VA docs rusty on women's care learn new skills
Not every clinic run by the Veterans Affairs Department has a practitioner designated to provide care in women's health.
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#1 Aug 8, 2011
Mental Health horse manure :
The VA has been bringing hundreds of doctors and nurse practitioners to mini-residency workshops where they learn about women's health and practice doing pelvic exams. The topics include how to talk to female veterans who may have been sexually assaulted.
I think in light of the happenings at Ft Hood that an MP (armed) should be in the room in which the Mental Health (no science) makes a diagnoses.
Brain Stains: Traumatic therapies can have long-lasting effects on mental health
A wave of nausea washed over Sheri J. Storm when she opened the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on a February morning a decade ago and saw the headline:Malpractice lawsuit: Plaintiff tells horror of memories. Woman emotionally testifies that psychiatrist planted false recollections. The woman in the article shared a lot with Stormthe same psychiatrist, the same memories, the same diagnosis of multiple personality disorder. At that moment, Storm suddenly realized that her own illness and 200-plus personalities, though painfully real to her, were nothing more than a figment of her imaginationcreated by her trusted therapist, Kenneth Olson.
Storm initially sought treatment from Olson because of insomnia and anxiety associated with divorce proceedings and a new career in radio advertising. She had hoped for an antidepressant prescription or a few relaxation techniques. But after enduring hypnosis sessions, psychotropic medications and mental-ward hospitalizations, Storm had much more to worry about than stress. She had remembered being sexually abused by her father at the age of three and forced to engage in bestiality and satanic ritual abuse that included the slaughtering and consumption of human babies. According to her psychiatrist, these traumatic experiences had generated alternative personalities, or alters, within Storms mind.
Storm is now convinced that her multiple personality disorder was iatrogenic, the product of her therapy. But years after the psychiatric sessions have ceased, she is still tormented by vivid memories, nightmares and physical reactions to cues from her fictitious past. Although she was told that the false memories would fade over time, she has had a difficult time purging these brain stains from the fabric of her mind.
Storms case is similar to those of many other patients who underwent recovered-memory therapy that revealed sordid histories of sexual abuse and demonic ceremonies. Although the scientific literature suggests that traumatic events are rarely, if ever, repressed or forgotten, this type of therapy was widespread in the 1990s and is still practiced today. Only after several high-profile lawsuits did the American Medical Association issue warnings to patients about the unreliability of recovered memories. Nadean Cool, the patient described in the newspaper story that turned Storms life upside down, filed one such lawsuit. Cool received a $2.4-million settlement after 15 days of courtroom testimony. Amid the heated controversy, the American Psychiatric Association discontinued the diagnostic category of multiple personality disorder, replacing it with the slightly different diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder.
#3 Aug 9, 2011
'VA docs rusty on women's care learn new skills'
There's a contradiction in terms. They never had the skills to begin with. The VA goes by govt statistics and that is the only justification. Women's health issues have been around since the first women joined the military but there were no govt stats back then. Women didn't count then. Now, women are an active part of the military and have a voice to be reckoned with. They are vets also, not just a stat anymore. Trying to treat and recognize health issues with women vets today, requires more medical knowledge that the VA can no longer sweep under the rug as a 'stat'. Today's military have many health issues and the title should read...
VA docs rusty on health care and the new skills aren't working.
#4 Aug 9, 2011
There Are NO tests for "Chemical Imbalances"
American Psychiatric Association admitted it lied to the American Public
Without a test for chemical balance the mental health (psychiatry) is limited in the ancillary tests of medicine like an EKG, EEG, blood work or other tests in the diagnoses of a patient. They aren't needed in Psychiatry. Psychiatry wouldn't know a good chemical balance from a bad chemical balance or an imbalance of chemistry in the brain. It was a fraud designed to drug and addict the American (world) population and to create a mentally compromised person for political and financial reasons.
The psychiatric diagnosis is made on the basis of behavior and hearsay at the discretion and feeling of the therapist (psychiatrist) who makes money from the prescription drugs and office visits.
If we respect metabolic changes based on daily dietary habits, weight gain / loss , terms of the survival of the organisms as a person age along with physical conditioning, physical illness, electrolyte level, gender differences , body temperature, I don't see where the Mental Health Industry could conform to any consistency in data with consideration to the above to state a person has a mental disease or illness based on chemical imbalance.
The fraud has been going on for more then 40 years since H W Bush was CEO, Eli Lilly and before his VP under the Reagan Presidency (1980's) when the essential Amino Acid "Tryptophan" was limited in the food chain by the FDA and Prozac entered the market place. Lots of people compromised under the fraud of mental health services with made to order mental illnesses with mind altering drugs as the capitalist & political solution for some.
