Brain [Scans] Scams

February 8th, 2021

Brain Scan: Also called neuroimaging or brain imaging. The use of various techniques to produce an image of the structure, function or other aspects of the brain.

Many different electrical, magnetic, chemical, x-ray, optical, ultrasound, and radioactive techniques can be used to visualize different brain features. As scientific endeavors to find out more about how the brain works, these are certainly interesting; perhaps even medically useful.

What isn’t so useful is the psychiatric obsession with the brain as the source of mental disorders; or worse yet, as a target for surgical, electrical, magnetic, or chemical manipulation based on the flimsiest of guesses about how the brain actually works.

Knowing nothing about the underlying causes of serious mental disturbance, psychiatry still sears the brain with electroshock, tears it with psychosurgery and deadens it with dangerous drugs.

Many brain scan studies cannot be reproduced or scientifically validated. Yet sensationalist psychiatric public relations tout claims only meant to sell the latest drug or other “treatment.”

Legitimate scientists and the media are now starting to question the hype. Troubling evidence continues to surface about defective research methods, challenging scores of “revelations” about how the brain works.

In fact, there is flatly no scientific evidence showing a definitive link between brain scans and mental disorders. In a study published in Nature (20 May 2020), 70 teams of neuroimaging researchers analyzed the same brain scan data, looking to verify the same nine hypotheses about the results. Every single team picked a different way to analyze the data, and their results varied wildly.

In short, Brain Scans in psychiatry are really Brain Scams.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Task Force Against Racism & Modern Day Eugenics

February 1st, 2021

People need proper and effective healthcare, not damaging drugs and electroshock that passes for mental health treatment today. Funds should be redirected from psychiatry into safe, accountable non-psychiatric medical care and social programs. This is especially true for the African American community, given psychiatry’s long history of racist eugenics theories which still permeate modern day mental health care.

—Reverend Fred Shaw

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is the leading mental health industry watchdog in the world, responsible for helping to enact more than 180 worldwide reforms that protect the public from abusive mental health practices.

In 2020, CCHR International spokesperson Reverend Fred Shaw, started a Task Force against Institutional Racism in the Psychiatric Industry, comprising African American attorneys, civil rights advocates, educators and doctors. The Task Force reminds African Americans of the mental health industry’s history of stigmatizing minorities—from labeling runaway slaves and civil rights protesters as mentally ill and the use of eugenics (population control that targeted African Americans, sterilizing them) to segregating children in schools and the foster-child-welfare system today and drugging them.

This type of rampant abuse of African Americans within the mental health industry continues to this day. Shaw has now launched a Task Force to combat institutional racism and empower the African American and minority communities with facts about modern eugenics masked today as “mental health care.” The Task Force comprises African American leaders, including ministers, attorneys, doctors, psychologists and civil rights advocates.

For generations eugenics—the fraudulent, dehumanizing and harmful psychological theory that certain races of color were not equal to whites and, therefore, “deserved” fewer rights—has been used in the mental health system and in other social policies to justify horrific oppression of African Americans and minorities.

https://www.cchrtaskforce.org/

2020 CCHR International Accomplishments

January 25th, 2021
  • 148.5 million people were reached through CCHR International’s actions and campaigns, including media articles, TV and documentary views.
  • 12 psychiatric facilities shut down; 16 lawsuits were filed against behavioral facilities and the companies profiting from them and/or staff in the psychiatric system.
  • Press releases against for-profit psych hospital abuse alone increased by 133% and the number of media stories almost doubled.
  • Half a million Americans signed petitions supporting the closure of two major for-profit psychiatric hospital chains.
  • $132 million in criminal and civil fines against such facilities—up 676% from 2019.
  • Skin electric shock used for “behavior modification” (punishment) on children banned.
  • Rev. Fred Shaw, CCHR Int’s Public Affairs Director, established CCHR’s National Taskforce against Racism and Modern-Day Eugenics, with 81 members now representing clergy, psychologists, civil rights attorneys, educators, radio hosts, NAACP representatives and more. A new website was produced for the Task Force, detailing psychiatry’s long-term role in creating and maintaining modern racism, and psychology’s disastrous role in training police.
  • Our Fight For Kids campaign (and website) has expanded enormously, with major organizations joining our fight to ban incarceration of children in psychiatric facilities, brutal restraint practices on children, and many more organizations joining the fight to ban electroshock.  
  • A new website featuring an online virtual tour of the Industry of Death Museum was created so anyone can tour our museum at any time.
  • At least 7 U.S. psychs lost their licenses to practice following CCHR Int complaints, which means safeguarding patients’ lives.

