Don't Do Drugs! Here take this.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A guide to psychiatric medications that increase suicide risks

If you knew that your psychiatric medication could potentially increase your risk of experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, would you still take it? And if you chose to continue the medication, how would you protect yourself against the possibility, however improbable, of experiencing such a serious side effect?

More >> A guide to psychiatric medications that increase suicide risks

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ritalin Linked With Sudden Death of Children

Research from The National Institute of Mental Health has revealed that popular Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) drugs like Ritalin are responsible for causing sudden death in many children. Study numbers indicate a 500 percent increased risk in childhood death from taking such mental health drugs.

More >> Ritalin Linked With Sudden Death of Children

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Decrease in potency leads to nasal H1N1 vaccine recall

Citing a slight decrease in the potency in the nasal version of the H1N1 vaccine, drug maker MedImmune is ordering a voluntary recall of the affected batches of FluMist. The recall will take over 4.5 million doses off the market following concerns that the potency of the vaccine is beginning to decrease.

More >> Decrease in potency leads to nasal H1N1 vaccine recall

Nearly 10,000 children on Ritalin

Medical experts believe that the sharp rise in young people taking Ritalin is due to the drug being over-prescribed

More >> Nearly 10,000 children on Ritalin

Sunday, December 27, 2009

How Do Children Get ADHD?

There is a lot of misunderstanding about ADHD which is basically a neurological condition in which the child has a certain chemical imbalance which means that he or she has difficulty in concentrating and may be hyperactive and impulsive. How do children get ADHD? It is not a disease in that it is contagious like a cold or measles but it is a mental disorder or condition.

More >> How Do Children Get ADHD?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Critical Alert about Ritalin and Your Child



The FDA's at it again. Protecting their sacred cash cow Big Pharma. And this time it might be at the expense of your child or grandchild's life.

A recent study conducted by the FDA and the National Institute of Mental Health revealed shocking information about the potential danger of Ritalin and other ADHD drugs to children.

These safe drugs may greatly increase the risk of sudden death. Yet no one is sounding the alarm. Least of all the FDA.

Get the facts you need to protect your children. Their very lives may depend on it! Watch this important video and visit http://www.hsibaltimore.com/youtube for more information.

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Health Disclaimer: The information provided in this video should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this video. Viewers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Medicaid and Antipsychotic Drugs for Children: Poverty at Work?

According to research discussed in the New York Times this morning, children whose family poverty makes them eligible for Medicaid are four times as likely to be given antipsychotic drugs than children whose families have private health insurance, and the drugs are more likely to be given to the Medicaid children for less severe mental and behavioral conditions (Wilson,D.[2009, Dec. 12]. Poor children likelier to get antipsychotics. New York Times, p. A1, p. A11). Concerns about this are related to the known potential side effects of such drugs, including serious weight gain and metabolic changes which do not disappear when the medication is stopped. Because of these worries, a group of state Medicaid directors has started a project called "Too Many, Too Much, Too Young" (sorry, I cannot find any web site discussing this project; can readers help?).

More >> Medicaid and Antipsychotic Drugs for Children: Poverty at Work?

Prescription narcotics cause more deaths than both heroin and cocaine

On the heels of the sudden death of celebrity actress Brittany Murphy (http://www.naturalnews.com/027781_B...), people are once again raising the question of just how dangerous prescription drugs might really be.

More >> Prescription narcotics cause more deaths than both heroin and cocaine

Another US kids' swine flu vaccine recalled

A week after 800,000 doses of children's swine flu vaccine were recalled in the United States for losing their potency, a second vaccine maker recalled its A(H1N1) nasal spray for the same reason.

More >> Another US kids' swine flu vaccine recalled

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Drug Prescription for Children is Troubling

American children are more than three times likely to be prescribed psychotropic medication than children in Europe and that is certainly troubling.

Every year more than 200 million drug prescriptions are written for children and teenagers in the U.S., according to California’s Board of Pharmacy.

In any two-week period in the United States, 13 million children take a prescription medication. And over 6 million of them are taking drug prescriptions for chronic diseases, like asthma, epilepsy, attention deficit disorders, arthritis, and diabetes which are the top five diseases that children take medications for.

The amount of drug prescriptions being given to U.S. children is outrageous. Compared to children in other countries, U.S. children are taking three times more drug prescriptions like antidepressants and stimulants and up to double the amount of antipsychotic than kids in some other countries.

The U.S. culture seems to encourage drugged up children. From a very young age, sometimes even before they leave the hospital at birth, kids are given medicine. Antibiotic drugs for colds and ear infections are prescribed (even though they don’t work for that purpose) plus pills for indigestion, fever, headaches and the flu.

Kids are taught that in order to "cure illness" they need to go to the doctor and get a prescription. Or they need to go to the corner drug store and get some liquid gel-cap to cure illness.

What makes matters worse, kids are exposed to TV commercials, some with animated characters and talking animals, pedaling drugs to their parents and sometimes directly to teens.

Now it’s widely accepted that drugging our children is state mandated, forced medication has become a growing trend.

There was a case, without the presence of a doctor, where a court decided to put a 6-year-old child with mild autism on five powerful antipsychotic drugs, even though none of drugs had been approved by the FDA for use in children. Sadly, the mother begged them not to do it.

Now besides the mind-altering drugs, young kids are prescribed many other unnecessary drugs to get a good nights sleep, heartburn medication or

statin drugs to lower cholesterol.



What the problem is here, none of these drugs address the real cause of the problem. Most all of these ailments are easily overcome if you change lifestyle habits.

It’s really a shame, that instead of the doctor writing a prescription for a child’s ailment, the parent should help the child change lifestyle habits, which would be a much better remedy. A better diet, daily exercise, additional healthy nutrients added to the diet and even relieving stress could be the very things that would improve the child’s condition.

But you have to understand doctors were not trained to do that in medical school. They never got enough education in medical school to be nutrition smart at all. Couple that with the fact they get tremendous pressure put on them by their professional organization plus the over-whelming pressure they get from the drug companies, and you see why this happens.

Here’s a strong warning I recommend to all parents. Please don’t let this happen to your child. Take a stand about how your child should be treated and cared for and stick to what is good for your child before your child’s life is ruined forever.

About the author:

Sonny grew up in a family business. After 29 years he left it to pursue a career in sales. After retirement he became interested in the Internet. He built some websites dealing with self-help issues and then his interest turned to health issues. You can retrieve his new free health ebook at: http://freehealthebook.homestead.com

Medicating our children

The use of ritalin and other drugs to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) in children remains controversial, with parents, patients, physicians, and the media taking different stances. Lucie Robson examines the debate around medicating our children.

More >> Medicating our children

How to Sue Drug Companies for Free

Defective drug legislation is big right now. Pharma is rapidly becoming the next big tobacco but on a much grander scale.

More >> How to Sue Drug Companies for Free

Monday, December 21, 2009

Balancing act: Moms-to-be weigh risks, benefits of antidepressants

Moms-to-be memorize a litany of nutritional dos and don'ts.

