Dr. Fred Baughman: Fund Health Care But Don’t Fund MOTHERS Act, Another “Thalidomide” Disaster

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I urge them here and now not to foist never-essential, never-for-a-discernible-disease psychiatric drugs on women of child-bearing age who (1) might conceive at any moment, (2) who have conceived but don’t know it, (3) who have conceived and know it, or (4) who have a nursing infant or newborn.

When I started in medicine we took every precaution to avoid non-essential drugs in all women of childbearing age.  This was the sixties, the era of the thalidomide disaster, the era when a pharmacologist at the FDA by the name of Frances Kelsey could call for a stop the marketing of thalidomide in the US and gain support of her agency.

What better place to start a rollback of the fraud of ‘biological’/‘chemical imbalance’ psychiatry than by denunciation and veto of the Mother’s Act—today.

To Afford Health Care For All, Repeal “Biological” Psychiatry Beginning With Mother’s Act

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Fred A. Baughman Jr, MD, Neurologist

Author: The ADHD Fraud: How Psychiatry Makes “Patients” Out of Normal Children

www.Trafford.com

July 16, 2009

Massachusetts Takes a Step Back From Health Care for All (The New York Times, by Abby Goodnough, July 15, 2000, A10) tells us that in trying to do the right thing, Massachusetts has had to retreat and eliminate coverage for 30,000 legal immigrants in order to meet their budget.  As they set about to do the right and humane thing—to provide basic medical care for all–Massachusetts was surely going to have to look critically at cost overruns and fraud in medical care that got them, and the US as a whole, in such a fix—so bad that the system consumes twice as much per year (>$7500) per citizen as in UK and Western European countries while leaving 48 million nationwide without insurance and who knows how many underinsured, frightened and looking bankruptcy in the eye with their next illness.  I would remind one and all that medicine is the art and science of diagnosing and treating diseases, and that diseases are physical abnormalities—gross (a mass visible to the naked eye or palpable), microscopic (cancer cells from a biopsy or ‘Pap’ smear) or chemical (elevated blood sugar as in diabetes or phenylalanine as in PKU).  In the Time’s article the sample patient, one who might lose her coverage, was one Laura Porto who had come from Venezuela for whom loss of coverage, we are told, would end her treatment for bipolar disorder which included weekly therapy, monthly consultations with a psychiatrist and, of course, medication.  What Massachusetts and the rest of the nation has not woken up to is that psychiatry masquerades as a branch of the medical profession but is not because not a single psychiatric ‘disorder’ in their ever-burgeoning DSM is an actual disorder /disease verifiable by a physician demonstrating a gross, microscopic or chemical disorder.  To Massachusetts and the nation I announce that if we are going to provide even essential health care for a nation now bankrupted and deprived of it by the non-system we have today, we are going to have to start by acknowledging as most physicians know, but will not say, that “biological” psychiatry –that which consumes tens of billions of healthcare dollars each year is the not a legitimate branch of medicine, but instead, is the biggest health care fraud of all time. And now, no longer content with diagnosing and drugging one in five—20 percent of US school children—most with the entirely bogus Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder–ADHD, and 1.5 to 2.0 million adults this label as well, now they seek to foist TeenScreen and the Mother’s Act upon the nation with no abnormality/disease to be found but only to do the will of the master that wholly owns and operates them—Big Pharma.  Think of it, such psychological screening devices as TeenScreen have been shown to have case-finding rates of 50-60 percent.  Who will be left who is not on psychiatric drugs?  How many more billions in health care dollars–those needed for real diseases–will psychiatric drugging consume?

Recently I helped Brian Verbeek, Canadian father of a psychiatrically- “diagnosed,” “drugged,” 12 year-old boy draft a letter to Health Canada–Canada’s counterpart of our FDA.  In an uncommonly truthful, frank, reply dated Nov 10, 2008 Mr. Verbeek was told:  “For mental/psychiatric disorders in general, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and ADHD, there are no confirmatory gross, microscopic or chemical abnormalities that have been validated for objective physical diagnosis.  Rather, diagnoses of possible mental conditions are described strictly in terms of patterns of symptoms…” Saying “diagnoses of possible mental conditions are described strictly in terms of patterns of symptoms” is a clear admission that such diagnoses are wholly subjective and are not diseases, disorders, illnesses, sicknesses, syndromes, abnormal phenotypes or abnormal genotypes.  Furthermore, the term “disorder,” means “a disturbance of function, structure, or both,” and is thus, the equivalent of physical abnormality/disease.  “Disorder” is a term often used by psychiatrists because the lay public does not generally understand it including their patients, and allows them to speak of diseases obliquely when they do not have the decency or honesty to forthrightly state “disease” and “no disease.”  Even the FDA reluctantly, obliquely, confessed to me there is no such thing as a psychiatric disease.  On March 12, 2009, Donald Dobbs of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research reluctantly admitted: “I consulted with the FDA new drug review division responsible for approving psychiatric drug products and they concurred with the response you enclosed from Health Canada.”

The federal government, like Massachusetts before it, will have to commit to providing essential health care to all citizens reforming our rife-with-greed-and-fraud health care system as we go.

There being no bigger or more conspicuous a fraud than “biological” psychiatry with its invented, contrived “chemical imbalances” demanding “chemical balancers”—pills, and their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual having swollen from 152 “disorders” in 1952 to 374 today—not one an actual disease—this is where the cost cutting must start.

Such roll-backs may prove difficult and even onerous to Congress, the NIMH, FDA, DEA, NIDA, etc., who have validated the growth of ‘biological’ psychiatry and its supplier and chieftain Big Pharma, one “chemical imbalance” and one ‘chemical balancer” at a time culminating with the greatest gift of all: “parity” for psychiatry with all the rest of medical practice; “parity” when there is no such thing as a psychiatric “disease.”  And then they wonder why health care is bankrupted.  Or, perhaps, with their own cradle-to-grave health care guaranteed, maybe they don’t wonder at all.

I urge them here and now not to foist never-essential, never-for-a-discernible-disease psychiatric drugs on women of child-bearing age who (1) might conceive at any moment, (2) who have conceived but don’t know it, (3) who have conceived and know it, or (4) who have a nursing infant or newborn.

When I started in medicine we took every precaution to avoid non-essential drugs in all women of childbearing age.  This was the sixties, the era of the thalidomide disaster, the era when a pharmacologist at the FDA by the name of Frances Kelsey could call for a stop the marketing of thalidomide in the US and gain support of her agency.

What better place to start a rollback of the fraud of ‘biological’/‘chemical imbalance’ psychiatry than by denunciation and veto of the Mother’s Act—today.

2 thoughts on “Dr. Fred Baughman: Fund Health Care But Don’t Fund MOTHERS Act, Another “Thalidomide” Disaster

  1. This is an excellent piece by Dr Baughman.

    I too remember the days when doctors would not think of allowing pregnant women to take a drug unless it was absolutely necessary.

    I guess the life and health of the fetus has lost it’s priority status.

    This situation is so sad – so very sad!

    Evelyn Pringle

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