Wednesday, October 31, 2007
People this isn't only "MY" problem, you need to see what is going on in our "Family Courts"
It's EVERYONES PROBLEM!
If not for yourself, watch these for your children/nephews/neices/grandchiildren/brothers/sisters/neighbors/all children!
Child Protective services is out there waiting to take YOUR CHILDREN!
Once they have YOUR CHILDREN they WILL MOST LIKELY DRUG THEM- THIS IS AN EMERGENCY WAKE UP!
I don't care HOW GREAT A PARENT YOU ARE!
The Justice System WILL NOT RULE ON what is RIGHT!
The favored parent will win EVERYTHING and records will be changed to destroy the non favored parent!
Just WATCH IT PLEASE!
YouTube - Deconstructing America - PART 1
YouTube - Deconstructing America - PART 2
Now in my case imagine if I were the one living with a (Insert a politically powerful name here)
I'd have won EVERYTHING [like he did] !
But instead I'm being kept from my babies, if you ask me it's because the DOCUMENTED ABUSIVE ex is living with a (Insert same politically powerful name here)
I pray they [my kids] open their eyes and see the truth!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The Queens orthodontist gunned down in a playground as he was handing his daughter off to his estranged wife was buried yesterday amid accusations by his family that he was executed as payback for winning custody of the 5-year-old girl.
Police sources said detectives are focusing on accusations by Daniel Malakov's family that his in-laws had promised retribution for the recent court victory in which Malakov won custody of his daughter, Michelleka, from his wife, Dr. Mazoltuv Boruknova.
The accusations continued yesterday after Malakov's funeral, with his relatives and friends saying they had reason to believe Malakov, 34, was in danger. Malakov himself had told one friend, Dany Ezhkov, that Boruknova had promised him "he was not going to last long."
Boruknova, who specializes in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, was grilled by detectives Sunday and has denied involvement. Police sources said detectives have not ruled her out as a suspect, but note that she tried to save Malakov by performing CPR.
The sources also noted that the shooting happened with Michelleka present, a trauma even the angriest spouse would not want to subject a child to. Her lawyer, Stephen Scaring of Garden City said he hopes detectives are looking for the real killer.
The shooting was just before 11 a.m. Sunday at the Annadale Playground near PS 175 in Forest Hills. Malakov, who is from Uzbekistan, and his wife had agreed to meet there so he could give her their daughter, Michelleka.
But before the exchange could take place, police said, a gunman walked up to Malakov at the entrance at 64th Road near Yellowstone Boulevard and fired two bullets into his chest at point blank range. Malka Malakov, the victim's mother, who lives nearby, raced to the scene in tears after learning of this while Boruknova tried in vain to save him and the child appeared stunned, witnesses told police.
Last night, police released a photograph of a crudely made silencer investigators found at the scene, which they believe was used to muffle the gunshots.
After yesterday's funeral in Rego Park, Malka Malakov suggested she had been fearful something might happen to her son. "Why are you going alone?" she remembers asking just before he left her home to meet Boruknova. "Why don't you take someone with you?"
But whatever concerns he may have had after winning custody of his daughter on Oct. 3. appeared to have dissipated. "Don't worry, mom," she said he told her. "She's talking nice. My wife is a good woman.
"Malakov, who shared a Forest Hills dental practice with a cousin, had with Boruknova since May 2005. Florence Fass, the lawyer who represented Boruknova, said the decision to place Michelleka with her father was traumatic for the girl and her mother, and when the mother's appeal was denied, "the child didn't want to leave the mother to go the father."
Marlene Peralta contributed to this story.
Comments [including mine]
New York, NY
So sad. A bright young man from Uzbekistan comes to America to live his dream, get an Ivy League education & become a dentist. Now he's gone forever no thanks to a maggot with no feelings or a care in the world whatsoever. Not only did the mother lose her son, the daughter lost a father, the wife lost a soulmate etc. In addition the mother lost her daughter to leukemia last year. Burying one child is bad enough but to lose a second one & a violent death to boot is unfathomable. My condolences to Daniel Malakov's family. may God give you te strength to carry on. I don't know how the hell you're going to carry on after losing a 2nd child, but you're in my prayers nonetheless.
His ex-wife definely did this the evidence is there. its really sad what they did to him. A dentist who worked all his life to provide the best for everyone around him gets his life cut short because of one crazy psycho bitch. she deserves to rot in hell for ordering the killing and hope that she shares the same fate. She does not deserve the child!!!!
I am sorry that this has happened. He was a wonderful man and comes from a wonderful,kind and very educated family. We cannot blame anyone until we know all the facts. May justice be served and may g-d heal the hearts of their loved ones.
So sad and i knew him cuz he waz ma orthodontist. I will truely miss him.
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I have been in a nightmare of a custody battle with strong hints of political connections, and total parental alienation. I also believe this had something to do with the custody battle. What happens behind those court room doors is a disgrace. Both parents NEED to have equal access to their children so that neither feels they need to do something like this, or any of the other nightmare killings I have read about due to custody battles. I pray for this man's family, this is a true disgrace. However I'm not at all surprised once labeled "non custodial" anyone that has gone thru the courts knows what that means. Perhaps as more details come out of this case the public will demand immediate court reform.
Her 12-year-old daughter, Candace, hung herself from the valence of her bed on January 10, 2004, after being prescribed the antidepressant drug Zoloft for "test anxiety" at school.
Experts in the field of psychiatry and child development from all over the world attended this year's annual conference in Washington with the agenda aimed at ending the mental health screening programs put in place by the Bush Administration's New Freedom Commission and the mass-drugging of children with psychiatric drugs.
During her presentation, Ms Downing said she objected to placing Candace on drugs but was assured that Zoloft was safe and did not learn until after her daughter's death that "up to four children out of every hundred run a risk of dying by their own hand or at least attempt to."
Had she been given the opportunity to have informed consent on the dangers of SSRI's, she said, "my child would still be alive."
"I never would have allowed my child to be placed on a drug with no proven efficacy and a history of possible harm," Ms Downing stated.
She described how she tried to contact doctors at the FDA numerous times to express her concerns, and no one was ever available to speak to her. She filed a complaint with MedWatch on March 18, 2004, and, "I am still waiting for my reply," she stated.
"One would think that the FDA would support the needs of Americans over the greed of the various pharmaceutical corporations," she said, "but that continues to be a pipe dream of mine rather than a reality."
Critics say TeenScreen, billed as a suicide prevention tool, is nothing more than a drug marketing scheme developed by the pharmaceutical industry and a front group operating under cover of Columbia University to establish a customer base within the nation's 50-odd million school children for the new generation of psychiatric drugs, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRI's) and atypical antipsychotics.
These so-called new "wonder drugs" include the antidepressants Prozac and Cymbalta by Eli Lilly; Paxil from GlaxoSmithKline; Zoloft by Pfizer; Celexa and Lexapro from Forest Labs; Effexor by Wyeth, as well as generic versions of the drugs. The atypical antipsychotics include Zyprexa by Lilly; Risperdal, marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Abilify by Bristol-Myers Squibb; Clozaril by Novartis, and Geodon by Pfizer.
Best-selling author of "Mad in America", Robert Whitaker, tracked the profits of these "wonder drugs" since the first SSRI, Prozac, arrived on the market in 1987 and found a tremendous rise in the cost to taxpayers. In 1987, psychotropic medication expenditures were about $1 billion, but by 2004, in a 40-fold increase, the cost had risen to $23 billion.
According to Mr Whitaker's analysis, global sales of antipsychotics went from $263 million in 1986 to $8.6 billion in 2004, and antidepressant sales rose from $240 million in 1986 to $11.2 billion in 2004.
In the paper, "Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America," published in the Spring 2005 issue of the Journal of Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Mr Whitaker also reports that, in addition to breaking sales records, within 10 years on the market, "Prozac quickly took up the top position as America's most complained about drug." He further states:
"By 1997, 39,000 adverse-event reports about it had been sent to MedWatch. These reports are thought to represent only 1% of the actual number of such events, suggesting that nearly 4 million people in the US had suffered such problems, which included mania, psychotic depression, nervousness, anxiety, agitation, hostility, hallucinations, memory loss, tremors, impotence, convulsions, insomnia and nausea."
