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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Monday, February 18, 2008

Stephen Kazmierczak had been taking Paxil and other antidepressants

Following on from Columbine, Omaha, Finland, Virgina, another victim of antidepressants goes berzerk. When will these SSRI antidepressants be banned? Until they are, expect more mass killings in institutions of higher learning!


Stephen Kazmierczak

Excerpted from http://la.indymedia.org

The gunman was known as a quiet, polite, engaging student at NIU, but a darker side of Stephen Kazmierczak is now coming to light.


Authorities have not figured out what motivated the man, described as a hardworking, award-winning former honor student by NIU faculty, to go on a shooting rampage that killed five students.

Kazmierczak, 27, was treated for mental illness nine years ago. He was considered volatile, according to a staff member who worked at the facility at the time, and violent if he stopped taking the antidepressant and anti-anxiety pills prescribed for him. Including Paxil, it was medication he was supposed to still be taking and apparently stopped a couple of weeks ago.

Shortly after Kazmierczak graduated from Elk Grove Village High School in 1998, his parents became unable to handle him, according to a woman who worked as a residential manager at a psychiatric treatment center for mentally and behaviorally troubled teenagers. Kazmierczak lived at the Mary Hill Home, 7356 N. Winchester, on Chicago's Northwest Side and received psychiatric treatment for more than a year after he was diagnosed as mentally ill in the late 1990s. His parents sent him for treatment.

"He was already on medication, but he was not taking it at home and would not follow instructions," said Louise Gbadamashi, former manager of Thresholds, the company that ran the home. She said the first thing she thought when she learned the shooter was Kazmierczak was, "he didn't take his meds.

He was kind of quiet, kept to himself. He picked his friends, he was kind of passive aggressive. "He was a cutter," said Gbadamashi. "He would cut himself. Then he would let you discover it. He wouldn't tell you, he would roll up his sleeve and ask you a question, and you'd turn around and see it." She said Kazmierczak's expression rarely changed, so it was hard to tell if he was depressed. "He strikes out, and you have to really know him," said Gbadamashi. "In his eye, you can see it. You can't look at him like, 'I'm angry, you're going to know it.' It's just stoic, just stoic." Officials at Thresholds declined to comment for this report. But a former patient who lived at the group home with Kazmierczak spoke to the I-Team.

"You either take the meds and you're fine, or you don't and you snap, kind of like that. And that's all it was with him. When he didn't take his meds, he'd snap," said Jennifer, the former patient.

Hardeep Rooprai was one of his classmates and a friend. She says he told her that he'd been in a psychiatric group treatment home. "He said he was in a group home, and he said that he was a bad kid," she said.

At their last briefing, Northern Illinois University officials said they had no evidence Kazmierczak had received psychiatric treatment. After he finished treatment and left the group home, he enlisted in the Army but never made it out of basic training. He was "separated" from the Army. There's a report he told his girlfriend he was discharged for psychological reasons. Despite his history, Illinois gun statutes did not preclude Kazmierczak from legally buying firearms because he had not gotten psychiatric treatment in the last five years. Kazmierczak studied sociology, acting as a graduate teaching assistant and mentor to undergrads at NIU, before going to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for graduate school.

His faculty adviser, U of I professor Jan Carter-Black, said she's stunned. Carter-Black said she "saw nothing to suggest that there was anything troubling about his behavior."

In 2006, he was a dean's list student and officer on a student criminal justice organization.

Police said Kazmierczak started acting erratically after he stopped taking his medication. That medication and his condition are not known.

Alexandra Chapman was a friend of Kazmierczak.

"He was one of the most genuine people I have ever met. I want people to know that he was a really great person, that he was just a really great guy, he was so kind and would always do anything for you. So it doesn't make sense. I just don't want people to think of him as a monster," said Chapman.

The Weapons

All four of the weapons sued in the attack were legally purchased from a Champaign store, Tony's Gun Shop. Kazmierczak moved to the area in 2007.

Because Kazmierczak had no criminal record and did not cite any psychiatric hospitalization in his past, he obtained a valid Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Card.

