A comprehensive study in the American Review of Medicine by Dr. Erwin Koranyi estimates misdiagnosis of easily detectable physical illness and labeling them as mental illness occurs half the time! Koryani’s study of 2090 psychiatric patients showed that 43% of them had an undiagnosed underlying major illness. Dr. Koryani explains that once a patient is labeled a psychiatric case, physical complaints are assumed to be “psychosomatic” and are routinely ignored.– Dr. Timothy O’Shea

An excellent group who diagnoses and finds and handles the actual underlying physical causes is the Institute for Effective Diagnosis and Treatment

In a Florida study, 100 consecutively admitted patients to a psychiatric hospital who had been given a psychiatric diagnosis were given a complete medical examination. Doctors concluded that nearly half of the patients’ psychiatric problems were secondary manifestations of an undiagnosed medical problem. According to Gold, nearly all of these patients would have ended up warehoused in state run mental health facilities, which costs the patients their health with tax dollars paying for the negligence. Some patients die confined in mental hospitals as their real illness, cancer for example, goes untreated.

In the Florida study, psychiatrists missed diagnosing physical illness in 80% of the cases. Gold said he was “embarrassed” at how bad psychiatrists were at “doctoring” and that one third of psychiatrists admit feeling incompetent to give a patient a complete physical examination.”– Mark Gold, The Good News About Depression, 1986, p.22-24

Dr. Walker refers to a case from Frederick Goggan’s book, Medical Mimics of Psychiatric Disorders, in which a 27-year-old executive was hospitalized after attempting to kill herself by overdosing on the antidepressants prescribed by her psychiatrist. The attempted suicide followed a year of psychotherapy that had failed to relieve her fatigue, cognitive problems, and despondency. This time, however, doctors did a thorough physical exam and found what the psychiatrist didn’t even look for. She had hypothyroidism which can manifest with “listlessness, sadness, and hopelessness” She was given thyroid supplements and has since been free of all “psychiatric symptoms” and has “thrived both personally and professionally”.

In another case reported by Dr. Walker, John, a happy and successful family man, began suffering from inexplicable sadness and exhaustion. Unable to concentrate at work, he cut down his overtime, slept in late on weekends, and lost control of his emotions, inexplicably subjected to fits of uncontrollable weeping. He saw three doctors, two of them psychiatrists, who saddled him with a variety of DSM labels and treated him with 26 different drugs. A fourth doctor conducted a thorough medical diagnostic and physical evaluation and found that John was suffering from a slow-growing tumor of the brain lining. John’s tumor was removed, and his sadness and fatigue rapidly cleared.” – CCHR publication, Psychiatry: Committing Fraud, 1999, p.15

“Lilian, a 46-year-old normally athletic woman, felt sad and weary. A psychiatrist prescribed an antidepressant. “After all, Lilian had enough symptoms to be lumped into the DSM category of ‘depression’ — and that was all he needed to know.” However, in the final analysis, “the simplicity was that her husband’s chronic snoring had been waking her up every 5 to 10 minutes during the night — she was suffering from a severe case of sleep deprivation.– CCHR Publication, Psychiatric Guesswork

“Another example is Austin, who was hailed as “the poster child for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.” He had been kicked out of 11 preschools in three years for doing everything from shouting obscenities and hitting other children to poking a teacher in the eye with a pencil. He was prescribed stimulants. But after a blockage was removed from his colon, he suddenly stopped terrorizing his teachers and classmates. Austin, who is now 9, was able to sit quietly and was a joy to be around. He gave up the medication. His mother said she never would have thought to connect Austin’s behavior with the chronic constipation he had suffered since infancy.The bad behaviors disappear as soon as the impaction is removed.said Dr. Paul Hyman, chief of pediatric gastroenterology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.– CCHR Publication, Psychiatric Guesswork

Dana was diagnosed as having hyperactivity and oppositional defiant disorder because of bad moods, tantrums and aggressive behaviour. She was always in the principal’s office, usually for starting fights. However, she was also thin, pale, fragile-looking, not sleeping, wetting the bed and losing her appetite. Something was making her feel miserable. That something turned out to be the beginning phases of diabetes. An endocrinologist taught her family how to control Dana’s diet and manage her disease; she never needed a psychiatrist.– Sydney Walker III, The Hyperactivity Hoax, (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, New York, 1998)

