Political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union

This afternoon, the State Premier of South Australia announced that this state will establish a High Level Nuclear Waste Sewer.  The rewards for South Australians taking as many spent reactor fuel rods as possible will, we are told, be huge.  The Premier went on to say some South Australians are afraid of the idea.   Radiophobia again.  First Chernobyl, then Japan, next in relation to resistance to the theory of hormesis, and now anyone who disagrees with the State government and the State Opposition is also a radiophobe.

This is Soviet era mendacity.  I won’t stand for it, and even though there are 15 years before they start work on it,  I will from now on be voting Green at every election until the day I die.  The major parties are buffoons who are dead to me.

The following is a pure cut and past from the following link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_abuse_of_psychiatry_in_the_Soviet_Union

“There was systematic political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union,[1] based on the interpretation of political opposition or dissent as a psychiatric problem.[2] It was called “psychopathological mechanisms” of dissent.[3]

During the leadership of General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, psychiatry was used to disable and remove from society political opponents (“dissidents”) who openly expressed beliefs that contradicted the official dogma.[4][5] The term “philosophical intoxication”, for instance, was widely applied to the mental disorders diagnosed when people disagreed with the country’s Communist leaders and, by referring to the writings of the Founding Fathers of Marxism–Leninism—Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, and Vladimir Lenin—made them the target of criticism.[6]”

An example of the technique to perform Soviet style “weeding” of both peer and public review of the actions of the meritocracy has never been confined to the totalitarian states. One can imagine the following being written in 1954. Indeed, but for the actual date today, the abuse of psychiatric medicine the following proclamation contains is patently self evident to anyone who happens to possess a moral coda related in any way to the concept of equality, and equity in access to the provisions of society who hold to the sanctity of self determination and freedom in a democratic society. Individuals in a free society should actually be free to be seen as equals in a democratic setting regardless of any technical position, social, political, or any other setting any individual takes. The following declaration contains many errors in areas of knowledge outside of the qualified merits the authors proclaim as their entitlement to act sociologically, politically, and medically:

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Radiation response a meltdown in reason
Posted on: July 14th, 2011 by Marketing and Communications

pam-sykesThe possibility that low doses of radiation may prevent or delay the progression of cancer is being explored by a Flinders University research team led by Professor Pam Sykes (pictured) in a move that runs counter to the widely held perception that exposure to any radiation is harmful.

Professor Sykes, recently appointed to the University’s Strategic Professorship in Preventive Cancer Biology in the Flinders Centre for Cancer Prevention and Control says the public panic in response to nuclear accidents such as that at Fukushima in Japan is the result of a general ignorance about radiation.

“We have to ensure that radiation is respected and we have to understand what damage radiation can cause – but radiation is not the poison, the dose is,” Professor Sykes said.

“We need radiation in our environment, just as we need vitamins and minerals. Too much is a problem, too little is a problem,” she said.

“Chernobyl was obviously a disaster but there was no increase in leukaemia, solid tumours or birth defects among the 335,000 people who were evacuated and who received less than 100 milliSieverts of radiation – that’s five times the dose I’m allowed as a radiation worker.

“There was an increase in thyroid tumours but we’re not sure how much that related to the fact that everyone was screened for thyroid tumours, which wouldn’t normally happen.

“It’s now been accepted that they should not have evacuated so many people because the biggest detriment from Chernobyl was that they were dramatically disadvantaged, both economically and socially. Many suffered depression thinking they were going to die of cancer.

“And the frightening thing is that it’s been estimated that throughout Europe there were over 100,000 wanted pregnancies aborted, and these were people who didn’t live anywhere near Chernobyl.”

Professor Sykes’ research, which involves doses of radiation that are up to three orders of magnitude lower than those used by other investigators, has been funded by the US Department of Energy Low Dose Radiation Research Program for almost 10 years.

“Using a transgenic mouse that is very sensitive to stressors, we have identified regions in the dose range that cause different biological effects,” she said.

“Some of our colleagues in Germany and Oxford have shown that low doses of radiation to cells in culture trigger a mechanism which removes pre-tumour cells. We’re now working to see if we can identify this response in a mouse.

“If we can understand these mechanisms, we can manipulate them to prevent cancer,” adding it might be “several years” before the potential to humans could be confirmed.

Studies in Canada and Japan have also shown that low doses of radiation given to mice delay the onset of cancer, and reduce the symptoms of diabetes and atherosclerosis, improving the span and quality of life of the affected animals.

Professor Sykes and her team are currently examining low dose radiation therapy in reducing or preventing prostate cancer, with a grant from the Prostate Council Foundation of Australia. end quote.

http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2011/07/14/radiation-response-a-meltdown-in-reason/

Disagreement is not a sign of fear or weakness.

 

 

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