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John Rappoport: Investigative Journalist and Conspiracy Theorist On WordPress

2015-11-24

Here are a few selections from Mr. Rappoport’s blog post, “Psychiatric Fasciscm: Notes From Underground” (which are, in turn, selections from his “work-in-progress”, The Underground:

Since there are no definitive physical tests for any of the 300 officially certified mental disorders—no blood tests, no urine tests, no brain scans, no genetic assays—what we’re left with is a phantasm-map of Nowhere Land, a philosophy of limitation. A translation of human problems and suffering into a professional liar’s language, a made-up nonsensical technical gibberish. And the federal government licenses this as a monopoly.”

“Psychiatry is a system of arbitrary definitions. When you get past all the pseudo-technical nonsense, you’re looking at mind control—the attempt to make people believe consciousness is composed of 300 disorders.”

“But, actually, consciousness is up for grabs. You can have any state of mind you want to. No labels. Does that sound frightening? You’re supposed to feel frightened and crawl back into a little hole. That’s the game.”

“Psychiatry and its government, media, and intelligence-agency allies are saying, ‘See that crazy killer over there? Anybody could turn into that. Even you. So we have to treat the whole population before somebody starts spraying bullets in your neighborhood. We have to sculpt everybody into a good citizen, an average person.’”

“Psychiatry is State control of emotion and thought. And its poor cousin, psychology, has become sentimental hokum for the rubes. Slop.”

“Psychiatry is the action of painting false pictures inside the mind, and obtaining obedience to those images. It’s imposed reality-invention. Meanwhile, under the tons of false information and propaganda that pervade life, the individual is, in fact, intensely creative; he is perfectly capable of inventing and fleshing out his own reality.”

The first line in the above quotes links to another post, entitled, “A Whole Branch of Science Turns Out to be Fake.”  Some quotes from this piece:

“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 in inventing mental disorders, went public. He blew the whistle on himself and his colleagues. And for several 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)…

…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 an unusual statement, coming from a man partially responsible for the development of DSM-IV, the book that tries to define almost 300 mental disorders.  Perhaps that has something to do with the replacement of DSM-IV by DSM-V.  To continue:

PBS FRONTLINE INTERVIEWER: Skeptics say that there’s no biological marker—that it [ADHD] is the one condition out there where there is no blood test, and that no one knows what causes it.

BARKLEY (Dr. Russel Barkley,clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston): That’s tremendously naïve, and it shows a great deal of illiteracy about science and about the mental health professions. A disorder doesn’t have to have a blood test to be valid. If that were the case, all mental disorders would be invalid… There is no lab test for any mental disorder right now in our science. That doesn’t make them invalid. [Emphasis added]

What follows has to be understood as Mr. Rappoport’s personal opinion on the need for a “lab test” to prove that a disorder exists:

Without intending to, Dr. Barkley blows an ear-shattering whistle on his own profession.

So let’s take Dr. Barkley to school. Medical science, and disease-research in particular, rests on the notion that you can make a diagnosis backed up by lab tests. If you can’t produce lab tests, you’re spinning fantasies.

Mr. Rappoport goes on to polemicize the “fantasy” of a disorder based purely on history and physical examination, calling psychiatry a complete fraud, and blaming drug companies for supporting this fraud.  He makes much of the phrase “chemical imbalance”– and he is partly, unintentionally right here, because there is  no proof that any such “chemical imbalance” actually exists: it is a convenient phrase, essentially meaningless yet justifiable by describing serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain, given to patients to help them to understand that there is something physically wrong inside their heads that makes them feel sick.

Just what that is that something, that physical disorder of the brain?  We don’t know, and in the hundred and fifty years since Freud first described hysteria, we’ve been frantically trying to figure it out.  Small advances have been made.  The model of drug treatment has helped some people find relief from the suffering they experience, the suffering of what we call “mental illness.”  Cognitive behavioral therapy has helped many others.

To call the entire profession of psychiatry a “fraud” when the vast majority of psychiatrists and researchers are trying to find, if not cures, then at least relief for the suffering of the multitude of people who realize that there is something wrong in their brains, is an insult, a canard, and a distraction from honest attempts to help people.

Labeling the drug industry in this way also detracts from the good that drugs do: in most cases, they relieve suffering and help re-organize disorganized thoughts.  There are a significant minority of drugs that either do not belong on the market or need to have their doses and indications changed because they are potentially dangerous or have detrimental long-term side effects.  However, the majority of drugs produced give the kind of relief that patients need.  The drug industry is corrupt and greedy, but many, if not most, of the drugs they produce are helpful.

The real problem is that psychiatry is in its infancy.  Researchers are looking for chemical markers to improve upon the clinical diagnoses that are made.  Functional brain scans are teasing apart the pathways through which normal and abnormal people channel their thoughts as they pass through the brain.  There is much to be done, and many mysteries to unravel.  To describe the psychiatric and drug industries as fraudulent completely misses the good that they do while grossly exaggerating the harms that have been, and will continue to be done on a diminishing scale.

What more can we expect from a man who has been a failure at investigative reporting for thirty years?  He is using the Internet to spread his delusions and paranoia because no-one will spend a penny to pick up any of his publications, while he pretends that he is “Underground”, implying that he is an outlaw because his ravings have frightened the Psychiatric-Drug “fascist” organization.  You get what you pay for.  “Free” information often turns out to be no more valuable than the ramblings of a lunatic.

Two points:

First, diseases without lab tests: there are a few.  Chronic fatigue syndrome, or to go by its new name, “Exercise Intolerance Disease” or something like that.  Chronic fatigue is a “syndrome” (important word) with the symptoms of severe, disabling fatigue, intolerance to exercise that gets worse with repetition (this is also important), episodes of sore throat and swollen neck glands, and so on.  There has (up to now) been no laboratory test that has distinguished sufferer from well.  Several years ago, a lab in Nevada, run by the Whittemores who had a daughter with CFS, supposedly found a viral cause and developed a test for it, but it was discredited and a pharmacologist named Judy Mikovits was disgraced and briefly jailed for removing laboratory notebooks without permission… Mr. Whittemore is now in jail for making an illegal contribution to a Senatorial candidate.  Chronic fatigue syndrome, or exercise intolerance disorder, has a possible test on the treadmill, but that is all.  Yet millions of sufferers all over the world need to know.

 

Second, and more important, this is the Internet, and you get what you pay for, or in more abstruse terms, “Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted.”

 

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  1. Richard L Steagall permalink
    2015-11-24 14:33

    Conrad,

    Handling employment law cases I have had a lot of cases with depression and anxiety.

    A Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School is an expert witness now in one of my cases. He testified that studies confirm different psychiatrists reach the same diagnosis on major disorders such as schizophrenia but they do not on the personality disorders. That is why the psychiatrist should be very careful that it meets the DSM V criterion with a personality disorder.

    There are now brain scans confirming the existence of depression compared to a control patient with no mental difficulty.

    A general practitioner said it well in a case I had. We do not need a brain scan or other measure of effectiveness of serotonin uptake inhibitors. You give Prozac or its cousins to someone who is depressed along with counseling and they get better

    I encountered this in injury cases over chronic pain. Since pain cannot be measured, it is far under studied.

    The psychotropic drugs have been a development that has saved a lot of lives.

    We had no scientific tests showing shy the cowpox vaccine built immunity to smallpox. The mechanism was confirmed in 1959.

    The man’s insistence on validation by scientific tests would be nice but only 20% of medicine is verified by tests. We still must treat based on inferential based methods or let 80% of sick people being untreated

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