So 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.