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The latest ‘research’ offered up by scientists to explain ‘Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’ (‘ADHD’), has suggested it may be related
to being ambidextrous, in other words, having the ability to use both
hands with equal facility may result in ‘hyperactivity’.
The research from Imperial College London suggested children who
write with both hands were more likely to struggle in school, more likely
to have difficulties with language, and that it might be down to the
brain’s wiring. The researcher said it was possible that brain differences
might explain the findings.
It is worth pointing out that text relating to psychiatric research
is littered with vague, nebulous statements that are accepted as ‘science’
when in fact it is nothing more than opinion about a particular type of
The scientific ‘research’ methodology has now gone a step further.
One might be told off for making a joke about comparing a person’s
attention span to that of a fly. However in the pursuit of scientific
breakthrough, scientists in Australia have apparently discovered a way to
measure the attention span of a fly and are going to use it to further
This deserves the contemptuous label: junk science. Successfully
masquerading as a science requires that certain appearances be maintained.
German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin was the first to devise a system of
codification of human behaviour. Since Kraepelin the number of psychiatric
condemnations of human behaviour has steadily expanded. Today they are
codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), mental
‘ADHD’ was literally voted into existence in 1987 by the American
Psychiatric Association. All it took was a show of hands to enshrine
‘ADHD’ in the DSM. However, consensus is not science.
It is a fact that undiagnosed but treatable medical physical
conditions often manifest as a ‘psychiatric symptom’. Psychiatrist Dr
Sydney Walker’s book, The Hyperactivity Hoax, records a variety of reasons
for hyperactive behaviour: “Children with early-stage brain tumours can
develop symptoms of hyperactivity or poor attention. So can lead or
pesticide-poisoned children. So can early-onset diabetes, heart disease,
worms, viral or bacterial infections, malnutrition, head injuries, genetic
disorders, allergies, mercury or manganese exposure, petit mal seizures,
and hundreds – yes hundreds – of other minor, major, or even life-
threatening medical problems.”
Psychiatry would prefer to say or imply that only brain-based, mental
‘illnesses’ can affect behaviour or thinking, that they need life-long
care, and that they are incurable. These falsehoods have been so
successfully disseminated throughout the mental health system and amongst
the public, that countless numbers have become trapped as lifelong
patients of psychiatric services.
These falsehoods must be exposed.
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