Archive for January, 2014

Mary Jane comes to psychiatry

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Mary Jane comes to psychiatry

There has been a lot in the news recently about marijuana — “medical” marijuana, synthetic marijuana, legalizing marijuana, human interest stories about someone smoking marijuana, rants about the horrors of marijuana smoking — in short, every possible human reaction and little to none of the facts, especially how this brouhaha ties in to psychiatry.

Listening to a radio talk show today, we heard many cogent arguments both for and against legalizing marijuana with or without “medical use.” It was obvious there were not going to be any agreements made among those discussing the issues. However, this is not the real issue, which is hidden behind the psychiatric influence — or should we say, the issue IS the hidden psychiatric influence. Suddenly we have an entirely new crop of potential psychiatric patients, ripe for “stress relief” programs, “substance abuse” programs, psychiatric drugs to “treat” the side effects of smoking pot, and mental health “research” projects about how pot smoking affects mental health or vice versa.

A Google search for “marijuana” produced nearly 62 million results. The NFL is debating marijuana use. About 20 states and the District of Columbia allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Various factions within Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Washington are either extolling or condemning its virtues. Around 25 million people in the U.S. are active marijuana users. The U.S. marijuana business is worth $113 billion. Marijuana is a Schedule I drug according to the FDA, meaning the drug has “no currently accepted medical use” and a “high potential for abuse.” The heat is on to change the FDA’s mind. Even Saturday Night Live has jumped into the fray.

Over 60% of Americans in drug treatment programs (of which 19% are aged 12 to 17) need treatment for marijuana. According to a National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, kids who frequently use marijuana are almost four times more likely to act violently or damage property. They are five times more likely to steal than those who do not use the drug.

Marijuana is often more potent today than it used to be, due to growing techniques and selective breeding. The THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana) concentration has increased by as much as 12% over the past 30 years. Correspondingly, there has been a sharp increase in the number of marijuana-related emergency room visits by young pot smokers. Even pets are showing up in veterinary emergency rooms with marijuana intoxication.

Because a tolerance builds up, marijuana can lead users to consume stronger drugs to achieve the same high. When the effects start to wear off, the person may turn to more potent drugs to rid himself of the unwanted conditions that prompted him to take marijuana in the first place. Marijuana itself does not lead the person to other drugs; people take drugs to get rid of unwanted situations or feelings. The drug masks the problem for a time. When the high fades, the problem, unwanted condition or situation returns more intensely than before. The user may then turn to stronger drugs since marijuana no longer “works.”

Short-term Effects
Loss of coordination and distortions in the sense of time, vision and hearing
Sleepiness, reddening of the eyes, increased appetite, relaxed muscles
Sped up heart rate, up to five-fold in the first hour after smoking
Reduced performance through impaired memory and lessened ability to solve problems
Long-term Effects
Psychotic symptoms
Damage to heart and lungs, worsening the symptoms of bronchitis and causing coughing and wheezing
Reduction of the body’s ability to fight lung infections and illness
Addiction

How Do Drugs Work?

Drugs are essentially poisons. The amount taken determines the effect. A small amount acts as a stimulant. A greater amount acts as a sedative. A still larger amount poisons and can kill. This is true of any drug. Only the amount needed to achieve the effect differs.

Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones along with the unwanted ones. While drugs might be of short-term value in the handling of pain, they wipe out ability, alertness, and muddy one’s thinking. One always has a choice between being dead with drugs or alive without them.

Drugs affect the mind and destroy creativity. Drug residues lodge in the fatty tissues of the body and stay there, continuing to affect the individual adversely long after the effect of the drug has apparently worn off.

How is psychiatry involved?

Stephen Hinshaw, professor of psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, said marijuana is a “cognitive disorganizer” that produces roughly the same effect in users as those associated with ADHD. However, psychiatrists are now starting to prescribe medical marijuana for children and adults diagnosed with ADHD.

Heavy marijuana users are more likely than non-users to be diagnosed with schizophrenia later in life, placing them squarely into the mental health care system. A recent study found that people who had used marijuana more than 50 times before the age of 18, had a threefold increased risk of developing symptoms diagnosed as schizophrenia later in life. Once diagnosed with schizophrenia, they are prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. Never mind that schizophrenia is a fake disease; the symptoms are decidedly uncomfortable.

Smokeable herbal products, so-called synthetic marijuana, have been marketed as being “legal” and as providing a marijuana-like high. These products consist of plant material that has been coated with research chemicals that claim to mimic THC. Brands such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn” are labeled as herbal incense or bath salts to mask their intended purpose. Emergency room physicians report that individuals that use these types of products experience serious side effects such as anxiety attacks and other psychotic behavior. Psychiatrists may fraudulently diagnose these symptoms as a mental illness and prescribe psychotropic drugs.

