PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals

April 16th, 2014

PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals (PJP)

PJP

This graph shows the price per share over the last few years for an investment fund based on the common stocks of 30 U.S. pharmaceuticals companies. (Top 10 holdings: Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Biogen, Gilead Sciences, Depomed, Questcor.) There is over $1 billion invested in this fund.

No, this is not a recommendation to run to your broker and buy these shares; although if you’d like to sell your shares we would not object. We might, however, whisper “blood money” under our breath.

In all seriousness, many people are making huge amounts of money off the pharmaceutical industry. As it was explained to me once by the CEO of a large company in the insurance industry, “We make our money on the misfortunes of others.”

Actually, this would not be such a major issue if it were not for the corrupt alliance between the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industries.

experimental stage With 30 million Americans having taken antidepressants for a “chemical imbalance” that psychiatrists admit is a pharmaceutical marketing campaign, not scientific fact, it is no wonder that the conflict of interest between psychiatry and Big Pharma perpetuates.

The American Psychiatric Association is steeped in a conflict of
interest with the pharmaceutical industry. After all, it has made at least $40 million just in sales of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), often called Diagnosis as a Source of Money, the billing bible that psychiatrists use for insurance reimbursement for “treatment” which is most often psychotropic drugs.

The campaign to “Stop the Stigma” of “Mental Illness” was launched by the Pharmaceutical Industry. With a seemingly altruistic agenda, the fact is the campaign to end the “stigma” of mental illness is one driven and funded by those who benefit from more and more people being labeled mentally ill — pharma, psychiatry and pharmaceutical front groups. The “Founding Sponsors” of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) campaign to stop the “stigma” were Abbott Labs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Pfizer, Novartis, SmithKline Beecham and Wyeth-Ayerst Labs.

Controversy swelled around the fifth edition of the DSM, known as DSM-5. One study suggested that the 900-page bible of mental health published in May 2013 is rife with financial conflicts of interest. Nearly 70 percent of DSM-5 task force members reported financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies — up from 57 percent for the previous edition.

St. Louis has not been immune to the fallout from psychiatric drugs. On January 15, 2013, 34-year-old Sean Johnson walked onto the Stevens Institute of Business & Arts campus and shot the school’s financial aid director once in the chest, then shot himself in the torso. Johnson had been taking prescribed drugs for an undisclosed mental illness.

Remember that the real problem is that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose life’s problems as an “illness”, and stigmatize unwanted behavior or study problems as “diseases.” Psychiatry’s stigmatizing labels, programs and treatments are harmful junk science; their diagnoses of “mental disorders” are a hoax — unscientific, fraudulent and harmful.

It is vital that you, your family and associates watch the video documentary “Making A Killing – The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging”. Containing more than 175 interviews with lawyers, mental health experts, the families of psychiatric abuse victims and the survivors themselves, this riveting documentary rips the mask off psychotropic drugging and exposes a brutal but well-entrenched money-making machine. The facts are hard to believe, but fatal to ignore. Watch the video online by clicking here.

Boston Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Unit and Justina Pelletier’s 13 month incarceration

April 8th, 2014

Boston Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Unit and Justina Pelletier’s 13 month incarceration

The international mental health watchdog organization, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, is calling on Massachusetts State Attorney General to investigate Boston Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Unit in the case of Justina Pelletier’s 13 month incarceration.

For thirteen months, Lou and Linda Pelletier’s youngest daughter, Justina, has been a prisoner at the hands of Boston Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Unit accused of suffering from an obscure “mental disorder,” Somatoform, which a leading psychologist describes as being “nothing more than a destructive and unreliably applied label.” In deteriorating health, and confined to a wheelchair, the 15-year-old learned this week that there will be no pardon from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Puritans.

After months of fighting for the teenager’s freedom, on March 25, the Pelletiers were summarily dismissed by the state’s inquisitors—the Juvenile Court—and denied custody of their ailing daughter. Juvenile Court Judge, Joseph Johnson’s reason for denying the Pelletier’s right to decide their daughter’s medical treatment was his belief that the Pelletiers will not “comply” with the state’s directives.

Click here to read the full article.

Fort Hood Shooting: A Wake-up Call for Lawmakers

April 5th, 2014

Fort Hood Shooting: A Wake-up Call for Lawmakers

Violence and psychiatric drugs—a deadly formula America is becoming too intimately familiar with. The mental health watchdog group, Citizens Commission on Human Rights says that rather than continually sending heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, it is time for lawmakers to investigate the connection between prescription psychiatric drugs and violence.

