order milk from a neighbor knowing that drinking milk was a good remedy for a variety of toxic poisons.

In a later book, Hoffman described his trip.

“The dizziness and sensation of fainting became so strong at times that I could no longer hold myself erect, and had to lie down on a sofa … Everything in the room spun around, and the familiar objects and pieces of furniture assumed grotesque, threatening forms. They were in continuous motion, animated, as if driven by an inner relentlessness. The lady next door, whom I scarcely recognized, brought me milk—in the course of the evening I drank more than two liters. She was no longer Mrs. R, but rather a malevolent, insidious witch with a colored mask … Every exertion of my will, every attempt to put an end to the disintegration of the outer world and the dissolution of my ego, seemed to be a wasted effort. A demon had invaded me, had taken possession of my body, mind, and soul … I was seized by the dreadful fear of going insane. I was taken to another world, another place, another time. My body seemed to be without sensation, lifeless, strange. Was I dying?”

Undeterred he went on to test LSD on mice, cats, chimpanzees, fish and spiders. He took LSD many times himself initiating the idea of a “controlled setting” – taking the drug with only close friends surrounding him in a pleasant environment.

But he recognized the limits of controlling an LSD session and wrote, “In spite of a good mood at the beginning of a session—positive expectations, beautiful surroundings, and sympathetic company—I once fell into a terrible depression. The unpredictability of effects is the major danger of LSD.”

CIA Creates LSD Experiments in Mind Control

In the 1940 the US created the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) to do intelligence and they noted the Nazis were using hallucinogens to experiment with finding a truth serum.

By 1946 Nazi doctor atrocities had been revealed and the US was also worried about the rising Communist regimes so the OSS was closed and the new CIA created to keep pace with what the enemies were doing. It took up mind control work.

The Nazis had abused Jews, gypsies and prisoners; soon the CIA experimenters would prey on mental patients, prostitutes, foreigners, drug addicts, and prisoners, often from minority ethnic groups. Over time people in the CIA violated every precept set down in the Nuremberg Code of conduct.

In 1949 the CIA bought into a rumor that Sandoz had sold 50 million doses of LSD to the Russians. Mind control research accelerated at the CIA in 1950 using North Korean prisoners of war.

CIA director Dulles met with Dr. Hoffman, the creator of LSD and learned that the drug so terrorized people they would confess to anything. Hoffman wrote, “The paramount effect was a breakdown in a subject’s character defenses for handling anxiety—bad stuff indeed, and just the kind of thing the CIA was looking for.”

In 1953 MK Ultra was launched by the CIA with $300,000 – big money at the time. Its purposes was to explore “covert use of biological and chemical and radiological materials.”

The CIA medical office issued a recommendation that all CIA personnel should be given LSD. Many agents did take it, including the MK-Ultra team – a recipe for paranoia.

Sidney Gottlieb, the head of MK-Ultra took LSD 200 times himself and enjoyed testing it on unsuspecting people in other countries, traveling abroad with his supply of LSD. He secretly funded grants in the US using CIA money so various groups could experiment with LSD.

One Man’s Experience as a Psychiatric Guinea Pig for LSD Research


Dr. W. Henry Wall, Jr. is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and award-winning inventor with more than 19 medical patents. He has four children and eight grandchildren. He does not wear tinfoil hats. He is the author of a book “Healing to Hell” about his father Dr. W. Henry Wall, Sr. who was a well-loved doctor in Georgia until the CIA psychiatrists got ahold of him.

The book explores how starting in 1953 a mind-control experiment destroyed his father – a family man, a small town doctor and a former Georgia senator.

His son writes that his “Daddy” became addicted to the narcotic pain killer Demerol prescribed by his doctor after a routine dental procedure. In 1953 Dr. Wall, Sr. ended up in the Public Health Service Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky a federal facility touted to be a hospital for drug addicts but run like a prison.

There was an addiction research center there run by Dr. Harris Isbell called the National Institute of Mental Health Addiction Research Center – a Nazi style drug experimentation program that enticed prisoners to “volunteer” by offering them either time off from their sentences or the purest doses of their preferred drug—generally heroin or morphine.

The program was authorized as part of the CIA’s MK-Ultra project that was investigating mind control methods using LSD on unsuspecting citizens.

Dr. Isbell’s reports of his chemical experiments show him having kept seven men on LSD for 77 straight days. And in cases where the response was not all that he hoped for, Isbell doubled, tripled, even quadrupled the dose, noting that some of the subjects seemed to “fear the doctors.”

As is well known the bad effects of LSD are greater for a person given the drug in “circumstances not conductive to pleasant feelings”. Dr. Wall, Sr. a loving family doctor still struggling with his own Demerol addiction, despised Isbell’s brutal treatment of the other addicts.

His son writes, “It’s unthinkable that America citizens’ taxes paid this man to destroy his hostages’ minds and lives.

“Can you imagine yourself a respectable, middle-aged, recently prominent, heretofore sane, professional man, being told god knows what as the walls undulate around you, the drab hospital room glows with psychedelic light, the air hums with unearthly vibrations, and the faces of those around you constantly shift from human to animal to gargoyles and back to human again? It’s scarcely imaginable, but that was what happened to Daddy.

