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Epidemic – Legal Child Abuse
The problem is legal overmedication of children specifically, but if we are to be honest, that extends to overmedication of the general public as well. I get physically ill just thinking about it, but it is one of those problems that will take decades to fix – even if the solutions were put into action now. I’ve written on this subject extensively in my book and in articles all over the internet and on this site, but it gets very little serious attention. The problem has existed for several decades now, but every single year it just gets worse!
Make no mistake - this is a huge problem. It has added greatly to what is referred to as “the healthcare crisis in America.” We do not have a healthcare crisis in America, but I know that, too, will fall on deaf ears. The medical profession and the pharmaceutical industries have made great strides in the last hundred years, and I have been thankful myself for modern medicine on more than one occasion, but that does not excuse the total abuse of modern technology that is taking place today in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industries.
As I have said before, once upon a time, medicine was considered an art – now it is designated as pure science – and all too often the science is flawed. Medical and pharmaceutical professionals are being trained to practice their science in complete ignorance of the spiritual side of human existence – the art, if you will. In every other field of human endeavor, we are supposed to remain “in touch with our feelings” but those human feelings are ruled out when it comes to the science of medicine. Oh, we may get a lot of lip service to the contrary, but it is nothing more than that – lip service.
There are even folks out there who claim to care and follow the subject closely, but end up taking the stance of “overmedication is being oversold” – what? Well, it was typical of New York Times thought I guess. (A little more recent background on the author of that article link, Judith Warner – she also thought that Hilary Rosen was right about Ann Romney not being qualified to speak for most women simply because she is “privileged.”) I’m sorry, but anyone who is honest when looking at the current situation in this country and can come away with an attitude that overmedication of children is being “overblown” is just not credible. I don’t care where they come up with their cooked statistics.
The research I did for my book was done fifteen to twenty years ago for the most part, and I haven’t seen any improvement, but I have seen substantiation for my opinions then. I would ask this question of all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and anyone else concerned for the children of America: do you know, or have you ever had contact with a child (or children) diagnosed with some kind of mental illness that necessitates taking a prescription pharmaceutical?
One of my daughters had a very good childhood friend diagnosed as a young child with one of the alphabet disorders. We moved during their childhood, and I will never forget the first weekend his dad agreed to let him come to visit for the weekend. He handed me the boy’s “medication” and assured me that he “needed” it so that he would not become “unruly” and that I should make sure he took it. I never agreed to give it to the child, but I told his dad, whom I had known for years, not to worry and that his son would be fine. The boy had a wonderful time that weekend. We kept him busy riding horses and doing all the things he couldn’t do at home in his handkerchief-sized yard. (Did I mention we lived out in the country?) He never took a single dose of his “needed” medication all weekend long.
I can imagine the horror of some of my readers that I would deliberately withhold medication from a child, but can you imagine MY horror at being asked to administer mind-altering medication to a child? I had known this child for years, and I knew that he appeared to be a “normal” child – and what’s more, I knew that my daughter knew and trusted him. He had not had an easy life. His parents were divorced and he was dealing with step-parent syndrome and displacement shuttling disorder. (My terms.) But he was a sweet NORMAL child. He was active, as were all MY children, but hyperactive? No. There was absolutely nothing wrong with this child’s mind. He was one of the lucky ones in that he actually made it to adulthood without committing any violent acts or suicide. Many of these children are not that fortunate.
This is not the only case I could site from first hand experience, and I believe if everyone put some thought into it, most could come up with their own anecdotal experiences as well. If we expand this into adult overmedication experiences, well, need I say more? If you haven’t been living under a rock, you must be able to identify with my point. If you live to be my age or older, it is expected that your very life depends on those regular doctor visits and a daily smorgasbord of prescription medication. No wonder healthcare has become the gun to the head of seniors and the weapon of choice to influence their votes. Meanwhile, the outrageous expense of it all has sealed the unsavory deal because too many cannot afford this “expected” need. Anecdotally, I do not know another single person my age or older (and even some much younger) who have not seen a doctor in fifteen years nor taken any prescription medication at all. Most folks would call me lucky or stupid or both, I guess, but I just know that I am blessed and extremely grateful.
It isn’t as if I have always been the picture of health. I was a bit of a sickly child in fact. I suffered from grand mal seizures at a very young age, had terrible sinus infections, and a gastrointestinal ongoing ailment. We had a wonderful old country doctor, who attended both my brother’s and my birth (home births) and took care of our family until I was a teen. Then, just to spice things up, at the tender age of thirteen I contracted rheumatic fever, which nearly killed me. That’s when I first met the real medical profession, but it was oh so different back then.
Doc had recently passed away and I had to go to another country doctor, who didn’t have any idea what was wrong with me, but he must have had his suspicions. I was hospitalized for over a week and had every test known to man at the time. I guess that was S.O.P. back then. Let me pause here for a moment, because there is an important point to make. My folks were not filthy rich. My dad was a construction ironworker, who made a decent wage but absolutely no benefits. Health insurance was an extravagance that my folks chose not to indulge in, and medicine back then was not the cash cow it has become, so we were a pay as you go family. It didn’t take years to get my medical bills paid, and that is the point. Anyway, I had my brush with death, lost a year out of my life almost completely bed-ridden, and beat a terrible disease.
