Saturday, August 20, 2011

Miami psychiatrist's license suspended for drug use

The license of Evan Zimmer, a Miami psychiatrist who's had previous legal problems involving prostitutes and drug abuse, was suspended by an emergency state order this week after he tested positive in July for cocaine and marijuana.

The Florida Department of Health order noted that Zimmer, 60, "has a significant history of substance abuse" and "an inability to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety."

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ADHD video

Pretty much says it all.

Parental Control Act

Congressman Ron Paul has re-introduced The Parental Consent Act, a bill which prohibits federal funds from being used to establish or implement any universal or mandatory mental health, psychiatric, or socioemotional screening program.

The Parental Consent Act 2011 (H.R. 2769 – previously H.R. 2218 in 2009) prohibits federal education funds from being used to pay any local educational agency or other instrument of government that uses the refusal of a parent or legal guardian to provide consent to mental health screening as the basis of a charge of child abuse, child neglect, medical neglect, or education neglect until the agency or instrument demonstrates that it is no longer using such refusal as a basis of such charge.

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"Difficulty playing quietly" -- the ADHD fraud

ADHD—Labeling normal kids “mentally ill”
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ADHD is a bogus mental “disorder” based only on a checklist of behaviors. There are no medical tests to prove any child has ADHD, yet more than 4.5 million kids have been diagnosed and put on drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta, which the U.S. DEA places in the same highly addictive category of drugs as cocaine, morphine and opium. According to the Center for Disease Control, boys are much more likely to be diagnosed “ADHD” than girls.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Prozac for pets? Give me a break

Now Fido can have the same violent and psychotic breaks from SSRIs as humans.

The FDA has approved a reformulated version of the much-prescribed SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) Prozac, but this one is just for dogs. Reconcile was created to treat canine separation anxiety. It is a once-daily, chewable, dog-treat-flavored drug that is supposed to be used “in conjunction with a behavior modification plan.”

Now this is getting insane.

Please support the new Citizen Petition to the FDA

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Psychiatric Labeling

"Confirmation bias" is a term used to describe the tendency for people to favor information that confirms their preconceptions regardless of whether the information is true.

As a result, people may gather evidence and recall information from memory selectively, and interpret it in a biased way.

A recent paper ("Confirmation bias: why psychiatrists stick to wrong preliminary diagnoses", published 5/20/11 in Cambridge Journals Online) studied this phenomenon to find out whether psychiatrists and medical students are prone to confirmation bias, and whether this leads to poor diagnostic accuracy in psychiatry.

The results were revealing. After having made a preliminary diagnosis, it was common for the study participants to stick to this diagnosis, right or wrong, when presented with new information that could potentially change the diagnosis. Participants making a wrong diagnosis also prescribed different treatment options compared with participants choosing the correct diagnosis.

The paper concludes, "Confirmatory information search harbors the risk of wrong diagnostic decisions."

Now, couple this built-in bias with a blatantly fraudulent psychiatric diagnostic manual, and we get diagnostic mayhem and treatment nightmares.

The DSM IV (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, volume 4) is the current version of the psychiatrist's billing bible from which they must draw their diagnoses in order to collect insurance payments.

Using the DSM, a psychiatrist labels the patient with a "mental disorder", prescribes him a drug, and bills the patient's insurance. The psychiatrist with the DSM in hand can try various labels on the patient until he finds one that either fits the patient's symptoms or comes close enough to allow him to bill the patient's insurance.

As the diagnoses completely lack scientific criteria, anyone can be labeled mentally ill, and subjected to dangerous and life threatening "treatments" based solely on opinion.

Fraudulent diagnoses, harmful treatments, confirmation bias, and bogus labels = psychiatry's own psychosis, labeling everything a mental illness.

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Chantix Fraud

A study published July 4, 2011 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal concluded that smokers who take Chantix, a smoking cessation drug, could increase their risk of heart problems.

The study found that there are "safety concerns about the potential for an increased risk of serious adverse cardiovascular events associated with the use of varenicline among tobacco users."

The heart problems are the latest in a growing list of concerns raised by patient reports, lawsuits and studies since the drug's approval in 2006.

The drug could cause changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions, according to its warning label. Chantix carries a boxed warning -- the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's most restrictive safety labeling -- because of the risk of psychological events.

Chantix has been banned by the Federal Aviation Administration for pilots and air-traffic controllers because it may cause loss of consciousness and blackouts. Truck and bus drivers are also not allowed to take the drug.

Among all this is the apparently deliberate attempt to mislead the public regarding the true nature of Pfizer's Chantix. What are they not saying?

Guess what? Chantix is an addictive benzodiazepine-based psychotropic anti-anxiety drug.

That's a mouthful.

Just don't put it in your mouth.

It might just stop you from smoking - permanently.

Click here for more information about the side effects of psychiatric drugs.