Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Disturbing Health Report: 25% Of American Children Take Prescription Drugs On A Regular Basis!

I have put up many articles in this blog that deal with a wide spectrum of important issues.  Every issue that is presented here is based on factual evidence that is truthful, factual, and can easily be researched by readers.  Usually, each article that I present encompasses some real factual articles obtained from other media sources, or come from other real truth seeking blogs.   It is the purpose of this blog to present straight forward truthful information to readers, and not that BS crap that they usually see and hear through their controlled media outlets.   For example: One absolutely important subject that this blog covers is important Health related issues that you will never find in the Mainstream media!

For this article, I want to present a very disturbing finding that I just came across from the Wall Street Journal website itself, at www.wsj.com, entitled: "So Young, And So Many Pills".   This Wall Street Journal article is both shocking and very disturbing, and deals with a very frightening report that some 25% of American youth today are on Prescription Drugs!   Here is that article, and I have some important notes to follow:






Gage Martindale, who is 8 years old, has been taking a blood-pressure drug since he was a toddler. "I want to be healthy, and I don't want things in my heart to go wrong," he says.
And, of course, his mom is always there to check Gage's blood pressure regularly with home monitor, and to make sure the second-grader doesn't skip a dose of his once-a-day enalapril.
These days, the medicine cabinet is truly a family affair. More than a quarter of U.S. kids and teens are taking a medication on a chronic basis, according to Medco Health Solutions Inc., the biggest U.S. pharmacy-benefit manager with around 65 million members. Nearly 7% are on two or more such drugs, based on the company's database figures for 2009.
Doctors and parents warn that prescribing medications to children can be problematic. There is limited research available about many drugs' effects in kids. And health-care providers and families need to be vigilant to assess the medicines' impact, both intended and not. Although the effects of some medications, like cholesterol-lowering statins, have been extensively researched in adults, the consequences of using such drugs for the bulk of a patient's lifespan are little understood.
Many medications kids take on a regular basis are well known, including treatments for asthma and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder


But children and teens are also taking a wide variety of other medications once considered only to be for adults, from statins to diabetes pills and sleep drugs, according to figures provided to The Wall Street Journal by IMS Health, a research firm. Prescriptions for antihypertensives in people age 19 and younger could hit 5.5 million this year if the trend though September continues, according to IMS. That would be up 17% from 2007, the earliest year available.
Researchers attribute the wide usage in part to doctors and parents becoming more aware of drugs as an option for kids. Unhealthy diets and lack of exercise among children, which lead to too much weight gain and obesity, also fuel the use of some treatments, such as those for hypertension. And some conditions are likely caught and treated earlier as screening and diagnosis efforts improve.
Gage, who isn't overweight, has been on hypertension drugs since he had surgery to fix a heart defect as a toddler, says his mother, Stefanie Martindale, a Conway, Ark., marketing-company manager.
Most medications that could be prescribed to children on a chronic basis haven't been tested specifically in kids, says Danny Benjamin, a Duke University pediatrics professor. And older drugs rarely get examined, since pharmaceutical firms have little incentive to test medicines once they are no longer under patent protection.
Still, a growing number of studies have been done under a Food and Drug Administration program that rewards drug companies for testing medications in children. In more than a third of these studies, there have been surprising side effects, or results that suggested a smaller or larger dose was needed than had been expected, Dr. Benjamin says. Those findings underscore that children's reactions to medicines can be very different than those of adults. Long-term effects of drugs in kids are almost never known, since pediatric studies, like those in adults, tend to be relatively short.
"We know we're making errors in dosing and safety," says Dr. Benjamin, who is leading a new National Institutes of Health initiative to study drugs in children. He suggests that parents should do as much research as they can to understand the evidence for the medicine, confirm the diagnosis, and identify side effects. Among the places to check: drug labels and other resources on the FDA's website, published research at www.pubmed.gov, and clinical guidelines from groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics.
When a child psychiatrist diagnosed their then 8-year-old daughter with bipolar disorder four years ago, Ken and Joy Lewis, of Chapel Hill, N.C., sought a second opinion from another child psychiatrist.
They also worked with a psychologist. Dr. Lewis, who leads a company that does early-stage drug studies, reads all the available research on each medication suggested for the girl, now 12, who has taken antipsychotics and other psychiatric medications including Risperdal and Haldol.
"If your child has a chronic problem, then you have to invest the time as a parent," he says.
Parents and doctors also say nondrug alternatives should be explored where possible. Tom Wells, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences who sees patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, frequently pushes diet and exercise changes before drugs for hypertensive kids. "Obesity is really the biggest cause I see for high blood pressure in adolescents," he says. But only about 10% of families adhere to his diet and exercise recommendations, he says.
Beverly Pizzano, a psychologist who lives in Palm Harbor, Fla., spent years struggling with behavioral therapies for her son Steven, 10, who showed symptoms of ADHD at a young age. She worked with a counselor on a system of rewards for good behavior, and even had a research team watch him and suggest interventions. But she turned to medications after he struggled in kindergarten. "We tried everything before I would get to that," she says.
After a drug is prescribed, children must be closely monitored, doctors say. They may not recognize or communicate a possible side effect, or whether their symptoms are improving. They also don't always follow prescription instructions.
Robert Lemanske, a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, says patients at his pediatric asthma clinic are checked regularly for side effects such as slowed rates of growth. He quizzes parents and young patients on details like where they keep their inhalers to make sure they're taking their prescribed medicine.
Nichole Ramsey, a preschool teacher whose 9-year-old son Antwone is a patient at the clinic, watches her son's basketball practices so she can head off any wheezing or other symptoms. She also makes sure she's around when he gets his regular Advair dose. If Antwone stays at a friend's house overnight, she asks the parents to watch that he takes steps like rinsing out his mouth to avoid a fungal infection that can be a side effect of the inhaled drug.
"You're still the best monitor of what's going on with them," she says of a parent's role.
Ms. Ramsey is particularly concerned about Advair, which has been tied to rare instances of asthma-related death, but says it works better than a previous drug he was using. Before he started the medications, Antwone was hospitalized several times for asthma attacks.
As children's bodies change and grow, they often need different drugs or doses, says Greg Kearns, chairman of medical research at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Jennifer Flory, a homemaker in Baldwin City, Kan., says that after her daughter Cassandra, now 16, started taking a higher dose of the asthma drug Singulair a few years ago, she became more moody and sad. Ms. Flory didn't connect the change to the drug, but when she eventually mentioned it to a nurse practitioner at the girl's asthma clinic, the nurse suggested stopping Singulair, which currently has a precaution in its label about possible psychiatric side effects. Cassandra, who continued taking Advair, became far more cheerful and didn't have any increase in asthma symptoms, Ms. Flory says.
A spokesman for Merck & Co., which makes Singulair, said in a statement that the company is "confident in the efficacy and safety of Singulair," which is "an important treatment option for appropriate patients."
Write to Anna Wilde Mathews at anna.mathews@wsj.com


NTS Notes:  Ok... I do have absolutely serious issues with this idea that so many youth are hooked on Prescription Drugs.   Back when I was a child, this idea that 25% of all children were hooked on these poisons was absolutely unheard of!   So, the question becomes:  What the HELL is going on here????

The fact is that today's American children are being fed a wide array of poisons in their daily diets.  They are subjected to dangerous chemicals like Fluoride, Aspartame, Sucralose, MSG, and High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Each of these chemicals are absolutely dangerous to humans, and do serious damage to the human body.   Logically, The effects would be more pronounced and concentrated in children due to their smaller bodies!

The fact is that each of these dangerous chemicals listed does serious harm to children.   High Fructose Corn Syrup for example is the major cause of childhood obesity, and its dangerous side effects can explain many of the neurological and mental disorders that afflict children to the point that they are given dangerous and poisonous prescription drugs.    Aspartame and Sucralose also are toxic poisons, and their side effects in children are most definitely also responsible for wrong diagnosis of mental disorders!

