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A report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) confirms that
draconian state policies are causing families to break up
when parents across America are forced to give up custody
of their children in order to qualify for mental health services.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
No psychiatric condition is an actual disease much less a genuine
emergency, one for which treatment needs to be

The GAO report surveyed child welfare directors in 19 states,
and juvenile justice officials in 19 counties.
"They said more than 12,700 children were placed into some kind
of care so they could get needed treatment."

An amendment to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
has been introduced by Rep. Max Burns (R-Ga.) HR 1350:
the Child Medication Safety Act. It requires no taxpayer funding but
mandates that "State educational agencies develop and implement policies
and procedures that will prohibit school personnel from requiring a child
to obtain a prescription for a controlled substance such as Ritalin as
a condition of attending school or receiving services." 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
this should
read "any psychiatric drug or treatment" as no psychiatric diagnosis is an
actual disease/abnormality that can be confirmed objectiveluy]

In other words, school officials will no longer be in a position to
dictate to families what's best for their children's mental health.

Insight Magazine (Washington Times) reports that the bill is opposed by
pharmaceutical funded "advocacy" groups, such as, Children and Adults
with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). Insight reports
that last year CHADD received $500,000 dollars from drug companies,
including Novartis, the manufacturer of Ritalin. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
are not public-, patient- advocateds--bouight and paid for by pharma, they
ARE pharma]

CHADD carefully excludes information that might inject doubts about the
justification of exposing children to a psychoactive, addictive drug--
when the disorder cannot be scientifically validated. CHADD also fails to
disclose the drug's hazards as documented by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

According to CHADD's annual report the National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH) provided $180,000 in taxpayer funds. The CHADD website serves as a
clinical trial recruitment site--including recruitment for the
NIMH-sponsored clinical trial preschool ADHD Treatment Study (PATS) which
targets preschool children 2 to 5 years old as test subjects in a Ritalin
dose tolerance experiment.


Monday, April 21, 2003
Families Give Up Kids to Get Treatment, Study Says
by Maggie Fox

WASHINGTON - Thousands of U.S. parents are being forced to give up their
mentally ill children to foster care or even the juvenile justice system
because they cannot otherwise pay for treatment, a report said on Monday.

The report by the General Accounting Office has probably found only the tip
of the iceberg, mental health groups said, as only a few states cooperated
with the investigation.

But they said the implications are clear. "Families across America are being
ripped apart because they can't find the help their children with mental and
emotional disorders need," Laurel Stine of the nonprofit Bazelton Center for
Mental Health Law said in a statement. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Wrong! Again, no psychiatric
diagnosis is a bona fide disease, much less a true medical emergency
requiring measures so harsh as to tear NORMAL troubled, troublesome children
from the busom of their family. This is orchestrated by profit-seeking
mental health professionals making profit-points of normal children whose
parent cannot and will not pay out of pocket for psychiatric services. Not
only are these NORMAL children made "patients" in perpetuity, their parents
are called negligent for not acknowledging their mental "disease" is a
medical emergency, one requiring treatment that can only be had by making
the court, the state and uncle Sam the child's parent. It could not be more

The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, was asked to write the report by
U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, and Democratic House of
Representatives members Pete Stark of California and Patrick Kennedy of
Rhode Island after a series of media reports on the issue.

Child welfare directors in 19 states, and juvenile justice officials in 19
counties answered survey questions for the report. They said more than
12,700 children were placed into some kind of care so they could get needed

"Nationwide, this number is likely higher because many state child welfare
directors did not provide data," the GAO report said.

"Although no agency tracks these children or maintains data on their
characteristics, officials said most are male, adolescent, often have
multiple problems and many exhibit behaviors that threaten the safety of
themselves and others."

But the children had not committed crimes, nor had they been abused or
neglected, said Elizabeth Adams, a spokeswoman for the National Alliance for
the Mentally Ill.

