25 Nov

Psychiatrists Still Love Their Electroconvulsive Therapy

ECTAt the most recent annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association two leading practitioners and promoters of electroconvulsive therapy (the modern name for applying electric shocks to a person’s brain using 225 to 450 volts) held a session to educate general psychiatrists on the value of referring their patients for ECT treatments.

ECT Expert #1 Speaks Out

“The biggest problem with ECT is the stigma associated with its use,” said Mount Sinai School of Medicine ECT Services Director Charles Kellner, M.D.

He should know; he’s dedicated his career to the study of this “treatment” and is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of ECT. He has led the collaborative ECT research group CORE (Consortium for research in ECT) for the past decade in the performance of NIMH-sponsored multi-site research protocols.

Despite the fact that ECT was introduced as a psychiatric treatment in 1938 for depression and has thus been used for 77 years, Kellner wrote in January of 2015 “Some recent breakthroughs, using newly developed neuroscience investigational tools, suggest that if research resources are available, we could soon make substantial advances in understanding the mechanism of action of ECT.”

Psychiatrists don’t know how it works but have subjected millions of people to this torture.

Kellner states an estimated 1,000,000 people worldwide get ECT – 100,000 of them in the United States. ECT is done in 500 US hospitals and in outpatient treatment centers.

Kellner explained to the audience of psychiatrists that ECT should not be recommended only as a last resort for patients who have failed other forms of therapy. He explained that ECT can be recommended for patients with major depressive disorder, even before psychiatric drugs are tried.

“For patients with treatment-resistant depression—especially geriatric patients—ECT is a viable treatment option . . . one that should no longer be relegated to the option of last resort.”

According to Kellner, the older folks seem to do very well receiving these shocks especially since modern ECT is done under full anesthesia and with muscle relaxers injected. It all looks calm and peaceful while permanently damaging the patient’s body and memory.

The psychiatrists certainly thrive on giving ECT to the elderly as the number of ECT treatments rises sharply when a patient goes from age 64 to age 65 and Medicare begins to pay the bills for ECT.

A Happy Birthday present to Grandparents from the APA.

Here is a quote from a video made by Dr. Kellner:

“Many patients continue to fear the side effects of ECT particularly the memory loss. And the truth is for most patients the memory loss they get with modern ECT techniques is quite moderate and is something the patients are willing to tolerate for the benefit of getting completely well after a very serious episode of major depression. So typically patients have some decreased memory for the several weeks around the course of the ECT treatment but often times very little more than that. So the memory issue should not be a reason why the patient does not get referred for ECT in the modern era.”

There are 1,000s of testimonials from ECT victims describing the horrors of the treatment and their personal experience of memory loss.

For example:

“In an interview with a Ms. Schwartzkopff by MindFreedom, she said the last time she had her electroshock was 2010. All told she has had more than 60 of them, from the years 2003 to 2010. She reports experiencing devastating memory problems.”

“Any Dr. giving ECT “treatment” should have the treatments given to them before giving it to a patient. To those that are in favor of this ..treatment, try it for yourself if you feel it’s so safe. It’s basically an electric lobotomy. It affects both long AND short term memory. There is a so called psychiatrist in Minnesota who works with North Memorial Hospital that still uses this form of torture. Look him up. His name is Alex Uspenski and he has an office in New Hope, Mn. He’s ruined my life and I’m sure many other of his victims.”

“…$635,000 in a malpractice suit against a psychiatrist who referred a patient for electroshock treatment. The hospital had previously settled for a small amount and the doctor who administered the treatment was not found negligent. The plaintiff, Peggy Salters, is a former nurse who lost her memory for many years of her life, including her professional training and the raising of her children. Her cognitive abilities remain impaired for new learning as well. She was found permanently disabled by the shock treatment.”

Note that Dr. Kellner does not deny memory loss – he uses the expression “the memory loss”. It is a given.

And another quote from Dr. Kellner:

“There may be some confusion amongst patients and practitioners about the role of ECT compared to some of the newer brain stimulation techniques either devices or medications. I think it’s very important to understand that ECT remains the gold standard of brain stimulation techniques. There is no other brain stimulation technique that has the track record of efficacy and safety that ECT does and some of the newer techniques are not serious considerations for patients with serious depression who need to get better quickly and reliably.”

Seriously, is 225 volts the “The Gold Standard of brain stimulation techniques”?