America learned within hours of the April 2nd shooting at Ft. Hood that four people were dead (including the shooter) and 16 had been wounded in the attack. The shooter, 34-year old Army Specialist, Ivan Lopez, served in Iraq for four months in 2011 and according to The New York Times, Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, said Lopez had been “examined by a psychiatrist within the last month, but showed no signs that he might commit a violent act.” Secretary McHugh further explained to the Senate Armed Services Committee that Lopez “had been prescribed Ambien, a sleep aid, and other medication to treat anxiety and depression.”

CCHR says this sounds sadly familiar to the September 2013 Washington Navy Yard attack by Aaron Alexis, who had been taking the antidepressant, Trazadone, when he killed twelve innocent people.

CCHR continues that, “psychiatric treatment, in the form of prescription mind-altering drugs, once again is connected to a mass shooting. Yet, despite data showing a connection between psychiatric mind-altering drugs and violence, lawmakers have yet to investigate the connection.”

Click here to read the full article.

Ambien (generic name zolpidem) is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic and anti-anxiety drug often prescribed for insomnia, and whose known side effects include aggressive behavior, agitation, anxiety, confusion, fear, hallucinations, hostility, psychosis, rage, suicide attempts, and transient amnesia.

Rescue Drugs

March 29th, 2014

Rescue Drugs

If you missed us (the CCHR St. Louis booth) at the Working Women’s Survival Show at the St. Charles Convention Center in February, we want you to know that we had a blast talking to hundreds of people about the dangers of psychiatric drugs and other psychiatric treatments.

One of the interesting results of this exposure was our new awareness of something called “rescue drugs.”

A rescue drug is one intended to relieve symptoms immediately, in contrast to other drugs which are intended to cure a medical problem or to prevent or reduce symptoms over a more extended period. It generally refers to the sudden onset of undesirable symptoms, rather than those that may already be present.

In this context we spoke with people who agreed with us that psychiatric drugs are bad for you, but they still carry around their psychiatric rescue drugs, such as an anti-anxiety drug in case they suddenly have a panic attack, for example.

From this we might observe that, 1) the root cause of their difficulty has not yet been found, and 2) while the message may be getting out that psychotropic drugs are bad for you, the message that there are effective non-drug alternatives is still somewhat suppressed.

Be sure to attend our upcoming seminar about healthy alternatives.

The First Alternative is Do No Harm!

The Second Alternative is Find and Fix The Cause!

Read more about non-psychiatric alternatives by clicking here.

Relieve the physical stress associated with mental stress

March 26th, 2014

CCHR STL Public Seminar

No one denies that people can have difficult problems in their lives, that at times they can be mentally unstable. People in desperate circumstances must be provided proper and effective health care.
Learn about physical stressors that exacerbate mental symptoms.

Learn about health care alternatives to harmful psychiatric drugs and treatments.

This is not to say that mental troubles are physical. They are not. Psychiatrists argue that mental disorders are biologically based to justify using treatments that cause more physical stress and further overwhelm the mind.

Relieve the Stress!


You are invited to attend the next Citizens Commission on Human Rights of St. Louis FREE public seminar.

It is vital that our families, friends, and associates know about healthy alternatives to harmful psychiatric “treatment.” You need to know there are alternatives to psychiatric fraud and abuse.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Noon to 3:00 PM (lunch will be provided)

Location: 2nd Floor auditorium of the Church of Scientology of Missouri, 6901 Delmar Blvd., University City, Missouri 63130 — just west of the U City City Hall.

RSVP TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW! Email your RSVP to CCHRSTL@CCHRSTL.ORG.

Feel free to forward this invitation and to bring others to the seminar.

File a Complaint about psychiatric Abuse Today

March 12th, 2014

File a Complaint about psychiatric Abuse Today

We are delighted to inform you that if you have experienced abuse by a psychiatrist, you can now file a complaint in any state in a few minutes.

With thanks to PsychSearch.net, this complaint form,

http://www.psychsearch.net/complaints/

is now available. It will help you send a complaint to the proper authorities in any state in the U.S.

Vulnerable people who have sought help from psychiatrists and psychologists have been falsely diagnosed and forced to undergo unwanted and often harmful psychiatric methods.

The real problem is that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose life’s problems as an “illness” and stigmatize unwanted behavior or study problems as “diseases.”

In case there is any doubt, here are some examples of what constitutes psychiatric fraud or abuse:

False diagnosis of mental illness, rape, sexual assault, physical abuse, mis-diagnosis, harmful and unnecessary drugging, involuntary commitment, electroshock therapy, psychosurgery, harmful restraints, threatened with committal or punishment for refusal of treatment, coerced into hospitalization or treatment, neglect, insurance fraud (fraudulent billings to an insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid — such as submitting a bill when no service was performed.)

