A whole branch of science turns out to be fake

by Jon Rappoport

November 20, 2019

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Devotees of science often assume that what is called science is real and true. It must be. Otherwise, their faith is broken. Their superficial understanding is shattered. Their “superior view” of the world is torpedoed.

Such people choose unofficial “anti-science” targets to attack. They never think of inspecting their own house for enormous fraud.

For example: psychiatry.

An open secret has been slowly bleeding out into public consciousness for the past ten years.


And along with that:

ALL SO-CALLED MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CONCOCTED, NAMED, LABELED, DESCRIBED, AND CATEGORIZED by a committee of psychiatrists, from menus of human behaviors.

Their findings are published in periodically updated editions of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), printed by the American Psychiatric Association.

For years, even psychiatrists have been blowing the whistle on this hazy crazy process of “research.”

Of course, pharmaceutical companies, who manufacture highly toxic drugs to treat every one of these “disorders,” are leading the charge to invent more and more mental-health categories, so they can sell more drugs and make more money.

But we have a mind-boggling twist. Under the radar, one of the great psychiatric stars, who has been out in front in inventing mental disorders, went public. He blew the whistle on himself and his colleagues. And for several years, almost no one noticed.

His name is Dr. Allen Frances, and he made VERY interesting statements to Gary Greenberg, author of a Wired article: “Inside the Battle to Define Mental Illness.” (Dec.27, 2010).

Major media never picked up on the interview in any serious way. It never became a scandal.

Dr. Allen Frances is the man who, in 1994, headed up the project to write the latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the DSM-IV. This tome defines and labels and describes every official mental disorder. The DSM-IV eventually listed 297 of them.

In an April 19, 1994, New York Times piece, “Scientist At Work,” Daniel Goleman called Frances “Perhaps the most powerful psychiatrist in America at the moment…”

Well, sure. If you’re sculpting the entire canon of diagnosable mental disorders for your colleagues, for insurers, for the government, for Pharma (who will sell the drugs matched up to the 297 DSM-IV diagnoses), you’re right up there in the pantheon.

Long after the DSM-IV had been put into print, Dr. Frances talked to Wired’s Greenberg and said the following:

“There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.”


That’s on the order of the designer of the Hindenburg, looking at the burned rubble on the ground, remarking, “Well, I knew there would be a problem.”

After a suitable pause, Dr. Frances remarked to Greenberg, “These concepts [of distinct mental disorders] are virtually impossible to define precisely with bright lines at the borders.”

Frances should have mentioned the fact that his baby, the DSM-IV, had unscientifically rearranged earlier definitions of ADHD and Bipolar to permit many MORE diagnoses, leading to a vast acceleration of drug-dosing with highly powerful and toxic compounds.

Here is a smoking-gun statement made by another prominent mental-health expert, on an episode of PBS’ Frontline series. The episode was: “Does ADHD Exist?”

PBS FRONTLINE INTERVIEWER: Skeptics say that there’s no biological marker—that it [ADHD] is the one condition out there where there is no blood test, and that no one knows what causes it.

BARKLEY (Dr. Russell Barkley, professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center): That’s tremendously naïve, and it shows a great deal of illiteracy about science and about the mental health professions. A disorder doesn’t have to have a blood test to be valid. If that were the case, all mental disorders would be invalid…There is no lab test for any mental disorder right now in our science. That doesn’t make them invalid.

Without intending to, Dr. Barkley blows an ear-shattering whistle on his own profession.

So let’s take Dr. Barkley to school. Medical science, and disease-research in particular, rests on the notion that you can make a diagnosis backed up by lab tests. If you can’t produce lab tests, you’re spinning fantasies.

These fantasies might be hopeful, they might be “educated guesses,” they might be launched from traditional centers of learning, they might be backed up by billions of dollars of grant money…but they’re still fantasies.

Dr. Barkley is essentially saying, “There is no lab test for any mental disorder. If a test were the standard of proof, we wouldn’t have science at all, and that would mean our whole profession rests on nothing—and that is unthinkable, so therefore a test doesn’t matter.”

