Sunday, September 2, 2012



by Jon Rappoport

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012. The medical cartel, one of a handful of evolving super-cartels that strive for more power every day, is rife with so much fraud it's astounding. In the psychiatric arena, for example,                               an open secret has been bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.

THERE                               ARE NO DEFINITIVE LABORATORY TESTS FOR ANY                               SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDER.

And                               along with that:

ALL                               SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED,                               LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee                               of psychiatrists, from menus of human                               behaviors.

Their                               findings are published in periodically updated                               editions of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual                               of Mental Disorders (DSM), printed by the American                               Psychiatric Association.

For                               years, even psychiatrists have been blowing the                               whistle on this hazy crazy process of                               "research."

Of                               course, pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture                               highly toxic drugs to treat every one of these                               "disorders," are leading the charge to invent more                               and more mental-health categories, so they can                               sell more drugs and make more money.

But                               we have a mind-boggling twist. Under the radar,                               one of the great psychiatric stars, who has been                               out in front inventing mental disorders, went                               public. He blew the whistle on himself and his                               colleagues. And for 2 years, almost no one                               noticed.

His                               name is Dr. Allen Frances, and he made VERY                               interesting statements to Gary Greenberg, author                               of a Wired article: "Inside the Battle to Define                               Mental Illness." (Dec.27, 2010).

Major                               media never picked up on the interview in any                               serious way. It never became a scandal.

Dr.                               Allen Frances is the man who, in 1994, headed up                               the project to write the latest edition of the                               psychiatric bible, the DSM-IV. This tome defines                               and labels and describes every official mental                               disorder. The DSM-IV eventually listed 297 of                               them.

In                               an April 19, 1994, New York Times piece,                               "Scientist At Work," Daniel Goleman called Frances                               "Perhaps the most powerful psychiatrist in America                               at the moment..."

Well,                               sure. If you're sculpting the entire canon of                               diagnosable mental disorders for your colleagues,                               for insurers, for the government, for Pharma (who                               will sell the drugs matched up to the 297 DSM-IV                               diagnoses), you're right up there in the                               pantheon.

Long                               after the DSM-IV had been put into print, Dr.                               Frances talked to Wired's Greenberg and said the                               following:

"There                               is no definition of a mental disorder. It's                               bullshit. I mean, you just can't define                               it."


That's                               on the order of the designer of the Hindenburg,                               looking at the burned rubble on the ground,                               remarking, "Well, I knew there would be a                               problem."

After                               a suitable pause, Dr. Frances remarked to                               Greenberg, "These concepts [of distinct mental                               disorders] are virtually impossible to define                               precisely with bright lines at the                               borders."

Frances                               might have been referring to the fact that his                               baby, the DSM-IV, had rearranged earlier                               definitions of ADHD and Bipolar to permit many                               MORE diagnoses, leading to a vast acceleration of                               drug-dosing with highly powerful and toxic                               compounds.

Finally,                               at the end of the Wired interview, Frances flew                               off into a bizarre fantasy:

"Diagnosis                               [as spelled out in the DSM-IV] is part of the                      know those medieval maps? In the                               places where they didn't know what was going on,                               they wrote 'Dragons live here'...we have a                               dragon's world here. But you wouldn't want to be                               without the map."

Translation:                               People need to hope for the healing of their                               troubles; so even if we psychiatrists are shooting                               blanks and pretending to know one kind of mental                               disorder from another, even if we're inventing                               these mental-disorder definitions based on no                               biological or chemical diagnostic tests---it's a                               good thing, because people will then believe there                               is hope for them; they'll believe it because we                               place a name on                               their problems...

If                               this is medical science, a duck is a rocket                               ship.

If                               I were an editor at one of the big national                               newspapers, and one of my reporters walked in and                               told me, "The most powerful psychiatrist in                               America just said the DSM is sheer b.s. but it's                               still important," I think I'd make room on the                               front page.

If                               the reporter then added, "This shrink was in                               charge of creating the                               DSM-IV," I'd clear more room above the                               fold.

If                               the reporter went on to explain that the whole                               profession of psychiatry would collapse overnight                               if the DSM was discredited, I'd call for a special                               section of the paper to be printed.

I'd                               tell the reporter to get ready to pound on this                               story day after day for months. I'd tell him to                               track down all the implications of Dr. Frances'                               statements.

I'd                               open a bottle of champagne to toast the                               soon-to-be-soaring sales of my                               newspaper.

And                               then, of course, the next day I'd be                               fired.

Because                               there are powerful multi-billion-dollar interests                               at stake, and those people don't like their                               deepest secrets exposed in the press.

