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A       B       wrote:

  we are living in Italy at the moment. The school would like to have our
  13 year old son to be fully tested for add

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
tell them 'no thank you' and
take this as a sign to find another school--none not believing in add or
insistently practicing it. If they persist, tell them it has never been
validated as a brain disorder/disease.]

  . we will be in NYC in July and
  would like to have contact with an alternative to chadd

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
good idea, as chadd is nothing more than a propaganda organ for the ADHD
industry and for Novartis Corporation, manufacturer of Ritalin]

  We do not like retalin and we are looking for a more natural way to help
  our son academics. we have been recomended to the staten island mental
  health society

[Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD:
find a good school emphasizing discipline, the teaching of self control
and academics. This is not a matter of mental health unless you let it
become that. Good luck, FB]

   . Are you familiar with theat institution?
          Thank you in advance.
          d     and a      

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