Shocking information has surfaced that once again reinforces Big Pharma’s greed and do-anything-to-sell approaches. After a review of pharma giant SmithKline Beecham’s (now GlaxoSmithKline) popular 2001 study that touted the adolescent antidepressant Paxil as effective, it was found that the drug wasn’t safe after all. Nevertheless, the greedy show must go on, right?
Here’s the deal. (more…)
What hope is there for the future when the average child is sick? We’re going to find out, because that’s today’s reality—thanks to the vaccines of rapacious pharmaceutical corporations that couldn’t care less.
Sick Boy, by Justus Thane (Background touched up to remove objects)
by Heidi Stevenson
Many of us have known, simply because of observation, that children are no longer healthy. Now, a scientific study documents what we’re seeing. The average child is now sick, chronically ill. It doesn’t bode well for the future of the United States, and is almost certainly true of other developed nations. (more…)
Prenatal and childhood exposure to flame retardant compounds are linked to poorer attention, fine motor coordination and IQ in school-aged children, a finding by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that adds to growing health concerns over a chemical prevalent in U.S. households.
The new study, to be published in the Nov. 15 issue of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, focuses on PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, a class of persistent, endocrine-disrupting compounds widely found in foam furniture, electronics, carpets, upholstery and other consumer products. The chemicals easily leach out into the environment and are inhaled or ingested through dust, then accumulate in human fat cells. (more…)
The mainstream media is at it again, lying to the public about fluoride. This time, the culprit is HealthDay, a “canned news” service that spits out lies and disinformation to be published by subscribing websites. Recently, HealthDay put out a story by author Alan Mozes claiming that bottled water might be harming children’s dental health because there’s no fluoride in it! (http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=667053) (more…)
Researchers have warned doctors to ensure that CT scans carried out on children are clinically justified, after a government-funded study found that exposure to ionising radiation during such scans could triple the risk of under-15s developing brain cancer or leukaemia later in life. (more…)
In his book Psychiatryland, psychiatrist Phillip Sinaikin recounts reading a scientific article in which it was debated whether a three-year-old girl who ran out into traffic had oppositional-defiant disorder or bipolar disorder, the latter marked by “grandiose delusions” that she was special and cars could not harm her.1
How did the once modest medical specialty of child psychiatry become the aggressive “pediatric psychopharmacology” that finds ADHD, pediatric conduct disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, mixed manias, social phobia, anxiety, sleep disorders, borderline disorders, assorted “spectrum” disorders, irritability, aggression, pervasive development disorders, personality disorders, and even schizophrenia under every rock? And how did this branch of psychiatry come to find the answer to the “psychopathologies” in the name of the discipline itself: pediatric psychopharmacology? Just good marketing. Pharma is wooing the pediatric patient because that’s where the money is. Just like country and western songs about finding love where you can when there is no love to be found at home. Pharma has stopped finding “love” in the form of the new blockbuster drugs that catapulted it through the 1990s and 2000s. According to the Wall Street Journal, new drugs made Pharma only $4.3 billion in 2010 compared with $11.8 billion in 2005—a two-thirds drop.2 (more…)
Would you knowingly feed your children an ingredient derived from coal tar? That’s exactly what you may be doing, if you let them eat any orange or yellow artificially-colored products including sodas, cheese-flavored products, flavored chips, pickles or a myriad of other foods and beverages. The industrial waste-derived coloring chemical tartrazine is a common ingredient in all these foods, underscoring the need to read food labels religiously. (Why would anyone put artificial colors into pickles? Read the labels, and you’ll see!) (more…)
The hygiene hypothesis perceives unintended results: more allergies (more…)
Overweight and obese children are typically lacking in vitamin D. However, a basic dose of vitamin D in the 400 IU – 600 IU range cannot correct their deficiency. Research conducted at the University of Missouri has shown that 4000 IU of vitamin D per day in obese adolescents is safe and effective at actually raising their vitamin D level. (more…)