Monday, August 01, 2005

Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD-Fellow, American Academy of Neurology

http://www.mediasyndicate.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=1436&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0
FDA intends to change the warnings for drugs used to treat ADHD

Expressing concern about “psychiatric risks”, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to change the warnings for drugs used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The drugs they refer to are amphetamine-like, Schedule II products: Concerta, Ritalin, Adderall (an amphetamine banned in Canada but not the US) and Strattera. The psychiatric side effects mentioned in the FDA’s release, “FDA: Concerned With Psychiatric Risks With ADHD Drugs,” are “visual hallucinations, suicidal ideation, psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior.” But these are not psychiatric side effects at all—they are signs of intoxication, poisoning and brain abnormality because they appear following the administration of a drug, in subjects who were medically normal prior to taking the drug.

How can I say they were medically normal prior to taking the drug? They had ADHD, didn’t they? Psychiatry tells everyone that ADHD is a “disease” and a “chemical imbalance” of the brain, don’t they?

This brings us to the Tom Cruise-Matt Lauer debate on the Today Show, Friday, June 24, 2005, in which Mr. Cruise charged, most importantly, that, “psychiatry is a pseudoscience.”

In a follow-up Today Show on Monday, June 27, 2005, Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Glenmullen—one of their own—made clear that psychiatric disorders are not something abnormal within the brain. While pharmaceutical ads and psychiatrist/physician disclosures to patients for purposes of informed consent, routinely portray psychiatric disorders as chemical imbalances/diseases, they are not—not a single one! Not schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional-defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), nor any kind of depression.

Knowing these were the indisputable facts of the matter, psychiatrist Steven Sharfstein of the American Psychiatric Association had no rebuttal. Their “disease” lie was out of the bag. He lamely stated that insurance doesn’t pay for anything but drugs as though this is justification for drugging 20% of the nation’s entirely normal schoolchildren.

Mr. Cruise has done incalculable good for the American people, who are drugged to the gills in the name of “treatment” for invented, fictitious “chemical imbalances.” He has shed the light of day on a fraud.

This brings us back to the FDA and their professed efforts to learn the true “risk vs. benefit balance” for the drugs listed above when used for the fictitious “chemical imbalance” ADHD. This is no light matter considering that 6-7 million U.S. children have been diagnosed/branded with this disorder. Virtually all of them are taking one or more of these drugs which concern the FDA and which will be the subject of a pediatric advisory committee meeting this Wednesday and Thursday.

Now we know the child diagnosed with ADHD is a normal child, and that the only potential for physical harm to them comes from the drugs/chemicals/compounds/poisons, the FDA states are safe, effective and necessary. When did the FDA cease to be a protector of the people? When did they become a part of the industry they were to help regulate?

Through the years of the invented ADD and ADHD epidemics, the FDA has joined psychiatry in speaking of these and all psychiatric “disorders” as if they were actual physical abnormalities/diseases, and drugging children with these addictive, dangerous, deadly drugs, as if they were. But thanks now to Mr. Cruise and to Dr. Glenmullen, we have had our eyes and minds opened to the reality that psychiatry is a pseudoscience, a fraud and a “pusher” of drugs and that there is no such thing as a “chemical imbalance.”

By Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD - 619-440-8236
Fellow, American Academy of Neurology

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