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This will be my last post for a while. The cold weather is coming and I need to concentrate on other things for the Autumn and Winter. I’ve had some fascinating debates on Twitter, with the president of the Royal college of psychiatry- Wendy Burn. Thanks for the engagement Wendy, however I feel we have reached an impasse. I appreciate your efforts to engage, however, I feel that you still haven’t been listening.
Anyhow, thanks for your time. I mean that -sincerely.
Since this is my last post for a while, I’d like to finish on something that has been on my mind for a while. During this last month of debating on Twitter with psychiatrist Wendy Burn, something began to dawn on me. At first, I really thought that Wendy would listen. She seemed interested, and then she seemed engaged. We debated publicly and privately on Twitter for weeks. There was much heated discussion, and much was discussed, however also much was avoided, and much wasn’t discussed. In the midst of all this, I started to think, why are some biological psychiatrists so stuck in their views? Why do they seem to think that their view is superior to everyone else, and why do they seem to be so utterly fixated on the brain?
Why don’t they listen? Why don’t they care about the damage to their patients? What is wrong with them?
I came to the conclusion, that for some of these top bio-psychiatrists – like Wendy Burn, Carmine Pariante, and many others- the brain is the holy grail. They are obsessed with it; utterly obsessed and fixated on it – to the point of total distraction. Wendy- has a picture of the brain on her profile pic on Twitter, and an artists depiction of brain neurons/neural pathways makes her twitter header-
Wendy regularly tweets stuff about the Brain, and when she does, she seems genuinely excited. The mere mention of brain research seems to arouse her interest like nothing else. It’s a real passion for her. I figure, for obsessives like this, it’s similar to religious fanaticism. A few weeks ago, I was stopped by a young American woman on a busy street in the city where I live, she asked did I have a few minutes?, I said ‘ok’. She then proceeded to launch into a tirade about Jesus, the second coming, and all this stuff which I have no interest in. I asked her, what organization was she with, she said ‘the Church of the latter day saints’. I said I don’t believe in religious stuff, particularly the Abrahamic stuff which was conceived in a time when humanity was primitive, and it just doesn’t make sense now for people in the modern world, I believe it has no purpose or meaning for me. She was having none of it, she started to blurt on about how Mormons (her people) believe the bible to be the word of god, and the book of Mormon came from prehistoric prophets in the American continent blah blah etc etc.
I listened to her for about half an hour. She was young, wide eyed, and looked actually quite vulnerable despite her strong convictions. I never for a second doubted her sincerity, however I felt for her.(I must add that this woman was polite and nice, I just didn’t appreciate having such strong views shoved at me, particularly when I knew those views were not up for debate).
After she finished her missionaries agenda, I said- ‘you’re a zealot’. She said , ‘what do you mean’, I said, ‘you’re obsessed with your beliefs, and you feel the need to shove them down everyone else’s neck, even when they clearly don’t believe in what you’re saying and think it’s nonsense’, ‘but nothing will sway you because you are willingly brainwashed and you want to believe the nonsense’ , ‘so nothing I say will make any difference will it’? she listened, and in credit to her, she took it on board, but she did admit, that ‘nothing could sway her beliefs’.
We parted on good terms, and I wished her luck..
Wendy Burn is a zealot. Most of these biological psychiatrists are utter zealots. The brain is the be all and end all for them. It is almost a sacred object to them, it’s mysteries as mysterious and seductive as any Mormon’s bible is to the Mormon. Psychiatrists have a kind of Brain Fetish. We can’t get through to them, because we don’t have this obsession, we don’t share their fetishization of the brain. We don’t get excited at the mention of new brain research, or new machines that will tinker with the brain. We don’t get titillated, fascinated and thrilled when we think about new brain experimentation, because we are not zealous about it.
You can’t reason with zealots, it’s impossible. You will never sway them, no matter how much evidence you produce, or how reasoned, and watertight your argument is, or how much sense you make, you will not sway them even the slightest bit. They might entertain your ideas, but ultimately they will disregard them, because that is the nature of zealotry. It’s an obsession. Bio-psychiatry zealots are infatuated with the enigmas and puzzles of the brain. You often see this kind of zealotry in religion, and sometimes politics (like fascism) but it’s very strong within psychiatry.
I suppose the closest thing I can relate this to myself, is my love of music. I love music, I hold it dear, it is sacred to me. I think about it a lot. However I am not a zealot about it, if someone thinks music that I like is crap, it won’t bother me, and I won’t try and make them see that it’s not crap. That’s because I am not a Zealot. I’m just passionate about it.
