Friday, February 29, 2008

So the ‘drugs don’t work.’ But what were they supposed to do if they worked?

The Emperor would have been proud of the disease mongers and their marketing techniques

With all of the coverage concerning antidepressant drugs, there is a question that hasn’t been asked yet. It’s this: if ‘the drugs don’t work’, what then were they supposed to have been doing if they worked?

It’s a question that has been carefully avoided as it exposes the scandalous hoodwinking that has occurred through disease mongering, the marketing of mental illness and the consequent mass drugging of millions.

What were the drugs supposed to do? The answer lies in the cornerstone of psychiatry’s disease model, the theory that a ‘brain-based chemical imbalance’ is the cause of mental illness. The antidepressant drugs are supposed to fix this so-called imbalance that purportedly exists in the brain. If this is the case, where is the scientific evidence to support the theory?

There is none. There is no test to confirm or deny the existence of a ‘chemical imbalance,’ and the concept that this theory underlies mental illness is entirely false.

While popularised by heavy marketing, it is simply psychiatric wishful thinking. As with all of psychiatry’s disease models, it has been thoroughly discredited by researchers.

According to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the ‘chemical imbalance’ theory fed to the public in order to rationalise the widespread use of psychiatric drugs, is a marketing tool, and is not based on scientific evidence.

Jonathon Leo, associate professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences said, “If a psychiatrist says you have a shortage of a chemical, ask for a blood test and watch the psychiatrist’s reaction. The number of people who believe the scientists have proven that depressed people have low serotonin is a glorious testament to the power of marketing.”

And psychiatrist David Kaiser said, “Patients [have] been diagnosed with ‘chemical imbalances’ despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim, and…there is no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like.”

Ty C. Colbert, a clinical psychologist said of the theory, “Biopsychiatrists have created the myth that psychiatric ‘wonder’ drugs correct chemical imbalances. Yet there is no basis for this model because no chemical imbalance has ever been proven to be the basis of a mental illness.”

And Elliot Valenstein, author of Blaming the Brain, said, “[T]here are no tests available for assessing the chemical status of a living person’s brain.” No “biochemical, anatomical, or functional signs have been found that reliably distinguish the brains of mental patients.” According to Valenstein, “The theories are held on to not only because there is nothing else to take their place, but also because they are useful in promoting drug treatment.”

The whole theory was invented to push drugs.

Even today’s brain imagery photos, said to prove mental illnesses are physical diseases, are deeply flawed. Indeed, prescribed psychotropic drugs most likely cause the changes seen in the brain. Steven Hyman, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, admits that indiscriminate use of such brain scans produce “pretty but inconsequential pictures of the brain.”


Brain imagery photos - "deeply flawed"

So the idea of a ‘chemical imbalance’ is thoroughly discredited as the cause of mental illness, and scientists at the University of Hull have said ‘the drugs don’t work.’ As a commercial, profit-driven enterprise, claiming that an illness exists, even though it cannot be proven, and telling ‘sufferers’ that they should take an expensive drug is extremely lucrative and nice work if you can get it. In 2006, the cost to the NHS for antidepressants in England alone was £291million.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, throw in the datum that the drugs, which ‘don’t work’, have been shown to create suicidal ideation, violence and aggression. Earlier this month, the UK drug regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a direction that warnings of the dangers of suicidal thoughts and behaviour are to be included in the packages of antidepressants.

It’s an untenable situation. Manufacture a fraudulent psychiatric theory for an illness, and then prescribe drugs that are supposed to correct the fraudulent theory, but which don’t, but can cause suicide, aggression and violence, and charge the taxpayers millions of pounds for it all.

It is a criminal activity that any law-abiding individual would be outraged at, if he or she really knew about it.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is an international psychiatric watchdog group co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

For more information, contact:

Brian Daniels
CCHR UK
P.O. Box 188
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4RB

Tel: 01342 313 926 / 07980 934 984
Email: brian@cchr.org.uk
Web site: http://www.cchr.org.uk

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