He’s currently accepting patients to volunteer for his latest study at Mt. Sinai which is described as follows:

“Prolonging Remission in Depressed Elderly” 

”While advances have been made in the acute treatment of geriatric depression, failure to maintain remission following successful treatment remains a major public health problem. In particular, loss of antidepressant response can result in ongoing functional impairment and increased risk of suicide. This is especially salient for severe and/or treatment resistant illness, even after successful ECT.  The purpose of this study is to determine whether medication alone or medication and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) work best to prevent depressive relapse and to improve quality of life for older patients with severe mood disorders.”

ECT Expert #2 Speaks Out

Peter Rosenquist, M.D., is vice chair of psychiatry at Georgia Regents University, research and he claims that 50 to 60 percent of people with treatment-resistant depression respond to ECT. “People with psychotic depression are the highest responders, with a response rate of 95 percent,” Rosenquist told Psychiatric News, “followed by people with geriatric depression, at 90 percent.”

Patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia may also benefit from using ECT.

Rosenquist is big on combining two psychiatric treatments each by themselves capable of damaging the patient beyond repair or causing his death.

He promotes using the anti-psychotic drug clozapine along with ECT!

Clozapine itself is a killer. According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry “Clozapine use in patients with severe mental illness was associated with a significantly increased risk of death compared with that for the general population… In a recent study, we found that death was a common cause of clozapine treatment cessation.”

ECT also causes death.

Dr. Daniel Fisher presenting to the U.S. FDA Neurological Devices Panel examining the reclassification of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) devices on January 27, 2011 stated that “I base my testimony on my practice as a board certified psychiatrist, my neurochemical research at National Institute of Mental Health, and my 19 years of directing a federally funded technical assistance center, the National Empowerment Center… The APA consent form drastically underestimates mortality associated with ECT by stating a risk of 1 in 10,000, whereas the average of numerous studies indicated a tenfold higher rate of death than suggested by the APA.”

He added many other studies on ECT death into his testimony including:

“In a 1980 survey of British psychiatrists involving ECT–related deaths that occurred during or within 72 hours of treatment, there were four reported deaths in 2,594 patients (Pippard & Ellam, 1981). That’s a rate of one per 648.5 people—15 times greater than the American Psychiatric Association claim. Of the additional six people who died within a few weeks of ECT, two were from heart attacks and one from stroke (common causes of death from ECT). With these three deaths included, the rate becomes one death per 371 ECT patients.”

Yet, Rosenquist feels the U.S. lags behind the rest of the world in this use of ECT and needs to catch up.  He does admit to some problems according to the APA article. “One of the main risks associated with ECT is cognitive impairment, which symptoms tend to fall within three main categories:

  • Acute confusional state: No awareness of location and time. Symptoms may last up to three hours following ECT procedure.
  • Antrograde amnesia: Impaired ability to retain new information.
  • Retrograde amnesia: Impaired memory for events that occurred one to three months prior to ECT.

All cognitive ability is restored after 15 days, according to Rosenquist.”

As mentioned already, patient reports of memory loss indicate this 15 day period is untrue.

Interviewed in the APA meeting in Toronto, Rosenquist had this to say about using Clozapine along with ECT:

“You’re really probably not done treating a patient with schizophrenia if you’ve not tried clozapine and if you’ve not tried clozapine plus ECT because there’s some very good work recently done by Dr. Petrides and others showing that the combination is far superior to either of those treatments alone.”

When asked if there were any disadvantages or shortcomings associated with using ECT in practice, he replied:

“I’m not sure I would use the word shortcomings – it’s a very effective treatment for some population of individuals. It’s not for everyone. We certainly understand there are risks and benefits to every treatment and those ECT practitioners and those who refer for ECT need to understand the nature of their patient’s illness and whether they in fact are healthy enough to have ECT.”

Exactly how healthy does a person need to be to connect their brain to a device capable of 450 volts? No patients should ever qualify for this treatment.




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25 Nov

Female Viagra – More Drug Danger in Sheep’s Clothing

dollar pillsFlibanserin, touted as the “female Viagra” is, in actuality, another failed anti-depressant. Echoing a familiar refrain, researchers insist this drug “restores chemical imbalances in the brain.”

Medical News Today reported:

“While the exact mechanisms by which flibanserin works is unclear, Sprout Pharmaceuticals believe it corrects an imbalance in brain chemicals that are responsible for sexual desire.”

Effectiveness of Female Viagra Negligible

Assuming one doesn’t mind mucking about with one’s brain chemicals, just how effective is this drug, anyway?

