Post 6 — How Corporations Drug Children and Call it ‘Science’

If I ever had any doubts about the heavy hand of profit-making pharmaceutical corporations in science research, this Science Daily abstract relieved me of those doubts:

“Drug therapies, parent training help children with ADHD, severe aggression

Date:
September 3, 2014
 
Source:
Stony Brook University
 
Summary:
Prescribing both a stimulant and an antipsychotic drug to children with physical aggression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), along with teaching parents to use behavior management techniques, reduces aggressive and serious behavioral problems in children, according to a study.”

 

Simply put, violent kids were tranquilized and subdued using not just one, but two poorly understood, powerful psychiatric drugs whose operation in the brain is not understood, which have never been studied in children, and whose long-term effects are completely unknown. Nice work, “researchers”!

Then the part that made me laugh hardest: “…along with teaching parents…”, because researchers designing “studies” that tranquilize children with psychiatric cocktails as though they are wild animals are certainly in a position to include “behavior management techniques” for parents, hahaha!

There is no acceptable or sane rationale or justification in any known or unknown universe for a child to be drugged into submission — through the abuse of stimulants and anti-psychotics — under the guise of science. My child was extremely violent; I know what that is. Call it state or corporate control, but don’t dress it up as science.

If this hadn’t been published in Science Daily, it could instead have come out of the pages of a Paddy Chayevsky screenplay. A “scientific research study” that forced anti-psychotics and stimulants on violent children is the thing of satire and science fiction, not science as we would wish it to be.

Or, science has in fact evolved to the point that it is simply an extension of the corporate Agri-Pharma-Industrial Complex. The Bourne Identity of science labs, and any idea to the contrary is the wishful thinking of a child expecting to receive a gift under his/her pillow from the Tooth Fairy and receiving a dose of Seroquel (TM) instead.

Let me see how this happened: Once upon a time, a pharmaceutical corporation’s psycho-pharmaceuticals division saw its sales of formerly top-selling stimulants and anti-psychotics dropping slightly. Troubling for second-quarter earnings reports!

The sales team was called into action, and after cross-country calls to friendly pediatricians and pediatric psychiatrists, salespeople deduced that there was an opening in juvenile facilities and child psychiatric units for mood-calming products, since poorly trained workers couldn’t restrain violent children or teens without inadvertently killing them, which created litigating parents and bad press.

Salespeople were dispatched to a few friendly university research labs, promising funds for a new study. The university labs were thrilled, since all grad and post-grad students have bills to pay; so they created a little study on how best to “treat” violent children. Lo and behold, the best way to treat violent children was to pile on not just one but two powerful psychiatric cocktails, which effectively killed two birds with one stone. It knocked the wild kid out cold for hours and tranquilized him for days, and it sold two of the company’s medications at once. Ace drug study! High fives all ’round!

Nobody knew what long-term effect the drugs would have on the children’s still-developing brains, and nobody knew how the drugs operated in the brain. But, no worries! They wrote exactly that in convoluted legalese in five-point print in the package inserts so that everyone’s liability would be lightened down the line. The science lab workers and nurse-on-contract all had a few months of a study, and the psych ward workers had another bullet in their arsenal in the continuing war against children. Everyone wins!

Addendum: A couple months after posting on that horrific Frankenstein Jr. ‘research’ study, this popped up:

http://nsnbc.me/2014/06/14/fda-begins-new-adhd-drug-trials-pre-schoolers/

And it’s exactly what it says (and included in its entirety below my illustration): Writer Susanne Posel reported in ‘NSNBC International’ that American so-called ‘independent’, so-called ‘watchdog’ agency, leading Big Pharma Shire corporation to drug toddlers who are noncomplaint to adult demands. Now THERE’S responsible governing, responsible science, and responsible parenting!

 

“FDA Begins New ADHD Drug Trials on Pre-Schoolers

Susanne Posel (OC) : Shire , a research and development corporation that specializes in marketing “specialty medicines for symptomatic conditions to meet significant unmet patient needs”, has been asked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct clinical trials of Vyvanse, a pharmaceutical drug marketed to children for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Because more than 10,000 toddlers age 2 or 3 are medicated for ADHD with Ritalin or Concerta; preschool-aged children have proven to be a prime target for pharmaceutical corporations.

Shire will begin clinical trials on pre-school aged children in 2015 because the company is “committed to continuing to add to the scientific body of knowledge about ADHD treatment options for patients.”

Vyvanse is used to treat ADHD in children, while dangerous effects and potentials of the drug are brushed aside.

This pharmaceutical can cause “heart and blood pressure problems” if it is “misused or abused” because it is an amphetamine. Other effects of Vyvanse include:

loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep problems (insomnia), nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, feeling irritable, mild skin rash, dry mouth or an unpleasant taste in your mouth, fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats, decreased blood pressure (feeling light-headed, fainting), tremor, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches), dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, seizure).

This drug is highly addictive and users are known to become dependent on it.

While another potentially dangerous pharmaceutical is being tested for use on toddlers and elementary aged children, one behavioral neurologist from Castle and Connolly Best Doctor in Chicago is speaking out and warning parents about how ADHD does not exist. Richard Saul explains:

“I have found more than 20 conditions that can lead to symptoms of ADHD, each of which requires its own approach to treatment. Raising a generation of children—and now adults—who can’t live without stimulants is no solution.”

Saul asserts that ADHD has become “an easy catchall phrase that saves time for doctors.” In this world “as a population, [we] are more distracted today than ever before” and Saul is concerned that the label ADHD is being tossed around for the profit of the drug companies. Saul said:

“Today, the fifth edition of the DSM only requires one to exhibit five of 18 possible symptoms to qualify for an ADHD diagnosis. If you haven’t seen the list, look it up. It will probably bother you. How many of us can claim that we have difficulty with organization or a tendency to lose things; that we are frequently forgetful or distracted or fail to pay close attention to details? Under these subjective criteria, the entire U.S. population could potentially qualify. We’ve all had these moments, and in moderate amounts they’re a normal part of the human condition.”

One good reason to keep people on stimulants under the guise of disease is because stimulants are highly addictive. Saul explains: “The body stops producing the appropriate levels of neurotransmitters that ADHD meds replace — a trademark of addictive substances. I worry that a generation of Americans won’t be able to concentrate without this medication; Big Pharma is understandably not as concerned.”

When a patient is taking stimulants for ADHD, the effects can include, among others, increased anxiety, depressive moods, weight loss due to appetite suppression, and erectile dysfunction.

Saul warns that stimulants are a “short-term” answer which is meant to “serve as Band-Aids at best, masking and sometimes exacerbating the source of the problem.”

To break down the misconception, Saul explains that people diagnosed with ADHD are either 1) of a normal level of distraction considering our modern environment, 2) have more acute difficulties are require “individual treatment”.

Saul recommends to his patients diagnosed with ADHD a healthy diet, increased exercise, at least 8 hours of quality sleep, to minimize caffeine intake, to monitor cell-phone use, and to find something to be passionate about.”

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