According to the paper, "It is well-known that all of the major classes of psychiatric drugs - anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, benzodiazepines, and stimulants for ADHD - can trigger new and more severe psychiatric symptoms in a significant percentage of patients."
Ms Downing has been on a non-stop crusade to prevent the death of more children since her daughter died and the family's tragedy is featured in the documentary, "Prescription: Suicide," which also includes the story of 6 families effected by their encounters with SSRIs and how their lives changed forever. A copy of the film is available on the Participate Now web site at http://www.participatenow.net/.
Candace should never have been given Zoloft because it was never approved for use with kids. Prozac is the only SSRI approved for children in the US because it is the only drug reportedly shown to be effective in two pediatric clinical trials, a requirement that must be met to obtain FDA approval.
But according to ICSPP founder and leading SSRI authority Dr Peter Breggin, the term "effective" has little meaning because all a drug company has to do is show better results in kids treated with an SSRI than in children taking a placebo and can conduct 100 trials if need be to get the two positive studies. It stands to reason that with 50-50 odds, if enough trials are conducted, an SSRI is bound to do better than a placebo eventually.
However, with that in mind, experts say it's important to note that, other than Prozac, the SSRI makers have not been able to provide the FDA with 2 positive studies out of all the clinical trials that have been conducted in hopes of obtaining FDA approval for the sale of SSRI's to kids.
That said, SSRI makers have made a fortune by getting doctors to prescribe the drugs for unapproved uses. A University of Georgia study in the June 2006 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that 75% of persons prescribed antidepressants received them off-label. The researchers reviewed records of more than 106,000 Medicaid recipients in 2001 to examine the rates of off-label prescribing of drugs that act on the central nervous system and found 75% of antidepressant patients received the drugs for unapproved uses.
"More than two-thirds of the studies of antidepressants given to children showed that the medications were no more effective than a placebo, and most of the positive results came from drug company sponsored trials," Dr Karen Effrem reported in her presentation at the ICSPP conference.
Litigation against drug companies has established this fact. In 2004, New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer brought fraud charges against Glaxo for hiding studies that "not only failed to show any benefit for the drug in children but demonstrated that children taking Paxil were more likely to become suicidal than those taking a placebo." Two months later, Glaxo agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle the charges.
Mr Spitzer pointed out that Paxil was never approved to treat any condition in children, and yet doctors prescribed the drug to kids two million times in 2002, the same year that Paxil became Glaxo's top seller with $3.8 billion in sales.
On November 1, 2006, the Associated Press reported that Glaxo "has agreed to pay $63.8 million to settle a lawsuit's claims that it promoted its antidepressant drug Paxil for use by children and adolescents while withholding negative information about the medication's safety and effectiveness."
Critics say it's not difficult to track the industry money involved in the promotion of TeenScreen. The program's Executive Director, Laurie Flynn, was the Executive Director of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) for 16 years, which bills itself as a patient advocacy group, but in reality is the most heavily industry-funded front group in the US.
Mother Jones Magazine obtained NAMI documents for the period between 1996 and mid-1999, while Ms Flynn was running the show, which revealed that NAMI received a total of $11.72 million during that 3-year period from 18 drug companies, including Janssen, $2.08 million; Novartis, $1.87 million; Pfizer, $1.3 million; Abbott Laboratories, over $1.24 million; Wyeth-Ayerst, $658,000, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, $613,505.
NAMI's top donor during that period was none other than Lilly, the maker of Prozac and Zyprexa, which coughed up a total of $2.87 million out of the goodness of its heart.
Ms Flynn also wrote an article promoting TeenScreen entitled, "Before Their Time: Preventing Teen Suicide," in which she stated: "The TeenScreen Program developed 10 years ago by Columbia University and offered in partnership with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill helps communities across the nation identify teens with mental illness who might be at risk for suicide."
If TeenScreen is "offered in partnership" with NAMI, critics say, it goes without saying that millions of dollars of drug company money was invested in the program.
The efforts to implement TeenScreen by use of "this partnership" cannot be understated. A video-taped presentation at the annual convention of NAMI, obtained by researcher Sue Weibert, shows the TeenScreen crew telling the army of NAMI members from all across the country that helping set up TeenScreen might require contacting a child's insurance company to check on coverage or driving a child to an appointment with a psychiatrist.
The video also shows the presenter passing around a notebook for signatures from members who would be willing to act as volunteers and rise up against anyone who speaks out against TeenScreen.
The presenter also explains the importance of bribing kids with movie coupons, pizza or other perks, because parents won't agree to allow the children to be screened, so they need to win the kids over first and send them home to talk the parents.
Early on, NAMI and TeenScreen did not even hide the fact that drug money was funding the screening. In June 2002, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Update Newsletter reported that NAMI and Columbia University sponsored the screening of 170 Nashville students with TeenScreen and that the survey was funded by grants from AdvoCare and Eli Lilly.
But two years later, in March 2004, Ms Flynn appeared at a congressional hearing trying to drum up the allocation of tax dollars to set up TeenScreen in public schools. During her testimony, she as much as defined the customer base the drug companies were after when she told the lawmakers that, "close to 750,000 teens are depressed at any one time, and an estimated 7-12 million youth suffer from mental illness."
On September 27, 2007, psychologist Michael Shaughnessy, professor in Educational Studies at the Eastern New Mexico University and columnist for the educational news and information site, EdNews.org, was interviewed about his views on TeenScreen by Doyle Mills, an independent researcher in Clearwater, Florida who was instrumental in blocking TeenScreen from setting up shop in schools in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, two of Florida's most populated counties, and has published several articles critical of TeenScreen.
Mr Mills shared his interview with Dr Shaughnessy at the ICSPP conference, in which the Professor called TeenScreen "a program aimed at locating, identifying and procuring new customers for the mental health industry."
He says TeenScreen is a creation of psychiatrist David Shaffer, a paid spokesman for Lilly and paid consultant for drug companies Hoffman la Roche, Wyeth and Glaxo.
TeenScreen started out by claiming the program was free and required no government funding. But as it turns out, taxpayers are funding this marketing scheme from start to finish. Government money is being used to set up TeenScreen in schools all over the US and tax dollars are paying not only for the follow-up visits to prescribing shrinks but also for the majority of drugs prescribed.
The pilot programs of TeenScreen in five counties in Ohio were funded by five $15,000 grants allocated by mental health boards within the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Medicaid record show that taxpayers in Ohio are footing the bill for most of the child drugging as well. In July 2004, over 39,000 children covered by Medicaid were found to be taking drugs for depression, anxiety, delusions, hyperactivity and violent behavior, and Medicaid spent more than $65 million for mental health drugs prescribed to children in 2004, according to an investigation by the Columbus Dispatch.
The massive drugging of patients covered by public health care programs is similar in states all across the US. In 5 years, prescription costs for Iowa Medicaid increased 82.5%, and by class, antipsychotics reflected the largest increase for mental health drugs.
In 2005, while the average cost for a first generation antipsychotic to Medicaid was only $36 a month, a month's supply for a new antipsychotics cost between $100 - $1,000, according to the December 8, 2005, Mental Health Subcommittee Report to the Medical Assistance Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee.
For the record, TeenScreen is not free, and it is costing tax payers a bundle. On November 17, 2004, the University of South Florida announced the receipt of a grant of $98,641 from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand the TeenScreen program in the Tampa Bay area.
Florida Medicaid is also being bilked. On July 29, 2007, the St Petersburg Times reported that, in the last 7 years, the cost to taxpayers for atypicals prescribed to kids rose nearly 500%, and on average it cost Medicaid nearly $1,800 per child in 2006.
The Times reported that more than 18,000 kids on Medicaid were prescribed antipsychotics in 2006, including 1,100 under the age of 6 and some as young as 3, even though guidelines from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration says that, with children under 6, psychotropic drugs should "only be considered under the most extraordinary of circumstances."
In setting up TeenScreen to screen students in Brimfield, Illinois, "organizing the system and employing a part-time counselor specifically for the program is estimated to cost about $100 per student," the July 11, 2005, Peoria, Illinois Journal Star reported.
Overall, the "Brimfield High School program alone will cost around $20,000 for the first semester," the Journal noted.
The TeenScreen gang claims that it always obtains parental consent prior to screening students and that it does not diagnose students with mental disorders.