“Neurologist J. Gordon Millichap reports the story of a 9-year-old boy labeled as having ADHD because of “inattention, distractibility and homework organizational problems.” The boy suffered from headaches and was struggling through his classes. However, Millichap noted that the boy’s body had brief right-hand tremors and experienced episodes of confusion and suggested seizures. Brain scans revealed a large cyst in the temporal lobe of the boy’s brain.” – Sydney Walker III, The Hyperactivity Hoax, (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, New York, 1998)

“Debby, age 5, was tiny and delicate but was described by her mother as a “mean little kid” who had temper tantrums and screaming fits. She cried continuously, slept very little, and banged her head. A doctor recommended a psychotropic drug for her out-of-control behaviour. However, a second opinion discovered Debby had a defective blood vessel between her heart and lungs, preventing a normal flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. Surgery corrected this serious and potentially fatal condition, which would have been masked had she been given a drug. Almost immediately, Debby’s behaviour improved, her tantrums stopped, and her teachers began praising her academic achievement.” – Sydney Walker III, The Hyperactivity Hoax, (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, New York, 1998)

In a study of 803 New York public schools and nine juvenile correction facilities, researchers increased fruits and vegetables and whole grains and decreased fats and sugars over a couple of years. No other changes were made in the schools or correctional facilities. Consequently, the academic performance of 1.1 million children rose 16% and learning disabilities fell 40%. In the juvenile correction facilities violent and non-violent antisocial behavior fell 48%.70

Thousands of documented cases exist of people who have successfully recovered from a diagnosis of “mental illness” when they were, in fact, physically ill. They only improved when their physical disorder was discovered and treated.

As a simple example, Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, one of the early researchers into nutritional treatment of the mentally disturbed, found that 90% of patients classified as “schizophrenics” could be “socially rehabilitated” through nutritional means. These same patients are generally considered “incurable” by psychiatrists and are normally relegated to a lifetime on drugs.

Psychiatrist Mark Gold says that “up to 40% of all diagnoses of depression are misdiagnoses of common and uncommon physical illness…There are as least 75 diseases that first appear with emotional symptoms. People with these diseases often get locked up in psychiatric hospitals”. Mark Gold, The Good News About Depression, 1986, p.XV

Dr. Sydney Walker III, a neurologist, psychiatrist and author of A Dose of Sanity, says that psychiatric labels have “led to the unnecessary drugging of millions of Americans who could be diagnosed, treated, and cured without the use of toxic and potentially lethal medications”.

Charles B. Inlander, president of The People’s Medical Society, and his colleagues write in Medicine on Trial, “People with real or alleged psychiatric or behavioral disorders are being misdiagnosed – and harmed – to an astonishing degree…Many of them do not have psychiatric problems but exhibit physical symptoms that may mimic mental conditions, and so they are misdiagnosed, put on drugs, put in institutions, and sent into a limbo from which they may never return….” – CCHR publication, Psychiatry: Committing Fraud, 1999, p.14

“It is important to know that the use of stimulant medication can mask the symptoms of potentially fatal disorders that could be causing your child’s problems with inattention or activity. It is also important to know that if your child really is having problems with attention and concentration, this could be caused by problems within the class environment (no work breaks, poor environmental temperature regulation, poor acoustics, poor lighting, poor teaching, etc.) or within other areas of your child’s life (nutrition, TV and video overstimulation, family stress and conflict, etc.).

Unwanted or hyperactive behavior can have many sources ranging from, but not limited to allergies, food additives, environmental toxins, improper sleep, certain medications, not knowing how to study and going past words not fully understood, to being bored with the curricula because you are very intelligent or creative.

By isolating and correcting this, the child can be helped so that there are no symptoms and no need for drugs.” – Breeding, J. The Wildest Colts Make The Best Horses. Bright Books, 1996

“What then, you may ask, do you do for ADHD? Despite public relations efforts by the psychiatric industry to the contrary, there is no biologic, organic or scientific basis for attention deficit disorder, with or without “hyperactivity.” This is simply a psychiatric label that was voted into existence as a mental disorder by a show of hands at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. But even the APA admits in its DSM that there are “…no laboratory tests that have been established as diagnostic” for “Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” And a prestigious panel convened by the National Institute of Health just last November was unable to validate it as a disease.

