Researcher Pays The Price For ADHD Drug Nonsense

If you follow this blog regularly, you know I care, not only for the people whose lives have been devastated by the effects of toxic drugs, but those medical professionals who often put their careers and reputations on the line to expose the myths conventional medicine routinely trots out as facts, at the risk of your health.

You can add another victim to the list: Dr. Gretchen LeFever, a researcher at East Virginia Medical School whose controversial work in criticizing the over-prescribing of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs may have led to her dismissal. School officials dispute Dr. LeFever's controversial claims in a 2002 study that found the prevalence of ADHD in grades 2-5 amount to 17 percent.

The school charged Dr. LeFever with obscure procedural irregularities (violations of consent requirements) and alterations of the main question in her study that critics argue could've skewed the final results. One psychology professor at the State University of New York blasted criticism of Dr. LeFever over the altered question, as the practice is commonplace among researchers doing surveys like hers. LeFever believes her ouster is the result of her concerns about the widespread use of ADHD drugs, which another expert from the University of Nevada called nothing more than a case of shooting the messenger, based on recent data from the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. LeFever has good reason to be concerned about the misuse of ADHD drugs as a one-stop "cure," particularly when that condition can be managed far better without toxic drugs by taking these simple steps I suggested in an article I posted earlier this year:

British Medical Journal March 26, 2005, 330:691

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