ADHD advice secretly paid for by drugs companies

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ADHD advice secretly paid for by drugs companies
By Daniel Foggo

(Filed: 09/10/2005)

Support and advice groups for parents of children with so-called behavioural disorders are being secretly funded by pharmaceutical firms, it can be revealed.

The groups give out advice on stimulant drugs and other controversial medical treatments for young children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Their internet sites provide extensive details of medications that doctors can prescribe.

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by: Bert Schwitters
12 October 2005

From the frying pan into the fire of the 'Precautionary Principle and Risk Assessment

In this article, Bert Schwitters, Dutch author and businessman, describes in intimate detail how the EU plans to remove some of the most effective natural products from the market, through the misuse of the Precautionary Principle. He uses his insight to the complex range of scientific and legal issues that have developed following his 25-year sojourn with the European food supplements industry. During the 1980s, Bert helped to lay the foundations for the Dutch Association of Natural Products Manufacturers (NPN). His company, International Nutrition Company (INC), sponsors the HAN Research project, which is reviewing independently the entire framework of EU and international food supplements regulation. INC, dedicated this scientific research project to the Alliance for Natural Health. Bert wrote this article for the Alliance on personal title.

On July 12, 2005, when millions of Europeans happily began their holidays travelling through their frontier-less Europe or “Schengenland”, the European Court of Justice gave its blessing to a European Directive that would, had it applied to travelling, have confined millions of law-abiding, legitimate citizens of some of the Member States to their home country. The Directive, which concerns food supplements, the products you know as nutrients in capsules or tablets, professes to seek a “Schengen” type removal of the archaic national frontiers that have always impeded the free movement of food supplements in Europe, especially from Member States that permitted liberal amounts of essential nutrients in such products, to European states that applied more restrictive regimes. Now that the holidays are over and we have all returned to our day-to-day reality, let’s see what that reality will bring Europeans in terms of vitamins and mineral supplements.

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The New York Times
October 1, 2005
By DENISE GRADY; Gina Kolata contributed reporting for this article.

Five teenagers developed a serious neurological disorder within two to four weeks after receiving the vaccine Menactra, which prevents a severe and deadly form of meningitis, the Food and Drug Administration reported yesterday.

All have recovered or are recovering from the illness, Guillain-Barré syndrome, which causes weakness in the arms and legs and can spread to the chest and impair breathing. The drug agency said in a news release, ''It is not yet known whether these cases were caused by the vaccine or are coincidental.''

In the meantime, parents should continue to vaccinate their children, said Dr. Karen Midthun, deputy director of the drug agency's Center for Biologics Evaluation.

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What's eating kids? Maybe it's their diet

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The Orlando Sentinel
3/12/95
By Linda Bonvie and Bill Bonvie
http://kefir.net/spray/whatseatingkids.htm

Social critics of crime-driven, gun crazy television shows complain that some teen-agers are incited to real-life rage by the daily diet of TV violence.

But maybe it's just their daily diets - as in breakfast, lunch and dinner.

That's a factor of increasing concern to some scientists and activists who see a link between. the growing epidemic of senseless violence among adolescents and the mushrooming use of certain food additives - additives they claim are actually harmful drugs in disguise.

When people ask what's eating kids, these experts say, maybe they should look at what kids are eating.

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THE TELEGRAPH
By Daniel Foggo
(Filed: 09/10/2005)

Support and advice groups for parents of children with so-called behavioural disorders are being secretly funded by pharmaceutical firms, it can be revealed.

The groups give out advice on stimulant drugs and other controversial medical treatments for young children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Their internet sites provide extensive details of medications that doctors can prescribe.

But at the same time they are also being secretly financed by the pharmaceutical companies which make the controversial "chemical cosh" drugs.

Last night one of the groups, a government-funded charity, admitted receiving five-figure sums from the drug giants and one of the companies involved conceded that a desire to sell more of its product was one of its motives for providing the finance.

