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Old April 27th 08, 06:36 PM posted to misc.health.alternative,talk.politics.medicine,misc.kids.health
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Default BOLEN REPORT: Ritalin - The Hidden Effects... Jon Rappaport

Note from Health Lover, Ilena Rosenthal.
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The Ritalin Wars have been waged here on Usenet ... much by Snake-oil
Vigilantes ... let's see who pop up here to defend Ritalin.
www.BreastImplantAwareness.org/Snake-oil.htm

Ritalin - The Hidden Effects...

Article by Independent Investigative Reporter Jon Rappaport

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

(Jon Rappoport has worked as an independent investigative reporter
since 1982. He has published articles on medical issues and politics
for LA Weekly, Spin, CBS Healthwatch, Stern, and many other newspapers
in the US and Europe. His website is www.nomorefakenews.com. Mr.
Rappoport also writes extensively on the mind-body connection,
alternative healing, and the extraordinary use of imagination to build
futures in which oppressive power is decentralized.)

In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published a very
important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was called “An
Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)”
[v.21(7), pp. 837-841].

Scarnati listed a large number of adverse affects of Ritalin and cited
published journal articles which reported each of these symptoms.

For every one of the following Ritalin effects, there is at least one
confirming source in the medical literatu

.. Paranoid delusions
· Paranoid psychosis
· Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
· Activation of psychotic symptoms
· Toxic psychosis
· Visual hallucinations
· Auditory hallucinations
· Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
· Effects pathological thought processes
· Extreme withdrawal
· Terrified affect
· Started screaming
· Aggressiveness
· Insomnia
· Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect
amphetamine-like effects
· Psychic dependence
· High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
· Decreased REM sleep
· When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions
including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
· Convulsions
· Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.

Many parents around the country have discovered that Ritalin has
become a condition for their children continuing in school. There are
even reports, by parents, of threats from social agencies: “If you
don't allow us to prescribe Ritalin for your ADHD child, we may decide
that you are an unfit parent. We may decide to take your child away.”

This mind-boggling state of affairs is fueled by teachers, principals,
and school counselors, none of whom have medical training. Yet even if
they did…

The very existence of the “illnesses” for which Ritalin would be
prescribed is unproven. It is merely assumed.

In commenting on Dr. Lawrence Diller's book, Running on Ritalin, Dr.
William Carey, Director of Behavioral Pediatrics, Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia, has written, “Dr. Diller has correctly described...
the disturbing trend of blaming children's social, behavioral, and
academic performance problems entirely on an unproven brain
deficit...”

On November 16-18, 1998, the National Institute of Mental Health held
the prestigious “NIH Consensus Development Conference on Diagnosis and
Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD].” The
conference was explicitly aimed at ending all debate about the
diagnoses of ADD, ADHD, and about the prescription of Ritalin. It was
hoped that at the highest levels of medical research and bureaucracy,
a clear position would be taken: this is what ADHD is, this is where
it comes from, and these are the drugs it should be treated with. That
didn't happen, amazingly. Instead, the official panel responsible for
drawing conclusions from the conference threw cold water on the whole
attempt to reach a comfortable consensus.

Panel member Mark Vonnegut, a Massachusetts pediatrician, said, “The
diagnosis [of ADHD] is a mess.”

The quite conventional and orthodox panel essentially said it was not
sure ADHD was even a valid diagnosis. In other words, it virtually
admitted that ADD and ADHD might be nothing more than attempts to
categorize certain children's behaviors---with no organic cause, no
clear-cut biological basis, no provable reason for even using the ADD
or ADHD labels.

The panel found “no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain
malfunction [which malfunction had been the whole psychiatric
assumption].”

The panel found that Ritalin has not been shown to have long-term
benefits. In fact, the panel stated that Ritalin has resulted in
“little improvement on academic achievement or social skills.”

Panel chairman, David Kupfer, professor of psychiatry at the
University of Pittsburgh, said, “There is no current validated
diagnostic test [for ADHD].”

Yet at every level of public education in America, there remains what
can only be called a voracious desire to give children Ritalin (or
other similar drugs) for so-called ADD or ADHD.