"When children have mental health problems, they are often demanding on the
family and family structure," Adams said in a telephone interview.
"Sometimes they have outbursts and rage and behavior that is destructive to
the child and others."

This requires care -- expensive care that can include intensive counseling
for the patient and the family, respite care to give parents a break, and
drug treatment.

But many insurance plans will only pay for such treatment for a limited
time, said Ralph Ibson of the National Mental Health Association.

And states cannot pay unless the child is in their physical custody.

"In extreme cases, as this report documents, they literally give up custody
to meet the requirements as a last-chance opportunity for their children,
give up custody to a system that will place the kids in mental health
services. That's how desperate they are," Ibson said.

"You have to ask yourself why they can supply money for child mental health
services in a foster care home and you won't give the same money to a
parent?" asked Adams.

© Copyright 2003 Reuters Ltd


Posted: April 28, 2003
Putting Power Back In Parental Hands
By Kelly Patricia O Meara
Issue: 05/13/03

Congress soon will vote on legislation that has the psychiatric and
mental-health communities agitated. Advocates of the bill say it will return
to parents the power to decide whether a child should be medicated to get in
school or stay there, and many see this measure as a warning bell for future
debate about the legitimacy of childhood psychiatric disorders. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Again, the lynch-pin for the fraud of biological psychiatry is their
claim--uniformly, throughout--that all psychiatric conditions/diagnoses are
disease/abnormalities of the brain. None of them are, not one...the fraud
is complete. The children thus labeled (not diagnosed in a true medical
sense), stigmatized, and uniformly drugged, thereafter, were all NORMAL up
to the point of the drugging, ECT, or psychosurgery. Further, organized
neurology whose duty it is to determine whether organic, true
brain/neurological disease is present or not has quite clearly joined
in/colluded in the false representation to the public and to patients,
individually, that psychiatric disorders/diseases/chemical imbalances are
actual disease, objectively verifiable, when none of them are. Fourty years
ago when I became a neurologist, not a psychiatrist, there was no such
pseudoscience in the service of Big Pharma and profit, there was no willful
deception of the public--there was, as is almost nonexistent today, service
to the patient, the public and a public trust richly earned. Such is
anything but the case today as patients and the public are "sold out" left,
right, up and down, but nowhere as thoroughly as in psychaiatry/mental
health where any and every NORMAL is to be labeled diseased or if not,
"emergently diseased," as is called for to rob families of normal children
to profit from them. Scientific and medical legitimacy are nowhere in sight
to so much as be debated]

The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has been scheduled
for reauthorization in May as HR 1350. An amendment to it, the Child
Medication Safety Act, introduced by Rep. Max Burns (R-Ga.), requires no
taxpayer funding but mandates that "State educational agencies develop and
implement policies and procedures that will prohibit school personnel from
requiring a child to obtain a prescription for a controlled substance such
as Ritalin as a condition of attending school or receiving services."

In other words, the amendment would prohibit teachers and school
administrators from requiring a child to take a controlled substance to
receive a public education, returning the decision to parents and their

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
It appears they may still coerce use of non-controlled
psychiatric medications, and they will, a loophole allowing this blatant,
pure psychiatric victimization that must immediately be

Already a handful of states have passed similar or more
stringent guidelines prohibiting schools from requiring that children be
drugged to control behavior, and a dozen more states currently are
considering such legislation.

