Friday, 18 August 2017

Ed way into conning the public

Have you ever heard of Edward Hallowell in the USA?

Hallowell is allegedly a respected and authoritative voice on the subject of ADHD.

Respected by who exactly? And why? And for what reason?

He wrote a book based on pseudo-science, promoting stimulants to treat ADHD, with another psychiatrist, John Ratey, in 1994 that made them both a millionaire. This tome claimed that Albert Einstein, JFK, Thomas Edison, George Bernard Shaw, Salvador Dali, Edgar Allan Poe all had ADHD.

Perhaps they were names the duo picked out of a hat that including 100 other famous people they wrote down. Rumour has it Marilyn Alma Monroe​, Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, John Lennon, Elton John and Julio Iglesias missed being picked out.

It has also been stated that Einstein had Asperger's, Dyslexia, Schizophrenia and Bipolar. With so much going off it's amazing he managed to function, let alone come up with the theory of relativity. Nobody has managed to throw in Borderline Personality Disorder yet but there is always time.

Hallowell also claimed Richard Branson has ADHD.

You see, the main theme of Hallowell's thesis is untreated ADHD leads to underachievement.

Would you call Branson, Einstein, JFK, Edison, Bernard Shaw, Dali and Poe underachievers?

And they seemed to manager very well without the stimulants Hallowell fervently has praised for 25 years and more.

And for what evidence did JFK have ADHD? .

1994 Hallowell said that around 15 million people had ADHD and two-thirds of children affected continued to be afflicted as adults, without offering evidence or data. That's like me saying there is a Santa Claus or a Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny!

This is what Hallowell said in May 2015 "The people who colonized this country were loaded with the ADHD genes, hence our current gene pool is well stocked with ADHD. It has driven our greatest successes--but is also why we are such a violent nation".

There are many reasons why people are violent. And ADHD is rarely one of them. Anti-social personality disorders is a main one. Another is power. Another is love of control. The abused becoming the abuser is another. Some people might be violent through lashing out or frustration. Or have been pushed to a certain limit. And some people just have naturally aggressive and violent temperaments. If you live in a country where it is as easy to purchase a gun as I can purchase a Kit-Kat chocolate bar, then that nation is going to be violent!

As for violence... I have met several people with what is termed "ADHD" and haven't found any of them to be violent.

Look at the Presidents who have been assassinated. Lincoln (Another alleged ADHDer - perhaps Wilkes Booth found Lincoln's ADHD too annoying to be around) Garfield. McKinley. Kennedy. (Don't be a USA President and have ADHD).

Perhaps Hallowell might make a new thesis. You will only be shot at if you are a USA President if you have ADHD.

Here is what Hallowell said in 2011:

"There are two main reasons the diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is high in the U.S. First of all, our gene pool is loaded for A.D.H.D. Consider the central symptoms of the condition: distractibility, impulsivity and restlessness. Consider also the positives that so often accompany A.D.H.D.: being a dreamer and a pioneer, being creative, entrepreneurial, having an ability to think outside the box (with some difficulty thinking inside of it!), a tendency to be independent of mind and able to pursue a vision that goes against convention. Well, who colonized this country? People who have those traits!"

The reason why the USA has the highest or one of the highest percentage of ADHD levels in the world is the role Big Pharma plays. They allow uppers, downers, anti-psychotics to be advertised in newspapers and magazines. In France, 5% of children are diagnosed with ADHD. In the USA it as least 10% and some claim 15% have it.

Is ADHD more common in the USA than it is in France? Of course not!!!

One reason is that French child psychiatrists, instead of treating children’s behavioral problems with drugs, prefer to look for the underlying issue that is causing the child distress—not in the child’s brain but in the child’s social context.

Then, instead of prescribing medication, they tend to use psychotherapy or family counseling as treatment. Yes, instead of rushing to prescribe a cure-all drug, they look thoroughly into the causes of the child’s behavior.

In addition, child psychiatrists in France don’t use the same system of classification of childhood emotional problems as American psychiatrists, and their definition of ADHD is not as broad as in the American system.

I wrote to him in August 2017 asking, seeing as he is a drug advocate and an enthusiast for other people to take stimulants, does he take medications for it himself.

Evidently what is good for the goose is good for the gander in Ed's book?

It is not. He treats it with Caffeine.

I wonder why?

The same Edward Hallowell said this in an advert on USA prime time TV in 2012.

“Undiagnosed this condition can ruin your life. (Promoting the use of Adderall and other stimulants), your family life, your school life. It leads to underachievement. The prison population is chock full of people with undiagnosed ADHD. The divorced, the unemployed, the addicted. It's a good news diagnosis, when you get it you will skyrocket. You will soar, you can achieve your goals.. get this diagnosis and get it today!"

"80% of adults don't know they have it. That's what drives me crazy. Unexplained achievement. You could be a straight A student. You might be a Nobel Peace prize winner. You know you could be doing better".

Let's examine Hallowell's statement.

Hallowell claims to have got ADHD himself but never has been diagnosed.

So is he divorced?

Nope. He is married with three children and happily married it seems.

Is he out of work?

Nope. He's a psychiatrist and, some would say, a drug pusher.

Did he suffer from academic failure?

No he's got a medical degree.

Was he taking Ritalin, Adderall, and Dexedrine and all the powerful psychostimulant drugs he has so eloquently and powerfully praised for the last 25 years whilst doing his medical degree?

It doesn't appear so.

I don’t think he’s got a criminal record, though in 2015 he was charged with indecent assault after allegedly groping a woman.

I also wrote to Hallowell and asked him if thought his comment that Adderall was safer than Aspirin was dangerous and irresponsible and does he receive payment from Eli Lilly and Shire for promoting stimulants, or did he in the past?

I received the following answer:

"He has since recanted this statement, but he meant to state that these medications have been on the market for many years and if taken correctly, can dramatically change a life. Also, once stopped, there are no side effects".

What about people's health they have ruined or affected?

No answer for the final question if he takes money from big pharma companies.

Not like him to be so reticent is it? He usually is full of answers and information, particularly related to all subjects to do with ADHD. I thought people with ADHD often talked too much.

Despite refusing to take Amphetamines and Cocaine like drugs, to treat his own ADHD, which he believed he's had since he was in his early 30s, on his Facebook page on Thursday 20th October 2011, Hallowell advocated drugging 4 year olds with Amphetamine like and Cocaine like drugs.

He also calls ADHD a "Good news diagnosis". Perhaps he means for him as it drums up business for his private practice and gets him more people to diagnose and to make more money.

I can't see what is good news for people with this condition.

You can fool people some of the time but not all of the time.

He seems to be somebody who that rule doesn't apply to.

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