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Health Canada and FDA order warnings on ADHD-prescribed drugs
by Brian Beaumont
October 8, 2005

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- (OfficialWire) -- 10/08/05 -- In a landmark report, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, the world's premier children's rights body, has issued a strong warning against falsely labeling youth with the psychiatric diagnosis of "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)" and administering powerful ADHD-drugs.

In its Concluding Observations on reports by Australia, Finland and Denmark regarding their compliance to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Committee expressed concern that "[ADHD] and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are being misdiagnosed and therefore psycho-stimulant drugs are being over prescribed, despite growing evidence of the harmful effects of these drugs."

Jan Eastgate, international president of the psychiatric watchdog group, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, applauded the report. "The misdiagnosing and psychiatric drugging of children are violations of human rights and we commend the Committee for taking action," she said.

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Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2005
latimes.com: California
By Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer


Pesticide Case is Upping the Ante
A poisoning trial pitting two brothers comes as farm activists, regulators seek stricter controls.


OAKDALE, Calif. — When toxic fumigant sprayed Arturo Becerra across the face, his vision blurred, his skin tingled and "it felt like my eyes were going to pop out of my head."

It was the second time the brittle hose had ruptured in the almond orchard in as many days, Becerra told agricultural investigators. But his supervisor ordered him to patch the sprayer and get back to applying methyl bromide, a soil pesticide that can cause irreversible neurological damage and death. The next day, after complaining again of ill health, the 59-year-old Becerra hauled firewood while nauseated and stumbling, his statement said. By the time a son took him to a hospital, he was in a condition investigators would describe as "life-threatening."

The March 2004 poisoning triggered California's first criminal prosecution in a pesticide-related matter in 14 years. Trial is scheduled to begin next month against Oakdale ranch manager John Becerra — the injured worker's brother — and Jon Hoff, a co-owner of Golden West Nuts, whose offices and processing plant are in nearby Ripon.

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ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION (AHRP)
Promoting Openness, Full Disclosure, and Accountability
http://www.ahrp.org
Saturday October 8, 2005

The Washington Post reports (below) that prescriptions for antidepressants for children have dropped an unprecedented 20% in the US.

A continuing series of substantiated reports and Black Box warnings about an increased risk of suicide, have overturned public misperceptions about the safety and efficacy of these drugs. Those misperceptions had been carefully and methodically planted by drug manufacturers and by key opinion leaders in the psychiatric establishment who work in unison with industry. Together they issued unsubstantiated claims and made false public pronouncements about the safety and efficacy of these drugs. [1] Their false claims were widely disseminated by an uncritical press/media.

All the while the FDA remained silent--even as FDA officials knew the claims to be false. That silence was a failure of duty which is to ensure that only scientifically substantiated claims are made about marketed drugs. 

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In a poignant comment titled "The Bigger Picture", published in The Irish Times, Shalini Sinha discusses the reasons why our so-called "orthodox" medicine has ceased to be functional and why it should take the bold step of separating from the profit-centered pharmaceutical industry to find its own pride and standing.

Health cannot be effectively preserved or re-gained when profit is a major motive since healthy people actually diminish that profit ... the conflict of interest is built-in.

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A Justice of the peace in the southern Italian town Lecce has decided that the Italian Central Bank's practice to retain the seignorage on paper money for its own profit is illegal and that the money should be turned over to its rightful owners - the citizens of Italy. The amount in question is a total of 5 billion Euro for Italian Lira paper-money issued in the time period from 1996 to 2003. After 2003, the issue of paper money became part of the European Central Bank's mandate. Seignorage is the difference between the cost of producing banknotes and the nominal value of the notes.

The legal case was sustained by the Italian consumers association ADUSBEF, which deals especially with consumer implications of banking, financial and postal services as well as insurances. Elio Lannutti, the president of the association says that while the case is for one individual only, it opens a way for restitution of all the money illegally put into its own coffers by the Italian Central Bank, which is owned by Italian commercial banks. Lannutti says "we would like the money to go to the victims of financial cracks" adding that the government fund for that purpose is woefully lacking behind.

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