Thursday, December 31, 2009
Read the snooty, high handed note the NHS sent the Institute.
The Institute returned NHS Far, far, FAR, ....... more civility, than NHS was deserving of.
None of those chemicals belong in Anyone, ... of Any Age, ... For Any GD reason.
Have another look, if you need it.
Americas Poor Children Likelier To Get Antipsychotics
A front page article in The New York Times raises the long-overdue alarms about the forced drugging of American children--in particular poor children who are condemned to ingest toxic neuroleptics (a.k.a. 'atypical antipsychotics) at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance.
Wikepedia definition of poison: "In the context of biology, poisons are substances that can cause disturbances to organisms, usually by chemical reaction or other activity on the molecular scale, when a sufficient quantity is absorbed by an organism."
These drugs' toxic debilitating effects are clinically measurable and demonstrable in children's impaired biological functions (cardiovascular, hormonal, metabolic, gastrointestinal) and damaged organs (liver, heart, and rain) not to speak of their adverse effects on children's mental and psychological well-being.
The only unknown factor is how long it will take for these drugs' toxic effects to cause a particular child severe, irreversible damage.
"Some experts say they are stunned by the disparity in prescribing patterns. But others say it reinforces previous indications, and their own experience, that children with diagnoses of mental or emotional problems in low-income families are more likely to be given drugs than receive family counseling or psychotherapy."
Of note, as the Times reports, "Part of the reason is insurance reimbursements, as Medicaid often pays much less for counseling and therapy than private insurers do."
This points to the (perhaps) unintended, but likely catastrophic consequences of a "public insurance option"--one that fails to rein in irresponsible clinicians who have financial ties to drug manufacturers. The FDA's failure to restrict the use of toxic, harm producing prescription drugs whose clinical efficacy is a matter of heated debate--coupled with the agency's recent irresponsible approval of these drugs for use in teens--without evidence of long-term safety usage--demonstrates a colossal disregard for America's vulnerable children who are relegated as sacrificial lambs.
The Times quotes one of the leading American child psychiatrists who suggests that children on Medicaid who are being prescribed poison at quadruple the rate that other American children are, "are getting better treatment."
"Maybe Medicaid kids are getting better treatment," said Dr. Gabrielle Carlson, a child psychiatrist and professor at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. "If it helps keep them in school, maybe it's not so bad."
That encapsulates the perverse culture of psychiatry. Its leading "experts" maintain that disastrous treatment produced (iatrogenic) outcomes-- such as, drug-induced diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hyperprolactemia / gynecomastia (male enlarged breasts) *-- are actually desirable outcomes from "better treatment."
What the Times did not disclose are Dr. Carlson's longtime financial ties to the manufacturers of psychotropic drugs:
Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D. Director, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
Consultant: Eli Lilly, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Johnson & Johnson, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., Pfizer
Grants: Abbott Laboratories, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Otsuka
Speaker's Bureau: Abbott, Eli Lilly, Janssen, Johnson & Johnson
Advisory Board: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), Eli Lilly, Otsuka, Shire.
Honorarium and Expenses: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Support: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Otsuka.
AHRP has the NYT piece, continue reading here
Thank You AHRP
Congressman Ron Paul has:
Last week on Christmas Eve, after many back room deals were made, the Senate passed the healthcare reform bill with a strictly partisan vote. I was pleased that my colleagues in the GOP are on the right side of this bill. Although this vote was a major step in healthcare reform becoming reality, they still have to reconcile the Senate bill with the House-passed version in conference committee. This could prove even more difficult and costly than the Senate vote.
There was a little bit of controversy surrounding one particular Senator who was initially against the bill, but then, coincidentally, a large amount of Medicare funding specifically for his state was tucked inside and he ended up voting for it. One wonders how much more of that will have to go on to achieve final passage.
But this is how politicians in Washington deal with problems: they throw your money at them. Healthcare reform is no different. The Senate version of the bill, at last count, will cost $871 billion. The House version tops $1 trillion. But they tell us this is for the health of Americans, and how dare we count the cost?
Such is the arrogance of politicians. There seems to be no end to the problems they feel capable and duty-bound to solve through legislative proclamation and plenty of your money. To hear them talk, one might think that a few words spoken on Capitol Hill would make problems just disappear. All it takes it good intentions.
But no good can come from 2400 pages of Washington’s good intentions.
I have observed quite the opposite throughout my political career in the House of Representatives, and fear that with this immense legislation, our healthcare problems are only just beginning. Over the last few decades, I have seen healthcare subjected to more and more creeping red tape that only creates bottlenecks and increases costs as new bureaucratic hurdles are put in place.
Politicians cannot solve the problems created by ever-increasing intervention by exponentially increasing their intervention. Similarly, they cannot improve the quality of healthcare and expand access to it for all Americans simply by legislative decree. If only it were that simple! The reality is the free market, when allowed to function, naturally increases access and drives prices down through competition. The free market keeps service providers accountable by allowing people to take their business elsewhere.
This government intervention will eventually create a near monopoly of providers in health insurance as smaller companies are squeezed out and innovation comes to a grinding halt due to formidable barriers to entry. The government will determine prices and levels of service that will apply to everyone, regardless of want or individual circumstances. The true insurance model of healthcare cost management, meaning major medical coverage only, will basically become illegal. Opting out of the system will incur heavy tax penalties.
Expanding government reach so deeply into this very sensitive area of our personal lives and such a major part of our economy means more opportunities for waste, fraud and abuse of the system. One need only remember the recent bailouts for an example of how government handles systemic waste, fraud and abuse.
So while the Senate patted itself on the back last week for delivering a Christmas gift to Americans, time will prove it was instead a great big lump of coal.
Thank You, Congressman Paul
Professor Walter Williams offers the analogy of a man scooping water out of the deep end of a swimming pool, to pour it back into the shallow end in the hope of making the pools depth uniform.
Govt, cannot Provide/Give/Grant you Anything, much less a Commodity as expensive as Healthcare: ..... which wouldn't Be as expensive as it is, if Govt hadn't already spent Decades, redistributing all the water in the pool.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Doctor Writes 97,000 Prescriptions In 18 Months
The article quotes Sen Grassley as saying:
"It's hard to believe this dramatic level of activity could go unnoticed."
And our Federal Government commandeering another Sixth of our economy is going to improve this situation How?
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
UNITED STATES SENATE
ANTICOMPETITIVE PATENT SETTLEMENTS
IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY:
THE BENEFITS OF A LEGISLATIVE SOLUTION
January 17, 2007
True, free markets, are the only solution to Healthcare Costs.