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Drugging Missouri Foster Children

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Drugging Missouri Foster Children

 In light of a San Jose Mercury News investigation “Drugging Our Kids” exposing the massive psychotropic drugging of children under California’s foster care system, which found nearly 25% of adolescents in California’s foster care system are prescribed mind-altering psychotropic drugs, lawmakers are now understanding the urgency of legislation to curb this abusive practice.

More than 30 percent of Missouri’s foster children take psychotropic drugs, even beating California, and most of the drugs are approved only for children with severe mental problems, according to Columbia Missourian news.

Often neglected and abused, foster children are one of Missouri’s most vulnerable populations. But “experts” say the state cannot always give children the emotional support they need. Instead, their problems are dealt with another way — by prescribing harmful and addictive psychiatric drugs.

Nationally, 18 percent of foster children are given psychotropic drugs. In Missouri, it’s nearly twice that amount.

The overprescription of psychoactive drugs to foster children is alarming. Well over 5,000 Missouri foster children are taking psychiatric drugs. At least 20 percent were taking an average of two or more psychiatric drugs. Missouri spent more than $81 million on psychiatric drugs for foster children in the last five years. Antipsychotics account for more than half of the state’s spending on psychiatric medication for foster children.

In Missouri, prescription records indicate that foster children as young as 2 have been given antipsychotics.

Sign CCHR’s Petition to Prevent the Dangerous Psychotropic Drugging of California’s Foster Care Youth here.

Contact your state legislators and let them know what you think about this; urge them to do something about drugging our most vulnerable children with harmful and addictive psychotropic drugs. Find your Missouri legislators here.

CCHR St. Louis Holds Three Successful February Events

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

CCHR St. Louis Holds Three Successful February Events

CCHR St. Louis had a successful February, holding three events to spread the word about psychiatric fraud and abuse.

Our annual trip to Jefferson City to speak with Missouri state legislators was February 2 through 4. We set up in the Rotunda of the state Capitol Building, and walked the halls to distribute CCHR DVDs and speak with all available Representatives and Senators.

Jeff City Statistics

Distributed 124 Public Relations Kits with Documentary DVDs
Distributed 22 Individual Documentary DVDs
Distributed 152 Handouts & Pamphlets
Staffed by 5 CCHR Volunteers (Thank you very much!)

Our annual booth at the Working Women’s Survival Show in the St. Charles Convention Center was February 20 through 22.

WWSS Statistics

Distributed 258 Pamphlets
Distributed 9 Booklets
Sold 28 Documentary DVDs
Distributed 2,716 pieces of Literature
Talked to (at least) 190 People
Received (at least) 149 Positive Comments
Staffed by 12 CCHR Volunteers (Thank you very much!)

In addition, we spoke at a meeting of the St. Louis Bible Fellowship February 10 to discuss psychiatric suppression of religion, and distributed 15 Documentary DVDs to the attendees.

Needless to say, we had great fun educating our main public (people who need to know about psychiatric fraud and abuse and who may be in a position to Do Something About It); you are all welcome to contribute in this manner. Let us know if you would like to help by emailing CCHRSTL@CCHRSTL.ORG.

Diagnosisgate: Conflict of Interest at the Top of the Psychiatric Apparatus

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Diagnosisgate: Conflict of Interest at the Top of the Psychiatric Apparatus

“Diagnosisgate” — It is probably the most stunning story of corruption in the history of the modern mental-health system. Mysteriously, it has been kept out of major media for two decades.

In recent years, the man who has been called the world’s most important psychiatrist has painted himself as the white knight who warns the public about the dangers of Big Pharma and psychiatric diagnosis. But Allen Frances, the longest-running head of psychiatry’s “bible,” the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — which earned more than $100 million under his reign — actually worked hand-in-glove with a major drug company to misrepresent research on a massive scale in order to market misleadingly one of their most dangerous drugs, Risperdal.

Nearly a year ago, my attention was drawn to a blockbuster of a document that revealed these distortions of science and the whopping conflicts of interest. It was essential to inform the public, because it is the mental health system’s Watergate and has led to enormous harm. One editor after another of both general publications and scholarly journals fled from publishing the story. This surprised me, given how important the story is and the fact that it was almost completely unknown to the public and professionals.

The brave Dr. David Holmes, editor of the journal APORIA, based at the University of Ottawa, has just published the article, and I hope that you will read it at http://www.oa.uottawa.ca/journals/aporia/articles/2015_01/commentary.pdf and help spread the word.