And right now, we are speeding up our work on the next steps in the update of our psychiatric drugs side effects online searchable data base. The next steps are exciting ventures that we are ramping up on for year-ending. Already, 2.4 million adverse drugs reports (ADRs) were pulled from the Food and Drug Administration for 400 psych drugs—up from 900,000 ADRs currently on CCHR’s original site launched in 2013.

With psychiatrists promoting increased psychotropic drug use in response to COVID concerns, CCHR’s drug database is vital for shining the light of truth on psychotropic drug risks. Through this we can all give consumers and families the chance to be properly informed and make safe decisions!

Let’s say goodbye to 2020 and bring in the new year with a commitment to imparting more truth and safeguards to help mankind!
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Eroding Justice—Psychiatry’s Corruption of Law

January 4th, 2021

Reference:
United Nations Promoting Sustainable Development

Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Sustainable: Of, relating to, or being a method or lifestyle for using resources so that the resources can be maintained and continued, and are not depleted or permanently damaged.

[from Old French sustenir (French: soutenir), from Latin sustineo, sustinere, from sub– (under) + teneo (hold, uphold, possess, guard, maintain)]

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their 169 associated targets adopted in 2015 and accepted by all Member States seek to realize the human rights of all and balance economic, social and environmental factors towards peace and prosperity for all.

To this end we examine some of the existing factors which block or inhibit the realization of these goals, and which must be eliminated so that the goals can be achieved in practice.

SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Target 16.3: Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.

How Psychiatry Obstructs Target 16.3

When psychiatry entered the justice and penal systems, it did so under the subterfuge that it understood Man, that it knew not only what made Man act as he did, but that it knew how to improve his lot. This was a lie. Psychiatry has had opportunity to prove itself. The experiment has been a miserable failure.

In the 1940’s, psychiatry’s leaders proclaimed their intention to infiltrate the field of the law and bring about the “re–interpretation and eventually eradication of the concept of right and wrong.” And they did, with the consequence that today, because of their influence, the justice system is failing.

The psychiatric “insanity defense” and its derivatives have done the most damage. The psychiatric industry jumping on the “not guilty by reason of insanity” (NGRI) bandwagon has lead to a massive erosion of public confidence in the justice system’s ability to mete out swift and equitable justice.

Psychiatric “expert” witnesses are widely criticized for providing testimony to suit their clients’ purposes.

Psychiatry, using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), has warped the justice system to protect criminals instead of protecting society from criminals.

With each new failure to rehabilitate the criminally insane, psychiatry merely asks for more money since they are unable to cure anyone.

A major part of the “treatment” for prison inmates is a regimen of powerful psychotropic drugs, despite numerous studies showing that aggression and violence are tied to their use.

Because of the complete lack of scientific validity, legal and medical experts recommend eliminating psychiatric and psychological testimony from the courts.

Psychiatric fraud and abuse must be eradicated so that SDG 16 can occur.

Our Criminal Justice System

Erectile dysfunction drug mistakenly packaged with antidepressant

December 28th, 2020

Reference: “Erectile dysfunction drug packaged with antidepressant in ‘product mix-up’” [12/10/2020]

Pharmaceutical distributor AvKare issued a voluntary recall of 100 mg tablets of both sildenafil, an erectile disfunction medication [the active ingredient in Viagra], and trazodone, an antidepressant [such as Desyrel], after a mix-up led to some of the prescription drugs being packaged together.

We can think of some lewd suggestions of how this combination might work as an antidepressant, but our better judgment prevails.

Sildenafil is also prescribed for pulmonary arterial hypertension (high blood pressure in the lungs) because it relaxes blood vessels to increase blood flow.

If this goof isn’t bad enough, try putting your mind around the horrific side effects of trazodone, should anyone goof by actually taking it.

Trazodone is what’s known as a “newer antidepressant”. Some of its side effects are: flushing, chest pain, abnormal bleeding, ringing in the ears, dizzyness, fainting, changes in sexual ability, and painful erections.

Some of the side effects of sildenafil are: flushing, chest pain, nosebleeds, ringing in the ears, dizzyness, fainting, painful erections.

Gee, it might be difficult to tell which pill you’ve taken since both were in the same bottle and have the same side effects!

We make fun of it because we think it’s too good of a joke to let be; but the fact is, trazodone is not really a joking matter. Its side effects also include suicidal thoughts or behavior, violent behavior, psychotic episodes, deeper depression (which is ironic for an “antidepressant”), and many more serious adverse reactions.