According to an article in the online version of Berkeley Wellness, the benefits are rather puny. Tami Rowen, MD, MS, is a gynecologist. She said this about the drug:

“Flibanserin was shown to have a modest improvement over placebo in increasing desire. Women taking the drug had up to two more satisfying sexual events (SSEs) each month, compared to the placebo’s increase of one more SSE a month.”

No Surprise: Unpleasant Side Effects not an FDA Approval Deal Killer

Side effects of the drug include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Fainting (especially when the drug is combined with alcohol)
  • Dry Mouth
  • Possible increased cancer risk

Recently flibanserin was approved by the FDA, despite these clear warning signs.

Adriane Fugh-Berman is a pharmacology professor at Georgetown University. This Washington D.C. professor is not impressed with the drug, and asserted, “This opens the way for drug companies to pressure the FDA through public relations campaigns to approve more bad drugs: It’s bad news for rational drug approval.”

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder just another Psychiatric Disorder

Considering that the drug was developed to “handle” a psychiatric condition dubbed hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), it is already suspect.

Psychiatrists, known for voting mental disorders into existence, are not to be trusted. Besides, some of their “advice” on handling this situation includes changing psychiatric medications that may be suppressing desire. In other words, at least some of the time this condition is initiated by the use of psychiatric drugs.

Another reason their diagnosis is suspect is that, in the words of “sexual dysfunction expert” psychologist Raymond C. Rosen, “Some people don’t want to have sex. If it’s not causing distress, it’s not dysfunction.”

This does not sound scientific. You either have this chemical brain dysfunction or you don’t. However, psychiatric powers of observation have always been weak. Their approach has been something along the lines of “if the square peg doesn’t fit into the round hole, just square up that hole.”

Obviously, the real impetus behind getting the FDA approval is not an altruistic concern for the sexual welfare of women. There is money to be made on this drug, to the tune of $30 to $75 per month, with medical insurance.

Pharmaceutical companies in unholy alliance with psychiatry have been producing dangerous drugs for years. In fact, compared to the suicides, murders and permanent disabilities associated with anti-depressant and anti-psychotic drugs, flibanserin may pale.

However, that does not excuse the unleashing of yet another questionable drug on the marketplace.


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The Baker Act and Your Rights as Parents
11 Nov

The Baker Act and Your Rights as Parents

The Baker Act (Translation)

John Eddy Sarmiento, Reporter: Since 1971 in the State of Florida there is a law that considers the possibility that any person could be mentally ill.

Rosa Prieto, Spokesperson for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR): The situation is that there is a law called the Baker Act in the State of Florida and this law allows your children to be taken from school to a psychiatric hospital for 72 hours.

John Eddy Sarmiento, Reporter: The Act was named after the Miami´s Representative in the State of Florida Maxine Baker, who had strong interest in mental health matters, but for this law to be applied certain prerequisites are needed that apparently are not being fulfilled.

Rosa Prieto, Spokesperson for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR): It requires three things: first one has to be a mentally ill person, second one refuses to receive treatment and third one is a risk for his family, himself or other people.

John Eddy Sarmiento, Reporter: Many parents are unaware of this law which seems to violate the basic rights of people.

Carolina Lombardo, Mother: As a mother I can tell you that I am completely shocked. The fact of knowing that there is a law where your children can be taken without your consent simply because there is an evaluation from a teacher or policeman…

John Eddy Sarmiento, Reporter: Due to these events, the Citizen Commission on Human Rights created a document that would help parents assert their parental rights.

Rosa Prieto, Spokesperson for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR): It is not a document that goes against any law or against the Baker Law itself but it helps to protect parental rights. What would happen is, if your son has a problem in school and you signed this document before, the school will hopefully call you and you can take your son home.

Carolina Lombardo, Mother: Like myself, many parents and many people, do not know that this is happening in the State of Florida. That we have this Act, the Baker Act, and they can take me to a psychiatric hospital without my consent, I mean, without even asking me even when I am a grown-up.

John Eddy Sarmiento, Reporter: The Citizen Commission on Human Rights with headquarters in Clearwater seeks to protect the civil rights of the most affected people.

Rosa Prieto, Spokesperson for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR): In 2014 there were over 181,000 involuntary commitments in Florida and 31,045 of these were children that were Baker Acted. We are also working to prevent children from been indiscriminately drugged for nonexistent illnesses for example the typical case of the hyperactive kid.

John Eddy Sarmiento, Reporter: Even though it is not the intention to eliminate the law, they are trying to modify its actions to benefit children and their families.