More >> Balancing act: Moms-to-be weigh risks, benefits of antidepressants

Forced Drugging and Special Services: A Holocaust in America’s Schools

Thousands of children across the nation are being poisoned, legally, by psychotropic and other medication that causes devastating health consequences and death. This “drugging” of America’s school children occurs in order to control behavior and attentional deficits in classroom environments.

More >> Forced Drugging and Special Services: A Holocaust in America’s Schools

Safety data from kid drug trials often unpublished

When drugs approved for adults are studied in youngsters, the research yields important safety data that could guide the use of these medications in children, a report published this week indicates.

More >> Safety data from kid drug trials often unpublished

Dangerous drugs OK'd for kids

The two faces of the FDA strike again – and this time, millions of American children are at risk.

Face Number One pretends it's worried sick over reports of weight gain, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in kids forced to swallow atypical antipsychotic drugs. Many of these dangerous drugs were never approved for use in children – but have been prescribed for them off-label.

Face Number Two then went and approved the use of two of these meds – Eli Lilly's Zyprexa and AstraZeneca's Seroquel – for teens... meaning some of those worrisome off-label uses will now be completely marketable.

More >> Dangerous drugs OK'd for kids

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dump Your Drugs



It's one of the fastest growing substance abuse problems in the country, and last year alone, it was the cause of 36 deaths in North Dakota. Prescription drug abuse is a definite cause for concern, but a new effort by the state Attorney General and several community police departments is trying to change that. Minot is one of four North Dakota pilot cities taking part in the Prescription Drug Take Back Program. Residents are urged to deposit their old or unused prescriptions in this box to prevent any future abuse of the medication. Minot Police Lieutenant, Jason Olson, says the box will be under 24-hour surveillance until the Ward County Drug Task Force is able to dispose of its contents. He believes small steps like these can go a long way in preventing a major drug-related accident. (Lt. Jason Olson, Minot Police Dept.) "It's just an effort with the Attorney General's office spearheading this project and we're just a drop point for that project for the Attorney General's office to help get those drugs out of the homes when they're unused, so they won't be a danger to the public." The box is located in the Minot Police Department's lobby area. Containers are also available in Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks.

Student Suspended And Assaulted For Handing Out ANTI-VACCINE Flyers

The flyers consisted of simple medical studies that disprove vaccine safety claims by the CDC. On December 16th Breckenridge High School was holding a free vaccination clinic for all willing students, I signed up on the 14th and intended to enter the science room to hand out educational flyers.

More >> Student Suspended And Assaulted For Handing Out ANTI-VACCINE Flyers

Saturday, December 19, 2009

As bipolar diagnoses in foster children rise, informed consent becomes a bygone

Powerful mood-altering drugs were prescribed to hundreds of Illinois foster children without the required consent of state child welfare officials, a Tribune analysis of government data has found.

More >> As bipolar diagnoses in foster children rise, informed consent becomes a bygone

Big Pharma paid $500,000 to Chicago psychiatrists who used children as guinea pigs

A federal lawsuit has been filed against pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca for its role in paying Chicago psychiatrist Dr. Michael Reinstein nearly $500,000 over the course of a decade to conduct research and to promote its anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel. Reinstein is being accused of wrongfully preying on thousands of mentally-ill patients in order to rake in profits for AstraZeneca.

More >> Big Pharma paid $500,000 to Chicago psychiatrists who used children as guinea pigs

Friday, December 18, 2009

Brown Settles $21.3M Medi-Cal Fraud Suit

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced Thursday a $21.3 million settlement with Schering-Plough Corporation, resolving allegations the company "deliberately inflated" the price of Albuterol and other drugs, causing California's Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program to overpay millions of dollars in pharmacy reimbursement.

More >> Brown Settles $21.3M Medi-Cal Fraud Suit

P&G recalls DayQuil not in child-proof packaging

Procter & Gamble Co said on Friday that it is recalling some Vicks DayQuil Cold & Flu medicine that did not come in a childproof package.

More >> P&G recalls DayQuil not in child-proof packaging

Autism Rates Jump 57% as Awareness of Disease Grows

Autism rates increased 57 percent from 2002 to 2006, part of a decades-long surge of cases as doctors and parents become more aware of the disorder.

More >> Autism Rates Jump 57% as Awareness of Disease Grows

Antidepressants cut risk of hospital readmission for suicidal youth

Suicidal adolescents who were prescribed an antidepressant medication during inpatient psychiatric hospital treatment were 85 percent less likely than others to be readmitted within a month after discharge, a new study found.

More >> Antidepressants cut risk of hospital readmission for suicidal youth

Children are Alleged Victims of Medical Malpractice at Streamwood Behavioral Health Center

Some of our most vulnerable youth have been the victims of alleged abuse at Streamwood Behavioral Health Center – one of Illinois’s largest psychiatric hospitals.

More >> Children are Alleged Victims of Medical Malpractice at Streamwood Behavioral Health Center

Psychiatrist faces Grassley's wrath over Medicaid prescribing

A Miami psychiatrist has incurred the wrath of no less than Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who argues that the doctor is dramatically over-prescribing medications for Medicaid patients.

More >> Psychiatrist faces Grassley's wrath over Medicaid prescribing

Brain Finding Raises Concerns About Seizure Drug in Children

Discoveries concerning the formation of synapses reveal many secrets of the brain, from the overlapping mechanism of epilepsy and pain to persistent cravings in addiction.

More >> Brain Finding Raises Concerns About Seizure Drug in Children

Thursday, December 17, 2009

WV Health Officials Explain H1N1 Vaccine Recall

On Wednesday, state health officials said 4,900 doses of Sanofi Pasteur’s pre-filled syringe of H1N1 vaccine, for children six to 35 months of age, have been voluntarily recalled after post shipping tests of the vaccine showed antigen levels less than recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

More >> WV Health Officials Explain H1N1 Vaccine Recall

TeenScreen - Controversial and Unscientific



National Public Radio: "This is a program that has some very vocal critics. They say Teenscreen usurps parental authority, sends kids to therapy who might not need it and they say the program encourages families to put adolescents on antidepressant drugs."

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Antipsychotic Prescribing in Children: What We Know—What We Need to Know

A pair of recent research articles has cast the public spotlight on treating children and adolescents with antipsychotic medications.1,2 In the first report, a large and broadly representative group of child and adolescent patients, all naive to antipsychotic medications, was followed for approximately 10 weeks after initiating treatment with olanzapine, risperidone, quetiapine, or aripiprazole. The average weight increase ranged from 18.7 pounds (olanzapine) to 9.7 pounds (aripiprazole).3 In the second report, Medicaid-insured youth were found to be approximately 4 times as likely as privately insured youth to fill prescriptions for antipsychotic medications. Only a minority of the privately-insured (32.6%) and Medicaid-insured (26.9%) youth had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or a pervasive developmental disorder.4

More >> Antipsychotic Prescribing in Children: What We Know—What We Need to Know

Fox News Covers Mass Drugging of Society with Lithium

In the remarkable Fox News report posted below, Dr. Archelle Georgiou, described as a well-recognized physician leader who “helps consumers make better health care decisions,” argues the case for adding lithium to the water supply. Georgiou is affiliated with the Center for Health Transformation, an organization founded by the notorious neocon Newt Gingrich.

