Drew Lynch-Dismiss Your Disability and Create a Positive!

Drew LynchDrew Lynch is the young, 20 something comedian who hit it big on the talent show, “America’s Got Talent”, with his incredibly inspiring personal story of how to dismiss your disability and create a positive, and with his truly humorous comedy act. Drew Lynch has a story that could have been tragic, but he found a way and a will to make sure it wasn’t. Instead of focusing on a changed ability, and giving up on his dreams, he used his strong ability to make people laugh and creates a joyous and successful life for himself. That is what it is to dismiss your disability and create a positive.

According to his website, he was hit in the throat by a softball at the age of 20 years old. The damage created by this impact was to his vocal cords and it caused Drew to have a stutter. Where once he was aspiring to be a successful actor, and per his own words, on television, the guy he used to be would not have spent time with the guy he is now, he went through many life changes that only some of us might be able to understand.

Drew Lynch is not alone in his journey. So many people have an ability that has been taken from them, due to medical illness, injury or trauma. If it were more acceptable in society to be unique and different, these injured abilities would not be referred to as a disability with the same connotation that they dream up for us in our current day. Whether it is the inability to hear, or see, or walk, or talk, or to travel, or to go in an airplane, to swim in the ocean, to focus on our work, or any other ability that is not necessarily like others, what we call a disability, is an opportunity to reach bigger and higher and it is individuals like Drew who help to inspire us to do so.

At times, Drew performs with Samuel J. Comroe, a fellow comedian who has had Tourette’s all of his life. Together they make people laugh, they inspire and help to show them a positive slant to all that happens in life.   This is true art and talent and leadership on their parts.

Additionally, it is often said that someone who cannot hear or cannot see, has heightened abilities in other areas. Scientific American published an article on this exact subject. In their report they referred to The Journal of Neuroscience and a study that was done that shows that there is “mounting evidence that people missing one sense don’t just learn to use the others better. The brain adapts to the loss by giving itself a makeover. If one sense is lost, the areas of the brain normally devoted to handling that sensory information do not go unused—They get rewired and put to work processing other senses.”

Perhaps we each have stronger abilities in one area because of a lesser ability in other areas. We do have the choice to use our stronger abilities for the good of many, including ourselves.

Too often, the American public and in fact the public, worldwide, are told that an ability that doesn’t function like others, a disability, is a mental health or behavioral health problem that can only be treated by pharmaceuticals. How untrue this is and in each of our own way, we can take a page from the book of these two young men and many other heroic athletes, performers and individuals who go beyond the expectations of the mental health community and take charge of their lives.

Easier said then done! To dismiss your disability and create a positive! This is the genuine challenge each of us has. Imagine the possibility of first, working with a qualified medical professional to accurately and precisely discover the potential physical cause of your unwanted condition, your disability, and then working with the traditional, non mental health professional, to treat that physical ailment to create a marked improvement in life. Then, to look at your strengths, the abilities you excel at, that bring joy to others, and to use that ability for good. Such as Drew Lynch has done! This is the challenge we all face and with help perhaps the more individuals who choose to do this, the more we can help each other to succeed at it.

 

Sources: http://preferredparkingcomedytour.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5nMb4_ghvg

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/superpowers-for-the-blind-and-deaf/

ADHD Symptoms

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAFor those parents who have been told their child has ADHD symptoms and needs to take medication (i.e. Mental health drugs), there is hope. A new book, written by the mother of a six year-old boy who was diagnosed with ADHD, documents the success of treating those symptoms through nutrition. ADHD symptoms can be daunting for parents, teachers and children, such as the ones described in the East Hampton Star article on this new book.  The Star reports that the child’s symptoms included troubling behavior, violent, lack of focus on schoolwork and other areas, difficulty playing quietly and fidgety.

This six year old had even been sent to the principal for kicking a teacher. At home, it was no better as one incident was described when “her son repeatedly smashed his baseball bat into his bedroom door.” These types of violent situations are not unfamiliar to parents in this day in age. Unfortunate as it may be to hear, parents across the country are experiencing this kind of trauma and they often feel that the only resort is to listen to the medical authorities and Pharma who tell them their child needs to be given mental health drugs. Those drugs carry adverse effects, documented by FDA clinical trials that include sudden cardiac arrest, suicidal thoughts, homicidal actions, diabetes, hallucinations and more.

