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Open Letter to Speaker Pelosi on Approval of Mental Health Parity
Date:3/11/2008

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 o
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SOURCE Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD
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