However, Michael and Teresa Rhoades, from Indiana, attended the DC conference and as a featured speaker, Teresa described how her daughter was TeenScreened in December 2004, without parental consent, and was told that she had not one, but 2 mental illnesses.
Teresa recalled the day that her distraught daughter came home and informed her parents that she had been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder and a social anxiety disorder.
Michael and Teresa say they were furious to the point that they filed the nation's first lawsuit against TeenScreen, charging that their daughter was wrongly screened, diagnosed, and labeled mentally ill in a public school without their consent.
"TeenScreen itself is a questionnaire with invasive and probing questions which indoctrinate young people into a belief that all their feelings and behaviors are indications of a mental disorder," Dr Shaughnessy told Mr Mills in the interview.
He said, "the child is convinced of it, the parent is convinced of it, and then the child becomes a customer of TeenScreen's local mental health 'partner,' which sells counseling or drugs and profits tens of thousands of dollars per child."
Dr Shaughnessy acknowledged that adolescence is a hard time for everyone but said, "maybe it's supposed to be," that's how we learn.
He says TeenScreen labels the normal pain and uncertainty of adolescence as a mental disorder for profit and asks, "When did adolescence become a disease or something unnatural or deadly that needs intervention if anyone is going to make it through?" "
"What a ridiculous concept," Dr Shaughnessy added.
He also points out that school records for children are intended to be secure but says, once committed to paper or computer, nothing can be 100% secure. "Normal school records are fairly harmless no matter who sees them," he states.
"TeenScreen records on the other hand," he warns, "contain unscientific evaluations which can be taken to mean that the child has a permanent, incurable mental disorder."
He also says these records can then be used against a child as an adult, to take away his rights, limit his opportunities or "just as a horrible embarrassment."
"As there is no scientific way to prove that anyone has a mental disorder," Dr Shaughnessy points out, "there is likewise no scientific way to disprove it."
He told Mr Mills that this is one aspect that parents are never made aware of prior to allowing TeenScreen access to their children. "Once a person is diagnosed, he may never be able to escape that label," he warns.
Advocates against school screening have set up a web site that lists the TeenScreen locations throughout the US, which also posts a petition for people opposed to the program to sign at [TEENSCREEN-LOCATIONS]
Monday, October 29, 2007
(1) In October 01, an Agency for Children’s Services case was falsely “Indicated” for attempted suicide allegedly with an over dose of prescription drugs. Case was “indicated” despite medical documentation [in patient psychiatric unit discharge papers], along with the treating psychiatrists evaluation and other physical evidence disproving the “indicated” suicide theory. Estranged abusive, vindictive husband had called ACS three times prior to this “indicated” case all unfounded.
(2) Thirty eight thousand dollars out of 40 thousand something dollars in back child support owed to subject mother of said false indicated case by estranged husband disappeared behind closed doors, without mothers knowledge, permission or signature. twenty five hundred or so had been sent to mother in September 03.
(2) Said “indicated false case was then “concealed” by the Richmond County Court and Staten Island Family Court Services for the next five years, while the subject of this false case was accused of being a dangerous drug addict who should have no contact with her children, yet repeatedly denied drug testing. [Intrinsic and extrinsic fraud]
(3) Subject mother of indicated case frustrated with allegations of her being a drug addict, desperate to see her children, and being denied drug testing went for her own private hair drug test through her place of employment using Quest Diagnostic Labs, test was 100% negative.
(4) Subject mother then desperately attempted to have this negative hair drug test entered onto the record, hearing officer refused to accept the test, or to allow subject mother any visitation with her children. [There was an appearance of an attempt at ONE supervised visit where children claimed they did not want to see subject mother.] Children told a witness the following day they were afraid their father would get angry if they saw the subject mother, so they declined.
(5) After eighteen months of the estranged husband and the court keeping subject mother and her children apart, estranged husband via his attorney Catherine Bridge had filed for custody, subject mother had no money to retain an attorney; she was given a court appointed attorney Mario Acunzo.
(6) Subject mother was now being charged with child support yet her industry was destroyed by 9/11. Child Support was building, and arrears were being applied.
(7) Subject mother was threatened by her court appointed attorney with never seeing her children again if she fought her estranged husband on the custody issue. Subject mother was desperate to see her children, she agreed to allow her estranged husband to have custody. Mother could not figure out how her estranged husbands “word” along with the family court services “word” that she was a drug addict was accepted yet her proof [negative hair drug test] that she was not a drug addict was deliberately kept off the record. Mothers biggest mistake was trusting her court appointed attorney.
(8) Subject mother and her children were never reunited, court gave mother “visitation” only at sports games and after school activities, ordered father to keep mother informed of such events.
(9) Father refused to allow mother to visit with children, by refusing to send her any information on after school activates and or sporting events. (2002-2007)
(10) Despite numerous motions by mother pro se, pleading with the court over the next three years to give her visitation/custody, the court refused to reunite mother and children.
(11) Despite numerous letters to James Veloce, [deputy court clerk,] William Quirk [court clerk,] to the grievance committee, Office of Professional Discipline, The Commission on Judicial Conduct, Sherrill Spatz [The special inspector general for bias matters] The Bar Association, Martin F. Horn, Commissioner and Chief Judge Kaye mother and children are still not reunited.
(12) Mother finds out about false indicated case from a Social Worker with ACS after mother contacted them, to plead with them to investigate the alienation as child abuse.
Mother contacted Albany and had an administrative review opened wherein case was over turned on the original evidence available to them from the beginning.
(13) Mother via her civil rights attorney sues the Administration of Children’s Services and the City for Malicious Prosecution and Negligent Misrepresentation.
(14) Mother found out that father is living Aggie Panepinto.
(15) Mother finds out that estranged husbands coaching job with the CYO is under the direction of Joseph Panepinto. Mother becomes curious as to the connection.
(16) Mother finds out that Joseph Panepinto is married to Supreme Court Judge Barbara Panepinto. Mother begins to wonder if this could be considered a political connection or is it just a suspicious coincidence.
(17) Mother finds something [in writing] stating that Aggie Panepinto uses her camera for child pornography.
(18) Mother borrows 15k from a friend to hire an attorney, and a psychologist to act as a consultant to the attorney to rebut the lies and to pay off arrears after she was put in jail for the third time on Child Support arrears. Mother is now not able to work she is suffering horrendous stress from this situation.
(19) Mother’s attorney files a summons and complaint for a divorce in January 2007, along with a Pendenti Lite motion to bring the custody case up to her home town [Westchester] along with the Divorce. Mothers Attorney fills out papers with joint custody, knowing joint custody WILL NOT WORK with a severe alienator, and he asks me to sign and agree, I REFUSE!
(20) Estranged Husbands attorney Catherine Bridge, submitted her answer, claiming that Jospeh Panepinto, works for catholic charities and she claims that the CYO is not part of the catholic charities. [Please entertain me and type in catholic charities and notice under youth- it clearly states CYO Director Jospeh Panepinto.
(21) Judge Lubell in Westchester granted estranged husbands motion via his attorney in estranged husbands absence; a motion for forum non-conveniens. The case has been in limbo with lost papers or other mishaps since then. My attorney who is well versed in Parental Alienation and is an alienated father himself suggests that I voluntarily terminate my parental rights, and that once I do that my children will come running back to me.
(22)Then what if the case got sent back down to the original jurisdiction and ended up in Judge Barbara Panepinto's lap?
(23) Then imagine your reaction when your own attorney, opposing counsel, and Judge Panepinto decide behind closed doors that she will NOT consolidate the divorce with the custody case, nor will she recuse herself!
(24) Finally after 2 court dates in front of Judge Panepinto she finally recuses herself, but not before arguing with your attorney from the bench, arms flailing all over the place, (attitude must have been "going back to her roots) "If your client wants me to recuse then file a motion!"
Blah Blah yadda yadda, the scandal, I mean saga continues.. I'll fill in the rest tomorrow...
How can I not wonder what the hell is going on here?
What if you were the judge and this case was sent to you, how would you rule?
What would you think is going on here, incompetent court system/child protective system?
Political Connections and perhaps much more?
Friday, October 26, 2007
This year's conference focused on one specific goal - to end the mass-prescribing of psychiatric drugs to children.
In addition to the seminars and presentations by psychiatric experts and academics, other presenters and speakers at the conference varied from patients and leaders of patient advocacy groups to social workers, nurses, educators, authors and lawmakers.
The conference included presentations on the serious health risks associated with the new generation of psychiatric drugs now commonly prescribed to children, including attention deficit medications, antidepressant drugs and atypical antipsychotics.
Much of the outrage expressed by speakers and attendees alike stemmed from the recommendation by the Bush Administration's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health to conduct "universal" mental illness screening of all Americans from the age of "0" on up to the oldest living citizen.
The main topics of debate included the recommendations by the NFC to screen public school children in all 50 states with a program called TeenScreen and the implementation in many states of programs modeled after TMAP (Texas Medication Algorithm Project), a treatment plan that mandates the use of the new expensive psychiatric drugs with all patients diagnosed with mental disorders who are covered by public health care programs such as Medicaid.
The new generation of antidepressant drugs include Prozac and Cymbalta by Eli Lilly; Paxil marketed by GlaxoSmithKline; Zoloft by Pfizer; Celexa and Lexapro from Forest Laboratories; Effexor by Wyeth, as well as generic versions sold by Barr Pharmaceuticals, Ranbaxy Labs and Genpharm.
The new generation of atypical antipsychotics include Zyprexa by Eli Lilly; Risperdal marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subdivision of Johnson & Johnson; Abilify by Bristol-Myers Squibb; Clozaril sold by Novartis, and Geodon by Pfizer.
Many of the presentations at the conference focused on the pharmaceutical industry's role in the invention of both TMAP and TeenScreen and the many financial ties between the drug makers, the Bush administration, a group of psychiatrists, and state policy makers largely credited with the creation and promotion of these two programs.
Minnesota Pediatrician Dr Karen Effrem produced a briefing booklet and CD entitled, "The Dangers of Universal Mental Health Screening," which is available at the ICSPP web site at http://www.icspp.org/.
During her presentation, Dr Effrem explained the history of TMAP and TeenScreen, a 52-question computerized self-administered questionnaire that takes 10 minutes to complete and was developed by Columbia University Children's Psychiatric Center.
"The New Freedom Commission, TMAP and TeenScreen," Dr Effrem notes, "appear to be a blatant political/pharmaceutical company alliances that promote medication, and more precisely, more expensive antidepressants and antipsychotics, which are at best of questionable benefit and come with deadly side effects."
During the portion on TeenSceen, Dr Effrem cited one study which found an 82% false-positive rate in students screened, meaning that if 100 students were tested, 82 were wrongly flagged as having some mental disorder. "TeenScreen's extremely high false-positive rate makes the test virtually useless as a diagnostic instrument," she stated.
According to Dr Effrem, it is "difficult, if not impossible" to diagnose young children accurately, due to very rapid developmental changes. "Often, adult signs and symptoms of mental disorders in adults are characteristics of normal development in children and adolescents," she explains.
Since the arrival of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants (SSRI's) and atypical antipsychotics on the market, countless studies have shown the so-called "wonder drugs" to be ineffective and harmful to children. But for years, drug companies have manipulated data, suppressed negative clinical trials and published only the studies that showed positive results.
The truth is that the mass drugging of the entire population in the US with SSRI's has accomplished nothing when it comes to reducing suicidality. According to a June 2005 study, primarily funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, although people who were likely to attempt suicide were far more likely to be treated with antidepressants in 2001-2003, the rates for suicide attempts, gestures and ideation remained basically unchanged for over a decade.
To reach their conclusions, the researchers analyzed a survey of close to 10,000 adults and compared it to a similar survey conduced 10 years earlier for the years 1990-1992.
The prescribing rates for psychiatric drugs increased every year during that time period. On January 13, 2005, WebMD reported a government study that reviewed the patterns of treatment from the mid-1990's to 2001, and found more Americans than ever were being treated for depression, substance abuse and mental disorders but that the treatment was most often limited to drugs alone.
The cost of mental health drugs rose 20% each year, and according to study, about 80% of the increase could be explained by the increased prescribing of antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics.
A "Myth and Fact Sheet" presented at the conference reports that, in 2003, more money was spent on psychiatric drugs for children than on antibiotics and asthma medications.
By tugging at the heartstrings of parents in claiming TeenScreen is a suicide prevention tool, the drug profiteers have managed to set up the bogus screening program in towns and cities all across America, and the promoters never seem to tire of using the line that suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens and adolescents in the US. However, experts explain that the rate of suicide remains high on the list only because persons in this age group seldom die of any causes.
During his presentation at the conference, neurologist Dr Fred Baughman, a recognized authority on psychotropic drugs and author of "The ADHD Fraud," stated: "Psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry married and launched the joint market strategy of calling all emotional and behavioral problems 'brain diseases', due to 'chemical imbalances', needing 'chemical balancers' - pills."
"Every time parents are lead to believe that their child's emotional or behavioral problems are a 'disease' due to an abnormality in the brain," Dr Baughman says, "they are lied to."
He discussed the overdose death of 4-year-old Rebecca Riley in December 2006, who was diagnosed with ADHD and Bipolar Disorder when she was only 2-and-a half-years old. She was kept on a cocktail of 3 psychiatric drugs, none of which were FDA approved alone for a child her age, much less together, until the time of her death.
The title of his presentation was, "Who Killed Rebecca Riley," and Dr Baughman placed the blame squarely on the gang of industry shills who are largely credited with the invention and promotion of ADHD and Bipolar Disorders in small children, including among others, Dr Joseph Biederman, Dr Steven Hyman, Dr Jerome Groopman and Dr David Shaffer, the brainchild credited with inventing TeenScreen.
The Fact Sheet reports a 2006 review of the FDA's MedWatch adverse event database, which found 45 deaths in children due to toxicity of antipsychotics.
Dr Baughman calls the use of the "chemical imbalance theory," the "biggest health care fraud" and "mass character assassination" in human history, and says it must be abolished.
Dr Dominick Riccio, executive director of the ICSPP, also weighed in on the "chemical imbalance" theory and said that child drugging in the US is based on a "hypotheses with no validity," propagandized by the pharmaceutical industry.
He warned that there is absolutely no scientific evidence to validate the "chemical imbalance" used to justify the drugging of America's "most precious commodity," and "if we continue to damage our children, there will be hell to pay down the line.
" Dr Riccio called for "integrity" in the psychiatric profession and told professionals in attendance, "if you do not understand child development, you should not work with children."
Washington psychiatrist, Dr Joseph Tarantolo, warned that the new selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants are not "selective," "the drugs are cannons," he said. He also explained that the "so-called" antipsychotic drugs do not affect psychosis, "they deaden a person's response to life."
According to Dr Tarantolo, because the drugging began 10 or 15 years ago, "we are going to have an epidemic of young adults with yet-to-be-determined neurological problems due to the long term use of psychotropic drugs."
He says an epidemic is defined as 1% of the population and warns that there will be far more than 1% injured by these drugs.
The bribing of prescribing doctors in the field of psychiatry is rampant.
A June 26, 2007, report by the Attorney General of Vermont of payments made to doctors by drug companies during the period July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006, shows that, by category, psychiatrists were the largest beneficiaries, and 11 psychiatrists received a combined total of $502,612.02, or more than 22% of the overall total of all payments.
For the past 4 years, psychiatric drug makers have remained high on the list of the top 10 spenders in Vermont, with Paxil maker Glaxo holding the number one position in both 2003 and 2004. An analysis of Minnesota disclosure records by the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, reported by the Pioneer Press, found a similar windfall for shrinks in that state between 2002 and 2006, with psychiatrists receiving combined payments of $7.38 million.
However, the drug maker's off-label sales of antipsychotics are now under fire due to the greed involved in the billings submitted for Medicaid patients. In September 2007, Arkansas became the latest state to sue the drug makers when it announced the filing of a lawsuit against Lilly, Janssen and AstraZeneca for "improper and unlawful marketing," of their drugs and concealing the serious health risks associated with their use.
The Medicaid fraud lawsuits seek to recover not only the money paid for the antipsychotics but also the cost of medical care for all the patients who were injured by the drugs known to cause drastic weight gain, abnormal blood sugars and diabetes.
The bribing of shrinks may be coming to an end as well because, in addition to Medicaid fraud lawsuits, states are also going after the prescribers. On August 16, 2006, the Houston Chronicle reported that five doctors in Texas were notified that they needed to return the Medicaid money paid for drugs they prescribed as part of a two-year effort to better regulate how children are prescribed psychiatric drugs in that state.
The Chronicle reported that a review of a two-month period of Medicaid records in 2004 determined that over 63,000 foster children were on stimulants, antipsychotics or antidepressants, with nearly one-third of the kids taking drugs from more than one of the three classes at the same time and that doctors had filed 114,315 claims worth over $17 million.
The experts at the ICSPP conference reported that the over-prescribing of attention deficit drugs is also out of control, even after the new warnings were issued. The ICSPP Fact Sheet notes that the new labeling changes for ADHD medications include: "Sudden death has been reported in association with CNS stimulant treatment at usual doses in children and adolescents with structural cardiac abnormalities or other serious heart problems."
"Treatment emergent psychotic or manic symptoms, e.g., hallucinations, delusional can be caused by stimulants at usual doses," the warning also notes.
Psychiatrist Dr Grace Jackson, author of "Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs," says the fact that cardiovascular risks are associated with ADHD drugs is not news. "As early as 1977," she says, "research documented the cell changes associated with heart muscle enlargement in a chronic consumer of Ritalin."
"The connection between stimulants, cardiovascular disability, and death has long been documented in the medical literature," she states.
However, no slow down in prescribing rates for these drugs is likely. In 2005, according to a December 15, 2006, report by Research and Markets, the value of the ADHD market was $2.6 billion, and it is now the 9th largest segment of the CNS market with growth of 8% year-on-year. Approximately 90% of global sales were derived from the US in 2005, and by 2012, global sales are forecast to reach $4.3 billion.
In February 2007, the FDA finally directed the drug makers to develop Patient Medication Guides to inform patients about the adverse effects of Adderall, Concerta, Daytrana, Desoxyn, Dexedrine, Focalin, Metadate CD, Methylin, Ritalin and Strattera.
However, experts say children are being damaged by ADHD drugs in ways that will never show up in a pamphlet. According to child psychiatrist Dr Stefan Kruszewski, "children who are medicated early do not learn to develop coping strategies that work as they move through different developmental stages."
"We are encouraging a generation of youngsters to grow up relying on psychiatric drugs rather than on themselves and other human resources," says Dr Peter Breggin, ICSPP founder and author of, "Talking Back to Ritalin."
"In the long run, we are giving our children a very bad lesson," he warns, "that drugs are the answer to emotional problems." "The problem with the diagnostic assessment of ADHD," Dr Kruszewski explains, "is that the prescreening statement is so inclusive that virtually every child meets prescreening criteria and therefore every child, under prevailing treatment modalities, becomes eligible for 'chronic' medication therapies."
He also points out that, once children are screened, "they become 'eligible' for additional screening for conditions such as social anxiety, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and too often end up on even more drugs.
" Dr David Stein, author of, "Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco," also warns that stimulant drugs are "near the top of the heap of potentially addictive drugs."
He says there is no way of pinpointing which children are at risk of becoming addicted, and "psychiatry has an extremely poor track record for treating addiction problems."
Advocates against school screening have set up a web site that lists the TeenScreen locations throughout the US, which also posts a petition for people opposed to the program to sign at [TEENSCREEN-LOCATIONS]
Original Article - World Experts Demand End to Child Drugging in the US - Part I
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Dear american, In 36 years, Hillary and I have shared a lot of birthdays, and each year I'm amazed at everything she has accomplished. This is a very special year: we're celebrating Hillary's 60th, and I hope you'll join me in sending her a birthday message, sharing your wishes for her and your hopes for the coming year.
I'll make sure to share your message with Hillary. And please encourage your friends and family to send their messages as well. You can see my birthday message to Hillary and add your own here: http://www.hillaryclinton.com/action/birthdaymessage/?sc=1421&utm_source=1421&utm_medium=e I know how happy Hillary will be to hear from you on her birthday. Thank you for helping me to make her day special. Sincerely,
Sincerely, Bill Clinton
Thought you would appreciate this womans wish..
Hillary, I do not wish for you a happy birthday, instead, what I wish for you is the capacity to stop, sit down, for a time and THINK ABOUT what you have contributed to the life of American Familiels. Your promotion of "It takes a village to raise a child" is the MOST ANTI-FAMILY statement a person could ever make. This is obviously how you "think" and feel, so with that, may your birthdays NEVER be filled with the presence of a grandchild and may your daughter NEVER know the joy of motherhood. You see, what you have done and are doing is supporting FAMILY DESTRUCTION by Child Protective Services and the Family Courts. There's HUGE PILES of $$$$$$$$$ for doing that. The Federal Adoption Bonus Incentives PLUS all the other federal funding they "gravy boat" in for DESTROYING the Family and TAKING into custody the children from their families even WHEN there is NO ABUSE nor NEGLECT in the home. CPS and the Family Courts ARE operating ILLEGALLY. I personally HAVE PROOF of it~!!! Would YOU like to see the documents and records of that??? I will gladly show them to you~!!! CPS is committing Medicaid FRAUD and I have ADMISSION on tape recording by CPS supervisor and caseworker. I turned it in. NO-one from State office cares as that means $$$$$$$ in the state operating funds. Where do you stand in this CORRUPTION??? SHOW ME. So for this Birthday Wish -- I WISH for you some Solitude time to THINK ABOUT what you are promoting and supporting for American Families, and yet, you want to be a President???? FOR WHOM??? It certainly wouldn't be the American FAMILY as they are all being DESTROYED.
Shall we say --- NO CLINTON GRANDCHILDREN???? How about it Hillary??? Maybe we could have CPS "TAKE" your grandchildren "just because they CAN" and then "fabricate a case based on Bill's infidelity" against your family saying your daughter has been influenced by him negatively, terminate your daughter's rights to the children, and then SELL YOUR grandchildren into their arranged adoptions for the Federal Bonuses they can get for doing it, AFTER the children have spent 15 months in glorius abusive foster care where you are NOT allowed to see them = legalized black market child trafficing BY our government~!!!.
What are you willing to do to STOP the destruction of the SPINE of this country which IS the American Family?????????
(I seriously DOUBT you will get this card, but I can hope that you will and that you will stop and think about what you are doing.)
CPS workers are trained and instructed in this unconstitutional practice in order to conduct an unreasonable search and seizure of the home and child. They are to lie and threaten any way they can.
All parents who were threatened should file a federal lawsuit against DCF, their workers, their supervisors and the police.
October 22, 2007
Federal Judge Rules Social Worker Fear Tactics Unconstitutional
A federal court in Arizona has ruled that an unsupported threat to place children in custody, made to coerce cooperation with a social services investigation, violates the constitutional guarantee of family privacy and integrity.
As detailed in the March/April 2007 issue of the Court Report, social workers and sheriff’s deputies had come to the home of Home School Legal Defense Association members John and Tiffany Loudermilk, demanding entry based on a six-week-old anonymous tip that the newly constructed home was unsafe for children. The Loudermilks declined consent, as was their right under the Fourth Amendment. After an escalating confrontation at the front door that lasted 40 minutes, the social workers, backed by no fewer than four deputies, threatened to take the Loudermilks’ children into custody and place them in foster care if the Loudermilks continued to deny them entry to their home. An assistant attorney general repeated this threat to HSLDA attorney Thomas Schmidt, who was assisting the Loudermilks during the confrontation.
Under this duress, Mr. and Mrs. Loudermilk allowed the social workers and sheriff’s deputies inside. Within five minutes, the social workers determined that the anonymous tip was false and left.
HSLDA filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Loudermilk family, alleging that the search violated the Fourth Amendment and that the unjustified threat to remove the children was a separate constitutional violation of the family’s Fourteenth Amendment right to privacy and family integrity. The social workers and assistant attorney general moved to dismiss the claims, arguing that neither the search nor the threat to remove the children violated the Loudermilks’ constitutional rights.
On September 27, 2007, the judge ruled in the Loudermilks favor, stating: “Defendants persisted in their threats to remove the children if Plaintiff Parents did not consent to the search, stating that [they] could arrest or handcuff the Parents in front of the children. Based on the allegations set forth in the Amended Complaint, viewed in Plaintiff’s favor, no reasonable official would have believed that his or her conduct was authorized by state or constitutional law.” With regard to the assistant attorney general, the court ruled that “Plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged that [the attorney] . . . by ‘threat’ exerted ‘coercive pressure’ on them to allow the search of their home so that their children would not be removed.”
The judge’s ruling allows the case to proceed to trial. “The ruling in this case makes it clear that threatening to remove children to gain a parent’s cooperation is unconstitutional,” said James R. Mason, Senior Counsel for HSLDA. “We hope that this ruling will change this common tactic used by investigative caseworkers all over the country.”
Judge’s Ruling in the Loudermilk Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss
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Thomas M. Dutkiewicz, PresidentSpecial Family Advocate on Constitutional ProtectionConnecticut DCF WatchP.O. Box 9775Forestville, CT 06011-9775860-833-4127Admin@connecticutdcfwatch.comwww.connecticutDCFwatch.com
P.S. Check out our web site for the FREE handbook on parental rights. There is also a manual on "reasonable efforts" with sections for Attorneys, Judges and Agencies.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Special to the Sun
October 23, 2007
Two child psychiatrists at Columbia University's medical center are at the center of a legal dispute over what one alleges was a wrongful termination, charging that his colleague spread rumors about him that resulted in his sudden departure from the university.
According to a lawsuit seeking nearly $15 million filed in state Supreme Court late last week against the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, a former director of the Ruane Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health, Peter Jensen, is charging that the chief of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry, David Shaffer, systematically orchestrated a "Machiavellian ouster" of Mr. Jensen that started the moment he arrived at Columbia in 1999.
According to the complaint, the animosity stems from a dispute in the 1990s, when Mr. Shaffer allegedly misattributed the denial of several research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health to Mr. Jensen, who was working there at the time.
The two mental health professionals first met in the early 1980s, when Mr. Jensen, who is 57, was completing his post-graduate work in child psychiatry. Mr. Shaffer, 71, served as Mr. Jensen's "long-distance mentor" for years, the suit says.
In 1998, the Ruane Center's benefactor, the philanthropist William Ruane, offered Mr. Jensen a position as its director, at which time, according to the suit, Mr. Shaffer began disclosing his "personal animus and resentment" toward Mr. Jensen.
Since he arrived, Mr. Shaffer has allegedly accused Mr. Jensen of "incompetence," and has told colleagues that one of his continuing goals before retirement was to "get rid of Jensen," according to the suit. At one point, Mr. Shaffer allegedly told Mr. Jensen to "just leave" the position, the suit says. An attorney for Mr. Jensen, Neal Brickman, said Mr. Shaffer was enacting "a personal vendetta" out of "jealousy." Mr. Jensen further charges the university did not follow the proper protocol when terminating his position at the Ruane Center. According to his initial work contract, he was to be entitled to three years' pay should he be removed from his position, but the suit charges his compensation was cut in half in March and that since June the school has stopped paying Mr. Jensen entirely. Attempts to negotiate with the school failed, Mr. Brickman said. A spokesman for Columbia, Robert Hornsby, said the university would not comment on the suit. Messages left for Mr. Shaffer were not returned.
This article is from Canada, but it appears they "get it" Domestic Violence is NOT GENDER SPECIFIC!
Domestic Violence is PERSONALITY SPECIFIC!
I bet if the women who are truly abused were to be evaluated, they would be… for fear of insulting anyone I'll use the words "people pleasers" laid back more relaxed, less dominating than their abusive counter part. Willing to go with the flow kind of people, will not be diagnosed with Narcissistic/sociopath or borderline personalities, however if their abusers were to be tested I almost guarantee they would be found to exhibit either traits of these personality disorders or be diagnosed as full blown DSM-certified!
Now on the other hand, if we were to take a look at those women who FALSELY accuse their husbands of Domestic Violence, they would be the ones diagnosed somewhere in the cluster B category above, while their "victim" husbands would be the "people pleasers" laid back whatever kind of person.
Now so people don't get their panties in a bunch, let me clear one thing up.
DOMESIC VIOLENCE/CHILD ABUSE ARE HUGE PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE STOPPED!
But so is false accusations of both. I feel that until those with personality disorders "control freaks" and the like STOP calling the shots as to to is and who isn't abused were all screwed!
I am witness to the fact that truly abused women are being shuned by these so called "women's groups" because my morals were to high, I wasn't willing to hang my husbands by the cojones!
And as expected he pulled the trump card on me, false claims of child abuse.
Way to go "special interest groups" allow any false accusation to destroy anyone and you'll see more and more truly abused "victims" destroyed by the very system in place that can help them.
The only women being helped by the D.V. Funding in america are those willing to hang their husbands by the cojones, or those that make flase claims of D.V. to gain the upper hand in divorce!
Women like myself who weren't willing to destroy their husband have been left out in the cold.
Wake up america you are being lied to domestic violence is NOT gender specific and those that claim it is are LYING for personal gain.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHILD ABUSE AND PARENTAL POWER AND CONTROL ISSUES NOT GENDER ISSUES- ALL OF WHICH NEED TO BE DEALT WITH IMMEDIATELY!
Abuse victims also male
By Andrew Hanon
He was large and powerfully built, with the imposing presence of a professional linebacker.
But the bruises and black eyes were not the result of gridiron battles. His injuries were inflicted by his physically abusive wife.
"To look at him, you'd be totally shocked," recalls Terry Conroy, a city social worker who met him when he signed up for Conroy's support group for men in abusive relationships. "He certainly didn't fit what people would consider the stereotype."
Conroy describes the man as "calm, shy and non-verbal," a gentle giant whose injuries just made him look all the more rugged.
He seemed to have it all, but in reality was hiding a toxic secret that had left him desolate and isolated to the point of being suicidal.
At its core, spousal abuse - whether men are the victims or the abusers - isn't about physical dominance. Conroy describes it as being a means of getting emotional and psychological "power" over a partner or family.
"You can be the victim regardless of your size, regardless of your income," he says.
Spousal abuse of men remains a hidden epidemic, largely because the issue of domestic abuse has been encased in an ideology that says men are always perpetrators.
Most victims are so ashamed of their situations (men who can't stand up for themselves just aren't men) that they won't seek help.
"There's just not a lot of understanding out there," Conroy says. "They feel ashamed, embarrassed, inadequate, with no sense of self-worth.
But a 1993 study of post-secondary students revealed that more than 80% of men surveyed said they had been physically or emotionally abused by their female partners.
Conroy cites other studies that estimate anywhere from 7% to 15% of all men have been the victims in abusive relationships. While it's clearly a much lower rate than women in the same situations, "it's still a significant number."
In fact, it's so commonplace that Conroy gets dozens of inquiries each year from men interested in joining his support group, Chaos to Peace, which holds eight-week sessions twice a year.
The group, which has been going since 2000, has all kinds of participants, ranging in age from their twenties to their sixties.
"It covers all demographics," he says. "I have guys show up in their business suits and ties; others in their steel-toed work boots."
It crosses all cultural lines, too, with up to a third of participants from various immigrant communities, even those whose cultures consider men the heads of households and place a lot of shame on male victims.
Conroy admits that men are far more likely to be emotionally and psychologically abused than they are to be battered, but argues it's still abuse.
When he first began organizing support groups, he says, he was met with a lot of derision.
"A lot of people thought it was a waste of city resources," he says. "There were plenty of critics who argued that those resources would be better spent on programming for women and children."
While the issue of abused men is still very politically charged, he says there's growing acceptance .
He makes it clear to every man who inquires that his group is not for anti-feminist "woman-bashing" sessions.
"It's about helping men rebuild their lives as individuals," he says.
The Chaos to Peace group, run by Edmonton Community Services, begins Thursday and runs for eight weeks. It's free. For more information check out www.edmonton.ca/mensgroups or call 496-4777
Original Article - edmontonsun.com - Opinion/Comment - Abuse victims also male
Oh wait! Before I get accused of practicing medicine or law without a licence, let me say this..
If you feel I have a point here I suggest you seek medical or legal advice, as anything on my blogs is MY OPINION and MY OPINION ONLY!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Over the weekend of August 18 - 19, 2007 a historic event transpired at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
The Family Preservation Festival brought together concerned citizens from over 40 organizations around the nation.
These groups represent citizens concerned with the effects of government policy on family life across a broad spectrum of issues including: family law, adoption, welfare, veterans issues, youth medication, mandatory mental health screening, and the general deterioration of parental autonomy in the area of child rearing.
