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Is Ritalin why the US Spent $7.3 Trillion for education and was still DEAD LAST in TIMSS?

 

One in a series "Killing Christians Through Better Medicine".

 

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Killing kids with Ritalin.

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Creating the drug culture: Psycho.

 

From: Richard C. August [mailto:raugust@ptd.net]  

Sent: Saturday, May 01, 1999
Subject: [repeal19th] I am a former Ritalin user.

Dear Repeal19th,

I wish to personally thank John Knight and Alia Darrow for recently posting the extremely thoroughly researched articles regarding Ritalin, the dangerous Ciba-Geigy drug used to render ordinarily exuberant children depressed and catatonic. It not only reduces the already poor coordination in ADD children, such as I was diagnosed, but it does decrease learning levels and intellect while increasing adverse or anti-social behaviours. The result is that often the person for whom Ritalin is prescribed becomes a pariah.

In my case, although I was taken off Ritalin when I was 9, my peer-to-peer socialization behaviours became abnormalized, resulting in a diagnosis of Schizotypal Personality Disorder (non-morbid), meaning thank God, I am not schizophrenic. I became reclusive, always talking to myself and fearful of becoming friends with others. Thank God, my case is so mild, that I was never institutionalised or placed in special schools for the handicapped.

I was, however, placed in the incapable hands of an untrianed counselor with no formal education in child psychology, which left mental scars which are still healing.

Although I can rollerskate, ride a bicycle, and drive a car, I can neither ice skate nor swim because of my balance, coordination, time, and fear. These, too, may pass, I hope. My ability to relate well with others is still somewhat impaired, but is being helped at my job. I work as one of two employees at an electronics and computer hardware/software store.

Another treatment I am using, which I am finding extremely helpful, is the Water Cure, found at www.watercure.com. Take at least 8 glasses of water a day, don't spare the salt, and never drink caffeinated beverages or eat or drink libations containing NutraSweet (aspartame). If you must drink coffee or tea, drink only 1 or 2 cups of decaffeinated beverage. The Water Cure has also been found to help persons diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, instead of the expensive and ultimately worthless mind-killer Ritalin.

Above all that, I glorify God for my current condition, which is really much better than it could be. I credit the Lord Jesus Christ for being my peace and helping me control my thinking, which in turn helps manage my behaviour and helps me appear less of a hapless loser.

Ahh, but how my mind travels back to days of yore, when I used to have to pop that little yellow 5 mg. bitter-as-gall pill to control my mood swings and head-banging, which I really did. But instead of giving me a loving earthly father to show me how to become a man, alas, I was to be shown at the hands of a few babysitters who were old, handicapped, boozers, or female, or any combination of the above; some poorly trained social workers who thought they knew everything; and a bitter, tiny yellow pill which ultimately robbed me of success and ruined my life..

But thank God that God is God, the great healer, who is enabling me to finally make close friends with persons I can trust.

In Christ,

Richard C. August

 

 

Finally, one year and four months later, the first truthful article about Ritalin appeared in print in Insight Magazine.  This time the internet was only a year or two ahead of the media.

 


http://www.insightmag.com/archive/200010163.shtml

        10/16/2000
            Writing May Be on Wall for Ritalin


            By Kelly Patricia O'Meara
            omeara@insightmag.com

            A lawsuit challenging the validity of
the science behind mental illness and
psychotropic drugs will have repercussions for
drug makers as well as for the mental-health
establishment.

