Direct Prescription Drug Advertising Accounts for USA Children Taking More Psychiatric Medications

 

Children in the United States are more likely to take psychiatric medications than those in Europe and this could be related to drug company advertising according to a new study published. 

“There is significantly greater use of atypical antipsychotics and SSRI-type antidepressants for child mental health treatment in U.S. than in Western Europe,” said lead researcher Julie Zito, from the pharmaceutical health services research department in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland.

“Direct-to-consumer drug advertising, which is common in the U.S., is also likely to account for some of the differences. The increased use of medication in the U.S. also reflects the individualist and activist therapeutic mentality of U.S. medical culture,” the researchers concluded.

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Fivefold Increase In Kidney Stones In Children

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Why is it that our children are getting more and more chronic problems that were only showing up in adults? Is it because of the number of conventional drugs, including vaccines that they are ingesting? And why is it that with the amount of conventional medicine that is available in the Western World these serious conditions have not been prevented but are increasing?

USA Today in an article reports that children are now experiencing kidney stones and in some areas in the United States of America the problem is at epidemic proportions.

At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the number of children treated for kidney stones since 2005 has climbed from about 10 a year to five patients a week now, said Dr. Pasquale Casale.

Johns Hopkins Children Center in Baltimore, a referral center for children with stones, used to treat one or two youngsters a year 15 or so years ago. Now it gets calls about new cases every week, said kidney specialist Dr. Alicia Neu.

They speculate it may be a nutritional problem but could it also be as a result of all the vaccines and medications that children are getting? 

Study Shows How Patients Report Significant Improvement After Complimentary Health Treatments in Northern Ireland

Hospital Health Care, an online resource for senior management in hospitals across Europe, reports that an independent study involving  713 patients using complimentary therapies including homeopathy showed remarkable and  significant improvements in health.

A year-long pilot scheme in Northern Ireland has found that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can offer significant health improvements to NHS patients.

After receiving CAM treatments on referral from their GP, 81% of patients reported an improvement in their physical health and 79% in their mental health. The majority of patients, 84%, directly linked improvements in their health and wellbeing to the CAM treatment they had received and 94% said they would recommend it to others with a similar condition.

 

 

Independent analysis of the findings showed:

  • Patients receiving acupuncture treatment reported an average 33% improvement in their health and wellbeing
  • Patients receiving chiropractic and osteopathy treatment reported an average 38% improvement in their health and wellbeing
  • Patients receiving homeopathic treatment reported an average 54% improvement in their health and wellbeing