Two of the guns- a high-point 380 handgun, a compact pistol with an 8 round magazine, and a Sig Sauer 9mm luger with a 13-round clip, were purchased last year. The handgun was purchased on December 31, 2007 and the Sig Sauer was purchased in August.

The two other guns -- a Remington shotgun and Glock 9-mm pistol with a 15 round magazine-- were purchased on February 9, 2008, just five days before the shooting.

Kazmierczak carried the Remington shotgun, which he fired first and reloaded several times, according to witnesses, in a guitar case.

Kazmierczak grew up in northwest suburban Elk Grove Village and graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1998 with a 'B' average. His mother died shortly after his parents moved to Lakeland, Florida last year. His father did not want to talk to reporters.

"No comment, OK?" said Robert Kazmierczak, NIU gunman's father. "This is a very hard time."

The key to unlocking the mystery of Kazmierczak may be his mental health history. While officials said he was off his medication, they have yet to identify what drugs the 27-year-old was taking.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=5959663

You can see a video clip of Michael Moore, calling for a investigation of these drugs, as he now admits the evidence is good antidepressants were behind the Columbine killings:
http://www.drugawareness.org/home.html


Also, watch this hard-hitting Public Service Announcement video from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights about the recent school shooting in Finland (Pekka-Eric Auvinen):

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Religion for the 21st Century: Scientology

(Excerpted from the North County Times, San Diego, California, USA)

What We Believe: The Church of Scientology


David Meyer, left, who is the president of the Church of Scientology
of San Diego, and Ed and Kathy Marsh stand next to a painting of
L. Ron Hubbard placed at the entrance to “Ron’s Room. HAYNE
PALMOUR IV Staff Photographer. Order a copy of this photo here.


Questions of faith and religion aren't usual topics of Hollywood buzz. Drug use, infidelity, weight and cosmetic surgical procedures are.

But any tidbit about the Church of Scientology or its high-profile celebrity believers seem to be the exception, attracting attention at every turn.

First there was the controversy in Germany, which in December declared Scientology unconstitutional [i.e. state-authorised prejudice-Ed]. Then there was the release of Andrew Morton's unauthorized biography of actor Tom Cruise, which coincided with the broadcast of a nine-minute video of Cruise extolling the virtues of the faith, viewed by millions of people around the world before it was pulled from YouTube.

But more than material for late-night talk hosts, the Church of Scientology is the belief system of more than 3.5 million Americans, including more than 18,000 people in the San Diego area, according to Dave Meyer, president of the Church of Scientology of San Diego.


Ed Marsh holds a copy of L. Ron Hubbard’s book “Dianeticsin his library
dedicated to L. Ron Hubbard, which he calls “Ron’s Room,” at his home
near Escondido.
HAYNE PALMOUR IV Staff Photographer. Order a copy
of this photo here.

Scientology has been called by some the only major new religion to emerge in the 20th century with no heritage from any mainstream Judeo-Christian faiths. Nor is it connected with the churches of Christian Science or Religious Science. Others, however, say Scientology is not a religion because of its methods, including the practice of charging for some of its services.

'We so respect him'

Scientology grew out of a best-selling book called "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health," published in 1950. The book includes a concept of God expressed as the urge toward existence as infinity or the supreme being.

The author of "Dianetics" was L. Ron Hubbard, a filmmaker, aviator, adventurer, photographer, philosopher and expert mariner. The founder of the Church of Scientology, he is considered a genius by his followers.

Among those followers are Kathy and Ed Marsh of Escondido. The library in their guesthouse is home to thousands of first edition and signed volumes, many written by Hubbard. The room also contains pieces of Hubbard memorabilia that Ed Marsh, a Scientologist since 1969, has collected over the years, such as a package of Hubbard's favorite Kool cigarettes and his early aviator helmet.

But Scientology is not about worshipping Hubbard, said Meyer, who has been the president of the Church of Scientology of San Diego for the last two years.