Carolina Lombardo, Mother: Read, get informed, know what is going on and then make a decision.

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04 Nov

Mental health worker gave patient Ecstasy in exchange for sex, police say


Wayne K. Roustan – Sun Sentinel

Nov 2, 2015

A mental health worker at a state psychiatric facility in Pembroke Pines is accused of plying a recovering drug addict with Ecstasy so he would repeatedly have sex with her.

Alicia Lashaun Davis, 31, of Miami Gardens, told investigators she is pregnant with the man’s baby, due Nov. 10, according to a Pembroke Pines police arrest report.

Davis is charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a disabled or elderly person. She was arrested Thursday, had a first-appearance court hearing Friday, and was released on her own recognizance Saturday, court records show.

“This is an unusual set of circumstances,” Judge John Hurley said during Davis’ bond court hearing.

Hurley ordered that Davis have no contact with the man and that she not work at any mental health facility.

“She took advantage of a known drug addict, providing him with drugs,” said Eric Linder, a Broward assistant state attorney. “She did the complete opposite of her job and made a victim of someone she was supposed to protect.”

The 41-year-old man was listed as a patient at South Florida State Hospital, 800 E. Cypress Drive in Pembroke Pines. The 350-bed psychiatric facility is privately run by Correct Care Recovery Solutions, where Davis was employed as a mental health technician, investigators said.

In court, Davis said she no longer works at the facility.

The man said he had 10 to 15 sexual encounters over the summer with Davis in exchange for the Ecstasy, police said.

The man told police he wasn’t attracted to Davis, but had sex with her because he “liked the way the pills made him feel,” according to the arrest report.

Davis said the patient would “come on to her” and that an attraction between them grew, the report stated. She said he told her he wasn’t really mentally ill, but that he was just “playing the system,” according to the report.

The patient’s brother, who is his legal guardian, reported the allegations to police.

Click here to view the video and story in the Sun Sentinel:

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Old Phone
04 Nov

Diagnosing Depression by Phone?

Old PhoneWhat will those psychologists and psychiatrists dream up next? According to a study done at Northwestern University, their latest is a “procedure” to diagnose patients for depression by looking at their smart phone history.

This idea was invented by scientists who “discovered” that the more time a user spends on his or her phone, the more likely he or she is depressed.

Typically, this hypothesis has little to do with the real world. For example, researchers have decided that a person who spends just 68 minutes on the phone a day qualifies for a depression diagnosis.

If one takes this idea to the absurd extreme, any loving parent staying in touch with his or her grown children (as long as he or she talked for 68 minutes a day) would qualify for a diagnosis of depression.

GPS Tracking: Chilling New Use

The application of this theory expands to measuring the locations of the phone users by GPS tracking. The assertion is that spending most of your time at home rather than traveling about is another indicator of depression.

Of course, this leaves home-schooling parents and work-at-home entrepreneurs vulnerable for a “depression” label.

Another warning sign according to this study is having an irregular schedule. For instance, you leave your house and go to work at different times of the day.


No Need to Ask any Questions

The senior author of this study is David Mohr, director of the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He boasts “The significance of this is we can detect if a person has depressive symptoms and the severity of those symptoms without asking them any questions”

Mohr is a clinical psychologist at Feinberg School of Medicine. He is pleased to announce that a phone is able to show that depressed people tend not to go to many places, reflecting their loss of motivation. He points out “When people are depressed, they tend to withdraw and don’t have the motivation or energy to go out and do things.”

As always, psychologists and psychiatrists are masters of making statements and creating expensive studies that (at best) point out the obvious. Who is not aware that a depressed person lacks motivation?

Monitoring Depression Remotely

One may justifiably wonder how safe his cell phone history is from the prying eyes of those in the psychological and psychiatric industries.

For instance, the study reports “The research could ultimately lead to monitoring people at risk of depression and enabling health care providers to intervene more quickly.”

Many of us have an aversion to being monitored by psychiatrists via our cell phones, and are not interested in their “intervention” (read anti-depression drugs, psycho-surgery or ECT).

Interestingly, Mohr admits that he doesn’t know for sure how people were using their phones. But he “suspects” they were surfing the web or playing games, rather than talking to friends.

“Suspects?” This does not sound especially scientific.

Many feel that psychologists, known for fudging statistics and interpreting them to suit their pet theories should not be granted more authority than an aboriginal witch doctor.