That logic is no logic at all. That science is no science at all. Barkley is proving the case against himself. He just doesn’t want to admit it.

Psychiatry is all fraud all the time. Without much of a stretch, you could say psychiatry has been the most widespread profiling operation in the history of the human race. Its goal has been to bring humans everywhere into its system. It hardly matters which label a person is painted with, as long as it adds up to a diagnosis and a prescription of drugs.

300 so-called mental disorders caused by…what? No lab evidence. No defining diagnostic tests. No blood tests, saliva tests, brain scans, genetic assays. No nothing.

But psychiatrists continue to assert they are the masters of causation. They know what’s behind “mental disorders.” They’re in charge.

What about the generalized “chemical imbalance” hypothesis stating that all mental disorders stem from such imbalances in the brain?

Dr. Ronald Pies, the editor-in-chief emeritus of the Psychiatric Times, laid that hypothesis to rest in the July 11, 2011, issue of the Times with this staggering admission:

“In truth, the ‘chemical imbalance’ notion was always a kind of urban legend—never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.”



The point is, for decades the whole basis of psychiatric drug research, drug prescription, and drug sales has been: “we’re correcting a chemical imbalance in the brain.”

The problem was, researchers had never established a normal baseline for chemical balance. So they were shooting in the dark. Worse, they were faking a theory. Pretending they knew something when they didn’t.

In his 2011 piece in Psychiatric Times, Dr. Pies tries to protect his colleagues in the psychiatric profession with this fatuous remark:

“In the past 30 years, I don’t believe I have ever heard a knowledgeable, well-trained psychiatrist make such a preposterous claim [about chemical imbalance in the brain], except perhaps to mock it…the ‘chemical imbalance’ image has been vigorously promoted by some pharmaceutical companies, often to the detriment of our patients’ understanding.”

Absurd. First of all, many psychiatrists have explained and do explain to their patients that the drugs are there to correct a chemical imbalance.

And second, if all well-trained psychiatrists have known, all along, that the chemical-imbalance theory is a fraud…

…then why on earth have they been prescribing tons of drugs to their patients…

…since those drugs are developed on the false premise that they correct an imbalance?

The honchos of psychiatry are seeing the handwriting on the wall. Their game has been exposed.

The chemical imbalance theory is a fake. There are no defining physical tests for any of the 300 so-called mental disorders. All diagnoses are based on arbitrary clusters or menus of human behavior. The drugs are harmful, dangerous, toxic. Some of them induce violence. Suicide, homicide. Some of the drugs cause brain damage.

So the shrinks have to move into another model of “mental illness,” another con, another fraud. And they’re looking for one.

For example, genes plus “psycho-social factors” cause mental disorders. A mish-mash of more unproven science.

“New breakthrough research on the functioning of the brain is paying dividends and holds great promise…” Professional PR and gibberish.

Meanwhile, the business model demands drugs for sale.

So even though the chemical-imbalance nonsense has been discredited, it will continue on as a dead man walking, a zombie.

Two questions always pop up when I write a critique of psychiatry. The first one is: psychiatric researchers are doing a massive amount of work studying brain function. They do have tests.

Yes, experimental tests. But NONE of those tests are contained in the DSM, the psychiatric bible, as the basis of the definition of ANY mental disorder. If the tests were conclusive, they would be heralded in the DSM. They aren’t.

The second question is: if all these mental disorders are fiction, why are so many people saddled with problems? Why are some people off the rails? Why are they crazy?

The list of potential answers is very long. A real practitioner would focus on one patient at a time and try to discover what has affected him to such a marked degree. For example:

Severe nutritional deficiency. Toxic dyes and colors in processed food. Ingestion of pesticides and herbicides. Profound sensitivities to certain foods. The ingestion of toxic pharmaceuticals. Life-altering damage as a result of vaccines. Exposure to environmental chemicals. Heavy physical and emotional abuse in the home or at school. Battlefield stress and trauma (also present in certain neighborhoods). Prior head injury. Chronic infection. Alcohol and street drugs. Debilitating poverty.

