|When will it end?
When will the system start working for the good of our youth instead of slowly killing them?
More and more of our children are being diagnosed with ADHD by the school systems.
When will parents realize this is not a disease?
How many more children have to die or be disabled for life because of this horrible hoax?
Do you want your child or grandchild to be next?
by Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD 9/8/00 (2161 words)
In an e-mail of September 5, Edmund a grandfather (like myself), wrote, pained, about his grandson, in the clutches of the public schools, psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry--all of it sanctioned by the government:
My name is Edmund and the reason I am writing to you today is the fact that I am very concerned about my grandson. I saw your web page and agree that this so-called disease is truly one of the biggest frauds ever perpetrated on innocent parents. My grandson is 14 years old he was diagnosed with ADHD about 5 years ago. He was prescribed Ritalin. After a year or so on this horrible drug he began developing twitches. The doctors also prescribed him sleeping pills because he could no longer sleep. My wife and I are the ones that noticed his twitching while he was visiting us. We begged his parents to please get him off these drugs. They took him back to the doctor who in turn prescribed him another amphetamine-based drug. This seemed to work for a while but now he seems to be going downhill again. His temper is getting out of control; he has horrible headaches he gets sick at his stomach a lot. He takes about 6 to 8 of these pills twice a day plus the sleeping pills at night.
My grandson was not a bad kid to start with--a little hyper, but that's about it. Now his temper has escalated to the point he becomes uncontrollable. My daughter and her husband are thinking about sending him to my wife and I for a little while to see if we can do anything with him, but I fear that we will not be able to do anything as long as these drugs are controlling him. He is not the same sweet boy he was before he was placed on these drugs. This boy comes from a good home with loving parents but they are at their wits end and their doctor just keeps increasing his medication.
Is there anything that we could do to get him off these drugs? He gets pretty sick when he takes his medicine and we are afraid that he is going to suffer very bad long term effect from this medicine if he can't be taken off of it. These drugs are turning him into a monster. Is there anything we can do?
In an e-mail of August 25, John, a father wrote, pained, over the situation of his daughter in the clutches of the public schools, psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry, all of it sanctioned by the government:
"Dr. Baughman, My daughter just turned 11 years old. She was diagnosed with ADHD about three and a half years ago. I was told that she had bi-polar disorder, and just this year Tourette's syndrome. She has been on several medications that have not helped and I'm concerned that she is being used as a guinea pig. I'm separated from her mother and it is impossible to take her to a different doctor, or have the mother see that the problems are getting worse. I was told by a pharmacist that some of the medications are not FDA-approved for children under 18 years of age and that they are all at the maximum dose for an adult. Keep in mind she is now 11 years old and has been medicated for the past three and a half years. My daughter is now constantly telling lies, hurting herself, not to mention the constant jerking movements. I've tried to talk to the doctors that her mother is taking her to but they have not fully informed me of her condition. I would like to know what are the symptoms, and if I could send you a list of medications she is on. I tried to take legal action against one of the doctors but with the mother on their side its not that feasible. Sincerely, John D."
I responded, Dear Edmund and John, that your grandson--Edmund, and your daughter--John, are among the 9-10 million US schoolchildren thus labeled and drugged is no comfort, nor do their number constitute scientific, medical or ethical justification for what they do. This is a crime of Nazi-like properties and proportions. The lynch-pin of the fraud is their claim that all psychiatric/emotional conditions/disorders are diseases, having a confirmatory, physical or chemical abnormality within the brain--psychiatry's ubiquitous 'chemical imbalance.' They never examine patients! They never do diagnostic tests! They never diagnose diseases! The children are normal! There is no scientific basis for administering their 'chemical balancers'-their drugs.
I wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association, April 28, 1999, page, 1490: "As a neurologist, I have found no abnormality (disease) in children said to have ADHD.Once children are labeled with ADHD, they are no longer treated as normal. Once methylphenidate hydrochloride (Ritalin) or any psychotropic (psychiatric) drug courses through their brain or body, they are, for the first time, physically, neurologically and biologically abnormal."
