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Meriam's Guy

Got Milk?
Posted:Dec 25, 2007 6:42 am
Last Updated:Dec 25, 2007 11:36 am
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The Holliday season is the time of year when many people get to enjoy their families. The wonderful memories.

Its also for many people the most depressing time of the year. Reminders of failed relationships and many things such as friends and loved ones who are no longer with them.

That is why I write about the destruction and the cover up regarding many lies and cover ups. For years the ciggarette companies got by with nicotine as an addition added to their product. It is a well known fact now that they have done this.

That is why I put up the Myth of the chemical imbalance and how the findings are now that the antidepressants do not create a balance in the brain. They simply medicate people with drugs that are all damaging to the brain and various internal organs in a permanant nature.

There was a scientific claim years ago that a homosexual's brain waws formed differently than a heterosexual's brain. People believed this because some scientist said it. It holds no facts and has been refuted in the scientific world, yet people will believe this line of garbage.

Its the same way with the chemical imbalance. I shared a writing from someone in the field explaining it is not even pushed in the field anymore because it can not be proven in any way that it balances chemical levels. But it does medicate. Thats it. Yet people who do not take the time to educate themselves want to stupidly argue. I took the time to educate myself on this subject.

Scientifically they researched brain scans and the claimed ability to detect depression on the brain. Once again, just as in the homosexual brain claim, it was scientifically to hold no sustanance. No basis and yet you go by hearsay. The scientific and medical world say, no... no basis.

The scientific world has proclaimed all antidepressants do cause permanant brain damage.FACT

They have also determined these drugs cause mental conditions and imbalances that lead to many violent issues including acting out dreams that are usually violent.

My friends was 9 when she was molested at our church by the youth pastor. This went on for 4 years. They moved to NC. She finally told them what had happened. That pastor was convicted and in prison.

The girl never got better. They gave her drug after antidepressant drug. The last ones they gave her when she was 23 killed her. Her heart stopped.

My sister had a very good mind. She has been on anti-depressants since high school. She has slowly changed in a bad way to the poinr of just being lost. She no longer talks with any family members and isolates herself. Her health has been shaky for years. All of these indicators are warnings on SSRI drugs.

I have a friend whose dad was a very bad alchoholic. He joined the mormon church and stopped drinking. That is a good thing, but she wont receive Christ because she sees how her father changed. They will end up in hell one day because of never receiving Christ because some group helped him overcome an addiction.

Because a condition is altered by drugs, that makes it good when the drugs always cause permanant brain damage when taken for long periods of time?

One company paid out 100 million dollars a year in damage suits over the last decade. They didnt care because they sold 4.2 Billion dollars of the drug.

Ask yourself why drug companies loby and fight to keep warnings off of the labels of the side effects.

Ask yourself why there are more drugstores in America than McDonalds.

Ask yourself why, when the detective work is done that the school shooters such as the Va Tech murderer were all on anti-depressants? He was even reportedly acting much worse since he had started taking them.

are affected 4 times the amout of adults with ridilin.

Suicides are much higher than anyone not taking ant-depressants.

Doctors and Psychologists/Psychiatrists are all getting paid thousands of dollars each by pharacuedical companies to prescribe these drugs.

If you are just trying to be like Jesus I can understand why Jesus doesnt work for you. Then you are living for salvation.

But, if you are abiding in the Vine, the powerscource of Jesus is living through you and your yoke is light because you have his.

So what do we trust? Is it Jesus who says he will never leave you. But he also doesnt promise you a flowery life. But he also says he will be with you always.

The Gospel has always been promoted in the word of god. Not alternatives. Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud both renounced Christ. Their "Psychology" is based on the ultimate good is found in man. That man can always improve upom the person that he is. Gnoicism. Not Christianity. It hates Christianity.

Christianity is a man taking away the sin of the world, so that anyone that recognizes they had sin and that it separated them from God; repented and received the forgiveness of sin. Then they are born again in their spirit man. It is us being a branch on the vine of Jesus. Him living through us.

God accepts us as we are. The Holy Spirit is given to comfort us. To teach us all things.He sends peace that passes understanding if we will receive it.We can also have joy if we receive that.

Do you remember the report? One said there are Giants in the land. The other said that it was the promised land and we can go in and take it.

Sadness is a difficult thing. But the Lord also says that there will be seasons in our lives. It is important to understand which season that you are in. God is with you. Its like the man who climged the mountain and was stuck. He cried out is anyone up there. He heard a voice that said...I am. God. He said ohhhh God! Great! What do you want me to do. Just let Go...God said. Is there anyone else up there? the man said.

Some trust in horses and some trust in charriots but I will trust in the lord my God. There are many places out there that help you ween yourself from these dangerous mind altering drugs.
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The Chemical Imbalance Myth
Posted:Dec 24, 2007 12:10 pm
Last Updated:Dec 25, 2007 12:04 pm
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THE CHEMICAL IMBALANCE MYTH

Although each of the SSRI manufacturers admit they do not know how their respective drugs work, each claim that they help to correct a chemical imbalance of the brain. The assumption for each of these drugs is that if a person is depressed (each and every depressed person), they have a reduced number of neurotransmitters in the brain called serotonin.

As one well-known psychiatrist put it: “[SSRIs] are not correcting a biochemical imbalance, these drugs create severe imbalances in the brain. ... The idea that human suffering, psychological suffering, is biochemical is strictly a promotional campaign, perhaps the most successful in the history of the world, created by the drug companies. We do not even have a technology, a scientific technology, for measuring what happens inside the brain ... it is literally a fabrication.”