Other items could be added.

Psychiatry is: fake, fraud, pseudoscience from top to bottom. It’s complete fiction dressed up as fact.

But the obsessed devotees of science tend to back away from this. They close their eyes. If a “branch of knowledge” as extensive as psychiatry is nothing more than an organized delusion, what other aspect of science might likewise be parading as truth, when it is actually mere paper blowing in the wind?

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

15 comments on “A whole branch of science turns out to be fake

  1. Janet says:

    This is a brilliant article, as always, Jon.

    Thank you for sharing your unique perspective through wisdom and logic.

    I have a comment/question for contemplation in response to your viewpoint:

    If the (“client/patient”) BELIEVES in the efficacy of the “drug” they’re ingesting, wouldn’t that have a positive effect on their condition at least temporarily?

    Maybe this can be helpful Only if patient is self aware, of course, knowing that dependence on this “chemically induced” cure is a temporary fix to get back on their “feet” again.

    I am referring to the anti-depressant category, specifically- one of the largely over-prescribed drugs, in my opinion. My contemplation is based on my own observations of acquaintances with clarity who use this type of drug when everything else, including self-regulation techniques, seem to fail.

    As always, I’m looking for some light in the darkness. Would love to hear your thoughts.


  2. NaturalWoman says:

    Superb article, Jon. Thanks! It will be useful to get friends up to speed.

  3. lilly says:

    would love to be able to share this on fb.. thank you for what I had suspected having gone thru 20 years of seeing a psychiatrist and therapist and the taking of 13 different psyche meds in extreme dosages and getting every label slapped on me. never helped me. it wasnt till hospitalized in 2009 did I even know I was extremely overmedicated. hospital took 11 of my meds away. that stay cost me 53 days of my life. I feel like I wasted 20 years. meds made me more suicidal. hospital stays of a month over a dozen times. yes i will give them behavioral not mental illness. ways people try and cope with what life throws at them. med free for 7 years. thank you for this article.. my feelings exactly.. more bullshit lies perpetrated on us

  4. Bobo Smithson says:

    Excellent thinking; excellent information.

  5. Alexis Keiser says:

    You hit the nail on the head at the end. The conditions are actually often diagnosable with testing. However, if toxic dies or zinc deficiency contribute to your problems then those issues can be solved without expensive pharmaceuticals. This is the reason psychiatry is not at all interested in finding out what is really wrong.

  6. Boomer Lady says:

    I agree with your basic point that psychiatry is a lot of nonsense. But to suggest that it is all bogus, when many of us in the world have encountered crazy people a few times in our lives, is to do a disservice to those who have some sort of quirk in their mind. Every lie I have ever encountered has at least a grain of truth in it, depending on which side of a debate one is on.

    For instance, from my viewpoint, vaccines don’t work. I was vaccine injured as a toddler many years ago, and I know they don’t work. Those who tolerate shots and don’t get autism or some other autoimmune condition have actually been injured but it will take 40 or 50 years to develop cancer or Alzheimer’s, but try proving that to a pro-vaxer. So the great lie of vaccine safety goes on and on. And there is also aluminum in vaccines and fluoridation that is robbing people of their ability to reason and remember, giving psychiatrists something to do.

  7. Lies says:


    Had to copy the article and email to a friend. Amazing that one of their own took an Axe to their bread and butter of Lies.

    Last Night I read up on Open Source software and how its out there for anyone to profit and copy. I think this model of Open Source for research and profit is a model I feel proud to support. What would it take for honest scientist and doctors to require from themselves to have an Open Medecine movement that can make Lies in Science a thing of the past???

    Thank You Jon, your the best in making people stop and be honest with our life values.

  8. Larry C says:

    “There is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.”

