Archive for July, 2010

Vote for Missouri Proposition C

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

[If you do not vote in Missouri, then suggest this legislation to your own state legislators.]

The Missouri Health Care Freedom Amendment, Proposition C will appear on the August 3, 2010 statewide ballot in Missouri as a legislatively-referred amendment. The proposed measure aims to block the federal government from requiring people to buy health insurance and bans punishment for those without health insurance. [Read the full text of the amendment here.]

We urge all Missouri citizens to vote as their civic duty. Here is some additional information about this amendment.

The act prohibits any federal law from interfering with an individual’s health care freedom. If approved by Missouri voters, no federal law could force a patient, employer, or health care provider to participate in any government or privately run health care system.

The ballot will say, “Shall the Missouri Statutes be amended to: – Deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services? – Modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies?.”

As Senator Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield), the bill’s sponsor, says, “This legislation simply protects the rights of Missourians to choose their own health care products and services without fear of facing fines or imprisonment. It doesn’t reject any federal health care option, nor take away an individual’s choice to participate in the federal health care plan. The measure expands options, not limits them.”

We think voting for this is a good idea because the recently passed federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is laden with language and funding for the psycho/pharmaceutical industry, which has a vested interest in seeing every man, woman and child in America labeled with some mental disorder and prescribed harmful psychiatric drugs.

Already, the mental health industry defrauds the government up to $40 billion per year. If we divide that $40 billion by the roughly 300 million citizens in the U.S., we are, each and every person in America, already paying over $100 per year more than we should for health care. This new federal health care law gives the mental health industry more patients and more funds, inevitably leading to more fraud.

For some time there has been growing concern that the medicalization of behavior is a principal driver of increased health care costs in the mental health care industry. The medicalization of unhappiness, for example, is a driver for the prescription of harmful and addictive antidepressant drugs. Estimated direct costs associated with various medicalized conditions (including ADHD, sadness, anxiety and behavioral disorders) in the U.S. were approximately $77 billion in 2005.

This act will help prevent Missourians from being forced to suffer fraudulent and abusive psychiatric treatment and drugs mandated by the federal government.

Why psychiatry needs therapy

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

The February 27, 2010 issue of The Wall Street Journal carried an article called “Why psychiatry needs therapy,” by Edward Shorter, professor of history at the University of Toronto. Dr. Shorter is a social historian of medicine, specializing in the history of psychiatry.

Shorter says, “Psychiatry seems to have lost its way in a forest of poorly verified diagnoses and ineffectual medications. Patients who seek psychiatric help today for mood disorders stand a good chance of being diagnosed with a disease that doesn’t exist and treated with a medication little more effective than a placebo.”

Making fun of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychiatry’s billing bible, is a pastime we understand, and Shorter makes short work of the DSM, calling it horse-trading in symptoms, “defining ever-widening circles of the population as mentally ill with vague and undifferentiated diagnoses.”

Although, to be sure, the DSM is no laughing matter, as it aims to eventually diagnose everyone with some form of mental illness for which harmful and addictive psychotropic drugs can be prescribed.

Here are some actual diagnoses of “mental disorders” in the DSM-IV (DSM fourth edition):

315.1 Mathematics Disorder
V15.81 Noncompliance With Treatment
V61.20 Parent-Child Relational Problem
V62.82 Bereavement
V62.89 Religious or Spiritual Problem
292.89 Caffeine-Induced Anxiety Disorder
 
Though it has become very influential since it first appeared in 1952, there is one crucial test the DSM has never passed: scientific validity. In fact, after more than 50 years of deception, broad exposure is now being given to the unscientific and ludicrous nature of this doorstop.
 
Click here for more information about the DSM hoax.

Support Ron Paul’s Parental Consent Act

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
This is a VERY crucial and easy action everyone can do in support of parental rights — Please sign this petition in support of Congressman Ron Paul’s Parental Consent Act.
This is still an active bill, so sign the petition in support of this
bill created by the parents’ rights group AbleChild.org, and pass it on!
See this two-minute video below for background on this bill featuring Kent Snyder, Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential Campaign manager.

Click here to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft1RDGVq2LA

Drug-Induced Mood Disorders

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Mood disorders such as depression have been a known adverse side effect of drug use since at least the 1950’s.

A drug-induced mood disorder is the onset of symptoms of mental distress while a person is taking or withdrawing from these drugs.

Despite the plethora of reported cases, there are few controlled studies of this phenomenon. Many different drugs have been implicated in the onset of drug-induced mental symptoms. Many different hypotheses have been put forward regarding the etiology of these reactions, but since the actual action of many of these drugs is unknown, these are mostly just guesses.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) even has multiple categories for this “mental illness,” for example:

291.8 Alcohol-Induced Mood Disorder
292.84 Substance-Induced Mood Disorder, and so on.

The many possible symptoms of mental stress caused by drug use or withdrawal make it easy to receive an unfounded or fraudulent diagnosis; i.e. a diagnosis of some psychiatric disorder rather than an adverse drug reaction. Naturally, diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder is treated with a psychiatric drug, adding to the drug-induced stress.

Common symptoms arising from the adverse effects of drugs include depression, fatigue, insomnia or other sleep problems, irritability, gastro-intestinal problems, mania, inattention, lack of motor control, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations. Elderly patients may be more likely to take drugs and therefore may have a greater exposure to the risks of adverse drug reactions.

How can one tell if mental symptoms are drug-related? Quick resolution of symptoms after stopping the drug is a good clue, although one must also watch for withdrawal effects. No one should stop taking any psychiatric drug without the advice and assistance of a competent non-psychiatric medical doctor. In any case, a thorough, searching medical examination by a non-psychiatric medical doctor is encouraged to find and treat any real medical conditions that are contributing to the problems.

For more information about the side effects of common psychiatric drugs, go to http://www.cchrstl.org/sideeffects.shtml.