            Hardly a mention was made in the
national media concerning the class-action
lawsuit filed in May by the Dallas law firm of
Waters and Kraus. It named the Novartis
Pharmaceutical Co. (the maker of the drug
Ritalin), the American Psychiatric Association
(APA) and Children and Adults with Attention
Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder as defendants for
conspiring, colluding and cooperating in
promoting the diagnosis of attention-deficit
disorder (ADD) and
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
                   Last week, however, a second
lawsuit made a bang when even bigger guns were
rolled out in California and New Jersey to take
aim at an industry that has enjoyed a special
relationship with the Clinton/Gore
administration. Indeed it is a relationship
which, based on numerous speeches by the vice
president and his wife - who has been the
president's White House mental-health guru -
would continue if Al and Tipper Gore are allowed
to make the White House their new residence on
Inauguration Day.
                   And if the beating the tobacco
industry took at the hands of these attorneys is
any indication of what the defendants should
anticipate, the psychiatric community,
pharmaceutical industry and mental-health
advocacy groups finally may be called upon to put
their science where their mouths are. Putting
aside the legal jargon, what appears to be in
question is the ever-increasing influence of
pharmaceutical companies over public and private
mental-health organizations and, ultimately,
whether that influence is responsible for the
growing number of "mental illnesses" and the
subsequent increased use of psychotropic drugs.
                   The class-action lawsuit that
was filed last week in California and New Jersey
names Novartis and the APA as defendants for
conspiring to create a market for Ritalin by
targeting millions of children and misdiagnosing
them with ADD/ADHD for the strategic purpose of
expanding use of the drug.
                   Both the APA and Novartis have
a great deal at stake professionally and
financially. To fight the claim that children
have been and still are being misdiagnosed with
ADD/ADHD, the APA - the nation's leading
psychiatric professional group - will be required
to cough up its medical and scientific data to
support the ADD/ADHD diagnosis. This may be
difficult given the growing number of physicians,
scientists and even psychiatrists who long have
argued that the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD is not
based in science - that the diagnosis is a fraud
based on subjective assessments.
                   Furthermore, should the APA
fail to provide the necessary scientific data,
Novartis could be forced by the courts to return
to consumers hundreds of millions, if not
billions, of dollars made from the sale of
Ritalin. Even more devastating to Novartis,
should it be exposed that the diagnosis of ADD/
ADHD is scientifically baseless, would be an end
to the prescribing of the drug. This type of
judgment could open the industry to additional
lawsuits requiring proof of thousands of alleged
mental illnesses. The reverberations through the
pharmaceutical industry could be devastating.
                   Considering that Ritalin has
been in use since the mid-1950s, one has to
wonder how tens of millions of children and
adults could be prescribed a highly addictive
drug for more than 40 years without concrete
scientific data to support the diagnosis.
According to psychiatrist Loren Mosher, it isn't
that tough. Mosher is the former chief of the
Center for Studies for Schizophrenia at the
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and
author of the definitive book Community Mental
Health, A Practical Guide. Mosher explains that
the Ritalin phenomenon comes down to a very
simple theory: "If you tell a lie long enough, it
becomes the truth." Long aware of infiltration by
the pharmaceutical companies into professional
psychiatric organizations, Mosher resigned his
membership in the APA with a stinging 1998 letter
in which he wrote:
                   "The major reason for this
action is my belief that I am actually resigning
from the American Psychopharmacological
Association. Luckily, the organization's true
identity requires no change in the acronym. . At
this point in history, in my view, psychiatry has
been almost completely bought out by the drug
companies."
                   According to Mosher, "The APA
receives a huge amount of money from the
pharmaceutical companies through grants, but the
most obvious and obnoxious examples are the two
meetings the APA has each year. At both, the drug
houses basically lease 90 percent of the
exhibition space and spend huge sums in giveaway
items. They have nearly completely squeezed out
the little guys, and the symposiums that once
were dedicated to scientific reports now have
been replaced by the
pharmaceutical-industry-sponsored speakers."
                   The National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill (NAMI), explains Mosher, "gets the
pharmaceutical money and then says they spend it
on their 'anti-stigma' campaign. They say that
mental illness is a brain disease. And it works
well for the people who suffer from this to use
their drugs. This is why NAMI is pushing for
forced medication. It is an amazing selling job
on the part of NAMI."
                   A nonprofit, grass-roots,
self-help support and advocacy organization for
people with severe mental illness, NAMI was
featured in a November/ December 1999 Mother
Jones article, "An Influential Mental Health
Nonprofit Finds Its 'Grassroots' Watered by
Pharmaceutical Millions," by Ken Silverstein. The
article focused on the enormous amount of funding
which NAMI receives from pharmaceutical
companies, with Eli Lilly and Co. taking the lead
by donating nearly $3 million to NAMI between
1996 and 1999. In fact, according to Silverstein,
NAMI took in a little more than $11 million from
18 drug companies for that period. Nonetheless,
NAMI, Eli Lilly and the others deny any conflict
of interest.
                   While Eli Lilly, manufacturer
of Prozac, admits making substantial
contributions to NAMI and the National Mental
Health Association (NMHA), it claims that for
"proprietary reasons" it is unable to provide a
list of specific contributions. According to Jeff
Newton and Blair Austin, spokesmen for the
company, "The key issue here is that these are
unrestricted grants. The groups can use the money
any way they want. Lilly's support of these
initiatives presents no conflict of interest
since they represent efforts to raise public
awareness around issues that Lilly publicly
supports."
                   According to Bob Carolla,
director of Media Relations for NAMI, "We
represent a constituency that uses their
[pharmaceutical] products. Why shouldn't they
give us money? They're making money off of our
members and some of it has to go back into the
community to help us get better mental-health
programs to help people. Much of what we do has
nothing to do with the pharmaceutical industry.
We do not advocate or endorse any specific
medications or products, but we also are not
going to back off from saying that millions of
Americans lead productive lives because of the
medications they are prescribed."
                   Meanwhile, NAMI has no problem
stating that "mental illnesses are disorders of