Fox News Covers Mass Drugging of Society with Lithium

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Medicaid children take more antipsychotics

Riddle me this: Why would children covered by Medicaid get antipsychotic drugs four times more often than children covered by private insurance? And why would the Medicaid kids often get those drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts did? The New York Times poses these questions today after federally funded research discovered the imbalance.


More >> Medicaid children take more antipsychotics

Seizure Drug Limits Aggression in Kids With ADHD

If your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is having trouble controlling his aggressive behaviors, adding a drug commonly used to treat seizures and manic depression may help, according to a small new study.

More >> Seizure Drug Limits Aggression in Kids With ADHD

Monday, December 14, 2009

Glaxo Said to Have Paid $1 Billion in Paxil Suits (Update1)

GlaxoSmithKline Plc has paid almost $1 billion to resolve lawsuits over Paxil since it introduced the antidepressant in 1993, including about $390 million for suicides or attempted suicides said to be linked to the drug, according to court records and people familiar with the cases.

More >> Glaxo Said to Have Paid $1 Billion in Paxil Suits (Update1)

Why Are We Drugging Our Kids?

PsychRights now has a national "Medicaid Fraud Initiative Against Psychiatric Drugging of Children & Youth," designed to address this problem by "having lawsuits brought against the doctors prescribing these harmful, ineffective drugs, their employers, and the pharmacies filling these prescriptions and submitting them to Medicaid for reimbursement," according to its web site.

More >> Why Are We Drugging Our Kids?

The Ugly Facts About Adhd Medication

You may be shocked to know that the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) had to issue a warning to doctors and pediatricians across the nation about psychostimulant drugs used in ADHD medication. They have warned of possible heart complications and even a risk of severe psychiatric symptoms which may develop in children who have been prescribed with these drugs. One of the drugs Strattera has been associated with suicidal thoughts in some children and adolescents. I could only shake my head in disbelief when I discovered that Strattera is only for adults with ADHD!

More >> The Ugly Facts About Adhd Medication

Regarding Medicaid Giving children antipsychoic drugs

I am not surprised by kids under Medicaid getting antipsychoic drugs more and for less serious ailments. Drug companies are out for money for profit..The older anti anxiety drugs don't work as well anymore so they are combining say prozac with zyperxa. The latter is intended only for more serious conditons than anxiety....So people are drugged more unless someone is there to protect them or their children. If you don't have a brain to question what the heck this is for or someone to speak up for you and ask the questions what are the side effects, long term problems with the drug, and what happens when this child or adult wants to get off the drug?? Then you don't stand a chance in not getting the medicine you don't need.

More >> Regarding Medicaid Giving children antipsychoic drugs

Sunday, December 13, 2009

US Kids Represent Psychiatric Drug Goldmine

Prescriptions for psychiatric drugs increased 50 percent with children in the US, and 73 percent among adults, from 1996 to 2006, according to a study in the May/June 2009 issue of the journal Health Affairs. Another study in the same issue of Health Affairs found spending for mental health care grew more than 30 percent over the same ten-year period, with almost all of the increase due to psychiatric drug costs.

US Kids Represent Psychiatric Drug Goldmine

Saturday, December 12, 2009

DSM-5 Publication Date Moved to May 2013

On 10 December, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued a press release announcing a revised timeline for publishing the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), moving the anticipated release date from May 2012 to May 2013.

More >> DSM-5 Publication Date Moved to May 2013

remember, this book was co-written by the drug companies.

Can Therapy Be Addictive? : The Power and Terror of Termination

Despite the disappointing experiences with therapy recently reported by PT blogger Carla Cantor, psychotherapy has been shown to be effective in most cases. This is especially true when psychotherapy is combined with psychiatric medication for treating more severe and debilitating mental disorders. Having said this, I would remind readers that there is, for me, especially today, really no such thing as “therapy” per se: only differently trained clinicians with different personalities, skills and different degrees and kinds of education and experience, providing what they believe to be the best therapeutic treatment for the patient’s problems. While according to some research, no one single theoretical approach to therapy is, in the final analysis, clearly superior to others, not all psychotherapists are created equal. Which is why the consumer of mental health services must be mindful that it is not just a generic matter of “going to therapy” as much as carefully finding the right therapist for you. One area of particular importance in my opinion pertains to how psychotherapists deal (or avoid dealing) with anger or rage, a topic I’ve posted about frequently. But another equally fundamental matter has to do with how therapists tackle the ticklish process of termination.

More >> Can Therapy Be Addictive? : The Power and Terror of Termination

Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics

New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts, the data shows.

More >> Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bullshit--Anti-Psychiatry and Anti-Medication Song



This song is from my album "Songs from the Locked Ward," written and recorded in the summer of 2009.

I wrote it as a testament to the horrors people suffer at the hands of psychiatry---the lack of empathy, the forced medication, the involuntary hospitalizations, the pseudoscience of psychiatric studies, the lies about genetic causes of mental problems, the corrupt ties of researchers to Big Pharma, the shallow and emotionally blind therapists, the denial of trauma, and the denial of full recovery, to name a few .

As a therapist, I've heard these stories---in painful detail---from my patients all too many times.

A few notes: I mention E. Fuller Torrey, the author of "Surviving Schizophrenia," in this song. I find his biological and forced treatment point of view repugnant. He's on Youtube, so you can see him for yourself.

I also mention Peter Breggin. He's a radical psychiatrist and heroic critic of psychiatry. He's also on Youtube---and I've put up some video interviews of him as well.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Side effects from antipsychotic drugs on kids lead to calls for new FDA review

It was just at the end of October that the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study which found that children taking the latest generation of antipsychotic drugs gain significant amounts of weight -- as much as 18.7 pounds on average in just 11 weeks. Young people taking Eli Lilly's (LLY) Zyprexa gained the most compared to those on other antipsychotics. Researchers recommended that doctors prescribing those drugs keep close tabs on their young patients' weights.

More >> Side effects from antipsychotic drugs on kids lead to calls for new FDA review

Drugging our children to death – Gwen Olsen

Gwen Olsen spent more than a decade as a sales rep in the pharmaceutical industry, working for health care giants such as Johnson Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories. A well-known media resource, she has been in numerous print, radio, and television media reports, and testified before Congress and the FDA. A 2007 Human Rights Award winner, she currently devotes her time to writing, national speaking engagements, and mental health activism and is the author of the new book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher.

More >> Drugging our children to death – Gwen Olsen

Zypreza, Seroquel Side Effects in Children Need Further Review: FDA Staff

According to documents released Friday, FDA staff members say that the agency needs to conduct more of an in-depth investigation into the metabolic side effects for children using Seroquel, Zyprexa and other newer atypical antipsychotics, which could lead to weight gain, diabetes and other serious health problems.

More >> Zypreza, Seroquel Side Effects in Children Need Further Review: FDA Staff

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Handbook: A Physician's Guide to ADHD, second edition by J. Gordon Millichap

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Handbook: A Physician's Guide to ADHD, second edition by J. Gordon Millichap

A free PDF download.