Wendy is a zealot, and so are most of the colleagues who she is in league with in her Royal college. They are an organization run by zealots. This zealotry dominates everything they do. Nothing will sway their conquering of the brain, the holy brain that they hold so dear.
Nothing will stop them. Ever.
Because they are zealots.
Once I started to understand this zealotry of psychiatrists and why it’s futile trying to get them to understand your views. I began to feel relieved, it all made sense now.
These brain obsessed zealots need access to brains, in order to quench their thirst for knowledge about the brain. Don’t forget- the brain is their fetish, they can’t stop obsessing about it. It is everything to them. They need to know everything about the brain, and they are on a mission. Nothing you do – or say- will stop their mission. It’s also so difficult to engage psychiatrists in your experiences and viewpoints because they believe their zealotry is backed up by science and they believe they have knowledge that you don’t understand. The fact that you don’t go along with their crazed obsession of the brain goes on to further prove to them just how ignorant you are. The more you argue your point- the more they think you don’t understand- and are therefore – in their minds- automatically inferior, and only worthy of disregard, and contempt. The most dangerous kind of zealot is also the zealot that believes their obsession does good for the world. Wendy believes this, she really does. I always said I never doubted her sincerity, however that doesn’t mean I don’t think that her zealotry is not dangerous. All zealotry is dangerous. Unchecked zealotry, cult-like zealotry, that believes it is superior and above reproach, and criticism, is the most dangerous of all.
Psychiatry is a cult of the brain.
The mental illness industry of psychiatry, along with the drugs industry that supports it is a well oiled powerful machine that provides the zealots with a never ending supply of brains to experiment on, all sanctioned by the government, the law and society!
Imagine that! How exciting for someone with a brain fetish to get involved in a career that not only pays them well, but also they get to feed their brain obsession day in- day out, every day for the rest of their lives! Psychiatry is a zealot brain obsessive’s wet dream isn’t it? They can have access to so many brains! It would be like winning the brain fetish lottery!
The problem is, most of the general public is not aware that the organization of psychiatry is actually run by brain obsessed zealots, who are on a mission to understand the brain (to conquer it too!), even if that means that they damage people’s brain’s in the process. Most of the general public think that these psychiatrists are there to help them with their mental illness. Most people imagined they would help us deal with our emotional problems. I certainly had no idea myself- that all they wanted was to experiment on my brain.
This is the problem..
If you look throughout psychiatric history, you see a history of human experimentation, brain experimentation mostly, to be exact. The traumatized humans who get sucked into psychiatry, and get labeled and drugged, and electrocuted and lobotomized, have had no idea that what they are being sucked into is a cult of the brain. A cult of the brain, hell bent on using your brain, anyone’s brain, (apart from their own of course) to experiment on.
Psychiatry is the perfect cover for those with the brain fetish. They get free reign, on willing (but often naive, vulnerable and impressionable) participants.
They get brains all day, every day. Psychiatry gives them a bonanza of brains to fiddle with. It’s like a brain fest for them year in- year out.
If a stranger stopped you on the street, and said, “I have a brain fetish, I am obsessed with it, and I want to put a chemical in your brain, or maybe electrocute it, or stick magnets on your head, or cut a bit of your brain out and see what happens to you, or give you multitudes of experimental psychotropic drugs (that might make you have nightmares, lose your libido, make you aggressive, and get urges to kill yourself and others) for years and see what kind of state you end up in’ – you would tell them to “F*ck off”, you might then scream ‘HELP!’… you’d then probably run away… and you’d probably also then call the police ..
But when it’s done this way :when you’re vulnerable, and you’ve no idea that the person in the white coat is a brain obsessed zealot, they’re a doctor aren’t they? they sound reasonable, they look professional and society says they will help with your distress; they seem qualified.
You’re hurting, and they say they will help you with the hurt. You’re distressed and they say they have the answers.
You trust the psychiatrist.
