• Report: #1105830

Complaint Review: BTI Monarch

  • Submitted: Tue, December 10, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, December 10, 2013

  • Reported By: Pat L — Chicago Illinois
BTI Monarch
24 M Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 Salt Lake City, Utah USA

BTI Monarch Dr. Peter ByrnePenile Plethsymograph A Hoax When it was used for conversion therapy and a hoax now for sex offenders Salt Lake City Utah

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The Penile Plethsymograph was developed to identify homosexuals (the cops called it a fruit machine) and when they couldn't use it for that they started using it for sex offenders. One problem. It doens't work.

How do you defeat it? Think of something else or take Sudafed.

Here's its history:

Bergler responded to the Kinsey Reports by arguing that Kinsey's research overestimated the incidence of homosexual behavior because it was conducted in cities “where perversion thrived.” Partly due to Bergler’s influence the 1952 edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-I) classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. This opened the floodgates for MDs, therapists, counselors, parents, mental and medical hospitals to treat homosexuality as a mental illness and be reimbursed for institutionalizing patients by giving them pseudo-medical diagnosis like Gender Identity Disorder. Bergler capitalized on this wave of homosexual hysteria and treatment with his1956 book Homosexuality: Disease or Way of Life? His argument that homosexuality was an illness that needed to be cured or at least contained, quarantined in a sense, became part of the popular culture.

This new wave of conversion therapy saw Bergler’s techniques supplemented with more sophisticated forms of aversion therapy: male patients were given coffee or tea mixed with emetine to induce vomiting, then subcutaneous injections of another powerful emetic and anti-dopamine: amomorphine, before showing them pictures of nude men. They were allowed to recover from their nausea, vomiting and depression and then injected with testosterone and shown pictures of naked women. This procedure was repeated as many times as required for the patient to display, or at least fake, heterosexual behavior. While in public, patients were indoctrinated to employ the covert sensitization method where they would recall their nausea, vomiting and depression whenever they had homosexual thoughts, feelings or behaviors. They were also indoctrinated to immediately report their lapses to their therapist and share them with fellow patients in group therapy.

Male patients were encouraged to become aware of and overcome their “Cognitive Distortions” keeping daily journals of their homosexual thoughts, feelings and behaviors as well as: (1) participate in sports, (2) avoid art museums, opera, symphonies, (3) avoid women unless it was for romantic contact, (4) spend time with heterosexual men in order to learn to mimic heterosexual ways of walking, talking, and interacting, (5) Attend church and join a men’s church group, (6) attend weekly reparative therapy group to discuss progress or slips back into homosexuality, (7) become more assertive with women through flirting and dating, (8) have sex with women, (9) get married, and (11) father children.

A frustration, and unmet service, among the conversion therapists was that their patients often became complaint after a few rounds of Torquemada-like therapy and claimed a conversion to heterosexuality to avoid further treatment. How to know, truly know, that they had converted?

Kurt Freund solved the problem and became the new king of conversion therapy in 1957 by inventing the Penile Plethysmograph in Czechoslovakia for the Communist who wanted a “Fruit Machine” to identify straight men faking homosexuality to avoid the draft — who were excluded from service. Fruend cribbed together a lie detector test outfitted with tubes for the insertion of a p***s. Any Czech man of military age who claimed to be gay was hooked up by their p***s to the Penile Plethysmograph and shown naked pictures of their more comely female comrades in provocative poses. As their penises rose their hopes of avoiding the Iron Curtain war machine sank.

Meanwhile, the Canadian government had declared homosexuality a mental illness and sodomy a crime and was searching for its own “Fruit Machine.” At one point every known homosexual man in Ottawa was under surveillance by the local police and this set the standard for later sex offender registration laws. Fruend quickly accepted an invitation to become director of the Clarke Institute in Toronto and rebranded the Penile Plethysmograph for gay men by combining it with aversion therapy; showing patients hot gay sex and having them electrically shocked and/or sniff ammonia and then showing them straight sex as the ammonia and shocks stopped. Patients were so traumatized by the viewing of pornography, shocks and nausea that they began taking Sudafed ,same before sessions to kill their erections. They hoped a flaccid response would be viewed favorably by Fruend and his growing roster of therapists. In fact, the staff at the Clark Institute did view asexuality as an intermittent level of adjustment from homosexuality to heterosexuality.

In 1973, after years of criticism from gay activists, The Stonewall Riots and bitter dispute among psychiatrists and their traumatized patients, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality as a mental disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Supporters of the change used evidence from researchers such as Kinsey and Evelyn Hooker who showed there were no measurable differences between homosexual and heterosexual men in terms of emotional adjustment.

The clinicians at the Clarke Institute, scrambling to stay in the diagnostics business, rebranded the Penile Plethsymograph once again, with child pornography as the images, for sex offenders. It had a brief run before the courts ruled it was obscene and that all Penile Plethysmographs had to be turned into the authorities and set on fire.

In 1996, Fruend killed himself by swallowing a handful of sleeping pills and muscle relaxants and then washing them down with a bottle of cheap wine. The king of conversation therapy and his “fruit machine” were both dead, but an even bigger menace, and market, than homosexuality was terrifying the public and demanding a quick cure. As fortune would have it a new king was poised to seize the crown with his own set of gobbledygook theory and junk diagnostics ensuring that conversion therapy would have a brand new lease on life with sex offenders. 

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