Not to disparage the witch doctor. Unlike those in the psychiatric and psychological professions- they profess to have cured a few people.


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26 Oct

Mental Institutions: Still Hellish in 2015

SkullWhen 5 mental health institutions in California were investigated recently, a scathing 900 page report resulted. This voluminous release exposed sexual, physical, mental and emotional damage to patients.

In short, not a lot has changed from the days when reporter Nellie Bly went undercover in Victorian New York, exposing the horrific treatment in Blackwell Island Mental Asylum.

In just the past 13 years, 13 developmentally disabled people died under the “care” of these “mental health specialists” at the California facilities. Each of these deaths was a direct result of abuse and neglect.

Additionally, two disabled women were sexually abused by a male patient who shared their living area while a third patient was raped. This facility had no protection of the patients, no reporting and no supervision policies implemented.

Another example was a 44 year old man with the cognitive level of a 10 year old who broke a rule, not staying where he was told to stay. Afterwards, he left for his room. He was followed there by a 6 foot 3, 400 pound employee, who “threw the patient to the ground, stomped on his back, and choked him until he lost consciousness.”

This particular patient was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by his abuser initially, but when the victim didn’t immediately recover, his tormentor said “f— him” and left. The patient however was “lucky;” he ended up in intensive care on a ventilator, with bruises on his neck to match his abuser’s footprints.

Other violations cited in the report include a teenage patient being smothered to death by another teenage resident when an employee skipped her rounds and a patient suffering from infections from a misplaced feeding tube (unnoticed by doctors, nurses or care staff)

California mental institutions are not the only ones noted for gross neglect and abuse. In Massachusetts, one particular chain of mental hospitals has been under scrutiny.

Darcil Berry was a developmentally disabled woman admitted to Arbour-Fuller Hospital in Attleboro. She was to receive “intensive psychiatric care” for her aggression (much of it self-directed), weight loss and sleeplessness.

But less than a month later she was dead, apparently beaten to death. Her family filed a lawsuit, accusing the hospital of “gross neglect.”

This chain of mental health clinics in Massachusetts has been involved in three other questionable deaths within just 18 months.

Arbour Hospital was given citations for their failure to respond to health care emergencies among the patients.

David Matteodo is the executive director of the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems. Arbour was a founding member of this organization. This is what Matteo says about the recent deaths occurring at Arbour-Fuller:

“It’s not the kind of thing we like to see, obviously.

“On the other hand, I would just say, think about the whole picture.

“The patients obviously are humans and the staff are humans, and unfortunately people make mistakes. Things can happen in any kind of setting.”

No, Mr. Matteodo. “Things” like death and abuse don’t just happen in any kind of setting. They happen when psychiatrists and their employees are inept, uncaring and unable to take care of the human beings placed in their trust.

Julia Bascom, the director of programs at The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network has this to say about institutional care:

“We have over a century of evidence telling us that all institutions, no matter how beautiful, no matter how carefully designed, no matter how well-intentioned, fail. Every time.”

Electro Convulsive Therapy, damaging drugs and brain destroying operations are the “treatment” offered by these institutions. Cruel, untrained attendants and careless staff create the unbearable living conditions that mental patients are forced to endure.

It is time for a real change; mental asylums have been houses of horror for centuries. Psychiatrists have been given more than adequate time to rehabilitate their miserable record of death and abuse. It is time for a new model.


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14 Oct

Is the Oregon Massacre Psychiatry’s Fault?

ViolenceInnocent lives have been lost to yet another madman with a gun, this time at a community college in Oregon.

As rational people, we know there has to be a reason for the proliferation of school shootings and other mass murders.

Some, including President Obama, have called for stricter gun laws. But is this the answer? There is mounting evidence that mass shooters and psychiatric drugs have a direct correlation.

The FDA Report on Psychiatric Drugs and Violence

Robert Whitaker writes in Psychology Today that violent actions against others are triggered by a host of psychiatric drugs. This is no longer a controversial subject, but an incontrovertible fact.

Whitaker reiterates the findings by the FDA, through a study done from 2004 through September 2009. It was found that 484 drugs had triggered at least 200 case reports of serious adverse events, including violence.

Further investigation found that 31 of these drugs had a “disproportionate” connection with violent behavior. These drugs included antidepressants, hypnotic/sedatives, a smoking cessation drug and 3 drugs used to treat ADHD.

These same 31 drugs were responsible for 404 physical assaults, 27 incidents of physical abuse, 223 cases of “violence related symptoms,” and 387 cases of homicide.