This means that Edmund's grandson's not being the same "sweet" child he once was, with his out-of-control temper, his twitches, headaches, stomachaches, and sleeplessness are all due to his being poisoned in the name of psychiatric 'treatment.' This means that John's daughter's constant jerking, constantly telling lies, and hurting herself, is every bit due to her being poisoned in the name of psychiatric treatment.
Edmund, John, let me tell you a couple of other things about Ritalin and the other amphetamines that psychiatry has no doubt neglected to tell you. The tics and twitches that both of these previously normal children developed during 'treatment' are not those of Tourette's syndrome. Tourette's syndrome is comprised of tics and twitches that are of no known cause, i.e., are 'idiopathic,' and are usually mild and self limiting. Your children Sirs, do not have Tourette's syndrome, what they have are Ritalin/amphetamine-cause involuntary movement, tics and twitches, which could prove to permanent and fixed. What they have is not 'idiopathic,' that is, of unknown cause, but is 'iatrogenic,' meaning physician/treatment-caused. Their tics are but one of the definite, physical, brain consequences of treatment with these drugs. There are others.
For the past 10-15 years ADHD researchers, throughout child psychiatry, and at the NIMH and CHADD, have known that that long-term treatment with these drugs, was the probable cause of the shrinking/shriveling/atrophy of the children's brains. However they have not shared this, the only plausible conclusion, with the parents, patients, our political leaders, or the public at large. Instead, in their literature, at their meetings, and in their press conferences, they have steadfastly claimed that the shrinking/shriveling/atrophy they were finding on the brain scans of children said to have the fraudulent disease-ADHD, but not in control subjects (normals, not having ADHD) was due to ADHD, and was, they claimed, the long-sought, disease-confirming, physical abnormality. What they kept to themselves was the fact that virtually all of the ADHD subjects in this research, carried on over 14-15 years, had been on long-term Ritalin/amphetamine treatment-the only known, physical difference between the ADHD subjects and the normal controls, and, itself, the probable cause of their brain shrinking/shriveling/atrophy.
Responding for what can only be called the 'psycho-drugging' industry, F.X. Castellanos of the NIMH, was interviewed for an article entitled "Making Sense of Ritalin," by John Pekkanen that appeared in the January, 2000, Reader's Digest (page 159): "Some critics claim that such brain differences (atrophy) in ADHD children might actually be caused by Ritalin-meaning these smaller areas of the brain could be the result of stimulant treatment. To address this, Castellanos has now embarked on another study, imaging the brains of ADHD youngsters who have not been treated with drugs."
Although the first of the brain scanning studies, that of Nasrallah, et. al. (1986) suggested that the striking, brain shrinking/shriveling/atrophy, was likely due to the Ritalin/amphetamine treatment and nothing else, only now, 14- 15 years later, do we have Castellanos, of the NIMH, which controls the vast amount of psychiatric research moneys, announcing that they would start the experiment that would tell them whether the brain shrinking/shriveling/atrophy was do to the drugs or do to the mythical, never-yet-validated, 'disease,' ADHD.
On the "Is it a disease or isn't it?" question, Castellanos (again, in "Making Sense of Ritalin"), seeking to set the record straight before the issue gets to a court intent on discovering the scientific facts, stated: "Incontrovertible evidence is still lacking.In time I'm confident we'll confirm the case for organic (physical or chemical) causes."
Far from confessing that these are side effects of their medications, psychiatry refers to such symptoms, and to their overall down-hill course, as the 'grave prognosis' of their ADHD, 'bipolar' disorder, conduct disorder, oppositional-defiant 'disorder, etc., etc., etc. But not a single psychiatric disorder is a bona fide disease, and no disease means no 'diagnosis.' No disease means nothing to 'treat.' No disease means no 'prognosis.' However, the psychiatric intervention itself-always with drugs-a physical agent-- is a disease, their first and only disease. But there is a way back, to near-normal at least, and that is to terminate, as quickly as possible, all that is the presence of psychiatry in the life of the child.
Did you know that the Department of Defense, considers twelve to be too late to save them? Children on such drugs, bearing such labels, to or beyond twelve years of age are considered 'damaged goods' and cannot enlist in the Army, Navy or Marines. Erik Harris, one of the two Columbine High mass-murderers was told shortly before the massacre, that he could not join, as he had sought to do, because of the anti-depressant, Luvox, that he was on.