The next time you see a Zoloft, Prozac, or Paxil commercial, watch carefully. You will see that, when the drug company explains that depression is a serious medical illness caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, it will be prefaced with the word "may" i.e., "depression may be caused by a biochemical imbalance in the brain."

They must preface this statement with "may" because this theory has not been scientifically established. This unproven theory has been propagated by the pharmaceutical industry in order to sell psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs.

In May 2003, GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”, the maker of Paxil, announced in Ireland (The Irish Times, Saturday May 10, 2003) that it was withdrawing claims contained in Paxil (called Seroxat in Ireland and the UK) brochures that the drug worked by normalizing the levels of serotonin.

GSK was forced to acknowledge that the link between depression and serotonin levels is unproven and that its claims “were not consistent with the scientific literature.”

If your doctor tells you that these drugs will correct an imbalance in your brain chemicals, please realize that more than likely your doctor got this from drug company representatives as part of the drug companies’ marketing activities. There is no scientific evidence to support such a statement. Just because you are depressed does not mean that there is something wrong with your brain chemicals.
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are you aware of the side affects from anti-depressants?
Posted:Dec 24, 2007 9:48 am
Last Updated:Dec 24, 2007 2:14 pm
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Here is the complete list of adverse reactions attributable to SSRI medications:

Insomnia
Vivid and violent dreams
Inability to detect dreams from reality (The world takes on an other-worldly aspect)
No emotions
Inability to feel guilt or cry
Nausea
Loss of appetite
Rash; Breathing or lung problems
Heart fluttering
Shaking - jitteriness
Unusual energy surges at times producing super human strength (adrenalin rushes)
Memory impairment
Hair loss
Blurred vision or pressure behind the eyes
Inability to discontinue use of drug and increasing own dose
Cravings for alcohol, sweets, and other substances or drinking large sums of alcohol, coffee or other caffeinated drinks, diet pop with NutraSweet, etc.
Headaches
Swelling and/or pain in joints
Burning or tingling in extremities
Muscle twitching or contractions
Tongue numbness and slurred speech
Sweating
Dizziness
Confusion
Chills or cold sweats
Muscle weakness
Extreme fatigue
Diabetes or hypoglycemia
Lowered immune system
Seizures or convulsions
Weight gain or weight loss
Mood swings
Altered personality
Symptoms of mania, ie., inability to sit still or restlessness, racing thoughts, acting silly or giddy (like a again)
Sexual promiscuity leading to unwanted pregnancy or divorce
Irresponsibility, wild spending sprees, gambling, criminal behavior, shoplifting, embezzling, stealing, hostility, etc.
Deceitfulness
Blank staring
Inability to see any alternatives in situations
Hyperactivity
Aggressive or violent behavior
Wanting to ram other cars or driving irrationally
Impulsive behavior with no concern about consequences
Numbness in various body parts - legs go numb and right out from under patient
Sexual organs go numb making orgasm impossible
Pulling away from loved ones and others (isolating oneself)
Divorce
No desire to be touched
Paranoia
Falsely accusing others of abuse - family members or acquaintances
Loss of spirituality
Feeling "possessed" or that something evil is inside
Self destructive behavior and suicidal ideation
Suicide attempts
Muscle tremors
Loss of co-ordination
Mania
Psychosis

[SOURCE: PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA?, BY ANN BLAKE TRACY, PH.D
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Candace said it
Posted:Dec 24, 2007 9:07 am
Last Updated:Jun 15, 2024 1:48 am
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The entire quote from Dr. Candace Pert:

"I am alarmed at the monster that Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon Snyder and I created when we discovered the simple binding assay for drug receptors 25 years ago. Prozac and other antidepressant serotonin-receptor-active compounds may also cause cardiovascular problems in some susceptible people after long-term use, which has become common practice despite the lack of safety studies.

"The public is being misinformed about the precision of these selective serotonin-uptake inhibitors when the medical profession oversimplifies their action in the brain and ignores the body as if it exists merely to carry the head around! In short, these molecules of emotion regulate every aspect of our physiology. A new paradigm has evolved, with implications that life-style changes such as diet and exercise can offer profound, safe and natural mood elevation."

Dr. Candace B. Pert

Letter to the Editor of TIME Magazine, October 20, 1997, page
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Understanding the Va Tech Murderer
Posted:Dec 24, 2007 9:04 am
Last Updated:Jun 15, 2024 1:48 am
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Virginia Tech shooter reportedly on anti-depression meds, increasingly angry leading up to massacre

April 17, 2007

As all of you would have expected . . . it would not be long before we found
out what the shooter was taking. And it has just been released by the media
that he was taking antidepressants and having serious reactions to them that
we are used to seeing like starting a fire in his dorm, a long rambling
letter describing grievances - a particular dislike for the rich.

We already had
several clues of antidepressant-induced automatic behaviors such as REM Sleep
Disorder: the time of day being early morning for this incident and the calm
demeanor of the shooter. We also have the antidepressant-induced manic
behaviors: fire starting, violent and aberrant behavior & rambling letters of
complaints. We have antidepressant-induced Autisic behaviors of not socializing,
being a loner. Stalking. False allegations of abuse. Too many things were
beginning to add up especially for all of us who are aware of these reactions
that I document in my book.

Mark Taylor and his mother Donna have been here visiting with me for the
past couple of weeks. So, we did local media interviews yesterday on the VA Tech
shootings. The possible antidepressant connection was mentioned in every
interview. I have included them for you below. Feel free to share them with your
local media. And we are certainly available for more interviews.