These statistics are the result of an FDA study-they are not opinions held by tin foil hatted paranoids.

Was Christopher Harper-Mercer on Psychiatric Drugs?

The fact that Harper-Mercer used the screen name “lithium Love” on some social media sites has been reported. This may not be hard evidence that he was taking psychiatric drugs, but it is certainly curious. (Lithium is a known psychiatric drug)

According to a law enforcement official, gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer had complained that others around him thought he was crazy. He wrote that he was sane and others were unbalanced.

An assertion of sanity by someone so obviously unbalanced is typical of one under the influence of powerful psychiatric drugs.

Psychiatrist Peter Breggin explains how a person on psychiatric drugs may commit acts of violence while being sure he is sane and under control.

Dr. Breggin calls this phenomenon “spellbinding,” and describes it as “not knowing that you are intoxicated.” He points out four different manifestations of spellbinding.

  1. People on psychiatric drugs have trouble realizing how much they are being impaired by the drugs. For the most part they aren’t aware that their irrationality, depression, anger or feeling of euphoria started with taking the pharmaceutical drug.
  2. Even if patients are aware they are having painful emotional feelings, the medication will cause them to blame these feelings on something other than the drug. They may become abusive to loved ones. Or they may chalk up their distress to their mental illness.
  3. The effects of the medication may cause the patient to think he is doing better, when in reality he is doing much worse. Dr. Breggin gives two examples of this: “In one case, a man who was high on a combination of an antidepressant and a tranquilizer happily went on a daylight robbery spree in his hometown wearing no disguise. Another otherwise ethical citizen happily embezzled money while documenting the details in easily accessible company computer files. Both men thought they were on top of the world.”
  4. Some on psychiatric medication lose control, committing atrocious acts of violence on themselves or others. He cites the example of a 10 year old boy with no history of depression, hanging himself after taking a prescription drug for ADHD.

One hopes there will be an investigation into the use of psychiatric drugs by the perpetrator of the Oregon tragedy. Although it is too late for the victims and their families, further acts of senseless violence might be prevented.

And the families of the victims deserve the truth on why their loved ones were murdered.


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Scattered Pills
14 Oct

Psychiatry Can’t Cure Mental Illness

Scattered PillsPretend you were enjoying a lovely skiing holiday and swished when you should have swooshed, resulting in a broken left foot. Logically, you’d visit a medical doctor and ask him to set the bone. As long as he did his job, you could expect your foot to heal completely. That would be a normal expectation – the doctor would heal your foot permanently.

However, for some reason when it comes to mental illness, psychiatrists, the people who are touted as experts, won’t even come close to healing their patients. The fact is they all shy away from a certain four-letter word – cure.

Psychologist John M. Grohol, Psy.D., founder and CEO of Psych Central, explains that psychologists will rarely utter the word cure. He says, “One of the challenges faced by people who have a mental illness – such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or ADHD or the like – is that not too many people will talk to you about “curing” the condition.”

Why is that?

It would be wise to ask yourself that question. Then ask the experts in the field of mental health, “Why can’t you cure mental illness?”

Grohol has an answer and it’s a logical one. “Treating mental illness rarely results in a ‘cure,’ per se.” He goes on to say that mental illness will spring back up time and time again, despite drugs and psychiatric therapy, which don’t in fact do anything to stop the problem.

The fact is that psychiatrists don’t try to cure people of mental illness. They use drugs in an attempt to dull the pain, increasing dosage when it inevitably doesn’t work. Then they shrug when their patients commit suicide because of the intensity of the newly found pain caused by the treatment. Inevitably the powerful, mind-altering drugs prescribed compound the problem and create new ones.

Now, let’s pretend that after you’d broken your left foot on the snowy slopes of Killington, Vermont your doctor proceeded to smash your right foot with a sledgehammer until the bones were shards as a supposed treatment for the initial break. While, this treatment might distract you from the pain in the other foot, I think you can agree that this doctor made the situation worse.

Whatever you do, don’t complain further of any discomfort to this doctor. He’s liable to smash your right hand, then your left in an attempt to treat your broken foot. It’s clearly the only solution, the only treatment he knows. The fact is, he doesn’t know how to set a bone.

If you’re thinking this is all insane, you are absolutely right. It is.

Unfortunately, if you visit a psychiatrist in an attempt to fix your depression or anxiety, know going in that he doesn’t have a cure. Odds are, he’ll probably prescribe the latest drug. Then when that drug doesn’t actually help you, he’d up the dosage and add another drug.

