Alternative Health Journal
November 9, 2009
Unfortunately it is becoming more and more common to hear reports of how the pharmaceutical industry is manipulating scientific findings and in turn readily handing out prescriptions to children, often unnecessarily. The factor that seems to be driving this trend is very simply the almighty dollar. Keep reading to find out who is responsible for this recent trend, and why your doctor may be getting your child hooked on unnecessary drugs.
There seems to be no choice but for Americans to question the validity of the pharmaceutical-industrial complex and the desire of its leaders to prey on unsuspecting people with the ultimate goal of padding their pockets. It seems that this industry has joined with the mental health profession as well.
Who Is Responsible for Putting Children on Psychiatric Drugs?
When asking the question, “Who is responsible?” there is at least one name that stands out. Dr. Joseph Biederman of Harvard University is a world renowned child psychiatrist. Biederman has received awards of excellence from both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is on the editorial board of multiple journals, a reviewer for most of the psychiatric journals, and served as a grant reviewer in the Child Psychopathology and Treatment Review Committee of the NIMH.
Biederman is a very high-profile doctor that spear-headed the outbreak of children on psychiatric drugs. Biederman reportedly received $1.6 million from drug makers between 2000 and 2006. However, he failed to report most of this to his university, which may well have considered this to be a conflict of interest.