Homeopathy Treats ADHD Successfully As Conventional Psychiatrist Drug Company Payment Scandal Deepens

Ritalin Free Kids is a wonderful book by  Robert Ullman and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullmman. The success stories in the book attests to the ability of well trained homeopaths to treat ADHD and similar disorders. From their web site:

Homeopathy is a safe, no side effects, natural alternative to Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, Metadate, Dexedrine, and Strattera for ADHD, behavior problems, learning disabilities, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, depression and anxiety. Read our books, Ritalin-Free Kids, and Rage-Free Kids, and you will be amazed how a homeopathic remedy will help your child focus, behave better, do well in school, and be healthier and happier.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder characterized by distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsive behaviors, and the inability to remain focused on tasks or activities.

ADHD, also known as hyperkinetic disorder (HKD) outside of the United States, is estimated to affect 3-9% of children, and afflicts boys more often than girls. [answers.com]

The simple clinical success of homeopathy is in contradistinction to a deepening scandal that finds the psychiatrist who is behind the official guidelines for conventional drug treatment of children with these conditions, (and also claims there are no long term side effects from these drugs) to have taken over 1.6 million dollars in kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies. Governments around the world  have used these guidelines and as in Australia are now reconsidering:

A cloud has been cast over the draft’s validity after one of the psychiatrists, whose research into anti-psychotic drugs helped form the guidelines, was accused of failing to reveal payments from drug companies. The US Congress investigation has found Dr Biederman failed to declare where all the money came from and has possibly breached federal and Harvard University research laws. US-based child psychiatrist Dr Joseph Biederman is under investigation in America by authorities who have uncovered $1.6 million in payments.  [news.com Australia]

Ben Goldacre, a psychiatrist along with Sense about Science have been attempting to set guidelines for (i.e. stop)  the practice of homeopathy and distribution of homeopathic remedies without having practiced it and without any real knowledge of the practice of homeopathy. The organization has received  large sums of money from Pharmaceutical Companies and Ben Goldacre receives “awards” from them. Both claim that only pharmaceutical drugs are the answer to most medical problems and want to restrict the choice of ANY alternative particularly in emerging pharmaceutical markets.

Yet on the Ullman-Recheinberg web site the two practitioners with their many years of real and deep clinical experience says that homeopathy as an alternative to Ritalin:

• Treats the whole person at the root of the problem
• Considered safe, without the side effects of Ritalin and other medications
• Uses natural, nontoxic medicines
• Treats each person as an individual
• Heals physical as well as mental and emotional symptoms
• Lasts for months or years rather than hours
• Is inexpensive
• Is cost-effective

Drug Company Public Relations Consultant Rallies Forces Against Homeopathy in British Parliamentary Committee

Tracy Brown, an experienced Public Relations Consultant for drug companies and oil companies, will be leading and presenting arguments against homeopathy in a British parliamentary committee this week. Tracy Brown is now director of Sense about Science which is directly sponsored by drug and medical appliance companies. Other associates of hers, including Ben Goldacre have received funding from Drug Companies in the form of “awards” and they will be joining her in presenting “evidence” against homeopathy. Some of the “evidence” against alternative medical practitioners has been created using fraudulent sources.

Sense about Science has led the attack on homeopathy and homeopaths in the UK. Some prominent British homeopaths and supporters will be presenting pro-homeopathy arguments.

Tracy Brown also worked as a Research Associate in the Sociology Department at the University of Kent, Canterbury, where Frank Furedi is a professor.  Frank Furedi is a founder of the Revolutionary Communist Party and members have taken up the anti homeopathy cause since it is not representative of the materialist philosophy of their charismatic leader. Furedi continues to be a leading figure in a network of organisations, characterised by a vigorous anti-homeopathy, anti-environmentalist and pro-GM stance.

Some strange happenings in England.

Dana Ullman Lights Up The Huffington Post

Dana Ullman Masters of Public Health, is a new writer for the Huffington Post. His Masters of Public Health status and homeopathic training  has led him to write some articles which take a look at modern health challenges from a different perspective. Homeopathy is more than just the taking or selling of homeopathic remedies. It has to do with an approach to health and disease that determines a real curative modality. The homeopathic profession have a lot to offer individuals considering the dismal overall results of modern medicine. WebMD reports that one in five individuals entering their 60s will have some sort of disability.

Dana Ullman in one of his articles writes about differentiating real healing from suppression of disease. Suppression of disease may be the reason we are seeing such a rise in disability statistics:

Differentiating Real Healing from Suppression of Disease

When a person experiences relief from any treatment, conventional or alternative, one should not necessarily assume that a real healing has occurred.  While it is possible that the person may really have been healed, it may also mean:

  • the symptoms went away on their own, and the treatment had nothing to do with it.
  • the treatment palliated the symptoms, providing short-term relief but resulted in the recurrence of symptoms in the near future.
  • the treatment “worked” by suppressed the person’s symptoms or his/her own immune and defense system, thereby pushing the disease deeper into body. Although suppression of symptoms may cause them to disappear, they tend to be replaced, sooner or later, with more serious, deeper symptoms that are more discomforting and potentially dangerous.

Homeopaths and naturopaths both assert that there is a big difference between real healing, palliation of symptoms, and suppression of disease, even though each of these results may initially seem to be the same.

What people don’t usually understand is that there may be a danger in the frequent or recurrent application of treatments that suppress symptoms.  The concept of suppressing symptoms is well accepted and understood in psychology.  It is commonly observed when a person suppresses his or her emotions, such actions tend to push the emotional turmoil deeper, leading the person to explode at some future time, often at people who are not directly related to the origin of the person’s problem.

Link here to see a list of all of Dana Ullman’s articles on Huffington Post.