Toddlers given dangerous mood meds
What ever happened to keeping drugs AWAY from kids?
Now, pediatric pushers are shoving dangerous antipsychotic meds at an alarming rate on small children — even toddlers — for bogus diagnoses like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and disruptive behavior disorder.
You can see this outrage for yourself in the pages of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The chilling details: between 1999 and 2001, around one in 650 5-year-olds in the United States were being given these meds.
That’s way too much already. But that’s nothing — because by 2007, that number had doubled to one in 329.
And these powerful brain drugs — meds used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults — are also on the rise in toddlers between the ages of 2 and 4.
Some of these kids are autistic, and some docs — mistakenly — think these powerful meds can help with irritability in autistic kids. But too many other kids are already being saddled with that made-up ADHD label before they can even speak in sentences.
This should be criminal behavior — instead, it’s called “off-label.”
These meds aren’t approved for little kids in most cases — but docs are free to prescribe them whenever they want, for whatever they want. Makes it sounds like the docs are making decisions, but don’t kid yourself — if they’re prescribing antipsychotics to kids, it’s because they got the idea from their friendly Big Pharma sales rep.
They certainly can’t be doing it based on the evidence — because there isn’t any. We don’t even know all the side effects of these drugs on kids that little — and I hope we never do, because a clinical trial of antipsychotic drugs on two-year-olds is quite possibly the most immoral drug experiment I can think of.
I don’t care how moody, frustrating or energetic your 2- year-old is. They call it the “terrible twos” for a reason — they can be hard to take. They fuss, fidget and don’t pay attention — and guess what? They’re designed that way.
The answer isn’t a drug — it’s better parenting.
That’s not the only threat to our kids…keep reading for the latest garbage being shipped here from China.
China still trying to poison our kids
Want to protect your children? Don’t just keep them off the meds — keep the little tykes far, far away from anything with “Made in China” on the label.
I know — that’s pretty much everything. But the lead-toy scandal is about to have a sequel as the Chinese junk peddlers turn to a different heavy metal for their shoddy children’s jewelry items.
An Associated Press investigation finds that some toy jewelry is loaded with cadmium, a heavy metal that — like lead — has been linked to brain development problems. It’s also known to cause cancer.
Some of these charms are so packed with cadmium that they may as well be carved out of it. One set of charms sold in Wal-Mart stores contained between 84 and 86 percent cadmium. Other items tested were up to 91 percent cadmium.
In all, 12 of the 103 items tested by the AP contained at least 10 percent cadmium, including products with popular characters on them like a Disney princess and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
But the biggest outrage isn’t the fact that the Chinese are loading up boats with this junk and aiming them at our kids…it’s that this known toxin is a perfectly legal ingredient in children’s jewelry.
They could use 100 percent cadmium…and break no laws.
Thank your local congressmen — when they passed “tough” new laws after the lead scandal, they left a loophole big enough to sail a barge full of tainted toys through. The law restricts cadmium in painted toys…but it’s completely silent on children’s jewelry.
And the Chinese are taking full advantage of that.
Send ’em a message: Stop buying this garbage. From toys to food to drywall, keep Chinese-made junk out of your home.
Stores are already pulling some of these products from their shelves, but without standards and tests it’s impossible to tell which ones are safe and which ones aren’t.
And if they do pass new laws…rest assured, comrades: The Chinese junk lords will find some other cheap toxin to use instead.
Pointing out the bull in this China shop,