“As he shuddered through these weird visual and auditory sensations, Daddy would often have felt nauseated, perspired profusely, and had “goose-bump” skin and a racing heart. His blood sugar would shoot up—bad news for a diabetic—and at times he would feel himself grow huge, then imagine he had shrunk to the size of his own thumb. No wonder he phoned Mother in a panic to report they were giving him something to make him lose his mind.”

Dr. Wall Sr. spent 9 months incarcerated, the final 5 under LSD treatment – covertly placed in his food or water – as he never agreed to be part of the research tests.

Dr. Isbell even told Dr. Wall, Sr., incarcerated at the facility in Kentucky, that back home in Georgia Wall’s wife and then 16 year old son were committing incest – a classic example of psychiatric bedside manner!

His son wrote, “For 13 years afterward he would strive manfully to break free, but for all practical purposes his life was ruined. Once I grasped that much, I believed I understood why Daddy had been kept on in Lexington beyond the usual “cure” period referred to in his letters. The additional time was to allow Isbell to observe and record his behavior following the drug assault. Even when he was finally sent home, having received no treatment of any sort for his drug dependence, Isbell made no provision whatever for psychiatric or medical follow-up. I found it heinous beyond belief that this violated man, still prey to paranoid flashbacks, was simply turned loose to his bewildered family and whatever fate might overtake him.”

Meanwhile, back in 2015…

Ironically, in the same month that prestigious psychiatrists are clamoring in for the right to dose patients with psychedelic drugs, two new stories appeared about real people not doing so well with these drugs.

A 16 year old girl in Glasgow, Scotland took one dose of MDMA at a house party and immediately passed out. She spent months in a hospital on life support, part of the time in a coma, with life threatening brain injury. She’s now in a wheel chair and can barely move or speak. Her parents issued a before and after video of their daughter to warn other families.

Then, at a professional conference in a small town outside Hamburg, Germany 29 homeopathic and alternative doctors were somehow dosed with a potent drug called 2C-E. It reportedly combined the euphoria of MDMA (Ecstasy) with the hallucinations of LSD.

These attendees were found “staggering around, rolling in a meadow, talking gibberish and suffering severe cramps”. Another paper reported they were having hallucinations, delusions and some had violent convulsions.

The paramedics were so concerned that their call resulted in 160 personnel arriving including helicopter teams. The medics gave sedatives and whisked victims to emergency wards.

Given that the CIA still exists and given that their mind control drug experiments undoubtedly continue today assisted by psychiatrists, it makes no sense to remove whatever laws currently exist to curtail the psychiatric use of psychedelic drugs for research.

We must remember the law states these drugs have “no accepted medical use and the greatest potential for harm to people.”

It would be wise to never allow psychiatrists to prescribe psychedelic drugs to anyone.

SOURCES: “”mass-psychedelic-overdose.html “”an-homoeopathy-conference-ends-in-mass-psychedelic-overdose.html

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23 Sep

Child Death in Psychiatric Hospitals – Underreported Crime

RestraintsDeath of a child while under care of psychiatric hospital personnel reeks of the barbarism common when the lunatic asylums of the 19th and 18th centuries flourished in Europe. Yet the use of deadly restraint involving children in psychiatric asylums is ongoing.

Criminal behavior on the part of asylum personnel has not only gone largely unreported, but unprosecuted as well.

Charles G. Curie, the administrator of SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) in 2001-2006 had the eventual elimination of both restraints and seclusion in psychiatric hospitals his main priority. In his words:

“Seclusion and restraint – with their inherent physical force, chemical or physical bodily immobilization and isolation – do not alleviate human suffering. They do not change behavior. And they do not help people with serious mental illness better manage the thoughts and emotions that can trigger behaviors that can injure them or others. Seclusion and restraint are safety measures of last resort. They can serve to retraumatize people who already have had far too much trauma in their lives. It is my hope that we can create a single, unified policy – a set of primary principles that will govern how the Federal Government approaches the issue of seclusion and restraint for people with mental and addictive disorders.”

Death from Restraints

Not surprisingly, the Psychiatric Times voiced this opinion, “Most experts in the emergency field believe, however, that there is an essential role for these procedures in the care of patients in the acute care setting.”

However, studies have proven that restraint can bring about death from a variety of physiological reactions. They include:

  1. Asphyxiation – This is the most common cause of death during restraint. If the body’s position interferes with breathing, asphyxiation can result. This is most common when restrained patients are placed in a prone position. A patient under the influence of psychotropic drugs is even more vulnerable to asphyxiation.
  1. Aspiration – Restraining someone in a supine (on their back) position, especially when that person has a lower level of consciousness due to psychiatric drugging, can result in aspiration, as the patient is unable to protect his airway.
  1. Emotional Extremes – A person under restraint may release body chemicals that sensitize the heart, producing rhythm disturbances that can result in sudden death.

Young Girl Dies under Restraint

As a child, Edith Campos was shy and well-behaved. But when she entered her teen years, she started to hang out with the wrong crowd and began taking drugs. Her family, possibly lured by the PR generated by the Desert Hills psychiatric center in Tucson, Arizona sent her there for help.

When she arrived at the facility she was frightened, and clutched a comforting photograph of her family. But photos were not allowed at the facility, and a 200 pound mental health aide insisted on following the rules.

Edith resisted. And for this, she was crushed face down on the floor in a “therapeutic hold.” Edith Campos didn’t have a chance. She was killed by a man almost twice her size.