This scandal affects vast numbers of people … two enormous groups are military servicemembers and veterans (though by no means only them). Have a look at this quotation from http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2012/04/broken-warriors-test/55389/:

“Veterans Affairs Department reported in August 2011 that Risperidone was no more effective in PTSD treatment than a placebo. VA spent $717 million on the drug over the past decade. The military has spent $74 million over the past 10 years on Risperidone, a spokeswoman for the Defense Logistics Agency said.”

Thank you for any assistance you can give in making sure this truth will be widely known — feel free to forward this email, post the URL on Facebook and Twitter, etc.

Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.
Associate, DuBois Research Institute, Harvard University

www.paulajcaplan.net

John Oliver: How Big Pharma Makes Doctors Into Drug Pushers

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

John Oliver: How Big Pharma Makes Doctors Into Drug Pushers

In this hilarious and chillingly honest video, John Oliver reveals the stunning truth about how doctors are bribed to push drugs. It turns out that nine out of the top ten drug makers spend more money on marketing than they do on research. And most of that money is spent not on marketing to consumers, but rather, on marketing to doctors. Watch and share!

State of Fear

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

State of Fear

The following extended quote is from the author’s appendix to the novel State of Fear by Michael Crichton. Stay with us here, we’re sure you’ll get the importance of it quickly.

“Imagine that there is a new scientific theory that warns of an impending crisis, and points to a way out.

“This theory quickly draws support from leading scientists, politicians, and celebrities around the world. Research is funded by distinguished philanthropies, and carried out at prestigious universities. The crisis is reported frequently in the media. The science is taught in colleges and high school classrooms.

“I don’t mean global warming. I’m talking about another theory, which rose to prominence a century ago.

“These efforts had the support of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the National Research Council. It was said that if Jesus were alive, he would have supported this effort.

“All in all, the research, legislation, and molding of public opinion surrounding the theory went on for almost half a century. Those who opposed the theory were shouted down and called reactionary, blind to reality, or just plain ignorant. But in hindsight, what is surprising is that so few people objected.

“Today, we know that this famous theory that gained so much support was actually pseudoscience. The crisis it claimed was nonexistent. And the actions taken in the name of this theory were morally and criminally wrong. Ultimately, they led to the deaths of millions of people.

“The theory was eugenics, and its history is so dreadful—and, to those who were caught up in it, so embarrassing—that it is now rarely discussed. But it is a story that should be well known to every citizen, so that its horrors are not repeated.”

There is a lot more the author has to say about this; we highly recommend it.

He reaches some conclusions:

“First, … there was no scientific basis for eugenics. … Second, the eugenics movement was really a social program masquerading as a scientific one. … Third, and most distressing, the scientific establishment in both the United States and Germany did not mount any sustained protest. … And that is why the intermixing of science and politics is a bad combination, with a bad history. We must remember the history, and be certain that what we present to the world as knowledge is disinterested and honest.”

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The psychiatric profession, the original perpetrators of eugenics, purports to be the sole arbiter on the subject of mental health and “diseases” of the mind. The facts, however, demonstrate otherwise. Psychiatric “disorders” are not medical diseases. Psychiatrists deal exclusively with mental “disorders,” not diseases. Psychiatry has never established the cause of any “mental disorders.” The theory that mental disorders derive from a “chemical imbalance” in the brain is unproven opinion, not fact. The brain is not the real cause of life’s problems.

In 1883, British psychologist Francis Galton created the term “eugenics,” from the Greek word eugenes, meaning “good stock,” and defined certain racial groups as “inferior.” Through their history of invented racial “diseases,” psychiatry and psychology have not only legitimized modern racism, but also provided the justification for outright genocide.

In 1879, German psychologist Wilhelm Wundt of Leipzig University provided the ultimate scientific “proof” for eugenics and racism, by arrogantly declaring that as man’s soul could not be measured with scientific instruments, it did not exist.

In 1895, Alfred Ploetz, a Swiss-German psychiatrist, published his race inferiority theories. Hitler and his Nazi regime would use this to promote their brand of eugenics.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood of America and a eugenicist, planned to exterminate the Negro population by sterilization.

1n 1994, Charles Murray and Richard Herrnstein’s book The Bell Curve arrogantly and audaciously claimed that African-Americans and Hispanics are genetically disabled.

In the last few months, violence erupted across the U.S. as racial tensions were fueled by conflicts with police. Police department Crisis Intervention Teams across the country are being taught by psychiatrists and psychologists how to “handle” people with mental trauma.