Remember, psychiatrists admit they aren’t attempting to cure anything. They are simply distracting you from the pain. Now, it might seem to work for a while, but eventually you’ll find yourself taking five different pills each day and will feel worse over time.

Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of continuing to complain. You might wind up in a mental hospital where they’ll give you electric shock therapy. If that happens, you’ll wish they’d just taken a sledgehammer to your limbs. It would be far less painful and destructive.



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08 Oct

Mental Institutions: – their Hellish History Part 2

HellDuring WWII volunteer service in state mental institutions was a requirement for some conscientious objectors. Warren Sawyer, who was a 23 year old pacifist, was appointed to Philadelphia State Hospital (also known as Byberry) to work as an attendant. He was one of three thousand conscientious objectors assigned to 62 state mental hospitals in the US.

Mr. Sawyer does not remember the experience with endearment. “Well, I called them hellholes. Terribly overcrowded. All we did and all we could do was just custodial care. Because when you have three men taking care of 350 incontinent patients with everything all over the floor, feces and urine and all that kind of thing.”

He remembers the stench being so strong that it remained even after washing his clothes.

This room in Byberry, known as the “incontinent ward” was a large, open space with a floor made of concrete. Therapy? Activities? Entertainment? There was nothing of the kind. Hundreds of naked men either walked around the room aimlessly or huddled against the filthy walls.

A nearby building was for the violent men, those who had a tendency to attack each other as well as the attendants. One of the rooms in this ward held rows of men strapped down and shackled to their bed frames.

Sawyer was so disturbed by the conditions in Byberry that he did what he could to try and make life a bit more bearable for the inmates. He even created checkerboards, but these were removed by administrators who worried they could be used a weapons.

John Bartholomew, another conscientious objector who worked at Byberry says “Our work was to try to get attendants to realize these were ordinary people with a little problem and they needed help.”

But convincing the attendants to change was a difficult, if not impossible uphill climb.

Many of the salaried attendants were drunkards, working at one mental hospital until they were fired, then moving on to the next one. For these regulars, discipline consisted of hitting a patient with a sawed off broom handle or a buckshot filled rubber hose.

One of the attendants’ more dreadful tricks was to choke a patient with a wet towel, leaving no mark and preventing detection of this abuse by the state inspector.

When the end of the war was approaching, the conscientious objectors worried the patients would continue to be dominated by brutal, untrained attendants. Sawyer wrote home:

“We are working on a carefully laid out plan to blow this place open in two months.”

Charlie Lord, now 89 and living in a Quaker retirement community, recalls their brave plans to expose the conditions in the institution.

Lord snuck a camera into the hospital. Whenever he could, he shot pictures of the conditions. He didn’t even look through the viewfinder. He recalls “I’d get up as close as I could. I was aware of composition. But the main thing was to show the truth.”

Following in the footsteps of other mental health reformers like Nellie Bly, Lord took 3 rolls of film, each with 36 exposures. His purpose was to show in black in white what was really going on, in a way that no one could deny.

Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the first to see these damning photos. She doubted them at first, thinking they were from an institution in Mississippi or Alabama, where she was aware of terrible conditions in mental hospitals. But when she realized they were from a Philadelphia institution, she promised to support reform, and reported to government health officials and journalists.

When the photos were published in Life magazine months later, the images were disturbingly familiar, creating a national uproar. Thin, naked men evoked images of Nazi concentration camps.

Many people today are aware that psychiatry played a vital role in the suppression of human beings in Germany, including the mentally ill. But in the aftermath of WW II, that connection was not widely known.

Hitler was blamed for ordering the mass execution and tortuous human experimentation of Jews, Homosexuals and gypsies during WW II. It was, in fact psychiatrists who proposed these atrocities to Hitler. The madman Hitler, of course is not without guilt, since he signed his consent to their proposals.

The barbaric treatment of the mentally ill in Nazi Germany (where 200,000 people were labeled mentally ill and terminated with deadly gas) and the atrocious treatment of the mentally ill in US institutions during and after the war years are all based on the philosophy of psychiatry.

The heads of those institutions in the US, the men who were in charge of them, were psychiatrists. Pleading ignorance of atrocities committed directly under their noses is, of course completely unacceptable.

Although one must honor the conscientious objectors who brought the conditions of those incarcerated in mental asylums to the public awareness, it remains that psychiatrists allowed the abuse to continue unabated.