You will also find

Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D.,
Executive Director, International Coalition For Drug Awareness
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Mark Taylor...Christian and Columbine survivor
Posted:Dec 24, 2007 9:01 am
Last Updated:Dec 25, 2007 11:40 am
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Mark Taylor's

testimony before the FDA 9/13/2004

I am Mark Allen Taylor and I am a victim of the SSRI antidepressant era. I took six to thirteen bullets in the heart area in the Columbine High School shooting when Eric Harris on Luvox opened fire that now infamous day.

They almost had to amputate my leg and my arm. My heart missed by only one millimeter. I had three surgeries. Five years later I am still recuperating.

I went through all this to realize that SSRI antidepressants are dangerous for those who take them and for all those who associate with those who take them.

I hope that my testimony today shows you that you need to take action immediately before more innocent people like me, and you, do not get hurt or die horrible deaths as a result.

As Americans we should have the right to feel safe and if you were doing your job we would be safe. Why are we worrying about terrorists in other countries when the pharmaceutical companies have proven to be our biggest terrorists by releasing these drugs on an unsuspecting public?

How are we suppose to feel safe at school, at home, on the street, at church or anywhere else if we cannot trust the FDA to do what we are paying you to do? Where were you when I and all of my classmates got shot at Columbine?

You say that antidepressants are effective. So why did they not help Eric Harris before he shot me?

According to Eric they "helped" him to feel homicidal and suicidal after only six weeks on Zoloft. And then he said that dropping off Luvox cold turkey would help him "fuel the rage" he needed to shoot everyone. But he continued on Luvox and shot us all anyway.

So, why did these so called antidepressants not make him better? I will tell you why. It is because they do not work.

We should consider antidepressants to be accomplices to murder

from his book. "I asked God...God answered"
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were you aware? Important News
Posted:Dec 24, 2007 8:54 am
Last Updated:Dec 24, 2007 12:13 pm
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Did You Know...

Mental disorders are NOT medical/physical conditions like cancer or diabetes? Every mental disorder is merely a list of observable behaviors given a label and voted into existence by the APA Board.

No one can objectively prove you have a mental disorder? Even the APA President admits that no lab test exists to prove the existence of depression, ADHD, bipolar, and every other mental disorder--no brain scan, no blood test, nothing.

There is no reason to take a pill for a mental disorder, like you would for true medical/physical conditions? The chemical-imbalance-in-the-brain theory has never been proven to cause mental disorders, despite popular belief and drug company marketing.

Psychiatric drugs CAUSE chemical imbalances in the brain by disrupting normal brain chemicals? Long-term use can cause permanent brain and organ damage.

The FDA now admits antidepressants and ADHD drugs can CAUSE violent and suicidal behavior in and adults? It is well-documented that most school shooters and baby killers over the last two decades were on psychiatric drugs.

Mental health screening, labeling and drugging of is in almost every state in America? School screening programs like TeenScreen label normal with mental disorders, leading to dangerous psychiatric drugging.

Over time, more people improve without psychotherapy than with it?

Every major psychological theory is anti-Christian at its core?

google: psychology debunked
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Does Chemical Imbalance hold water?
Posted:Dec 24, 2007 4:24 am
Last Updated:Dec 24, 2007 2:12 pm
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Psychologist: Chemical imbalance theory long-dead, but still believed today: This clinical psychologist and author attributes perpetuation of the chemical imbalance myth to profit seeking, and poses other, more common-sense explanations for depression. He states: "It was news to many Americans when Newsweek's February 26, 2007 cover story, 'Men and Depression,' mentioned that scientists now reject the theory that depression is caused by low levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, told Newsweek that 'a depressed brain is not necessarily underproducing something.'" (Huffington Post, October 5, 2007)

The Politics Behind Despair and Depression
By Bruce Levine

Posted October 5, 2007 | 01:52 PM (EST)

On September 14, 2007, New York Times reporters Alex Berenson and Benedict Carey foiled, at least temporarily, Big Pharma and its psychiatry allies' attempt to eliminate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning label about increased suicidal thoughts and behaviors in minors using antidepressants.

Berenson and Carey refuted a September 2007 American Journal Bruce Levine of Psychiatry article that had claimed an increase in the youth
suicide rate in 2004 was related to declining antidepressant prescriptions
for that group (caused by the FDA warning). Berenson and Carey reported that, in fact, in 2004 the "number of prescriptions for antidepressants in that group was basically unchanged and did not drop substantially." The New York Times did not, however, report that the lead author of the American Journal of Psychiatry article had served as an expert witness for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, makers of the antidepressant Effexor.

NOTE:: Joseph John Mann, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology, Columbia University; Chief of the Division of Neuroscience and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at New York Psychiatric Institute, New York. Received research support from GlaxoSmithKline; served as an adviser to Eli Lilly and Lundbeck. ("Early Evidence on the Effects of Regulators’ Suicidality Warnings on SSRI Prescriptions and Suicide in and Adolescents," Am J Psychiatry 2007; 164:1356‒1363.) Attended a 2002 GlaxoSmithKline advisory meeting on lamotrigine. (Preliminary Report of the Task Force on SSRIs and Suicidal Behavior in Youth, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, January 21, 2004, p.16; On file with CSP Consultant and expert witness for Pfizer for the Drug Zoloft (sertraline), submitting a deposition for the company in 2000. Expert witness for SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline). In 1990, received funding from Eli Lilly for a study on the safety and biological mechanisms of action of norepinephrine and serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants.

While the recent smoke and mirrors of Big Pharma and the American Journal of Psychiatry was detected by The New York Times, the media, once again, is losing sight of a more important revelation: scientists currently agree that "the neurotransmitter-deficiency theory of depression"--the rationale for antidepressants--has no validity.

It was news to many Americans when Newsweek's February 26, 2007 cover story, "Men and Depression," mentioned that scientists now reject the theory that depression is caused by low levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, told Newsweek that "a depressed brain is not necessarily underproducing something."

This appeared to be news because since the advent of Eli Lilly's serotonin-enhancer Prozac in the late 1980s, the general public and doctors have received a multi-billion dollar marketing blitz proclaiming that depression is caused by a deficiency of serotonin, and that this deficiency could be corrected by Prozac or other serotonin-enhancer antidepressants such as Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, and Luvox.

This rejection of the neurotransmitter deficiency theory of depression should not in 2007 be considered news. In 1998, Th
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medical myth of ADHD
Posted:Dec 24, 2007 3:45 am
Last Updated:Dec 26, 2007 6:52 am
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Psychologist debunks the medical myth of ADHD: Dr. Bob Jacobs, psychologist and attorney, says ADD and ADHD "were invented and not discovered, and efforts to popularise these diagnoses are based on politics and economics and have little to do with medicine." He asks, "Since when did these childhood behaviours, ranging from normal to non-compliant, become a disease?" He reveals the medical truth behind the ADHD label and explains why it’s not going away any time soon. (Nexus Magazine, February-March 2005) The Article:

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PSYCHOLOGICAL, SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND LEGAL IMPLICATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a completely unproven and highly questionable diagnosis, yet it is the basis for putting tens of thousands of Australian on dangerous stimulant drugs. ADD and its popular sub-type Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) were invented and not discovered, and efforts to popularise these diagnoses are based on politics and economics and have little to do with medicine.

In 21st-century Australia, when a habitually "misbehaves" he or she is said to have a "disease". There are absolutely no organic or physiological findings to substantiate the existence of any "disease". "Symptoms" of this "disease" include such things as standing when told to sit, fidgeting, and not being happy about doing chores or homework. Since when did these childhood behaviours, ranging from normal to non-compliant, become a disease?

Anyone with a modicum of common sense can read the diagnostic criteria for ADD or ADHD and see the absurdity of this invented "disease". When the medical community and the pharmaceutical companies–the chief proponents of this disease model–admit that they don't know what "causes" this strange disease and cannot even prove it exists, the chuckles evoked from reading the diagnostic criteria change to gasps of disbelief. When we learn that tens of thousands of Australian are being drugged with powerful and dangerous drugs based on this invented "disease", the gasps turn to cries of outrage.

There are vast implications in labelling as "diseased" for behaviour considered undesirable and then drugging them into compliance. Do we want growing up believing that the answer to their problems lies in taking drugs?

Do we want learning that they are not responsible for their own behaviours and can instead blame a mysterious "disease"? Do we want to allow organised psychiatry, which as recently as 25 years ago told us that homosexuality is a "disease", to label childhood misbehaviour as a "disease" in the absence of any proof? Do we want a society that pathologises non-compliance and values conformity over individuality, creativity and free expression?

The physical safety and emotional well-being of Australia's are being threatened by the ADHD/ADD diagnosis and the accompanying proliferation of stimulant drug prescriptions. A comprehensive inquiry must go beyond the self-protective jargon of the medical/pharmaceutical community and ensure, at the very least, that parents and are exposed to all sides of this controversy and given an opportunity for meaningful informed consent before accepting this diagnosis and filling their prescriptions.

Key Points
• The number of diagnosed throughout Australia as having "ADHD" (or "ADD") continues to skyrocket.
• A significant percentage of these are placed on stimulant medications, which are highly dangerous drugs with significant short-term and long-term side effects. • The availability of these stimulant medications represents a significant public health threat in Australia.
The "ADHD" diagnosis demonstrably lacks reliability. • The validity of the "ADHD" diagnosis is spurious.
• Parents and are not given enough information to be able to give meaningful informed consent before commencing stimulant treatment for "ADHD".
• "ADHD" remains a popular and seductive concept, and in the absence of intervention the use of the diagnosis and stimulant drugs is likely to continue to escalate.

The Popularity of "ADHD"

The numbers of diagnosed as having ADHD or ADD are staggering and continue to increase. The popularity of the diagnosis in Australia has resulted in more and more receiving stimulant medications.

For years, clinicians have noted that stimulants have a paradoxical effect on . There have been myriad theories advanced as to the physiological reasons for this, but none has won universal acceptance. In the past decades the pharmaceutical industry has told us that ADHD continues into adulthood and it has advocated the use of stimulant and stimulant-like drugs for adults as well. This suggests that while the stimulant effect seems "calming", it may relate more to a form of intense focusing on one thing (or no thing) as opposed to being aware of and involved in the various aspects of the environment.
According to the 30 June 2002 Sydney Sun-Herald: "It is estimated that at least 50,000 Australian are now on these prescription drugs."1 The increase has been nothing short of meteoric.
"Between 1991 and 1998, prescriptions dispensed for dexamphetamine sulphate increased by 2400 per cent, while prescriptions for Ritalin increased by 620 per cent over the same period."2
"Australian consumption of dexamphetamine rose 592% between 1991 and 1995, while consumption of methylphenidate rose 490% in the same time period."3
The New South Wales Commission for and Young People asked for community input and heard many worried voices: "A great many submissions to the inquiry expressed concern about the increasing use of psychotropic drugs in with ADD/ADHD, especially the long-term effects."4
The 1 July 2002 Brisbane Courier-Mail noted that, per capita, "More in Australia take psychotropic medication than do in the US".5 With estimates of the prevalence of ADHD in the United States ranging as high as 15‒18% of school-age , this trend is frightening and constitutes a public health emergency in Australia.

The Dangers of Stimulant Medications
The most popular stimulant drugs used for "ADHD"–Ritalin (methylphenidate) and dexamphetamine–are pharmacologically similar to cocaine. Just like cocaine, these drugs have significant effects. They cause to become more docile and more compliant. This is true of all , as any remnant of the myth that only "ADHD" react this way has long since been dispelled. "Indeed, stimulant medications have been shown to have similar types of effects in with diagnosed ADHD and individuals regarded as normal controls (Peloquin and Klorman, 1986; Rapoport, Buchsbaum and Monte, 1980; Rapoport, Buchsbaum and Zahn, 197. These results emphasise that the diagnosis of ADHD cannot be determined by a positive response to medication."6

drugged become more docile and compliant and get into "less trouble", thus pleasing parents and teachers. But at what cost? Occasionally the pays the ultimate cost:
"Stephanie Hall, of Canton, Ohio, believed ADHD was a disease. She took her Ritalin, religiously. Her parents, Mike and Janet Hall, believed it too. Stephanie Hall died in her sleep, 6 days before her 12th birthday, not from ADHD–because there is no such thing–but from Ritalin, because Ritalin is an amphetamine and because amphetamines have a long history of causing sudden cardiac deaths, even in the young."7
"Death caused from long-term use of methylphenidate (Ritalin): Death certificate of 14 y/o Matthew Smith, 21/03/01, Oakland County, Michigan."8

In one sense, it should not be surprising that the use of psychostimulants can be dangerous and even fatal. These drugs are among the most controlled and restricted because of their acknowledged danger. In Queensland, as in some other states in Australia, physicians must get approval for every prescription they write for stimulants, and if the treatment persists beyond two months they must provide an explanation. "Both dexamphetamine and methylphenidate are controlled drugs under Schedule 8 of the Health (drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996, and they are classified as specified condition drugs under section 78 of the same regulations, with additional supply and use restriction."9
Stimulant drugs may lead to depression and thereby might be contributory to suicide. "The [South Australia Parliamentary] Committee was disturbed to hear or read the examples of a number of who had expressed suicidal thoughts."10"Suicide is a major complication of withdrawal from this stimulant and similar amphetamine-like drugs."11

drugs in general, and stimulants in particular, pose a significant long-term risk with because of their potential developmental effects. It is intuitively obvious that powerful drugs could affect the process of growth and development in a , and this has been widely acknowledged in the mainstream press, even by the American Psychiatric Association (publisher of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or DSM) itself:
"The term developmental toxicology refers to unique or especially severe side effects caused by interaction between a drug and the process of growth and development. and adolescents are growing and developing not only physically but also cognitively and emotionally. It is important that medications not interfere with learning in school or with the development of social relationships within the family or with peers."12
Inevitably we must face the fact that if stimulants affect growth and development, they very likely affect the developing brain:
"There is now a mountain of evidence that stimulants disrupt growth hormone production on a daily basis and that they also can reduce the 's overall growth, including height and weight… It is hard to imagine a more serious warning flag than growth inhibition, since it affects the overall growth of the body and all its organs, including the brain."13
"The drug commonly used to help Australian with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may cause long-term changes in the brain. University of Buffalo scientists have found that Ritalin produced changes in the brains of rats similar to those seen with stimulants such as amphetamines and cocaine. Study author Professor John Balzer said the findings belied the belief that Ritalin, known generically as methylphenidate, was short- acting."14
"By issuing psychotropics to , we do in fact create an interaction between the chemical, the drug, and the developing organism, and in particular the developing brain, which is the target organ of a psychotropic."15
"Stimulants such as Ritalin and amphetamine have grossly harmful impacts on the brain–reducing overall blood flow, disturbing glucose metabolism, and possibly causing permanent shrinkage or atrophy of the brain."16
The spectre of these negative effects on growth and development is even more ominous in light of the fact that under the age of six are routinely prescribed stimulants, despite specific warnings that they are not safe for use in that young. There have been reports of Australian as young as 15 to 18 months being given prescriptions for psychostimulants, and at the 2003 Queensland State Youth Conference in Mackay one parent reported that her doctor suggested her nine-month-old had "ADHD" and needed to be medicated (fortunately she refused).
Almost more frightening than the potential long-term effects of psychostimulants is the relatively common "zombie-like" effect induced in . Shockingly, two of the leading biopsychiatric advocates in the United States, L. Eugene Arnold and Peter S. Jensen, acknowledged the "zombie effect" in their chapter on ADHD in the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry: "The amphetamine look, a pinched, somber expression, is harmless in itself but worrisome to parents… The behavioral equivalent, the 'zombie' constriction of affect and spontaneity, may respond to a reduction of dosage, but sometimes necessitates a change of drug."17
The zombie effect has been described by Dr Peter Breggin this way: "[This] drug-induced docile behavior is caused by chemically blunting or subduing the 's higher brain function. That part of the 's brain requiring creativity, freedom, play, energetic activity, consistent discipline and inspiring educational activities will be blunted."18
With the skyrocketing prevalence rates of this "disorder", there is a very real possibility that we are raising a generation of whose creativity, thinking and spirit are being blunted by drugs without a verifiable medical justification.