"We so respect him (Hubbard) for his deeds and accomplishments ... and for his caring factor," said Meyer.

A new religion

Born in Tilden, Neb., in March 1911, Hubbard was a prolific author of fiction and science fiction, including his best-known science-fiction novel, "Battlefield Earth." Guinness World Records lists him as the world's most published and most translated author, with 1,084 fiction and nonfiction works translated into 71 languages. Hubbard died on Jan. 24, 1986, at age 74.

But "Dianetics" remains his most enduring work. On The New York Times best-seller list for 26 consecutive weeks the year it was published, followers contend that this book, with Hubbard's other writings and recordings on Scientology, collectively constitutes their scripture.

"Hubbard took a scientific approach as to 'what is man,'" said Marsh. "He untangled the web of knowledge and came down with the things that work and the technology for doing that."

Reading and studying the book, followers believe, is the first step in resolving the problems of the human mind, which include unwanted sensations and emotions, irrational impulses, and psychosomatic (mind-caused) ills.

'A state of Clear'

At the core of such problems of human existence is what Hubbard calls the reactive mind, defined as that portion of the mind that works on a totally stimulus-response basis. Stored there are so-called engrams ---- mental records of times of physical pain and unconsciousness. These engrams are "the source of all human failings."

Using his techniques, Hubbard writes, a "state of Clear" and spiritual peace can be accomplished, and the whole of the reactive mind is erased.

"The cases are legion, documented and startling: a homicidal maniac returned to normality in a matter of a few dozen hours; an arthritically paralyzed welder returned to full mobility in roughly the same; a legally blind professor whose vision was restored in under a week; and an hysterically crippled housewife returned to perfect health in a single three-hour session," write the "Friends of Ron" in the book "L. Ron Hubbard, a Profile" (1995, published by the Church of Scientology).

Marsh said he was a troubled 17-year-old when he stumbled into the Scientology office on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. "It said they had a free personality test, and the test that I took later confirmed what I already knew, that I was a mess. It was crushing."

Marsh said he took that personality test in San Diego after being hospitalized with hepatitis. "I was in convalescence. A friend came in with two 'Dianetics' books and a bottle of cheap Cold Duck."

Marsh said Hubbard's message spoke to him. "There's no belief involved," he said. "He says to look and evaluate for yourself to become more of you. Don't just believe because I said it."

Meyer, the San Diego Scientology Church president, explained: "He (Hubbard) doesn't give answers. He says to look, understand and decide what that means for you."

Meyer added that Scientology is a religion, not a method of self-help, because it focuses on the spirit, not just the body.

Auditing and e-meters

Auditing is the term given to the spiritual counseling that is the central practice of Scientology.

A trained auditor uses a set of questions to help a person examine otherwise unknown and unwanted sources of difficulties. "The procedure is predicated on the fact that if the true source of what troubles us is fully viewed and understood, then the trouble would no longer be," explain Scientology materials.

Part of the auditing process involves the electro-psychometer, or e-meter, which is said to help the auditor and the subject locate areas of spiritual distress existing below the person's current awareness. The subject holds a metal cylinder in each hand, which are hooked up to the electronic components of the meter as the auditor reads the dial. The meter is said to send a small electrical current (approximately .5 volts) through the body, about the same as the average battery-powered wristwatch.

Marsh has collected dozens of vintage e-meters that are displayed in his Escondido study. He and Meyer are both trainer auditors. That is, they are trained in certain techniques and governed by an Auditor's Code that demand they show kindness, affinity and patience while confronting areas of upset or difficulty in the subject.

Each follower's goal of spiritual advancement is delineated by the Scientology Bridge, which charts the levels and certificates showing auditing classes from zero to 12 as well as training steps. The "Clear" stage is the goal and end result of Dianetics, which requires hours of auditing to attain.

Taking the training, as outlined in Scientology materials, is the way to learn the spiritual technology of Scientology. Study programs range from introductory to advanced, and programs exist at Scientology centers throughout the world as well as books, materials and video presentations.