You have no idea that the psychiatrist has an obsessive brain fetish, and a preoccupation with all things brain related, and that they don’t really believe in soul, or spirit, or anything like that. You’ve no idea that all they want is to get access to your brain, to try concoctions of drugs on it, and maybe electrocute it, or whatever. You have no idea that they are utterly and totally fixated on the brain, and they they think everything originates there, and that the brain is the center of everything to them; that they worship it like a sacred relic, it’s holiness so special that only they can have access to interfere with it, which in turn makes them feel special and feeds their warped ego-needs. You don’t realize that they view the brain as the center of their fixation and that your trauma is immaterial to them. You’re completely ignorant of the fact that psychiatrists are status obsessed, fanatical and control freakish about grading the human condition, and rigid in their thinking to the point of cognitive dissonance and duplicity that is off the scale in human terms. You’ve no clue that they are utterly absorbed in their obsession and that their career is based on the dodgy experimentation on the brains of the vulnerable. You’ve no idea that the psychiatric profession has a history of destroying people on their quest for human experimentation of the brain kind. You’ve no idea that the profession is owned by Pharma, and that psychiatry doesn’t care, and sees no problem with it. You’ve no idea that psychiatry is littered with nutty professors, sociopaths, narcissists, zealots and pharma-whores! but when you think about it- psychiatry is the perfect breeding ground for those personality types isn’t it?
The image below is from Wendy’s twitter (I added the speech balloons just to lighten things up!). The guy beside her is another psychiatrist – Tim Millward- who has started to promote a new brain massaging machine. Like all psychiatric brain experimentation, it claims to have little or no side effects, but also like all psychiatric brain experiments they claim they don’t really know how it works! but that it does of course- work!
Personally, I would not be enticed by Wendy and Tim’s picture of the new brain experimentation machine. In all honesty, it’s possibly one of the creepiest images I have ever seen on Twitter.
It’s kinda scary…
Weirdness aside, what the picture illustrates is – these psychiatrists are obsessed with getting to experiment on our brains. They want access to brains, new brains, old brains, young brains, fresh brains, any brain.
Remember Nothing will stop them. They are zealots. They want brains.
Who better to entice into your zealot brain fetish experiments than those who are seeking relief from their suffering?
The mentally ill provide the zealots with a constant stream of desperate new customers. They can experiment on your brain, and then they can even claim that there is no damage when you know that there is! What an amazing opportunity for the brain obsessive! How exciting for them!
Psychiatric history is the history of failed human experimentation and brain experiments. It’s also filled with Frankenstein-esque brain obsessed, brain-fetish psychiatrists willing to do anything to understand what happens to the brain. Another compulsion they seem to have is the desire to treat the brain with brutality.
From insulin therapy, to lobotomies, to shock, to psychiatric drugs. They will slice, and electrocute and drug, and scan, and theorize all day and night about the brain. The human that the brain inhabits (you), is just a host. It’s the brain that they want… if they can’t experiment on your brain then they can’t ‘treat’ you.
You- the human guinea pig…
Psychiatrists are on an insatiable quest to understand the brain, and human beings-vulnerable human beings (us- the mentally ill) -have been fodder for their never ending fetish. It’s really quite disturbing and horrifying when you research the history of psychiatric brain experiments. Psychiatric history is like a horror film.
Because the professional organization of psychiatry itself is a global hive of zealots who are mostly all obsessed with the same unstoppable brain fetish- they have a group think that is close to impenetrable. Like the Vatican is to the Catholic church, the Royal college is the ultimate authority and Wendy, like the psychiatric pope- is the high priestess. Her word is gospel. It is impossible to reason with the hive mind- group think of a collective of zealots. They will not take any criticism of their ideology and like all zealots the preservation of the myth is sacrosanct. That’s why the public can’t get anywhere with psychiatry. No criticism can dent the ideals of thousands of zealots all grouped together in the cult of the brain.
Wendy claims she has tried the new brain magnet machine (pictured above) however we’ll have to take her word for that won’t we! And anyhow, she said she tried it for a very short time, and it wasn’t unpleasant. Tim said that he tried the new brain experiment, but not long enough to provide therapeutic benefit.
It seems to me that both Wendy and Tim would like the public to think, well if they tried it themselves it has to be safe doesn’t it?
Because both Wendy and Tim might not have tried it long enough for it to cause real damage, who knows what damage this machine will cause when they try it on people for months and years?
Already there are varying reports of seizures and headaches…
We won’t know the full effects of that for years to come.
And you can bet your life that in the meantime the damage will be played down and the benefits hyped. A Zealot will deceive and lie to preserve the hive-mind group think of the zealot’s guild. They have a loyalty to the other zealots and the ideology that they follow above and beyond everything else- including your life, and your health.
Just like lobotomies, and insulin, and shock, and psychiatric drug damage- the human experimentation goes on… never mind the damage to the vulnerable people…
But in the meantime, the thirst of the brain fetish of psychiatrists gets quenched doesn’t it?
Their obsession continues…
Don’t let these brain fetish obsessed Frankensteins near your brain!
Hear Wendy Burn harp on about the brain here