Surprisingly, opponents claim it is a battle about who will legislate rather
than what will be legislated. E. Clarke Ross, chief executive officer of
Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD),
the nation's leading nonprofit organization representing individuals with
ADHD, even tells Insight that, "We're not opposed to the intent and policy
language of the bill." Rather, according to Ross, "The question is whether
the government should enact national legislation mandating every school
district in America to go through the procedures and process of implementing
this legislation." The question, he stresses, is "whether a few highly
publicized cases are typical of thousands of people across the country -
whether the instances of abuse are so rampant that it requires a national
law or bureaucracy." 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
This is happening in every country in every
state in the country at an ever-quickening rate. Teachers and all school
persons become deputy brain diagnostitions and are on a "power trip"]

As an advocacy organization representing 20,000 dues-paying members
diagnosed with the alleged psychiatric disorder ADHD, the Ross group
reported in its yearly financial statement that last year it received more
than $500,000 in financial support from various pharmaceutical companies,
including Novartis, the makers of Ritalin, the No. 1 stimulant "treatment"
for ADHD. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
they are a creation of Big Pharma and an arm of Big
Pharma; to understand why they would drug each and every NORMAL child, one
need only remember this]

And as an advocacy group representing people
with ADHD, the CHADD
lobby supports the mental-health community's theory that ADHD is a "real"
disorder and further reports that it "disseminates the science-based
information" about ADHD. Insight asked Ross to describe the scientific
information disseminated by CHADD to support its contention that ADHD is a
brain disease.

"The surgeon general of the United States David Satcher," Ross explains,
"called ADHD a brain disorder with a neurological origin in his 1999 Report
on Mental Health. It's not a CHADD position, it's the surgeon general's

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
CHADD has regularly published, stated and testified (in
state and federal hearings) that ADHD is a "neurobiological disorder," a
perjury and a lied and deception to the public give the lack of proof to the
present time and the absence of an objective test for any abnormality in any
child. Their first and only abnormality is the drug (usually Ritalin or
another amphetamine) they are invariably give. It is not science has
advanced, it is that the ethic of organized medicine has been so degreated
as to allow this wholesale drugging of NORMALS]

  While the former
surgeon general did suggest that ADHD is a brain
disorder with a neurological origin, no conclusive scientific evidence was
presented in the report to support the theory.

Moreover, later in that same report the surgeon general emphasized "the
diagnosis of mental disorders is often believed to be more difficult than
diagnosis of somatic or general medical disorders since there is no
definitive lesion, laboratory test or abnormality in brain tissue that can
identify the illness." Trouble is that this statement also applies to the
diagnosis of ADHD, though CHADD did not disseminate the surgeon general's
caveat as part of the "science." 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
This report of the Surgeon General
was meant only to legitimize the illegitimate--calling mental/psychiatric
disorders/diseases, "diseases" without the objective evidence of an
abnormality required throughout the rest of medicine. I called for Surgeon
General David Satcher to resign given his wholesale betrayal of the public
with his 1999 Report on Mental Health (appended at the end). All physician
go to medical school and all know that absent objective abnormalities their
is no disease, their is nothing to treat to make normal or more nearly

In an effort to get the "science" it favors to its membership, CHADD also
cites the 1998 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement that
"there is evidence supporting the validity of the ADHD disorder." Again,
CHADD does not mention that no science ever was cited to support this
statement. Nor did the advocacy group mention that the NIH statement was
revised after its initial publication. The original NIH Consensus Statement
from the conference reads: "We don't have an independent, valid test for
ADHD; there are no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction;
existing studies come to conflicting conclusions as to whether use of
psycho-stimulants increases or decreases the risk of abuse; and finally
after years of clinical research and experience with ADHD, our knowledge
about the cause or causes of ADHD remains speculative." 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
change in the NIH web site wording of the "final statement of the Consensus
Conference Panel of 11/18/98 was never accounted for by Conference
organizers Jensen or Cooper or by anyone else. The alteration appeared out
of thin air some months after the final day and (first) final statement of
the conference Panel, 11/18/98 and is just another element of the
fraud--uniform throughout psychiatry and all mental health--of calling ADHD
a disease, a "neurobiological disorder" when nothing abnormal had been
found, demonstrated with either the neurology or biology of an

It also is of interest that CHADD does not include the 1995 report from the
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which concludes that "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 methylphenidate Ritalin
medication. However, contrary to popular belief, stimulants like
methylphenidate will affect normal children and adults in the same manner
they affect ADHD children." In short, whether diagnosed with ADHD or not,
the mind-altering drug will elicit the same effect and, according to the
DEA, "behavioral or attentional improvements with methylphenidate treatment
therefore are not diagnostic criteria of ADHD."

