Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Keep Psychs Away from our Kids

This article on the latest fraudulent disorder created by psychiatrists to get the rest of us onto the drugs pharmaceutical companies concoct is just one more piece of evidence showing we should NEVER let these guys near our kids.

Anyone who is as crazy as to devise a disorder out of shopping too much should be labled as irresponsible and prevented from "diagnosing" anyone by themselves.

Another Bogus Psychiatric “Disorder” Foisted On Society

The invention of so- called “binge shopping” is simply another ploy to include yet another bogus disorder in the psychiatric billing “bible”.
October 31 2006 10/21/2006 7:42 PM GMT (TransWorldNews) The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a psychiatric watchdog group, says that a recent psychiatric study which claims people who do “binge shopping” aren’t responsible for their actions but are suffering from some sort of nebulous mental disorder is just another psychiatric myth.

The group maintains that the invention of so-called “binge shopping” is simply another ploy to include yet another bogus disorder in the psychiatric billing “bible”, The Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental disorders and an attempt to get more unearned billions from insurance companies and medical health plans.

For over a decade CCHR has called on governments to eliminate the DSM as a valid diagnostic manual for insurance reimbursement, medical plan payments or for the basis of any legislation or court testimony. “It is an unreliable, pseudo-scientific document with enormous power to damage lives, while being used to rake in $76 billion a year in international psychiatric drug sales,” Said Brian Beaumont, the president of the Vancouver Chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

Scores of new disorders are literally voted in with each new edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostics and Statistical Manual. One of this manual's main uses is billing insurance companies an bilking medical health plans. If the syndrome is in the book, the label can be applied to a person, drugs administered, and the insurance company billed.

Many people have been made to believe that invented psychiatric “disorders” as are actual medical conditions based on chemical imbalances in the blood or brain. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this. Psychiatric studies simply find percentages of people who behave in certain ways. Then labels are given to the behaviors and they're classified as diseases or mental disorders.

Beaumont said “ The current manual contains some 370 made- up “mental disorders”, including such things as Sibling Rivalry Disorder, Mathematics Disorder, Caffeine Related Disorder , Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder the latest term for PMS, Attention Deficit Disorder and Expressive Writing Disorder to name a few. There are enough disorders to label and drug every man woman and child on earth”.

A recent study by Lisa Cosgrove, a psychologist from the University of Massachusetts and Sheldon Krimsky, a Tuft University professor, documents how pharmaceutical companies who manufacture drugs for “mental disorders” funded psychiatrists who defined the disorders for the manual. One hundred percent of the “experts” on DSM-IV panels overseeing so-called “mood disorders” (which includes “depression”) and “schizophrenia/psychotic disorders” were financially involved with drug companies. These are the largest categories of psychiatric drugs in the world: 2004 sales of $20.3 billion for antidepressants and $14.4 billion for antipsychotic drugs alone.

These labels are also used in the legal arena. A psychiatric label can be used to deny you custody of your children, overrule your wishes in business or property dealings or in your will. It can be used to hold you indefinitely in an institution without your consent and without charges or trial, or force you to continue taking drugs regardless of how they're affecting your life or well-being.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.

If you know anyone, including a child, who has been abused or harmed by a psychiatrist call The Citizens Commission on Human Rights at 1 800 670 2247. Complete confidentiality assured.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Childrens' Rights - HRW

Human Rights Watch has compiled the following data on child labor - something all of us need to get involved in changing:

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has estimated that 250 million children between the ages of five and fourteen work in developing countries—at least 120 million on a full time basis. Sixty-one percent of these are in Asia, 32 percent in Africa, and 7 percent in Latin America. Most working children in rural areas are found in agriculture; many children work as domestics; urban children work in trade and services, with fewer in manufacturing and construction.

Child labor ranges from four-year-olds tied to rug looms to keep them from running away, to seventeen-year-olds helping out on the family farm. In some cases, a child's work can be helpful to him or her and to the family; working and earning can be a positive experience in a child's growing up. This depends largely on the age of the child, the conditions in which the child works, and whether work prevents the child from going to school.

The Children's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch has focused its efforts on the worst forms of child labor, those prohibited by the ILO’s Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention. Children who work long hours, often in dangerous and unhealthy conditions, are exposed to lasting physical and psychological harm. Working at rug looms, for example, has left children disabled with eye damage, lung disease, stunted growth, and a susceptibility to arthritis as they grow older. Children making silk thread in India dip their hands into boiling water that burns and blisters them, breath smoke and fumes from machinery, handle dead worms that cause infections, and guide twisting threads that cut their fingers. Children harvesting sugar cane in El Salvador use machetes to cut cane for up to nine hours a day in the hot sun; injuries to their hands and legs are common and medical care is often not available.