Kirke Cooper, director of business development for Desert Hills defended the brutality of the staff member who murdered Edith. He states “It was a tragedy that this girl died in our care. But I don’t feel there was any wrongdoing on the part of our staff. They are all well-trained in physical control and seclusion.”

One wonders what planet Mr. Cooper is from, but generally here on Earth we don’t call murdering a petite teenage girl the result of the perpetrator being “well-trained.”

Mental Health Care Workers Blow the Whistle on Restraints

Psychologist Wesley Crenshaw has conducted a national survey on restraint use. He states “I can’t understand why patients don’t die more often with all the things that happen on a daily basis. You have people who are `cowboying’ it. People who really want to get in there and show they’re the boss.”

Wanda Morh, who directs psychiatric mental health nursing at University of Pennsylvania has stated “You can’t believe how many times a kid gets slammed into restraints because an argument will ensue after calling a staff member a name.”

Seemingly, the early barbarism rampant in Victorian mad houses is alive and well in psychiatric facilities here and abroad.

We as parents and grandparents must keep our children safe and out of the hands of the psychiatric industry. Family tragedies can be avoided only when one’s faith is no longer placed in the bloodied hands of those professing to help.


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Brain on Fire
23 Sep

Psychiatrists Want More Research with Psychedelic Drugs?!

Brain on FirePart One

Psychiatrists have started fooling around again with research using LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), Psilocybin (a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in “magic mushrooms”) and MDMA (Ecstasy).

In March of this year, writing in the British Medical Journal, James Rucker, a psychiatrist and honorary lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, stated that legal restrictions imposed on medical use of psychedelic drugs, such as LSD, are making psychiatric drug trials almost impossible and authorities should “downgrade their unnecessarily restrictive class A, schedule 1 classification” – a classification that means these drugs have no accepted medical use and the greatest potential for harm to people.

Then, the Sept 2015 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal came out with an article calling them “Psychedelic Medicines” and praising the results of small scale trials using psilocybin on alcoholics, ecstasy on PTSD cases and LSD for those suffering from depression and anxiety due to having a terminal illness. Tobacco addiction and severe headaches have been other target for treatment with psychedelic drugs.

One author of the study, Dr. Evan Wood, Professor of Medicine and Canada Research Chair, University of BC, Vancouver, B.C. writes “The re-emerging paradigm of psychedelic medicine may open clinical doors and therapeutic doors long closed.”

Lead author on the study, Matthew W. Johnson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University bemoans the laws in the US that for decades have classified psychedelic drugs – including (LSD), psilocybin and (MDMA) popularly known as Ecstasy – as drugs of abuse with little to no medical purpose or means of safe use.

He wants those laws repealed.

Johnson writes that the passage of time since psychedelics gained notoriety in the 1960s appears to have made a reasonable assessment of their potential worth possible. “A big factor is really that enough time has passed for the sensationalism to kind of simmer down and for sober heads to say, ‘Hold on, let’s look at the evidence.”

In other words, enough time has passed that the public has forgotten what the CIA did with mind control experiments using LSD and has forgotten what happened when LSD itself moved from government controlled hands, spreading out into society as a recreational drug wherein each dose was a roll of the dice giving perhaps temporary bliss or perhaps a life destroying psychotic experience.

Well, we already have the evidence of the damage these drugs do and time has not healed that.

That is exactly why laws making it very difficult for psychiatrists and medical researchers to experiment with psychedelics were passed in the early 1980s.

Known Effects of LSD

Adverse Reaction: Bad Trips

  • Intense anxiety
  • Panic
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Rapid mood swings
  • The sense that one is losing his/her identity.
  • The fear one is disintegrating into nothingness and reality does not exist.
  • The frightening and disorienting effects of a bad trip are known to result in violent or hazardous behavior, leading to accidental fatalities, homicides, self-mutilation, or suicide.
  • Some users may experience seizures.
  • Severe terrifying thoughts and feelings
  • Fear of insanity or death
  • Inability to make sensible judgments and see common dangers, making the user susceptible to personal injury, which can be fatal.

Long-Term Effects

  • Drug-induced Psychosis For some people, even those with no history or symptoms of psychological disorders, a distorted ability to recognize reality, think rationally, or communicate with others caused by LSD may last years after taking the drug.
  • Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD) Known familiarly to LSD users as “flashbacks,” HPPD episodes are “spontaneous, repeated recurrences of some of the sensory distortions originally produced by LSD.” The flashback experience may include visual disturbances such as halos or trails attached to moving objects or seeing false motions in the peripheral vision.

Known Effects of Psilocybin

The active compounds in psilocybin-containing “magic” mushrooms have LSD-like properties. The psychological consequences of psilocybin use include hallucinations, an altered perception of time, and an inability to discern fantasy from reality. Panic reactions and psychosis also may occur, particularly if a user ingests a large dose. Long-term effects such as flashbacks, risk of psychiatric illness, impaired memory, and tolerance have been described in case reports.

Known Effects of MDMA (Ecstasy)

  • Addiction
  • Persistent Memory Problems
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Involuntary teeth clenching
  • death

Perhaps psychiatrists are finding that more and more people are learning the truth that the antipsychotics, stimulants, and anti-depressants they distribute by the pound are actually harming and killing infants, children, teens, adults and seniors.

Perhaps they worry that the terrible side effects of psychiatric drugs will be exposed so widely that any future prospects for psychiatric drugs will say “No, thanks.”

