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Does NIMH have your back (or your brain)?

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

An argument could be made that NIMH is an unconstitutional organization. Constitutionally, the federal government was only delegated very limited powers, and mental health care was not one of them. Amendment X, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

James Madison made it clear that the powers delegated to the federal government by the States were limited primarily to external (foreign) objects, specifically levy war, conclude peace, establish foreign commerce, and alliance negotiations; and that powers reserved to the States extend to all the objects which concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people.

Madison further says that the clause “promote the general Welfare” in the preamble to the Constitution (and similarly in Article 1 Section 8) was not meant to be used as a justification to expand the power of the federal government beyond its limitations, but simply states the purpose of the powers which had been explicitly enumerated within the Constitution itself.

The process by which the federal government expands its powers and makes such organizations as HHS, NIH and NIMH “legal” is called Regulatory Agencies. For example, in 1912 Congress established a Children’s Bureau in the Department of Labor. In 1939 the Federal Security Agency was created by the Reorganization Act of 1939. In 1944 the Public Health Service Act created the Office of the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, and other new government bureaus. In 1946, the Children’s Bureau was moved to the Federal Security Agency. In 1953 the Federal Security Agency became the cabinet-level Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In 1979 the Department of Education Organization Act split the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare into the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); and HHS manages NIH and NIMH.

These Executive branch Regulatory Agencies, established by the Legislative branch (Congress), are then controlled by the Executive branch; and these agencies make Rules (Regulations) which have the force of Law, since Congress originally authorized them by passing a Law creating them.

This is an extremely abbreviated discussion of the matter; whole books and many web sites expound on this subject of Constitutional Liberty. The remedy for this situation, called Nullification, was suggested by Thomas Jefferson, among others: “That the several states who formed that instrument [i.e. The Constitution], being sovereign and independent, have the unquestionable right to judge of its infraction; and that a nullification, by those sovereignties, of all unauthorized acts done under colour of that instrument, is the rightful remedy.”

NIMH Vision
“NIMH envisions a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured.”

NIMH Mission
“The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.”

On the surface, the Vision and Mission are not bad statements; the devil is in the details, and the fact that the term “mental illness” is a red herring.

Psychiatric disorders are not medical diseases. There are no lab tests, brain scans, X-rays or chemical imbalance tests that can verify any mental disorder is a physical condition. This is not to say that people do not get depressed, or that people can’t experience emotional or mental duress, but psychiatry has repackaged these emotions and behaviors as “disease” or “illness” in order to sell drugs. This is a brilliant marketing campaign, but it is not science.

Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist and the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. His research focuses on the analysis of neural activity in mice. Psychiatrists often believe that studying mouse brains is a worthwhile activity, and that the federal government should pay for this research.

Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D., is a psychologist and the Acting Deputy Director for NIMH. She completed an NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology (the branch of medicine dealing with the incidence, distribution, and control of diseases and other health factors.) So her psychiatric indoctrination was bought and paid for by NIMH with your tax money.

NIMH has official Offices under the NIMH Director for AIDS, Autism, Clinical Research, Public Relations, Genomics (genetic risk factors for mental disorders), Global Mental Health Concerns (particularly for those living in rural areas), National Mental Health Policies, and all things related to brain and behavioral research. Additionally there are various Divisions having to do with Neuroscience, Genomics, Training, Technology, and Public Relations. It is quite an extensive bureaucracy.

Email Addresses for officials of NIMH Offices and Divisions:

The NIMH Strategic Plan has four main Objectives:
1. Define the Mechanisms of Complex Behaviors [really, Brain Research]
2. Chart Mental Illness Trajectories To Determine When, Where, and How to Intervene [really, Brain Development as a person ages]
3. Strive for Prevention and Cures [really, Drug Research]
4. Strengthen the Public Health Impact of NIMH-Supported Research [really, Partnering with Insurers; Medicaid; the FDA; Local, State and Federal legislators; Technologists e.g. Apps for hand-held devices].

The Fiscal Year 2017 NIMH Budget is $1,518,700,000 (i.e. over $1.5 billion). It has gone up from $1.4 billion in 2007. Roughly at least $25 million goes to basic brain research, with a total for all research grants over a billion dollars. There are roughly 550 NIMH employees at an average salary of $107,901; with total personnel compensation (salary + benefits) roughly $95 million for 2017.

Look at the actual products, not at the lofty words. No Cures. Harmful and Addictive brain-modifying drugs. Harmful “treatments” like electroshock, lobotomies, and magnetic brain bombardment. Massive bureaucracy. And You Paid For It.

For example, NIMH recommends the antipsychotic drug clozapine for individuals at risk of suicide. Clozapine (brand name Clozaril) is a newer atypical antipsychotic with side effects such as suicidal thoughts and violence. Long-term use of antipsychotics may lead to tardive dyskinesia which causes muscle movements that a person can’t control, and in some cases cannot be cured.

Do you still think that NIMH has your back, or just your brain?

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