I have known of many tricks of the trade of the pharmaceutical lobby but not this one till very recently although I had a hunch that this could be there. At the same time, I am happy that there are people with some conscience pricking them before death at least. Of late, when one opens any newspaper or journal there are articles on a recent disease in children by name ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and our paediatricians bend over backwards to make the diagnosis and start our children on dangerous chemical drugs at that tender age.

Now comes the bombshell. American psychiatrist, Dr. Leon Eisenberg (87), made a statement to a German magazine, Der Spiegel, a couple of months before his death that ADHD is a fictitious disease which they put together for the benefit of drug companies in the new disease classification in the American Psychiatry Association’s DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diseases).

In his book, Inventing Diseases, Professor Jerg Blech, another German, gives a graphic description of hypertension having been discovered as a disease needing drug treatment through the German plan ofWell Man clinics in nice air-conditioned vans, with beautiful nurses, parked around Church squares and shopping malls to give people a free check-up, a dangerous activity when one feels healthy and happy.

Any one that walks in becomes a patient. Actually, it was Leon Eisenberg who once asked his new brilliant resident who is a patient? Pat came the reply: A man/woman who sees any doctor becomes a patient! What rattled Leon further was the answer to his second query: When does that person become normal again? “Rarely ever, if ever, was the answer.” Maybe, this is the reason that pricked his conscience.

There is no proof or test to find out exactly what chemicals are “out of balance” in the brain for ADHD or any other disorder. Most of those drugs are unnecessary as they are known to provoke suicide and homicide. “Since that DMS conference in 1968, Dr. Eisenberg’s contribution to mental disease by invention and committee consensus has resulted in drugging millions of children from preschool age through high school. It is currently estimated that up to 20 % of children from nursery school and kindergarten through high school and in foster homes have been prescribed Ritalin. Commonly prescribed for kids “diagnosed” or better still, labelled with ADHD, Ritalin was tested a little over a decade ago by the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The BNL study determined that Ritalin is pharmacologically similar to cocaine with perhaps even worse brain damaging potential,” writes Mike Adams in his recent blog.

Read more here – http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/open-page/inventing-diseases-to-sell-drugs/article5209896.ece

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