Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Biological psychiatry goes woke and stays dangerous

Freud and later psychiatrists depicted ‘overly emotional’ people as having a ‘mental illness.’ They used the medical model to describe mental stress.

Though there was no proof for their thought experiment, it has attracted much attention. Most profitable, which is valuable in a society that cares more about money than about people, seemed the claim that you don’t need to listen to distressed people (which Freud did), but you can give them ‘medication’ to ‘heal,’ and even to prevent ‘mental illness.’

Then, Capitalism’s next step is to seek ways to drug people into loyal, obedient, pleased workers, preventing any labor strike no matter how much they are abused and exploited. Denying endemic incest as the basis for much grownup suffering (the made-up Oedipus Complex) is a step toward such a goal, but pills are cheaper than fabricated ‘psychoanalysis.’

Psychiatry became so successful that it can now ‘diagnose’ with certainty what ‘mental illness’ you will have forever (DSM IV). They will not tell you the sad implication of this. It proves they can label but not help anyone.

Unfortunately for bio-psychiatry, it ran into opposition when trying to ‘cure’ ‘crazy’ people. Still, the phony concept of ‘chemical imbalance in the brain’ is making psychiatrists and the pharmaceutical industry rich beyond their wildest dreams. But psychiatric ‘patients’ do protest this travesty.

‘Brain defects’ that made people’s brains wander turned out undetectable. Undeterred, they then called them ‘minimal brain defects,’ eventually settling on ‘attention deficit.’ All bogus ‘illness,’ ‘diagnosed’ on children refusing to unnaturally sit still in class for hours on end. Drugging them turned out most lucrative, but only for Big Pharma, of course—not for the kids. Who needs minds to wander? Profit just needs their obedience.

But the brain druggers had a new idea. Instead of going after the ‘crazy’ and the ‘mentally sick,’ let’s go after the wicked. A pill to ‘cure’ Nazis, who could be against that? When we convince the naïve masses this actually is doable, a pill to ‘restore love for all,’ they will also buy into all abnormalcy being ‘curable.’ Of course, there will never be a medicine against bigotry, a silver bullet to remove all baseless hate. But these callous wealth tappers are not into curing anyone. They are as ‘moral’ as the cigarette or weapon industry. They’re just looking for money. Your money. Buyer beware.

Full disclosure: If I were ever to be checked, I probably would be ‘diagnosed’ with ADHD. One of my greatest assets is my brain not just going linear. I’m a fetal survivor of Big Pharma, its wicked DES program. And I’m an incurable social activist and unlicensed, successful therapist.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is (partly) generated by AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. 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He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust, and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. 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