Suffice it to say that my medical history would need a very thick binder, because my health negatives did not end there. The point is that I DO know what it is like to have your health extremely compromised, but I fear that if I had been born later, or to different parents living in more modern circumstances, I might not even be alive now. The medical profession and pharmaceutical industry may have just killed me off. I have gone against doctors’ advice more often in my life than I ever followed it, and now I am somewhat unique. I am truly blessed and I know and appreciate it every day of my life.
I have been the primary caregiver to loved ones several times in my life, so I have seen the medical profession up close and personal from many different individual cases. The real tragedy has been that more often than not the medical profession and the pharmaceuticals they prescribe have done more harm than good to my loved ones. Science has truly killed the art of healing, and as government gets an ever-stronger stranglehold on healthcare, this will only get worse. Children are already the first victims. Add to that the psychological pummeling delivered daily in educational institutions, and the crisis becomes unfathomable.
When pharmaceutical companies were allowed to advertise their wares to the public via television ads, this surreal problem truly exploded. Now we have the general public self-diagnosing and insisting on the latest drugs to solve all their problems. People seem to wear their “diagnoses” and “prescriptions” as badges of courage and honor instead of starting to question if they really have a good grip on real life. When drugs replaced simple discipline to adjust normal behavior problems in children, we began to slip into this epidemic that plays itself out on into adulthood. Now we have to look for medical reasons why people do stupid, dangerous, or evil things! There is always a pill to fix it until we run full circle back to the point that we just might have to blame that very medication for the final heinous act.
Other research links to explore:
Is America Overmedicating Its Children - A. Jackson, Yahoo
The Drugging Of America's Children - Armstrong Williams
Psych Meds Linked To 90 Per Cent Of School Shootings - Jerome Corsi
Look for the documentary, “The War On Kids” available now at Netflix. This thoroughly examines some of the biggest problems in our schools, including the overmedication of children. It is well worth the watch.
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I probably would not be writing this article if not for a short exchange I recently had with an acquaintance. I was doing what I always do at that time of day on a weekday – listening to Rush on my earphones from my computer. She interrupted me by speaking to me a couple of times, even though she wasn’t in the house to see me but rather to attend to my disabled friend. This acquaintance is merely the home health care nurse. After the second or third interruption, she asked me if I was listening to music or something else that had my attention so completely. I answered that I was listening to Rush Limbaugh.
As most pseudo intellectuals will tend to do these days, upon the mention of his name, she immediately laughed and proceeded to say something to the effect that he could tell a good joke every now and then, but she was by no means a fan. He is just too much of a know it all and has no credibility. She cited his “addiction problems with Oxycodone” as evidence. She said he really had to change his tune on THAT one.
I didn’t bother to reply and merely readjusted my headphones before I missed anything else the “know it all” had to say.
This nurse is a very nice lady. She comes in and takes care of my friend’s medical needs when she is supposed to, and leaves when she is done, so I have nothing against her. I have no idea what her political leanings are and have no desire to get into a long discussion with her on any subject. She is friendly, does her job, and leaves.
It was only after this incident that I began to think about all the other folks I have heard and seen comment on Rush – both positively and negatively. Snap judgments are more often based on what someone else says about a person than on what that person says or does. That is just the way it is in today’s America. Realistic and correct judgment requires knowing the person. In Rush’s case, I feel I do know him even though we have never met.
For instance, does the aforementioned nurse or anyone who comments on Rush’s “addiction problems with Oxycodone” know how that all came about and how he handled it? I can understand a medical professional’s interest in this aspect of his life, but most of what was said about his addiction was negative and conferred the label of hypocrite on Rush for his previous statements about how he felt about drug addiction. That is the price of fame and success. His addiction came about from years of dealing with pain while remaining in the limelight. After a botched surgery to fix the pain problems, they only got worse – thus he was hooked on pain relievers. That isn’t exactly the same as taking the drugs for the high.
I will interject here that I have always agreed with Rush’s original damnation of drug addiction. One needs only to read much of what I have written on the subject to get that. I never condone it, and I don’t condone Rush’s addiction. It has been speculated by others that it may have even caused his sudden loss of hearing. If that’s the case, I do think he has paid his price to society, eh? He publicly proclaimed his addiction and did what he had to do to overcome it. So that is ancient history, and I doubt that his “tune” has changed a bit on drug addiction.
As to the character of the man, Rush is a conservative first and foremost – not a political hack. What comes out of his mouth are his true values, and this becomes evident the longer you listen to what he says. His personal relationship failures always make a great target for his detractors, but it never seems to shake his core beliefs. Obviously he thought long and hard before taking the plunge with Katherine, so I wish them only the best for a long and successful marriage. Judgment of his public character must be based on his successes as well as his failures, but it seldom is. He is attacked as being a “hypocrite” for singing the praises of committed, traditional marriage even as he privately suffers the effects of multiple marriage failures. Where is the hypocrisy? One would have to know all the facts in the failures to make that assumption, and he doesn’t air his dirty laundry.
The truth is that if there had never been a Rush Limbaugh, there probably would have never been as great an awakening to the massacre of family values, conservative principles, and dangerous political philosophies that have brought this country to the brink of ruin. The frog was already in the pot when Rush came along, but he has been prodding it to jump out and trying to cool the pot ever since. While doing all this, he managed to open the door for others to follow and cheerfully led the way.
Rush never pretends to be something he is not even though those who seem to hate him are appalled at some of his seemingly conceited claims (America’s Real Anchorman, Leader of the Republican Party, etc.) the REAL Rush is actually the Harmless, Loveable Fuzzball. The real Rush is also, more often than not, right.
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