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Published On: Wed, Dec 29th, 2010

Medicating America’s Children

You have to hand it to Big Pharma – they have won the war on drugs – They have succeeded in placing 25% of a generation to be on their medications. American children are on everything from anxiety medication, to blood pressure medication…. and they are supposed to be the ones saying “NO” to drugs!

It’s absolutely appalling to me – because children are supposed to be full of boundless energy and vigor. They, instead, have been made sick… in more ways than one.

I recall when my then homeschooled daughter went to a New Year’s Eve sleepover at her public schooled friends house a few years ago. Every girl there was on medication – except for of course, my daughter. She could not understand why these kids were taking anti-anxiety meds or drugs to help them “cope” with being a teenager. They took drugs to help them sleep, to help them focus, to help them have an appetite, to help them “feel good”. And the list goes on. And unfortunately, these medications follow these kids into college and beyond.

The fact that there are lines to the school nurse’s office every morning with kids waiting for their doses is pretty scary indeed.

It’s quite sad really.
Very sad.
And very alarming for us as a nation.

The truth is that Big Pharma manufactures drugs for manufactured ailments.
It is HUGE money for them.
They have medicalized childhood.

If your child argues with you – they have an “oppositional disorder”.
If they are excited or energetic – they need to be calmed down.
If they are picky eaters – they need to have their appetite stimulated.
If they don’t get enough exercise – they need diet pills and heart medication.
If they cannot concentrate – they need “speed”.

Disease mongering and the medicalization of childhood has indeed lined the pockets of Big Pharma and has insured them a quarter of the next generation.

The number of children on potent psychotropic drugs is quite sobering.
It has contributed to school shootings and rising numbers of suicides.
We see the same pattern creeping into our armed forces.

The reality is that many (not all) parents seem to be all too willing to put their kids on drugs and taking the word of “professionals”, instead of doing some honest research and cleaning up their kids’ diet, helping them cope with life’s problems, shutting off the television, and just allowing them to be kids. And what’s worse is that the parents themselves are on similar medications! The vicious cycle is in progress.

Seems to me that this is nothing more than large scale socially accepted child abuse, with some of it funded by big government through Medicaid and other “free” government sponsored medical care. It is enabled by our government education system and the clinics being established in our schools. Poor children and their families are the easiest targets, and some claim that they have been used as Big Pharma’s guinea pigs (see below).

In any case, Big Pharma has 25% of a generation in the pipeline and that will help their bottomline a lot after the “boomer generation” is dead.

God help our children and grandchildren.
Who knows how all these medications will affect their ability to create healthy children themselves.

Judy Aron lives with her husband Michael in CT. They have three grown children who were homeschooled and are now successfully pursuing careers.

Judy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, with minors in Business Administration and Computer Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  

Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. She has been involved with the West Hartford Republican Town Committee and the West Hartford Taxpayer’s Association. She belongs to the West Hartford Toastmasters Club and she volunteers for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. 

Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been widely interviewed by the media. She served as Vice President of Connecticut Homeschool Network (CHN) and was their legislative liaison. She now serves as Research Director for National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD) providing parents across the nation with important information on legislative issues concerning parental rights and education.

Judy has a cable TV show on West Hartford Cable TV entitled: “What You Should Know” and she is the author of the blog “Consent of the Governed“.

Most recently, Judy has been involved in various organizations and efforts to Restore the Republic, End/Audit the Federal Reserve, and to educate the public about the issues regarding their Liberty and Freedom, and is working to put a halt to the erosion of our rights.

Judy is a fan of Ayn Rand, Seinfeld, Star Trek, Peter Schiff, Judge Andrew Napolitano, The Founders, JPFO, Appleseed, Von Mises, John Taylor Gatto, Wallace and Gromit, Dick Heller and Ruger (not in that order).

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- Judy Aron is the author of the Libertarian Blog "Consent of the Governed" Judy has been involved in politics for over 15 years. Judy has written many articles on various aspects of education at home and in public and private schools. She has been published in magazines and online, and has been interviewed on radio and in print.

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