According to Scientology materials, it is through this study that followers can learn to hone their ability to control each of what are called the eight dynamics, eight distinct divisions of every individual's drive for survival.

'New answers needed'

"Scientology has never been more relevant than today," said David Miscavige, an important leader in the church, in an introductory address given at a celebrity event in Los Angeles a few years ago that was videotaped for the public.

"Man lives in a world increasingly interested in science, and yet even with all that science, there is an abyss, a chasm of humanity ... the answer cannot be found in chemicals or science ... we think new answers are needed. People need real solutions to real problems, and Scientology offers that help ... and inherent in that is that each of us takes responsibility for themselves and the world."

Scientologists estimated that there are 3,000 Scientology churches, missions, related organizations and group ministries in more than 133 countries.

According to the Religion Newswriters Association, a nonprofit trade association founded in 1949 to advance the professional standards of religion reporting, Scientology has been investigated in the past by certain governmental agencies around the world, in part because of its practice of charging fees to members in order for them to receive auditing. Costs for auditing vary, and according to the Scientology materials, for those who cannot afford a donation, every church has a center where they can receive auditing from ministers in training.

Meyer said Scientologists have made a positive impact on the local community with numerous social programs, including helping at an evacuation center at MiraCosta College for victims of last year's wildfires.

Among the organization's community projects are programs such as Criminon, run in more than 300 prisons and penal institutions in 39 states, and Narconon, a drug rehabilitation program in 70 nations and which is said by Scientologists to have "successfully freed more than 100,000 individuals from drug dependence."

"There are a plethora of ways to contribute," Meyer said. "We encourage people to read and watch the materials, see if it makes sense to them and participate. The truth is usually very simple."

Commonly asked questions about the basics of Scientology:
  • Thetan: According to Scientologists, man consists of three parts: thetan, mind and body. The thetan is the spiritual being or soul. One of the basic tenets of Scientology is that man is an immortal spiritual being whose experience extends beyond a single lifetime and whose capabilities are unlimited.
  • Auditing: Term given to the spiritual counseling delivered by an auditor who is trained in the techniques of Dianetics and Scientology. No use of hypnosis or drugs is said to be used. During the auditing session, the auditor asks questions that are meant to help the individual examine his own existence and find a higher level of spiritual awareness and well-being.
  • Engram: The stored mental images of the Reactive Mind, or that part of a person's mind that works completely on a stimulus-response basis.
  • State of Clear: The goal and end result of Dianetics is the state of Clear when the reactive mind is wiped clean.
  • Operating Thetan or OT: The spiritual state of being above Clear. An OT is able to control matter, energy, space and time rather than being controlled by such things. This state is said to be attained in a series of steps and classes.
  • E-meter or electropsychometer: Used in the auditing process, the e-meter is called a religious artifact. It is said to measure and change the mental state of the individual being audited. Movement of the needle on the dial is said to indicate an area of upset or trauma and help the individual uncover truth.
Source: Reference Guide to the Scientology Religion: Answer to Questions Most Commonly Asked by Media. Pamphlet is presented by the Church of Scientology International (2000).

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Mental health watchdog blames psychiatrist for killer policeman released on bail

Garry Weddell

Court transcripts made available by the Ministry of Justice in the Garry Weddell case have revealed the fatal errors made by a psychiatrist who advised a Judge on Weddell’s mental status, which allowed Weddell to be released on bail to kill.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Tony Nayani told Judge John Bevan QC his findings after speaking to Weddell. In the court transcript, Dr Nayani was recorded as having said, “I didn’t have any concerns about his [Weddell’s] mental condition. He doesn’t need a psychiatrist examining him regularly. He’s stable as far as I’m concerned.”

Weddell was then released after a £200,000 bond was put up by his barrister brother. The opinion that he was ‘stable’ was torn to shreds after the murder of his mother-in-law, Traute Maxfield. After shooting her dead, he turned the gun on himself.

Left: Garry Weddell's wife, Sandra Weddell. Right: Garry Weddell's mother-in-law, Traute Maxfield.