If you think these attitudes have been purged from society, think again.

And who is it that claims to be able to ease these conflicts? Why of course, get some counseling from your local psychologist and get some anti-anxiety drugs from your local psychiatrist. They should know; after all, their professions created the attitudes in the first place.

OK, yes, we know that there was undoubtedly racial tension prior to 1883. We know you might have been rankled at the phrase “their professions created the attitudes in the first place.” But we’re not the Boston Fern here, tracing our ancestry back to the Garden of Eden. (To make a racially suspect joke about it.) We’re trying to make a point, and we think belaboring that point is necessary, because so many people around the country are simply not being allowed to get it.

The point is, racism is alive today because it is being continually created and reinforced by psychiatry and psychology, as it has been for at least the last 132 years.

The U.S. President’s Commission on Excellence in Education revealed that 40% of children in Special Education were falsely labeled with learning disorders simply because they weren’t taught to read.

For minorities, Special Education is covert psychiatric racism; a means of getting millions of children hooked on mind-altering psychiatric drugs.

For many years, schools have employed destructive psychological curricula, and are constantly pushing for compulsory “depression screening” of schoolchildren.

The psychiatric profession has a profit interest in ensuring that racist ideas continue to influence us — in our educational institutions, religious institutions, and other areas of society. The way to ensure freedom from their consequences is to continue to identify and limit the influence of the exact source of this social poison—psychiatrists and psychologists.

For more information about racism, download and read the CCHR booklet “Creating Racism – Psychiatry’s Betrayal – Report and recommendations on psychiatry causing racial conflict and genocide.”

The Accessibility of Care

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

The Accessibility of Care

The political, financial and medical worlds rank the mental health of the nation’s citizens based on their access to “mental health care”, not on the actual state of their mental health nor on the outcomes of treatment. New reports from Mental Health America underscore these wrong targets.

These are some of the measures used in these reports to rank the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their citizens’ mental health status:

  • Number of people with “mental illness”
  • Number of children who have “Emotional Behavioral Developmental Issues” (EBD)
  • Number of people who have suicidal thoughts or who have attempted suicide
  • Number of children who have had “at least one major depressive episode”
  • Number of people who do not have access to mental health care or to mental health care insurance
  • State hospital re-admission rates

As you are undoubtedly aware, counting the number of people with “mental illness” or with “EBD” or with “depression” is totally specious, as the diagnostic criteria in psychiatry’s billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), are fraudulent.

As you are also undoubtedly aware, counting the number of people who have suicidal thoughts or who have attempted suicide is equally specious, as some of the known side effects of psychotropic drugs are violent behavior, and suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide.

State hospital re-admission rates are evidently how they measure the effectiveness of treatment, under the assumption that the higher the re-admission rate the less effective the treatment. Again, a specious measure, as the side effects of psychotropic drugs all but guarantee re-admissions and thus provide an argument for even more “treatment.”

And if you did not already know, “specious” means “superficially plausible but actually wrong.”

The emphasis in these reports is to identify and treat so-called “mental illness” at the youngest age possible. The psychiatric industry wants to hire an additional 30,000 child psychiatrists to handle this imagined need.

So we are basically left to surmise that reporting on the mental health status of the various states is an attempt to “show” that there is not enough insurance available to get everyone, particularly children, into the mental health care system, and that the various insurance companies, states and the federal government need to spend more on this fraudulent, ineffective and abusive mental health care system.

Missouri, by the way, is ranked 22nd in its citizens’ overall access to this kind of mental health care. A critical aspect of these reports is to show the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on access to mental health care; particularly, they hope to show that the ACA does not provide enough improvement in access to psychiatric mental health care, and that more money is needed to get more children into this system and taking psychotropic drugs. One of the other targets of these reports is to provide evidence suggesting that the definition of “medically necessary” be expanded so that more people fit into the category of needing “behavioral health care,” and thus needing more psychotropic drugs.

The mental health monopoly has practically zero accountability and zero liability for its failures. This has allowed psychiatrists and psychologists to commit more fraud and abuse than any other area of health care.

The primary purpose of mental health treatment must be the therapeutic care and treatment of individuals who are suffering emotional disturbance. The only effective measure of this treatment must be “patients recovering and being sent, sane, back into society as productive individuals.”

For more information, visit www.CCHRSTL.org. Please forward this newsletter to your family, friends and associates, and recommend that they subscribe.

