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Open Letter to Speaker Pelosi on Approval of Mental Health Parity

SAN DIEGO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Fred Baughman released the following statement today:

Dear Madam Speaker,

Believing, with you, that "Illness of the brain must be treated like illness anywhere else in the body," the House of Representatives have passed a mental health parity bill. The problem is that there is no medical proof that psychiatric diagnoses are actual diseases, disorders or illnesses of the brain. Claiming they are, as purveyors of psychiatry and "mental health" assert, is the greatest health care fraud in U.S. history.

In fact, psychiatry is distinct from the rest of medicine in that they do not examine for, test for, or diagnose, physical abnormalities -- diseases.

Make no mistake: psychiatrists absent themselves from the medical profession the moment they enter their psychiatric training programs, and leave behind the tools with which to diagnose physical diseases, embracing, instead, interviews, behavior check-lists and their labeling-billing bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual published by the American Psychiatric Association. Predictably, the Psychiatric Association's Manual of diseases has exploded from 112 mental disorders in 1952 to 374 in the 1994, DSM-IV.

By parroting the "disease" lie, psychiatry guarantees a never-ending supply of new "patients" made up of normals of all ages, while abrogating the informed consent rights of every one of them.

My specialty, neurology, is officially dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of organic-physical diseases of the brain and nervous system. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, I have fought and lobbied to get its leaders to clarify for the public what a disease is and is not, to help educate the public and to help them educate themselves in the face of the ubiquitous "disease"-"chemical imbalance" lie.

I am appalled by the actions of the AAN, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and of all of organized medicine for accepting and using the psychiatric disease lie, which even the White House, has bought into by arguing it "would effectively mandate coverage of a broad range of diseases."

Passage of your bill means there will no longer be limits to the coverage of psychiatric "diseases" any more than there would be for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Here we have proof that you in the House -- at least the 268 members, who voted this bill into existence, have been duped -- or worse.

On September 29, 2000, I testified before the Committee on Education and the Workforce, on Behavioral Drugs in Schools, saying: "The biggest health care fraud in US history is the representation of ADHD to be a disease, and the drugging of millions of normal children." "Without an iota of proof the National Institute on Mental Health proclaims the children "brain-diseased," "abnormal. ADHD is a total, 100% fraud."

In 1993 I testified on the nature of psychiatric diagnosis at the National Institutes of Health: "If, as I am convinced, these entities are not diseases, it would be unethical to initiate research to evaluate biological interventions-unethical and fatally flawed scientifically."

On December 13, 1999, Surgeon General, David Satcher announced: " ... Mental illnesses are physical illnesses ... we know the chemical disorders we are treating ... "

I responded: "there is no abnormality in life, or at autopsy, in depression, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses ... your role in this deception is clear ... you should resign."

Americans are routinely lied to in this regard and their right to informed consent is universally abrogated. They are coerced and preyed upon by government schools, Child Protective Services, Departments of Child and Family Services, family and juvenile courts. If they resist such labeling and drugging they will be deemed to be guilty of medical negligence and stand to lose custody of their children. This is the "mental health parity" this bill would further enable.

The media coverage of your enactment of the House mental health parity bill observes, "Researchers have found biological causes and effective treatments for numerous mental illnesses.

But no matter how passionate current and past members of government feel about the issue, whether or not there are proven, demonstrable, abnormalities to validate mental, psychiatric diagnoses as diseases is entirely a matter for scientific medicine to answer, patient-by patient. No child can be called ADHD-diseased, by adoption of a list of behaviors by the DSM Committee of the APA, and none can be diagnosed by any act of the Congress or White House. That is my duty as a physician, and it is a duty I cannot abdicate.

I would welcome an opportunity to testify before your committee-under oath.


Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD, Neurologist

Fellow, American Academy of Neurology

Author: The ADHD Fraud- How Psychiatry Makes "Patients" of Normal Children

Contact: Dr. Fred Baughman

Phone: 619.440.8236

Date: March 11, 2008


SOURCE Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD
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