Following is an opinion by Kelly Burris. 

Mechanism of Action is Unknown

This compilation of information reveals a synergistic relationship between multiple entities that prevent any real science in Emotional Wellness (mental health) and attempts to keep non-psychoactive pharmacological solutions illegal. The result is life-threatening psychotropics which state up front that “The Mechanism of Action is Unknown.” These drugs are also addictive and have common side effects such as myocardial infarction (heart attack). Per CNN Donald Trump was the only front-runner in the presidential race who did not take big pharma money which is an indicator of how far up this goes.  

NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health)

If you have ever wondered why suicide rates in the Army increased by 80%(1) from 2004 to 2008 or why suicide rose by 24%(2) in the civilian population between 1999 and 2014 or why suicide was the second leading cause of death for ages 10 – 34 in 2014(5) and why it is the leading cause of disability worldwide(6), then you may want to take a close look at the following recording.

Burris Emotional Wellness Coach Scholarship Program

Interview with: Dr. Robert Heinssen, Director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at NIMH:

In the above interview, Dr. Heinssen was questioned as to why a process that produces measurable outcomes at every session which address the primary emotional drivers of suicide was pulled from scientific review without notice. This interview with Dr. Heinssen was set up in response to a proposal I submitted regarding Suicidality and the Army.

Dr. Heinssen’s comment regarding depression and suicide represented one or all of the following three issues, complacency, incompetence or outright corruption and on top of this contradicts NIMH data.(3) This interview led to more blatant corruption within both APA’s the DEA and VA with the pharmaceutical industry linked to all of it. This type of corruption is different than any other because it is costing people their lives and the body count increases every year. If you like you can skip forward to each of the statements below.

Minute 4 to 6: Clueless to the purpose of the Emotional Checklist.

Minute 16 to 18: Regarding depression and suicide. “It’s ah not what we would call a strong risk factor.”

Minute 18: Stated that he looked at the proposal but earlier was clueless to the purpose of the Emotional Checklist. As you will notice integrity was not at the forefront of this interview.

Minute 27: Stated that we did not cover all the issues in the General Approach which we did of course. When asked what, we did not cover he stated he had to leave without answering. The last thing he stated before leaving was we did not exhibit a translational epidemiology. Burris Institute has established the definition of behavioral epidemiology(4) which enables a clear translational epidemiology and our data collection process exemplifies this. In his defense, he did not know why we measured emotion.

There is some question to the motivation of Dr. Heinssen’s comments as it seems unlikely someone with seven years of education could write off the measurement of emotion and specifically the emotional state of depression as not a strong risk factor for suicide. This question goes far beyond NIMH as you will see in the following paragraphs.

APA (American Psychological Association)

Martin Seligman’s positive psychology was awarded a no-bid contract in 2009 worth 50 million dollars a year for his Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program. The suicide rate continued to set records every year and in 2011 Roy Eidelson Ph.D. posted an article in Psychology Today titled “The Dark Side of “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness.” Eidelson stated that “The APA's enthusiasm for mandatory resilience training for all U.S. soldiers is troubling on many counts.”

With no data and only Tony Robbins style testimonials, Eidelson posted another article in 2012 titled “The Army’s Flawed Resilience-Training Study: A Call for Retraction” regarding CSF which you can find here This article was accompanied by a breakdown of the CSF flaws titled “Does Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Work? CSF Research Fails the Test.”

With all this money being spent no one has a clue what the emotional state of a soldier is who completes a suicide and there is still fierce resistance to measuring, tracking and improving the emotional drivers of suicide. No one is held accountable because there simply is not any data. I can only assume measuring emotion to have this fundamental data is still an alien concept to NIMH.

APA (American Psychiatric Association)

Even though the payoffs and absence of any science are well known in the APA there is some question as to why NIMH waited until 2013 to distance itself from it and the DSM. The DSM was established in 1952 and there is still no clear definition for normal with new disorders listed every year. No matter how healthy you think you are the big pharma psychiatrists who decide what constitutes a disorder will invent one for you.

