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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Is This The World That We Created?






       An article in the Wall Street Journal from Feb this year was recently brought to my attention. The article in question reports on how psychiatric drugs are now being given to infants and toddlers in unprecedented numbers.

       The article refers to an analysis of 2013 IMS Data. (the world’s leading health information and analytics company) The WSJ writes...

"An analysis of 2013 IMS Data, found that over 274,000 infants (0-1 year olds) and some 370,000 toddlers (1-3 years age) in the U.S. were on anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs. This report also found over 1,400 infants were on ADHD drugs."
       I find this report quite alarming given that the majority of these class of drugs have never been proven to work in these age groups. More alarming, for me at least, is the fact that parents are allowing their children to take these mind altering drugs. Okay, look, I understand how difficult it can be if your child is acting up or crying all the time, I'm a father of three myself so I kinda know the score. But I cannot for the life of me think why any parent would allow these dangerous and addictive mind altering drugs to be taken by these little vulnerable people.

       Let just look at the paragraph again.

       "274,000 infants (0-1 year-olds) were on anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs."

       Now imagine London's iconic Wembley Stadium being filled three times by 0-1 year-olds. The photo below really shows you the scope of this problem. Put a 0-1 year-old on each of the red seats, give them each a diagnosis (a guess at what's wrong with them) them - treat them with powerful drugs purely based on that guess. Remove the 0-1 year-olds from each of the seats then fill the stadium again with other 0-1 year-olds - same process - have a man in a white coat diagnose them (guessing what is wrong with them) allow the same man in white coat to prescribe them mind-altering drugs. Repeat the process a third time.


The modern world

       Now, here's the hypocrisy of it all. If we substituted the 0-1 year-olds for psychiatrists and we put a giant screen in the middle of the pitch with a slide show of a bunch of symptoms, the psychiatrists would diagnose and offer not only different illnesses but they would treat with different drugs too.

       It's not science, it's purely profit driven and pimped by these idiotic bufoons in white coats who think they know how the brain works, when in actual fact they just don't have a clue.

       "No conferring please, just write down what you believe the patient has then write down, once again with no conferring, how you would treat that illness."

       Oh, by the way, here's what they mean when they say 0-1 year old's




Estimated age - between 0 - 1 years old

       Who in their right mind would prescribe drugs to such a bundle of joy as the one above? Moreover, what parent, of sound mind, would agree to such lunacy?

       What are medicine regulators doing about this? Well, in a nutshell, nothing. They claim that there are warnings on the drugs that state that they are not recommended for children - maybe so, but the word 'recommended' means jack-shit, even if you stick the word 'not' in front of it.

       Will we see top executives of pharmaceutical companies speaking out about this lunacy? Of course not - these same executives have, in the past, devised clever marketing schemes to target this very same age-group.

       So, what can be done? Do we just shrug our shoulders and do nothing and continue to post photographs of fluffy bunnies on Facebook or do we actually reach out to help these kids?

       It's pretty shameful that so many kids are being diagnosed and treated with this vast cocktail of mind-bending addictive medications. It's pretty shameful that parents could neglect their own flesh and blood in such a manner and that the adults who look after the health and safety of consumers who take these drugs (FDA, MHRA, TGA etc) sit back and do nothing.

       As for the pharmaceutical executives who have, in the past, told their reps to promote these drugs to this vulnerable age group, fucking shame on you.

       Shame on us all for standing back and getting on with our own lives when these kids are targeted by the maniacs in white coats.

       Here's the full WSJ article

Bob Fiddaman.