Perhaps they are thinking that the popularity of psychiatrists would grow if they could offer potential patients an exciting, psychedelic adventure instead.

Of course, those patients who rolled the dice and got a bad trip could then be given their anti-psychotic medicines to counter-act their bad luck with LSD, Psilocybin or MDMA.

SOURCES: “”romising-treatment-for-anxiety-PTSD-and-addiction.html “″lassified-make-research-easier-1503054

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Grade F
13 Sep

Psychology Fails Validation Tests

Grade FPsychologists would like us to believe that the work they do is scientific.

Dictionaries appear to have accepted this idea – “Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. It is an academic discipline and an applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases.”

And dictionaries state that “Science is a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws.”

A new study shows that psychology has just flunked an examination of the validity of 100 psychological studies published as truth in three of its top professional journals.

Brian Nosek, a psychologist at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, led a massive replication effort, which began in 2011 with the goal of showing psychological science can survive real scientific testing. (“Replicate” means to repeat a scientific experiment or trial and obtain a result consistent with the original)

The replication study involved 270 scientists on five different continents working to repeat these 100 published psychological studies. They even worked closely with the published authors to make sure the repeat experiments were accurate replicas of the original studies.

The results which appeared on August 28, 2015 in Science – The World’s Leading Journal of Original Scientific Research, Global News and Commentary delivered a resounding blow to psychology.

“Of 100 studies published in top-ranking journals in 2008, 75% of social psychology experiments and half of cognitive studies failed the replication test”.

(Social psychology looks at social issues, such as self-esteem, identity, prejudice and how people interact. Cognitive psychology is concerned with basic operations of the mind, and its studies tend to look at areas such as perception, attention and memory.)

Even worse was the fact that when the scientists did replicate original findings, the sizes of the effects they found were on average half as big as reported the first time around.

Nosek’s comment on the results – “There is no doubt that I would have loved for the effects to be more reproducible. I am disappointed, in the sense that I think we can do better.”

Marcus Munafo, a co-author on the study and professor of psychology at Bristol University, was not surprised at the results. “I think it’s a problem across the board, because wherever people have looked, they have found similar issues.”

John Ionnidis, a professor in Disease Prevention in the School of Medicine at Stanford and professor of Health Research and Policy in Epidemiology has been studying the falsity of published research papers since 2005.

He commented, “Sadly, the picture it paints – a 64% failure rate even among papers published in the best journals in the field – is not very nice about the current status of psychological science in general, and for fields like social psychology it is just devastating.”

Professor Ionnidis wrote a longer article the same day the results appeared in Science.

He noted that “retracting published papers can take many years and many editors, lawyers, and whistleblowers – and most debunked published papers are never retracted.”

He went on to discuss the fierce competition for limited research dollars amongst millions of researchers struggling to make a living. These people need to get grants, get published and get promoted. This creates a false pressure to make big important new discoveries.

Science then gets flooded with “discoveries” and there is no funding for replication tests and those doing retesting are accused of just trying to capture some of the limelight of the scientist claiming the success of a new experiment. No one is looking in to see if it’s really true!

Ionnidis feels scientific literature gets littered with long series of irreproducible results.

“Irreproducibility is rarely an issue of fraud. Simply having millions of hardworking scientists searching fervently and creatively in billions of analyses for something statistically significant can lead to very high rates of false-positives (red-herring claims about things that don’t exist) or inflated results.”

He does not comment on whether psychological studies have a higher rate of fraud than other fields of scientific studies, but he definitely has found that psychology has a terrible record of replication failure.

“The failure rate may also be higher for studies that are so complex that none of the collaborating replicators offered to attempt a replication. This group accounted for one-third of the studies published in the three top journals. So the replication failure rate for psychology at large may be 80% or more overall.”

Psychology claims to be the study of mind and behavior and it has an 80% or more failure rate in its published scientific literature!

It’s an impressive failure.

Yet these so-called findings in cognitive and social psychology are accepted as “science” and are used to justify prescribing mind bending psychiatric drugs to alter the behavior of children and adults.

Psychology’s claim to be the ultimate authority on the mind and behavior has now been shown by members of their own profession to be a not science but an academic fraud.


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13 Sep

Psychiatry Admits Failure

FailurePsychiatrist Richard Friedman reflects on American Psychiatry’s quandary in a recent NY Times Op Ed piece:

“Despite a vast investment in basic neuroscience research and its rich intellectual promise, we have little to show for it on the treatment front.

“With few exceptions, every major class of current psychotropic drugs — antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety medications — basically targets the same receptors and neurotransmitters in the brain as did their precursors, which were developed in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Friedman admits that the approach to mental distress is basically to drug the patient, despite the abhorrence of many towards taking psychotropic drugs. Giving a patient a pill takes precedence over psychotherapy, but a large majority of Americans would still prefer talking to a psychotherapist over taking a drug.

Simplistically, psychiatry holds to the premise that unraveling the function of the brain will someday lead to an understanding of the mind, including what causes the myriad list of psychiatric disorders outlined in the DSM. But their faith (it must be faith, since there is rarely discernable improvement in the sufferers, and what “improvement” is witnessed may admittedly be due to the placebo effect) is ill-founded.

