Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Letters 5/24/07

- May 24th, 2007
Overdosed kids
Re: “Are Kids Being Overdosed?“ by Anne Stanton, May 17:
To answer these questions one must consider that all physicians go to medical school where they study (1) all things physically normal, (2) all things physically abnormal — diseases — and (3) how to examine, image and chemically test the patient to tell the difference.
All physicians (and this includes psychiatrists) know that in the specialty of psychiatry there are no actual physical abnormalities — diseases. Rather, abnormalities/diseases of the brain and nervous system are the province of the specialty of neurology -- things like strokes, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, etc,
Abnormalities of the brain can be found on physical/neurological examination, brain scans and chemical tests. Such is not the case in psychiatry, where we deal with troubled emotions and troublesome behaviors—all subjective—but never with demonstrable, objective physical or chemical abnormalities.
And no such thing as a “chemical imbalance” of the brain has ever been proven to exist in psychiatry. There is no justification to give “chemical balancers”—pills for psychiatry’s “chemical imbalances” of the brain. They do not exist. Could it be this is all done for profit?
It is for this reason that the first and only real abnormality/disease in any psychiatric patient is the intoxication/poisoning with the first psychiatric drug they are given to ingest or are injected with. This is why their second, fifth, seventh and tenth real diseases are their intoxications/poisonings with their second, fifth, seventh and tenth psychiatric drugs; not a single one of them targeting a predetermined physical abnormality/disease.
This is why no psychiatric drug “treatment” has a scientific basis. Throughout the rest of medicine every “medicine” targets an abnormality in a scientifically designed manner: chemotherapy drugs preferentially targeting faster growing cancer cells; X-ray therapy targeting the faster growing cancer cells. Insulin, in diabetes, the shortage of insulin and elevated blood sugar level, antibiotics, the chemical life-cycles of infecting bacteria, etc.
But not in psychiatry! What we start with in psychiatry is a physically normal individual, albeit one who is emotionally troubled, and perhaps, troublesome. What we do with psychiatric drugs is erase or obliterate their being troubled and troublesome and we invariably do so by giving them chemicals, all of which act by damaging the brain in diffuse, inexact ways. Like a machete, one science writer put it.
No less than your children and grandchildren, or mine, what these children need is love, a home, parents, being protected, cared about, and cared for.
Being a foster child is not a medical condition. And yet psychiatry has laid claim to between 60 and 90 percent of foster children nationwide, drugging them all, putting their final stamp on them—the conspicuous physical sequelae of their drugging/poisoning--things like the grotesque, uncontrollable movements of tardive dyskinesias, or of what looks for all the world like a typical case of advanced-age, Parkinson’s disease, but for the fact it is seen in a five-year old—the handiwork of psychiatry.
By rejecting the fact that these children need love, structure, discipline and an education, but instead, imposing a system that makes them profit-points and intoxicates and poisons them we will surely rue the day when, at 18 or 21, they age-out and spill out into society totally unloved, unprepared, full of the realization that this is what was done to them—this and only this. Their cost in terms of life-long disability will be but a fraction of the cost we will pay for having “pimped” them to the for-profit, psychiatry-big pharma cartel.
In 2003, pediatrician William Carey, of the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital testified to Congress that 17% of US school-age children (8.5 million) were on one or more psychiatric drugs. Nor is this epidemic finite, like those of real, objectively verifiable diseases.
Spending on all psychiatric drugs climbed from $7.9 billion in 1997 to $20 billion in 2004, an increase of more than 150 percent (The Washington Times, April 1, 2007). Nor does it stop. Nor does the victimization of normal, defenseless children stop. Nor is there anything in the least scientific, healing or ethical about it.
Ask Steven Sharfstein, president of the American Psychiatric Association for proof that even one psychiatric diagnosis is a real disease. On June 27, 2005, on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, he had no answer for ethical psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Glenmullen, who had told the truth of the matter: that there were no such things as “chemical imbalances” of the brain—the sales pitch of every unethical medical practitioner who make this their justification for making “patients” (usually lifetime “patients”) of normal children and drugging them.

Fred A. Baughman, MD
El Cahon, CA

Dr. Baughman is author of “The ADHD Fraud--How Psychiatry Makes ‘Patients‘ of Normal Children.“ www.Trafford.com He was in the private practice of neurology and child neurology in Grand Rapids from 1964-1975 before relocating to San Diego, CA. He is a former director of the March of Dimes, Western Michigan Birth Defects Clinic and assistant professor of Neurology at the Michigan State University School of Human Medicine.

Teens & self-respect
Regarding your recent Random Thoughts, meaningful work for young people need not be an artifact of tribal groups, nor even of the 1950s (re: “Them Changes,“ 5/10).
There are schools today that incorporate the adolescent’s deep need to participate in the functioning of his society: authentic Montessori junior high schools blend practical work with academic study.
At The Greenspire School in Traverse City, students raise chickens and sell the eggs to a local restaurant; they tap trees and distill maple syrup for sale. They construct schedules for weekend chores and come gladly to school to tend to them, aware that others in the community depend on their work. They plan and prepare 10 meals a week for the school community; they provide weekly company to a group of elders living in a nursing care facility; and they are currently testing soil in preparation for planting outdoor gardens of herbs and greens. They keep books to track their revenues and expenses, and use their profits to fund field trips and future projects.
And the benefits are manifestly evident: they behave as responsible, respectful young adults (albeit with a lively sense of mischief and humor). They respect themselves.
Academic learning need not be an abstraction engaged in for grades to please parents or teachers, either.
From preschool onward, Montessori students explore the interconnected dependence of all Earth’s creatures; they know themselves to be integral parts of the web of life. As such, they pursue learning in order to become logically skilled, articulate, dependable citizens in their classrooms and in the world -- and because they are able to use all their senses to manipulate objects and construct their knowledge, because they move at their own pace and find their own success -- in short, because learning is their own.
Maria Montessori was a genius with a vision ahead of her time; as science continues to validate her insights, we continue to reap their benefits.

Bonnie Deigh • TC

Bad lawmaker reaction
As a parent and teacher, I’d like to thank the fourth graders from Benzie Central who took a stand in Lansing recently. Their silent protest of the looming cuts to our schools showed the legislature exactly who their decisions affect. What could be more American than making your voice heard on issues that directly affect your life and future?
The reactions of Michelle McManus and Dave Palsrok are unconscionable. Neither of our representatives would even meet with these kids. They hid in their offices and made angry phone calls about the “-$125” and “Save Our Schools” written on the students‘ shirts. Clearly, the message hit a little too close to home and it should have.
It’s our legislator’s ideological marriage to partisan politics that has put our schools in the crosshairs. Message to Lansing: we care about our schools and the future of this state. Since you’re supposed to be representing us, it’s time you stood up for what we believe in, whether it fits the agenda of your special-interest campaign donors or not.

Rick Gebhard • Manistee

Digs Down the Line
Read in your May 3 weekly about the Interlochen summer line-up. Thought it would be nice to read something about the opening band for Peter Frampton, which is Down The Line.
This band is based out of Chicago but has Michigan guys playing in it, and one (Levi Britton) is from Traverse City. This band has played at the Cherryfest for a few years now and is again playing this year on July 14.
Yes, I am a great fan of theirs, but I do think it might be worth reading about in
your paper.

Ken Coffman • via email

Unfair property tax
Perhaps someone in the readership of the Express can explain to me why the yearly property tax on mobile homes are still somewhere around $38 per year. If we are looking at roughly $7,000 per child for a year of public school, and given the desperate search for funding in Michigan, how can this continue? This may not be the salvation of our budget crisis, but it seems pretty crazy that a homeowner in a mobile home park, with a couple of kids in the local school, can expect plowed roads, libraries, schooling, etc. for this
bargain sum?
I’m not anti-mobile home, but just wondering why, with all the searching for funding here in the Big Mitten, our legislators aren’t trying to bring this imbalance a little closer to reality.

Tom Pixley • via email
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