Archive for December, 2009

Goals and Purposes of Citizens Commission on Human Rights

Monday, December 28th, 2009

It never hurts to re-orient oneself with pro-survival goals and purposes. With so many demands on our personal and group resources (time, money, volunteerism, family, children, health care, political concerns, religious concerns, etc.) it may be helpful to show how CCHR aligns with some of these other demands.

CCHR – Investigating and Exposing Psychiatric Violations of Human Rights

For forty years, CCHR has worked to expose and eradicate psychiatric violations of human rights and restore human rights and dignity to mental health. CCHR’s work will only be complete when psychiatry’s fraudulent practices are eliminated and it is held accountable for its harmful treatments and human rights violations.

Psychiatry and Human Rights

“The very basis of human rights is freedom from false accusation and from brutality and punishment without offense.” — L. Ron Hubbard

Through stigmatizing labels, unscientific diagnoses, easy seizure commitment laws and brutal, depersonalizing “treatments,” thousands around the world suffer under psychiatry’s coercive system every day. It is a system that exemplifies human rights abuse. Modern psychiatry still has no scientific veracity and knows and admits it, but keeps up the charade for the sake of profit.

The Situation

Every 75 seconds someone is involuntarily committed into a mental institution.

More than 100,000 patients die each year in psychiatric institutions.

Psychiatrists continue to use electroshock and drugs to torture political dissidents, and to brainwash people into committing terrorist acts.

One hundred million people worldwide are on psychiatric drugs. Twenty million children worldwide (9 million in the U.S.) are on psychiatric drugs, which have been acknowledged by international drug regulatory agencies to cause suicide, hostility, violence, mania and drug dependence, strokes and sudden death. Psychiatric drugs or other psychiatric treatment may significantly interfere with an individual’s physical, emotional, educational, mental or spiritual development.

An estimated 70 percent of all psychiatric drugs are now prescribed by general physicians rather than by psychiatrists.

With over $80 billion a year in psychiatric drug money at stake, it is impossible to escape the saturation of psychiatric disease mongering in today’s society.

CCHR Goals and Purposes

  • Investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.
  • Clean up the field of mental health.
  • Demand medical doctors become competent.
  • Recognize psychiatry, psychiatrists, psychology and psychologists who engage in human rights abuses for what they are and abolish them.

Societal Solutions

With the knowledge of psychiatric fraud and abuse comes the responsibility to do something about it and the awareness and expectation of control necessary to accomplish this.

KNOWLEDGE — Having, knowing and applying a technology that works and being able to distinguish this from technologies that do not work (e.g. psychiatry, psychology, bleeding with leeches, restraints, etc.)

RESPONSIBILITY — There are a number of campaigns that align with and handle various societal situations, such as:

Cleaning up the field of mental health

A common sense guide to better living

Assisting and uniting individuals, educators, organizations and governmental bodies to implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Helping restore purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others

Making available educational materials so youth and adults can make informed decisions to be drug-free

Vanquishing illiteracy by providing effective education services, training and materials to educators, parents and students to enable individuals to learn how to learn and become self-motivated lifelong learners

The largest private drug rehabilitation organization on the planet, salvaging lives from the scourge of drugs

CONTROL — Organizations that provide field control and coordination among these various societal solutions.

What You Can Do

* Increase your knowledge about these problems and their solutions. Obtain and watch your own free copy of the CCHR documentary DVD Making A Killing–The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging. Show the DVD to family, friends and associates; get them to do the same. Attend and bring others to Briefings about CCHR and psychiatric fraud and abuse.

Inform yourself about CCHR and psychiatric fraud and abuse from these web sites:

* Take some amount of responsibility for contributing your time and money to one or more of the solutions. Donate to CCHR St. Louis. Volunteer for CCHR St. Louis.

* Report adverse drug reactions to the US Food and Drug Administration,  encourage others to do so, and let us know when you do.