Psychiatric curricula and tests in our schools destroy morality and values as evidenced by the rising incidents of crime, drug abuse, and suicide among children and adolescents. The bottom line is that all psychiatric “treatments” are harmful and can cause crime.

Here are the currently defined categories of fraud and abuse on the PsychSearch.net Complaint Form:

  • Coerced into “Treatment”
  • Confidentiality Break
  • Crime
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Falsified medical records
  • Financial Irregularity
  • Forced Drugging
  • Fraud (Financial, insurance or otherwise)
  • Harmful Drug Effects
  • Harmful Effects of Electroconvulsive Therapy, (ECT)
  • Harmful Effects of Lobotomy
  • Inappropriate prescribing for non-medical reasons
  • Involuntary Commitment
  • No Biological Test for “Mental Illness”
  • No Informed Consent
  • No Testing for Underlying Physical Condition
  • Physical Illness Misdiagnosed as “Mental Illness”
  • Questionable Billing
  • Restraints
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Shock Treatment
  • Threats
  • Told I have a “chemical imbalance”
  • Unethical Conduct
  • Unprofessional conduct
  • Use of Force
  • Something else that didn’t seem quite right

To help you formulate your thoughts for filing a complaint, you can download the CCHR psychiatric Abuse Questionnaire by clicking here.

Please let us know when you file a complaint. Feel free to forward this information to someone you think might have a desire to file a complaint.

Find Out! Fight Back!

ADHD and Fluoride

March 10th, 2014

ADHD and Fluoride

A recently published scientific study links various developmental disabilities with fluoride poisoning.

[Lancet Neurol 2014;13:330-38; February 15, 2014; "Neurobehavioral effects of developmental toxicity"]

Here are some salient quotes.

“Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, affect millions of children worldwide, and some diagnoses seem to be increasing in frequency. Industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain are among the known causes for this rise in prevalence. …epidemiological studies have documented…developmental neurotoxicants” including fluoride.

“Strong evidence exists that industrial chemicals widely disseminated in the environment are important contributors to what we have called the global, silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity. The developing human brain is uniquely vulnerable to toxic chemical exposures, and major windows of developmental vulnerability occur in utero and during infancy and early childhood. During these sensitive life stages, chemicals can cause permanent brain injury at low levels of exposure that would have little or no adverse effect in an adult.”

“…studies of children exposed to fluoride in drinking water…suggests an average IQ decrement of about seven points in children exposed to raised fluoride concentrations.”

“Developmental neurotoxicity causes brain damage that is too often untreatable and frequently permanent.”

“The antisocial behaviour, criminal behaviour, violence, and substance abuse that seem to result from early-life exposures to some neurotoxic chemicals result in increased needs for special educational services, institutionalisation, and even incarceration.”

“Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviours, truncating future achievements, and damaging societies.”

We might also point out that fluorine is a significant component of Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride, C17H18F3NO•HCL) and Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride, C19H20FNO3•HCl•1/2H2O), both common psychiatric antidepressants with rather damaging side effects.

Admittedly, fluorine in chemical combination may behave differently than fluorine or fluoride (an ion of fluorine) alone, and there are those who argue that this difference is significant. The actual evidence, however, indicates otherwise. Regardless of any effect fluoride may have on teeth, it is a toxic substance and should be treated with caution, especially as a major component of a psychiatric drug.

See also the articles “Neurological Impact of Fluoride Toxicity“; “Fluoride Facts: The Inconvenient Truths“; “Chinese Studies Link Fluoride to Low IQ Scores“. For more detailed information, download the book “Directory of Somatopsychic Diseases and Conditions” containing 1400 assorted diseases, medical conditions, and toxins that either cause, exacerbate, or are associated with psychiatric illness.

DSM of the Future

February 16th, 2014

DSM of the Future

We’re reading a novel by Rick Moody called The Four Fingers of Death (2010, Little, Brown and Company,) about the adventures of astronauts on a mission to Mars in the very near future, among other amazing occurrences.

Not that we’re particularly reviewing or recommending this novel, but the author regularly lampoons the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by the psychiatric industry to record every condition for which they are allowed to bill insurance carriers.

The current version is DSM-5. The novel quotes a future eighth revision. I thought it might be amusing to list a few of the imaginary disorders from the book. We’re only up to page 136 out of 725, so we’re expecting many more gems from DSM-VIII.