the brain." In fact, according to Carolla, NAMI
"has been trying to educate people that mental
illnesses are a result of brain disorders and
they are treatable. Stigmas still exist and
stigmas need to be overcome." Asked to provide
scientific data that mental illness is a disease
of the brain, Carolla deferred to a higher
authority explaining that "this [question]
reminds me that one small interest group denies
that mental illness even exists."
                   Carolla added, "Mental
illnesses are biological brain disorders. Go read
the dominant body of medical information out
there. It is a function of biochemistry. I
encourage you and recommend you talk to the
surgeon-general's office."
                   Carolla was referring to the
Report on Mental Health released by the U.S.
surgeon general in December 1999, which he says
"stands as the national baseline." This enormous
document goes into great detail about mental
health in the United States. But it does not
provide a single piece of scientific data
supporting the claim that even one mental illness
is caused by a brain disease. In fact, what it
says is "the body of this report is a summary of
an extensive review of the scientific literature,
and of consultations with mental-health-care
providers and consumers. Contributors guided by
the Office of the Surgeon General examined more
than 3,000 research articles and other materials.
."
                   According to the report, "The
review of research supports two main findings: 1)
the efficacy of mental-health treatments is well
documented, and 2) a range of treatments exists
for most mental disorders."
                   Voil~! The review of research
came up with findings about treatments, not with
scientific causes of mental disorders. And there
even appears to be some question about the
validity of the treatments.
                   The surgeon general
nonetheless places Ritalin in a category where
the "efficacy of mental-health treatments is
well-documented," when in Chapter 3 of his report
he writes that "because the symptoms of ADHD
respond well to treatment with stimulants," and
because stimulants increase the availability of
the neurotransmitter dopa-mine, the "dopamine
hypothesis" has "gained a wide following."
                   The surgeon general may want
to review the Drug Enforcement Administration's
(DEA) 1995 report on methylphenidate, which makes
clear that Ritalin has the same effect on
children and adults with ADHD as it does upon
those not diagnosed with ADHD. According to the
report:
                   "There is a considerable body
of literature on the short-term efficacy of
stimulant pharmacotherapy on the symptoms of
ADHD. From 60 to 90 percent of children have been
judged as positive drug responders to
methyl-phenidate medication. However, contrary to
popular belief, stimulants like methylphenidate
will affect normal children and adults in the
same manner they affect ADHD children. Behavioral
or attentional improvements with methylphenidate
treatment therefore are not diagnostic criteria
of ADHD."
                   NAMI, however, is not the only
group apparently being misled by the surgeon
general's report. Take, for instance, the Mental
Health Early Intervention, Treatment, and
Prevention Act (S2639), a broad piece of federal
mental-health legislation sponsored by Sens. Pete
Domenici, R-N.M., Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Paul
Wellstone, D-Minn. According to one staffer
familiar with the legislation, Domenici's staff
took the lead in writing it. The first of
Congress' "findings" states that "almost 3
percent of the adult population, or 5 million
individuals in the United States, suffer from a
severe and persistent mental illness." When asked
where Domenici got these figures, the same source
explained that "the numbers come from various
federal agencies, various studies that have been
conducted and the surgeon general's report. The
senator takes into consideration that there are
those who argue there is no such thing as a
medically diagnosable mental illness but, when
someone like Dr. Steven Hyman [director of NIMH]
shows a brain with schizophrenia and one without,
then the senator takes it seriously. Hyman is
well-respected."
                   While it appears that Hyman's
"brain" slide show has wowed a great many people,
the fact is that even Hyman has contradicted his
own presentation. For instance, as Hyman
explained in a Feb. 28, 1999, New York Times
Magazine article, "indiscriminate use of MRI and
PET scans . as a high-tech form of phrenology .
are pretty but inconsequential pictures of the
brain." While Domenici may place a great deal of
trust in the "science" presented by doctors such
as Hyman, he also has a more personal interest
much closer to home: His wife served on NAMI's
board for nearly three years. Domenici's office
did not respond to inquiries about whether the
senator had received campaign contributions from
pharmaceutical companies.
                   NAMI's Carolla openly admits
that NAMI worked with the sponsors of the
legislation, and one doesn't have to look too
hard to see the similarities between the Senate
bill and NAMI's proposed Omnibus Mental Illness
Recovery Act, which Eli Lilly paid to print.
                   NAMI fully supports the Senate
bill, which features such programs and
expenditures as Section 581 in which $75 million
would be appropriated to fund an anti-stigma
advertising campaign - which many argue is a
promotion for the pharmaceutical industry and
should not be funded with taxpayer dollars. In
question also is why taxpayers should be burdened
with funding an anti-stigma campaign which many
believe was created by the mental-health
community when it first began labeling
individuals as defective.
                   Section 582 would provide $50
million in training grants for teachers and
emergency-services personnel to recognize (read:
diagnose) symptoms of childhood and adolescent
mental disorders. This would allow service
personnel such as firefighters, police officers
and teachers to make referrals for mental-health
treatment - a difficult task given that each of
these categories of personnel appears to have its
hands full with jobs for which they already are
trained.
                   Section 583 would provide
another $50 million for emergency mental-health
centers within which mobile crisis-intervention
teams would be established. This would allow for
the designation of a central receiving point in
the community for individuals who may be cited
by, say, a firefighter, to be in need of
emergency mental-health services. And this is
just the beginning of the programs proposed under
the Mental Health Early Intervention, Treatment,
and Prevention Act, now pending in Congress.
                   Larry Sasich, a pharmacologist
who handles Food and Drug Administration
drug-safety issues for the Washington-based
Public Citizen's Health Research Group, tells
Insight that "conflicts of interest are kind of a
fact of life in the scientific community. At some
point groups like NAMI are going to have to pay
the piper - they're going to have to answer for
what they are promoting. But it's hard to tell
how much influence the pharmaceutical companies
have. It could be subtle or overt influence
depending on what they want."
                   One thing that is certain,
concludes Sasich: "The group that is paying the
money wields the big stick."
 