The solution is obvious:  Get the children off of these poisons that they ingest daily, and guaranteed they will not need prescription drugs!     The fact is that the food industries in America are doing absolutely nothing to remove these poisons or put up health warnings about their effects on children!  AND as stated in this article, the Prescription drug companies are absolutely not wanting to do anything to help America's children because they are looking at childhood prescription drugs as a way of increasing their profits!   It is truly sickening to see....

Wake up, America!  Get off of your poisonous chemical diets, and do something to save your children!

More to come

NTS

3 comments:

Mobile Drug Tester said...

It is a disturbing fact that kids and teenagers are being diagnosed with diabetes and blood pressure related issues.Our lifestyle plays a important part in maintaining our health.

Anonymous said...

While I agree with your comments about not consuming or having your child consume additives, food dyes, trans fats, excessive salt, processed food, and vast amounts of sugar, I am deeply disturbed at bloggers like you who feel they are somehow so much more informed than doctors and clinical researchers that you can make statements that are completely untrue, post them on your own blog, and influence desperate parents who are seeking help and answers for their children's problems. The reason why ADHD was never heard of years ago, or Asperger's, or Autism is because historically children and older teens as well as adults were punished by parents, teachers and society in general for being "disobedient," "stupid," and "uncooperative," for real neurological disorders over which they had no control. Modern science has not only proven these disorders are very real, but through careful research has come up with safe and viable pharmacological alternatives to parents who have "tried everything." You obviously do not have a child who suffers from any of these maladies, nor have a close relationship with one who does. Read "We've Got Issues," a book that was written by a woman who set out to say exactly what you are saying--America's children are over-prescribed by parents and doctors who are too quick to turn to meds for answers. Guess what? She could not find these parents or doctors after TWO YEARS of research, rather she found parents who have saved the lives of their suicidal children via meds and doctors who have been conservative and careful in their evaluations and prescriptions through valid diagnosis. You know NOTHING about the subject of which you so boldly claim to be an expert. Bloggers like you make the problem worse for parents seeking answers and arent' intelligent enough to see through your thinly-veiled, self-proclaimed expertise. If you had a child who was diabetic, through a bad diet or not, would you not seek medication to help him/her live with their illness? Rewiring the brain waves for ADHD children is proven to be safe and effective long-term, and kids who are not addressed in this way end up with low self-esteem, often picking up drugs and alcohol to self-medicate, as well as ending up in the criminal justice system. DRUGS SAVE LIVES, when used in the proper way. I suggest you pick up the book I mentioned above and actually read it. Then post another blog discounting this one. And I'll bet you a million dollars you don't post this blog, because that's how uniformed people like you are--controlling of everything that contradicts your unauthorized and ignorant opinion.

Anonymous said...

"And I'll bet you a million dollars you don't post this blog, because that's how uniformed people like you are--controlling of everything that contradicts your unauthorized and ignorant opinion".

What Notrherntruthseeker said that everyone must be aware from the Zionist controlled industry(eg:Health industry)coz they will put business profit above the human health. The zionist believe that the world today is over population. The world population must be maintain below 500 millions only. Meaning to say - THE OTHERS should be eliminated by any means. There are many way to reduce population:
1) Dont get marry be indepent, Dont get pregnant,if happen do abolition, marry the same gender(gay/lesbian), smoke and drink a lot to be impotent, stop get pregnant when you reach 40 it's harm ur health and etc.
2)If the unwanted child is born, the zionist have unseen plan for them (gentile). Let them grow abnormal by bad diet(poisonous food such as MSG, fluoride etc), false medication (unnecessary food supplement like vitamin and drugs for baby and children.

We dont know how deep the zionist have gone into our daily life. So take precaution. Reduce to consume processed food and avoid unnecesary vitamin and unnecesary imumnisation for your child. There are many of us live longer without taking compulsary immunisation for children today......