Finally, Insight asked Ross why it is that only the "science" that supports
the validity of ADHD is disseminated by CHADD. "It really is a matter of
belief," Ross says. "Do you want to believe the surgeon general of the
United States? He said ADHD is a valid disorder and has serious symptoms and
we don't know 100 percent of the cause of it yet. It's like schizophrenia.
Do you dismiss everything until science at some point has definitive

Is Ross suggesting that he is aware of science to support, say, 65 percent
of the cause of ADHD? Is he admitting that there is no science to support
either the ADHD diagnosis or the diagnosis of schizophrenia? Whatever, say
critics, he raises a good question. But those who argue that ADHD and other
psychiatric diagnoses are not based in science, which according to the
former surgeon general appears to be the case, legitimately may respond by
asking whether it is right without causative proof that a disease exists to
medicate children with mind-altering drugs. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
It is known that
Ritalin and Ritalin-like amphetamines are brain and body damaging; it is
known that ADHD is not a bona fide disease. It is never justifiable to lie
to parents to gain "informed consent". It is never justifiable to proceed
to administer these medications begininning with patients who are
medically/physically normal]

Despite the fact that documents provided on CHADD's Website declare that
ADHD not only is a "neurobiological" disorder but also a "neurological"
disorder, the bottom line apparently has little to do with science. As Ross
states, it "is a matter of belief." And that is precisely what opponents of
the alleged disorder have been saying for years - that psychiatric diagnoses
are subjective opinion unallied by science. All of which appears to
observers in Congress to be what is driving this new legislation.

Mike Stokke, deputy chief of staff to Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert
(R-Ill.), tells Insight that "this is a very limited first step, and I think
it will lead to a whole line of other questions once parents figure out that
this kind of stuff is going on in schools. Some of the questions that are
involved in this issue are not things that most people contemplate when they
put their kids on drugs, and sometimes there are bad outcomes."

Stokke explains: "This bill basically says that teachers and school
personnel cannot demand that children be put on these drugs as a
prerequisite to staying in the classroom. We're trying to make it clear in
places where it's been a problem around the country, and it's been a problem
in more places than I would have ever imagined."

In case after case, Stokke continues, "when we started meeting some of these
families who have been through this problem, such as in New York, New Jersey
and Connecticut, we saw the coercive action of the state come in and say
that the teacher says you have to take these drugs. And if you don't it's
child neglect and the child is taken away from the parents. That's more than
a little beyond the pale."  

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
It is not a stretch to compare it to
the Nazi T-4 program in pre-WW-II German: NORMAL children coerced forced,
court ordered onto known drugs of addiction, drugs that are dangerous and
deadly too; taken, snatched, kidnapped by the state if the parents (in
cohesive families) or parents of divorce fail to accept the hand in glove,
bogus diagnosis and bogus "treatment" that, given the NORMAL "patient" is
tantamount to poisoning]

Stokke concludes, "We've listened to some of the horror stories of what
happens to parents who refuse to medicate their kids for alleged ADHD.
Many of the parents that we talk to are people who have the means to fight
back, but what is troubling about it, and why there needs to be federal
legislation, is that there are many families out there in similar situations
who don't have the means to fight the system

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
there is almost no such
thing as prevailing in a legal battle against the system. One can only
sneak their child out of the public school to home-school, private or
parochial school before they are caught in the tentacles of the
psychiatry-laced ed-fad industry]

. The speaker Hastert believes
that parents should have more of a role in the kind of things that happen to
their kids. There is an alarming rise in the number of children who are
being medicated for alleged behavioral problems, and it's definitely
something that should be looked at. Our goal with this legislation is to
bring some attention to this issue and to put some people on notice."