Doctor of psychology John M. Grohol states:

“… how do you cure mental illness? The answer — you don’t. You help people understand what it is, learn and engage new ways of coping with its symptoms, and help them do the best they can with the resources they have available. Right now, there’s no ‘cure’ for mental illness.”

Thus psychiatrists and psychologists, mystified by the mind, are yet the designated handlers of mental distress in our society. This is not only ludicrous, but dangerous. Their insistence that all mental problems are brain problems has lead to psychiatric drugging of healthy people from infancy to old age.

Does psychiatry view the public as a vast experimental laboratory for testing their latest pharmaceuticals? This may not be a stretch.

Besides burgeoning military suicides while soldiers are drugged for “PTSD”, there have been mass shootings linked to the shooter having been or recently been on psychiatric drugs, suicides and cardiac arrest among children on antidepressants, terrible birth defects in children born to women who took antidepressants while pregnant and homicides where entire families were wiped out by one member on a psychiatric drug.

Children without protectors (the foster child) are the most piteous of psychiatric victims. According to professor of health services Stephen Crystal of Rutgers University, up to 13% of children in foster care have been put on psychiatric medication. Children on Medicaid who are not in the foster care system are put on psychiatric medication only 2% of the time. And this drops to 1% for children who are insured privately.

Adults who have spent a miserable childhood on psychiatric drugs as foster children are beginning to speak out against this institutionalized child abuse.

Chris Noble became a state ward at the age of 15. Depressed and angry at his situation and looking for help, he received instead a steady diet of psychiatric drugs .He was prescribed an antidepressant, an anti-seizure drug plus a strong antipsychotic.

Chris is now 23, living on his own and medication free. He and a host of other former foster care children are raising the alarm on the out-of-control drugging of these children.

Perhaps the government is waking up from their long snooze regarding psychiatric drug danger since the Senate Finance Committee invited former foster children to Washington. The subject: psychiatric drugs.

There is no explanation for the proliferation of these drugs other than a huge advertising budget and accompanying propaganda cleverly crafted by pharmaceutical companies’ ad men.

Psychiatry as a profession is a complete failure, with not a single cure to boast of. This is an industry rampant with arrogance, illogic and greed. One would be advised to steer completely clear of them, and to do all in one’s power to protect children from their drugs, electro-shock treatment and other so-called medical care.


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Child with Drugs
26 Aug

CCHR Helps New Mexico Legislature Prevent Drugging of School Kids

Child with DrugsApril 7th, 2015 was a landmark day for parents and school kids in the state of New Mexico.

On that day Governor Susana Martinez signed into law The Child Medication Safety Act. The new law strikes at the heart of psychiatric drugging of school children.

SECTION 1 of the law states that schools cannot deny any student access to any school program or services because the parent or guardian refuses to place the student on psychotropic medication.

It states that “an employee or agent of a school district or governing body shall not compel or attempt to compel any specific actions by the parent or guardian or require that a student take a psychotropic medication.”

It also states “School personnel shall not require a student to undergo psychological screening unless the parent or guardian of that student gives prior written consent before each instance of psychological screening.”

SECTION 2. States “A child shall not be taken into protective custody solely on the grounds that the child’s parent, guardian or custodian refuses to consent to the administration of a psychotropic medication to the child.”

How was this Stunning Victory Achieved?

Back in January of 2012 CCHR New Mexico arranged an exhibit in the state capitol building in Santa Fe called the “Industry of Death” that graphically portrayed the history, agenda and current practices of psychiatry.

After seeing the exhibit, A NM State Senator named Sue Wilson Beffort had a legislative lawyer reach out to CCHR NM for more statistics and information on psychiatric drugs and once she had all the facts she sponsored a resolution in the NM Senate for “Investigating and addressing the deleterious effects of overmedication on children in the state.”

Her bill calling for the investigation presented plenty of facts and statistics:

  • Estimated 19,786,649 children worldwide on psychiatric drugs
  • Estimated 8,400,000 children in the US on psychiatric drugs including 2,500,000 on stimulants, 2,000,000 on antidepressants, 2,500,000 on anti-psychotics and 1,400,000 on mood stabilizers
  • In the face of enormous societal pressure to prescribe psychiatric drugs for children, parents have the right to be fully informed about the consequences of their children taking psychiatric drugs in order that they may decide what is right for their children
  • The American psychological association reports: many Americans visit their primary-care physicians and . . . walk away with a prescription for an antidepressant or other drugs without being aware of other evidence-based treatments — such as cognitive behavioral therapy (basically talking with and listening to the child)— that might work better for them without the risk of side effects..

Sen. Beffort also pointed out what experts in the field had to say.

  • Bruce Perry, a Senior Fellow at the Child Trauma Academy whose work is well known in New Mexico has said that the actual evidence to support off-label use of anti-psychotic drugs on kids is “scant to non-existent”.
  • 31 regulatory agencies in eight countries have issued warnings relating to drugs used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, linking these drugs to suicidal ideation and behavior, violence, aggression, agitation, anxiety, depression, heart attacks, strokes, sudden death, drug addiction and abuse, hallucinations, convulsions, hostility, weight changes, disturbed sleep and seizures
  • Sydney Walker, a medical doctor, observes that creative or intelligent children become bored and will not focus — they fidget, wiggle, scratch, stretch and start looking for ways to get into trouble — and thousands of them are put on psychiatric drugs simply because they are smart and bored.
  • The president of the US Commission on Excellence in Special Education found 40% of American children who are in special education programs and have been labeled as having learning disorders have simply never been taught to read
  • Pediatric neurologist Dr. Fred A. Baughman, Jr., states that parents, teachers and children are “horribly betrayed” when a child’s behavior is labeled as a “disease”.