  • Gambling para-addiction syndrome with socially unacceptable perspiration feature
  • Aggravated hydrophobia with hygiene aversion
  • Mixed caffeine obsession with chronic caffeine dependence
  • Conversational pseudo-uremia
  • Unorthodox chess openings
  • Waitstaff, habitual harassment thereof
  • Belief in extraterrestrial intelligence
  • Repeated re-organizing of household objects
  • Hearty laughter at neutral remarks
  • Fear of photosynthesis and photosynthesizers
  • Elective pseudodementia
  • Planetary exile syndrome
  • Interplanetary disinhibiting disorder

Don’t even ask me what these are; and if you ask psychiatrists, you’re liable to get a different answer from each one.

OK, we’ve had our fun. What’s the point?

With the DSM, psychiatry has taken countless aspects of human behavior and reclassified them as a “mental illness” simply by adding the term “disorder” onto them. While even key DSM contributors admit that there is no scientific or medical validity to the “disorders,” the DSM nonetheless serves as a diagnostic tool, not only for individual treatment, but also for child custody disputes, discrimination cases, court testimony, education and more. As the diagnoses completely lack scientific criteria, anyone can be labeled mentally ill, and subjected to dangerous and life threatening “treatments” based solely on opinion.

The psychiatricizing of normal everyday behavior by including personality quirks and traits is a lucrative business for the APA because by expanding the number of “mental illnesses” even ordinary people can become patients and added to the psychiatric marketing pool.

Every single psychiatric label stigmatizes the person being labeled and as long as we continue to use psychiatric labels (contained within the DSM) to describe behaviors—psychiatry will continue to profit while the public suffers.

Psychiatric disorders are not medical diseases. There are no lab tests, brain scans, X-rays or chemical imbalance tests that can verify any mental disorder is a physical condition. This is not to say that people do not get depressed, or that people can’t experience emotional or mental duress, but psychiatry has repackaged these emotions and behaviors as “disease” in order to sell drugs. This is a brilliant marketing campaign, but it is not science.

Coming up with new lists of behaviors and new “disorders” is the bedrock of the multi-billion dollar psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry. It’s how they get paid. Remember, no psychiatric label, no billing insurance. No psychiatric label, no drug prescribed. The psychiatric labels are backed by corporate interests—not medicine, and not science.

By educating yourself with the facts about psychiatry, you will have the information you need to never become a victim of this vicious pseudo-science. Protect yourself with the truth. Find out what psychiatrists don’t want you to know. Watch the CCHR documentary Psychiatry’s Deadliest Scam; show it to your family, friends and associates.

Contact your State Senator and Representative and ask them to remove all references to the DSM from your state’s Law.

Stress

February 9th, 2014

Stress

Our research leading to the recent newsletter on Marijuana turned up many references to “stress” — the relief of stress by smoking pot; the stress caused by not having access to pot; the tension caused by opposing points of view on the use of pot; myriad stress-relief programs; the stress caused by adverse reactions, side effects and withdrawal symptoms of pot-smoking.

We thought it would be appropriate, therefore, to write about the subject of stress. It is obviously a term of great interest to psychiatry as well. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the billing bible of the mental health care industry, names it explicitly as a billable diagnosis.

  • Acute Stress Disorder (308.3, DSM-IV)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (309.81, DSM-IV)
  • Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders (an entire chapter in DSM-5); including various manifestations of PTSD, acute stress disorder, adjustment disorders, and reactive attachment disorder.

There are even “DSM-5 Self-Exam Questions” with which you can diagnose yourself for stress-related symptoms.

Then there is ICD-10, the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision. This is a coding of diseases and signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or diseases, as classified by the World Health Organization. ICD-10 has its own classification of various stressors such as phobias, anxieties, adjustment disorders, and so on. The deadline for the United States to begin using Clinical Modification ICD-10-CM for diagnosis coding is currently October 1, 2014.

Let’s go over the basics, the dictionary definitions of the word “stress.” There are many; here are some:

  • a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in life or work
  • something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety
  • physical force or pressure
  • a constraining force or influence
  • the burden on one’s emotional or mental well-being created by demands or difficulties

[from Middle English stresse stress, distress, hardship, short for destresse which is from Anglo-French destresce, from Latin districtus, past participle of distringere to grip with force, to draw tight]

“Acute stress response” was first described by Walter Cannon in the 1920s as a theory that animals react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system. The response was later recognized as the first stage of a general adaptation syndrome that regulates stress responses among vertebrates and other organisms (from Wikipedia.)