Soozy Miller, author of “ADHD to Honor Roll”, offers her real-life experience with the difficult choice of what can be done to help a child with ADHD symptoms that doesn’t put him at risk for the adverse effects of the drugs. First, she needed to find the correct kind of medical help. Meaning, a doctor who was willing to look for a medical cause for her son’s behavior. The doctor she worked with is a functional medicine doctor who approached the situation as a true doctor, in terms of medical testing and evidence of physical weaknesses. In the case of Mrs. Miller’s child, he was becoming toxic from sugar.

Dr. Doris Rapp broke ground on this area in the 1960s as she evidenced the dramatic change in child behavior when nutritional deficiencies, intolerances and allergies were evidenced by medical test and remedied through dietary and environmental changes. For any parent who is interested in witnessing the severe change in behavior that can be caused by nutrition and environment, go to YouTube and search for “Dr. Doris Rapp, Phil Donahue show” and watch this video interview with the children, right there, on film, exhibiting the violent, manic and troubling behavior when either given the food that makes them toxic or exposed to environmental factors that affect them adversely. There is proof-positive, with medical testing and the simplicity of helping the child change his eating habits, that there is help that can last a lifetime and bring a lot of positive future for the child; whereas, the use of the mental health meds can prevent the child from having a future.

Loving parents have the right to this information and Mrs. Miller’s new book offers parents a way to benefit from another family’s struggle to help their child and a chance to share in this family’s success in having helped their son change his behavior and to do better in school. Her son is now able to do his homework on his own and he even made honor roll at school.

For some parents, it may seem as though your child’s doctor would have already discussed this type of alternative treatment with you, but according to a U.S. News & World Report, that is not necessarily the case. In a recent article, David Magnus, director of the Stanford Center of Biomedical Ethics in Stanford, California, is quoted as saying “Risks are not being adequately discussed by physicians with their patients”.

The article continues by letting us know that even research shows that doctors are not talking enough to patients about the risks and potential harms of treatment, to their patients. Financial pressures on the doctors is mentioned as a possible reason for why doctors are “glossing risk” factors of medical treatment when they discuss the treatment with their patients. Dr. David Newman, an emergency room doctor and director of clinical research at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York, says, “There’s good data to tell us that when patients are engaged in their decisions about their medical care and informed appropriately about harms, benefits and alternatives, they chose less care, not more — and they usually chose it in a way that actually improves their outcome,”

What Dr. Newman is talking about is covered under the legal concept of Informed Consent. Every individual, worldwide, has the right to know the risks and alternatives to any proposed treatment. That right is assured to you by law and with the love that you have for your child and for your family, you deserve full information, prior to any decision-making.

 

Sources:

East Hampton Star, “Mother’s Book Offers Hope for Managing ADHD”,   http://easthamptonstar.com/Education/2015507/Mothers-Book-Offers-Hope-Managing-ADHD

U.S. News & World Report, “Talking to the Doctor About Treatment Harms”, http://news.yahoo.com/talking-doctor-treatment-harms-143750319.html

 

 

Schools Cannot Force Parents to Medicate Their Child

Child rights in school
Many parents are told, by teachers or other school personnel, that their child may have ADHD, learning disorder or other mental health problems.  Parents always have the right to demand that their child get a good education.  They do not have to medicate their child in order for that child to be eligible to go to any school.

Teachers can share “School-based observations”, but it does not give them a medical license to diagnose your child or pressure you to medicate them.

Per the Florida Statute (Chapter1006.0625) “ A public school may not deny any student access to programs or services because the parent of the student has refused to place the student on psychotropic medication.

 This is, also, stated in a Federal Regulation, “The State Education Agency must prohibit State and Local Education Agency personnel from requiring parents to obtain a prescription for substances identified under Schedules I, II, III…for a child as a condition of attending school, receiving an evaluation…or receiving services…”

 

 

Mental Health Problems

Mental Health ProblemsDealing with mental health problems can be intensely painful for the individual and for their family and friends. Common mental health problems such as, Bipolar, ADHD, Binge Eating Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anorexia and Depression can be overwhelming and confusing.

