Tuesday, June 10, 2008

WHAT'S A BIOSTITUTE???

BribeSo here's an example of a BIOSTITUTE. That's RFK's word for scientists, doctors and jerks who sell our health down the river for profit. The NYT just wrote about a HARVARD doc who took over a million dollars from Pharma and who has single-handedly created the pediatric psychiatric medicine flood of the last decade.

Many of my Kim blog readers have children on drugs for ADHD, autism and more. These are my friends. I respect their medical decisions for their own children. I do think a parent should look into every non-drug option before starting on these drugs, as I have three kids who are living proof that diet, supplements and therapy can stave off the use of these drugs. Did you know that the Feingold diet can completely remove the symptoms of ADHD? Sadly, most docs don't review these options with parents prior to writing that scrip. Happily, there are many ways to do your own homework.

I do want to point out that much of what pharma companies are selling for these kids is done with the market in mind, perhaps more than the kids themselves. I'm just asking you to read and file the info away. It's not my intention to frighten or instill agita. But this is reality.

Here's the article I wrote for Age of Autism about the NYT article which you can read HERE.

This is a frightening glimpse into how opportunistic is the Psychiatric profession, which still controls autism treatment for many. Millions of American kids are on Prozac, Risperdal and other powerful drugs AS A FIRST LINE OF TREATMENT recommended by your neurologist, psychiatrist, developmental pediatrician, pediatrician every day for autism, ADHD, bi-polar and other diagnoses because so-called "world renowned" men like Harvard's Dr. Joseph Biederman are being paid consulting fees by the drug companies. Is that the same as being on "the take?" Not necessarily. Decide for yourself. The NYT reports:

A world-renowned Harvard child psychiatrist (Dr. Joseph Biederman and his colleague Dr. Timothy Wilens) whose work has helped fuel an explosion in the use of powerful antipsychotic medicines in children earned at least $1.6 million in consulting fees from drug makers from 2000 to 2007 but for years did not report much of this income to university officials, according to information given Congressional investigators.

The non-biomedical world berates us for using DAN! (and other) protocols for our kids and labels chelation as "voodoo science." What do you call it when Harvard professionals make money to recommend unapproved uses of powerful drugs on children as young as two years of age? Voodoo times two?

In one example, Dr. Biederman reported no income from Johnson & Johnson for 2001 in a disclosure report filed with the university. When asked to check again, he said he received $3,500. But Johnson & Johnson told Mr. Grassley that it paid him $58,169 in 2001, Mr. Grassley found.

The Harvard group’s consulting arrangements with drug makers were already controversial because of the researchers’ advocacy of unapproved uses of psychiatric medicines in children.

6 comments:

Deborah said...

" I respect their medical decisions for their own children. I do think a parent should look into every non-drug option before starting on these drugs,"

Amen, sister Kim AMEN!!!!

I have been speaking that advice for 5 years, since we started using bio-medical on our soon to be 11 year old son.

I have seen first hand the dazed, glassy or bouncing-off-the-walls effects of drug cartel products. I have seen enough to know that western medicine is at the VERY BOTTOM of the "options list".

Kim Stagliano said...

Anon, are you a born again Christian? Remember some of the hideous things the leaders of the religious right have said? About AIDS, about 9/11, about Katrina victims. How many people became "unborn" after that? I'm Catholic. I believe the current Pope was in the Nazi party as a boy - as was the norm for German boys in the 1940's. Did I leave the Catholic Church? I've sat in the front pew at my Church fuming over what a priest is saying. One day a young priest talked for 25 minutes about celibacy and virginity and that if people lived together before marriage they should abstain for sex for two year - to what, regrow your hymen? All Churches are peopled by humans with faults. Some more egregious than others, I'll agree. If I were a black woman and had be stomped on and discriminated against all my life the Reverand Wright might have struck a chord within me. It's like when we autism Moms get together and bitch and moan about crapisodes, lack of sleep, IEP's and can get really down and dirty about it. We speak to our own choirs. That Obama didn't leave tells me not so much that he agreed, but that he was able to find the portion that spoke to him, process it and leave the rest behind. Does anyone agree 100% with their leaders in anything? My two cents. Thanks for the thoughts. I do find it intersting the dissenters refuse to use their names. Have the courage of your conviction. We can debate and discuss here. I won't throw any barbs. Probably. ;)

Kim Stagliano said...

OOPS, wrong post. I meant to run that on the Obama post... Sorry!

Amanda said...

Why are so many parents afraid to question what their doctors tell them? I query every last detail with the result that our paediatrician now gives us copies of the info she gets as a professional and discusses studies and breaking issues with us at length. She is also open to all kinds of interventions and her first thoughts on a behaviour change in daughter no.2 was what was she eating, not how much ritalin should I prescribe.

I count her as one of my blessings.

Anonymous said...

I'd be interested to see some disclosure on what some of these "Salesmen" get for speaking at conferences and such. If they get paid, and it is sponsored by a drug company, how is their research independent. They should disclose these relationships right on their prescription forms.

Kim Stagliano said...

I'm not saying they're all on the take.... but in my last life I used to make the premiums and incentives that the Pharma companies gave to doctors and let me tell you, they spent a FORTUNE on goodies. Here doc, how about a nice Coach leather Rx pad with a gold embossed logo and your initials?? Pharma accounts were the Holy Grail of premiums. I'm not saying MY peds are on the take, but I noticed that Dr. B's sports car looks an awful lot like a little purple pill... ;) I think most docs are quite honest and do NOT accept goodies beyond chotchkes and lunch. This dude at Harvard? A greedy pig.