Weight gain in children with antipsychotics recommended by FDA staff

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration medical reviewers said that Friday the agency should conduct an additional review of antipsychotic drugs to check the impact of weight gain in children, which is a common side-effect of the drugs.

More >> Weight gain in children with antipsychotics recommended by FDA staff

Harvard Suicide Victim’s Father Sues School Over Prescriptions

The father of a Harvard College sophomore who killed himself in 2007 sued the school’s president and fellows for wrongful death, alleging the institution’s health service prescribed drugs known to increase suicide risk.

More >> Harvard Suicide Victim’s Father Sues School Over Prescriptions

Monday, November 30, 2009

Many Ways To Die From Psychiatric Drugs

There are many ways to die from legal psychiatric drugs: through overdose, through illness occasioned by the devastating effects of the drug upon the body’s organs, through suicide and loss of impulse control (many psychiatric medications list such among their many adverse reactions) or simply through accidents that result from loss of judgment and reaction time on the part of persons driving vehicles or handling machinery whilst “high” on such medications.

Many Ways To Die From Psychiatric Drugs

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Facts about Tamiflu - Biomed Middle East

Facts about Tamiflu - Biomed Middle East



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Expectant moms use too many dangerous drugs

Despite recent warnings about the dangers of using certain drugs during pregnancy, many expectant moms continue to take medications that cause birth defects.

Expectant moms use too many dangerous drugs

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

FDA Approves Abilify for Children with Autism

Abilify, an anti-psychotic drug, has been approved for treatment of "irritability" in children with autism.

FDA Approves Abilify for Children with Autism

California takes medical marijuana too far

In California, children as young as 14 years old can legally use marijuana. The state allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients, including those under the age of 18. Although there is no hard data on how many minors have been given the drug, anecdotal evidence reported in The New York Times suggests it does occur.

More >> California takes medical marijuana too far
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Parents treating children with medical marijuana cited in mainstream media

Monday, November 23, 2009

Urgent review to be undertaken of 'tainted' ADHD guidelines

FEDERAL Health Minister Nicola Roxon's advisers were warned in August last year that drug company payments to a world-renowned US expert on ADHD could have tainted proposed new Australian guidelines for the drug.

However, it was only last month that the National Health and Medical Research Council ordered a rethink of the guidelines - on how ADHD should be treated - because of concerns the doctor's research had been compromised by the drug company funding.

More >> Urgent review to be undertaken of 'tainted' ADHD guidelines

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ritalin? But my son’s only two

I am going to give you a prescription for sleeping pills,” the doctor said, signing the blue chit. He tore it off the pad and handed it to me. “Don’t worry, they will really help.” I fit the stereotype of the exhausted mother, yes, but the prescription — for Circadin tablets, to be taken every night — wasn’t for me. It was for my two-year-old, who at that moment was playing with a box of toys on the floor of the doctor’s office. “I would also like to suggest that he has a closely monitored three-week trial on Ritalin, or a drug like Ritalin,” the doctor — a neuropsychiatrist — continued. “Are you sure?” I asked. “He’s only 2.”

Ritalin? But my son’s only two

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Autism treatments: Risky alternative therapies have little basis in science

Thousands of U.S. children undergo these therapies and many more at the urging of physicians who say they can successfully treat, or "recover," children with autism, a disorder most physicians and scientists say they cannot yet explain or cure.

But after reviewing thousands of pages of court documents and scientific studies and interviewing top researchers in the field, the Tribune found that many of these treatments amount to uncontrolled experiments on vulnerable children.

More >> Autism treatments: Risky alternative therapies have little basis in science

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Viagra Helpful for Children With Heart Defect

Viagra Helpful for Children With Heart Defect

The erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil, commonly known as Viagra, boosts the heart’s pumping ability in children and young adults who’ve had the Fontan operation to correct single-ventricle heart defects, researchers report.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Excerpts from Robert Whitaker's "Anatomy of an Epidemic: Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America"

The percentage of Americans disabled by mental illness has increased fivefold since 1955, when Thorazine - remembered today as psychiatry's first "wonder" drug - was introduced into the market.

Excerpts from Robert Whitaker's "Anatomy of an Epidemic: Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America"

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

How much medication is too much for kids with ADD?

Attention deficit disorder is a neurological disorder causing problems with attention span, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors.

More >> How much medication is too much for kids with ADD?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Baby Z Cured of Rare Disease in 3 Days

Baby Z had a one in a million chance of developing a rare metabolic disorder called molybdenum cofactor deficiency and zero chance of avoiding the inevitable death sentence that comes with it.


More >> Baby Z Cured of Rare Disease in 3 Days

Cures aren't profitable. That's why they usually like to manage disease.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Why is Your Doctor Getting Your Child Hooked on Unnecessary Drugs?

Unfortunately it is becoming more and more common to hear reports of how the pharmaceutical industry is manipulating scientific findings and in turn readily handing out prescriptions to children, often unnecessarily. The factor that seems to be driving this trend is very simply the almighty dollar. Keep reading to find out who is responsible for this recent trend, and why your doctor may be getting your child hooked on unnecessary drugs.

More >> Why is Your Doctor Getting Your Child Hooked on Unnecessary Drugs?

Regulation of Psychotherapy: The Maresfield Report

Worth reading.

More >> Regulation of Psychotherapy: The Maresfield Report

Friday, November 6, 2009

Foster-"Guinea Pigs":

Foster-"Guinea Pigs":
A System of Perpetrators, Not "Protectors"


Too many times, our systems of authority lose sight of the reason(s) for their establishment.

That's not to say that we, the people, are absolved of any responsibility where that is concerned; for we are supposed to maintain vigilant eyes over our systems and offices. The people, of any state or nation, should always be the firm voices of governance for their elected officials and public servants.

Commentary: The Medicated Child and the Compliant Parent

On November 3rd, 2009 Frontline aired a program on the subject of a dramatic increase in the number of children being diagnosed with serious psychiatric disorders.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Overmedicating our kids

How do you deal with a school, an elementary school, that tells a parent, "We want your child out. We would rather see your child fail than the whole class fail." We have a lot of difficult children at QUEST, but this little girl is not one of them. Pretty quiet, always needing hugs and prone to simple tears. But compared to the bedlam in the rest of the room, she is almost a model child. And, this is a biggie, she has a mom who cares, who goes to meet with teachers and sends her child for psychological intervention.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Psychiatric Medication linked to Premature Child Delivery

The chances of premature child delivery is more among pregnant women with a history of depression and use of psychiatric medication, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Washington, University of Michigan and Michigan State University found that a combination of medication use and depression, either before or during pregnancy, was strongly linked to delivery before 35 weeks’ gestation.

