Thursday, April 22, 2010

Big Pharma and Little Babies

Evelyn Pringle exposes an "American phenomenon" — The Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers. An Australian doctor singles out "pharmaceutical advertising that can feed the natural desire parents of distressed and aggressive children have for a quick solution by suggesting a simple medication fix."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have personally seen quite a few learning problems treated with drugs of various kinds in the U.S. when taking a child to a "learning center" for working with my child. It is my general impression that much of the health-related problems, i.e., problems with attention span, hyperactivity, are a direct result of a poor diet.

More attention should be paid to diets high in processed foods (too much sugar, salt, etc.).

8:15 AM  
Anonymous mcmlxix said...

Poor diet...as well as exercise and all of the frequencies and chemicals in our environment, I think.

I've long thought that human biological evolution has lagged far behind our technological, agricultural, and sociological evolution. Something's got to give.

That idea has also been gaining some currency. One theory describes people with ADHD as being hunters in a farmer's world. Worse, I ask who's a farmer anymore? We've mostly become desk jockeys.

Then there's all of the autoimmune disorders, diabetes, obesity, autism, and bipolar disorder is being diagnose quite readily nowadays.

I read of preschool children being diagnosed as bipolar and treated with powerful anti-convulsants and anti-psychotics with disastrous results. Yikes.

Only according to the DSM 4, bipolar cannot be diagnosed before adolescence. That doctor should either be in prison, or at a minimum have his license revoked. But apparently big pharma is known to seed these trials.

Ha! A pharmaceutical TV ad is on right now...side effects may include death...oops.

9:08 AM  
Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

Always be cautious of any drug that has a longer warning disclaimer than sales pitch.

10:55 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

That whole drug advertising thing came about after I had left the US. I was shocked the first time I saw a drug ad on TV upon a return visit, and am shocked each time about how many there are.

Soon, they'll be advertising soma.

11:35 AM  

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