Two articles in one week should shake parents of kids with autism, Asperger's and ADHD who are on powerful meds to their core. In the first, we learn that Harvard Psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Biederman promised postitive results to Johnson & Johnson in risperidone testing. (HERE). From the NYT: An influential Harvard child psychiatrist told the drug giant Johnson & Johnson that planned studies of its medicines in children would yield results benefiting the company, according to court documents dating over several years that the psychiatrist wants sealed.
The psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Biederman, outlined plans to test Johnson & Johnson’s drugs in presentations to company executives. One slide referred to a proposed trial in preschool children of risperidone, an antipsychotic drug made by the drug company. The trial, the slide stated, “will support the safety and effectiveness of risperidone in this age group.”
In the second from the Washington Post (HERE) we learn that ADHD drugs may not work beyond 24 months and - and that this information has been withheld from parents. New data from a large federal study have reignited a debate over the effectiveness of long-term drug treatment of children with hyperactivity or attention-deficit disorder, and have drawn accusations that some members of the research team have sought to play down evidence that medications do little good beyond 24 months.The study also indicated that long-term use of the drugs can stunt children's growth. The latest data paint a very different picture than the study's positive initial results, reported in 1999.
The mainstream media turns to published studies to choose how to write about autism, Asperger's and ADHD. Pharma uses them to convince doctors what to prescribe. How many children are on risperidone, whch has the trade name Risperdal? Check out the black box warning (HERE). Our elderly are now drugged to smithereens on this product too. Get 'em young! Get 'em old! Drug from birth until they're cold!
Millions of kids have been drugged since they were tots with unproven drugs. But we're the crazies for giving our kids magnesium and fish oil? Where's the outcry? One child dies from a medical error involving chelation and the media pounces on the story. This Haaavud doctor has singlehandedly turned American children in zombies and monsters. Listen to the crickets chirp.
As far as the ADHD drug problems; think of how many American boys and girls are on these drugs for years and years, their parents unaware that the manufacturers knew their efficacy was limited and yet, demanded more market share. And doctors were complicit. It's astounding. I think the DARE program might need to include legally prescribed drugs. Just say no.