Armed with this information, the Senate voted 37 to 0, and the House, 70 to 0 to hold investigations.

Speakers at the hearings included the ED of CCHR NM and child neurologist Dr. Fred Baughman who himself came to give testimony.

He’s been in private practice 35 years and authored a book called “The ADHD Fraud: How Psychiatry Makes “Patients” of Normal Children”. He is very emphatic in his reports and interviews.

“These are all normal children. Psychiatry has never validated ADHD as a biologic entity, so their fraud and their misrepresentation is in saying to the parents of the patients in the office, saying to the public of the United States, that this and every other psychiatric diagnosis is, in fact, a brain disease.”

I think there are people within the hierarchy of ADHD research who are actively representing this and other neurobiologic mental disease constructs as diseases, when they know they are absolutely not–when they know there is zero scientific evidence.”

“…They know the illusions of disease and biology that their pseudoscientific biologic research weaves…They are intentionally deceiving the public.”

“We are drugging normal children so that they act less like normal children and forcing them to act like the docile adults who are supposed to be teaching them.”

“ADHD and all of psychiatry’s “chemical imbalances” are manufactured diseases”. ADHD is not a disorder, disease, syndrome or chemical imbalance of the brain.  It is not over-diagnosed, under-diagnosed, or mis-diagnosed.  It doesn’t exist.  It is a total, 100%, Fraud.”

“Nowhere in world’s literature is there proof that a single psychiatric diagnosis is an actual disease. “ADHD and all of psychiatry’s “chemical imbalances” are manufactured diseases- invented diseases that results in huge profits for psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies.”

Following the hearing Rep. Nora Espinoza from the NM House approached CCHR and offered her help. Rep. Espinoza sponsored the bill in the House.

CCHR soon created a display in the State Capitol building called “The Silent Death of America’s Children” and followed up with flyers to parents, educators and legislators. Radio shows and newspapers carried the message. CCHR also brought in Dr. Linda Lagermann, a trained clinical psychologist who sat in with legislator hearings on the bill to answer questions and show them how psychiatrists use manipulative measures to sell these drugs in volume.

When the House passed the bill 67 to 1, Sen. Beffort sponsored the bill in the Senate where it passed 39 to 0 and was quickly signed into law.

It is encouraging that politicians presented with solid facts and evidence about psychiatry voted overwhelmingly to pass sane legislation curbing the pseudo-scientific profession.

Someday their mental health “treatments” will be legislated out of existence entirely.


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Pills on belt
26 Aug

Tardive Dyskinesia: Disability Caused by Psychiatric Medication

Pills on beltPsychiatric drugs have long term side effects that can make a person’s life miserable. Tardive dyskinesia is one condition caused by many antipsychotic drugs.

The victim of this condition grimaces, thrusts his tongue, swings his jaw and makes chewing motions. These involuntary motions can also involve the trunk and extremities.

The motions are completely out of the victim’s control. In many cases, even when the medication has been stopped, it cannot be cured. In fact, in some cases, the condition gets progressively worse even after the drug has been discontinued.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) estimation is that 5% of all people taking these drugs will develop this condition. According to them, the newer atypical antipsychotics are less likely to cause this condition, but they admit that some people may still get TD.

Other sources report tardive dyskinesia affects close to 30 percent of those who have been given a class of drugs known as dopamine antagonists. According to, dopamine antagonists are “a chemical, medication or drug that prevents the actions stimulated by dopamine. Dopamine is a naturally produced chemical in the body that binds to regions in the brain to help regulate emotions and movement.”

This powerful pharmaceutical is used for certain psychiatric diagnosed mental disorders and sometimes even for gastrointestinal disorders.

Some people fall victim to tardive dyskinesia after only 6 weeks on the drug.

Psychiatric Misdiagnosis Ruins Her Life

Jenelle is a beautiful young woman who suffers a severe disability because of psychiatric drug side effects. Her story is particularly poignant, as she was first given the drug called Reglan during a bout of food poisoning, to suppress vomiting.

This drug almost immediately caused Jenelle to have tardive dyskinesia, resulting in strange and uncontrolled body motions. Psychiatrists then compounded the disease by misdiagnosing her as having a mental disorder and prescribed Thorazine, Haldol, and Xanax. This increased her mental and physical distress to such a degree that she became wheelchair bound.

Although she is now severely disabled, she maintains a cheerful attitude and continues to hope for enough improvement that she can walk and move normally again someday.

There are stories of other psychiatric victims of this disorder, their lives altered forever by an iatrogenic (medically induced) disability.

Tortuous Pain and Dementia

Tardive dyskinesia has various forms. One type, called tardive dystonia causes painful, tortuous muscle spasms. The movements of this type tend to be slow, writhing motions.

Another kind called tardive akathisia agitates people in agonizing ways, driving them to move their arms or legs or to pace.

Tardive Dementia or Tardive Dysmentia causes serious cognitive problems.

Sometimes the disorder is masked by the very drug the patient is taking. When it is discontinued, the resulting disability is obvious.

Why are these Drugs Still on the Market?

