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The Debate:
Provided by the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights in support of the Freedom Fast

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Text of cover letter sent from hunger strikers to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) & Office of Surgeon General.  This letter challenges the organizations that assert there is a scientific basis behind the treatments they advocate forcing on people to produce any evidence for their assertions.

The official statement of demands by Hunger Strike to Challenge International Domination by Biopsychiatry

Correspondence with Rick Birkel, Director of NAMI.  NAMI's response is basically an attack on the hunger strikers and is devoid of any evidence.

The APA's response by James Scully.  This response basically says, go look it up yourself.

The Panel of Experts Judgment on the APA's Response.  This totally debunks the APA's response, citing chapter and verse where their own literature admits they have never established what they claim.

Richard Shulman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist response to James Scully.  This is a detailed refutation of Scully's assertion that the Surgeon General's Report (cited by Scully) supports the APA's position.

Ruth Ehrenberg's e-mail correspondence with Tom Lane, Director, Office of Consumer Affairs, NAMI.  Mr. Lane also attacks the hunger strikers, which seems to be NAMI's stance.  Ms. Ehrenberg, a psychiatric victim's grandmother, responds with scientific evidence provided with the help of Jim Gottstein of the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights.

Fred Baughman, M.D., June 24, 2003 letter to to Daniel R Weinberger, MD explaining that saying mental illness was a brain disease does not make it so.

Fred Baughman, M.D., June 5, 2003, letter to Sandra F. Olson, MD, President J American Academy of Neurology.  Dr. Baughman is board certified in neurology and child neurology.  This letter has a lot of citations debunking the biological basis of psychiatric symptoms, with a focus on ADHD.

Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D., June 4, 2003, response referring Dr. Baughman to general textbooks.

Fred Baughman, M.D., May 22, 2003 letter to Daniel R Weinberger, MD, Chief of the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch, challenging him to provide evidence for the unsupported claims made in Neurology Today about the biologic basis of mental illness.

Scientific Panel's response on 16 September 2003 to comment by APA member about "Danish Twin Study."

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights has a series of web pages presenting actual papers involved at Scientific Research by Topic.

American Psychiatric Association Statement on Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders issued September 26, 2003.

Scientific Panel's response to American Psychiatric Association Statement, December 15, 2003.

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