There are medical professionals that lead the way, in terms of helping people who feel they have mental problems, to understanding the field of mental health.

Dr. Allen Frances, M.D., Chairman of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual Committee, fourth revision, in a 2012 article published in “Psychology Today”, says, “The history of psychiatry is littered with fad diagnoses that in retrospect did far more harm than good…

The motives of the people working on DSM 5 have often been questioned. They have been accused of having a financial conflict of interest because some have (minimal) drug company ties and also because so many of the DSM 5 changes will enhance Pharma profits by adding to our already existing societal overdose of carelessly prescribed psychiatric medicine.”

Dr. Fred Baughman, Child Neurologist, stated “Psychiatry, in all of this time, doesn’t have one case report of one disease validated, not one. What they do is they meet at the Psychiatric American Association. They meet in the DSM committee (The Diagnostic Statistical Manual Committee) and they vote on making new behavioral and emotional disorders and then they vote and then they start immediately calling them diseases and they tell people, they tell the public these are diseases. Total Fraud.”

Most patients would agree with both Dr. Baughman and Dr. Frances, when given some thought, because there isn’t a medical test that can evidence mental health problems in terms of disease or disorders. The evaluation that a physician, psychologist or psychiatrist does in order to place the diagnosis of Depression, or any other diagnosis, is purely subjective. Meaning that it relies, solely, on the observation of the doctor and his or her adjudication of what your symptoms may be adding up to in terms of the choices the doctors have from the DSM.

Medical science uses tests to confirm illnesses such as Diabetes or Cancer. Those test results are used as evidence of ailment and a basis for all treatment.

With no medical test to evidence what is causing your mental health symptoms, you are simply relying on the doctor’s adjudication which is, of course, a vested interest, not a biological or scientific process.

Dr. Frances mentions that the changes in the diagnostical manual will enhance Pharma. A study out of the University of Massachusetts, in 2012, confirms this by having found that, “Three-fourths of the work groups continue to have a majority of their members with financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.”

Without negating any mental health symptom someone may be experiencing, there is no doubt that anyone of us, at any point in our lives could experience mental health problems. Life is stressful, loss is real, and pain is relentless. There are answers for those who need help. The facts and information that this article provides are the road to full information for you and with that, you may be more likely to make decisions that will truly better your life.

The FDA places strong warnings on the mental health drugs. Warnings such as mania, psychosis, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, sudden death, suicidal and homicidal thoughts. These and/or similar warnings are in the package insert of every prescription bottle. They are also mental health symptoms in themselves. For example, antidepressants carry warnings of worsening depression and suicidal thoughts. That is a big risk to take when you are only looking for help.

The fact is, and has been, since the 1960s, that there are medical professionals who rely on bona-fide medical testing to help find the underlying physical cause of any unwanted mental health symptom. Hard to believe, but scientifically true. For anything from Anorexia, to Depression, to Anxiety, and more, there are actual physical ailments that are known to cause these mental health symptoms and the more traditional doctors perform medical tests to help evidence the cause and therefore what best treatment options are available to you.

The New York Times, in 2011, published an article, titled, “For Some, Psychiatric Trouble May Start in Thyroid”. This article states, “In patients with depression, anxiety and other psychiatric problems, doctors often find abnormal blood levels of thyroid hormone.”

Dr. Doris Rapp has worked for decades to medically test patients for food intolerances and allergies that were causing her patients extreme anxiety, depression and all sorts of mental health symptoms.

There are a whole host of traditional medical professionals who specialize in helping individuals with mental health problems to find the potential underlying physical cause.

There is an entire center dedicated to this purpose, in Arizona, called “Alternative to Meds Center”, where they have many medical professionals right at the center who work with patients all the time to resolve their mental health symptoms with medical testing and alternative treatments. This is the philosophy at Alternative to Meds Center:

“Our belief is that real underlying causes do exist for why an individual may suffer from addiction, depression, anxiety, lack of ambition, or be incapable of handling emotional pain. Though prescription drugs do have a role in treatment, they often do not address the underlying problems, and carry side effects, making them less than ideal. We believe that many mood disorders are the result of inadequate nutrition, or the inability to metabolize proper nutrition because of a toxicity overload, mutated genes, or damaged enzymes.

A balanced individual should be capable of handling even grave tragedies without those situations turning into chronic mood disorders. We not only address this balance with customized programs for nutrition and detoxification but also with medication tapering, counseling, exercise, supplementation, acupuncture, and yoga. Recreational drug use and ‘self-medicating’ may be due to underlying metabolic problems as well as behavioral ones.”

There are many medical professionals throughout the country who are traditional in their approach and have your best interests in mind when treating you. You do, always, have the right to full information in order to make an informed decision that is for the betterment of your life and quality of your life. That right is assured to you through the universally accepted and legal concept of Informed Consent. You always have the right to know the risks of the proposed treatment and the alternative treatment.

In closing Dr. Frances, in the Psychology Today article, gives us these words of wisdom, “I would suggest… that potential patients be deeply skeptical, especially if the proposed diagnosis is being used as a rational for prescribing medication for you or for your child; and that payers question whether some of these are suitable for reimbursement.”

 

Sources:

Psychology Today, 2012, “DSM 5 Is Guide Not Bible—Ignore Its Ten Worst Changes”, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dsm5-in-distress/201212/dsm-5-is-guide-not-bible-ignore-its-ten-worst-changes.

“No Science, No Cures”, Youtube

New York Times, 2011, “For Some, Psychiatric Trouble May Start in Thyroid”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/health/for-some-psychiatric-troubles-may-begin-with-the-thyroid.html?_r=0

Parents Rights In School

 

Special Education

Parents rights in schoolAt times a student needs extra help from teachers to do well with their academics and many parents are familiar with Special Education and parents rights in school, but some may not be aware that there are advocates who can assist them in ensuring their child gets a fair education.

Whether the child has been in Special Education for a short time, or for most of their education, there are always rights ensured to the child and to their parents.

Providing reasonable accommodations for student’s courses are worked out through a plan that is coordinated with the parent and teachers. If a parent feels that their input has not been taken into consideration, they may benefit from contacting a Special Education attorney and/or advocate.

When determining if a student qualifies for Special Education, there may be a series of assessments performed that are physical and psychological. At all points, the parent has the right to be informed of the nature of the assessment and the results as well as the right to give or decline consent for those assessments. Because the disabilities categories have grown, over time, to include Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism, Other Health Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, and Behavior, a parent might find themselves pressured into having their child placed in Special Education services.

Mental health symptoms, behavioral health symptoms, learning challenges, may be attributable to medical illness or ailment. This is highly researched and at this time there are even functional mental health professionals that practice in medical testing to find underlying physical causes for why a student is not performing well. The medical tests are performed and the parent and child are shown the results of traditional tests that show what needs to be medically handled, whether it is a food allergy, hormone imbalance, thyroid imbalance, chemical sensitivity, toxic exposure and many more.

Dr. Doris Rapp has worked since the 1960s to help parents and their children in terms of testing for food allergies and chemical intolerances. Her work is well documented and interviews with Dr. Rapp and her patients can be found on Youtube.

Physicians who specialize in rare blood diseases, thyroid testing, and many more, are looking thoroughly into the physical condition of the child and relying on medical science to lead them to the cure of what ails the child.

Consider this, a real-life example of a young 7-year-old boy who was not doing well in school. The school personnel spoke with the mother repeatedly about bringing her son to a mental health professional for a diagnosis and treatment, the school personnel spoke repeatedly to the mother about the boy’s need to be in Special Education. The mother knew her son well and knew that the boy was a smart, well-behaved child and refused to cave under the pressure being applied to her. She had her son tested, by a traditional medical professional, for food allergies. By medical test results, she noticed that the foods her son was allergic to happen to be most of the foods served at the school cafeteria for lunch. Instead of having her son get lunch in the cafeteria, she began packing a homemade brown-bag lunch and not once afterwards did she receive complaints from the school that her son was misbehaving or that his grades were suffering.

In addition to the option to get your child a thorough physical exam, you have the option to contact Special Education Advocates and Attorneys.

Always, the student has a right to a fair education and parent’s rights in school are assured at all times!