Testimony Against SF 2841-Minnesota – Preschool Socioemotional Screening–Karen Effrem, MD.

I am here in vigorous opposition to SF 2841 that would implement mental health screening for three-year-old children entering public school. Continue reading →

California Bidding War: Psychiatrist Paid $822,000_Bloomberg

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Bloomberg News conducted a data review of payroll records for 1.4 million public employees of the 12 largest states. The findings show that public employees in California earn far higher salaries than in other states, from prison operations to health care, base . . . Continue reading →

TeenScreen Operations Have Shut Down

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   The following announcement was posted on TeenScreen’s website (November 15, 2012):  "Important Announcement for Schools & Communities:  We are sorry to inform you that the TeenScreen National Center will be winding down its program at the end of this year. Accordingly, . . . Continue reading →

America’s Healthcare Crisis–Part II–What Do We Get for $$$ ?

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Part II.  What Do We Get for All That Money?  A preventable epidemic of injury and death from prescription drugs; FDA’s contribution to the epidemic;  Big Pharma’s business model: manufactured myths, propaganda and a hidden agenda;

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Safety Issues: FDA Scientists Collide with FDA Managers

Since 1995 FDA scientists have been at odds against FDA managers who routinely override sientists’ safety concerns to approve dubious prescription drugs.

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FDA Scientists Collide with FDA Managers Re: Safety Issues

Since 1995 FDA scientists have been at odds against FDA managers who routinely override sientists’ safety concerns to approve dubious prescription drugs. Continue reading →

Unexamined Drug Epidemic–the Elephant No One Wants to See

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“Prescription drug therapy stands as one of the most significant perils to health resulting from human activity.” What’s the FDA doing to stem the tide of this preventable epidemic? Continue reading →

Vicissitudes of Psychiatry’s Diagnostic Manual Revisions

The latest area of controversy focuses on the proposed revision of the definition "behavioral addiction disorder" extending the addiction diagnosis to include drug, alcohol and gambling.  It is estimated that the change would expand the number of people labeled as "addicts" by 20 to 30 million who would be entitled to treatment and disability payments costing taxpayers many hundreds of millions of dollars. Continue reading →