Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Part II: Antipsychotic Drug Backlash and Non-toxic Remedies for Children

Adapted from Boston Globe
Papers reveal push on drug firm funds
Prominent doctor tied to efforts
By Carey Goldberg
November 25, 2008

Newly disclosed court documents portray Dr. Joseph Biederman, a leading Harvard child psychiatrist, as courting drug company money by promising that his work at Massachusetts General Hospital would help promote the use of antipsychotic drugs for youngsters diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Biederman is one of the central figures in the growing legal and political backlash against potential conflicts of interest in medicine, particularly in psychiatry. He could not be reached for comment yesterday, but Massachusetts General Hospital said it would thoroughly investigate the allegations against him.

This psychiatrist is the country's most prominent advocate of diagnosing bipolar disorder in children, even those under age 6, and using antipsychotic drugs to treat many of them, even when federal regulators have not approved the drugs for that use. Congressional investigators led by Senator Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican, accused Biederman this summer of failing to disclose more than $1 million in payments from drug companies. Harvard Medical School is investigating those reporting discrepancies.

He is now also emerging as a key witness in a huge, multistate lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 2,000 patients, including children, who claim to have been injured by psychiatric drugs known as atypical antipsychotics, including the Johnson & Johnson drug Risperdal, also known as risperidone. Biederman is not a defendant in the case, but the plaintiffs' lawyers submitted more than two dozen documents aiming to present him as an example of how drug companies and researchers conspired to boost "off-label" prescriptions that go beyond federally approved uses of a drug. The plaintiffs' lawyers sought to compel Biederman to let them interview him - a legal fight they won. He is expected to be interviewed under oath by January, 2009.

Anti-Stress Program: Nutritional support for mild panic, hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, insomnia, lack of focus and nervousness

Enzymes for nutritional support of stress

1) A multiple digestive enzyme for digestion. Thera-zyme DGST is excellent for children too young to do the Loomis 24-hour urine test.
2) Thera-zyme SvG - nutritional support to help one to relax and become serene
3) Thera-zyme Adr - supports normal function in children and adults who may suffer from stress, ADHA or ADD, depression, moody or irritable behavior, panic and insomnia
4) Thera-zyme TRMA – supports normal function in children and adults who may be prone to anxiety attacks

Homeopathics for children (and adults)

There are dozens of homeopathics sold in health food stores for every childhood condition and behavior you can imagine: insomnia, crying and screaming, colicky pain, etc. They are labeled according to the symptom so they are very easy to find. The Bach Flower formulas are also excellent for soothing emotional problems. See for Bach Flower information.

Hormonal Balancing

Thyroid glandular- a major anti-stress food. Children diagnosed with ADHD and ADD who are prescribed Ritalin and other similar drugs respond very well to small amounts of thyroid glandular (not Synthroid) without the side effects of Ritalin.

Making a Killing Video by CCHR

"SSRIs - S.S.R.Lies," is Mike Adam’s hip hop answer to the child-destroying industry of modern psychiatry.

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