Sept 11, 2013, WTVM Columbus GA: New flu vaccines available, doctors explain the big picture
Sept 11, 2013, WNYC Radio: The Leonard Lopate Show:The State of Psychiatry
Sept 10, 2013, AutismSpeaks.org: Autism Speaks Sponsors World Health Organization Conference on ASD
WTVM Columbus GA
"'A lot of people are afraid, there's a lot of misinformation online, mercury toxicity, is this going to cause my child autism, am I going to get the actual flu- none of that has been shown to have any basis in fact. Every bit of that has been debunked,' said Dr. Julie Roberts of North Columbus Family Medicine."
I posted lots of comments. It would be nice if the shot promoting doc cared a wit about autism.
WNYC Radio New York
Psychological therapist James Davies talked about his book, Cracked: The Unhappy Truth about Psychiatry.
Davies examined the current state of psychiatry and argues that the reliance on pharmaceuticals has compromised patients' wellbeing. He explained the background of the DSM.
He doesn't "find the categories particularly useful."
Davies talked about ADHD being introduced in the DSM IV and causing a false epidemic. He believes that the DSM has caused the soaring rates of mental disorders. "Psychiatry, through the DSM, has renamed more and more of our normal and natural experiences ... as indicating psychiatric conditions."
During the last 10 minutes of the show, Davies talked about autism:
Q: "Let's take a situation like autism, where 20, 30 years ago, it would be... one in 10,000 people ...might be diagnosed as autistic. And now, we're in the one in 180 range. People argue over whether there's an epidemic or whether we're just diagnosing it better, or perhaps we're over-diagnosing it."
Davies: "Well, I think there's truth to all of those interpretations. ...We're lowering the threshold for what constitutes warranting that diagnosis. ...More and more people can potentially be diagnosed with a particular condition.
"Autism is slightly different. ...We understand the neurobiology of autism better than most disorders. Autism is real. It needs to be managed and I wouldn't deny the fact that people are suffering from this very real condition. The question is whether or not all people who've been diagnosed warrant those diagnoses."
On the DSM IV in 1994:
Allen Frances introduced new diagnoses, "eight brand new mental disorders." But Frances expanded the definition of a number of conditions.
Davies: "He expanded the DSM from around 280 to around 370."
On the DSM 5:
Davies: "I think the DSM 5 is just compounding the problem. It's expanding the definition of mental illness to include more and more of what we would customarily regard as 'normal.' "
He went on to name the organizations that oppose the latest DSM.
Regarding the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the DSM, Davies said that psychiatrists get more pharma money than any other branch of medicine. He pointed out that a large majority of those on the DSM planning committee had financial ties to the drug industry.
On the DSM 5, "Out of the 29 people who put that manual together, a full 21 have had strong financial ties to the industry, including the chair and the vice-chair."
I don't give James Davies a high grade in this discussion, except for the fact that he knows how corrupt things are and how many people are being bought off by pharma. When talking about autism, he failed to mention that this disorder overwhelmingly AFFECTS CHILDREN and that it has no place in the DSM in the first place.
"The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding a three-day conference to identify priorities for action on autism and other developmental disorders. Taking place September 16-18 in Geneva, the meeting will bring together autism advocates with national and international policy makers and experts. It is being made possible with support from Autism Speaks."
I can't wait to hear about this meeting. More lighting things up in blue?
More pretend attention to the mystery of autism?
More calls for AWARENESS?
More money raised for well-salaried administrators?
So is WHO going to promote the myth that all we need is recognition and services?
Will anyone discuss Issy Stapleton or Alex Spourdalakis and teens like them?
Will they be interested on the failure of researchers to tell us anything significant about autism?
"The Global Agenda"....for a worldwide disaster