* Report psychiatric abuse, encourage others to do the same, and let us know when you do.

* Broadcast the CCHR Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights and let us know when you do.

* Bring people to visit CCHR traveling exhibits and volunteer to work at them in your local area.

* Contact your school, church, media, and local, state and federal authorities and representatives to express your opinion and suggest alternatives to fraudulent and abusive psychiatric treatment, and let us know when you do. Some suggestions are:

  • advocate patient rights
  • replace psychiatric institutions with actual mental health homes or asylums
  • establish a refund system for failed psychiatric treatments
  • conduct audits of psychiatric facilities
  • add more fraud investigation units
  • require scientific, physical evidence of claimed “mental disorders”
  • outlaw coercive psychiatric treatments
  • hold agencies accountable for psychiatric harm
  • remove government funding from unworkable psychiatric treatments

Conclusion

Let us know how CCHR goals and purposes align with your own.

Let us know what you think, let us know what you have done, let us know whom you have contacted and what they said, let us know how you would like to help.

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Monday, December 28th, 2009

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The Missouri Department of Mental Health Budget

Monday, December 28th, 2009

The Insane Bloat of the Missouri Department of Mental Health Budget from 1971 to 2009 – now over $1.2 Billion

MO DMH Budgets


Reports show that:* 10% to 25% of mental health practitioners sexually abuse patients.

* Psychiatry has the worst fraud track record of all medical disciplines.

* The largest health care fraud suit in history [$375 million] involved the smallest sector of healthcare–psychiatry.

* An estimated $20-$40 billion is defrauded in the mental health industry in any
given year.

Download and read the full report “Massive Fraud — Psychiatry’s Corrupt Industry.”

Recommendations

1.   Establish or increase the number of psychiatric fraud investigation units to recover funds that are embezzled in the mental health system.

2.   Clinical and financial audits of all government-run and private psychiatric facilities that receive government subsidies or insurance payments should be done to ensure accountability; statistics on admissions, treatment and deaths, without breaching patient confidentiality, should be compiled for review.

3.   A list of convicted psychiatrists and mental health workers, especially those convicted and/or disciplined for fraud and sexual abuse should be kept on state, national and international law enforcement and police agencies databases, to prevent criminally convicted and/or deregistered mental health practitioners from gaining employment elsewhere in the mental health field.

4.   No convicted mental health practitioner should be employed by government agencies, especially in correctional/prison facilities or schools.

5.   The DSM and/or lCD (mental disorders section) should be removed from use in all government agencies, departments and other bodies including criminal, educational and justice systems.

6.   Establish rights for patients and their insurance companies to receive refunds for mental health treatment which did not achieve the promised result or improvement, or which resulted in proven harm to the individual, thereby ensuring that responsibility lies with the individual practitioner and psychiatric facility rather than the government or its agencies.

7.   None of the 374 mental disorders in the DSM/ICD should be eligible for insurance coverage because they have no scientific, physical validation. Governmental, criminal, educational and judicial agencies should not
rely on the DSM or lCD (mental disorders section).

8.   Provide funding and insurance coverage only for proven, workable treatments that verifiably and dramatically improve or cure mental health problems.


We think it is time to call psychiatry and psychology for what they are — failed pseudo sciences with no basis in fact, pseudo sciences that harm their recipients and line the pocketbooks of their practitioners.

Pharma’s $1.7 billion dollar internet/social media marketing campaign

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Pharma’s Drug Ads
From Million Dollar TV Ads to
$1.7 Billion Internet Marketing Campaign

New Video and Blog from CCHR International

Kathleen Slatter-Moschkau
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau

Click here for new video and blog.

Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau is a former 10-year Pharma Sales Rep and Writer/Director of the feature film Side Effects starring Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy). In this video she discusses the billion dollar psycho/pharmaceutical marketing campaign designed to get millions of people on psychotropic drugs through slick drug ads and marketing campaigns that include ghost writing pro drug articles for medical journals.