Organized by Reverend Ronald Smith of Children Need Both Parents, Inc., Dr. Stephen Walker, Vice-Chairman of ACFC and Bessie Hudgins of Three Sides to Every Story, this annual rally will become a change catalyst for years to come.
Click this link to see pictures and hear videos of what is going on with the children of America..
American Coalition for Fathers and Children: ACFC
ADHD is not a medical condition and there are no blood tests, brain scans or chemical imbalance tests to prove any child has a "brain condition" requiring the administration of drugs.
ADHD drugs have been documented by the US FDA to cause psychosis, hallucinations, heart attack, stroke and sudden death. Psychiatric/Pharmaceutically funded front groups like CHADD
(mentioned in the below article) want to keep parents in the dark .
Please vote here: http://...com/yob4bu
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Should the Portsmouth School Board have sent a flier on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to parents?
Saturday, October 20, 2007
A school board in the state of Virginia was brave enough to take a stand for parental rights and informed consent, by sending out the real story about the "Mental disorder" known as ADHD and the drugs prescribed to treat it.
ADHD is not a medical condition and there are no blood tests, brain scans or chemical imbalance tests to prove any child has a "brain condition" requiring the administration of drugs.
ADHD drugs have been documented by the US FDA to cause psychosis, hallucinations, heart attack, stroke and sudden death.
Psychiatric/Pharmaceutically funded front groups like CHADD want to keep parents in the dark, evidenced by their statements in the article below.
Please vote here:
Should the Portsmouth School Board have sent a flier on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to parents?
You can also send a letter to the editor here: firstname.lastname@example.org
And you can backup the entire school board by sending an e-mail here: email@example.com
Please note: Below the article is information on CHADD.
Portsmouth School Board's ADHD flier draws fire
By CHERYL ROSS , The Virginian-Pilot
© October 19, 2007
Last month, the School Board sent a warning to parents about the “harmful effects” of drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Much of the flier’s information was taken from the Internet, including from a Web site run by a group founded by the Church of Scientology
This week, six national organizations and eight local groups sent a letter requesting that the School Board retract the flier and send a new one stating that ADHD is a disease that requires treatment.
The groups include the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Tidewater chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
The flier was sent “to instill fear in parents,” said E. Clarke Ross, CEO of the Landover, Md.-based national office of CHADD. “It’s not based on published science, but on propaganda.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of this kind of propaganda being officially disseminated from a school system to its pupils,” Ross said.
In recent years, some parents, doctors and researchers have said that too many children are being misdiagnosed with the disease and, as a result, have been over medicated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, about 4.4 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD by a health care professional, and about 2.5 million children are being treated with medication.
The Portsmouth School Board began discussing ADHD at the urging of long time member Elizabeth Daniels.
Daniels said she is concerned about the welfare of children.
In the early 1980s, Daniels said she cared for an 11 -year-old girl whom doctors said was hyperactive. She said she believes the child was being treated with Ritalin, which made the girl groggy. When the child was taken off the drug, Daniels said she was alert and happier.
Daniels said she and the Virginia School Boards Association last year turned to the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics for information about ADHD. The organizations did not respond to the board’s questions, Daniels said.
However, Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said she answered the association’s questions in November 2006. Kraft sent The Virginian-Pilot a copy of the November-dated e-mail to the state School Boards association.
She said the group is regularly contacted by parents about the disease.
In August, the Virginia School Boards Association sent a flier to every superintendent in the state similar to the one distributed to Portsmouth parents. It was sent as a courtesy to Daniels, a former president of the association, said Frank E. Barham, executive director of the group.
The association suggested that individual superintendents and School Boards consider whether to distribute the information further. Earlier this week, Barham said he thinks that Portsmouth is the only board to send the information to parents.
CHADD has requested that the association send a new flier to school divisions with information stating that ADHD is a disease.
Barham said he doesn’t understand why the flier has caused so much controversy. As far as he’s concerned, the matter is closed. “We will not be distributing any more materials on the issue,” he said.
In September, the Portsmouth School Board voted 6-2 to send the flier to the division’s parents. Board members Jean H. Shackelford and Betty N. Hudgins voted against it. Board member B. Keith Nance Sr. was absent.
“It’s up to doctors to tell parents what to do with their children,” Hudgins said in a recent interview.
Shackelford said, “I do not believe that I, as a School Board member who is not a member of the medical profession, have the knowledge or the right to advise parents about any medical or psychiatric issues associated with their children,” she said.
Superintendent David C. Stuckwisch said in an interview this week that he told board members he had reservations about the flier. The issue should rest between a doctor and a patient, he said.
Chairman James Bridgeford said in a recent interview the School Board does not support or denounce the flier’s contents but simply voted to send it as “an informational letter.” The flier contains a disclaimer that “the school division neither endorses nor denounces” its contents.
Board member Sheri H. Bailey said she approved the flier to “encourage folks to get information pro and con to make a decision to medicate or not to medicate.”
Daniels said she hasn’t received any criticism about the flier from parents. However, she said, she’s heard about concerns that information in the flier was taken from Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a California-based group with ties to the Church of Scientology.
The connection to the church, Daniels said, is irrelevant.
"That is totally and completely unimportant and makes me think that people are not concerned with what the issue is,” she said. She also said that CHADD is biased because it receives money from the pharmaceutical industry.
Bryan Goodman, spokesman for CHADD, which has about 14,000 members nationally, said the organization’s public policy committee works separately from its financial development department. No more than 30 percent of the group’s funding can come from the pharmaceutical industry, he said.
Dr. Jeffrey Katz, local coordinator of Tidewater CHADD, said he is concerned that some parents might take the School Board’s flier “as the gospel” and may be discouraged from seeking treatment or may stop treatment.
Martha Scalf said she was angered by the flier that her 11-year-old son, who suffers from ADHD, brought home from Churchland Elementary.
“The things that were on there were unbelievable,” she said. Scalf said she has no problem with opposing viewpoints but children should not have been given access to the flier’s contents. The flier was folded and not sealed in an envelope, she said.
Scalf said her child’s pediatrician will discuss the flier’s contents with him.
CHADD representatives said in their letter that they want the School Board to “immediately distribute a flier to every household with a school-age child clarifying the facts about ADHD as supported by the research cited in the attached fact sheet.”
The fact sheet states that ADHD is real, that treatment for it is effective, and that failing to treat it can have severe consequences.
Stuckwisch said it is up to the School Board to decide how to respond to the request. Bailey said Wednesday she was unaware of CHADD’s request.
The US FDA has warned that ADHD drugs can cause heart attack, stroke, sudden death, psychosis and hallucinations.
In 1992, CHADD received $50,000 from pharmaceutical interests.
By 1994, this had reached $400,000 and by 2001, $700,000.
In 1995, the DEA issued a Methylphenidate (Ritalin) background paper, stating: "The DEA has concerns that the depth of the financial relationship with the manufacturer was not well known to the public, including CHADD members, that have relied upon CHADD for guidance as it pertains to the diagnosis and treatment of their children."
On September 26, 2002, the CEO of CHADD, E. Clarke Ross, testified before Congress that the group's financial relationship to ADHD drug manufacturers is "on our website. It's in our IRS returns." This information is not obvious on the "National Resource" website; it is in CHADD's annual report. Unless someone knew where to look, it would not be easily found.
CHADD claims that ADHD is a "neurobiological" disorder, despite the fact that there is no science-based evidence to support this. CHADD's website fails to inform people of the considerable difference in medical opinion regarding the validity of ADHD.
Pediatric neurologist, Fred Baughman, who has discovered real physical diseases, says that by claiming ADHD is a "disease" or "neurobiological" it makes it so "real and terrible that the parent who dares not to believe in it, or allow its treatment, is likely to be deemed negligent, and no longer deserving of custody of their child." He adds, "This is a perversion of science and medicine and is a lie."
CHADD defers to the 1999 Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health when citing ADHD as a neurobiological disorder, yet the Surgeon General's report, the DSM-IV, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Practice Guideline for ADHD, do not confirm or state that ADHD is a "neurobiological" disorder. In fact, the Surgeon General provided no conclusive evidence to support this theory—a fact CHADD neglects to mention on its website.
When pressed recently by Insight Magazine on the scientific validity of ADHD, E. Clarke Ross finally responded, "It really is a matter of belief."