Here are some additional terms and phrases associated with the concept of stress that one might consider as either causes or symptoms:

  • suppression on one or more parts of one’s life
  • boredom
  • lack of a goal or purpose in life
  • exhaustion
  • overwhelm
  • physical or mental shock
  • exposure to someone antagonistic to oneself or one’s efforts
  • an accumulation in life of turmoil, distress, failure, pain, loss or injury

For comparison, here are some of the concepts encompassing opposites of stress (which we might generally just consider as an absence of stress):

  • survival
  • success
  • health
  • vitality
  • comfort
  • relaxation

We would like to make it very clear that STRESS IS NOT A MENTAL ILLNESS! It is the reaction to a stressor. It is not a deficiency of cannabis or Prozac, and cannot be fixed with a drug. It can only be fixed by finding and eliminating the causes of the stress. Notice we said “causes” plural; if you knew the one thing that was causing your stress, you would have already fixed it. Of course, there are many, many single things that, when found and fixed, could significantly reduce or eliminate those particular stressors.

Bodies also have their own forms of stress, for example chronic age-related diseases are linked to inflammation in the body; and oxidative stress occurs when the body is exposed to an excessive number of free radicals.

What’s keeping people from handling their stress?

Well, there are vested interests who want the general populace immobilized by stress. The psychopharmaceutical industry, for example.

Psychiatrists will not tell you that there are many safe and effective, non-psychiatric options for mental and emotional turmoil.

While life is full of problems, and those problems can sometimes be overwhelming, it is important to know that psychiatry, with its unscientific diagnoses and harmful treatments, are the wrong way to go. Their most common treatment, psychiatric drugs, only chemically mask problems and symptoms; they cannot and never will be able to solve life’s problems. Once the drug has worn off, the original problem remains, or may even deteriorate. Though psychiatrists classify their drugs as a solution to life’s problems, in the long run, they only make things worse.

According to top experts, the majority of people having mental problems are actually suffering from non-psychiatric disorders, which can cause emotional stress.

You can get a thorough physical examination from a competent medical—not a psychiatric—doctor to check for any underlying injury or illness that may be causing emotional distress.

It’s up to every individual to insist on it, and to insist on fully informed consent to any treatment.

New York Bill Requires Psychological Screening for Schoolchildren

February 4th, 2014

New York Bill Requires Psychological Screening for Schoolchildren

We just signed the petition “State Rep. Margaret Markey: Stop Mandatory Psychological Screening of our Children” on Change.org. It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:

https://www.change.org/petitions/state-rep-margaret-markey-stop-mandatory-psychological-screening-of-our-children

This petition seeks to gain your help to stop the passing of Bill A8186-2013 that would require all children attending public schools in New York to go through psychological screening as part of their required health certificate. The specific wording from the Bill is:

“EACH SUCH CERTIFICATE SHALL ALSO STATE THAT A PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMINATION WAS PERFORMED AND THAT THE CHILD IS MENTALLY FIT TO PERMIT ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL.”

You can find the bill here for more information: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A8186-2013

As of January 8th this bill has been referred to the Committee on Education for review. We need to let the New York Assemblywoman supporting this [Margaret Markey] know that we don’t agree with this Bill which is an invasion of the privacy of our children. We do not need our children to be given a screening potentially leading to a lifetime of fraudulent psychiatric labels and harmful psychotropic drugs.

In 2003 a report on “mental health care” presented to the federal government recommended that all 52 million American schoolchildren be screened for “mental illness,” claiming—without a shred of scientific evidence—that “early detection, assessment, and links with treatment” could “prevent mental health problems from worsening.” Already implemented in many states, screening and “intervention” is to be provided through primary health care facilities, schools, juvenile justice and child welfare—to anyone aged between 3 and 21. Millions of taxpayer dollars have already been allocated to this, which means that America’s already burgeoning numbers of children being prescribed potentially lethal psychiatric drugs could treble within a few years to 30 million.

Ten million American children are already prescribed drugs that can kill them or predispose them to later illicit drug abuse, violence or suicide.

Screening Doesn’t Prevent Suicide; Drugs Increase It!

Parents need to know that unlike medical diseases there is no x-ray, blood or other physical test to determine if a child has a “mental disorder;” that mental health screening is based on subjective questions not medical science; that parents must actively sign an informed consent form to allow any such screening; and that any informed consent form must contain the above information.

Government funding should never be used for mental health-screening programs and should be allocated, instead, to better educational facilities, teachers and tutoring to improve the literacy and educational standards of students.

Click here for more information about mental health screening.