    Well, all I can say is thank GOD for ect!!!;>(


  9. J. says:

    My son has ADHD. He was tested seven times. He is 27, and takes Concerta only when he needs to focus. He does not need it everyday. He still lives at home, but is in the Army National Guard as a helicopter mechanic, unable to hold another job, works part time for UPS, and sells computer parts on-line. He struggles with hoarding and forgets things, cannot manage money.

    Our daughter on the other hand, got her Masters Degree at 23, and is a general manager of a company. I raised them the same, but had to help my son, the schools wanted to put him in special ED but I fought to keep him in regular classes. He passed every test, but was class clown without Concerta. Forgot his homework book, and had developed ODD, and would be uncooperative. He now understands what he has and has become more open minded, but still cannot hold a real job or manage money.

    The reason the military likes him is he is an expert at what he does and had highest scores on things like being a marksman and sharp shooter. He is still class clown, tho.

    When I read this article, I believe many diagnoses are not mental illness, but classic cases of PTSD and a result of bad parenting, such as anxiety, depression, and the like. I also believe ADHD and Autism are not mental illnesses, but are learning disabilities instead. I believe in tainted vaccines and it harming brain development. Early intervention is best.

    I also read that 75% or more of inmates in jail have undiagnosed learning disabilities, possibly bullied as youth, sexually abused, or had chemical imbalances due to poor nutrition. I believe in MKULTRA and many young mass shooters were trained to be that way, and then triggered. The new push to teach little children about LGBT lifestyles confuse them to the point of suicide or lifelong depression, so does hours and hours gaming, Internet porn, poor diets, and isolation.

    I’m also a Christian and believe demon possession is a real thing!

    The part of this article I agree with is 90% of psyc drugs don’t work, but guidance does. The rules on ‘how to think’ can be found in Proverbs of the Bible, old fashioned ediquette books, and the confirmation that PTSD can be reversed. But each case must require guidance, navigation. My wish is for all new parents to take Christian parenting classes and/or read Christian parenting books. For to teach a child in the ways God wants them to live, that basic information will do them well over their entire lives. After all, the best psycology book ever written is the BIBLE. My opinion.

  10. Shannon Sweeney says:

    I’ve been waiting a long time for this, Jon. Thank you for your excellent research and writing!

  11. Viktoria says:

    Psychiatry is a brainwashing, mind-control experiment using toxic pills in order to decimate populations without use of firearms.

  12. Juan says:

    I have very little faith, and it’s dwindling even more, in ‘science’ because of its complete and exclusive reliance on matter and energy alone. By definition science is limited at best and completely wrong at worst because of this religious belief in the matter-energy dogma. What’s missing is spirit. You cannot quantity spirit. And yet we all know that it matters. And to me spirit matters more than matter and energy.

  13. Jeff Swart says:

    Thanks John

    Your summary of ‘causes’ (“Severe nutritional deficiency…”) seems pretty much right on the mark and suggests ‘treatment’ falls more in the camp of nutritionists, therapists, and however we the people deal with the underlying social and environmental ‘dis-orders’ we’ve allowed to become the norm, not the least of which is caring for one another

    I recently came across the work of Natasha Campbell-McBride and the “Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) – Natural treatment for autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia” – who squarely addresses most of the issues you delineated in your ‘summary’ along with vegetarianism, BTW…



    As with most allopathic forms science, they’re more about treating the symptoms than dealing with the underlying causes – god forbid they should actually cure anything. And I ’spect your audience is pretty much in tune with the more insidious underbelly of the beast of psychiatry and pharmacology – more intent on $hrink-wrapping the masses – with it’s roots in eugenics, social control, etc

    High time we the people take responsibility for our own actions and promote more ‘sane’ methods of cleaning up the mess we’ve co-created on our planet and with a little LUCK – Love, Understanding, Compassion, and Kindness – maybe we CAN make a difference


  14. Kathy Reid says:

    The real concept of psychiatry is to reunite the soul and the mind together without drugs and manipulative thinking.

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