by Dr. Mark Barber
Every day, children are forced by teachers and other witting and unwitting players into a psychiatric dragnet by diagnoses of Attention-Deficit Disorder often for actions as minor as tapping their feet in class.
But the situation which confronts our children is wider and more ominous than a single misguided condition. It is part of a Dantean vision of mental manipulation and an agenda which has a master race as its objective.
The story begins almost a century ago.
he future of countless thousandseven millionsof American children hangs in the balance.
The Cult of Mental Illness
In 1905, psychiatrist Ernst Rudin founded the German Society for Racial Hygiene. In 1933, he co-wrote Germanys sterilization laws, with Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler.
Rudin and fellow psychiatrist Franz J. Kallmann both focused their research on what they called schizophrenia, a term to which they ascribed extraordinary elasticity. To them, schizophrenia meant inappropriateness of thought, emotion or behavior.
Kallmann also conducted studies, published in 1938, in which he claimed to prove schizophrenia was genetic. In his study he also claimed that he interpreted the diagnosis as strictly as possible.
And just exactly how strict was this?
According to Kallmann, schizophrenia included the following: the unsociable, cold-hearted, indecisive... bull-headed oafs, malicious tyrants, queer cranks, overpedantic schemers... prudish model children... daydreamers ... emotional inadequacy ... sudden surges of temperament ... inappropriate motor response [to stimuli]... crankiness.
In short, it was about as far from a scientific label as can be imagined. Indeed, it might well inspire a chuckle because of its judgmental tone and social overtones. But, these diagnostic criteria are virtually identical to the ones used today to diagnose attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
Ironically, Kallmann, who was half-Jewish, was forced to flee Nazi Germany. He emigrated to the United States where he became hailed as Americas leading psychiatric geneticist, with his studies published in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). His message? [A] satisfactory eugenic success in the heredity circle of schizophrenia cannot be secured without systematic preventative measures among the tainted children and siblings of schizophrenics.
Kallmanns so-called studies were based on research with associates Dr. L. Erlenmeyer-Kimling and Dr. J.D. Rainer conducted at 11 New York hospitals.
Kallmann and Rainer pioneered studies of high-risk childrenefforts to identify behavioral characteristics by which one could purportedly detect a child susceptible to schizophrenia. Erlenmeyer-Kimling is to this day a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Schizophrenia Bulletin, published by the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and has acted as editor in several issues.
In Volume 20, No. 1 of that journal, Erlenmeyer-Kimling reported on studies which show that certain phenomena indicate a tendency towards schizophrenia. The studies cited were her own and they relied heavily on Kallmanns 1938 statements. Another article in the same issue covered the role of attention-deficit in schizophrenia and noted that such deficits were trait indicators for those at risk of carrying the schizophrenia gene.
It is important to note that, to date, psychiatric researchers have been unable to prove the existence of this supposed schizophrenia gene but continue to refer to it as though it were fact.
Slicing through the double-talk, Erlenmeyer-Kimling had finally linked 1) attentional deficits, 2) distractibility and 3) neuromotor dysfunction to schizophrenia at least to her satisfaction.
Covert Chemical Castration
By 1961, psychiatric researchers reported difficulty in attending as one of the first symptoms of schizophrenia, though the disease may not manifest itself for years.
In the early 1970s, the American Handbook of Psychiatry stated regarding at-risk children:
The evidence gathered thus far indicates that the preschizophrenic child has difficulty filtering stimulus input and has problems in attention that subsequently lead to school difficulties and social problems.
In 1971, at the end of 20 years of research on at risk children, a government panel of experts sanctioned the use of amphetamines on hyperactive children. According to psychiatrists, the symptoms of hyperactivity were seen mostly in males, because their genetic theory claimed that the disorder was carried in the male chromosome.
The drug given to children, as approved by these experts was methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin.
Methylphenidate (MP) is classified as an amphetamine-like drug because it is structurally similar to amphetamine. It has the same base compound as the major anti-psychotic or anti-schizophrenic drugs Haldol and Mellaril. According to a text on schizophrenia, the main side effects of drugs using this compound are behavioral oversedation and inhibition of ejaculation.
The January 6, 1993 Journal of the American Medical Association reported that amphetamine-like drugs make most men sexually disciplined or incapable. Amphetamines are also reported as having side effects of impotence, changes in libido in some 85 percent of men.
ADD in Wender-land
Schizophrenia had thus evolved into todays attention-deficit disorder.
In 1980, the APA adopted the official term attention-deficit disorder (ADD) for active children who did not pay attention in school. A careful inspection of the symptoms of schizophrenia and ADD reveal that they are the same disorder.
The most oft-cited current authority on ADD is University of Utah psychiatrist Paul Wender. In 1968, Wender and two other NIMH psychiatrists, Seymour Kety and David Rosenthal, went to Denmark to conduct studies with Danish psychiatrist Fini Schulsinger. It was an attempt to prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that schizophrenia was hereditary, by studying the children of schizophrenics who had been adopted by other couples.
