Posted by

Letter to Dr. Gerald Lucey, Editor-in-Chief, PEDIATRICS (9-13-01)

Dr. Gerald
September 13, 2001
Editor-in-Chief, PEDIATRICS
Fletcher Allen Health Care
McClure 718
111 Colchester Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401

Dear Dr. Lucey,

Although you published my letter [1] on the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) Guidelines [2] for the diagnosis of the invented,
never-validated "neurobehavioral disorder"/ "disease"—ADHD,  there was
no response from the J.M. Perrin or M. Stein of the AAP Subcommittee on
ADHD, from the AAP itself, or, from yourself ,or any member of the
editorial board of PEDIATRICS.  Surely, if there were any proof of it’s
existence as a diagnosable disease; a detectable abnormality within the
child/person, someone would have referenced it in a response.  Surely,
if there were no such proof; if my charges went unanswered because there
was no proof, they would have expressed a willingness to change the
wording of the Guideline "to reflect the scientific and medical facts of
the matter," as I requested.  But they didn’t do that either, prompting
the question, do we speak here of the practice of medicine or of the
business of medicine, with the two being mutually exclusive.

Without a doubt, US parents and the public-at-large have been lead to
believe that ADHD is a "brain disease" due to a "chemical imbalance of
the brain," for which a "chemical balancer," a pill, is the only logical
treatment.  That they have come to believe as much means that their
informed consent rights have been abrogated; that they have been lied
to.  Who are the purveyors of this lie?

A young mother from Connecticut, with a child thus victimized, just
mailed me a copy of an article from PEDIATRICS [3] entitled "An
Adolescent Who Abruptly Stops  His Medication for Attention-Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder."  Herein, M. Stein, Professor of Pediatrics,
University of California, San Diego, and a member of the Subcommittee on
ADHD of the AAP, writes, "Factors that impact compliance include their
belief that the treatment will be effective, the parents’ understanding
of the disease and how…"

In this article about ADHD, this is as if to say that it is a disease.
Next, Stein writes of a teen with leukemia, unresponsive to
chemotherapy, who then refused a recommended bone marrow transplant.  Of
this case, Stein writes, "The present case (that of Robbie, with ADHD)
[3] is of an adolescent who also refused a medical treatment…"  Not only
does Stein imply that ADHD is an actual disease, he has the audacity to
compare it to leukemia.

Writing of Robbie, the adolescent who stops his own methylphenidate
(Ritalin), Dr. Mary-Ann Schafer, Professor of Pediatrics, and Dr. Glen
Elliott, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, both of the University of
California, San Francisco, state: "Robbie may have heard something from
a teacher or other professional that most kids "outgrow" ADHD by
adolescence.  However, ADHD is not only a disease of childhood and early
adolescence.  One third of children with the syndrome continue with
obvious symptoms through adolescence and into adulthood…"

Here we have not just the implication that ADHD is a disease; an
abnormality at home, at school, and socially while off (medication) or,
if the need is shown…on appropriate medication…"  Here, Shafer and
Elliot leave no doubt they would condition basic rights, including a
driver’s license, on Robbies’ behavior within the person, rather we have
a forthright statement of fact that it is.  Next—as if for emphasis, it
is called a syndrome, which, in medicine is tantamount to calling it a
disease, since this term also implies the presence of an objective
physical/chemical abnormality.  With no facts to back it up such
statements, do they constitute anything other than marketplace
propaganda, intent on making "patients" of normal children/persons?

As if to urge Robbie not to jettison his diagnosis; not to desert the
ranks of the diseased in which he has, so artificially, been placed,
Shafer and Elliott write, "Robbie needs to hear the message that in most
cases, ADHD is a life-long challenge that needs attention."  Next,
drawing upon biological psychiatry’s incessant comparisons of all things
emotional/behavioral to real diseases  they write, "Robbie is not unlike
any middle adolescent with a chronic disease like diabetes mellitus…"

On page 976, Shafer and Elliott write:  "Consider tying the ability to
obtain a driver’s license with his ability to continue to perform
acceptably at home, at school, and socially while off (the drug) or, if
the need is shown by this trial, on appropriate medication…"
To condition fundamental rights, such as a driver’s license  upon
behavior or compliance in taking a prescription drug for a disease that
does not exist, is not science or the ethical practice of medicine, but
is tyranny.

I find it disturbing indeed that medical academia, and it’s journals
have become a participant in the deception of the US public that is
"biological psychiatry"—the baseless, pseudoscientific claim that all
emotional and behavioral problems are "diseases" due to "chemical
imbalances" of the brain.  This is hardly in keeping with the
medical-legal obligation of all physicians to determine whether or not
our patients have an actual disease, and, if so which one.  Implicit
herein, is that we have a duty to tell all of those having no disease,
that they have no disease, that they are normal.  Biological psychiatry,
practiced now through the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Guideline
on ADHD, tells them, instead that they have a disease, a syndrome, and
clearly implies, just as Shafer and Elliott do, that it will be "a
life-long challenge."

Six million entirely normal US children have been fraudulently diagnosed
ADHD/diseased/abnormal and put on addictive, dangerous, sometimes
deadly, Schedule II, controlled psychostimulants.  With no actual
disease on the "risk" side of the "risk" vs. "benefit" equation, this
is wholly unjustifiable—a veritable cancer upon the children and
families of the nation; a veritable cancer upon "Robbie," until he had
the good sense to spit out both his Ritalin and his fraudulent ADHD


Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD

1303 Hidden Mountain Drive
El Cajon, CA 92019


1. Baughman FA.  Diagnosis and Evaluation of the Child With
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. PEDIATRICS. May 1, 2001, p.
2. Clinical Practice Guideline: Diagnosis and Evaluation of the Child
with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactiviity Disorder.  Committee on Quality
Improvement, Subcommittee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
PEDIATRICS. 2000;105:1158-
3. Stein MT, Schafer M-A, Elliott GR, Levine S.  An Adolescent Who
Abruptly Stops His Medication for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder. 2001; 107:974-978.

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)