More >> Psychiatric Medication linked to Premature Child Delivery

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Weight Gain Associated With Antipsychotic Drugs

Weight Gain Associated With Antipsychotic Drugs

Young children and adolescents who take the newest generation of antipsychotic medications risk rapid weight gain and metabolic changes that could lead to diabetes, hypertension and other illnesses, according the biggest study yet of first-time users of the drugs.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex: A Deadly Fairy Tale

It has been a particularly bad month for the pharmaceutical industrial complex in its ongoing litigations in American courts. Among the main pharmaceutical headlines, Merck’s Gardasil vaccine for HPV, now being widely administered to pre-teens, was found to be linked to amyltrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease; following a $1.4 billion fine in promoting one of its blockbuster drugs Zyprexa off-label, deceptive correspondence was uncovered by Eli Lilly gaming the system again by promoting another one of its drugs, Cymbalta, off-label for fibromyalgia; AstraZeneca was fined $160 million for scamming the Medicaid system in Kentucky after being fined $215 million for ripping off Alabama; Glaxo lost a Pennsylvania trial for failing to warn doctors and pregnant women of the dangers of its antidepressant drug Paxil related to birth defects; and Pfizer scored a record-breaking fine of $2.3 billion for illegally marketing several drugs over the years: Bextra, Zyvox, Geodon and Lyrica. These kinds of charges, among the many others, have become a habit for drug makers for the past dozen years.

The Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex: A Deadly Fairy Tale

Tamiflu Shortage Forces Pharmacists To Be Creative

The demand for children’s liquid Tamiflu is skyrocketing as more kids get sick with both seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus. That’s created shortages and has forced Omaha pharmacies to make their own version of the drug.

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FDA Approves Seasonal Flu Vaccine For Children

The FDA approved a seasonal flu vaccine this week for children that had been approved for adults over 18.

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Epilepsy Drugs May Trigger Schizophrenia

Drugs given to prevent seizures in epileptic children may contribute to the development of schizophrenia later in life, according to researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Young schizophrenic at her mind's mercy



To read the story, go to http://tinyurl.com/msvvgm
January Schofield has schizophrenia. Potent psychiatric drugs in doses that would stagger most adults seem to skip off her. She is among the rarest of the rare: a child seemingly born mentally ill.

Multiple Personality Disorder



Documentary by Michael Mierendorf 1993. As a psychology student, I strongly recommend this film! I learnt so much from it. This film is really hard to find today. I am uploading it just for education and archive proposes. Please support the film maker. Buy his latest works, and do not duplicate this film.

Exclusive Interview with Michael Moore - Part 1 of 2


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This is a video featuring documentary film maker, Michael Moore discussing this nations Drugging of Our Children and exactly how that ties in with what really happened at the Columbine High School massacre.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Florida foster kids slower to get medications now

New practices after the death of a 7-year-old foster child who took psychiatric medications have slowed the flow of the drugs to children in state care, local health-care providers say. Whether those changes are for the better is a contentious question.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Child Genius can also be ADHD Ritalin Candidate

nstein, Newton, Edison, Beethoven, Caruso, and Churchill were all ADHD candidates. What would the world be like without them? Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four years old and he didn’t read until he was seven. The instructors described him as mentally slow, unsociable and a dreamer. He was later expelled from school.

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Thoughts on the drugging of children

Research urged on ADHD drug effects

New findings on side-effects of drugs used to treat ADHD are prompting concern among medical experts.

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ADHD medication may be making some children psychotic

ADHD medication may be making some children psychotic

CHILDREN as young as five have attempted suicide or are severely depressed while on the controversial drugs to treat ADHD.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Florida lawmakers pledge action on psychiatric drugs in foster care

Alarmed lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to push through legislation next year to try to prevent overuse of mind-altering drugs by foster children after the apparent suicide of a 7-year-old boy last April.

Florida lawmakers pledge action on psychiatric drugs in foster care

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Doctor Admits Vaccine Is More Deadly Than Swine Flu Itself & Will Not Give It To His Kids



The Swine Flu is an orchestrated attempt to spread fear and chaos into the population and to try to get people vaccinated, which everyone should know contains mercury that damages your nervous system. Mercury, of course, is one of the most toxic substances you can put in a human body. It is a heavy metal known to contribute to neurological disorders, including autism, dementia, and even Alzheimer's disease. Mercury also tends to build up in tissues in the human body and is not easily removed, so even small exposures to mercury can accumulate over time and end up compromising the health of the person involved. Baxter, the makers of the flu vaccines was caught putting live bird flu in the vaccines and making people get more sick and ill with the help of the World Health Organization (WHO). DO NOT TAKE THE VACCINE! Unless of course you want to have the possibility of dying and destroying your immune system and have all sorts of side effects and you are determined for your own personal destruction - then by all means get it. If you are an intelligent person and not a sheep who cannot critically think for yourself - research further and you will come to the conclusion that this vaccine is a big scam and should not enter one single human body.

Adverse drug events more common in kids than thought

Could your children be getting sick from the medications doctors are prescribing them? An 11-year national study conducted by Children’s Hospital Boston, published this month in Pediatrics, shows that side effects or accidental overdoses of medications are more common than you might think. These adverse drug reactions are causing more than half a million doctor’s visits per year, especially in children age 4 and younger.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

DSM V and the Diagnosing of Human Behavior

A recent story in U.S. News and World Report states, "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, as it is known, is hugely influential because it determines what is and is not a mental disorder. In turn, it is responsible for much of the sales growth in prescription drugs." In a recent article in Psychiatric Times Dr. Allen Frances discusses his concerns about the way the next version of the DSM is being formulated and the possibility that formerly normal human behaviors will be become "medicalized".

DSM V and the Diagnosing of Human Behavior

Children face swine flu drug test

The first children in Britain have started receiving a swine flu vaccine as part of a major new trial.

Researchers are hoping to use around 1,000 youngsters over the next fortnight to see which of two different drugs perform the best.

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Many Kids Suffer Medication Side Effects: Study

More than half a million kids a year are treated for medication side effects in American outpatient clinics and emergency rooms, according to new data.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Children's and Infants' Tylenol Recall Underway

A voluntary recall of several varieties of children’s and infants’ Tylenol has been announced by the drug’s manufacturer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Specific lots and flavors of 21 Tylenol products are being recalled, including Children’s Tylenol® Suspension 4 oz. Strawberry, Children’s Tylenol® Pediatric Suspension 1 oz. Cherry, and Infants’ Tylenol® Suspension Drops ½ oz. Grape.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Psychiatrists lay down the rules for prescribing to kids*

A psychiatrist contemplating the prescription of psychotropic medications to a kid should open communications to the child's pediatrician. He should ensure that the child and her family grasp the objectives, side effects and benefits of the proposed medication, and agree it's needed. The psychiatrist should have a detailed plan to monitor the effects of the medication and change or discontinue the drug if it's not getting the job done or has untoward side effects.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Claritin response to claim kids being used as drug pushers

In a previous post I made here, I was shocked that kids are being used to push drugs in these commercials. I did contact the company and have received a response. Although I still disagree with their stance and use of children in pushing their drugs, here is their response in full and unedited:

Claritin response to claim kids being used as drug pushers

Saturday, September 12, 2009

HPV Vaccine Endorsed for Males

Gardasil, already a $1-billion vaccine marketed worldwide to young women, was endorsed Wednesday for use in young men, too, reports CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ADHD drugs don't help children long term

Stimulant drugs like Ritalin that are used to treat ADHD don't improve children's symptoms long term, according to new research published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Children's Hospital receives federal contract to study antibiotic use in children with UTIs

In the largest study of its kind, pediatric researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have received a federal contract for a project to determine the most beneficial method of using antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children.