When asked what he had learned from his studies, Wender is reported to have replied, You should breed with exquisite care, then marry whomever you chose.
The Danish-American adoption studies were roundly criticized by Yale psychiatrist Theodore Lidz in the March 16, 1990, issue of The Psychiatric News as showing that the researchers interpretations of their data are untenable, distorted to support their hypothesis.
According to the 1968 Encyclopedia Britannica, eugenicists have a strong racist leaning and the goal of eugenics is to allow only those of a societys upper class to procreate while inhibiting the procreation of the lower class. This is certainly borne out by Wenders claims that since ADD is a genetic disorder, upper-class patients are less likely to have ADD children while lower-class parents have a greater likelihood of having ADD children.
Psychiatrists used to tell parents and teachers that most children outgrow hyperactivity, but today, it has apparently evolved into a lifelong illness. How does one make the diagnosis in adults? According to Wender, Since restless feet are readily observedin cafeterias, waiting rooms and group meetingsthe diagnostic sensitivity and specificity [of hyperactivity] ... could be rapidly tested in such areas by inquiring about individual and family histories of, say, alcoholism, academic achievement, and imprisonment in a random sample of those with jiggling and stationary feet.
Suddenly, even foot-tapping in public becomes dangerousa badge of mental illness.
Although on the one hand the diagnosis of ADD is characterized as a complex task requiring a team of professionals, on the other, Wender says the diagnosis can easily be made by an observant receptionist.
Psychiatrists continue to exhibit a peculiar approach to healing. In 1972, one year after U.S. psychiatrists began aggressively doling out sexually suppressive drugs to boys, psychiatrist T.L. Pinklington, vice president and member of the World Federation of Mental Health from 1966-1970, stated in the July issue of The Practitioner that children with cognitive deficits and emotional immaturity should be the target of a modern eugenic program ... or some form of legalized euthanasia.
The APA established a Task Force on Family Planning in 1973, one year after Pinklington urged psychiatry to embark on a modern eugenic program. Texts such as Lindgrens Educational Psychology for the Classroom advised teachers that children having difficulty reading suffered from emotional problems and should be referred for psychiatric treatment.
According to the Physicians Desk Reference, psychiatric drugs used today cause impairment of fertility by preventing the production of sperm in males and blocking the implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterus of a woman. Studies done on animals show that current psychiatric drugs cause testicular atrophy and can cause irreversible lesions to form in the small vessels leading out of the testes.
In 1973, the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), which includes the National Institute of Mental Health, implemented laws which gave rights to children with learning disabilities. Such labeled children were entitled to be singled out and placed in special education programs. Of course, that also enabled psychiatrists to make a short list of the children tainted by the fact that they could not sit still in class. Interestingly, 90 percent of children referred to community mental health programs from special education programs are African-American.
In 1991, HEWs successor, the Department of Health and Human Services, mandated that teachers actively seek to identify ADD children and refer them for treatment. This was brought about through the lobbying efforts of a parents support group called CH.A.D.D. (Children with Attention- Deficit Disorders). The group was founded in 1987 by psychologist Harvey Parker of Plantation, Florida.
Today, Parkers CH.A.D.D. is lobbying the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to remove barriers to making Ritalin more available by reducing controls on it. The informational material CH.A.D.D. supplies to parents and teachers is supplied by the Ciba-Geigy drug companymakers of Ritalin. And studies on the use of the drug conducted by Judith Rappoport, chief of child psychiatry at NIMH, were funded by Ciba-Geigy.
A more insidious manipulation of our educational system can hardly be imagined. Teachers are forced by law to send children who dont pay attention for inevitable drug treatment at the hands of those who in no way wish to help them but rather wish them sterile at minimum.
If one really examines what is happening, one sees the following progression: in 1991, teachers must identify ADD children; in 1993, the governments new Center for Mental Health Services officially defines serious mental illness; also in 1993 comes the White House Health Care Reform proposal including unlimited coverage and hospitalization for those with serious mental illness; finally, the APA has the new definition for serious mental illness incorporated into the diagnostic criteria for ADD.
Exposing the Myth
The next assault on our children came in 1994, when the NIMH sought to drug potentially violent African-American 5-year-olds in a program called the Violence Initiative. Children would be screened using behavioral patterns such as impulsivity to predict violence.
This initiative has no basis in fact and at best propagates racist myths which modern society has struggled for years to shed itself of. But it also serves to underscore a singular fact: that psychiatrys idea of help is inimical to the lives of our children.
The new biopsychiatry must be exposed for what it is. It is alive and well within the corridors of psychiatric hospitals and community mental health centers throughout the United States. Its target is our children.