Consumer Reports Weighs in on Harmful Psych Drugs

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Consumer Reports Weighs in on Harmful Psych Drugs

The Consumer Reports magazine of February 2015 has this to say about harmful psych drugs (page 8):

“Did You know that forms you sign when you or a relative enter a medical facility could signal your consent to take whatever drug is prescribed—even antipsychotics that could harm your health or be used to control behavior?

“It’s a nightmare that Marian Hollingsworth experienced firsthand. Her father, admitted to a California hospital for back pain, had a sudden mental decline that only worsened when he was transferred to a nursing home. Physical complications followed; he died less than two months later.

“Only after closely studying her father’s records did Hollingsworth learn that upon admission he had been prescribed the antipsychotics Risperdal and Haldol—along with opioids and tranquilizers—and that many of his symptoms seemed to be complications of those drugs.

“One signature, obtained days after admission, was all that the hospital—and later, the nursing home—needed to dispense the drugs and to add others. Outraged, Hollingsworth filed several complaints with her state health department and contacted the media. The result: A new state policy requiring nursing homes to verify informed consent for antipsychotic drugs used for patients who are being transferred from a hospital.

“Now Hollingsworth has joined Consumer Reports’ nationwide Safe Patient Project. Learn how to protect yourself and those you care for at SafePatientProject.org.”

Click here for more information about the side effects of psychiatric drugs.

Take Action – Missouri Legislative News

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Take Action – Missouri Legislative News

The 2015 Missouri state legislative session (98th General Assembly, First Regular Session) starts January 7 and runs until May 15. The Pre Filing of bills started December 1, 2014.

Follow the Missouri legislature at www.moga.mo.gov (Missouri General Assembly) and find out how to contact your own Missouri state representatives here.

We wanted to tell you about proposed legislation that we think deserves your support. Please contact your Missouri state legislators regarding this bill; they do listen. In order of importance: personal contact, phone call, handwritten letter (blue ink), typed letter (blue ink signature), fax, email. Any contact is better than no contact.

It is a civic duty (responsibility of a citizen) to contribute to your government in this manner.

(If you do not live and vote in Missouri, then suggest to your own state representatives to introduce anti-psychiatric legislation in your state. You can find some model legislation here.)

HB = House Bill

Please contact your state legislators in support of HB 217 introduced by Representative Kenneth Wilson, Republican from District 12 (Clay and Platte counties north of Kansas City).

The bill specifies that a parent may not be charged with medical neglect (and have their child taken away from them) if they are following the advice of a licensed medical or mental health professional, even if that conflicts with another licensed medical or mental health professional. This is known as “Isaiah’s law,” prompted by the case of Isaiah Rider, a Kansas City area teen who had been legally kidnapped by a Chicago hospital.

Paraphrasing the major point of the bill:

No one shall file a report of abuse or neglect based solely on a parent’s or legal guardian’s decision to follow the recommended treatment of a licensed medical or mental health provider. A parent or legal guardian has the right to follow the advice and treatment plan of a licensed medical or mental health provider over a contrary opinion or recommended treatment plan of another licensed medical or mental health provider if the decision does not involve immediate life-threatening conditions. Even in the case of life-threatening conditions, the decision of the parent or legal guardian to follow the advice or treatment plan of a licensed medical or mental health provider shall not be overridden unless there is clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.

We think this is an important human rights protection, since we observe multiple cases where the state takes away children from parents who refuse to give psychiatric drugs to their children.

Terrorism and Torture, Oh My!

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Terrorism and Torture, Oh My!

The United States government paid two military psychologists $80 million to develop torture tactics that were used against suspected terrorists in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

In 2002, two former Air Force psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, became the masterminds of the CIA’s torture program, according to a new report released by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The two men, identified in the report under the pseudonyms Grayson Swigert and Hammond Dunbar, devised and performed torture tactics–including waterboarding and mock burial on some of the CIA’s most significant detainees.

Aside from any human rights considerations about torture, notice the word “psychologists” in the above statement. There were also psychiatrists involved in these affairs, as well as the use of anti-psychotic drugs on detainees. Oh my, but haven’t we been saying all along that psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotropic drugs are all a matter of human rights violations?

Psychiatry is a coercive practice. One can see this intuitively, as no one would voluntarily subject themselves to psychiatric treatment knowing its devastating consequences.