There Are No "Chemical Imbalances"
"The hypothetical disturbances of neurochemical function that are said to underlie "mental illness" are just that: hypothetical. No experiment has ever shown that anyone has an "imbalance" of any neurotransmitters or any other brain chemicals. Nor could any conceivable experiment demonstrate the existence of a "chemical imbalance," simply because no one, least of all the biopsychiatrists, has the slightest idea what a proper and healthy chemical "balance" would look like."
"...the views and beliefs of biopsychiatry have nothing to do with the answers to scientific questions in any case: the hunt for biological "causes" of "mental illness" is an entirely fallacious enterprise in the first place; the non- existence of data to support its assertions is quite beside the point."
"The latest edition of one pharmacology text has this to say about the status of depression as a disease: "Despite extensive efforts, attempts to document the metabolic changes in human subjects predicted by these [biological] hypotheses have not, on balance, provided consistent or compelling corroboration." This is a long-winded way of admitting that not even a scrap of evidence supports the idea that depression results from a "chemical imbalance." Yet patients are told every day - by their doctors, by the media, and by drug company advertising - that it is a proven scientific fact that depression has a known biochemical origin. It follows directly that millions of Americans are being lied to by their doctors; and people surely can't give informed consent for drug treatment when what they're being "informed" is a fraud...
To sum up: there is no evidence whatsoever to support the view that "mental illness" is biochemical in origin; in other words, things like "Unipolar Disorder" and "Attention Deficit Disorder" simply do not exist."
#5 Aug 9, 2011
Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness
Every so often Al Frances says something that seems to surprise even him. Just now, for instance, in the predawn darkness of his comfortable, rambling home in Carmel, California, he has broken off his exercise routine to declare that there is no definition of a mental disorder. Its bullshit. I mean, you just cant define it. Then an odd, reflective look crosses his face, as if hes taking in the strangeness of this scene: Allen Frances, lead editor of the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (universally known as the DSM-IV), the guy who wrote the book on mental illness, confessing that these concepts are virtually impossible to define precisely with bright lines at the boundaries. For the first time in two days, the conversation comes to an awkward halt.
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There are no genetic tests, no brain scans, blood tests, chemical imbalance tests or X-rays that can scientifically/medically prove that any psychiatric disorder is a medical condition.
#6 Aug 9, 2011
Psychiatric Diagnosis: Too Little Science, Too Many Conflicts of Interest [i]
Paula J. Caplan, Ph.D.
There is a lot of pain and suffering in the world, and it is tempting to believe that the mental health community knows how to help. It is widely believed, both by mental health professionals and the general population, that if only a person gets the right psychiatric diagnosis, the therapist will know what kind of measures will be the most helpful. Unfortunately, that is not usually the case, and getting a psychiatric diagnosis can often create more problems than it solves, including a lifetime of being labeled, difficulties with obtaining affordable (or any) health insurance (due to now having a pre-existing condition), loss of employment, loss of child custody, the overlooking of physical illnesses and injuries because of everything being attributed to psychological factors, and the loss of the right to make decisions about ones medical and legal affairs. The creation and use of psychiatric diagnosis, unlike, for instance, psychiatric drugs, is not overseen by any regulatory body, and rarely does anyone raise the question of what role the assignment of a psychiatric label has played in creating problems for individuals.[ii]
The Problematic History
These serious limitations have not prevented the authors of the American Psychiatric Associations (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), sometimes known as the therapists Bible, from making expansive claims about their knowledge and authority and wielding enormous power to decide who will and will not be called mentally ill and what the varieties of alleged mental illness will be. The DSMs current edition is called DSM-IV-TR, and it was preceded by the original DSM (in 1952), then DSM-II (1968), DSM-III (1980), DSM-III-R (Third Edition Revised)(1987), DSM-IV (1994), and DSM-IV-TR (2000). The DSM-V is currently in preparation and slated for 2013 publication. Each time a new edition appears, the media ask whichever psychiatrist is the lead editor why a new edition was necessary, and like clockwork, each editor replies that it was because the previous edition really wasnt scientific (Caplan, 1995). And each time a new edition appears, it contains many more categories than does the previous one. For instance, DSM-III-R contained 297 categories, and DSM-IV contained 374 (Caplan, 1995).