The DEA warned that most of the material prepared for public consumption by groups like CHADD does not address the potential or actual abuse or Ritalin. It is portrayed as a benign, mild substance that's not associated with abuse or any serious side effects. In fact, Ritalin and several other ADHD drugs are Schedule II drugs in the same category as cocaine and morphine.
In a token gesture to balanced coverage, CHADD devotes about four pages to negating alternative interventions, while using 10 pages to espouse the virtues of psychotropic drugs. The known and documented side effects of these drugs are downplayed as "mild and typically short-term," contradicting medical and scientific reports showing serious side effects, including death
Under the Frequently Asked Questions section of CHADD's website, alternatives are referred to as "controversial interventions." It states that "many people turn to treatments which claim to be useful, but which have not been shown to be truly effective in accord with standards held by the scientific community." Here again CHADD does what it accuses others of, using "a tactic designed to startle and scare the American public," and one motivated by pharmaceutical vested interests.
To counter its critics, CHADD forwards the views of at least one convicted felon with a bent for kidnapping and who happens to also support psychotropic drug treatment of children. His long history of criminality includes convictions for breaking and entering, conspiracy, theft, the use of stolen credit cards, and threatening to detonate a bomb in a jewelry shop unless $100,000 in jewels was handed to him. According to one psychiatric report, this criminal "does not seem to profit from his past experiences and…does not realize he has a responsibility to society to control his behavior." Such is the caliber of opinion that CHADD promotes on its government- and pharmaceutical-funded website in its efforts to silence alternative views about treatment and care of children said to have ADHD.
Friday, October 19, 2007
These topics are to important to be falsely used and abused in Divorce litigation!
Wake up people, before we can stop or get a hold on either topic, the real abusive adults need to stop crying wolf!
Once an abusive adult manages to remove the other parent, the children take the brunt of the abusers abuse, and that goes for MALE and FEMALE abusers!
Yeah I said it- WOMEN perpetrators of Domestic Violence- Wake up- there are women abusers that are so abusive they make some men abusers look like amatures! I know of more than one personally..
It's time to stop buying into the B.S. fed to you.. by special interest groups with a personal agenda!
Below in red are my opinions on this article..
October 18, 2007
False domestic violence (DV) restraining orders can lead to Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), a pattern of thoughts and behavior that can develop in a child of separated parents where the custodial parent causes the child to unjustifiably fear and/or hate the other parent.
Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is a pattern of thoughts and behavior that can develop in a child of separated parents where the custodial parent causes the child, through manipulation and access blocking, to unjustifiably fear and/or hate the other parent. PAS is more than brainwashing, in that the child comes to actively participate in the degradation of the target parent, coming up with original (often ludicrous) reasons to fear/hate him or her.
Domestic violence (DV) restraining orders are a perfect weapon for an alienating parent. Typically, in addition to removing an accused abuser from the marital home, a DV restraining order also "temporarily" bars the accused abuser from seeing his or her children, and "temporarily" gives the accusing parent exclusive physical custody. And temporary, in the Family Court, has a funny way of becoming permanent.
Obtaining a restraining order based on a false allegation of domestic violence gets the target parent out of the house and out of the picture. A father who can't see his kids, for example, is unable to rebut the lie "Daddy doesn't love you anymore. That's why he left you." Nor can he rebut the alternate lie, "Daddy is dangerous. The wise judge said so. That's why he can't see you."
Often, if an accused abuser is allowed to see his or her children, it is in a supervised visitation center. As Stan Rains observed in "Supervised Visitation Center Dracula," "The demeaning of the 'visiting' parent is readily visible from the minute that a person enters the 'secured facility' with armed guards, officious case workers with their clipboards and arrogant, domineering managers.... The child's impression is that all of these authority figures see Daddy as a serious and dangerous threat. The only time a child sees this type of security is on TV showing prisons filled with bad people." Not only does visitation in a visitation center send the clear message to the child that the "visiting" parent is a bad person, if children decline to see their parents under such a setting, they are generally not forced to do so. More perversely, if a child is encouraged by the custodial parent to refuse to see the target parent, there will be no significant repercussion to the targeting parent, and, generally, the child will not be forced to see the target parent.
The more time a child spends away from the alienated parent, the worse the alienation will become. As psychologist Glenn F. Cartwright remarked in his article "Expanding the Parameters of Parental Alienation Syndrome," "the old adage that time heals all wounds, such is not the case with PAS, where the passage of time worsens rather than heals the affliction. This is not to say that time is unimportant: on the contrary, time remains a vital variable for all the players. To heal the relationship, the child requires quality time with the lost parent to continue and repair the meaningful association that may have existed since birth. This continued communication also serves as a reality check for the child to counter the effects of ongoing alienation at home. Likewise, the lost parent needs time with the child to ensure that contact is not completely lost and to prevent the alienation from completely destroying what may be left of a normal, loving relationship....
The alienating parent, on the other hand, requires time to complete the brainwashing of the child without interference. The manipulation of time becomes the prime weapon in the hands of the alienator who uses it to structure, occupy, and usurp the child's time to prevent 'contaminating' contact with the lost parent, depriving both of their right to spend time together and furthering the goal of total alienation. Unlike cases of child abuse where time away from the abuser sometimes helps in repairing a damaged relationship, in PAS time away from the lost parent furthers the goal of alienation.
The usual healing properties of time are lost when it is used as the primary weapon to inflict injury on the lost parent by alienating the child." Along these lines, Dr. Richard A. Gardner, who coined the term "Parental Alienation Syndrome" in 1985, maintained: "If there is to be any hope of their reestablishing a relationship with the targeted parent, PAS children must spend significant time with him (her). They must have living experiences that will demonstrate that the PAS parent is not noxious and/or dangerous."
A parent willing to falsely accuse the other parent of domestic violence would probably be willing to poison a child against him or her. Add to this the problem that a judge willing to "err on the side of caution" by entering a DV restraining order based on a dubious false allegation would probably not be willing to do what was necessary to prevent the development of PAS.PAS is heart-wrenching and, tragically, common. If the DV restraining order system could be reformed so that only real victims obtained restraining orders and only real abusers were thrown out their houses, I predict that the number of PAS cases would be greatly reduced. Let's try to get there.
My opinion on this subject is that - False Domestic Violence Accusations Can Lead To Parental Alienation Syndrome and so can FALSE CHILD ABUSE accusations, used to gain the upper hand in an ugly divorce, I know this first hand!
The LIES my estranged husband told are not only causing my children to be alienated from me and the rest of thier family, but HE COST THE CITY A LAWSUIT ON MALICIOUS PROSECUTION AND NEGLIEGENT MISREPRESENTATION!
My children are old enough to understand this article and to understand that the same way this works against fathers, WHEN THIER FATHER used the same tactic against me [FALSE- Child abuse-restraining Orders] he was able to KEEP ME FROM MY BABIES!]
When will they figure out that everything they've been told is A LIE!
And apparently there are some strings being pulled behind closed doors to KEEP ME OUT OF THIER LIVES IN SPITE OF THE OVER TURNED B.S. ACS "indicated" case he used to get me out of thier lives originally!
Great Job New York!
I am a survivor of D.V. with the scars and transcripts to prove it, yet I allowed him to stay in their lives WHENEVER he wanted to see them, as long as he didn't abuse me! What an azz I was, the ultimate abuse was FALSE CHILD ABUSE ACCUSATIONS and taking my children away from me, and thanks to those women's groups I can wipe my *&% with a truly deserved, fairly obtained O.P. [apparently they see no reason to help a turly abused woman, once she's lost her children to the abuser!]
Great job "NOW" !
American Chronicle: False Domestic Violence Accusations Can Lead To Parental Alienation Syndrome
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
March 26, 2007-- Chicago – In the wake of the national exposure of apparent misconduct in the US Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., Illinois Family Court Accountability Advocates (IFCAA) announces a national CALL TO ACTION for prosecution of judicial corruption by state and federal criminal prosecutors.
IFCAA calls for the nation to back the Congress and Senate to expose why the Executive and Judicial branches of government have not only turned a deaf ear to the lawful cries for help from the nation's victims of judicial corruption, but why they have allowed billions of dollars of taxpayers' funds to be extorted for personal financial gain in an estimated 12 billion dollar child trafficking industry in our family courts and child protective services agencies which crosses state lines, thereby engaging federal jurisdiction.
AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE!