Support Group or PR Firm?
When you are looking for answers, look into the people who run, support, control and make policy for that group. Big Pharma has started many support groups with the intention of marketing their drugs.
Over 10 years ago, the pharmaceutical industry passed up Big Oil and High Finance as the number one money making industry in the world. It’s a Trillion Dollar Industry! That buys a lot of power. Like any successful company, you want to sell, promote, advertise and use PR to sell your products. What better way than to start a support group than with a wonderful, warm fuzzy sounding name?
We’ll just give you one example of a support group that is funded by and promotes dangerous, mind altering drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta etc to children. Steve Plog volunteered to be the ChADD Chapter of Las Vegas Coordinator and got to get the scoop from the inside, here is his story: http://groups.google.com/group/Parents-Against-TeenScreen?hl=en
When someone gives you miss-information such as, “Medications have been found to be the most effective in treating so-called diseases such as ADD, ADHD, OCD, ODD, Bi-polar etc.” Ask them to find you a quote supporting that statement from someone who doesn’t receive money, directly or indirectly in any way shape or form from Big Pharma. (There is none).
You will see statements on website such as, “We provide loving care, wonderful counseling, helpful diagnosis, unlimited support and a safe environment for our patients. We only use medications as a last resort….
We have found many people get to the last resort on their very first visit. These organizations (front groups) will also try to steer you away from proper lab testing. Your doctor gives you a lab test for cancer heart disease and diabetes, why do they purposely keep you away from lab tests for hyperactivity, mood swings, depression, memory loss, attention span? Better yet, why are you putting up with this?
Drug company sponsored support groups who avoid using lab tests for diagnosing
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit (ChADD)
Autism Society of America (ASA)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF)
Mental Health America (MHA)
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
These are the warm, fuzzy logos used by Big Pharma to promote drugs.