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: "dave.mortimer" <dave.mortimer@ntlworld.com>

To: "stopPAS Moderator" <stopPAS-owner@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2003 10:37 AM

Subject: Re: File - Welcome

Hello Alex Kiefer,
                            How much reaseach do you have on the perlonged use of
 Ritalin or about mental health problems and personality types. My son was
 given Ritalin by his mother for 7 years until his school noticed his growth
 had stopped and contacted her doctor who then refused to give her any more.
 He was then given a 6 week cause of growth hournes to stimulate his groth
 again. This was in 2000 after 7 years of trying to protect him and gain
 custody through the courts with over 40 court cases that is all documented.
 The social serivces where she used to live had a case conference and made 9
 recommendations about her care or lack of it . I tried twice to have him put
 on the at risk register because I was concerned because she seemed to care
 in a different way no hugs or kisses put gave a toy instead. She made
 endless claims about me to stop me getting residence of my son and the court
 then systomatically reduced access every time she made another accusation
 without ever checking to see if what she was saying was true or not until
 there was no contact. For 2 years we lost all contact because in 7 years she
 moved 13 times and he has 13 schools. The courts ignored letter's from my
 family and everyone that knew her that raised concerns about her ability to
 tell the truth which was the reason I left her in the first place. The
 police ignored my son when to told them his mum had hit him with a wooden
 spoon and said it was a secret, that was on a friday visit. Its also
 documented that she exspressed concerns to her health visitor that I would
 not return him after discorering the bruse knowing my son would tell me the
 truth. The child behavioral pyscologist that has assessed him has written he
 now has a short term digit memory loss problem and another world specialist
 has stated prelonged use can cause heart problems later on in life and only
 a scan would be able to confirm how much damage has been done. This can be
 seen in an abnormal developemnet of the right side of the heart muscle. His
 mother has a history of making endless claims and she used to work in a
 hospital as an administrator her father is very well off and is a consultant
 for a london hispital who said they were glade when she left home because
 she was the black sheep of the family. Her mother has a history of mental
 health problems and had to stay in a hospital for quiet some time after a
 breakdown because she could not cope. What's happened to us will be
 documented on the UK Human Rights Org so people can learn from our case and
 the same mistakes will not happen again. My son has no contact with his
 mother despite contacting her on many occations she has never replied.
 ATB Dave


Re: BBC TV "Panorama" May 11th 2003 -  "The Secrets of Seroxat"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/2310197.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/panorama/2321545.stm
http://www.mind.org.uk/press-room/press_page.asp?ID=252

If a person is on Seroxat (an anti-depressant) I wonder if this accounts for
so many 'sudden' suicides and harming of children. Is there any number
gathering on this aspect ?
Apparently it alters the mind  into 'wanting to kill' for some users.

If what is said is true, ie that self harming and delusionary  thoughts
follow, it would be madness to recommend partial custody to the mother (or
father)  - wouldn't it ?
RW