The Public Health Issue
By classifying psychostimulants as Schedule 8 drugs, the Australian government obviously intended to restrict their availability. Yet the proliferation of prescriptions for "ADHD" has made these psychostimulants readily available for recreational use on school playgrounds across Australia.
The illicit use of ADHD drugs is a major problem in Queensland, as noted by the Crime and Misconduct Commission: "The abuse of ADHD prescription drugs is a potential problem for society, the public health system and law enforcement agencies."19
In New South Wales, "Concern was expressed, in several submissions to the inquiry, about school selling, swapping or sharing their prescription drugs or medication with other at school".20
The International Narcotics Control Board (INC of the United Nations has warned of the increasing recreational abuse of methylphenidate worldwide.21 Recreational use of psychostimulants has also been associated with other forms of drug addiction and frequently serves as an easy "first step" into the world of self-medicating.
"Elizabeth Wurtzel, writing in the New York Times of April 1, 2000, says that Ritalin has been a gateway drug for many with whom she has interacted at Narcotics Anonymous meetings, where mothers have admitted stealing Ritalin prescribed for their , and discussed her own experience of chopping up Ritalin pills and snorting them through her 'nostrils almost continuously'."22
The United States drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has spoken about this problem, saying that "a number of recent studies, drug abuse cases, and trends among adolescents from various sources indicate that methylphenidate use may be a risk factor for substance abuse".23
Tellingly, as reported in the US press: "A recent study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley–a study of 500 over 26 years–found that Ritalin is basically a 'gateway' drug to other drugs, in particular cocaine. Lead researcher Nadine Lambert, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, concluded that Ritalin 'makes the brain more susceptible to the addictive power of cocaine and doubles the risk of abuse'."24
There is widespread acknowledgement, even among staunch advocates of the medical model of "ADHD", that there are other forms of "treatment" available, such as family counselling, respite care and parenting education. None of these modalities involves risking the physical well-being of . Particularly in light of a recent meta-analysis that demonstrated there is no educational/learning benefit for being treated with psychostimulants,25 it is completely senseless to risk not only the well-being of the medicated but the health of the community of at large by continuing to permit the indiscriminate distribution of these dangerous drugs.

Lack of Reliability of Diagnosis
The "reliability" of a diagnosis refers to the degree to which it is dependable; that is, the degree to which we can rely on the fact that the diagnosis will be the same regardless of who is doing the assessment or where the assessment is being done. For example, a broken arm is diagnosed through X-rays and there is a high likelihood that if you visited 100 orthopaedic physicians with the same X-ray, all 100 would make the same diagnosis. "Broken arm" is a highly reliable diagnosis. In contrast, "ADHD" is an almost completely unreliable diagnosis. "There are no objective diagnostic criteria for ADHD–no physical symptoms, no neurological signs, and no blood tests... No physical test can be done to verify that a has 'ADHD'."26

The suggestion that 100 clinicians would likely come to no consensus on a diagnosed by anyone as "ADHD" is borne out by the shocking differences in international prevalence rates. "[T]he prevalence of ADHD in the UK is generally estimated at 1% or less, whereas it is at least 10‒12 times greater than that in Australia and the US."27 Shockingly, this means that if you flew 12 "ADHD" from Perth to London and had them assessed, the statistical likelihood is that only one would be a "confirmed" diagnosis. Factually, then, the "disorder" is either grossly overdiagnosed in the US, Australia and Canada, or grossly underdiagnosed in the UK (and most of the rest of the world). In either case, it is not a diagnosis that can be depended upon; it lacks reliability.
Even within countries, wide variations in prevalence rates preclude the reliability of the diagnosis. For example, an analysis of the use of stimulant drugs for ADHD in the US found that "Southern youngsters were about 71% more likely than in the Northeast or West to get the drugs, and Midwesterners were 51% more likely".28

A closer look at the diagnostic criteria and an understanding of the DSM process highlights some of the reasons for this unreliability. Laypeople assume there is some scientific or objective process in the identification of disorders. This is typically true in medicine, but it is often not true in psychiatry. The American Psychiatric Association publishes the "bible" of psychiatric diagnoses, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which is currently in its fourth edition (DSM-IV). An observer at the 1987 APA DSM hearings made the following disturbing comment: "The low level of intellectual effort was shocking. Diagnoses were developed by majority vote on the level we would use to choose a restaurant. You feel like Italian, I feel like Chinese, so let's go to the cafeteria. Then it's typed into the computer." A prominent American psychiatrist, a former chief of the National Institute of Mental Health's Center for the Study of Schizophrenia, put it this way: "DSM-IV is the fabrication upon which psychiatry seeks acceptance by medicine in general. Insiders know it is more of a political than scientific document."

Dr Lawrence Diller, discussing the process by which the DSM-IV criteria were decided, offers this illustration of how shockingly political the process was. "The main study group had determined that only five of nine symptoms would be required to qualify for a diagnosis of 'ADHD: hyperactive/inattentive subtype' [that is, a 'combined' version of the disorder]. But then the supervisory DSM-IV task force astonishingly overruled this decision and increased the number of symptoms required to six! Presumably they were concerned that five criteria were too few and might result in too many being diagnosed with this type of ADD, but the arbitrariness of their action has little to do with science."31
In Western society, which often deifies physicians, it can be truly shocking to people to realise that this popular psychiatric diagnosis was invented by a group of folks sitting around the table, not by a group of scientists discovering something in a laboratory.