Green Mental Health: First Do No Harm

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Green Mental Health

First Do No Harm

Hyla Cass

Click to watch Hyla Cass, Psychiatrist

Mental Health Care should be held to the ethical creed, “First, Do No Harm” and should be driven by positive patient outcomes, not profit.

Psychiatric drugs pose very real health risks including psychosis, worsening depression, diabetes, stroke and sudden death.

There are non-harmful medical solutions that do not require stigmatizing psychiatric labels and dangerous drugs.

Psychiatrist Hyla Cass explains in this short video.

Click here to watch video.

Medical Marijuana Prescribed to Kids with ADHD

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

by David Knowles
SPHERE
November 24, 2009

In California, the state with the nation’s most permissive medical marijuana law, several doctors say that some children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are being treated with marijuana – a fact that has sparked a heated debate.

Reliable figures on the use of marijuana to treat ADHD are hard to come by, as reported by The New York Times. Though California says it has issued more than 36,000 medical marijuana cards since 2004, the state does not compile statistics on prescriptions for specific conditions, such as ADHD. And many doctors and patients are reluctant to talk about it. Still, experts say such prescriptions are becoming more common as the number of pot dispensaries and doctors prescribing marijuana continues to grow. And not everyone is happy about it.

“Let me count the ways in which prescribing marijuana for teens with ADHD is a bad idea,” said Stephen Hinshaw, professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley. Marijuana, Hinshaw said, is a “cognitive disorganizer” that produces roughly the same effect in users as those associated with ADHD.

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Read the entire article:

http://www.sphere.com/2009/11/24/marijuana-prescribed-to-kids-with-adhd/ and express your opinion to your state and federal legislators and local school districts. Let CCHR St. Louis know what you did and what was the result. Type “marijuana” or “adhd” into the Search Box at www.cchrstl.org for more information.

Green Mental Health Care — Reclaiming Lives From Psychiatric Drugs

Friday, December 11th, 2009
Genita Petralliby Genita Petralli, Nutritional Biochemist

“My life is dedicated to reclaiming lives from psychiatric drugs and exposing psychiatry for what it is; a gang of white collar drug pushers robbing our society of every resource that supports it right down to our future; the children.

“As a scientist and licensed practitioner I want to educate all those interested in what is causing the epidemic mental health crisis of today, how to avoid it, how to get off of psych drugs if you are on them now, and why toxic drugs should not ever be called medicine.”

Click here to read more.

Short Takes

Saturday, December 5th, 2009
Risks of Direct-To-Consumer Advertising

A new study published November 12, 2009 in the American Journal of Public Health concludes that prescription drug direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) carries significant risks for the public.


The drugs don’t work

There were 36 million prescriptions issued for antidepressant drugs in the United Kingdom in 2008, nearly one for every adult in the population, according to numbers obtained by the Liberal Democrat party. The number is 2.1 million higher than in 2007.


Could Drugs Used to Treat Mood Disorders, Pain and Epilepsy Cause Psychiatric Disorders Later In Life?

According to an October 20, 2009 press release from Georgetown University Medical Center, some drugs used to treat epilepsy, mood disorders and pain may predispose to psychiatric disorders later in life.


Heart patients lacking vitamin D more likely to be depressed

People with heart disease and similar conditions who don’t have enough vitamin D are more likely to be depressed than their counterparts with adequate levels of the “sunshine vitamin,” according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando. This link seems to be even stronger in the winter.


Half of all dementia patients leave hospital in a worse state than when they arrive
The Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom says patients with dementia stay far longer than patients being treated for the same illness or injury without dementia, and that there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that elderly patients are being neglected in hospitals across the National Health Service.