There is, however, a great deal of scientific research which documents the adverse physical and mental effects when some children are exposed to harmful or toxic substances and which can manifest as behavior symptomatic of so-called ADHD.

The pioneering work in this regard was done by the distinguished pediatric allergist, Dr. Ben Feingold. Feingold found that food additives were responsible for a significant percentage of the hyperactivity he had seen in his practice.

Moreover, he found that a substantial number of hyperactive children improved dramatically when they stopped eating foods that contained artificial colorings, flavors and certain preservatives.

Additionally, Feingold found that:

“For children who happen to be especially sensitive, the three most troublesome chemicals are synthetic food dyes, artificial flavorings and preservatives (which) can cause a host of physical, emotional and mental reactions and lead to being diagnosed as hyperactive.”

In this regard, the British Medical Journal, Lancet, published a very well designed study in 1985 which found that:

“…79 percent of hyperactive children improved when suspect foods were eliminated from their diets, only to become worse again when the foods were reintroduced. Artificial colorings and flavorings were the most serious culprits; sugar was also found to have a noticeable effect.”

Another excellent study based on the Fiengold diet involved 276 youths at a detention facility in Virginia who were put on the diet for two years.

The results? Insubordination dropped 55 percent, theft decreased 77 percent, and hyperactivity fell 65 percent. The most remarkable study of the diet was conducted over a four-year-period on a million school children in 803 public schools in New York City. The schools eliminated foods containing artificial flavors, colors and preservatives from the school cafeterias and also reduced the amount of sugar that was available. The results were startling.

In short, New York City Public Schools raised their mean national academic performance percentile rating from 39.2 percent to 54.9 percent with the gains occurring in the first, second and fourth years (precisely when the dietary improvements were made).”

This was the largest such gain ever recorded in any metropolitan school district. The report added: “In 1979 (before the dietary changes), 12.4 percent of the one million student sample were performing two or more grades below the proper level. Yet, by the end of the 1983 year, the rate had dropped to 4.9%. All gains were verified to have corresponded exactly with the dietary improvements.”

Children do not need psychiatric labels or drugs. Yes, sometimes they need good positive discipline. They need love, care and compassion. They need standard, workable, academic-based education. And, as I have already shown, they need good nutrition.”

– Testimony of Bruce Wiseman, National President of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights presented to The Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 20, 1999

“The Washington D.C. based Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) cited 17 controlled studies in a 1999 report that found diet adversely affects some children’s behavior, sometimes dramatically. Most of the studies focused on artificial colors, while some also examined the effects of milk, corn and other common foods. The percentage of children who were affected by diet and the magnitude of the effect varied widely among the studies.

The following list shows a few of the things that can look like symptoms of “ADHD” but which are actually either “allergic” reactions or the result of a lack of vitamins (nutrition) in the body:

High levels of lead from the environment can place children at risk of both school failure and delinquent (bad) behavior.

High mercury (chemical) levels in the body may cause agitation; mercury amalgam dental fillings can affect a small but significant number of people, causing mercury sensitivity leading to headaches, restless behavior, and irritability.

Pesticides (like those used to kill insects such as fly spray or ant-killer) can create nervousness, poor concentration, irritability, memory problems, and depression.

{anemia} Iron-deficiency anemia can lead to despondency, fatigue and often aggression and irritability.

Too much sugar can make a person “too active” or “hyper.” Our modern-day fast food, which can lack nutritional value, can also make you feel terrible.

Temporal lobe seizures, sometimes almost continuous and often too subtle to be detected by the eye, can cause violent outbursts, restless movements, and bizarre behavior.