I served as an advisor to two of the DSM-IV committees, before resigning due to serious concerns after witnessing how fast and loose they play with the scientific research related to diagnosis (Caplan, 1995). The DSM is widely used, not only in the mental health system, but also in general medical practice, in schools, and in the courts. I have been involved since 1985 in trying to alert both therapists and the public to the manuals unscientific nature and the dangers that believing in its objectivity poses. Since then, I have watched with interest a national trend toward gradually increasing openness to the idea that psychiatric diagnosis (A)is largely unscientific,(B)is highly subjective and political, and (C)can cause untold harm, ranging from the patients lowered self-confidence to loss of custody of children to loss of health insurance (because any psychiatric label can be considered evidence of a pre-existing condition) to loss of the right to make decisions about their medical and legal affairs.
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#7 Aug 9, 2011
The Mental Health Military Scam
Baltimore Sun's article by Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman " Policies on mentally troubled troops questioned" is informative to the problems of psychotropic drug usage on the war front.
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#8 Aug 9, 2011
The Mental Health Industry has no science. The mind drugging of the military and the addiction to medication has political and financial rewards for the Pharmaceutical / Mental Health Industry.
There has been "No" biological defect found for any mental illness or any of the other made to order diagnoses by any neurological study.
Without a test for chemical imbalance the mental health (psychiatry) is limited in the ancillary tests of medicine like an EKG, EEG, blood work or other tests in the diagnoses of a patient. They aren't needed in Psychiatry.
The psychiatric diagnosis is made on the basis of behavior and hearsay.
If we respect metabolic changes based on daily dietary habits, weight gain / loss , terms of the survival of the organisms as a person age along with physical conditioning, physical illness, electrolyte level, gender differences , body temperature, I don't see how the Mental Health and Counseling Industry could conform to any consistency in data with consideration to the above to state a person has a mental disease or illness based on chemical imbalance.
In the past, the APA lied to the American Public and puts the society in danger to mind drug the population.
The Mental Health Industry is a fraud and can't be trusted. They are a threat to the democracy.
#9 Aug 9, 2011
For Some Troops, Drug Cocktails Have Deadly Results
In his last months alive, Senior Airman Anthony Mena rarely left home without a backpack filled with medications.
He returned from his second deployment to Iraq complaining of back pain, insomnia, anxiety and nightmares. Doctors diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder and prescribed powerful cocktails of psychiatric drugs and narcotics.
Yet his pain only deepened, as did his depression.I have almost given up hope, he told a doctor in 2008, medical records show.I should have died in Iraq.
Airman Mena died instead in his Albuquerque apartment, on July 21, 2009, five months after leaving the Air Force on a medical discharge. A toxicologist found eight prescription medications in his blood, including three antidepressants, a sedative, a sleeping pill and two potent painkillers.
Yet his death was no suicide, the medical examiner concluded. What killed Airman Mena was not an overdose of any one drug, but the interaction of many. He was 23.
After a decade of treating thousands of wounded troops, the militarys medical system is awash in prescription drugs and the results have sometimes been deadly.
By some estimates, well over 300,000 troops have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan with P.T.S.D., depression, traumatic brain injury or some combination of those. The Pentagon has looked to pharmacology to treat those complex problems, following the lead of civilian medicine. As a result, psychiatric drugs have been used more widely across the military than in any previous war.
But those medications, along with narcotic painkillers, are being increasingly linked to a rising tide of other problems, among them drug dependency, suicide and fatal accidents sometimes from the interaction of the drugs themselves. An Army report on suicide released last year documented the problem, saying one-third of the force was on at least one prescription medication.
Prescription drug use is on the rise, the report said, noting that medications were involved in one-third of the record 162 suicides by active-duty soldiers in 2009. An additional 101 soldiers died accidentally from the toxic mixing of prescription drugs from 2006 to 2009.
Im not a doctor, but there is something inside that tells me the fewer of these things we prescribe, the better off well be, Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the vice chief of staff of the Army who has led efforts on suicide, said in an interview.
#10 Aug 9, 2011
Drug Peddling in the Military
In a joint project with Northwestern Universitys Medill School of Journalism, the Center for Public Integrity reviewed travel disclosure forms filed by Department of Defense personnel from 1998 through 2007, and found the medical industry was the largest sponsor of free travel, accounting for about 40% of all trips.
According to their June 2009 report,Pentagon Travel, there were 8,700 trips by DOD personnel paid for by the health care industry, at a price tag of more than $10 million, with sponsors that included drug and device makers as well as health foundations and trade groups often funded by those companies.
Drug companies and device manufacturers spent about $1.7 million for more than 1,400 trips taken by DOD doctors, medical researchers, pharmacists, and other health care employees over the decade, creating relationships that pose serious conflict of interest issues, according to medical ethics experts, the Center said in a study summary titled,Medical Industry Showers DOD with Free Travel.
