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Journalists Are Not Medical Experts

Commented Jul 27, 2013 at 06:45:15 in Canada

“The fact that you can actually say 'There are many crack pots around' clearly shows your particular belief mindset.”
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Journalists Are Not Medical Experts

Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 15:17:55 in Canada

“I think it is actually you that suffers from anosognosia. (A term psychiatry stole from neurology only in order to dismiss legitimate concerns of the 'patient'.) Obviously it was used very successfully in Russia to lock up anti-communists in state mental hospitals.... You appear to be more concerned about the relative's feelings than those of the 'patients'. And any reading of madinamerica will know that parents are not demonised in the slightest. You have baggage....”

novabird on Jul 25, 2013 at 19:16:08

“Please - that old canard about communist mental hospitals is so stale.

It is incredibly difficult to get extremely sick people who are in the midst of terrible psychosis into any type of involuntary medical care in North America, so forgive me if I'm not terribly worried about communist Russian mental hospitals.”
The Art of ADHD: Can we free children from 'chemical straitjackets'?

The Art of ADHD: Can we free children from 'chemical straitjackets'?

Commented Oct 13, 2012 at 07:47:38 in Education

“'Some kids can't grasp what a teacher is saying because their brains process information slowly. '

No. Some kids cannot 'grasp' what the wonderful teacher is saying because the teacher is boring and just not very interesting to listen to. The diagnosis of ADHD, according to Allen J Frances (chair of the DSM IV) has risen to help school authorities not the individual child. It is a national disgrace that children are being forced to take an illegal Class II drug which is deemed so dangerous that it is illegal for us 'normal' folk.”

VeryNot on Oct 15, 2012 at 19:30:19

“All prescription drugs are illegal if one doesn't have a prescription for them. What you mean is that stimulants are a schedule II drug, which means they are more highly regulated. The reason for this is because "normal" folk abuse stimulants. In other words, people who aren't diagnosed with a condition that calls for their use and who don't get them with a prescription.

And stimulants are one of the most studied drugs in the modern history of prescription medication. Yes, rarely they can cause a dangerous side effect, and yes, they have the potential to be abused. But you can say that about most medications. Acetaminophen harms more people than Adderall, and it's OTC.

As someone with ADHD, it's frustrating to see that in this day and age, so many people still hold uninformed opinions about its existence and treatment. And that's usually what it is: uninformed. People read one article or think they know better than thousands of doctors without ever doing any research. Adderall saved my life. I wish I'd had it as a child.”

Is "Traditional" Medicine Alternative?

Commented May 4, 2012 at 17:58:56 in Canada Living

“'What I am doing is questioning why we discard ancient treatments as alternative.'

Easy answer. Because they don't work.”