Rick Malter, Ph.D.
Ever since I first studied psychology at the University of Chicago in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, I have seen organized psychiatry expand their diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM) from a thin spiral bound little booklet with a few classical psychological diagnoses to thicker and thicker bound DSM books of hundreds of fabricated “mental illnesses”. Of course, each newly fabricated “mental illness” needs a new “medication” to “treat” it. This process has developed into a powerful and highly lucrative marketing scheme for toxic and dangerous psychotropic drugs. The theory behind these mental illnesses that need drug treatment is that there is supposedly a “chemical imbalance” underlying these mental illnesses that require drug treatment. But, psychiatry has no lab test for the chemical imbalances that they claim underlies all of these “mental illnesses.”.
Journalist Jon Rappaport has written extensively about organized psychiatry and the business of psychiatric diagnosis that is based on fabricating new “mental illnesses” that need to be treated with new or even some old psychotropic drugs. Rappaport quotes psychiatrist Dr. Allen Frances describing the lack of a scientific foundation for these DSM “mental illness” diagnoses that are essentially made up by committees of psychiatrists. In other words, groups of psychiatrists vote on whether they believe that different psychological problems are really mental illnesses or not. It’s much more of a political process than a scientific one.
To quote Rappaport :” He (Dr. Frances) is the man who was in charge of assembling the previous DSM-IV (1994) edition. His team expanded the definitions of ADHD and Bipolar, so that many more people would be dosed with toxic and destructive drugs like Valproate, Lithium, and Ritalin.
“Yet Dr. Frances, in a December 2010 Wired interview (“Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness”), stated: ‘There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.’ He actually said that.
“Psychiatry seeks to gain control and domination over the entire area of human behavior, through classification by labels and bogus claims of diagnosis.”
When we stop and think about it, the vast majority of so-called “mental illnesses” such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks, anger and rage outbursts can all be related to what I call “stress overwhelm.” Stress overwhelm produces intense stress reactions — the fight or flight response. Fight relates to anger and rage, whereas flight relates to anxiety and panic attacks. It’s also important to note that stress relates to our basic survival mechanism. This mechanism operates at a reflex level so that it is extremely difficult to control with just verbal and cognitive processes. Psychiatry, Big Pharma, and the media combine to try to convince people that there are such things as “mental illnesses” that need to be dominated, controlled, and “treated” with patented magical toxic chemical compounds that are highly profitable. By fiat, psychiatry makes “mental illness” sound real and scientific. Dr. Frances finally debunks this ploy that attempts to make “mental illness” sound real and scientific.
Since so many psychological problems can be related to “stress overwhelm”, is there a lab test for “stress overwhelm?” Yes, indeed. A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) can be used to evaluate how a person is being impacted by stress. Several minerals measured in a HTMA are clearly related to stress. Magnesium deficiency and copper toxicity are two of the most common mineral factors contributing to “stress overwhelm.” These minerals have a strong effect on the ratio of sodium/potassium which is a major regulator of the stress response. I’ll go into more HTMA explanations in the next blog – I’ll describe what shows up in the hair test and how the “stress overwhelm” can be treated nutritionally using HTMA data as a guide.