Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD ,author of The ADHD Fraud: How Psychiatry Makes “Patients” of Normal Children, made a statement to The Fourth Meeting of the Legislative Health And Human Services Committee, Las Cruces, New Mexico,September 4, 2013.
Although this statement was made almost 2 years ago it is just as relevant in 2015. In his statement Dr. Baughman details the evolution of the ADHD fraud by psychiatry and big pharma.
Below are excerpts from Dr. Baughman’s statement to Legislative Health And Human Services Committee, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
In 1948 the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology formalized neurology as that specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of physical abnormalities -real diseases of the brain/nervous system—and psychiatry as that specialty limited to the classification and treatment of all things emotional and behavioral—none of them physical abnormalities/diseases.
Physicians attend medical school to study the physically normal–anatomy, physiology, and chemistry, the physically abnormal—disease/pathology–and how to tell normal from abnormal.
If no abnormality is found the diagnosis is…—no evidence of disease. If the patient is found to be diseased/abnormal we next ask: “Which disease?” …
After diagnosis, before treatment, all physicians have a duty to obtain the patient’s informed consent, in which the risks and benefits of treatment are weighed, and consent is given or not given. It is illegal for a physician to proceed to treat without informed consent.
In the 40’s 50’s there was no psychiatry and no psychiatric drugging in US schools—behavioral & emotional problems were appropriately the province of teachers & parents.
In the 50’s and 60’s chlorpromazine, meprobamate, Ritalin and Librium joined the barbiturates and the age of psychiatric drugs was underway.
In a 1970 Congressional Hearing millions of dollars were appropriated for the diagnosis and treatment of minimal brain damage/dysfunction MBD, aka hyperkinetic disorder–HKD— with no proof that that was so. There were and estimated 200,000 cases nationwide. This, hearing appears to me to have been the kick-off of “biological psychiatry, that school of psychiatry which claims that all things emotional and behavioral are diseases/disorders of the brain—“chemical imbalances”.
In 1976 Merck CEO, Henry Gadsden told Fortune magazine of his distress that their potential markets had been limited to sick people—people proved to have a disease. Suggesting he’d rather Merck be more like chewing gum maker Wrigley’s, Gadsden said it had long been his dream to make drugs for healthy people. Because then, Merck would be able to “sell to everyone.” Today we know, thanks to psychiatry and the DSM, Henry Gadsden’s dream has come true—all normal persons with behavioral and emotional problems are being called “disordered”/ “diseased”/ “chemically imbalanced” and are of course being “treated”—as if they were—with drugs, “chemical balancers.”
In the 1980 in the DSM III the MBD (Minimum Brain Dysfunction) and HKD (Hyper-Kinetic Disorder) labels were changed to ADD.
In the 1987 DSM-III-R ADD was changed to ADHD. With no proof of an abnormality—a disease, the epidemic had climbed to 500,000! By 1990 it had reached 1 million.
At the 1998, National Institutes of Health, Consensus Conference on ADHD, James Swanson and FX Castellanos reviewed 13 MRI brain scan studies all showing “on-average 10% brain atrophy” (shrinkage) and concluded that this was the proof that ADHD was an actual disease.
I took a floor microphone and asked Dr. Swanson why he had not told the audience that all 13 studies had dealt with patients who had been on long-term stimulant treatment—the only physical variable and the only likely cause of the brain atrophy. Swanson sheepishly acknowledged this and the Consensus Conference Committee could only conclude: “There is no proof that ADHD a disease and no test by which to diagnose it.”
But they did nothing to publicize that there was no such disease as ADD or ADHD! No epidemic! There was none of the jubilation that greeted the Salk vaccine and the end of polio in 1954. The ADHD labeling did not miss a beat. The Ritalin, the Adder all, the amphetamines continued to flow.In 1998 the ADHD epidemic stood at approximately 3.0 million.
In 2008 I helped Canadian father, Brian Verbeek draft a letter to Health Canada. On November 10, 2008: Supriya Sharma, Director General of Health Canada (like our FDA) wrote “For mental/psychiatric disorders in general, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and ADHD, there are no confirmatory gross, microscopic or chemical abnormalities that have been validated for objective physical diagnosis…”
Next, I wrote such an inquiry to the US Food and Drug Administration. On March 12, 2009, Donald Dobbs of the FDA confessed, “I consulted with the FDA new drug review division and they concurred with the response you enclosed from Health Canada.” In other words, there are no diseases in psychiatry.
…Given a child who has walked and talked on time and who has an age- and grade-appropriate useful vocabulary there is no brain disease that renders them unable to learn and achieve self control—not ADHD, conduct disorder,oppositional defiant disorder, dyslexia—none.
In seeking to impose ‘brain disease’ labels and drugs on normals of all ages, including our elders, psychiatry betrays us and is no longer a patient advocate. Instead they have become pharmaceutical industry and government advocates and the greatest health care fraud in history.
To those in psychiatry and psychology who seek to return their professions to their honest and humane roots, I welcome you and salute you.
To those of you in education who question—who really want to know the truth. I welcome you too. I encourage you. It is not easy to resist dogma from above but for the children’s sake and for the good of all human kind–it is essential that we question and that we insist upon the truth and accountability. This, of course, will include no drugs.