The result of the DSM process is a diagnostic category, ADD/ADHD, which is completely arbitrary and based solely on behaviours. The diagnostic criteria raise obvious questions about validity (discussed in the next section), but the description of the "symptoms" is also hopelessly subjective and therefore inherently unreliable. In order to be diagnosed as having ADHD, a must have either six out of a list of nine symptoms of "inattention", or six out of a list of nine symptoms of "hyperactivity-impulsivity". The symptoms "must have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level" (italics added). However, there is no objective guideline for assessing the requisite degree of maladaptation; it is left to the discretion of the individual clinician. Even more outrageous, every one of the 18 "symptoms" of ADHD is qualified by the word "often". What constitutes "often" fidgeting, or "often" having difficulty organising tasks and activities? There are no objective guidelines. To one evaluator, a who is fidgety every day might seem normal; but to another evaluator (perhaps a childless one), a fidgeting a great deal on two occasions might constitute "often". The reliability problems don't end there.

"Even aside from 'often', the rest of the definition is riddled with ambiguous and vague terminology. Which mistakes are 'careless' ones? What constitutes being spoken to 'directly'? What constitutes 'difficulty' in organising things? Who decides what activities require 'sustained mental effort'? What is 'easily' distracted? When does a small movement qualify as a 'fidget' or a 'squirm'? Who determines when 'remaining seated is expected'? When is running or climbing or talking 'excessive'?"33
Some of the most mainstream US proponents of the medical model of ADHD, believing that it is a valid medical disorder, have acknowledged the lack of diagnostic reliability. In 1998, the National Institutes of Health held a Consensus Development Conference on Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD and heard testimony from a number of "experts", virtually all of whom supported the medical model. At the end of the conference, panel chairman Dr David Kupfer acknowledged that "[t]here is no current validated diagnostic test",34 and another panel member noted succinctly that "the diagnosis is a mess".35

Lack of Validity of Diagnosis
The "validity" of a diagnosis refers to the extent to which it describes something that is real and can be proved. "Despite millions of dollars spent on research over the past twenty years, much of it subsidised by hopeful drug companies, no one has yet been able to identify this 'disease' called ADHD."36
Incredibly, there are many highly respected professionals in various fields who publicly acknowledge that there is no proof of the existence of ADHD. Consider the following...
• Psychology professor Diane McGuinness, PhD: "Methodologically rigorous research indicates that ADHD and hyperactivity as 'syndromes' simply do not exist."37
• Neurologist Fred A. Baughman, MD: "We are not mis-diagnosing or over-diagnosing, mis-treating or over-treating ADHD. It has been a total, 100% fraud throughout its 35-year history."38
• Associate Professor Robert Reid, PhD, University of Nebraska: "[T]he causes of ADHD are simply not known."39
• The Australian National Association of Practising Psychiatrists (NAPP): "[ADHD] is not an inherited genetic disorder or organic disease" and "scientific evidence to support ADHD as a disorder is unproven".40
• Psychiatrist Denis Donovan, MD: "ADD is a bogus diagnosis. Parents and teachers are rushing like lemmings to identify a pathology... Our current pathologizing of behavior leads to massive swelling of the ranks of the diseased, the dysfunctional, the disordered and the disabled."41
• Physician William B. Carey, MD, of the 's Hospital of Philadelphia: "What is now most often described as ADHD in the United States appears to be a set of normal behavioral variations. This discrepancy leaves the validity of the construct in doubt."42
• Psychologist John Breeding, PhD: "The diagnosis of ADHD is, itself, fraudulent."43
• Tunku Varadarajan, Wall Street Journal deputy editorial features editor: "t's just as much nonsense-on-stilts as ADHD as it was pure poppycock as ADD."44
• Author Beverly Eakman: "These drugs make more manageable, not necessarily better. ADHD is a phenomenon, not a 'brain disease'. Because the diagnosis of ADHD is fraudulent, it doesn't matter whether a drug 'works'. are being forced to take a drug that is stronger than cocaine for a disease that is yet to be proven."45
• Psychologist Richard DeGrandpre, PhD, citing a study in Pediatrics, a US medical journal, showing that 80% of reported as hyperactive at home or school showed exemplary behaviour and no signs of hyperactivity in the physician's office: "This finding is consistent with numerous studies showing, and dozens of newspaper articles reporting, considerable disagreement among parents, teachers, and clinicians about who qualifies for a diagnosis. This can only raise questions about the existence of ADD as a real medical phenomenon since it is these symptoms alone that are the basis of the diagnosis."46
• Psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin, MD: "It is important for the Education Committee to understand that the ADD/ADHD diagnosis was developed specifically for the purpose of justifying the use of drugs to subdue the behaviors of in the classroom."47
• United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton: "Some of these young people have problems that are symptoms of nothing more than childhood or adolescence."48
• Psychiatrist Sidney Walker III, MD: "The medical community has elevated Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to the status of diagnoses, and most people believe these are real diseases. They aren't, and doctors who label ADD or ADHD don't have a clue what's really ailing them."49
• Educator and researcher Brenton Prosser, PhD: "The dominant definition of the condition argues that it is physiologically based and is best treated with amphetamines, while there remains no biological basis for these claims."50
• The 1998 Consensus Development Conference, held by the US National Institutes of Health, came to this conclusion: "[W]e do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there are no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction."51

