LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the
Citizens Commission on Human Rights:
"When you have to use mind-altering drugs to teach in the classroom, then
you've gone down the path of no return," said Connecticut mother, Sheila
Matthews. She was responding to a law that was unanimously passed in June by
the Connecticut General Assembly, which prohibits school personnel from
recommending the use of psychiatric drugs for children with learning or
There are very few families or teachers whose lives have not been
interrupted in some way by the widespread drugging of school children with
prescribed, mind-altering drugs. In the U.S. alone, six million children are
being prescribed these drugs for supposedly educational and behavioral
diagnoses that medical experts say are based on "junk science."
What are these children really "suffering" from? What do these drugs have
to do with learning? Are these drugs safe or even necessary? Concerned
parents have repeatedly asked these and other questions.
A free seminar is being held by international medical expert, Dr. Mary Ann
Block, in Hollywood on Saturday, August 25, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. to
answer these questions. Dr. Block uses non-drug solutions to treat mental and
physical symptoms that psychiatrists label as "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder" (ADHD) and "Learning Disorders" (LD). Her latest book, "No More
ADHD," debunks theories that these so-called disorders are caused by "chemical
imbalances in the brain" and helps parents with 10 simple steps to improve a
child's attention and behavior without drugs.
Psychiatrists misleadingly argue that their "ADHD" diagnosis requires
"medication" in the same way that diabetes requires insulin treatment. On
this, Dr. Block, is adamant: "Let me clear this up right now. ADHD is not
like diabetes and [the stimulant drug used for it] is not like insulin.
Diabetes is a real medical condition that can be objectively diagnosed. ADHD
is an invented label with no objective, valid means of identification.
Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the body and it is essential for
life. [This stimulant] is a chemically derived amphetamine-like drug that is
not necessary for life. Diabetes is an insulin deficiency. Attention and
behavioral problems are not a [stimulant] deficiency."
Dr. Block points out, "The psychiatrist does not do any testing. The
psychiatrist listens to the history and then prescribes a drug."
Criticism of these psychoactive drugs is rife, with accusations that
psychiatrists invent mental illnesses at the expense of children's well-being
and even lives. "Red flag" behaviors teachers have been told to watch out for
in "ADHD" kids include: "looking disheveled: zipper down, shirt tail out,"
"failing to respond to discipline," "forgetting and losing things; not
remembering assignments," and "rushing through things."
A Washington Post article in July reported that while traditionally new
drugs are manufactured for existing disorders, in the case of psychiatry, the
business is "seeking new disorders for existing drugs." Carl Elliot, a
bioethicist at the University of Minnesota, stated, "The way to sell drugs is
to sell psychiatric illness."
Nearly a dozen state laws or resolutions have been passed over the past
two years to curb excessive labeling and drugging of schoolchildren, largely
due to an intensive public awareness campaign spearheaded by the Citizens
Commission on Human Rights (CCHR).
Ms. Jan Eastgate, International President of CCHR, which is hosting Dr.
Block's seminar at its 6616 Sunset Blvd. headquarters, says, "It takes courage
to speak up when all one hears from psychiatrists and psychologists is that
drug treatment is a proven and perfectly safe method of handling a child's
educational difficulties, that parents would be irresponsible in not drugging
their child, and that psychiatric 'medical' opinion is based on irrefutable
science. As many parents have found to their tragic loss, the worst thing to
do is to ignore their instincts and give in to the psychiatric propaganda.
This seminar answers parents' questions."
Dr. Block, a mother who took up medical training at age 39 after her
daughter's physical problems were incorrectly prescribed psychiatric drugs --
bluntly asks: "If there is no valid test for ADHD, no data proving ADHD is a
brain dysfunction, no long-term studies of the drugs' effects, and if the
drugs do not improve academic performance or social skills and the drugs can
cause compulsive and mood disorders and can lead to illicit drug use, why in
the world are millions of children, teenagers and adults... being labeled with
ADHD and prescribed these drugs?"
The answers are in Dr. Block's seminar. As an additional warning, Dr.
Julian Whitaker, founder of the Wellness Institute and acclaimed author
states, "Do not, and I scream do not, trust psychologists, psychiatrists and
the current drug-pushing culture of modern education. There are superior
alternatives and Dr. Mary Ann Block has a book full of them."
For further information, contact CCHR International, 6616 Sunset Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA, 90028; telephone (800) 869-2247. CCHR also has a free
permanent exhibit that explains more about the drastic impact psychiatry and
psychology has had on our schools and children's lives.
Internet Address: http://www.cchr.org
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SOURCE Citizens Commission on Human Rights