Exhibit Warns about the Dangers of Psychiatric Drugging of Children

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As part of its continuing efforts to warn parents about the dangers of psychiatric drugging of children, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of California held its formal grand opening for the traveling exhibit “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" in Old Sacramento. The event's keynote speaker was Mr. Frank Lee, President of the Organization for Justice and Equality, an association that focuses on discrimination problems, governmental policies and ethical issues. The free exhibit at 200 K Street in Old Sacramento continues through July 19th.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of California held its formal grand opening for the traveling exhibit “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" on Wednesday, July 6th in Old Sacramento. The exhibit is part of CCHR's continuing efforts to warn parents about the dangers of psychiatric drugging of children. The event's keynote speaker was Mr. Frank Lee, President of the Organization for Justice and Equality, an association that focuses on discrimination problems, governmental policies and ethical issues. The free exhibit at 200 K Street in Old Sacramento is open through July 19th.

"Our purpose with this exhibit is to provide parents information they need to make an informed decision about medicating their children with psychiatric drugs. Usually, they are not told about the tragic and sometimes lethal effects of these drugs” said Renee Carlander, Executive Director for the Sacramento Chapter of CCHR.

Emphasizing the severity of the side effects, she points to the FDA mandated Black Box Warnings these drugs have and the FDA Adverse Drug Reports. Potential side effects include suicide, violent behavior, suicide ideation, psychosis, hallucinations, strokes, cardiac irregularities and heart attacks, obesity, liver damage, stunted growth, seizures, convulsions, irreversible central nervous system damage and life-threatening diabetes.

Carlander says that parents are normally told these drugs are needed to handle a mental disorder which their child has been diagnosed with, but they are rarely informed that no diagnostic test exists that can actually confirm the presence of these 'disorders.' The diagnosis is subjective, not scientific. She cites Bruce Levine, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Commonsense Rebellion, who wrote, "[N]o biochemical, neurological, or genetic markers have been found for attention deficit disorder…or any other so-called mental illness, disease, or disorder.”

"Claiming that psychiatric drugs are necessary for our children is actually a dangerous and cruel hoax," Calander said. "Not only are there dangerous side effects but research has shown that in a large percentage of cases, mental health symptoms are actually caused by physical illnesses or deficiencies."

Neurologist Sydney Walker III, author of The Hyperactivity Hoax, wrote that prescribing psychotropic drugs for a disease that does not exist is a tragedy because “masking children’s symptoms merely allows their underlying disorders to continue and, in many cases, to become worse.” He pointed out that there are hundreds of minor, major and even life threatening medical problems that often cause these symptoms including early-stage brain tumors, lead- or pesticide-poisoning, early-onset diabetes, heart disease, worms, viral or bacterial infections, malnutrition, head injuries, genetic disorders, allergies, mercury or manganese exposure, and petit mal seizures.

Public are invited to tour the free exhibit which is open through July 19th at 200 K Street in Old Sacramento. In addition to the in-depth section on the drugging of children, there are documentaries and displays revealing the results of 40 years of investigation into psychiatry and its treatments. Tours are available Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Friday & Saturdays from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The exhibit's theme is patterned after a museum at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, a psychiatric watchdog group with 170 chapters worldwide. Co-founded in 1969 by the Church of Scientology and Dr. Thomas Szasz, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, CCHR investigates and exposes psychiatric violations of human rights.

For more information go to http://www.cchrcalifornia.org.

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