Denied an education and a normal childhood, some children are confined and beaten, reduced to slavery. Some are denied freedom of movement—the right to leave the workplace and go home to their families. Some are abducted and forced to work. The human rights abuses in these practices are clear and acute. We have found similar problems in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States: children who work for too many hours and too many days, for too little, or sometimes no pay, subject often to physical abuse, exposed to dangerous pesticides, and made to work with too dangerous tools. Our objectives in tackling these aspects of the complex and troubling child labor issue include drawing attention to the plight of child workers, helping to end these appalling practices, and contributing to the debate on the rights dimension of the larger issue of children and work. >>

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Scientology Handbook

There's a section of the Scientology Handbook about children.

For any parent who would like a hand with their kids I recommend reading this. Very helpful.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Stand Up Against Poverty

Excited volunteers make a huge stand against poverty at a successful stand up event at Monash University, South Africa, held 15-16 October 2006. (Millennium Campaign)
17 October 2006
23 million people take a stand against poverty
More than 23 million people across the globe have set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people to literally “Stand Up” against poverty. And the numbers are still coming in. People stood together: cricket fans in India; school children in Gaza and the West Bank; crowds at a concert in a slum in Zimbabwe and at Times Square in New York all joined for the world record attempt on 15-16 October. The worldwide public action was co-ordinated by the Global Call to Action against Poverty and the UN Millennium Campaign.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Some interesting facts on marijuana, from the Scientology drug information web site:

Sixty percent of teenagers in drug treatment programs are there because of marijuana. According to a National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, kids who frequently use marijuana are almost four times more likely to act violently or damage property. They are five times more likely to steal than those who do not use the drug.

Marijuana is often more potent today than it used to be. Growing techniques and selective use of seeds have produced a more powerful drug. Correspondingly, there has been a sharp increase in the number of marijuana-related emergency room visits by young pot smokers.

Because a tolerance builds up, marijuana can lead users to consume stronger drugs to achieve the same high. When the effects start to wear off, the person may turn to more potent drugs to rid himself of the unwanted conditions that prompted him to take marijuana in the first place.
Marijuana itself does not lead the person to the other drugs: people take drugs to get rid of unwanted situations or feelings. The drug (marijuana) masks the problem for a time (while the user is high). When the“high fades, the problem, unwanted condition or situation returns more intensely than before. The user may then turn to stronger drugs since marijuana no longer “works.”

Scientology churches and missions have been active in helping people with drug problems since the mid-1960's and there have been Scientology anti-drug programs for the past 20 years.

I'm personally committed to helping kids steer clear of drugs.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Marriage and Children - a Human Right

Here's one of my favorite human rights videos - they're public service announcements that the Church of Scientology International created for Youth for Human Rights, to help them with their human rights education campaign.

This one is on the right to marriage and children. I didn't have any idea that this was considered a human right until I saw the videos!

You can watch it right here!

Youth for Human Rights

Youth for Human Rights gives teens and children a voice in their own future.

Here's a video that tells the story:

Friday, October 13, 2006

Childrens' Rights

I found a series of videos on human rights that are really beautiful.

I thought I'd share them here.

My favorite is the first one: We're all born free and equal

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Drugging Children

I'm sure I've said this many times before, but I think it is so criminal that we have allowed psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry to hoodwink us, as a society, into believing that bogus disorders exist for which we must drug our children.

Kids have no choice in the matter. What we decide is "for their good," is what goes.

And most parents I've talked to who have their kids on Ritalin think it IS for the kids good.

Its' NOT.

Visit for the very brutal, cold, hard facts.

Once you've gotten the truth, if you need any help to get your kids OFF those drugs, call their hotline at 1-800-869-2247. They will refer you to healthcare professionals who specialize in getting kids off these dangerous drugs, and resolving what is really wrong with them in the first place.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Youth President of Youth for Human Rights

I just found a web site of Claire Kevitt who is the 16-year-old Youth President of Youth for Human Rights International.

She's been doing this work for two years, since she was 14 years old.

She has such poise and conviction. A real leader.

Here she is, a photo from a couple of years ago, I believe, speaking with the President of India!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

An Amazing Child

There's a story on the Scientology News site that just rocked me.

It's about a 9-year-old girl who insisted on learning how to audit Dianetics, and then used it to help her father when he was in shock.

You have to look at this little girl. Is she not amazing?

She lives in Nigeria, and her dad in the director of the Scientology Mission of Lagos.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Mother's little helper?

Oslo teens who drank the most sugary soft drinks also had more mental health problems such as hyperactivity and distress, Norwegian researchers reported on Thursday.

Their study of more than 5,000 Norwegian 15- and 16-year-olds showed a clear and direct association between soft drink intake and hyperactivity, and a more complex link with other mental and behavioral disorders.

From Prozac Causes Depression: Try Limiting Sugar Before Using Prozac

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Was it the drugs?

The story of the Amish children murdered by a psychopath is devastating.

It reminds me of this posting in one of my favorite blogs:

I wish I weren't so sure that there were psychiatric drugs behind these murders. Because with the number of prescriptions being written and consumed every day it just points to that many more time bombs walking among us, waiting to walk into the next class room...