As with all psychiatric drug treatment, the driving impetus is profit. There is no argument that certain psychiatric drugs cause the agonizing disability known as tardive dyskinesia.

Yet psychiatry as an industry justifies the suffering of their patients, and continues to prescribe the very drugs that induce it.


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Corruption in Politics
11 Aug

Mental Health Reform Bill Strengthened

CoIronically, the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” legislation first introduced in 2013, was supposedly in response to the deadly school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Possibly legislators Tim Murphy and Eddie Bernice Johnson, who reintroduced the bill in June of this year, are unaware that 90% of school shootings are directly caused by children taking psychiatric meds.

But Tim Murphy seems oblivious to this reality, asserting this bill will mark a new dawn for mental health care in America.

Heaven help us if the new dawn is anything like the preceding decades of darkness, where children prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs) have wreaked havoc in the form of multiple suicides and murder.

Citizens Beware Mental Health Assistance Funded by Government

When legislatures push the false science of psychiatry and psychology with bills giving these twin pseudo-sciences more power, we the citizens need to beware.

And this bill gives psychiatry additional power. American Psychiatric Association president Renye Binder says “The nation’s mental health system needs reform and investment—especially on behalf of patients and families living with serious mental illness. We applaud Reps. Murphy and Johnson.”

She continues by asserting that other important parts of the bill include “enhancing the psychiatric workforce, ensuring better coordination of federal resources, and improving research and treatment for persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders.”

This bill will fund the psychiatric industry by providing additional psychiatric hospital beds as well as recommending a national plan to increase the number of psychiatrists, including child psychiatrists and other mental health care professionals.

For a profession that freely admits they cannot cure mental illness, it seems almost surreal that they are being heavily funded. What gives?

The Unholy Alliance

Psychiatry and Big Pharma are in bed together. This fact is well known.

According to psychiatrist Dale Archer, the “gross over-diagnosis and prescription is a direct result of intense, multi-million dollar marketing campaigns by the drug makers, both through celebrity endorsements as well print and television ads that prompt patients and their families to ask doctors about those specific drugs.”

This has created a tidal wave of psychiatric drug abuse, putting the health of millions of children at risk. Even long time ADHD advocate Dr. Keith Conners has called the rising figures of ADHD diagnosis a “concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels,”

Apparently the greed factor amongst these “mental health professionals” far outweighs their humanity.

Our Representatives Need a Backbone

Yet those in government are willing to buy into propaganda supplied by both drug companies and the APA. It is long past time for our representatives to research the true facts regarding psychiatry’s many failures for themselves. This data is not difficult to find.

What is the real cost of the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act”? Vomiting up more tax payer dollars to support a profession that has nothing positive to show for its very existence is not only criminal, it is madness.

Assumptions are always dangerous. And believing government officials deluged by lobbyists for the psychiatric profession have our best interests at heart is at best naïve.


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Brain Devices
11 Aug

Deep Brain Stimulation – Another Psychiatric Torture Treatment Emerging

Brain DevicesPsychiatrists are the first to admit they don’t really understand what causes the mental conditions they have labeled as disorders. They also freely admit they don’t really know why a particular drug or surgery “works” but they continue to theorize and experiment endless on their patients.

Cycling back and forth between professional trends in brain surgeries, electric shocks and drugs they push forward any new technique that government funding and the public are willing to buy.

Currently a push is on for employing Deep Brain Stimulation to attack depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

The Mayo Clinic offers this definition: “Deep brain stimulation involves implanting electrodes within certain areas of your brain. These electrodes produce electrical impulses that regulate abnormal impulses. Or, the electrical impulses can affect certain cells and chemicals within the brain. The amount of stimulation in deep brain stimulation is controlled by a pacemaker-like device placed under the skin in your upper chest. A wire that travels under your skin connects this device to the electrodes in your brain.”

DBS has been used to help patients with Parkinson’s disease but it’s nothing one would undertake lightly. One such patient described the procedure.

“He shaved my scalp in five spots, numbed the spots with lydocaine, and then proceeded to screw 5 anchors into my skull using what looked and sounded like a screw gun from a construction workers tool box. All this was in preparation for the next day when they would be mounting two towers onto my head that would act as guides in inserting two probes into my brain.

The surgery would entail drilling two holes in my skull allowing two probes to be inserted deep into my brain. The probes would later be connected, by wires run below the skin, to a stimulator that would be programmed to send electrical signals to the probes.

The idea is that this is a long operation and you are conscious for much of that time and you have to lie still.

I had been told that the drilling of the holes is very loud, but it must have been done while under anesthesia because I was unaware of any cutting or drilling. It wouldn’t be until I left the hospital that I finally got to see the two rows of staples that were used to close up the two long slices in my scalp.

Two weeks later I was scheduled for my second surgery; implanting the stimulator in my chest and connecting it to the probes from the first surgery. This was done on an outpatient basis. I was under anesthesia the whole time. When I awoke the surgery was done.

The stimulator is about 3″ x 3″ by 1″ thick and is sewn into a pocket of skin. The batteries have to be changed every few years and it will require surgery when that becomes necessary.”


Thomas Schlaepfer is a psychiatrist from the University of Bonn Hospital and a leading expert in researching deep brain stimulation. He gives it to OCD and severely depressed patients who were not helped by psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy and psychopharmacology. This class of patient is labeled as having “extreme treatment resistance”.

