|2005N-0354||Consumer-Directed Promotion of Regulated Medical Products; Part 15 Public Hearing|
|FDA Comment Number :||EC53|
|Submitter :||Mr. Lawrence Koldorf||Date & Time:||12/07/2005 06:12:49|
|Category :||Individual Consumer|
| The pharmaceutical industry and the psychiatric profession in America are misleading the public, to the point where an untruth is believed to be true. The untruth is that a scientific theory, namely, that mental illness is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, is presented as scientific fact. This mistake, to consider the theory to be fact, is even taught in this countrys universities. The suffering this mistake has produced is monumental. It provides the gateway for the widespread misuse of neuroleptic medication to relieve mental illness. Neuroleptic medication does not relieve mental illness, it compounds the problems of the mentally ill, and renders our lives unliveable. But the pharmaceutical companies and the psychiatric professions reap billions of dollars in profits and augment their power over the helpless mentally ill, by promoting this falsehood.
One of the main vehicles for the pharmaceutical companies to convince the public of the falsehood that mental illness has been proven to be caused by chemical imbalances is the media. Millions of dollars have been spent on commercials that claim the theory to be fact. The FDA has the power to curtail this false advertising. It must exercise this power.
Mental illness is caused by emotional trauma. We as human beings have control over the chemicals in our brains; the chemicals do not have control over us. To believe that an individual suffers from chemical imbalances is to deny them of perhaps the most basic of human dignities. It is this denial that has lead to the manifold abuses that the mentally ill suffer at the hands of the psychiatrists. It is also the source of the stigma that we suffer. Further, it is the justification behind the denial of the most important legal rights for the mentally ill.
Study after scientific study has proven that any mental illness can be overcome by patience, empathy, compassion, and understanding. These studies, done by psychiatrists, are either ignored by the profession at large, or actively suppressed by the pharmaceutical industries, who with their vast wealth and resources wield tremendous power over truth and falsehood. They do this out of lust for power, and greed.
In America, Truth can be bought and sold with money. They are making our lives intolerable. The result is the violence of the mentally ill, which is misinterpreted as meaning that more medication is necessary, instead of the truth that the medication is the problem.
This country could literally save billions and billions of dollars a year paid to the pharmaceutical industry if only the truth were known and put into practice. Treat the mentally ill with understanding and mental illness can be healed. The pharmaceutical industry and the psychiatric profession are defrauding this nation. And they are making us, the mentally ill, suffer far beyond endurance.