And                               as I walked out of my job, I'd see a bevy of                               blank-eyed pharmaceutical executives marching into                               the office of the paper's publisher, ready to read                               the riot act to him.

Keep                               in mind that Dr. Frances' work on the DSM IV                               allowed for MORE toxic drugs to be prescribed,                               because the definition of Bipolar was expanded to                               include more people.

Adverse                               effects of Valproate (given for a Bipolar                               diagnosis) include:

acute,                               life-threatening, and even fatal liver                               toxicity;

life-threatening                               inflammation of the pancreas;

brain                               damage.

Adverse                               effects of Lithium (also given for a Bipolar                               diagnosis) include:

intercranial                               pressure leading to blindness;

peripheral                               circulatory collapse;

stupor                               and coma.

Adverse                               effects of Risperdal (given for "Bipolar" and                               "irritability stemming from autism")                               include:

serious                               impairment of cognitive function;


restless                               muscles in neck or face, tremors (may be                               indicative of motor brain damage).

Dr.                               Frances self-admitted label-juggling act also                               permitted the definition of ADHD to expand,                               thereby opening the door for greater and greater                               use of Ritalin (and other similar compounds) as                               the treatment of choice.

So                               what about Ritalin?

In                               1986, The International Journal of the Addictions                               published a most important literature review by                               Richard Scarnati. It was called "An Outline of                               Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin                               (Methylphenidate)" [v.21(7), pp. 837-841].                              

Scarnati listed a large number of adverse                               affects of Ritalin and cited published journal                               articles which reported each of these symptoms.                              

For every one of the following (selected                               and quoted verbatim) Ritalin effects, there is at                               least one confirming source in the medical                               literature:

Paranoid delusions                              
Paranoid psychosis
Hypomanic and manic                               symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis                              
Activation of psychotic symptoms
Toxic                               psychosis
Visual hallucinations
Auditory                               hallucinations
Can surpass LSD in producing                               bizarre experiences
Effects pathological                               thought processes
Extreme withdrawal                              
Terrified affect
Started screaming                              
Since Ritalin                               is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect                               amphetamine-like effects
Psychic dependence                              
High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug                              
Decreased REM sleep
When used with                               antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions                               including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia                              
Brain damage may be seen with                               amphetamine abuse.

A recent survey                               revealed that a high percentage of children                               diagnosed with bipolar had first received a                               diagnosis of ADHD. This is informative, because                               Ritalin and other speed-type drugs are given to                               kids who are slapped with the ADHD label. Speed,                               sooner or later, produces a crash. This is easy to                               call "clinical depression." Then comes Prozac,                               Paxil, Zoloft. These                               drugs can produce temporary highs, followed by                               more crashes. The psychiatrist notices the up and                               down pattern-and then comes the diagnosis of                               Bipolar (manic-depression) and other drugs,                               including Valproate and Lithium.

In                               the US alone, there are at least 300,000 cases of                               motor brain damage incurred by people who have                               been prescribed so-called anti-psychotic drugs                               (aka "major tranquilizers"). Risperdal (mentioned                               above as a drug given to people diagnosed with                               Bipolar) is one of those major tranquilizers.                               (source: Toxic Psychiatry, Dr. Peter Breggin, St.                               Martin's Press, 1991)

This                               psychiatric drug plague is accelerating across the                               land.

Where                               are the mainstream reporters and editors and                               newspapers and TV anchors who should be breaking                               this story and mercilessly hammering on it week                               after week? They are in harness.

And                               Dr. Frances is somehow let off the hook. He's                               admitted in print that the whole basis of his                               profession is throwing darts at labels on a wall,                               and implies the "effort" is rather heroic-when, in                               fact, the effort leads to more and more poisonous                               drugs being dispensed to adults and children, to                               say nothing of the effect of being diagnosed with                               "a mental disorder." I'm not talking about "the                               mental-disease stigma," the removal of which is                               one of Hillary Clinton's missions in life. No, I'm                               talking about MOVING A HUMAN INTO THE SYSTEM, the                               medical apparatus, where the essence of the game                               is trapping that person to harvest his money, his                               time, his energy, and of course his health---as                               one new diagnosis follows on another, and one new                               toxic treatment after another is undertaken, from                               cradle to grave. The result is a severely                               debilitated human being (if he survives), whose                               major claim to fame is his list of diseases and                               disorders, which he learns to wear like badges of                               honor.

Thank                               you, Dr. Frances.

Jon                               Rappoport

The                               author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX                               REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US                               Congressional seat in the                               29th District of                               California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has                               worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years,                               writing articles on politics, medicine, and health                               for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine,                               Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the                               US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and                               seminars on global politics, health, logic, and                               creative power to audiences around the world.                      

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