Of special interest to the industry were DOD employees who prescribe, purchase, or recommend the use of drugs or medical equipment, the Center notes.
DODs pharmacy system employees, who can influence which drugs are selected at base pharmacies, took more than 400 trips, worth over $400,000, from medical industry sources, according to the Centers analysis.
The review found drug companies paid more than $115,000 for trips to destinations that included Orlando, Las Vegas, San Diego, New York City, New Orleans, Paris, and Rome.
Shahram Ahari worked as a sales rep for Eli Lilly in 1999 and 2000, and described how he used free meals, trips, and unrestricted grants to subtly seduce civilian physicians into prescribing Lillys drugs. The strategy was to make friends with doctors and pharmacists to get them talking about the drugs and then reward them with additional perks for prescribing the drugs.
The return on dividends is phenomenal, Ahari says in the summary.If it costs them a thousand dollars for a dinner, thats a [patients drug] payment for one month.
If they fly you on the Concord to Paris for five grand, even if they get one patient out of it, its a lifetime of cash, he pointed out.
From fiscal year 2000 to fiscal year 2006, the Pentagons prescription drug spending more than tripled from $1.6 billion to $6.2 billion, according to an April, 2008 Government Accountability Office report.
The head of the DODs pharmaceutical program, Rear Admiral Thomas McGinnis, banned his own staff from going on company-paid trips, but other military pharmacy staff took about 400 trips, the Center points out.
Drug spending hit $6.8 billion in 2008, said McGinnis, and the GAO expects DOD pharmaceutical spending to reach $15 billion by 2015, according to the summary.
In a May 19, 2009, report for MSNBC titled,U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated, Melody Petersen pointed out that military physicians can be swayed by the aggressive promotional efforts of the pharmaceutical industry just like civilian doctors often are.
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#11 Aug 9, 2011
Military personnel having to see a Mental Health worker are advised to have a armed partner go with you and be present as a result of what happened at Ft Hood.(Cover your back)
Get off the mind drugs and stop listening to the horseshit of the mental Health Industry.
#12 Aug 9, 2011
Let me explain my experience here at a local VA hospital. I was the supervisor at an emergency room. We had a slow night and a psych patient who was off his meds came in. The psych doctor was called for evaluation and I saw her reading this 'manual'. At that time, the symptoms were called 'axis'. A patient had to 'exhibit' a majority of these axis in order to 'fit' that psychiatric diagnosis. I asked the doctor what she was reading and she calmly explained to me the 'diagnosis' of the patient and asked me if I would read some of the axis to see what 'diagnosis' the patient exhibited. She went into great length to explain to me how the psychiatric field diagnosed patients. If the patient exhibited these symptoms according to the axis of the psychiatric association, the patient has this 'disorder'.
I had left the medical field in 1996. I now work in the legal area although I am disabled with a heredity disease. I imagine now much has changed in this field of medicine since 96 except changing the terms and giving them a new spin. Just more patients with more symptoms and more drugs to control, brainwash or straightjacket the mind.
The psychiatric field needs to have their minds examined for the chemical imbalance they exhibit in treating patients with mind altering drugs. The mental health field is about money and power not the patients or the cure.
#13 Aug 9, 2011
Mind Drugging of America and the Mental health Industry is essential to the Republican political planning for a New World Order. It is also happening in other countries.
To crush the Republican coup d'état will require the Mental Health Industry to have evidence based medicine instead of their hearsay, voodoo, Tarot Card readings and Crystal Ball gazing for a Mental Health diagnoses.
That change will cripple the Republican Party and their ability to mind drug America. The change would fail in the Republican attempt to infiltrate the judiciary with the Mental Health Court and it would cut the pharmaceutical industry profit and put the army of pharmaceutical drug salesmen on the street selling pencils rather then placing influential pressures on the men of medicine. I think it would deeply cut the Government payouts for Medicare drugs and disability payments saving billions and it would snap the attempt to license the lowly psychologists with minimum education to prescribe to the public in any of the States which the pharmaceutical industry wanted desperately....More importantly, it will save the lives and minds of millions of people including children and would clear out the expense of the Mental Health industry hanging around at the local schools with no science and preaching propaganda in their attempt to give validity to their profession. It would invalidate the American Psychiatric Association's DSM as their bible which is nothing but pure rubbish. Horse-crap.
It would be a real kick in the balls to the Republicans moneybags in creating their Holocaust USA and it would be worth while watching the Republican politicians in Congress fail in their attempt of a planned coup d'état against the USA.
Republican New World Order
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