The 1994 Textbook of Psychiatry, published by the American Psychiatric
Press, contains this review (Popper and Steingard): “Stimulants [such
as Ritalin] do not produce lasting improvements in aggressivity,
conduct disorder, criminality, education achievement, job functioning,
marital relationships, or long-term adjustment.”

Parents should also wake up to the fact that, in the aftermath of the
Littleton, Colorado, school-shooting tragedy, pundits and doctors
began urging much more extensive “mental health” services for
children. Whether you have noticed it or not, this no longer means,
for the most part, therapy with a caring professional. It means drugs.
Drugs like Ritalin.

In December 1996, the US Drug Enforcement Agency held a conference on
ADHD and Ritalin. Surprisingly, it issued a sensible statement about
drugs being a bad substitute for the presence of caring parents:
“[T]he use of stimulants [such as Ritalin] for the short-term
improvement of behavior and underachievement may be thwarting efforts
to address the children's real issues, both on an individual and
societal level. The lack of long-term positive results with the use of
stimulants and the specter of previous and potential stimulant abuse
epidemics, give cause to worry about the future. The dramatic increase
in the use of methylphenidate [Ritalin] in the 1990s should be viewed
as a marker or warning to society about the problems children are
having and how we view and address them.”

In his book, Talking Back to Ritalin, Dr. Peter Breggin expands on the
drug's effects: “Stimulants such as Ritalin and amphetamine... have
grossly harmful impacts on the brain -- reducing overall blood flow,
disturbing glucose metabolism, and possibly causing permanent
shrinkage or atrophy of the brain.”

In the American press, although many articles have appeared covering
“the debate” about Ritalin and ADHD, no newspaper or TV network has
taken it upon itself to hammer on all the lies, day after day, month
after month. That kind of campaign could turn around the whole nation
on this vital subject---but of course, pharmaceutical advertising is a
more powerful force.

And one should not forget that Ritalin came out of a Swiss drug giant
called Ciba Geigy (now Novartis) fifty years ago. That company once
had very close business ties with the infamous Nazi cartel, IG Farben.
Farben stood for inhuman experiments on human beings. Read the adverse
effects of Ritalin again, and consider that millions of children take
those pills every day.

JON RAPPOPORT - http://www.nomorefakenews.com
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"Ilena Rose" wrote in message
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Note from Health Lover, Ilena Rosenthal.
http://ilenarose.blogspot.com

The Ritalin Wars have been waged here on Usenet ... much by Snake-oil
Vigilantes ... let's see who pop up here to defend Ritalin.
www.BreastImplantAwareness.org/Snake-oil.htm

Ritalin - The Hidden Effects...

Article by Independent Investigative Reporter Jon Rappaport

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

(Jon Rappoport has worked as an independent investigative reporter
since 1982. He has published articles on medical issues and politics
for LA Weekly, Spin, CBS Healthwatch, Stern, and many other newspapers
in the US and Europe. His website is www.nomorefakenews.com. Mr.
Rappoport also writes extensively on the mind-body connection,
alternative healing, and the extraordinary use of imagination to build
futures in which oppressive power is decentralized.)

In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published a very
important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was called "An
Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)"
[v.21(7), pp. 837-841].

Scarnati listed a large number of adverse affects of Ritalin and cited
published journal articles which reported each of these symptoms.

For every one of the following Ritalin effects, there is at least one
confirming source in the medical literatu

. Paranoid delusions
· Paranoid psychosis
· Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
· Activation of psychotic symptoms
· Toxic psychosis
· Visual hallucinations
· Auditory hallucinations
· Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
· Effects pathological thought processes
· Extreme withdrawal
· Terrified affect
· Started screaming
· Aggressiveness
· Insomnia
· Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect
amphetamine-like effects
· Psychic dependence
· High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
· Decreased REM sleep
· When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions
including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
· Convulsions
· Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.

Many parents around the country have discovered that Ritalin has
become a condition for their children continuing in school. There are
even reports, by parents, of threats from social agencies: "If you
don't allow us to prescribe Ritalin for your ADHD child, we may decide
that you are an unfit parent. We may decide to take your child away."

This mind-boggling state of affairs is fueled by teachers, principals,
and school counselors, none of whom have medical training. Yet even if
they did.

