The case of "Hercules" (Insanity cured with boot camp)

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The case of

(Insanity cured with torture)

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The case of "Hercules"


Biopsychiatric labels DSM-5



Checklist Behaviours DSM-7


Insights MMPI-7


Quick Pick EDS-7.1

Insanity, Lazy 


Self-disablement EDS-7.2

Sloth: Were put to forced labour


Chemical imbalance EDS-7.3

No. Never ingested opium. Although before the era of prescribed psychiatric drugs (1950's) which create chemical imbalances in the brain, at this point in history Opium was the only drug widely used to create chemical imbalances in the brains of the insane.


Benefits EDS-7.4

Escape duty or life situation: EDS-7.4.4


Monetary EDS-7.5



Annoyance Scale EDS-7.6



Diagnostic Laws EDS-7.7

Law of Narcissistic Behaviour Choice (NBC) EDS-7.7.1.NBC

Law of Pediatric Multifarious Obfuscation (PMO) EDS-7.7.12.PMO


Determine the Problem



Ask a Child

"Can I join all those men who are sitting around and playing?" EDS-7.7.12.PMO


5 years later EDS-7.7.LPT

They all had formed the habit of working full time.





The case of "Hercules"

Philippe Pinel, 1806 AD: A simple farmer, with no medical training, cures the insane through slavery with the threat of torture if they disobey in his boot camp from hell.


We are informed by Dr. Gregory, that a farmer, in the North of Scotland, a man of Herculean stature, acquired great fame in that district of the British empire, by his success in the cure of insanity. The great secret of his practice consisted in giving full employment to the remaining faculties of the lunatic. With that view, he compelled all his patients to work on his farm. He varied their occupations, divided their labour, and assigned to each, the post which he was best qualified to fill. Some were employed as beasts of draught or burden, and others as servants of various orders and provinces. Fear was the operative principle that gave motion and harmony to this rude system. Disobedience and revolt, whenever they appeared in any of its operations, were instantly and severely punished. … A system of management analogous to the above, was adopted in a monastic establishment in the South of France. One of the inspectors visited each chamber at least, once every day. if he found any of the maniacs behaving extravagancy, stirring tip quarrels of tumults, making any objections to his victuals, or refusing to go to bed at night, he was told in a manner, which of itself was calculated to terrify him, that unless he instantly conformed, he would have to receive in the morning ten severe lashes, as a punishment for his disobedience. The threat was invariably executed with the greatest punctuality; while good conduct, on the contrary, was not less equally and punctually rewarded. Those who were disposed to behave orderly, and to observe the rules of the institution, were admitted to dine at the governor's table. But, if any one abused this indulgence, he was immediately reminded of it, by a smart stroke over his fingers with a ferule [like a wooden kitchen spatula], and informed, with an air of great gravity and coolness, that it became him to conduct himself with more propriety and reserve. (A Treatise on Insanity, Philippe Pinel, 1806 AD)



In 1806 AD, Philippe Pinel, doctor for the Bicetre Asylum in France, gets our gold star of achievement of all the major mad house doctors. He used "moral therapy" that merely threatened torture. Unlike all the other mad houses, Pinel refused to torture and use vomits, blistering and bloodletting of the day. Pinel correctly understanding that insanity was a spiritual problem, not an organic/physical problem with the brain. Instead of drugs, he cured insanity by "moral treatments". "My faith in pharmaceutic preparations was gradually lessened, and my scepticism went at length so far, as to induce me never to have recourse to them, until moral remedies had completely failed" Philippe Pinel would rise up today and oppose the chemical psychiatrists who believe insanity is a chemical imbalance of the brain, that insanity is incurable. He would object to labeling the insane as biological misfits for life because it unnecessarily robs the soul of all hope. Of course, the only reason Pinel's threats of torture worked were because his patients believed the threats. If they knew it was a hollow threat, they would not comply. This further underscores the fact that all behaviour is modified by freewill choice of the insane, not treatments, drugs, shocks or torture. In this story, Pinel shows that when threats were backed up with real punishment, his moral therapy worked! It is like counting to three with a child with the warning they will get a spanking. Generally the child waits till he hears two before he starts obeying. But the child only learned this because he, at some previous time, had let mommy count to three and suffered the consequences of a wooden spoon on his bare bum a few quick strokes. This approach works with the insane too, except today, they would sue!


Historically, torturing the insane was a tried and true method of curing Schizophrenia because insanity is a moral conscious choice. Schizophrenics are always in full control of their behaviours and just as a good spanking will cure an insolent child when talking and warning fails, so too torture cures insolent adults when all else fails. You don’t cure insanity any more than you can cure a shoplifter. Both insanity and shoplifting are behaviour choices that are "cured" only when the person's will makes a different choice… or in Biblical terms… when the person is brought to repentance. Pinel was a brilliant French doctor who notes the success of an illiterate farmer in "curing" Schizophrenia. While "moral treatment" is currently illegal, much good would be done and millions of tax dollars would be saved if it was restored and brought back to use. But when parents are threatened with jail for merely spanking their children (and society suffers the consequences of rebellious children who do not fear adults), the spanking of adults is not likely to be restored any time soon. Society is moving the wrong direction on this matter.


Notice that a simple farmer, with no medical training, had a much higher rate of curing the insane, than all today's biopsychiatrists and all their education.


Benefits from behaviour: This illustrates the Law of Narcissistic Behaviour Choice (NBC) EDS-7.7.1.NBC  

  1. Escape duty or life situation: EDS-7.4.4. The wise farmer understood that the biggest problem with these insane men was they were lazy and wanted to become dependent as though they were sick.
  2. The farmer never asked the men if their mother had forced them to eat their peas when they were young, or if the colour yellow makes them sad. He didn't care, nor should he have. He check-listed the behaviours and noticed all the insane had one thing in common: lazy sloths! He ignored any diagnosis from a "smart doctor" and corrected the lazy behaviour.


Diagnostic laws that are seen illustrated in the case of "Hercules":

1.      The mad doctors had lots of theories as to why these men were insane. These theories generally would focus on broken brain wiring, defective nerve fibers or a bad mixture of the four humours of the body.

2.      A child would look at the group of insane men sitting around doing nothing and say, "Can I go play with them?" Of course they were men who should have been working, not children who play. The farmer knew this and ignored all the "science" behind the "disease" and cured them through his boot camp from hell. Law of Pediatric Multifarious Obfuscation (PMO) EDS-7.7.12.PMO


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