Dr. Fred A. Baughman comes in Defense of Our Children
- From: "Carol Taylor" <littleblackbook@...>
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I have known Dr. Baughman, a concerned and honest doctor for over 40
years; he does not engage in prevarication. Every parent, educator and
medical professional should pass this vital information on to others the
Carol Taylor R.N.
First Black U.S.A. Flight Attendant
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From: Fred Baughman
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 11:32 PM
FRED A. BAUGHMAN, JR. M.D.
NEUROLOGY AND CHILD NEUROLOGY (Board Certified)
FELLOW, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY
Author: The ADHD FraudHow Psychiatry Makes "Patients" of
1303 HIDDEN MOUNTAIN DRIVE
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THERE IS NO SUCH DISEASE AS ADHD?
By Fred A. Baughman, Jr., MD
The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics,
and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, have
refused to answer the Portsmouth, VA School Boards' questions on the
subject of ADHD. Six national organizations and eight local groups
sent a letter requesting that the School Board retract their flier and
send a new one stating that ADHD is a disease that requires treatment.
But is ADHD actually a disease? Do the children actually need
In 2000, The Clinical Practice Guideline: Diagnosis and Evaluation of
the Child with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder was reprinted
from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV (DSM-IV), of the American
Psychiatric Association in PEDIATRICS , the journal of the American
Academy of Pediatrics. The Guideline states: "ADHD is the most
common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood."
I  responded: "Neurobehavioral," implies an abnormality of
the brain; a disease. And yet, no confirmatory, physical or chemical
abnormality of the brain (or anywhere else in the body) has been found.
With 6 million children said to have it, most of them on addictive,
dangerous, Schedule III, stimulantsambiguity as to the scientific
status of ADHD is no longer acceptable." I proceeded: "It is
apparent that virtually all professionals of the extended ADHD
`industry' convey to parents, and to the public-at large, that
ADHD is a "disease" and that children said to have it are
"diseased" and "abnormal." The signatories of the
American Academy of Pediatric's Guidelines and the definition
therein, leaving no doubt that ADHD is a disease (in medicine, the term
"disorder" equals "disease" equals physical abnormality)
were (1) the American Academy of Family Physicians, (2) the American
Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, (3) the Child Neurology
Society, (4) the Society for Pediatric Psychology, (5) the Society for
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and (6) the Society for
In 1993, in the Journal of the American Medical Association,
I  wrote: "Unlike definite syndromes (in medicine,
"syndrome" equals "disorder," equals "disease"
equals "physical abnormality), such as Klinefelter's (syndrome),
Brown-Sequard (syndrome), and Down's (syndrome), in which there is a
constancy of symptoms (always subjective) and signs (objective
abnormalities), the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders, Revised, Third Edition (DSM-III-R) allows any combination of
eight of 14 behaviors for a diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity
I asked: "What is the danger of having these children believe they
have something wrong with their brains that makes it impossible for them
to control themselves without a pill? What is the danger of having the
most important adults in their lives, their parents and teachers,
believe this as well?"
In 1998, the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical
Association  stated: " there is little evidence of widespread
overdiagnosis or misdiagnosis of ADHD or of widespread over-prescription
of methylphenidate." I  responded: "As a neurologist, I have
found no abnormality (disease) in children said to have ADHD."
"On August 5, 1998, William B. Carey, MD, of the Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia replied, `There are no such studies.'
[constituting proof that ADHD is a disease]. I continued: "Once
children are labeled with ADHD, they are no longer treated as normal.
Once methylphenidate hydrochloride or any psychotropic drug courses
through their brain and body, they are, for the first time, physically,
neurologically and biologically abnormal."
At the November 16-18, 1998, National Institutes of Health,
ADHD,Consensus Conference, Swanson and Castellanos, of CHADD, sought to
represent stimulant-induced brain shrinkage/atrophy as proof that ADHD
was an actual disease. They said nothing in their presentation of the
fact that there had never yet been a study utilizing untreated,
un-drugged, ADHD subjects. Confronted on this point at the end of his
presentation, Swanson confessed as much and spoke, meekly, of plans to
do such an essential study. The Consensus Conference Panel could only
confess on the last day of the Consensus Conference, November 18, 1998:
" ...we do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there
are no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction."
With the epidemic at approximately 4.4 million nationwide, they actually
confessed there was no such thing as ADHD, meaning, also, that they
could not possibly have a test for it. Nor has there been honest or
valid research since, proving that ADHD is a disease. And yet the
claims it is a disease continue and the parents and the public are
regularly regaled with the "chemical imbalance" lie, abrogating
their democratic right to informed consent.
This, ladies and gentlemen of the Portsmouth, VA, School Board, is why
you have had no response from the American Medical Association, the
American Academy of Pediatrics or the American Academy of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry--"leaders" of U.S. medicine. Nor have I
been able to elicit such a statement of the truth of the matter from the
American Academy of Neurology, of which I am a fellow.
This is why CHADD tries to stop the questioning. They are paid millions
to fashion ADHD out of thin air, and "patients" out of normal
children. This is why they ask you to publish for the school boards of
Virginia that ADHD is a diseasesomething there is no proof of.
There is no such disease as ADHD! No child, anywhere has it? Comprised
of an ever-changing list of subjective symptoms, it will never be a
I will gladly attest to the above, under penalty of perjury, in any
court of law.
1. American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Quality Improvement
and Subcommittee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Clinical
practice: diagnosis and evaluation of the child with
attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Pediatrics. 2000;
2. Baughman F.A. Diagnosis and Evaluation of the Child with
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. PEDIATRICS. 2001; 107:1239.
3. Baughman, F.A. Treatment of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder. JAMA. 1993;269:2368.
4. Goldman LS, Genel M, Bezman RJ, et al, for the Council on
Scientific Affairs, Americal Medical Association. Diagnosis and
Treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and
adolescents. JAMA. 1998;279:1100-1107.
5. Baughman FA. Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder. JAMA. 1999;281:1490.
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