When normal children or adults are given drugs due to a mistake in diagnosis or when they are fraudulently said to have a disease when they do not, they are being poisoned. Poisoning means to put poison into or upon. A poison is any substance that acts chemically upon the tissues of an organism in such a way as to harm or destroy. The drugs these two previously normal children are being made to take are clearly, obviously doing that to their brains and bodies. Clearly they were normal; clearly they had no bona fide diseases when diagnosed and labeled, or when the drugs were begun. They became abnormal, diseased, with the start of the first drug, and all the more so with the addition of each subsequent drug. These, I do not have to tell you Edmund and John, are America's children. Who on earth would do such a thing? Get attorneys, get whole law firms, get law firms working in concert, and I will direct you to the perpetrators. Maybe we can begin to do something for your grandson and daughter and for America's schoolchildren before it is to late.
Read on. They are doing the same thing to Gary's daughter in Kansas City and to the son of Al and Pat in Connecticut, and Rick in Tacoma. Read on and learn of some things we can begin to do to fight back. Your hands, Edmund, are somewhat tied-you are only a grandparent, not a parent.
ADHD is not a disease, all of these children are being poisoned. The moment the parents realize this and want help getting their children fully off of drugs and out of the clutches of psychiatry and all who insist upon continued, ever-after treatment--they need a lawyer. Anyone getting to this point can call me for assistance. One of these days we will find a judge or a jury that, as is its duty, will allow a full airing of the science of the matter. Having testified in about 15 such cases, I find that virtually all local courts comfortably adhere to the biological psychiatry deception of the day-that all pains and problems emotional and behavioral are diseases. The reason for this is quite simple: without 'invented diseases' they would have no diseases at all to treat, no 'chemical imbalances' at all for which to 'prescribe' their chemical balancers-their pills. And what are drugs and chemical balancers with no diseases in the patients: poisons!
This is a deception so blatant, so total, that the public finds it unimaginable. They often fail to awake to the fact until their children like, Melvin 17, upon whose behalf I testified in 1993, are destroyed. His mother awoke to the fraud and deception only then, and only after her husband and Melvin's twin sisters had gone. Psychiatry ruined Melvin's life and ruined the family as well, as it so often does. The stories you gentlemen relate, about your grandson, and daughter respectively, normal, as they were, until the brain-altering drugs were started, is the story of 15-20% of children in US public schools.
Other Original Essays by this very knowledgeable and courageous Doctor:
ADHD CONSENSUS CONFERENCE WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL THE COUNTRY (ADHD AS FRAUD)
-Baughman response to Barkley (Scientific American, September, 1998
-To Governor Pete Wilson on Parity for Mental Health (September, 1998)
-Ritalin for Infants and Toddlers on Medicaid (August, 1998
-Damages, Legal (August, 1998)
-Letter to Senator Bill Frist (August, 1998)
-To Sheila Anderson, President, CHADD (August, 1998)
-Public School = "At Risk" (October, 1997)
-Kip Kinkel’s Psychiatric "Diseases": What Role Did They Play? (June, 1998)
-To Sheila Anderson, President, CHADD (June, 1998)
-Baughman response to Report of AMA, Council on Scientific Affairs (April, 1998)
-Baughman response to Lancet (February, 1998)
-Correspondence: Peter S. Jensen, NIMH (September 14, 1998)
-The Fraud of Dyslexia (August 1997)
-Letter to Peter S. Jensen, MD, NIMH (December 1, 1997)
-Smoking is a Choice, not an Illness (November, 1997)
-Letter to Tennessee State Representative Tommie F Brown (November, 1997)
-"De-Fanging" the Food and Drug Administration (November, 1997)
-Psychiatric Fraud: Pronouncing "Disorders"-"Diseases" (October, 1997)
-ADHD: On The Role Of The Peer-Reviewed Medical Literature
-Crime Of The Century
-Hamilton County (Tennessee) Ritalin Consumption High
-Letter From Dr. Castellanos
---Re: Letter From Dr. Castellanos
-NIH, AD/HD Consensus Conference—Inappropriate, Unnecessary
-The Fraud Of ADHD—Psychiatric History Repeating Itself
-The Totality Of The ADD/ADHD Fraud
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