Monday, May 23, 2005

WORSE THAN SHOCK TREATMENT?

Imagine a psychiatric procedure that involves drilling two holes in a person’s skull and implants tiny electrodes in the brain that are connected by wires inserted below the skin, behind the ear and down the chest. Remotely programmable batteries—one each side of the body—are inserted in an incision made under the collarbone.
A bit hard to take? Imagine what effect it has on the broad public.
Well the reality is that this procedure has already been tested on Americans with “depression,” at a cost of $20,000 per treatment. Psychiatrists are claiming the electrical current pulsating through the brain 24 hours a day “proves” depression is a “biological, brain-based disease.” The Food and Drug Administration are currently considering its broad scale approval. The manufacturer predicts more than $1 billion in sales by 2010, with nearly 5 million potential “customers” immediately available.
Realize that close to one million of them will be children. And with that, the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health’s recommendation to screen all 52 million American children takes on a whole new meaning. Mental illness screening is already on the cards in 38 states. Eight million kids are already on psych drugs with 100,000 of them potential time bombs due to the violence-inducing nature of the drugs. With this latest implanting procedure, psychiatrists no doubt dream of an army of dangerous, programmed zombies.
And of course, once approved here, such Pavlovian1 horror treatments would extend internationally. Screening programs are already hatched in other countries—Australia, Canada, France, Italy, UK, and Russia—creating new victims across the planet. Meanwhile, psychiatry has a bagful of heavy new drugs on the approval line up.

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