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By Mike Adams *
Mike:Hello everyone, this is Mike Adams, the Guardian of Health, and I am talking about the mythical-disease known as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and the over-medication of the population, with Dr. Fred Baughman.
I want to give you a little background on why I am so interested in interviewing you. Our readers will really appreciate your information, because we cover this topic extensively. We have similar views on it and there is a lot of growing interest.
People are realizing that they have been misled all these years, so this is why I wanted to contact you.
Dr. Fred Baughman: In the area of child psychiatric medications, the main focus has been the recent initiation of FDA hearings pertaining to reports of deaths, strokes, and heart attacks in children and adults. The first report regarding Aderall came out a year ago. Adderall is one of the leading ADHD drugs, and that report deals with 12 or more individuals who are said to have had strokes, if you can imagine a stroke occurring in a young child.
Some were sudden deaths and some were heart complications, and a total of 20 to 30 of those reports led Health Canada to withdraw Adderall from the market.
Mike: Now these records are through the voluntary Med Watch system, correct?
Dr. Baughman: Exactly what the FDA explains in a brochure on the mechanics of MedWatch and other similar voluntary reporting systems. They confessed that such systems typically identify no more than 1 percent of actual incidents. So, if anything, we had that occurrence about a year ago, with Health Canada taking Adderall off the market, and our FDA didn't take Adderall off the market. We later learned that the FDA lobbied Health Canada behind the scenes not to take it off the market.
Mike: That is incredible. Is the FDA putting pressure on foreign nations to protect dangerous drugs in our own market?
Dr. Baughman: Yes, it is exactly that. Then about three or four months ago, Health Canada put Adderall back on the market. It wasn't because they had good evidence for its safety or effectiveness. Adderall is a mixture of the two amphetamine salts, making it a pure amphetamine.
Mike: I want to talk more about what is really in these drugs later.
Dr. Baughman: The fascinating thing about Adderall is that it was originally an adult weight reduction drug called Obetrol. Obetrol is so extremely addictive that it was taken off the market for that reason. Now we have the FDA bringing this highly addictive drug to the market for the little ones.
Mike: So it was too dangerous for adults, but not dangerous for children?
Dr. Baughman: In fact, they are introducing it to the market for completely normal younger children who say they have the false illusory disease, called ADHD.
Mike: For those who are reading, you are a pediatric neurologist, correct?
Dr. Baughman: Yes, and I have practiced neurology, both adult and child neurology, board certified in both. I have been a longtime male member of the American Academy of Neurology.
Mike: Well, so you come from the world we might call conventional medicine. You're a doctor, and yet over the years, and I'm sure you're going to explain how this happened, you found some mass distortions happening with ADHD so you launched a website called http: //www.adhdfraud .org /
My first question: At what point as a pediatric neurologist did you begin to see that something was wrong with this image?
Dr. Baughman: I started publishing actual research papers when I was in training, first at Sinai Hospital in New York and after that, at Boston Veterans Hospital. After the first 10 years in my practice, which was in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I published a considerable volume of original research mostly dealing with genetically determined brain decisions or neurological diseases and chromosomal abnormalities.
Much of that work was published with Dr. Joseph Mann, also of Grand Rapids. I have discovered and described real illnesses, and that is the background and basis that I bring to my newfound duty to evaluate and critique modern psychiatry, especially as it pertains to its totally fraudulent claims that its diagnoses, such as ADHD, OCD ( obsessive-compulsive disorder) bipolar and depression are true brain diseases, when in fact they are not.
Now, I was in private practice from 1964 to 1993 when I retired, and it was during the 70's that I began to notice, first in Grand Rapids and then here in San Diego, where I moved to, the increasing frequency of the explosion of hyperactivity and brain damage diagnoses. Then, in 1980, the American Psychiatric Association invented ADHD, or attention deficit disorder, and with that, the epidemic seemed to get worse. [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, from one of the names it has received in English (Attention Deficit Disorder).]
It seemed to me that the frequency of such diagnoses and their treatment with Ritalin, a drug similar to amphetamine, and every little bit as addictive as cocaine, were increasing in my community.
At first I took notes and later was alarmed at the frequency with which children were referred to me by schools through their doctor, with these diagnostic labels put in place, basically by teachers.
Mike: This was a "disease" that almost seemed to be spreading like a virus.
Dr. Baughman: It was an idea of a disease, an illusory disease, with child psychiatry repeating the lie often enough to be becoming a reality, especially for the school establishment and teachers across the country, and increasingly, the media. communication or the general public.
* from the TruthPublishing Website, translated by Adela Kaufmann