Psychiatrists already have a name for marijuana addiction, “Cannabis Use Disorder.” A recent British study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin claims that mental illnesses are triggered six years earlier in patients who have smoked high-strength cannabis every day. Dr. Marti Di Forti, who led the study, wrote: “Daily use, especially of high-potency cannabis, drives the earlier onset of psychosis in cannabis users.”

Let’s not forget the withdrawal symptoms, which are similar to those of withdrawal from smoking and include irritability, sleep difficulties and anxiety, all of which can be mistaken for psychiatric symptoms leading to the prescription of psychotropic drugs.

We are already seeing many more articles discussing the chicken or egg question — that is, which came first, the mental illness or the marijuana? Of course, this wrong target ignores the real reason for drug use, described above as an unwanted condition, situation or feeling.

We are already seeing massive wasted research dollars going to psychiatrists to investigate the connections between marijuana and schizophrenia, or between marijuana and bipolar, or between marijuana and PTSD, or between…you get the idea.

The psychopharmaceutical industry is already salivating over the new crop of “Cannabis Use Disorder” patients who will be needing “substance abuse treatment.”

What do we do?

Rather, what do YOU do? What CAN you do? Something can ALWAYS be done about it!

Find Out! Fight Back!

That’s right. Educate yourself, your family, your friends, your associates, your school board, your church, your Chamber of Commerce, your Lions Club. Spread the word. Forward this newsletter. Challenge the proliferation of false information. Distribute the CCHR booklets and DVDs on the dangers of psychotropic drugs. Have a CCHR DVD party and show a DVD to your peers. Donate to CCHR so that we can continue to distribute the true information — CCHR St. Louis needs donations to give Missouri legislators CCHR documentary DVDs. Write letters to your local, state and federal officials. Write Letters to the Editor of your local radio, TV, and newspapers. Come to the CCHR St. Louis Public Seminars and bring your friends.

Or, you could always just do nothing, and watch this nation’s children grow up smoking pot and becoming patients for life in the mental health care system.

ADHD Does Not Exist

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

ADHD Does Not Exist

The New York Post reviews the book, “ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder” (HarperWave, February 2014) by neurologist Richard Saul, M.D.

Selected quotes from this article:

“After a long career treating patients complaining of such problems as short attention spans and an inability to focus, Saul is convinced that ADHD is a collection of symptoms, not a disease, and shouldn’t be listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. … One by one, nearly all of Saul’s patients turned out to have some disease other than ADHD. … The term attention deficit disorder was made official in 1980, when it appeared in that year’s edition of the DSM (the label changed to ADHD seven years later). Subsequent editions have steadily loosened the definition, and diagnoses have skyrocketed accordingly — from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 to 11% in 2011. That’s one in nine children, two-thirds of them boys, who are being slapped with the ADHD label. Two-thirds of these children have been prescribed a stimulant.”

It’s not ADHD; it’s just Life!

Quote from Harperwave: “In this controversial and landmark work, Dr. Richard Saul draws from five decades as a practicing physician and researcher in the field to contend that the definition of ADHD as we know it is completely wrong. Instead, he argues that the “disorder” is a cluster of symptoms stemming from more than twenty other conditions, each requiring separate treatment. The detailed list ranges from mild problems like poor eyesight, sleep deprivation, and even boredom in the classroom, to more severe conditions like depression and bipolar disorder.”

Watch the VideoAdults and children can have problems in life, and they can have study difficulties; these are not, however, some mental illness caused by a deficiency of psychotropic drugs in their brains. These are symptoms of things like being lazy, tired or hungry, or eating lots of sugar instead of proper nutrition, or some real existing medical condition that has gone undiagnosed and untreated, or simply not having been taught to read. There are hundreds of conditions that could cause these symptoms — one has to conduct legitimate tests until the real conditions are found and handled. There are no medical tests for so-called ADHD, because it isn’t a real illness. It is simply an excuse to produce and sell drugs. The fact that these drugs are harmful and addictive just means that psychiatrists are producing patients for life in order to ensure a continuing stream of income.

The latest fad is “adult ADHD.” Click here and read this if you have been told you have ADHD!