Are conditions in mental institutions significantly improved today? Our next article will examine the current state of so-called asylums for the mentally ill.


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08 Oct

The Legalization of Marijuana Part 1 of 2

MarijuanaIf you live here in Florida it’s not too early to be thinking about the 2016 election.

Not the excitement of the well-publicized presidential race but the stealth movement working behind the scenes to legalize marijuana in the state of Florida.

For sure, there are forces already hard at work to get one or more marijuana initiatives on the ballot for 2016 and these forces are an unsavory lot with bad intentions despite claiming they only wish to relieve the pain and suffering of patients with devastating diseases.

Their crocodile tears and patient testimonials can be convincing at first glance but that is not the real scene.

Not having been educated with the real facts many citizens think pot is a harmless drug so why not just follow in Colorado’s footsteps and legalize marijuana here in Florida for recreational use or at the very least allow medical marijuana stores to sell it for those needing pain relief the way California has done for years.                                 

Pro-Legalization is Not Fueled by Popular Demand

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s recently published “DEA Position on Marijuana” states that marijuana has a “high potential for abuse, [and] has no accepted medicinal value in treatment in the U.S.” It also stated that “a few wealthy businessmen — not broad grassroots support — started and sustain the ‘medical’ marijuana and drug legalization movements in the U.S. Without their money and influence, the drug legalization movement would shrivel.”

President Obama’s drug czar Gil Kerlikowske has said “Young people are getting the wrong message from the medical marijuana legalization campaign. If it’s continued to be talked about as a benign substance that has no ill effects, we’re doing a great disservice to young people by giving them that message.”

John Walters, past Dir. of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy stated “There are addictive, harmful effects of smoking marijuana. The silliness of pop culture is pretending this isn’t a serious problem. Their entire message is built on phony propaganda that has been far too successful in the mainstream media.”

He further stated “The pro-legalization movement hasn’t come from a groundswell of the people. A great deal of its funding and fraud has been perpetrated by George Soros and then promoted by celebrities. The truth is under attack, and it’s an absolutely dangerous direction for this country to be going in.”

So, What’s Soros Really Trying to Do?

He clearly has more than pot up his sleeve. He intends to legalize every drug known to man – those found in nature and those synthesized in chemical labs.

And make a lot of money for him and his allies in the process.

Soros is the infamous hedge fund manager, who once made $1 billion dollar in one day back in 1992 when he shorted the British pound, forced it to devalue and ruined the financial positions of millions of citizens.

He currently has something like $26 billion in net worth and he is a board member and the major source of funds for The Drug Policy Alliance which is basically his creation with the goal of worldwide legalization of all drugs.

Soros is a big shareholder in Monsanto, the world’s biggest genetically modified seed producer. Monsanto teamed up with German pharma giant Bayer AG (of Nazi era psychiatric drug torture fame) and succeeded in genetically altering a cannabis plant and patenting a new breed of cannabis. Soros financed a TV media blitz to get marijuana legalized in the country of Uruguay but the plan to sell the GMO pot to the government has been slowed by the new president who is not a fan of having marijuana everywhere in his country. In March of 2015 he paused the implementation of the marijuana law in Uruguay.

Soros also has donated about $200 million to drug legalization since 1994, double what most people had estimated until now. Most went to the Drug Policy Alliance and he still gives it about $5 million a year.

“He’s played a historic role in the evolution of drug policy reform from a movement that was at the fringe of U.S. politics to one that is in the mainstream,” said Ethan Nadelmann, who runs the nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance. Of course, by “drug policy reform” Nadelmann means making dangerous street drugs legal.

Mr. Soros and other donors, with help from the Drug Policy Alliance and Marijuana Policy Project, helped 2012 ballot initiatives that legalized the recreational use of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado.

The Marijuana Policy Project and Mr. Soros‘ Drug Policy Alliance aim to support full legalization measures in 2016 in Arizona and California (where they previously funded and won ballot initiatives for medical marijuana use) and in Massachusetts, Maine, Montana and Nevada.

Here in Florida in 2014, Soros teamed up with multimillionaire John Morgan and donated over 80% of the money used by Morgan’s group “United for Care, People United for Medical Marijuana” in its attempt to get medical marijuana “pharmacies” legalized and spread throughout the state. The voters, fortunately, said “no”.

If they can get full legalization on the Florida ballot in 2016 they will surely fund a PR blitz in favor of it.

SOURCES: “”rge-soros/ “”illionaire-george-soros-turns-cash-into-legalized/?page=all

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