FRED A. BAUGHMAN, JR. M.D.
NEUROLOGY AND CHILD NEUROLOGY (Board Certified)
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Re: Children Sicker Now Than in Past, Harvard Report Says (Update1)
By Angela Zimm (Bloomberg.com, June 26, 2007
Dear Ms. Zimm,
It appears that the Perrin study is the disease-mongering, appropriations-seeking Gortmeyer
MSNBC-NEWSWEEK) study recycled. Both are out of Harvard. You write: “An estimated 9 percent of children have asthma, twice the rate it was in the1980s.” Nothing is said about the relative subjective-ness of the diagnosis of asthma and the extent to which such diagnoses escalate as a function of physician over-supply and/or profit-seeking.
However, it is so-called Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder that warrants particular attention. We read: “…not recognized as a medical condition in 1968, (it) is now diagnosed in about 6 percent of school-age youngsters.” In fact ADHD was never discovered and validated (a disease is an objective physical abnormality—microscopically or chemically evident—patient-by-patient), it was voted into existence at the American Psychiatric Association and first appeared in their 1987, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-III-Revised. Six (6) percent of the roughly 52 million US school-age children equal 3.1 million. 3.1 million with a “disease” that does not exist. Dr. Perrin has long been a purveyor of ADHD as a “disease,” despite the fact that no proof exists in the medical-scientific literature of the world of a gross, microscopic or chemical abnormality which is what it would take to validate ADHD (or any real disease) in a single child, much less 3 million. Dr. Perrin has long served on the ADHD guidelines committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics—that which has sought to legitimize ADHD as a disease, but, failing that, has been content to “diagnose” and drug millions of normal children for it, the world over.
Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD
Author: THE ADHD FRAUD—How Psychiatry Makes “Patients” of Normal Children