While the focus of the case has been on Judge John Bevan QC for granting bail to Weddell, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), an international mental health watchdog has highlighted that Judge Bevan’s decision relied heavily upon and was made following Dr Nayani’s court testimony and psychiatric report.

Dr Nayani is the most recent psychiatrist to make the headlines for his failures. A string of psychiatrists have been slammed for a catalogue of errors, exposing the lack of science to support psychiatric assessments that are submitted as scientific but which have been criticised following tragic outcomes.

In December 2006, a report condemned the treatment of John Barrett who murdered Denis Finnegan. Decisions made by Barrett’s consultant psychiatrist Dr Gill Mezey were described by the inquiry as “seriously flawed.”

And in January 2007, Vivian Gamor murdered her children after being released from Homerton Hospital in East London. Gamor had been released after psychiatrists concluded she did not pose a risk to herself or others.

Brian Daniels, national spokesperson for CCHR in the UK said, “This latest case highlights an assault on the justice system, where a psychiatrist has asserted his so-called expertise, when in fact, all he has done is provide an entirely unscientific opinion about someone.

“This also highlights the issue of accountability. Dr Nayani’s testimony appears to be have been instrumental in obtaining bail with fatal consequences. There will be the usual psychiatric justifications, but the bottom line is he should be held accountable to bring about a climate where psychiatrists think twice about submitting erroneous opinions into courts of law.”

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
P.O. Box 188
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 4RB

Tel: 01342 313 926 / 07980 934 984

Negative feelings? Low self-esteem? Lack of self-control? Depressed?

Read "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health"
by L. Ron Hubbard




Containing discoveries heralded as greater than the wheel or fire, Dianetics has remained a bestseller for more than 50 years. And with over 20 million copies in print, generating a movement that spans over 100 nations, it’s indisputably the most widely read and influential book ever written about the human mind.

Here is the anatomy and full description of the Reactive Mind, the previously unknown source of nightmares, unreasonable fears, upsets and insecurities which enslave Man. This book shows you how to get rid of it, and so achieve something Man has previously only dreamed of: the state of Clear.

Among the discoveries herein:
  • The Goal of Man
  • The Dynamic Principle of Existence — the one word that motivates all living things
  • The Four Dynamics — the drives upon which all of life is compartmented
  • The Descriptic Graph of Survival — revealing one’s true potential and how to achieve it
  • The discovery of and complete anatomy of the Reactive Mind
  • The painful experiences — engrams — contained in the Reactive Mind which command one to act irrationally against their own wishes and goals
  • The impact of prenatal engrams — what took place before you were born and how it’s influenced you ever since
  • The complete Dianetics procedure to discover and eradicate these harmful experiences so they never affect you again, revealing the one person you’ve always wanted to know — you

Click HERE to buy the book


Companion Lecture Series: "Dianetics Lectures and Demonstrations"
by L. Ron Hubbard


Immediately following the first publication of Dianetics, Ron began lecturing to thousands upon thousands in packed auditoriums across America. And now, you can be there. In those 4 lectures, you'll hear Ron describe the events that sparked his investigation and groundbreaking discoveries and then, even more, his personal demonstration of Dianetics auditing procedure to overcome the reactive mind.


Click HERE to buy the lectures and demonstrations


About the author

No more fitting statement typifies L. Ron Hubbard than this simple declaration, "I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days."

With over two hundred million copies of his works in circulation and dozens of international bestsellers, he has inspired a movement spanning every continent on Earth. All told, those works comprise some 5,000 writings and 3,000 recorded lectures and, as such, not only stand as the single most embracive statement on the human mind and spirit, but provide the only road to total spiritual freedom.

Yet the greatest testament to L. Ron Hubbard are the miracles of his technology, and the millions of friends who carry forth that technology into eterntity. Both continue to grow with each passing day.



"Dianetics is an adventure. It is an exploration into Terra Incognita, the human mind, that vast and hitherto unknown realm half an inch back of our foreheads."

L. Ron Hubbard