He writes “The idea of holes drilled in the skull and electrodes placed deep into the brain is as a concept understandably frightening.”

Yes, by drilling some holes in the patient’s skull, DBS is likely to create some “treatment resistance” of its own.

Psychiatrists Enjoy Turning Up the Voltage

Dr. Peter Breggin of the Center to Study Psychiatry reported on a psychiatric abuse case using an early form of Deep Brain Stimulation around 1970.

The victim was Leonard Kille, an electronics engineer who fell into psychiatric hands during a marital dispute. His wife was having an affair and Leonard was having angry rages during arguments with her in which she denied it was happening. A psychiatrist referred him to psychiatrists Frank Ervin and Vernon Mark for neurological tests. They decided his jealousy was “paranoia” and that Kille was “uncontrolled” and “dangerous”. He was hospitalized and pressured by his wife and the psychiatrists to have a brain surgery as otherwise she would divorce him. He eventually submitted and received a remote control electrical device called a “stimoceiver” implanted into his brain. As “treatment” the psychiatrists could boost the voltage on some 80 or so electrodes imbedded on 4 wires they had implanted in his brain.

Ervin and Mark claimed their experiment a glowing success but Dr. Breggin found Kille to be “totally disabled, chronically hospitalized, and subject to nightmarish terrors that he will be caught and operated on again at the Massachusetts General Hospital.”

Kille’s wife left him after his surgery and married her lover.

Following another treatment from his electrodes, Kille was left permanently paralyzed from the waist down due to brain damage. The doctors turned his moods on and off at will using electrical stimulation.

Later another psychiatrist wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, regarding Kille’s case that he felt “a haunting fear that men may become slaves, perhaps to an authoritarian state.”

Military Vets Labeled with PTSD – Guinea Pigs for Deep Brain Stimulation

Over at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Emad Eskandar, is a neurosurgeon at the Center for Nervous System Repair.

” The brain is an electrochemical organ that can respond to both electricity and meds, so instead of prescribing milligrams of a substance, we can now prescribe milliamps for specific regions. The therapy gets right to the target. The downside is, of course, you have to undergo neurosurgery to get the implant.”

He’s part of a military funded program called Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS). This is an attempt by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to address problems veterans are having with depression, PTSD and substance abuse.

DARPA program manager Justin Sanchez said, “DARPA is looking for ways to characterize which regions come into play for different conditions – measured from brain networks down to the single neuron level – and develop therapeutic devices that can record activity, deliver targeted stimulation, and most importantly, automatically adjust therapy as the brain itself changes.”

The latest smart implants are responsive DBS devices that will monitor neuronal activity. When they detect unusual patterns, they’ll dampen those signals by stimulating the brain with electrical impulses. These implants will be programmed by MIT, Boston Univ. and Draper Lab.

They will operate 24/7 in “the living brain, measuring signals and intervening in real time.” “Physicians will be able to see data from the device right in their office.”

They plan to be ready for clinical trials in 3 to 4 years and the first subjects will be combat veterans.

The fact sheet put out by the Pentagon and Dept. of Veterans Affairs states they have been given $78.9 million dollars for this research and the purpose is “to develop new, minimally invasive neurotechnologies that will increase the ability of the body and brain to induce healing.”

No more screwing in head frames and drilling holes – they want some tiny device they can shoot into a soldier’s body in a split second and then remotely control his emotional moods and physiological state.

A Neuroscientist Stands Up to Fight Deep Brain Stimulation

Curtis Bell, is Senior Scientist Emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and is writes that deep brain stimulation could easily be used to subdue people similar to the prefontal lobotomy which quieted down noisy prisoners or political foes.

“You could imagine such things being more sophisticated nowadays,” he says. “You wouldn’t need to damage all the frontal lobes if you could go to a specific nucleus and alter someone’s personality.”

Below is an oath he is calling for all Neuroscientists to sign:

“Pledge by Neuroscientists to Refuse to Participate in the Application of Neuroscience to Violations of Basic Human Rights or International Law.”

We are Neuroscientists who desire that our work be used to enhance human life rather than to diminish it. We are concerned with the possible use of Neuroscience for purposes that violate fundamental human rights and international law. We seek to create a culture within the field of Neuroscience in which contributions to such uses are unacceptable.

Thus, we oppose the application of Neuroscience to torture and other forms of coercive interrogation or manipulation that violate human rights and personhood. Such applications could include drugs that cause excessive pain, anxiety, or trust, and manipulations such as brain stimulation or inactivation.

Thus, we also oppose the application of Neuroscience to aggressive war. Aggressive war is illegal under international law, where it is defined as a war that is not in self-defense. A government which engages in aggressive wars should not be provided with tools to engage more effectively in such wars. Neuroscience can and does provide such tools. Examples include drugs which enhance the effectiveness of soldiers on one side, drugs which damage the effectiveness of soldiers on the other side, and robots that move, perceive, and kill.

As Neuroscientists we therefore pledge:

  1. a) To make ourselves aware of the potential applications of our own work and that of others to applications that violate basic human rights or international law such as torture and aggressive war.
  2. b) To refuse to knowingly participate in the application of Neuroscience to violations of basic human rights or international law.

This is an opportunity for scientists to stand up and refuse to create such devices under the guise of “learning about the brain” when their purpose is clearly a destructive one in the hands of psychiatrists and the military branches of the government.



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