Trazodone, like other such psychiatric drugs, raises the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Since it is not known exactly how this drug is supposed to work, taking it is playing Russian Roulette with your brain.

Trazodone is also routinely prescribed off-label for insomnia. Care must be used when stopping it, since it can have withdrawal symptoms. Psychiatrists euphemistically call this “discontinuation syndrome.”

We now know that Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old man accused of killing 12 people in a gun rampage at the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013, was taking trazodone.

Adverse reactions should be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

Recognize that the real problem is not even this awful drug, but that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose life’s problems as an “illness”, and stigmatize unwanted behavior 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. All psychiatric treatments, not just psychiatric drugs, are dangerous.

It is vital that you, your family and friends 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.

Making A Killing

Babies Under a Year Old Being Given Harmful Psychiatric Drugs

December 22nd, 2020

CCHR International obtained the real statistics on the number of U.S. children being prescribed psychiatric drugs: 7.2 million.

Of those, 508,000 are aged 2-5 years old, equal to the entire population of Sacramento, California. 125,000 are babies aged 0-1.

If you’re trying to visualize that number, it’s more babies than would fit into the largest college football stadium in the U.S. (Michigan Stadium, also known as “The Big House.”)

Why this isn’t generally reported is because we were only able to obtain these statistics through the purchase of a costly official report, a truly vital endeavor, made possible only through your donations.

From this, the question you’re probably asking is How on earth could 125,000 babies be put on powerful mind altering drugs?

It’s a logical question. We believe we have the answer and that with your help, together we can do something about it.

CCHR has long suspected that one of the reasons there are so many children on drugs, particularly ones so young and even babies, is through MEDICAID, which is state and federal funding for low income families, their children, as well as for foster care children. There is a financial incentive for child drugging because of Medicaid, as the states receive funding based on costs incurred for treating children, including with psychotropic drugs.

A 2015 report on Medicaid found: “The high rates of psychotropic medication use in the Medicaid population, risks associated with these drugs, and research documenting inappropriate prescribing, have raised concerns, especially for children involved in the child welfare system.”

While there has been some media coverage on this issue and concern raised by legislators, nothing truly effective is being done about it. Moreover, there has never been a state-by-state analysis of exactly how many babies and toddlers are being drugged, using taxpayer dollars (i.e. Medicaid).

In order to fully expose this, and what state legislators are unwittingly funding (baby, toddler and child drugging), CCHR International began filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for state Medicaid records (FOIA only applies to government agencies). What we have found to date is confirming our suspicions. Consider the number of Medicaid-funded children being drugged in the following states:

Georgia 177,469
Pennsylvania 150,250
Illinois 74,635
Utah 46,241

For Missouri in 2014, for example, there were 24,388 children, in or out of foster care, who were receiving public mental health services (meaning they were likely on one or more psychotropic drugs.) Total foster care drug costs have averaged roughly $16 Million per year in Missouri. More than 30 percent of Missouri’s roughly 13,000 Medicaid foster children per month are on at least one psychotropic medication, with 20 percent taking two or more psychotropic medications at the same time.

We can pretty much guarantee that state legislators are unaware that funds are being used to drug so many toddlers and infants. And because Medicaid is funded by the states, legislators can do something about it.

The idea of putting vulnerable babies and toddlers on drugs is horrifying. All of this can be hard to confront. But we must. With your help we can not only expose it, but demand that those in power do something about it.

Please contact your State Representatives and Senators and let them know what you think about this. In Missouri, find your Representative and Senator by 9-digit Zip Code here:http://www.senate.mo.gov/legislookup/ZipLookup.aspx.

Be a Hero and help someone who has been a victim of psychiatric abuse by making a tax deductible donation to CCHR St. Louis!

Magnetic Seizure Therapy – How Unattractive!

December 14th, 2020

In 1993 a team of researchers from the United States and Switzerland triggered seizures in patients with a magnetic field. They thought this was wonderful, and could lead to a revolution in treatment of various ailments.

Yet competent medical experts warn that seizures are linked to developmental disabilities, learning and behavioral disorders, and many other negative long-term outcomes. The Mayo Clinic advises people to seek immediate medical help if one has a seizure.

Psychiatrists, however, are banking on making a ton of money by forcing vulnerable people to have seizures for depression.

Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) is a brain stimulation therapy in which magnetic pulses deliberately induce seizures, similar to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), in patients under general anesthesia.

Like Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), MST uses magnetic pulses instead of electricity to restimulate a precise target in the brain. However, unlike rTMS, MST aims to induce a seizure like ECT does, in the forlorn hope that this would not have all the horrific side effects of ECT.

