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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Doctor skeptical of ADHD ‘labelling’

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A great article appeared on the Whakatane Beacon website on April 20 that really deserves to be highlighted.

It's another classic case of psychiatry being backed into a corner and using Scientology as some sort of defence.

Leif Elinder, a Swedish paediatrician, was based at Whakatane Hospital from 1985 to 1990 said:

Some naughty children were being misdiagnosed with a neuropsychiatric condition like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

As a result amphetamine and stimulant drugs were being prescribed with inadequate unbiased research into their long-term effects.

I’m sceptical of medical solutions because very rarely is it a medical cause – 95 to 99 per cent of the time it is a cultural problem.

Parents have less time for their children. Teachers have classes that are too big.

Kids need to be attended to especially when they do nice things, and often they are only noticed when they do something wrong.

AMEN BROTHER!

The article continues with Dr Elinder's concerns that Swedish doctors were unnecessarily prescribing amphetamine or stimulant drugs for children diagnosed as ADHD. He was so concerned that he challenged prominent neuropsychiatrist Christopher Gillberg and school doctor Sophie Ekman, who had claimed 10 per cent of Swedish children had a lifelong neuropsychiatric dysfunction.

Elinder took the researchers to court three times and won the right to examine the raw data from the study. On each occasion researchers refused to co-operate and, after the final ruling, Gillberg’s associates shredded more than 100,000 pages of data, citing participant confidentiality.

Oh dear, something not quite right with the data?

The judge seemed to think so and the researchers were convicted of obstruction, fined and given suspended sentences.

The article continues with:

"During the court battles Dr Elinder was accused of being an antagonist and having links to the Scientology religion – though he has none."

Ah, the old Scientology link chestnut. [Yawn]

One would think that with all the years of trying to defend their neuropsychiatric dysfunction claims they would actually come up with evidence rather than name-calling.

Mr Elinder believed the criteria for determining an ADHD diagnosis were "so arbitrary that any child failing at school could get a diagnosis".

Give this guy a medal.

Dr Elinder, a big thank you for speaking out. You are bang on the money and the medical profession needs more people like you.

I salute you.

Full article HERE

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