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spiritual problems – fighting junk science with authentic biomedical pseudoscience 24/7, 365 days a year.
Since its founding, the prestigious Bonkers Institute for Nearly Genuine Research has been a beacon of integrity and enlightenment in this dark age of shameless disease mongering and unprecedented pharmaceutical profiteering.   Our mission is to expose fraudulent medical pseudoscience wherever it is found, and nowhere is fraud more prevalent than in the branch of medicine known as psychiatry.   We march into the field of battle armed with a powerful weapon: our sense of humor.   Fighting pseudoscience with pseudoscience, we shall vanquish our foes by revealing them to be the incompetent quacks, criminal charlatans, nefarious con artists and slimy medical imposters they truly are.
Totally Bonkers: the Man Behind the Myth
Methodius Isaac Bonkers is the pseudonym of Ben Hansen, a mild-mannered writer & storyteller residing in Traverse City, Michigan. In psychological terms, Dr. Bonkers is Mr. Hansen's alter ego; i.e., the two men are actually one individual, though each possesses a distinct personality and character traits. Normally wearing a flannel shirt and Detroit Tigers baseball cap, the moment he dons medical gear (labcoat, horn-rim glasses, stethoscope and clipboard) a remarkable transformation occurs, like Clark Kent stepping from a phone booth — yet the figure who emerges is no fictitious cartoon superhero. Dr. Bonkers is an authentic medical genius, a pioneer in the field of biopsychosocial neuro-cardio-rectal behavioral pathology, and founder of the illustrious institutrion bearing his name.
Bonkers Institute in the News:
Doctor Finds Genetic Link to Everything
by Ima Debunker, MindFreedom News Service
For years, Dr. M.I. Bonkers, founder and president of the Bonkers Institute for Nearly Genuine Research, has been puzzled by one simple question: why isn't everybody exactly the same?
Bonkers, who earns a hefty six-figure income, lives in a comfortable five-bedroom home and drives a silver-gray Volvo wagon, is often heard muttering to himself, "Why can't everyone be as perfect as me?"
Dr. Bonkers says that his interest in this particular line of research began nearly a decade ago, when he was buying some groceries at the supermarket.
"I observed the lady behind the counter," he recalls, "and I couldn't help wondering why she worked at her job for only $8 per hour, instead of being a highly-paid medical professional like myself.   Instinctively I knew something wasn't right."
That moment was a turning point in Dr. Bonkers' career.   He received a $2.5 million grant from the federal government (with additional funding from certain really big pharmaceutical giants) to establish and operate the Bonkers Institute for Nearly Genuine Research.   Already, experimental laboratory tests conducted at the Institute have produced several promising new studies which might someday lead to a scientific breakthrough in our understanding of prototypical human somatogenic behavioral response, or something sort of like that.
"We used to believe people are different for no particular reason," Bonkers explained, "but now we're learning there's a biological, organic and/or genetic component to just about everything."
"For example," Dr. Bonkers continued, "I used to think people drive gas-guzzling Sport Utility Vehicles simply because they're misguided.   Now I understand they probably suffer from some kind of chemical imbalance."
This new way of thinking is important, Bonkers says, because it will reduce the stigma society often associates with certain automobiles, such as rusty Ford Escorts and badly-dented Mercury Sables.
"We know certain kinds of vehicular choices run in families," Bonkers observed.  "Just the other day, a farmer told me he really likes his Chevy pickup.   After questioning the man, I discovered that both his father and grandfather had owned Chevrolets, clearly indicating a strong genetic predisposition."
Bonkers adds that pharmacological treatment (with new and constantly improved medications such as the highly profitable selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which have no invisible superficial side effects, are non habit-forming when taken as directed every day for the rest of your life, and cost nothing if you have decent insurance) may be required in some but probably not all cases.
"One of my patients was an elderly woman who drove a dull tan-colored Chrysler.   After putting her on a combination of antidepressants, stimulants, sedatives and mood stabilizers, she began driving a more appropriate blue Buick."
Bonkers says that in many cases, years of treatment are required before patients achieve full recovery.
How do clinicians know when psychiatric medications may be safely discontinued?
"That's simple," the doctor says.  "When the patient drives a silver-gray Volvo wagon."
1. We obtained copies of some pathetic NHS "educational" brochures pushing psychiatric drugs on children.
2. We posted the brochures in our Marvelous Mental Medicine Show online gallery.
3. We received a polite letter from the NHS demanding the removal of this literature from our web site.
See the offending leaflets, the letter from NHS, and our reply here:
1. Your medicine is called Atomoxetine
2. Your medicine is called Risperidone
3. Your medicine is called Olanzapine
| The story keeps growing
New York Times exposes nation-wide Medicaid scandal
In a front page story dated March 23, 2007, the New York Times quotes a mental health advocate in Michigan named Ben Hansen who obtained documents proving that drugmaker Eli Lilly has duped at least 20 states into promoting costly and harmful psychiatric drugs like Zyprexa, Strattera and Cymbalta.
Now for the first time, the true identity of the mysterious Ben Hansen is revealed: he is none other than Dr. Methodius Isaac Bonkers, founder and president of the Bonkers Institute for Nearly Genuine Research.
Mr. Hansen – aka Dr. Bonkers – issued the following statement in response to the public outcry over the latest example of pharmaceutical industry wrongdoing:
I'm the Michigan mental health advocate who described Eli Lilly's pharmacy program as "incestuous," quoted in Stephanie Saul's story, In Some States, Maker Oversees Use of Its Drug.
As a member of the Michigan Department of Community Health Recipient Rights Advisory Committee, for over a year I've been researching Lilly's pharmacy program in Michigan and 25 other states.   Through a series of FOIA requests, I've uncovered a lot of solid evidence that wasn't even mentioned in the Times.
I hope to hear from officials in Michigan and other states with similar programs funded by Eli Lilly and implemented by Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc.   Feel free to contact me directly or send me an anonymous tip if you wish.   This is a big story, and it's not going away.
In solidarity with all victims of pharmaceutical industry fraud,
ICSPP Newsletter Spring 2007
Michigan Lawsuit Uncovers Psychiatry's Dark Secret: