What 7 Year Old Needs a Stuffed Bikini Top?

Why so many adults want so much their kids to look and act like an adult while they are still a little child? Can’t they just let them live their childhood, happy and carefree? Can’t they just let them dream and imagine, create their own world, shaping their own aspirations in their heart and mind, slowly, at their pace? This time don’t last long and will never come back. Soon, they will be real grown up with all the problems, stress and harsh reality of life so, please parents, let them be a child. I saw once a TV show where the kids are pushed by the moms–if not forced–to wear make up and pinup dresses and extreme hairdoos… and dance, shake their little bum, sing and make faces… they call that, proudly, Toddlers and Tiaras. Wow! I can’t believe a mom would do that to her “beloved” kid. What unnecessary stress on the shoulders of these kids. I heard of one of those little girls who had a heart attack recently, right one the show. Isn’t it horrible?

And what kind of message does it send to them and to the other little girls? If you don’t have a painted face, sexy clothes, extravagant hairdoos, fake breast…. if you don’t have a sexy body language and shake your bum the right way… then… you are not pretty or not a real woman or…what?

That is not right and should not be allowed by the TV stations and surely should not be promoted by a parent who really love her/his kid.

Children have to learn patience. Learn to live in the moment, in the Now. When it will be time to have a breast to stuff their little bikini top, it will come. They have to learn to not fake or disguise themselves and to accept who they are and have dreams. Parents should not put their own instability and fears on their children but help them to become a great adult who is able to fulfill his/her dreams and live happy.

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What 7 Year Old Needs a Stuffed Bikini Top?
By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC – Love/Relationship Columnist – HealthNewsDigest.com
Apr 26, 2010 – 7:03:00 AM

(HealthNewsDigest.com) – It was mentioned in the New York Times and the Houston Chronicle a story out of London reporting that a major clothing retailer had withdrawn a children’s bathing suit line. The reason? The swimwear line was promoting a bikini for 7 year olds with a padded bra. The retail store acted immediately after the article was published calling the bikini the “paedo” (pedophile) bikini. That sounds reasonable to me because I cannot imagine any other population appreciating a stuffed bikini top for a 7 year old. Nor can I imagine any reason you should ever stuff any bikini top for any age child. They are children; they are not supposed to have big breasts. I am wondering what the clothing industry who designed this swim suit were thinking. Perhaps it will help if I clarify where the average girl of 7 years is emotionally, so they can understand how messed up their thinking was.

What the typical 7 year old girl may look like emotionally (according to about six child psychology book authors including Ruth Schmidt Neven):

They want to be perfect at this age and may seem more self critical than they were at 5 or 6 years.
They worry more and their self confidence is more fragile.
They have an increased tendency to complain. They are learning more and more about negotiation.
They understand clearly the difference between right and wrong.
They need punishment rarely because they understand the rules and usually follow them.
They are much better at losing games than they were at 5 or 6 years and they are less likely to blame.
They began to feel a stronger connection with shame and guilt.
Tips for parents.

Watch what you say about your own body in front of your children (try not to talk badly about your body).
Dads, be careful what you say about your daughter’s body. She is easily influenced by you, and tries to please you. If you say anything negatively these “tapes” are difficult to remove. Focus on her interests and embrace her specialness.
Watch shows with your child and help her realize how the advertisers are trying to make women fit into a perfect shape. If you keep communication open with her she will come to you when she is worried.
Encourage activity. Sports at school, or art after school, or whatever it is that she loves. Children who feel badly about themselves focus on outward appearance. Stress what is inside.

Seven year old children are playing with their friends, maybe Barbie dolls in the morning and dancing at night. They are not concerned nor should they be with their breasts and whether they are big enough. Parents, you must stop the madness. Every parent who saw this article most likely reacted similarly to how I did. Where did this come from and how do we stop it? In this case, thank God the retail store in London had enough sense to withdraw the line. But what if the next store doesn’t? What message are we sending our young girls? Please, let your children be children for as long as possible. That means dress them like children, expose them to TV shows for children, listen to music specifically for children, and appreciate this innocent time in their lives. Parents, this may require you to act like parents, dress like parents, listen to a parents’ music and watch parents’ TV programs. If you are trying to act like a “cool parent” to fit in with your child then maybe the bikini bra stuffing is for you and not your seven year old?

–Mary Jo Rapini

Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is featured on TLC’s new series, Big Medicine which completed season one and two. She is also a contributing expert for Cosmopolitan magazine, Women’s Health, First, and Seventeen magazine. Mary Jo has a syndicated column (Note to Self) in the Houston Chronicle, is a Love/Relationships columnist to HealthNewsDigest.com and “Ask Mary Jo” in Houston Family Magazine. She is an intimacy and sex counselor, and specializes in empowering relationships. She has worked with the Pelvic restorative center at Methodist Hospital since 2007.

Mary Jo is a popular speaker across the nation, with multiple repeat requests to serve as key-note speaker for national conferences. Her dynamic style is particularly engaging for those dealing with intimacy issues and relationship challenges, or those simply hanging on to unasked questions about sex in relationships. She was recently a major participant in a symposium for young girls dealing with body image and helping girls become strong women. Rapini is the author of Is God Pink? Dying to Heal and co-author of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom about Health, Sex or Whatever. She has appeared on television programs including Montel, Fox Morning News and various Houston television and radio programs. Keep up with the latest advice at Mary Jo Rapini

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Boy, nine, put in isolation for calling classmate ‘chocolate’

A well caring and respectful parent would not have been offuscated of such treatment as she would have been obsessed at her son to act like that. I agree, it might not be pleasant, but this disease of bullyism and racism have to stop and if everybody continue this marshmallow attitude, victims will continue to suffer… to death.

This child had learn that from somebody, maybe it is for that the parent found this was normal behavior and harsh punishment, isn’t it? Maybe parent should be punished also to teach such attitude to their child.

When I was in school, I had been bullied because I was so small and chetive and nobody took my defence… not even teachers or my parents who were telling me that it was my fault… I was there and breathing, I presume. I was desperate and cried in silence for many years. Recently, many years after, I was agressed by a woman, a master buly should I say, who tried to destroy me and slandered me… again, nobody helped me. I have all the written proofs of what she did but no lawyer or advocate want to help me even though she owes me a lot of money.

So, what is that kind of society where the bullies get free and the victims, victimized more? It is soooo stupid. And what is frustrating is that those bullies and family of bullies are all offuscated when the victims  talk. Then, they are called liars and pushed down more.

Wake up, people, all together we can do something and save lives. Don’t forget, there is no age that count for a bully, they grow up too as well as their ugly attitude. Children are dying and adults too. If noboby stand up, there will be more death!

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Boy, nine, put in isolation for calling classmate ‘chocolate’
A mother has complained of “harsh treatment” after her nine-year-old son was put into isolation over two days for referring to a schoolmate as “chocolate”.

By Julie Henry, Education Correspondent 
Published: 8:00AM BST 25 Apr 2010

The pupil was taken out of class on a Friday afternoon and told to write an essay against “racism” as a punishment. He also apologised to his fellow pupil.
When he turned up for school the following Monday, he was again placed in isolation for the whole of the morning.
The incident has been officially logged by Woodland Middle School, in Bedford, with details passed on to the local authority, under controversial Government guidelines which say that all alleged “racist incidents” have to be recorded by head teachers and councils.
Vanessa Walsh, the mother of the pupil, has written a letter of complaint to the school about the way her son was treated and her concerns that the incident last month will be on his school record indefinitely. School governors are investigating her complaint and Mrs Walsh, who runs her own business, is due to meet them to discuss the issue.
It is believed that the pupil’s comment was directed towards a mixed-race child.
Jeff Conquest, the head teacher at the school, said some of the details of the incident were “not correct” but said he could not comment on an individual case.
“I can’t go into any details. But where something is perceived to be racist by a particular person to whom it is said, it has to be taken very seriously,” he said. “There is a requirement on schools to protect children and take this seriously.
“I cannot go into the details or the hurt that was caused or how public a thing it was and how many people heard it. Even if there is no real racist intent behind the use of certain language, or if things are said in ignorance, if the words are regarded as offensive it has to be recorded.”
The requirement on schools to log “racist incidents” was strengthened in 2002, and the Department for Children, Schools and Families, intends to make recording such incidents a statutory duty this year.
In recent years, concerns have been raised that teachers have over-reacted to playground squabbles and innocent comments made by pupils to classmates. A report published at the end of last year found that schools were listing 40,000 incidents of racism a year, involving children as young as five.
Primary-age children and even toddlers in nurseries had been punished for racist insults, it said, even if they did not understand the terms they used. The report, by the Manifesto Club, which campaigns against unnecessary regulation, also claimed that the policy was creating a divide between white and black children by forcing them to see everything in terms of race.
“This case sounds like a gross over-reaction to something which should be been dealt with using a bit of tact,” said a spokesman for the campaign group. “It shows how local authorities and the Government are essentially giving schools no choice in how they deal with things.
“Nine-year-olds throw words around in a different way to adults. Teachers need to teach children to be open-minded and even-handed and this is a question of moral guidance, not following ten-step procedures and reporting incidents to councils. This kind of heavy-handedness does more harm than good.”
Woodland Middle School’s policy on dealing with racist incidents, based on one produced by Bedfordshire County Council, runs to six pages. It says the school “wholeheartedly” supports the definition of a racist incident, which emerged from the inquiry in to the murder of school boy Stephen Lawrence, as “an incident which has been perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person”.
It lists 18 forms of behaviour which could be prompted by a “racist motive” including “derogatory name calling”, “using ridicule” and “theft”. It says that parents should always be alerted, even to “trivial” incidents.
Any racist incident at the school is recorded on the county council online “behaviour log”. The head teacher said that the council’s record does not include the names of the pupils involved. Ofsted cited the school’s anti-bullying measures as one of the factors behind improvements in children’s behaviour, which was rated as good by inspectors.
A county council report revealed that Bedfordshire’s 220 schools had reported 367 racist incidents in 2007/08. Nearly half of the schools reported at least one incident. The report said that action taken by schools in most cases was to talk to the pupils involved, and sometimes their parents.

Après les dents… les cheveux / After the teeth… hair

And why not 😀

Et pourquoi pas???

Gentle Hair Rinses and Treatments Help Oily, Limp Hair
by Fleur Hupston, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) Hair suffers damage from environmental factors such as pollution, harsh sunshine, wind and harmful products on a daily basis. Hair often gets over-washed and over-brushed, sometimes resulting in oily, limp hair. In an attempt to undo the damage, many spend a lot of money on expensive treatments. However, hair masks and rinses can easily be made from everyday food items around the house, such as lemons, avocados, olive oil and bananas. Get creative and try some natural treatments that will restore hair to shining health without the use of chemically based hair products.

Hair Rinses for Lank, Oily Hair

An excellent rinse for oily hair can be made from lemon juice, which naturally dries the scalp and reduces oil production. Squeeze a couple of ripe lemons into a jug of pure water. Rinse the scalp and hair, distributing evenly. Allow to remain in the hair for a few minutes and rinse again with pure water.

Apple cider vinegar makes a wonderful rinse when combined with a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender, rosemary, cedarwood, pine, or ylang-ylang.

Hair Masks for Oily Hair

Yogurt mask – mix 5 tablespoons of natural yogurt, 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice together. Apply to the hair, rubbing into the roots, and leave it in for approximately half an hour. Rinse with pure water.

Lemon mask – mix one egg yolk, 3 ounces of natural lemon juice, and a tablespoon of burdock root oil. Apply the mixture on the hair and leave it in for about 15 minutes. Wash it out with natural shampoo.

Honey and lemon mask – mix one egg yolk with a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply it on dry hair and leave it in for about 20 minutes. Wash out mixture with natural shampoo.

Hair Care Tips for Lanky, Oily Hair

Resist the urge to over-wash the hair. Leave hair for a day or two without washing at all. Do not over-brush limp hair since this can stimulate more sebum production, resulting in oily hair.

Eliminate unhealthy foods, sugar and refined carbohydrates and replace with a healthy diet comprising of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy proteins. This will contribute to healthy, shining hair and a scalp free of excess oil. Increase intake of vitamin B and eat lots of whole grains, nuts, seeds, wheatgerm, and green, leafy vegetables. Stay away from oily, fried foods.

Sources:

http://naturalmedicine.suite101.com…

http://your-hairstyles.com/homemade…

http://floraleads.com/OILBUR.HTM

About the author
Fleur Hupston enjoys natural foods and products and enjoys sharing her findings with others. She is a feature writer for Suite101 and other blogs.

Recettes de Pâtes à Dents & Nettoyeur / Recipes Toothpastes and Cleansers

Interresting recipes…. but… just a note.. when the author talk about hydrogen peroxyde… it is the Food Grade one 35%… and diluted 12:1… not pure please

Recettes intéressantes… mais… quand l’auteur parle de Peroxyde d’Hydrogène… veuillez noter qu’il s’agit de la qualité Alimentaire 35%, pas celui que l’on mets sur les bobos… et qu’il est dilué à 12:1… n’utilisez pas le peroxyle d’hydrogène (food grade) pur…. svp…

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Make Your Own Safe, Natural and Healthy Toothpastes and Cleansers
by Tony Isaacs, citizen journalist

(NaturalNews) Virtually all commercial toothpastes contain one or both of two problematic ingredients: fluoride and glycerin. Fluoride, a mining by-product, is one of the bigger scams perpetrated on an unwitting public. Instead of being beneficial it actually damages teeth. Glycerin coats the enamel and prevents natural re-mineralization of teeth. The solution in avoiding those two items may be making your own tooth paste or tooth cleanser at home.

Here are some recipes you can make at home which contain neither fluoride or glycerin:

Old Fashioned Tooth Powder

Ingredients:

2 tbsp dried lemon or orange rind
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tsp salt

Directions:
Grind the rinds in a food processor until they become a fine powder. Add baking soda and salt then process for a few more seconds until you have a fine powder. Store in an airtight container. Dip moistened toothbrush into the mixture and brush as usual.

Mix ingredients to make a paste, dip toothbrush into the mix and then brush as usual.

Basic Toothpaste

Ingredients:
1 Tsp of the above Old Fashioned Tooth Powder
1/4 Tsp Hydrogen peroxide

Directions:

Mix into a paste and brush as usual.

Vanilla, Geranium and Honey Toothpaste

Ingredients:
1/2 ounce powdered chalk
3 ounces powdered orris root
4 teaspoons of tincture of vanilla
15 drops oil of rose geranium
Raw honey, enough to make a paste

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and mix until you have the consistency you want. Scoop the paste onto brush. Store the paste in an airtight container.

Simple Mint Toothpaste

Ingredients:
Bicarbonate of soda
Salt
Water
Bentonite clay powder
Peppermint oil

Directions:
Mix 3 parts bicarbonate of soda with one part salt. Add 3 tsp of bentonite clay for every 1/4 cup of this mixture, and then add enough water to make a thick paste. Add a few drops of peppermint oil for better taste.

Herbal Mint Toothpaste Recipe

Ingredients:
1/4 tsp peppermint oil
1/4 tsp spearmint
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/4 cup powdered orrisroot
1/4 cup water
1 tsp ground sage

Directions:
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water until paste is desired thickness/consistency. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered jar.

Substitute 1/2 tsp each of oil of cinnamon and oil of cloves for peppermint/spearmint if desired.

Refreshing Super Mint Toothpaste

Ingredients:
6 teaspoons baking soda
1/3 teaspoon sea salt
4 teaspoons bentonite clay powder
15 drops peppermint

Directions:
Mix thoroughly until you get the toothpaste consistency you desire. If desired, add a few drops of peppermint or wintergreen.

Strawberry Tooth Cleanser

Ingredients:
1 tsp of the above Old Fashioned Tooth Powder
1 tbsp crushed ripe strawberries

Directions:

Mix strawberries and powder into a paste and brush as usual.

Basic Tooth Cleanser

Ingredients:
Hydrogen peroxide (a few drops)
Baking soda

Directions:
Make a paste by combining the two ingredients. You can also gently rub this paste along your gums twice a week for maximum benefit.

Lemon and Cloves Herbal Tooth Cleanser

Ingredients:
Small amount of finely powdered sage
1 ounce of finely powdered myrrh
1 pound powdered arrow root
3 ounces powdered orris root
15 drops oil of lemon
8 drops oil of cloves
10 drops oil of bergamot
10 drops of coconut oil (you may have to warm slightly to melt)

Directions:
Mix the powdered ingredients first and then add and mix the oils into the mixture.

Notes:

Supercharge any of the above recipes by adding tea tree oil or plant derived mineral powder (or both).

When you use items which contain lemon, rinse your mouth and teeth thoroughly afterward to prevent damage to teeth enamel.

Sources included:

http://www.tbyil.com/Toothpastes_an…
http://www.ultimate-cosmetics.com/b…
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/…

About the author
Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including “Cancer’s Natural Enemy” and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year.
Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near San Antonio and Austin to give lectures in health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone “Ask Tony Isaacs – featuring Luella May” forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group “Oleander Soup” and he serves as a consultant to the “Utopia Silver Supplement Company”.

Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US

Bon bien, il semble que c’est ma journée de critiquage…. encore merci Mike Adams. Est-ce vraiment possible??? Notre société est en train de couler à pic!

Well…. seems it is my day of gnagna…. thank you Mike Adams for all these informations. Is it really true???? Where our society is going???

Enjoy, people…

http://www.naturalnews.com/028639_psychiatric_drugs_children.html

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Psychiatric Drugging of Infants and Toddlers in the US
by Evelyn Pringle, health freedom writer

(NaturalNews) The United States has become the psychiatric drugging capital of the world for kids with children being medicated at a younger and younger age. Medicaid records in some states show infants less than a year old on drugs for mental disorders.

The use of powerful antipsychotics with privately insured children, aged 2 through 5 in the US, doubled between 1999 and 2007, according to a study of data on more than one million children with private health insurance in the January, 2010, “Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.”

The number of children in this age group diagnosed with bipolar disorder also doubled over the last decade, Reuters reported.

Of antipsychotic-treated children in the 2007 study sample, the most common diagnoses were pervasive developmental disorder or mental retardation (28.2%), ADHD (23.7%), and disruptive behavior disorder (12.9%).

The study reported that fewer than half of drug treated children received a mental health assessment (40.8%), a psychotherapy visit (41.4%), or a visit with a psychiatrist (42.6%) during the year of antipsychotic use.

“Antipsychotics, which are being widely and irresponsibly prescribed for American children–mostly as chemical restraints–are shown to be causing irreparable harm,” warned Vera Hassner Sharav, president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, in a February 26, 2010 InfoMail.

“These drugs have measurable severe hazardous effects on vital biological systems, including: cardiovascular adverse effects that result in shortening lives; metabolic adverse effects that induce diabetes and the metabolic syndrome,” she wrote. “Long-term use of antipsychotics has been shown to result in metabolic syndrome in 40% to 50% of patients.”

The lead researcher on the study above, Columbia University psychiatry professor Mark Olfson, told Reuters that about 1.5% of all privately insured children between the ages of 2 and 5, or one in 70, received some type of psychiatric drug in 2007, be it an antipsychotic, a mood stabilizer, a stimulant or an antidepressant.

Psychiatric drugs bathe the brains of growing children with agents that threaten the normal development of the brain, according to Dr Peter Breggin, founder of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP), and author of about 20 books, including “Medication Madness.”

The drugs themselves are causing severe disorders in millions of children in the US, he warns. “Substances like antidepressants, stimulants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic drugs cause severe, and potentially permanent, biochemical imbalances.”

An American Phenomenon
A number of presentations at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in May 2009, addressed the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, including one titled, “Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: A Critical Look at an American Phenomenon,” at which Dr Peter Parry, a consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist, and senior lecturer at Flinders University in Australia, presented a survey on, “Australian and New Zealand’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists’ Views on Bipolar Disorder Prevalence and on Rates of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder in the USA.”

Dr Parry and his colleagues conducted a survey of child and adolescent psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand. Of the 199 psychiatrists who responded to the survey, 90.5% thought pediatric bipolar disorder was overdiagnosed in the US.

In an October 1, 2009 article titled, “Medicating Our Children,” Dr Parry reports that since “the mid-1990s in the USA, some researchers have claimed that Paediatric Bipolar Disorder (PBD) frequently starts prior to puberty.”

One of PBD’s main proponents, Harvard University’s Professor Joseph Biederman, stating onset “is squarely in the preschooler age group,” he notes.

Parry explains that “PBD has been created by moving the diagnostic goalposts away from traditional concepts of bipolar disorder.”

“In children,” he says, “episodes were redefined to last hours instead of days or weeks and, instead of manic elation, severe anger in children sufficed as mania.”

“Unlike diagnoses like ADHD or depression, or simply accepting a child has serious emotional and behavioural problems in reaction to various stressors, PBD implies a lifelong severe mental illness requiring of strong psychiatric medication,” Parry warns.

“In the USA,” he says, “the public is furthermore exposed to direct pharmaceutical advertising that can feed the natural desire parents of distressed and aggressive children have for a quick solution by suggesting a simple medication fix.”

“The medicating of America’s children has become intensely controversial, highlighted by the tragic case of Rebecca Riley, a four-year-old Boston girl diagnosed at 28 months old with ADHD and PBD,” he points out.

On April 7, 2009, the author of the book, “Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness,” Christopher Lane, featured an interview on his Psychology Today blog, “Side Effects,” with journalist, Philip Dawdy, the creator of the popular website, Furious Seasons, and discussed the rising number of children being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

“As for bipolar disorder in kids (meaning pre-teens and younger), it’s simply not an issue in the rest of the world,” Dawdy told Lane. “The bipolar child is a purely American phenomenon.”

“The pharma companies and the Harvard crew worked hand-in-hand to bring America a generation of ADHD kids and bipolar children, and their profound influence can be seen in the millions of children and teens who now carry lifetime diagnoses and take gobs of psychotropic drugs each day, often to their detriment,” he advised.

Lane asked for Dawdy’s opinion on a recent report in the St Petersburg Times that found 23 infants less than one-year-old had been prescribed antipsychotics in Florida in 2007, as well as the drug overdose death of 4-year-old Rebecca Riley in Massachusetts. “How is it possible for psychiatrists to continue prescribing to infants in such numbers without more oversight?” Lane asked.

“What’s gone on with antipsychotics prescribed to infants and toddlers is simply inexplicable to me,” Dawdy said. “The drugs are known to cause huge problems in adults, so why the heck would a doctor give them to little kids, especially infants? It boggles my small mind.”

“I’m no fan of bans or restrictions,” he told Lane, “but this does strike me as a situation where there needs to be a serious rethinking of what we are doing — and maybe there should be a ban on the use of these drugs in kids under, say, 6 years of age.”

An October 2007 report by the University of South Florida found the most common diagnosis for antipsychotic use with children in Florida’s Medicaid program, between July and December 2005, was ADHD. Roughly 54%, or 1,372 cases, involved prescriptions for children five and under and the total number of antipsychotic users in this young age group was 2,549, with all disorders combined, according to the report.