Aspartame Side Effects

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Aspartame Side Effects

“The most widely used artificial sweetener — aspartame or Nutra-sweet — is a neurotoxic substance that has been associated with numerous health problems including dizziness, visual impairment, severe muscle aches, numbing of extremities, pancreatitis, high blood pressure, retinal hemorrhaging, seizures and depression.” [from the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, Revised Second Edition, New Trends Publishing, 2001, page 51]

These statements are supported by research published in 1993 by psychiatrists from Northeastern Ohio University, Western Reserve Care System, and University Hospitals of Cleveland:

“This study was designed to ascertain whether individuals with mood disorders are particularly vulnerable to adverse effects of aspartame. Although the protocol required the recruitment of 40 patients with unipolar depression and a similar number of individuals without a psychiatric history, the project was halted by the [Western Reserve Care System] Institutional Review Board after a total of 13 individuals had completed the study because of the severity of reactions within the group of patients with a history of depression. … It would appear that individuals with mood disorders are particularly sensitive to this artificial sweetener; its use in this population should be discouraged.” [“Adverse Reactions to Aspartame: Double-Blind Challenge in Patients from a Vulnerable Population“, Biol. Psychiatry v.34 pp.13-17 1993, by Ralph G. Walton, Robert Hudak, and Ruth J. Green-Waite]

The theory that mental disorders derive from a “chemical imbalance” in the brain is unproven opinion, not fact. People in desperate circumstances must be provided proper and effective medical care. Medical, not psychiatric, attention, good nutrition, a healthy, safe environment and activity that promotes confidence will do far more than the brutality of psychiatry’s “treatments.” The brain is your body’s most energy-intensive organ. It represents only three percent of your body weight but utilizes twenty-five percent of your body’s oxygen, nutrients and circulating glucose. Therefore any significant metabolic disruptions can impact brain function first.

Humane mental health hospitals and homes must be established to replace coercive psychiatric institutions. These must have a full complement of competent physical (non-psychiatric) doctors and medical diagnostic equipment, which non-psychiatric medical doctors can use to thoroughly examine and test for all underlying physical problems that may be manifesting as disturbed behavior. Government and private funds should be channeled into this rather than abusive psychiatric institutions and programs that have proven not to work.

All citizens need to be informed and educated about what is going on with psychiatric fraud and abuse. Your life and the future of our country is at stake. The information CCHR provides is vital to your survival. It is also vital to the survival of your friends and you should send this information on to your friends and recommend they subscribe to this newsletter.

What Is CCHR?

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

What Is CCHR?

Our newsletters mostly assume that our readers know what CCHR is about. This may not be the case with all our readers. Watch this short video documentary to find out about CCHR and its global accomplishments.

The purpose of CCHR is: To make the world safe by bringing psychiatrists and psychologists back under the law, ensuring their criminal and abusive practices and ideologies are abolished and having them deprived of their unearned appropriations, thus restoring human rights to the field of mental health.

In order to accomplish this purpose, it is vital that our families, friends, and associates are able to recognize psychiatric fraud and abuse, and to know how to respond when this occurs.

To this end, our recent Public Seminar on November 16th focused on Informed Consent; and our upcoming Public Seminar on January 11 will focus on Legislative Action.

CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, fully informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatment, the right to all available medical alternatives, and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful.

Since psychiatrists regularly fail to obtain informed consent by not fully informing their patients of the risks of psychotropic drugs as well as overstating their benefits, it is vital that people know how to talk to their doctors in order to be able to accept or reject a diagnosis and its treatment.

Our November Public Seminar attendees learned how to do this.

Let us know your own concerns about psychiatric fraud and abuse, and what you might like to experience in our next Public Seminars. Here are some suggestions for areas we might address:

  • Informed Consent
  • Mental Health Human Rights
  • How to Respond When Someone Wants to Put a Child on psych Drugs
  • Alternatives to psychiatric Drugs & Treatments
  • Parental Rights and the Drugging of Children
  • How to Respond to Mental Health Screening
  • How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones from psychiatric Abuse
  • How to Get a Patient Out of a psychiatric Institution

Forward this newsletter to your family, friends and associates and recommend they subscribe.

Public Seminar Invitation – CCHR St. Louis

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
Do you feel a bit helpless and frustrated with what is happening in our state and federal government?
Does it seem that those elected to represent us are drafting legislation that we don’t need or want and then it’s forced down our throats as law?
It is not hopeless!

CCHR STL Public Seminar

Support legislation that outlaws psychiatric fraud and abuse in your area, and cuts funding for harmful psychiatric programs, by contacting your legislators and getting them to take action.

Learn how you can stay on top of what is going on in government while you can still do something about it.

Learn how to establish a working relationship with your representatives and communicate with them to enact legislation that outlaws psychiatric fraud and abuse and restricts wasteful funding of programs that sound good but bring about harm and human rights abuse.


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 how to respond when their legislators are being lobbied to fund psychiatric “treatment.” Your legislators and other public officials need to know there are alternatives to psychiatric fraud and abuse.

Saturday, 11 January 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 — 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.