Chemical Imbalance Fraud

By admin On October 22nd, 2019

The ‘Chemical Imbalance’ Fraud

“There’s no biological imbalance. When people come to me and they say, ‘I have a biological
imbalance,’ I say, ‘Show me your lab tests.’ There are no lab tests. So what’s the biochemical
imbalance?” —Dr. Ron Leifer, New York psychiatrist.
The cornerstone of psychiatry’s disease model today is the theory that a brain‐based,
chemical imbalance causes mental illness. However, Dr. Mark Graff, Chair of Public
Affairs of the American Psychiatric Association said that this theory was “probably
drug industry derived.”1 His cohort, Dr. Steven Sharfstein, APA president, was forced
under media pressure to admit that there is “no clean cut lab test” to determine a
chemical imbalance in the brain.2
Jonathan Leo, associate professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences
says, “If a psychiatrist says you have a shortage of a chemical, ask for a blood test and
watch the psychiatrist’s reaction. The number of people who believe that scientists
have proven that depressed people have low serotonin is a glorious testament to the
power of marketing.”3
Despite the billions of pharmaceutical company funding in support of the chemical
imbalance theory, this psychiatric “disease” model is thoroughly debunked.
Diabetes is a biochemical imbalance. However, “the definitive test and biochemical
imbalance is a high blood sugar balance level. Treatment in severe cases is insulin
injections, which restore sugar balance. The symptoms clear and retest shows the blood
sugar is normal,” said Joseph Glenmullen of Harvard Medical School. “Nothing like a
sodium imbalance or blood sugar imbalance exists for depression or any other
psychiatric syndrome.”
• Edward Drummond, M.D., Associate Medical Director at Seacoast Mental Health
Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, informs us: “First, no biological etiology
[cause] has been proven for any psychiatric disorder…in spite of decades of
research.…So don’t accept the myth that we can make an ‘accurate
diagnosis’.…Neither should you believe that your problems are due solely to a
‘chemical imbalance.’”4
• Psychologist Bruce Levine, Ph.D., concurs: “Remember that no biochemical,
neurological, or genetic markers have been found for attention deficit disorder,
oppositional defiant disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, compulsive
alcohol and drug abuse, overeating, gambling, or any other so‐called mental illness,
disease, or disorder.”5
• Charles E. Dean, M.D., says that people are “convinced that the origins of mental
illnesses are to be found in biology, when, despite more than three decades of
research, there still is no proof…The absences of any well‐defined physical causation
is reflected in the absence of any laboratory tests for psychiatric diagnoses—much in
contrast to diabetes and many other physical disorders.
• “[T]here are no tests available for assessing the chemical status of a living person’s
brain.” – Elliot Valenstein, Ph.D.6
• Psychiatrist David Kaiser adds this: “Patients [have] been diagnosed with ‘chemical
imbalances’ despite the fact that no test exists to support such a claim, and…there is
no real conception of what a correct chemical balance would look like.”7
• “Biopsychiatrists have created the myth that psychiatric ‘wonder’ drugs correct
chemical imbalances. Yet there is no basis for this model because no chemical imbalance
has ever been proven to be the basis of a mental illness,” wrote Ty C. Colbert, a clinical
The whole theory was invented to push drugs. “The way to sell drugs is to sell
psychiatric illness,” says Carl Elliot, a bioethicist, University of Minnesota.8

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