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Weird Science!?: Investigating Attention Deficit Disorder

This is the first in a series of articles to be republished on The Bitter Pill by Ashleigh Stewart, a scholar investigating the drugging of children and natural alternatives. This initial series is based on research conducted for her dissertation. You will be hearing much more from Ashleigh. Her bio and a link to her website are coming soon.

WEIRD SCIENCE!?:

Investigating Attention Deficit Disorder

By ASHLEIGH STEWART

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” (Kahlil Gibran, 1923)

As scientific as the name may sound ‘Attention Deficit Disorder’ and ‘Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’ (AD/HD) are alleged and somewhat mysterious ‘diseases’ of which, despite numerous studies dedicated to investigating their cause, no convincing evidence of any brain malfunction or other biological or genetic abnormality has been discovered.

Despite the fact that the source of this ‘so-called’ disease is still vague, the symptoms that define AD/HD are prevalent and prominent, so much so that approximately 6 million children in America alone have been diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder and prescribed with psycho-stimulant drugs, such as ‘Methylphenidate’, otherwise known by it’s brand name ‘Ritalin’, as the primary method of treatment.

My question is what is AD/HD? Why are so many children being diagnosed with it these days, and what could be the real cause of it? Also, how much do we really know about the effects of stimulant drugs on our children? How will taking these drugs affect children’s lives physiologically, psychologically, emotionally and socially as they grow up? Also, what are the implications in terms of the future of the human race and our world if we keep drugging millions of our children with dangerous and highly addictive drugs?

Never in the history of our planet have so many children been put on psycho-stimulant drugs to alter their behaviour, emotions and sense of perception, to treat a disease that remains to be proven to exist.

As a mum of two children under the age of three, a student of Yoga and Metaphysical Science I feel it is my duty to investigate this alleged disease and examine what lies at the source of society’s ‘Attention Deficit Disorder’ and why so many children are being drugged. As a result, it has become my goal to help children reconnect with their true inner essence, to simply be who they were born to be before their human rights, freedom and innocence was stolen away and replaced with a diagnosis that labels them as being damaged and disordered, just because they do not act in ways certain adult ‘authoritarians’ believe to be appropriate.

It is my belief that in the very moment we label children as being disordered we influence they way they will see themselves, and define their future in less than positive ways as a result. Also, the moment we choose to drug our children is the moment we rob them of their essence, steal their spirit and dis-empower ourselves as parents by giving the responsibility of our children’s well-being over to the medications we give them.

Just why are so many parents willing to succumb to this type of drug-influenced upbringing for their children? I am certain that this was not part of their dream of parenthood while planning to have children!

Does this happen because children these days are misunderstood? Is it because they are evolving and no longer fit into the convenience of the ‘one size fits all’ society that we have become, a society which, on the other hand claims to celebrate diversity, liberty and freedom of expression?

Drugging our children is apparently a more convenient method of handling the challenges that come hand in hand with raising children, while we as adults struggle through the daily grind, and the task of managing the hustle and bustle of life in this fast-pace and competitive world. This whole situation is nothing short of tragic in my eyes, and if we do not begin to address the issue of mass drugging of children now, I fear we are paving a dark and gloomy path into tomorrow’s world.

We do have a choice however; we can keep allowing these things to happen to our children, or we can take responsibility for their well being by taking action and educating ourselves about the reality of the AD/HD diagnosis and the stimulant drugs that are used to treat it. It is crucial that we stop labelling and drugging children now!

**Photo By Tara Meeks Copyright Tara Meeks Photography, All Rights Reserved.

Filed under: 'ADHD', child endangerment, drugging children, pharmacology, Rebecca Riley, , , , , ,

Suicide of Mental “Health” Poster Child

Fred Baughman, MD author of THE ADHD FRAUD http://www.Trafford.com comments on:

August 22. 2008
Children’s mental health law signed

Child who spoke at Statehouse later killed self

By Steve LeBlanc THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON- When Mary Ann Tufts trekked to the Massachusetts Statehouse in May 2007 to testify in favor a children’s mental health bill, her daughter Yolanda tagged along for a “girls’ day away.”

Yolanda, who’d battled anxiety and bipolar disorder for years, hadn’t planned on speaking at the hearing, but at the last minute decided to tell lawmakers about her personal struggles – putting a young face on the issue.

Eight months later, Yolanda Torres, then 16, committed suicide.

[[[[[[FB: So much for her improved "mental health".]]]]]]]]]]]

Yesterday, Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed the children’s mental health bill – dubbed “Yolanda’s Bill” by advocates – saying it strengthened the state’s commitment to children living with mental illness.

Yolanda’s mother expressed mixed emotions at the news.

“It’s extremely bittersweet. I’m thrilled that it passed and I hope and believe that my daughter had something to do with it,” Tufts said. “It makes her passing stand for something and that gives us some solace.”

Patrick said the new law will make it easier for the state to identify and treat mental illness in children.

The law helps train teachers, guidance counselors and nurses to better identify mental health needs in students. Under the law, the state Department of Early Education and Care will provide behavioral health consultation services in early education and care programs to reach children with mental illness earlier.

[[[[[[[[[[[FB: This is just what killed Yolanda; just what Yolanda never needed to begin with.]]]]]]]]]
The new law also encourages behavioral health screening for children during visits to their doctors.

[[[[[[[[[This does nothing but lead to more "mental health," "chemical imbalance" diagnoses and more prescriptions of "chemical balancers"--pills. Yolanda's mother still does'nt get it. ]]]]]]]]]]

The law also ensures greater cooperation between agencies by creating a children’s behavioral health research and evaluation council, and service teams to collaborate on cases for children who may need services from multiple state agencies.

A report by Children’s Hospital Boston and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, found that of the more than 140,000 young people younger than 18 who need mental health services each year, more than 100,000 do not receive them.

Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, who lives in the same town as Mary Ann Tufts, said the goal of the bill was to help reach out to other teens suffering from mental illness.

“There are too many children in the commonwealth who go undiagnosed or untreated for mental illness,” Murray said. “This new law will help seal the cracks in our system.”

Tufts said that while she would give anything to have her daughter back, she also knows that Yolanda would be pleased to have her name associated with a law designed to help other children and teenagers facing similar struggles.

“She wanted to help other children like herself,” Tufts said. “She was a very powerful young woman.”

[[[[[[[[One must feel absolutely powerless to take their own life. When teachers are forbidden from making diagnoses and suggesting drugs what they do instead is to urge, suggest, insist that the parents of pupils they have "diagnosed," at least in their own minds, go to a physician or mental health professional which accomplishes the same thing--that the child is diagnosed and then medicated, as surely as if the teacher had been the one making the diagnosis and then referring the child and family to a physician who they know will prescribe the need "chemical balancers"--drugs. Either way the epidemic of mental disorders, diseases grows and with it prescriptions for psychiatric drugs--intoxicants, poisons, all detectible in the blood, body and brain--the first abnormality/disease the pupil, now a patient actually has. The parents and family should decide if and when to take their children to a physician or to any kind of a health care professional. Yes educators may speak their piece on the issue but nothing more. They should not require or coerce, which is often the case. This bill is just what the "mental health" industry wants. It will lead to more diagnoses, more children "treated" and to more deaths such as this one and that of Rebecca Riley.]]]]]]]]]]]]

Filed under: "prevention", Fred Baughman MD, Rebecca Riley, suicide

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