Numerous studies have verified that psychotropic drugs can take over the human mind against the will of the individual. Except in this case, they were possibly being used to manipulate potential terrorists into confessions rather than to create suicide bombers for terrorist organizations.

In 1955, a Soviet manual entitled Brainwashing: A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics was translated and distributed as a public warning by a New York professor. The manual was based on the methods of Ivan Pavlov, a Russian psychiatrist who developed “conditioned response” theories through experiments on dogs in the early 1900s. Pavlov’s work laid the groundwork for a fundamental psychiatric misconception that remains to this day: that, like dogs, men are basically programmable animals, influenced only by fear and reward. Pavlov’s experiments established the foundation for much of the inhuman brainwashing techniques used by the Soviet Union and China in the mid-twentieth century; and now used by the United States Central Intelligence Agency in their Detention and Interrogation Program.

The manual revealed, “The early Russian psychiatrists, pioneering this science of psychiatry, understood thoroughly that hypnosis is induced by acute fear. They discovered it could also be induced by shock of an emotional nature, and also by extreme privation, as well as by blows and drugs.”

In 1942, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared psychologists and psychiatrists “capable of doing an immense amount of harm” and that they should be restricted from involvement with armed forces. Apparently no one paid attention.

Now, opportunistic psychologists and psychiatrists push “post-traumatic stress disorder” on victims of war and other devastating events, making money at the expense of their vulnerability.

Citizens, human rights groups, and government officials should work together to ensure governments expose and abolish psychiatry’s hidden manipulation of society.

Click here for more information about Psychiatry and Terrorism.

Click here to download and read the Russian manual of Psychopolitics.

Is Marijuana a Treatment for Depression?

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Is Marijuana a Treatment for Depression?

Marijuana’s popularity may be based on the perception that it is safer than cigarettes and alcohol as a treatment for depression, but multiple studies show that marijuana is not the harmless drug many believe it is. It can have a negative impact on your mental health.

As is usual in a business involving large sums of money, controversy and misinformation are rampant. There are, however, enough facts to allow an unaddled brain to work out the connections and reach unbiased conclusions.

Myth: marijuana causes depression; or alternatively marijuana is a treatment for depression. There are as many studies, articles and arguments about one as about the other.

Fact: Neither view is totally accurate.

Marijuana is the word (thought to be Mexican-Spanish in origin) used to describe the dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant (genus Cannabis.) Etymologists think the name cannabis is from an ancient word for hemp (the name of the fiber made from the plant.)

Regardless of the name, this drug is a hallucinogen — a substance which distorts how the mind perceives the world. The chemical in cannabis that creates this distortion is tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly called THC. The amount of THC found in any given batch of marijuana may vary substantially, but overall the percentage of THC has increased in recent years due to selective breeding. Average THC levels in cannabis have grown from 1% in 1974 to up to 24% presently.

It has been found that consuming one joint gives as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking five cigarettes. The mental consequences are equally severe; marijuana smokers have poorer memories and mental aptitude than do non-users. THC disrupts nerve cells in the brain affecting memory.

While alcohol consists of one active substance, ethanol, marijuana contains more than 400 known chemicals, including the same cancer-causing substances found in tobacco smoke. THC damages the immune system; alcohol does not. Nationwide, 40% of adult males test positive for marijuana at the time of their arrest for criminal conduct. Next to alcohol, marijuana is the second most frequently found substance in the bodies of drivers involved in fatal automobile accidents.

Short term effects can include panic and anxiety. Long term effects can include personality and mood changes. People take such drugs to get rid of unwanted situations or feelings. Marijuana masks the problem for a time; but when the high fades, the problem, unwanted condition or situation returns more intensely than before. One study found that marijuana users had 55% more accidents, 85% more injuries, and a 75% increase in being absent from 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; an even larger amount can be fatal. This is true of any drug. But many drugs, like THC, can directly affect the mind by distorting the user’s perception, so that a person’s actions may be odd, irrational, inappropriate, and even destructive. Drugs block off all sensations, the desirable ones with the unwanted. So, while providing short-term help in the relief of pain, they also wipe out ability and alertness and muddy one’s thinking. Users think drugs are a solution; but eventually the drugs become the problem.

There are so many non-drug alternatives to mental issues that it makes one wonder why the drugs are so popular. Actually, we said it earlier — it is a business involving large sums of money. And if a person is depressed, whether a result of the joint or a precursor to the joint — there is your neighborhood doctor or psychiatrist ready to prescribe an anti-depressant.