Criminal Psychiatrist Alerts

BARLOW SMITH, TEXAS On October 12, 2009, the Medical Board of California issued a Public Letter of Reprimand on psychiatrist BARLOW SMITH of Marble Falls, Texas (Smith is licensed in both states). The state took this action in response to disciplinary action taken against Smith in Texas. On June 18, 2009, the Texas Medical Board reprimanded Smith for unprofessional conduct. The Board found that Barlow engaged in repeated sexual contact with a former patient who was treated by Smith three times in 2007 for depression. The former patient revealed to Smith during her initial assessment that she had a history of sexual abuse in her childhood. In addition to the Texas reprimand, Smith was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and successfully complete a professional boundaries course.

Source: Public Letter of Reprimand, Barlow Smith, M.D., Physician’s and Surgeon’s Certificate No. 6-35320, Case No. 16-2009-201531, Medical Board of California, October 12, 2009 and “Marble Falls psychiatrist disciplined for sex with former patient,” Burnet Bulletin, September 1, 2009.

MARYANN THERESA WEISMAN, PENNSYLVANIA On October 27, 2009, the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine indefinitely suspended psychiatrist MARYANN THERESA WEISMAN because she was unfit to practice as a physician due to mental illness.

Source: Entry on Maryann Theresa Weisman, as found in monthly online Disciplinary Actions report of the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, October, 2009.

SHADI DUCHESNE, PENNSYLVANIA On October 27, 2009, the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine suspended psychiatrist SHADI DUCHESNE for no less than three years, with suspension immediately stayed in favor of no less than three years of probation, said probation retroactive to September 23, 2008, and subject to certain terms and conditions, because she pled guilty to and was convicted of a misdemeanor relating to a health profession.

Source: Entry on Shadi Duchesne, as found in monthly online Disciplinary Actions report of the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, October, 2009.

Study Shows That Depression Is Not Genetic

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Interaction Between the Serotonin Transporter Gene (5-HTTLPR), Stressful Life Events, and Risk of Depression

The Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 301 No. 23, June 17, 2009.

“This meta-analysis yielded no evidence that the serotonin transporter genotype alone or in interaction with stressful life events is associated with an elevated risk of depression in men alone, women alone, or in both sexes combined.”

What This New Study Means

This means that research claiming that “depression” has a genetic cause is flawed; there is no credible evidence that depression is genetic and linked to serotonin transport, which also calls into serious question claims that SSRI drugs [selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors] have any valid use for depression.

In fact, there is no medical illness called “depression.” While it is true that people do have problems for which they may need help, the psychiatric diagnosis of a mental illness called depression disorder is fraudulent since it is based solely on subjective criteria (for example, asking a person if they are depressed); there are no clinical tests for depression — no blood tests, no urine tests, no genetic markers, no x-rays, no brain scans. And thus the prescription of addictive and harmful psychotropic drugs for this non-existent illness is also fraudulent and done just for money.

What Should Be Done About It

So how do you help someone who says they are depressed? That’s fairly easy — you find out exactly what their problem is and fix that.

The solution is proper medical care. Article 3 of CCHR’s Mental Health Declaration of Human Rights states that any patient has “The right to have a thorough physical and clinical examination by a competent registered general practitioner of one’s choice, to ensure that one’s mental condition is not caused by any undetected and untreated physical illness, injury or defect, and the right to seek a second medical opinion of one’s choice.”

CCHR has long been an advocate for competent, non-psychiatric, medical evaluation of people with mental problems. Undiagnosed and untreated physical conditions can manifest as “psychiatric” symptoms. In 1982, CCHR campaigned for Senate Bill 929 in California that established a pilot project to provide medical evaluation of people in public psychiatric hospitals. Subsequently, the California Department of Mental Health Medical Evaluation Field Manual—which CCHR assisted in introducing—stated: ”Mental health professionals working within a mental health system have a professional and a legal obligation to recognize the presence of physical disease in their patients…physical diseases may cause a patient’s mental disorder [or] may worsen a mental disorder.”

More information about non-abusive alternatives to psychiatric treatment is available here.