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  Kennedy Takes Aim at Ritalin Provision
  May 7, 2003
  By Emily Pierce, Roll Call Staff
  Psychiatrists and at least one lawmaker are taking on the Church of
  Scientology's support for a provision in a House special education bill that
  seeks to prevent teachers from requiring students to take medication for
  attention-deficit disorder.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
It sounds as though Emily is a
friend of Ritalin, ADHD, and all biological psychiatry which claims that all
pained emotions are diseases. She has it appear that the only Americans
against the wholesale drugging of ADHD kids, that is, normal kids, are
Scientologists. They are not the only Americans with the common sense to be
outraged by this fraud.]

  "It's a wolf in sheep's clothing," said Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) of the
  provision that was added to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  reauthorization, which passed the House last week. "I suspect it probably
  had its antecedents in the community that believes that all medication for
  kids with attention-deficit disorder is wrong." 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Surely, the good
Congressman has never seen proof that ADHD is a disease, for the simple
reason that there is no such proof...such claims are fraud]

  Kennedy and members of the psychiatric profession say the provision, which
  has been aggressively backed by the Scientology-founded Citizens Commission
  on Human Rights, is an attempt to achieve what opponents charge is
  Scientology's broader goal of abolishing the field of psychiatry altogether.
  The provision, sponsored by freshman Rep. Max Burns (R-Ga.) and supported by
  Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), is intended to address highly publicized
  cases in several states of teachers pressuring parents to medicate children
  with Ritalin and other psychotropic drugs. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Their rebuttal, clearly
authored within the house of psychiatry claims such coercion is rare when it
goes one in all public school districts across the country]

  Burns said he was aware that the provision was backed by CCHR, but said his
  goals were far different from those of the Church of Scientology and CCHR,
  which dispute the American Psychiatric Association's determination that
  attention-deficit/hyper-activity disorder, or ADHD, is a medical condition
  that sometimes requires medication.
  "I did not go out and solicit that support," said Burns. "We're not trying
  to take away the scientifically based treatments that we have. But we don't
  want to over-diagnose or misuse some of these treatments." 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
"over-diagnose" is to fail to understand that their is no proper or valid
diagnosis of ADHD--such children never proved to be other than

  Another group supporting the provision is the largely grassroots Parents for
  Label and Drug-Free Education, which has chapters in several states and has
  been working closely with CCHR. President Bush's brother, Neil Bush, has
  also publicized the issue of misdiagnosed ADHD through his education
  technology company, Ignite! Learning, which he founded in 2001 after his
  son, Pierce, was erroneously diagnosed with the disorder. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
"mis-diagnose" is to fail to understand that their is no proper or valid
diagnosis of ADHD--such children never proved to be other than

  But psychiatric organizations that oppose the provision - including the
  American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American
  Psychiatric Association, the Federation of Families for Children's Mental
  Health, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Mental
  Health Association - claim supporters have been duped into supporting a
  measure that they say could prevent teachers from even talking to parents
  about the possibility of their child being evaluated by a mental health

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
All of these psychiatric organizations lie,
brazenly, to every patient and the public stating ADHD and all psychiatric
conditions/diagnoses are diseases/abnormalities within the brain. Not a
single one has been proved to be.]

  "It's all an organized campaign to discredit the mental health profession
  and disavow the existence of childhood mental disorders," said Clarke Ross,
  CEO of the nonprofit Children and Adults with Attention
  Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder.

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
to disavow the existence of
childhood mental disorders as diseases--yessiree! That is the big lie of
"biological psychiatry of NAMI, CHADD and all the rest]

  spokeswoman Marla Filidei countered that her organization has been
  fighting for the provision because of hundreds of stories from parents about
  teachers and school districts that have urged or pressured parents to put
  their nonattentive children on drugs, such as Ritalin, to address what may
  be simple behavior problems or the boredom of a gifted child.
  "We're not saying behaviors don't manifest themselves in some ways. We're
  saying it's not medical," said Filidei. "This is a list of disorders that
  were voted into existence by the American Psychiatric Association."
  CCHR's Web site states that the group was formed in 1969 by the Church of
  Scientology and State University of New York psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz
  to "combat psychiatry's oppression" and to "expose and help abolish any and
  all physically damaging practices in the field of mental healing."
  Filidei said CCHR's "ultimate goal is for the mental health profession and
  those who support it to admit that there is no medical evidence to support"
  these disorders. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
as diseases/abnormalities within the brain and
body like medical and surgical diseases]

  Psychiatric professional organizations say they have been placed in the
  untenable position of trying to block a measure that they acknowledge
  appears to be well-intentioned.
  "We're not opposed to the policy objective that no school should require
  children to be on medication," said Ross, whose group is funded in part by
  pharmaceutical companies, including the makers of Ritalin. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
is a regular on the payroll of Novartis and all who are Big Pharma...THEY
ARE Novartis and Big Pharma this is why they have invented and prosyletized
ADHD turning normal children into patients to give their drugs of
addiction...drugs which are otherwise dangerous and deadly]