Increased Prescribing to Poor Children
Federally funded research published online in December, 2009, revealed that children covered by Medicaid were prescribed antipsychotics at a rate four time higher than children with private insurance. The data showed that more than 4% of children in Medicaid fee-for-service programs received antipsychotics, compared to less than 1% of privately insured youth. The study found Medicaid kids were more likely to receive antipsychotics for unapproved uses such as ADHD and conduct disorders than privately insured children.

The researchers examined records for children in seven states for the years 2001 and 2004, chosen as representative of the US Medicaid population. But more recent data through 2007 indicates that the disparity has remained, said Stephen Crystal, a Rutgers professor who led the study, according to the December 11, 2009, New York Times.

Antipsychotics were the top selling class of drugs in both 2008 and 2009. With sales of $14.6 billion in 2009, they brought in more than the $13.6 billion earned by both heart burn and cholesterol medications. Antidepressants ranked fourth with sales of $9.9 billion, according to data by IMS Health. In 2008, the drug makers took in $11.3 billion from antiseizure drugs and $4.8 billion from ADHD drugs.

In a new book titled, “Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America,” Robert Whitaker reports that the number of children on government disability rolls due to severe mental illness has increased more than 35-fold since 1987.

The book explores the question of whether the epidemic rise in people disabled by mental illness, among all age groups in the US over the past 20 years, could have been fueled by a drug-based paradigm of care.

It also explores what is happening to children over the long-term who are placed on psychiatric drugs. “Once again, science tells a very clear story, and, as you might imagine, it is one that — when you think of the millions of children so affected — makes you want to weep,” Whitaker stated in a March 26, 2010, notice for the book’s release on the Beyond Meds Website.

Of all the harmful actions of modern psychiatry, “the mass diagnosing and drugging of children is the most appalling with the most serious consequences for the future of individual lives and for society,” warns the world-renowned expert, Dr Peter Breggin, often referred to as the “Conscience of Psychiatry.”

“We’re bringing up a generation in this country in which you either sit down, shut up and do what you’re told, or you get diagnosed and drugged,” he points out.

Breggin considers the situation to be “a national tragedy.” “To inflict these drugs on the growing brains of infants and children is wrong and abusive,” he contends.

The kids who get drugged are often our best, brightest, most exciting and energetic children, he points out. “In the long run, we are giving children a very bad lesson that drugs are the answer to emotional problems.”

Dr Nathaniel Lehrman, author of the book, “Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs,” believes that giving infants and toddlers “powerful, brain-effecting psychiatric medication is close to criminal activity.”

“Giving them these drugs,” he says, “has no rationale, and ignores the basic fact that youngsters are very sensitive to their environments, both social and chemical, with the juvenile brain easily damaged by the latter.”

Inventing Disorders
During an interview on ABC Radio National in August 2007, Dr David Healy, the noted British pharmacology expert, and author of the book, “Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder,” told reporter Jane Shields: “Just to give you a feel for how crazy things have actually got recently, it would appear that clinicians in the US are happy to look at the ultrasounds of children in the womb, and based on the fact that they appear to be more overactive at times, and then possibly less active later, they’re prepared to actually consider the possibility that these children could be bipolar.”

On April 9, 2009, Christopher Lane, author of the book, “Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness,” published an interview on his Psychology Today blog with Dr Healy. In the interview, Healy explained the history behind the drastic rise in the sale of anticonvulsants and antipsychotics as “mood stabilizers,” and the diagnosis of bipolar disorder.

“The key event in the mid-1990s that led to the change in perspective was the marketing of Depakote by Abbott as a mood stabilizer,” Healy tells Lane, and further explains:

“Mood stabilization didn’t exist before the mid-1990s. It can’t be found in any of the earlier reference books and journals. Since then, however, we now have sections for mood stabilizers in all the books on psychotropic drugs, and over a hundred articles per year featuring mood stabilization in their titles.

“In the same way, Abbott and other companies such as Lilly marketing Zyprexa for bipolar disorder have re-engineered manic-depressive illness. While the term bipolar disorder was there since 1980, manic-depression was the term that was still more commonly used until the mid-1990s when it vanishes and is replaced by bipolar disorder. Nowadays, over 500 articles per year feature bipolar disorder in their titles.”

“As of 2008, upwards of a million children in the United States — in many cases preschoolers — are on “mood-stabilizers” for bipolar disorder, even though the condition remains unrecognized in the rest of the world,” Healy points out.

“But there is no evidence that the drugs stabilize moods,” he says. “In fact, it is not even clear that it makes sense to talk about a mood center in the brain.”

“A further piece of mythology aimed at keeping people on the drugs,” he reports, “is that these are supposedly neuroprotective — but there’s no evidence that this is the case and in fact these drugs can lead to brain damage.”

Healy says the FDA’s decision to add a black-box warning about suicide to SSRIs likely had little to do with the switch to prescribing antipsychotics as safer for children. What “was quite striking was how quickly companies were able to use the views of the few bipolar-ologists who argued that when children become suicidal on antidepressants it’s not the fault of the drug,” he points out.

“The problem, they said, stems from a mistaken diagnosis and if we could just get the diagnosis right and put the child on mood stabilizers then there wouldn’t be a problem,” he explains.

“There is no evidence for this viewpoint, but it was interesting to see how company support could put wind in the sails of such a perspective,” he says.

Because having just one label was very limiting, Healy says, child psychiatry “needed another disorder — and for this reason bipolar disorder was welcome.”

He reports that the same thing is happening to children labeled with ADHD. “Not all children find stimulants suitable,” he advises, “and just as with the SSRIs and bipolar disorder it has become very convenient to say that the stimulants weren’t causing the problem the child was experiencing; the child in fact had a different disorder and if we could just get the diagnosis correct, then everything else would fall into place.”

A report titled, “Adverse Events Associated with Drug Treatment of ADHD: Review of Postmarketing Safety Data,” presented at the FDA’s March 22, 2006, Pediatric Advisory Committee meeting bears witness to Healy’s explanation by stating in part: “The most important finding of this review is that signs and symptoms of psychosis or mania, particularly hallucinations, can occur in some patients with no identifiable risk factors, at usual doses of any of the drugs currently used to treat ADHD.”

Between January 2000, and June 30, 2005, the FDA identified nearly 1,000 cases of psychosis or mania linked to the drugs in its own database and those from the drug makers themselves.

The antipsychotics are just as dangerous as the SSRI antidepressants, Healy says. “Long before the antidepressants were linked with akathisia, the antipsychotics were universally recognized as causing this problem,” he explains in the Lane interview. “It was also universally accepted that the akathisia they induce risked precipitating the patient into suicidality or violence.”

“They also cause a physical dependence,” Healy states. “Zyprexa is among the drugs most likely to cause people to become physically dependent on it.”

“In addition,” he points out, “these drugs are known to cause a range of neurological syndromes, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and other problems.”

“It’s hard to understand how blind clinicians can get to problems like these, especially in youngsters who grow obese and become diabetic right before their eyes,” Healy tells Lane.

As for what he calls the “medicalization of childhood,” in the radio interview, Healy points out that “children always have been unhappy, they always have been nervous, but that’s actually part and parcel of being a child.”

“You have to go through these things,” he said. “This is how we learn to cope with the problems of life.”

Children can best be helped in the safest way, he says, “if they’re just seen and if they actually have the opportunity to talk about their problems, and if they get basic and sensible input about how to perhaps help them cope with these problems.”

Healy said it’s important to remember that severe mental illness is rare in children and that most children with a mental health problem do not need medication. Children are being picked up and put on pills “who really don’t need to be on these pills and who are going to be injured by them,” he warned.

“I think possibly 10 to 15 years up the road,” he told Shields, “we’re going to be looking at a generation of children who will have been seriously injured by the treatments that they appear ever-increasingly likely to be put on now.”

But the administration of multiple drugs at once complicates the situation so that it may be impossible to determine which drugs are most responsible for the adverse reactions children experience, according to Dr Breggin.

“Because so many doctors and so many drug companies will share the blame for mistreating these children, they will be unable to seek redress against individual perpetrators through the courts when they grow up,” he explains.

About the author:
Evelyn Pringle is an investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and corporate America. This report is one of a series of articles focused on the rising rates of psychiatric drugging in the US and is sponsored by the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology – http://www.EmpathicTherapy.org

Healthy choice? / Choix Santé?

Here is an excerpt of a text at http://www.naturalbusinessnews.com/levine_report.php5?id=259

Yes, it seems to have nice sponsors in the midst of the bad ones… but why allowing the bad ones? When you read that they want to create awareness of women’s cancers–I would say cancers in general–and the impact of toxic exposure and to promote awareness for healthy choices to prevent diseases… WOW! KFC is surely not the good sponsors with their huge campaign with pink buckets. It is frightening, people…. Wake up dammit… Go on their site http://www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kf… and download their list of ingredients. Read it carefully and write back to me your comments if you find this “healthy”. Loads of chemicals, preservatives… tons of MSG, let alone bleached flours, sugars, corn syrups, salts, bad oils, OGM soya by the bushell, etc…

You call that a healthy choice?