Kelly Patricia O'Meara is an investigative reporter for Insight magazine.
email the author


Neurologist Calls for Surgeon General's Resignation Over Mental Health Report

    SAN DIEGO, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by
Dr. Fred Baughman, Jr.:

    The Surgeon General David Satcher, has been asked to resign over his
report on mental health described by pediatric neurologist, Dr. Fred Baughman,
Jr., as an "infomercial for biopsychiatry and the pharmaceutical cartel."  Dr.
Baughman, with 35 years of medical experience which has included the discovery
of real neurological and genetic diseases, said that psychiatrists and
psychologists who use interviews and psychometric tests to tell patients they
have a diagnosable biologically-based disease, are "charlatans."

    "The report straddles the fence between medicine and commerce, science and
perversion of science," Dr. Baughman wrote to Dr. Satcher.  "It is your duty
as Surgeon General to convey the medical science of the day to all Americans,
as well as the best possible advice on how to stay healthy.  Yet you put the
considerable weight of your office behind representing the scientifically
unproven 'disorders' of the psychiatric/pharmaceutical cartel to be actual

    "The fact that psychiatrists do not perform physical examinations or
neurological examinations by which disease of the brain and nervous system is
determined, makes their claims of diagnosing and treating 'biologically based
brain diseases' not only unbelievable but a fraud.  There is no physical or
chemical abnormality to be found in life, or at autopsy, in 'depression,'
'bipolar disorder,' 'Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder '(ADHD), or any
other 'mental illness.'

    "With no proof whatsoever they tell you your problem is 'in your brain'
and, therefore, isn't your fault.  They dissuade troubled persons from looking
at and addressing the causes of life's real problems in the interest of
pushing their pills."

    While the report espouses having reviewed 3,000 academic studies on mental
health and illness, Dr. Baughman said this is another biopsychiatric stratagem
to refer to the sheer weight, volume, and longevity of the "scientific"
literature, obfuscating the fact that it is based on a false premise -- that a
bona fide brain- or genetic-based disease has been validated.  "Furthermore,
when this false information is conveyed to parents and consumers, informed
consent doesn't exist and a fraud is being perpetuated upon the American
people," he said.

    Additionally, "It is misleading to lump Alzheimer's disease, a legitimate
brain disease in with depression and hyperactivity.  This is a common semantic
strategy of modern-day psychiatry to co-mingle actual brain diseases, like
Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases, with mental conditions, in the hope
that the public will view all of them as diseases in dire need of drug

    "This is especially pernicious when it involves children.  Claiming that
symptoms of ADHD respond well to treatment with stimulants and that there is
little evidence of overdiagnosis or overprescription of stimulant medications
in children, is false.

    "We are witnessing the Ritalin/stimulant poisoning of 6-7 million of our
youth, with up to 40% of children in classrooms across the nation being
deceptively diagnosed with ADHD or 'learning disorders.'  The biggest, most
heinous epidemic of all, is mandating Ritalin and other addictive, dangerous
-- even deadly -- amphetamines be given millions of entirely normal children.
They are normal because ADHD simply doesn't exist.

    "Whether or not any psychiatric drug, or combination of drugs, makes us
more adaptable and efficient over the long-term, is simply not known and
should not be urged upon the public as though it were.  All such drugs are
brain-altering and brain-damaging and have deleterious effects over the long
term.  Consider the 10% brain atrophy found in children on long-term
Ritalin/stimulant therapy."

    "The report sends a dangerous message, disavowing that our character and
our emotional selves are shaped by parents, teachers, peers, hunger, want,
fun, kindness, discipline, and whether or not we are given the essential tool
of reading.  It is tantamount to saying that no matter how we misbehave or
whatever painful emotion we experience, we have a 'disease,' and the medical
treatment for this is a drug," Dr. Baughman stated.

    Email Dr. Fred Baughman:
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