After distancing itself from APA NIMH established the Research Domain Criteria project (RDoC). This consists of a determined effort to cast the whole of mental disorders as a problem of brain pathology. This will dominate research in mental disorders, shifting efforts away from matters of psychology to fundamental brain processes.(9) This hypothesis has already been proven incorrect through research by Dr. Helen Mayberg. Dr. Mayberg inadvertently confirmed that depression is a result of the process of thought. You can see a clip of this research here

DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency)

December 2016 the DEA quietly classified CBD (cannabidiol) which is a component of marijuana as an illegal schedule 1 drug. There are over 2100 full-text studies available on PMC that indicate the usefulness of this substance in pharmacology. In just one of those studies it stated that “It is now clear that CBD has therapeutic potential over a wide range of non-psychiatric and psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis.(7)”

There is some question as to the legitimacy of the DEA as pharmaceutical companies have hired dozens of DEA employees according to an article in the Washington Post.(8) The hires came after the DEA launched an aggressive campaign to curb a rising opioid epidemic that has resulted in thousands of overdose deaths each year.

With a proven non-psychoactive effect the action by the DEA regarding CBD brings into question the motivation of classifying this substance a schedule 1 drug. This action in of itself points to blatant corruption within the DEA. Is the DEA nothing more than a private police force for big pharma designed to kill the competition?

VA (Veterans Administration): National Center for PTSD

Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD is the former director of the National Center for PTSD. He has been a paid speaker for three different drug makers and sat on the scientific advisory board for GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer who coincidently make the two approved medications for PTSD. You can see more detail here

Asking the Right Questions

There are three simple questions the media needs to ask to closely scrutinize any mental health claim including pharmaceuticals and they are “what was measured, why was it measured and how were the outcomes generated?” After asking these questions you can then closely scrutinize the data. This is assuming there is any data at all. There is a long list of questions in regard to classifying CBD a schedule 1 drug but the biggest question is “did you know CBD is a non-psychoactive substance?”

Fixing the Non-Scientific Mess of Emotional Wellness (Mental Health)

“Depression Anxiety and the Brain in Your Gut” is a new book that details what needs to be done to start holding the industry of Emotional Wellness (mental health) accountable from the ground up which begins with the naming convention to clearly define an aberrant emotion from a true physiological issue with the brain.

Other Issues We Address in “Depression Anxiety and the Brain in Your Gut”

  • How to Define Normal (Currently no Clear Definition)
  • How Thought, Emotion and Behavior Work 
  • Why Meds, Labels and Personal History are Counter-Productive (excluding real physiological brain issues)
  • How to Interrupt, Restructure and Reprogram any Thought, Emotion or Behavior Which Does Not Work
  • Why Emotional and Gut Health Measurement is Imperative for Success in Emotional Wellness (mental health)
  • How to Consistently Produce Measurable Improvements in Two Two-hour Sessions
  • How to Produce Measurable Outcomes at Every One Hour Follow-Up Session
  • How to Rebalance Intestinal Microbiota

Burris Institute: If You Can Measure It You Can Scrutinize It

We have trained and certified former Special Operations personnel to slowly integrate this process of measuring the primary emotional drivers of depression and suicide at every session with dramatic outcomes which you can find here You can find more individual outcomes and profiles from our former special operation coaches here.

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Karl Monger:


  1. Suicide in the US Army
  2. Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999–2014
  3. Suicide Prevention
  4. How Normal is Defined
  5. Ten Leading Causes of Death by Age Group, United States – 2014
  6. Depression
  7. Multiple mechanisms involved in the large-large spectrumpeutic potential of cannabidiol in psychiatric disorders
  8. Drug industry hired dozens of officials from the DEA as the agency tried to curb opioid abuse
  9. Does NIMH Follow the Rules of Science? A Startling Study

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