Wrong choice Komen! What else do you have in your back pocket as hidden sponsors camouflaged under flashy names? Big Pharmas? Tobacco industries? Or maybe weapons manufacturers??????

It is a farce but the problem is… no pun intended… we are the turkeys they want to stuff!

…Designed to create awareness of women’s cancers and the impact of toxic exposure in everything from clothing, cosmetics and cleaning supplies, the event was a terrific moment, especially as our industry faces more and more big money crossroads over how to combine passion while growing profits.

Created in partnership with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure , the event was both a fundraiser, an opportunity to promote awareness of how healthy choices can help prevent disease, as well as aid those currently dealing with cancer or other illnesses…

Pourquoi rien n’a changé? / Why is it still the same???

This was several years ago… and what? Still the same…

Il y a plusieurs années de ça et rien n’a changé…. l’est où le problème???

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KFC exposed for trashing the Amazon rainforest for buckets of chicken
Greenpeace accuses fast food giant of Amazon crimes before its Annual Meeting
17 May 2006

Aerial view in the rainforest, Para State, Amazon. The forest is being burned by the US based Cargill corporation to clear land for soya plantations.
Santarem, International — Greenpeace volunteers unfurled a 300 square metre banner in a massive area of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest this morning with the words ‘KFC – Amazon Criminal’ – in advance of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s (KFC) Annual General Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky tomorrow.
Activists in 2 inflatable boats also protested against US commodities giant Cargill, at its illegal soya export facility in the heart of the Amazon, which supplies KFC with animal feed in Europe. They held up a banner saying ‘Cargill Out’, as rainforest soya was being prepared for export. Both protests highlight the fact that KFC is fuelling the destruction of the Amazon by selling cheap chicken fed on soya grown on deforested land.

Recent Greenpeace investigations (1) have traced the chain of rainforest destruction directly from the heart of the Amazon, via Cargill’s facility, to KFC’s European restaurants (2), which sell bucket-loads of cheap soya-fed chicken to millions of people every day.

“Deforestation, slavery, use of toxic chemicals, land theft, illegal farming and the extinction of rare species are a recipe for disaster in the Amazon rainforest, but they are ingredients in KFC’s quest for cheap animal feed,” said Greenpeace International Forest Campaign Coordinator Gavin Edwards. “Fast food companies like KFC must take Amazon deforestation off their menu before it is too late for the world’s greatest rainforest.”

The Amazon rainforest is being destroyed at an alarming rate and is in urgent need of protection. Since January 2003, nearly 70,000 km2 has been destroyed, equivalent to an area of rainforest the size of 6 football pitches every minute. Soya, which is mainly grown to feed animals, is a leading cause of this destruction. A report last month in Nature magazine (3) revealed that 40% of the Amazon will be lost by 2050 if current trends in agricultural expansion continue, threatening bio-diversity and massively contributing to climate change.

KFC is part of Yum! Brands, Inc., the world’s largest restaurant chain which includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, A&W and other fast food companies. Greenpeace recently wrote to Yum! Brands, Inc. regarding the destruction of the Amazon, but the company claimed its soya is grown in other parts of Brazil. Yet Greenpeace has traced its supply chain and found that some comes from facilities that use soya grown in the Amazon rainforest.

Greenpeace is calling on KFC and Cargill to ensure that the animal feed they buy does not contribute to the destruction of the Amazon and that none of their soya products are genetically engineered.

Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organisation that uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force solutions essential to a green and peaceful future.

Notes to Editor
(1) A copy of the “Eating up the Amazon’ which documents the problems of soya in the Amazon is available at:
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/press/reports/eating-up-the-amazon
(2) Greenpeace has key evidence including:
· US company Cargill, which owns an illegal export terminal at Santarem, is supplied by farms operating on rainforest land that has been illegally cleared for soya production.
· Almost all of the soya passing through this terminal is destined for Europe. In 2005 more than 50% went to the Netherlands, 31% went to the UK, Spain received 6.5% & 6% to France.
· Industry sources and Greepeace research have identified Cargill soya terminals in Europe, through which Cargill’s amazon soya enters the continent, as a source of feed for KFC meat in the UK and Netherlands.
(3) Soares-Filho, B.S. et al., 2006. Modelling conservation in the Amazon basin. Nature 440:520-523. Published 23rd March 2006.
Contact information
Gavin Edwards, Greenpeace International forests campaign co-ordinator (m) +31 652 391429 (currently in the Amazon)
Scott Paul, Greenpeace US Forest Campaign Coordinator. +1 202 319 2469 (in Washington DC) Photos are available from:
Franca Michienzi, Greenpeace International Picture Desk, Amsterdam +31 6 53819255
Carol Donnati, Greenpeace Brazil, Sao Paulo. + 55 11 82 726926