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Are autistic kids in the foster care system being over medicated?

Who should we as a society be watching out for more than kids with disabilities who are in foster care? They are kids. They are disabled. They don’t have their parents to advocate for them. They are our responsibility once they enter into the foster care system.

Read more: http://leftbrainrightbrain.co.uk/?p=2943#ixzz0QcRVqhS4

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

ADHD, Stimulants, Children and Sudden Death

Imagine if your child was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and was started on a course of stimulant psychiatric medications (like Ritalin), a standard treatment used for ADHD.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Depression signs found in 15 per cent of preschoolers

In a five-year study published in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, researchers conclude that 15 per cent of infants and preschoolers have symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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Tamiflu misuse yielding drug-resistant strains of H1N1 virus

Indiscriminate use of antiviral medications to prevent and treat influenza could ease the way for drug-resistant strains of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, to emerge, public health officials warn -- making the fight against a pandemic that much harder.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Foster children need compassion better than medication

Children in state care have lost everything: their families, their security and their identity, so it’s natural for them to be sad, depressed and angry against their circumstances.

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How Young is Too Young to Diagnose Depression?

Any parent can attest that the “Terrible 2’s” are a moody, temperamental time in the life of a toddler. Many kids are irritable and seem to throw temper tantrums for no reason, and some engage in more destructive behaviors like biting, hitting, and kicking themselves or others. Unfortunately, for some children, this phase lasts well beyond their third birthday. Are these kids just demonstrating the outward signs of emotional immaturity, or are they suffering from clinical depression? A new study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and published in Archives of General Psychiatry suggests it may be the latter.

More >> How Young is Too Young to Diagnose Depression?

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights

The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40's and 50's on behalf of African American civil rights. The public mental health system is creating a huge class of chronic mental patients through forcing them to take ineffective, yet extremely harmful drugs.

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DCF looks to fix drug problem

The head of Florida’s child welfare agency vowed to carry out and put dollars behind recommendations in a recent report that shows officials have often ignored years-old guidelines on medicating children in state care.

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Buy Ritalin Online Without Prescription

Ritalin is one of the most widely prescribed Psychostimulant. It was made in 1959 by CIBA (now known as Novartis) in United States. The drug is usually prescribed to cure Attention disorders or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in school going children. Ritalin is a stimulant which acts on the central nervous system and increases the rate at which neurochemicals (dopamine) are released in brain.

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Teen trippin' on ADHD drugs can be a real downer

Teen trippin' on ADHD drugs can be a real downer

Calls to poison control centers about teens abusing attention-deficit drugs soared 76 percent over eight years, sobering evidence about the dangerous consequences of prescription misuse, a study shows.
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Calls to poison control centers for U.S. teenagers who have overdosed on attention deficit drugs rose 76 percent over eight years, researchers reported on Monday.

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Abuse of ADHD Drugs on the Rise

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Dangers of Vaccines

Massive Brain Drugging of Children Now Underway

Get ready for generation Z (Z for zombie). The brains of a generation of children are now being fried by fraudulent brain drugs. Antidepressants are now the number one prescription in America – and our children are the target market.

More >> Massive Brain Drugging of Children Now Underway

Friday, August 21, 2009

Editorial: Fla. must follow drug rules for foster children

Nevertheless, medication policy should not be aimed at mere control, but rather at proper care and nurturing of the child.

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Why aren't these bastards put in jail for drug trafficking?

Codeine may be fatal to children after tonsil surgery

As a result of the new research, published Thursday, physicians at the Hospital for Sick Children no longer prescribe codeine after the operation

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Children at Risk of Accidental Drug Overdose

Most parents install child safety locks on their cleaning closets to keep kids out of the Clorox, but many leave the medicine cabinets unprotected. A new study from the Center for Disease Control shows that children are twice as likely to visit the emergency room for overdosing on medicine than on other household products.

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Testing begins on experimental flu vaccine for children

On one of his last days of summer vacation, Hunter Sears would have preferred to still be in bed at 10 a.m., or maybe just settling in for a few good hours of television.

So why, exactly, was the 13-year-old Anne Arundel County boy sitting in his Annapolis pediatrician's office yesterday, his orange T-shirt rolled up to his shoulder as a nurse first took blood from his arm and then gave him a shot he didn't need to get?

More >> Testing begins on experimental flu vaccine for children

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Schools plan H1N1 vaccination clinics





Schools plan H1N1 vaccination clinics

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

How does Tamiflu work?

How does Tamiflu work?

The British Medical Journal answers your questions about Tamiflu, the drug being used to treat swine flu

Should 3-Year-Olds Take Antidepressants?

Try to access the Web site of the Archives of General Psychiatry, and you may have to abide an ad for the antidepressant Pristiq before you can enter. (JAMA and its Archives Journals “do not endorse the advertised product,” you’ll be assured.)

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

12,000 Oklahoma children to be tested with new H1N1 flu vaccine to see any side effects

Because H1N1 flu is a novel virus, parents are concerned as 12,000 children in Oklahoma are going to be tested with vaccinations for H1N1 to see whether there are any serious side effects. Some parents are complaining the only benefit is going to be for the vaccine manufacturers. Other parents say numerous children will die, not from the new vaccine, but from the novel virus that combines avian, swine, and human viruses.

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Children’s Mercy will test swine flu vaccine on 120 kids

Testing of swine flu vaccine on children could begin next week at Children’s Mercy Hospital and other medical centers nationwide.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

New FDA Study Confirms Antidepressants (SSRIs) Increase Suicide Risks in Children & Young Adults

A study issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday of this week confirms that people under age 25 who take antidepressants are at a greater risk of suicidal thoughts and tendencies than older adults taking the same medication. The antidepressant drugs specifically addressed were those generally referred to as SSRIs and SNRI's which include medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Effexor and Zoloft. This study was not a shocking result, but did confirm the validity of the "black box" warning the FDA required on these types of drugs addressing the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and tendencies in individuals below the age of 25 taking this kind of medication.

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Fla. officials detail child medication use

A Florida panel of state child-welfare authorities says foster children in the state are frequently given drugs by caregivers to curb unruly behavior.

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The Battle Over Tamiflu

Should children suffering with flu-like symptoms be treated with Tamiflu?

British researchers say no, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization say yes.

So who’s right?

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Child-welfare panel: Psychotropic drugs relied on to manage foster kids

Admitting for the first time what critics have claimed for years, state child-welfare authorities say caregivers for children in state custody frequently use powerful mind-altering drugs to manage unruly kids, rather than treat their anger and sadness.

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Chemists back in scheme for sake of patient safety

CHAOS IN the Wexford pharmacy service is due to end today (Wednesday) as local chemists begin filling medical card prescriptions again in the interest of patient safety.

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Antidepressant suicide risk varies by age: FDA

People under age 25 who take antidepressants have a higher risk of suicide, but adults older than that do not, an analysis by U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers released on Tuesday showed.

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'Tamiflu turned my children into hallucinating, sobbing wrecks'

This week, it was with no small measure of satisfaction that I watched Andy Burnham, our implausibly youthful Health Secretary, squirm on the GMTV sofa.

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9 Drug-Free Approaches to Managing ADHD

For decades, Ritalin and similar stimulants have reigned over other treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD or ADD. The meds are seemingly tried and true, with numerous studies backing their effectiveness. However, the latest results from the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD, the largest investigation of the benefits of medication against behavioral therapy, found that stimulants' effects wane over time. In addition, the study found that more than 60 percent of the children on stimulants stopped taking the medication within eight years. What's more, the medications used in the study might have stunted participants' growth, researchers concluded.

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First Pediatric Patient Treated With Aptocine(TM), a Novel Light-Activated Drug, in Neurofibromatosis Study

Light Sciences Oncology, Inc. (LSO) today announced the treatment of the first patient in an investigator-sponsored Phase 1 pediatric study of its novel light-activated drug Aptocine(TM) (talaporfin sodium) in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). Investigators at the Neurofibromatosis/Neuro-Oncology Clinic of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) treated a pediatric patient with NF-1 and plexiform neurofibromas (PN) using Aptocine, which is also in late-stage development for solid tumors. The Neurofibromatosis/Neuro-Oncology Clinic is a program providing care and treatment for children with brain tumors and children with NF-1 and severe and/or life-threatening tumors. Michael Fisher, M.D., at CHOP's Division of Oncology, is the principal investigator of the study.

More >> First Pediatric Patient Treated With Aptocine(TM), a Novel Light-Activated Drug, in Neurofibromatosis Study

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vaccinations and CPS

I stopped vaccinating my son because I believe he had a severe rash due to a vaccine. I have done some further research and I am strongly opposed to any more vaccinations, even for any child I may have in the future. I am concerned for the possibility of child protective services coming to my door and trying to take my son. Do they have the power to take my children and force vaccination? Furthermore, the last pediatrician I went to refused to treat my son because I did not want to continue vaccinating. Can a practitioner force vaccination on my family or report me to child protective services for declining vaccines?

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No Tamiflu for children, doctors told

Doctors should stop giving Tamiflu to children as a routine treatment for swine flu, researchers concluded after finding the drug can cause more harm than good.

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NHS considering trial of vaccine on children

Children in five English cities could be among the first to be vaccinated against swine flu if a trial to test its effectiveness in children goes ahead.

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NHS considering trial of vaccine on children

Children in five English cities could be among the first to be vaccinated against swine flu if a trial to test its effectiveness in children goes ahead.

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Experimental drug effective in killing roundworms-paper

An experimental drug developed by scientists in China appears to be effective in killing roundworms, a parasite that lurks in the intestines and which affects nearly two billion people in tropical countries.

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We Got a disagreement here

Brushing off concerns about the use of anti-virals for treating children, experts dealing with A(H1N1) influenza here have stressed their safety.

Tamiflu and Relenza are the recommended drugs for treating swine flu. The swine flu virus has been found to be resistant to other anti-viral drugs and hence these drugs are commonly used. However, recently, concerns have been raised over their safety for children.

Experts say Tamiflu safe for children

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http://druggingchildren.blogspot.com/2009/08/tamiflu-harmful-for-children.html

http://druggingchildren.blogspot.com/2009/07/study-tamiflu-causes-nausea-and.html

http://druggingchildren.blogspot.com/2009/07/half-of-children-taking-tamiflu-have.html

Ever get the feeling that you're getting some mixed messages here?

Ethics Complaints Could Cost Metro Psychiatrist His License

A Leawood psychiatrist accused of prescribing medication to patients he has never examined and having inappropriate contact with some of his patients could lose his license after a hearing on Tuesday afternoon.

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Massive Brain Drugging of Children Now Underway

Get ready for generation Z (Z for zombie). The brains of a generation of children are now being fried by fraudulent brain drugs. Antidepressants are now the number one prescription in America – and our children are the target market.

More >> Massive Brain Drugging of Children Now Underway

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Medication Implicated in Drug Abuse

Those who work in drug treatment have long known often a drug abusers history includes childhood use of attention deficit medication

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Push is on to end prescription drug ads targeting consumers

Prescription drug advertising has never had it easy, but lately the $4.3 billion ad sector has come under attack from lawmakers who are trying to get the ads off the airwaves.

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'Tamiflu harmful for children'

Children should not be given the anti-viral drug Tamiflu because its harms outweigh any benefits, researchers have said.

'Tamiflu harmful for children'

Sunday, August 9, 2009

12million children could be given untested swine flu vaccine

The swine flu vaccine which will be offered to 12 million children in the UK may not have been tested on infants by the time the first batches arrive.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Should Your 3-Year-Old Be On Antidepressants?

But look for a pharma affiliation for the author of the article "Preschool Depression," Joan L. Luby, MD in the August issue and you'll be told no "financial disclosure" was reported. Not that "Dr. Luby has received grant/research support from Janssen, has given occasional talks sponsored by AstraZeneca, and has served as a consultant for Shire Pharmaceutical," as a 2006 article in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry says.

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Tranquillisers putting children's lives at risk

New evidence has shown children's lives are being put at risk by a surge in the use of controversial tranquillising drugs which are being prescribed to control their behaviour, the Guardian has learned.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Feds: Distribute H1N1 Vaccine at Schools

Federal officials say schools should become distribution centers of H1N1 vaccine shots this fall, an idea that has created some controversy.

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"If I had a child now, the last thing I would allow is vaccination."

Retired Vaccine Researcher to Jon Rappoport:

"If I had a child now, the last thing I would allow is vaccination."

[Editor's Note: This interview was posted by Jon Rappoport in early January 2002. You will discover by reading it that the very issues we now face of FORCED vaccination of a laboratory-created vaccine to "protect" us against a laboratory-created "disease" (Swine Flu, Bird flu, etc.) was set into motion a long time ago. The vaccine researcher quoted here flat out says that the World Homicide Organization, WHO, is driven by a DEPOPULATION agenda, and that many African leaders know full well that the explosive spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa was caused by WHO-sponsored vaccinations of the 1970s. This former pharmaceutical insider also debunks the widespread ASSUMPTIONS of vaccine "safety" promoted by orthodox medicine, the CDC, the National Institute of Health, state health departments, and their compliant media propagandists who are all parroting SUPERSTITIONS, rather than FACTS. ..Ken Adachi]

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Autism Vaccine

The MMR vaccine has never contained mercury and the phrase "The Autism Vaccine" is an example of the lack of sophistication of the American education.

What you are referring to is what is called Thiomersal (INN) (C9H9HgNaO2S), or sodium ethylmercurithiosalicylate, commonly known in the United States as thimerosal, is an organomercury compound (approximately 49% mercury by weight) used as an antiseptic and antifungal agent.

It was invented and patented by Morris Kharasch. Eli Lilly labeled it the trade name Merthiolate. As a preservative in vaccines, immunoglobulin preparations, skin test antigens, antivenins, ophthalmic and nasal products, and tattoo inks, it has been found to be the most cost-effective preservative.

In the later part of the 1990s, the World Health Organization called upon the United States to reign in on its pharmaceutical rule of medical distribution in its usage of Thimerosal as it was demonstrating severe cognitive and psychological disorders in youths who were vaccinated.

The linkage between the vaccination preservative and developmental disorders in children did not present itself until the 1950's. During the preceding decade, only children of privilege were able to be immunized to such diseases as Measles, Mumps, and Rubbela.

There was an such an unbelievable increase in the reporting of developmental disorders in children of European decent, that the discipline and study of psychology took off. Unfortunately, the cause had yet to be identified.

As economic equality began to balance in the United States, so did the rise of developmental disorders in children. According to a U.S. Department of Education report (for which I regret was lost in my old computer) there was reported to be a 38,000% increase in developmental disorders, reported, in children, K-12 over a 10 year period, (1990-2000).

It was during this time that a team of UK researchers embarked on a 10 year longitudinal study of the adverse effects of thimerosal. Even though the results dismissed claims that there was nothing wrong with the preservative, the U.S. continued its usage, (according to the CDC, another document I lost in my old computer) the longitudinal study was still under replication.

The reason why is because thimerosal provided an extended shelf life for vaccinations, particularly those in inner city municipalities. In wealthier cities, the health departments banned its usage and returned the vaccinations to the suppliers. Unfortunately, smaller, or rather, poorer municipalities did not have the oversight resources to monitor or replace this type of preventive social care.

For those cities that were able to return the mercury weight-based vaccinations to the suppliers, the suppliers were able to turn, again, a hefty profit by distributing the vaccinations to poor African and Indian continents, as a public relations campaign.

For those poorer cities that could not afford to monitor or return, the vaccinations remained on the store shelves of the community health departments because the thimerosal extended the life of the vaccinations.

Eventually, the World Health Organization "encouraged" a ban under the Regan Administration. The result was a shift to an "artificial thimerosal" preservative that did not contain the 49.8% weight-based mercury. Basically, it was the same day, different story.

It must be noted that mercury-based vaccinations is not the only source of the suspected cause of autism. Heavy metal fall-out in traditionally high areas of factory industry, such as Detroit, have produced statistics as high as 1 in 10 male children having autism.

In California, there are reports of high levels of autism in resort areas due to the high levels of mercury found in fish, a result of industry.

There are substantiated and unsubstantiated stories that are floating around that pharmaceutical corporations have promulgated the developmental disorders in children for the purposes of profiting off of more anti-psychotropic medications for children. The majority of pharmaceutical corporations fund university research studies that develop and support new diagnoses and benefits of the drugs.

In summation, this is all how the term "Autism Vaccine" has come to be. Damned if you do; damned if you don't.

Beverly Tran

Depression in Teens - Hormones at Work

By: Margaret. H

Depression is something that can be said to pretty common among people all over the world and in almost any situation, and depression can appear and manifest within the body in many forms. Now teenagers, or depression in teens, is something that can happen quite commonly within these pubescent human beings who are going through a whole slew of hormonal and physical changes.

The issue here is that while some teens are able to cope with these natural functions of growing up, some others might not be able to cope so well and they show their inability to cope with things like depression. Now when one person is going through puberty, there are hormonal changes that happen in the body and the darn thing is that hormones have so much to do with the emotional subsystems in the body. When you are growing up or experiencing puberty, there is a surge in the amount of male or female hormones that are circulating around the body and this is because your body is trying to activate the biological triggers within the body to start some growth spurt and allow areas within the body to grow and develop that mark you as female or male.

Now when you are a male, the level of testosterone in your body increases and this is to actually trigger processes like protein synthesis and development of male specific organs and other bodily functions. Your Adams apple will protrude, the voice box will deepen, protein synthesis will ensure that your muscularity grows and your mass and height will also be affected. For the female, the hormone that we are talking about here is estrogen and it does the same functions as testosterone, but only affects different areas of the female body.

Now, with any biological processes and the millions of possible genetic combination out there, there are bound to be side effects and levels of side effects within individuals who are experiencing puberty. One of them is that they are unable to cope with their major physical changes and they might experience things like acne, which might cause them to be depressed about their appearance. Also, hormones at such a level might also incur emotions to go up and down like tidal waves, and they might be out of control of these teenagers to handle.

Because of these emotions and feelings of being segmented from other normal people, they might slip into depression that is common to teenagers. Do not be alarmed if you see your teenager showing the signs of depression, for even an extended period. Their body is trying to get used to the high level of hormones and the massive changes they are experiencing. Be concerned if they become a complete introvert and there is a drastic character change within themselves. Then the problem might be more than just the normal hormonal problem. If you are concerned, approach a child psychologist, who might be able to help you to evaluate your teenager and make the recommendations.

MindMatters Psychology Practice provides child development support services for children and young adults. They also provide an IQ Testing for children to pinpoint any possible asperger's syndrome.

Add Coach = Success!

One of a parent’s greatest desires is to see their children succeed and become confident, productive adults. For children with ADD/ADHD, success in academic environments has added challenges. It is just as possible for students with ADD/ADHD to be successful, but traditional classroom methods are often counterintuitive to the learning style of ADD/ADHD students. Add to that the challenges of learning to balance the work load of college with new-found freedom and friends and a positive college experience can seem out of grasp. ADD/ADHD academic coaching is an effective tool available to parents of ADD/ADHD students to help increase their student’s chances of success and get more out of their college education investment.

Building a Foundation for Success

ADD academic coaches work with ADD/ADHD students' specific learning needs, beginning by laying a foundation for success that starts with defining goals. This is so essential; without goals, students tend to wander aimlessly taking more of an interest in fun than in getting the most out of their education. Helping students define the goals that their college education will help them to achieve establishes the motivation they need to succeed. To establish and define these goals, an ADD coach will use assessment tools to help your student understand their learning style and the natural talents and abilities they possess that can benefit them in their college career and beyond.

Developing Specific Skills

In addition, an ADD coach helps students develop the specific skills they need to overcome their learning challenges in the college environment: how to take notes in class, how to study, how to manage time, how to organize, how to prepare for tests, how to take tests, how to avoid procrastination, how to remain healthy and well-balanced, how to choose a career, and more.

Growing Self-Confidence

Through the process of working with an ADD coach, students grow more knowledgeable about themselves and their true potential. Self-confidence grows based on the knowledge of the strengths they have to offer the world. Responsibility increases as they take the initiative to work toward the goals they have set for themselves. The concept of accountability as an aid to achieve goals - even for autonomous, independent adults - is developed and will follow your student throughout life.

An ADD coach, especially one who has the qualifications and experience necessary, offer students the tools they need to overcome the challenges of ADD/ADHD and succeed in their college education, enriching their lives indefinitely as the skills learned continue to be practiced. Parents can rest easy knowing they have given their children the invaluable help they need to become successful adults. As they attain their degree, students can be proud of their hard work and the accomplishments that an ADD coach helped make possible.

By: Justyn Hornor


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