  put us in
  an awkward defensive position, and that's what we're hearing from
  legislators, that 'Well, I'm not going to be the one to stand up and oppose
  Kennedy agreed that it was difficult for lawmakers to come out strongly in
  opposition to the provision.
  "I think people can dismiss this as an innocuous amendment that on a
  superficial level sounds reasonable," said Kennedy. "But it was obviously
  written with the intended effect of stopping kids from getting the needed
  treatment that's out there." 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
Mr. Kennnedy surely you of all
people know of the dangers of addictive drugs. You owe it your your
constituents and the country to ask researchers at the NIMH to show you the
proof that ADHD is a bona fide disease, and to withhold your advice that
treatment is needed until they show you such proof. Well, Sir, the folks at
the NIMH, also officers --quite inapporpriately--at CHADD have been a party
to the deception of the US public since the invention of ADD in 1980 of
telling one and all ADD/ADHD is a disease, all the while having no real
scientific proof. You owe it to the public to ask them. Ask Rapoport,
Zametkin, Swanson, Jensen, Hyman, Castellanos--anyone at all at the NIMH,
anywhere in the NIH, anywhere in psychiatry. Ask them where the "disease"
came from with no proof with no test, right up to the present day. The
biggest health care fraud in US history, I wrote Janet Reno, April 15,

  Still, opponents of the provision are hoping to find allies
  in the Senate to
  prevent the provision from becoming law.
  One lobbyist for the psychiatric profession said they have already  targeted
  a number of Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  Committee, such as Sens. Edward Kennedy (Mass.) and Jeff Bingaman (N.M.).

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
People who drug normal children rarely give their name. As they
make their round they should take with them the "proof" that ADHD is a
disease, that the children are diseased/abnormal and need treatment to be
made normal. But they will not, their is no proof nor will their
pseudo-science ever beget such proof. Further, I am not a Scientologist nor
a member of CCHR--their only response when their pseudo-science is
challenged. I might add that CCHR seeks and stands by the science and seems
to me to want only to make medical science the issue.]

  Psychiatric groups also plan to contact Republicans friendly to the mental
  health profession, such as Sens. Pete Domenici (N.M.) and John Warner (Va.).
  "They're not too worried about it getting into the Senate Individuals with
  Disabilities Education Act bill," the lobbyist said of conversations with
  Kennedy's staff. "Conference committee is where we'll be focused in the end."
  The lobbyist acknowledged that inclusion of the measure in the IDEA bill
  caught the psychiatric community off-guard. They are now working diligently
  against it, but still appear to have an uphill battle.
  Burns and other proponents of the legislation say there is a national
  problem of teachers pushing Ritalin and other ADHD drugs.
  Filidei noted as one example the case of Patricia Weathers, who has been
  travelling with Filidei to lobby the issue in Congress. Weathers heads the
  New York chapter of Parents for Label and Drug-Free Education.
  Weathers said her son was having trouble reading when officials at the
  public school he was attending told Weathers to put him on medication for
  learning-disabled children.
  Weathers said she complied at first, but that negative side effects caused
  her to terminate the treatment. When she took her son off the medication,
  Weathers said the school called child welfare officials who threatened to
  charge her with medical neglect of her son.
  Weathers said she escaped legal action, however, by obtaining a letter from
  a private psychiatric professional who asserted her right to explore
  alternative therapies for her son.
  "There's no evidence that it's an actual abnormality," said Weathers. "And
  the school didn't let me know that I was labeling my son as mentally ill" by
  putting him on medication.
  It's stories such as Weathers' that prompted 19 states and now the federal
  government to pursue laws prohibiting teachers from requiring students to
  take psychotropic medications. Five states - Connecticut, Illinois,
  Minnesota, Utah and Virginia - have enacted laws designed to protect parents
  ' rights to refuse to medicate their children, according to CCHR.
  However, both sides agree that there are no national statistics on how
  prevalent the practice is.
  Kennedy argued that the problem is not as widespread as CCHR makes it seem.
  "Clearly, it's a legitimate issue, but as I said, it's a mischaracterization
  of the situation to think that it's not the exception rather than the rule,"
  he said.
  "The question is whether this is a national issue that requires a national
  bureaucracy," added Ross. "It's all based on these highly publicized
  situations. ... Weathers' situation is a very sad experience, but whether
  Patricia Weathers' experience is typical - that's just not been our families
  ' experience."
  Filidei disputed that notion. "It's ludicrous to say that legislators would
  be passing laws based on isolated incidents," she said. 

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
We have
established that CHADD is Pharma and that Ross, therefore works for/speaks
for Big Pharma. To what extent does Rep. Kennedy speak for Big Pharma in
the Congress. He does not speak of the facts of the matter From "Practice
Trends," Clinical Psychiatric News, May 2000, page 49, we read: "Gaining
access to mental health care for children is so difficult that parents often
end up giving up custody to ensure care, the Bazelon Center for Mental
Health reports." "Approximately 2.1-4.1 million children, aged 9-17 years
have a serious mental or emotional disorder. Last year, 23% of parents of
children with behavioral disorders were told that they needed to relinquish
custody to obtain intensive mental health services for their children; 20%
actually gave up custody. Nor are these voluntary "custody relinquishments"
as the term suggests. Initial diagnosis is usually in the schools, followed
by coercion from Child Protective Services, and court-ordered "custody
relinquishment" to make the previously normal child a ward of the court and
a psychiatric (drugged) patient-in-perpetuity. I get 3-5 e-mails per day
from parents thus victimed. This is a monstrous problem and threat to our
democratic ideals. Their being no such thing as a psychiatric "disease" it
should not be happening at all. ]

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