The claim is that this assault on the brain reduces symptoms from major depression or bipolar disorder in 30-40% of individuals so treated. Well, of course it might temporarily reduce symptoms, since it basically shuts down normal activity of the brain for a period.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t cure anything and never will, while also carrying the significant risks of anesthesia exposure and induction of seizures.

Even the psychiatric billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), carries a category for seizures [“Conversion disorder (functional neurological symptom disorder), With attacks or seizures”], for which psychiatrists can prescribe one or more psychotropic drugs. [A Conversion Disorder is a mental condition in which a person has some neurologic symptoms unrelated to a specific disease.]

All competent medical personnel know about the grave consequences of untreated seizures, yet psychiatrists actually promote this as a “treatment.” How do they get away with this?

Seizures are also one of the possible adverse side effects of various psychiatric drugs such as psychostimulants, antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety drugs, and lithium. What’s one more so-called “treatment” that causes seizures?

The psychiatric industry has a history of deliberately reducing their patient’s intelligence as a “treatment.” Evidence that electroshock lowers IQ is certainly available. Documented side effects of ECT include lowered intellectual function, with a 20- to 40-point drop in IQ.

Are you beginning to see the pattern here? Since psychiatry cannot cure any mental disorder, they turn to “treatments” which just knock you out so you don’t feel bad any more. Of course, you don’t feel good, either.

Sure, fry your brain with magnetic seizure therapy! Who knows, it may enhance your natural animal magnetism (Not!).

Traumatic Brain Injury

Spirit Has More Than One Meaning

December 7th, 2020

The English word “spirit” has more than one meaning.

The word derives originally from Latin spiritus, “breath”, from spirare “to blow, breathe”.

One common definition is “a spiritual being.” But there are also these meanings:

— Feeling Lively – a lively or brisk quality in a person or in a person’s actions.
— Élan – vigorous spirit or enthusiasm [from Middle French eslan “rush”].
— The creative, animating or vital principle giving life to physical organisms.

When a spiritual being pervades an area, it brings benignity and serenity as it gives life to that area, as embodied in the phrase “the spirit of the woods,” in which a spirit occupies and animates a woodland area.

Spiritual sensation is a gradient scale — from creative and lofty heights at the top, down to destruction and degradation at the bottom. For someone somewhere in the middle or bottom of that scale, it may be hard to imagine the delight of someone at the top.

The highest level of spiritual sensation is aesthetics, and beauty is a consideration of aesthetics. Unfortunately, psychiatry denies the beauty in all of us.

Much of humanity, while trying to reach an exalted height of sensation, beauty and emotion, only gets as high as the taste of beer and an orgasm. But much of that degradation is due to the suppressive influence of psychiatry.

Psychiatry Attacks Aesthetics

Psychiatrist Oscar Janiger (1918-2001) lured hundreds of writers, musicians, actors and filmmakers into taking the hallucinogen LSD, with promises of “vivid aesthetic perceptions” that would lead them to a “greater appreciation of the arts” and enhanced creativity. We know now that this was truly a hallucination.

Medical studies rapidly showed that LSD could induce a psychotic psychedelic experience characterized by intense fear to the point of panic, paranoid delusions of suspicion or grandeur, toxic confusion, and depersonalization. LSD induced the very “madness” psychiatrists claimed to be able to cure. Many artists and others found their lives and careers devastated under the weight of these delusions and the accompanying depersonalization so deliberately promoted by psychiatry.

Now, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) contains thirty hallucinogen-related diagnoses for which psychiatrists can prescribe harmful and addictive psychotropic drugs. Psychiatry first created the problems they then falsely claimed to be able to treat.

Psychiatry Attacks the Creative Mind

For years, psychiatrists have labeled the creative mind as a “mental disorder,” mischaracterizing an artist’s “feverish brilliance” as a manic phase of craziness, or melancholic performances as depression. Vision was redefined as hallucination.

Psychiatrists notoriously and falsely “diagnosed” the creative mind as a “mental disorder,” invalidating the artist’s abilities as “neurosis.” They lectured on the supposedly thin line dividing madness and sanity. Yet the artist is far superior to psychiatry’s materialistic and authoritarian “science” that can blunt the creative mind by redefining it as “madness.”

Some of the artists harmed by psychiatry were Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Ernest Hemingway, Frances Farmer, Billie Holiday, Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), and Kurt Cobain.