The question remains as to why practitioners and the public alike refer to "ADHD" as a demonstrable disorder, when there is ample evidence that it is not. This phenomenon was explained by Dr John Jureidini, head of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Women's and 's Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia, in response to a question by a parliamentary commission:
"There is monumental literature that takes as a given that ADHD is a neurobiological condition and starts from there to talk about different forms of treatment. Once you have many thousands of articles published about something, how can it possibly make sense for someone to stand up and say 'This is not an entity'? I want to emphasise that I quite clearly acknowledge that there are who are very compromised because of difficulties with impulsiveness, attention and activity. I am not saying that these are not suffering or are not worthy of attention. I am saying that, as a disorder, ADHD is a spurious entity."52

In distinguishing between literal and metaphorical diseases, American psychiatrist Thomas Szasz notes: "[T]he suggestion that, say, AIDS and ADHD...are radically different kinds of diseases–or, more precisely, that the latter is not a disease at all–is politically so incorrect that it is dismissed out of hand."53
Proponents of the biomedical model of ADHD are fond of saying that they believe we are on the brink of discovering an aetiology; discovering that "ADHD" actually exists. But they have been saying the same thing for over 20 years. The fact remains that, in scientific terms, there is no validity to the construct of a "disease" called ADHD.

The Lack of Informed Consent
There is no more fundamental human right than the right to bodily integrity. A hallmark of most legal systems is that innocent people are protected from anything happening to their own body without their consent. According to an article in the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law: "[T]rue consent to what happens to one's self is the informed exercise of choice, and that entails an opportunity to evaluate knowledgeably the options available and the risks attendant upon each."54
The issue of consent to health care of young people was the subject of a major 1996 report issued by the Queensland Law Reform Commission.55 It has also been identified by representatives of various organisations as a major issue throughout Australia:
"The Commissioner for and Young People advised the committee that issues of confidentiality and consent to health care of young people were major concerns raised by representatives of more than thirty youth and health-related organisations at a National Youth Health Summit organised by the Australian Medical Association held in Canberra in July 2001."56
Consent without information is no consent at all, and parents who are told their has "ADHD" are virtually never told of the lack of scientific reliability or validity to the diagnosis. Typically they are not told that there is no organic or physiological finding associated with the diagnosis, nor are they told that no one has been able even to demonstrate that "ADHD" exists. Parents are also often not told about the dangers of psychostimulants. Australian common law, international law (particularly the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the , to which Australia is a signatory) and a basic sense of human decency demand that any individual has a right to consent to an invasion of their personal/physical integrity.
are almost never given an opportunity to give consent to treatment with psychostimulants, nor are they privy to the debate that rages in the professional community about this diagnosis. This egregious violation of a basic human right would not be tolerated were it done directly, but in the guise of "helpful medical care" it becomes more elusive and difficult to combat.

Why Is ADHD Diagnosis So Popular?
The rise in the number of diagnosed in Australia with ADHD over the past 25 years has been nothing short of astronomical. Given the acknowledged lack of a known aetiology or organic/biological marker for ADHD, the question remains as to why this diagnosis is so popular. There are four primary "constituencies" for whom the ADHD diagnosis has been an economic, practical and emotional godsend.
1) The drug Companies. The market for stimulant medication specifically to treat ADHD exceeds US$600 million annually in the United States alone! With this sort of profit motive, it is not surprising that major pharmaceutical companies have been outspoken proponents of psychiatric diagnoses in general and ADHD in particular.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals–which held the original patent on methylphenidate (Ritalin), the most popular US drug for ADHD–has advertised extensively in both professional journals and popular media, with ads in the latter aimed specifically at convincing parents that their might benefit from using stimulants. Novartis has also been a generous financial supporter of and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), the national parent support group for ADHD.
Perhaps most troubling is the concern expressed by a University of Michigan neuroscientist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology: "I am convinced that the pharmaceutical industry spends enormous amounts of money to increase its sales and profits by influencing physicians and the public in ways that sometimes bend the truth and that are often not in the best interests of science or the public."57

2) The Physicians. The primary reason that physicians are seduced by the idea of ADHD as a biomedical entity is that they desire to be helpful to their patients. Their entire training and perspective is steeped in the "medical model": a patient comes to see them with a symptom and they diagnose and treat it. If ADHD does not exist, and the behaviours are either part of the range of normal childhood experience or reflective of some dysfunctional environment, the medical practitioner is helpless. Plus, as we'll see in a moment, the stimulant drugs they can prescribe do produce the desired effect for parents and teachers, so physicians are positively reinforced by their patients (or at least their patients' parents) for being helpful.
At the same time, it would be naïve to overlook the profit motive in this part of the equation. American psychiatrist Peter Breggin noted: "Biological interest groups have been pressing for decades to capture the market for drugs and for their
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Posted:Dec 23, 2007 6:16 am
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back again today to the Church for throw aways. Most come from broken homes where neither parent attends a fellowship.

they all go to the alter and sing during the paraise and worship

they all jump like its a rock concert.

130 teenagers and a few preteens

uninhibited

really searching

I love it. It started with a few in a friends home...went to a small building and now in a fellowship building. all since this summer.

to many they would look down on the because they jump and sing and praise God, but I see the youth needing a God to love and they have found the God of Love to embrace them.

He unconditionally loves them. People havent. Yet he does and they have found a home that encourages them to be who they can be and to learn how to hear from the Holy Spirit and not just behave better.

blessings
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