Hyperthyroidism can manifest the symptoms of “hyperactivity.– Dr. Gary Farr

1. Most people can get well and, in fact, can get a lot better by finding the cause and treating the cause.
2. Symptoms are warning signals that something is wrong. Covering them with drugs on a long-term basis does not make sense.
3. The Sick Get Sicker and the Rich Get Richer by covering up the symptoms with drugs.
4. The law of “Cause and Effect”: If you do not like the effect (symptoms), you have to look for the cause.
5. Possibility: With the current knowledge we have at hand, it is possible, in most instances, to find the cause and treat the cause effectively.
6. Reduce the need for drugs: Yes, it is possible in most instances to improve the condition to the point that the patient hardly needs any symptom-relieving drugs.
7. Proof: Success stories are inspirational. Read them. Talk to patients who have been coming to us for a while and see how they are doing.
8. Guarantee: There is none.
9. What is the cause: Usually the cause is in the patient’s environment, i.e., things inhaled, food eaten, and the substances one comes in contact with. Other causes are nutritional, toxic, and endocrine in nature.
10. Those who will search for the cause will find the cause; those who seek freedom from drugs will do so; those who will seek improvement in their quality of life will find it. This will also reduce dependence on physicians, hospitals, and the rest of the medical establishment.”
– Tipu Sultan, MD

At 7, Susan was diagnosed with major depression and given antidepressant drugs. At 12, she was tagged with both depression and borderline personality disorder, and more drugs were prescribed.

“At 12, I was on uppers and downers,” said Susan, who asked that her real name not be used.

At 18 Susan, now 27, took herself off all psychiatric drugs and has been healthy and productive ever since.

A miracle cure, thanks to modern psychiatric wonder drugs?

Not quite, she insists. “I recovered not because of the mental health system but in spite of it,” Susan, a university administrator, writer and poet said in a recent interview. …

Among the best-selling psychiatric drugs are three that Susan took: Eli Lilly and Co.’s anti-depressant Prozac; Pfizer Inc.’s Zoloft, used to combat depression and anxiety and recently approved to treat social anxiety disorder; and GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s , Paxil used for depression and anxiety. …

Zoloft and other, similar drugs are often prescribed to treat anxiety disorder — but some wonder if “anxiety disorder” is an invention of pharmaceutical companies. …

With little fanfare but much passion, a movement has arisen in recent years against what critics regard as a psycho-pharmacetical industry that has slowly undermined the therapeutic foundations of psychiatry with a drug- and profit-driven model for treatment of illnesses, real and — they say — imagined.

Psychiatrists say Susan represents a small fraction of those treated with newer classes of psychiatric drugs, many of which have proven highly effective with fewer side effects than older drugs — which are potentially addictive or cause drowsiness, disorientation and other serious side effects.

Still, she is not alone in her beliefs.

The more radical of these activists say the system serves to enrich psychiatrists, drug makers and insurers while doing little to help those labeled with psychiatric diagnoses.

While some of these critics scorn psychiatry as a pseudo-science of hucksters in an unholy alliance with predatory drug companies, others simply see an overburdened profession that relies too heavily on drugs…

The drugging of millions of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a rallying point for many who say such children need patience, not drugs.– WASHINGTON (Reuters)

Conditions/reactions that can be erroneously diagnosed as mental disorders in children:

High lead levels place children at great risk for both school failure and delinquency.
High mercury levels can cause agitation and cognitive problems.
Iron-deficiency anaemia can lead to poor job performance, despondency, fatigue, and often aggression and irritability.
B-vitamin deficiencies, common in teens and young adults, can lead to symptoms of subclinical beriberi, including hostility and violent outbursts.
Hyperthyroidism can cause fear, hostility, and demanding, hypercritical behaviour, all of which can lead to job and social failure. It can also manifest as symptoms of hyperactivity.
Temporal lobe seizures, sometimes almost continuous and often too subtle to be detected by eye, can cause violent outbursts, restless movements and bizarre behaviour.
The fluctuating blood sugar levels seen in subclinical diabetes can cause “fugue” states in which individuals commit unexplained and sometimes violent acts.
Cardiac conditions can reduce the supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the brain and, over time, can cause the death of brain cells. This results in impaired thinking and aberrant behaviour.
Some drugs, both prescription and illegal, can cause the brain to atrophy, leading to disturbed cognition and behaviour.
Solvents can severely disrupt the function of brain cells or even destroy neurons. Children exposed to pesticides can exhibit nervousness, poor concentration, irritability, memory problems, and depression.
Carbon monoxide or CO poisonings can manifest as the flu, and long-term exposure can cause memory loss, hyperactivity, attention deficits, and personality changes. Mercury amalgam dental fillings can affect a small but significant number of people, causing mercury sensitivity leading to headaches, restless behaviour, and irritability.
– Sydney Walker III, The Hyperactivity Hoax, (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, New York, 1998)

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