It’s not only that creativity is attacked by psychiatry, but also intelligence. The psychiatric industry has a history of deliberately reducing their patient’s intelligence, further harming their creativity. Evidence exists that both electroshock and marijuana lower IQ, and both are heavily promoted as “treatments” by psychiatry.

Recommendations

Normal people have problems that can and must be resolved without recourse to psychiatric drugs or other harmful psychiatric methods. Deceiving and drugging is not the practice of medicine. It is criminal.

People in desperate circumstances must be provided proper non-psychiatric care. Sound medical attention, good nutrition, a healthy, safe environment and activity that promotes confidence, will do far more for a troubled person than repeated drugging, shocks and other psychiatric abuses designed to stifle the spiritual creative impulse.

My psychiatrist said nothing about side effects!

Zejdź z moich włosów [“Get Out Of My Hair”]

November 30th, 2020

(Said by Charlie on Season 2 Episode 13 of Two and a Half Men, 17 January 2005.)

What one might say in English as “Get Out Of My Face”!

The New Face of Psychiatry

[Reference: “The New Face of Psychiatry” by Beverly K. Eakman, October 13, 2009]

The psychopharmaceutical industry has hit the jackpot with “perception management”. Behavioral scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, educators, and public relations, marketing & advertising gurus all depend upon perception management.

It used to be called “conditioning,” then “group dynamics,” then “behavior modification” and “molding public opinion”. The name changed as various government and private institutions took it up for their own purposes. Bottom line, it’s coercing people to react in a predicted stimulus-response manner.

The Russian communists called it “psychopolitics.

Today, it is coercive psychiatry, plain and simple. People labeled “mentally ill” may be deprived of their freedom and coerced to take drugs or endure electric shock without further consideration.

No person should ever be forced to undergo electric shock treatment, psychosurgery, the enforced administration of mind-altering drugs, or other coercive psychiatric treatment. Governments should outlaw such abuses.

Insist that community treatment and involuntary commitment laws that rely upon mandatory and thereby coercive measures be abolished, and dismantle or prevent “mental health courts” which are another conduit for coercive psychiatric treatment.

Download and read the full CCHR reportCommunity Ruin — Psychiatry’s Coercive ‘Care’ — Report and recommendations on the failure of community mental health and other coercive psychiatric programs.

Get psychiatry out of your face!

Psychiatrists: An Invasive Alien Species?

November 23rd, 2020

Reference:
United Nations Promoting Sustainable Development
Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Sustainable: Of, relating to, or being a method or lifestyle for using resources so that the resources can be maintained and continued, and are not depleted or permanently damaged.

[from Old French sustenir (French: soutenir), from Latin sustineo, sustinere, from sub– (under) + teneo (hold, uphold, possess, guard, maintain)]

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their 169 associated targets adopted in 2015 and accepted by all Member States seek to realize the human rights of all and balance economic, social and environmental factors towards peace and prosperity for all.

To this end we examine some of the existing factors which block or inhibit the realization of these goals, and which must be eliminated so that the goals can be achieved in practice.

SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and
reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Target 15.8: By 2020, introduce measures to prevent the introduction and significantly reduce the impact of invasive alien species on land and water ecosystems and control or eradicate the priority species.

How Psychiatry Obstructs Target 15.8

While calling psychiatrists an invasive alien species may be facetious, it highlights the abhorrent characteristics of the psychiatric industry.

The role of a true scientist is to make a better world for all men and women. Psychiatry claims it is a science, yet its actions clearly indicate otherwise.

Psychiatry, from its outset, has had two main goals: the degradation and dominance of Man, and the harvesting of government billions.

Psychiatry breaks the most basic laws of humanity. Psychiatry itself is an abuse of human rights.

— Psychiatry promotes easy-seizure involuntary commitment laws, clearly an affront to human rights.

— Psychiatrists developed the racial purity ideology used by Hitler which lead to the Nazi euthanasia program, and they ran the Nazi concentration camps.

— Psychiatrists around the world have used incarceration of patients for political reasons, to suppress the rights of political dissidents.

— Psychiatric mind-altering drugs are used to create terrorists.

Psychiatric fraud is rampant. The United States loses up to $40 billion annually due to fraudulent practices in the mental health industry.

— Between 10% and 25% of mental health practitioners sexually abuse their patients. To cover up their crime, psychiatrists have used drugs or electroshock in an effort to eliminate the patient’s memory of the rape.

There is more. CCHR has been documenting psychiatry’s human rights abuses since 1969. Psychiatry might as well be an invasive alien species, since it certainly does not represent decent human beings.

Psychiatric fraud and abuse must be eradicated so that SDG 15 can occur.