From Spaghetti Trees to ADHD

Spaghetti treeBy Steve Bennett –

Who remembers BBC Panorama’s famous ‘Spaghetti Tree’ hoax in 1957 about spaghetti crops in Switzerland?

The ‘documentary’ was narrated by distinguished broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, and featured a family from Ticino in Switzerland carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry.

The BBC received hundreds of calls from viewers wanting to buy spaghetti bushes, fooled, to a large degree, by the fact that it was aired by the ‘respectable’ BBC.

And what about ‘Piltdown Man’ ? Bone fragments – consisting of parts of a skull and jawbone – were presented to the scientific community as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human, said to have been collected in 1912 at Piltdown, in East Sussex.

It took over 40 years for this to be exposed as a hoax. Well, to the majority of us, perhaps, these are fairly harmless hoaxes. But what if someone were to perpetrate a hoax that led to your young child being drugged or thinking of committing suicide?

It may not be, perhaps, a ‘deliberate’ hoax, but the ‘science’ behind psychiatry’s invented ‘disorder’, ADHD, is little more than an observation that some children (and adults) sometimes behave differently to other people.

As Dr. Stefan Kruszewski – an American clinical and forensic psychiatrist – puts it : “Yes, people experience depression, anxiety and sadness, children do act out and/or misbehave, and yes, some people can become irrational and/or psychotic. This doesn’t make them ‘diseased’ and there is no evidence of physical/medical abnormality for any psychiatric disorder whether it’s Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Bi-Polar Disorder, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or Schizophrenia.”

There is no cure for ‘ADHD’, and yet psychiatry is behind an array of frightening drugs that at best calm a person down and at worst, lead to suicide, heart attacks and a host of other undesirable side-effects.

To quote Dr. Stefan Kruszewski again: “This doesn’t mean that there aren’t solutions for people experiencing difficulty, there are non-harmful, medical alternatives. But they do not require a psychiatric ‘label’ to treat them. There is no mental illness test that is scientifically/medically proven. This isn’t a matter of opinion, psychiatrists who are opposed to the labelling of behaviours as mental illness openly admit this, and even the American Psychiatric Association admits this in the fine print of their own manual of mental disorders.”

There are no medical tests in existence that can prove ADHD or any other mental disorder for which millions of children are being labelled, and drugged, is based on a physical abnormality, brain dysfunction, chemical imbalance or genetic abnormality.

Parents are not given this information, but are simply told their child is mentally ill and more often than not, told to place their child on psychiatric drugs, including ADHD drugs which the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration categorizes in the same class of highly addictive substances as cocaine, morphine and opium.

There are scores of positive ways of finding how to maintain children’s interests with rewarding activities and a good diet without resorting to Frankenstein drugs. There are non-harmful, non-drug solutions for problems of attention, mood or behaviour.

So the comparison of ‘ADHD’ with ‘Spaghetti Trees’ and ‘Piltdown Man’ is a valid one. ADHD was simply voted into existence by psychiatry in 1987.

So; if there’s a moral to this, don’t take what you’re told at face value, especially when it comes to your family’s health. Oh, and don’t try and buy spaghetti bushes, either.


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