The very existence of the "illnesses" for which Ritalin would be
prescribed is unproven. It is merely assumed.

In commenting on Dr. Lawrence Diller's book, Running on Ritalin, Dr.
William Carey, Director of Behavioral Pediatrics, Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia, has written, "Dr. Diller has correctly described...
the disturbing trend of blaming children's social, behavioral, and
academic performance problems entirely on an unproven brain
deficit..."

On November 16-18, 1998, the National Institute of Mental Health held
the prestigious "NIH Consensus Development Conference on Diagnosis and
Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD]." The
conference was explicitly aimed at ending all debate about the
diagnoses of ADD, ADHD, and about the prescription of Ritalin. It was
hoped that at the highest levels of medical research and bureaucracy,
a clear position would be taken: this is what ADHD is, this is where
it comes from, and these are the drugs it should be treated with. That
didn't happen, amazingly. Instead, the official panel responsible for
drawing conclusions from the conference threw cold water on the whole
attempt to reach a comfortable consensus.

Panel member Mark Vonnegut, a Massachusetts pediatrician, said, "The
diagnosis [of ADHD] is a mess."

The quite conventional and orthodox panel essentially said it was not
sure ADHD was even a valid diagnosis. In other words, it virtually
admitted that ADD and ADHD might be nothing more than attempts to
categorize certain children's behaviors---with no organic cause, no
clear-cut biological basis, no provable reason for even using the ADD
or ADHD labels.

The panel found "no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain
malfunction [which malfunction had been the whole psychiatric
assumption]."

The panel found that Ritalin has not been shown to have long-term
benefits. In fact, the panel stated that Ritalin has resulted in
"little improvement on academic achievement or social skills."

Panel chairman, David Kupfer, professor of psychiatry at the
University of Pittsburgh, said, "There is no current validated
diagnostic test [for ADHD]."

Yet at every level of public education in America, there remains what
can only be called a voracious desire to give children Ritalin (or
other similar drugs) for so-called ADD or ADHD.

The 1994 Textbook of Psychiatry, published by the American Psychiatric
Press, contains this review (Popper and Steingard): "Stimulants [such
as Ritalin] do not produce lasting improvements in aggressivity,
conduct disorder, criminality, education achievement, job functioning,
marital relationships, or long-term adjustment."

Parents should also wake up to the fact that, in the aftermath of the
Littleton, Colorado, school-shooting tragedy, pundits and doctors
began urging much more extensive "mental health" services for
children. Whether you have noticed it or not, this no longer means,
for the most part, therapy with a caring professional. It means drugs.
Drugs like Ritalin.

In December 1996, the US Drug Enforcement Agency held a conference on
ADHD and Ritalin. Surprisingly, it issued a sensible statement about
drugs being a bad substitute for the presence of caring parents:
"[T]he use of stimulants [such as Ritalin] for the short-term
improvement of behavior and underachievement may be thwarting efforts
to address the children's real issues, both on an individual and
societal level. The lack of long-term positive results with the use of
stimulants and the specter of previous and potential stimulant abuse
epidemics, give cause to worry about the future. The dramatic increase
in the use of methylphenidate [Ritalin] in the 1990s should be viewed
as a marker or warning to society about the problems children are
having and how we view and address them."

In his book, Talking Back to Ritalin, Dr. Peter Breggin expands on the
drug's effects: "Stimulants such as Ritalin and amphetamine... have
grossly harmful impacts on the brain -- reducing overall blood flow,
disturbing glucose metabolism, and possibly causing permanent
shrinkage or atrophy of the brain."

In the American press, although many articles have appeared covering
"the debate" about Ritalin and ADHD, no newspaper or TV network has
taken it upon itself to hammer on all the lies, day after day, month
after month. That kind of campaign could turn around the whole nation
on this vital subject---but of course, pharmaceutical advertising is a
more powerful force.

And one should not forget that Ritalin came out of a Swiss drug giant
called Ciba Geigy (now Novartis) fifty years ago. That company once
had very close business ties with the infamous Nazi cartel, IG Farben.
Farben stood for inhuman experiments on human beings. Read the adverse
effects of Ritalin again, and consider that millions of children take
those pills every day.

JON RAPPOPORT - http://www.nomorefakenews.com


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