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Ephedrine Neurotoxicity

Mark Probert markprobert at lumbercartel.com
Wed May 28 05:13:13 EST 2003

John H. wrote:
> "Mark Probert" <markprobert at lumbercartel.com> wrote in message
> news:AhQAa.6043$Ah3.1900711 at news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
>>Generalization from one occurrence is never a good idea.
>>The Surgeon Genral's 1999 or 2000 report on psychaitric problems
>>addressed the over/under diagnosis issue, and it cam edown on the side
>>of underdiagnosis. There is ample evidence that incorrect diagnosis is
>>occurring, but, when I took a look at the ADHD-diagnosis picture from a
>>broad point of view over more than a decade, I came to the conclusion
>>that there is substantial undrdiagnosis, especially of younger ADD
>>girls. I recall recent studies which back this up.
> Younger girls because they probably manifest ADHD via excessive talking much
> more than excessive activity. 

The ones I am referring to are not hyperactive. They are best 
characterized as the spacey littlegirl who does not pay attention,cannot 
focus, etc.

Under diagnosis is not the issue here(I never
> raised that qtn, straw man), 

I was discussing accuracy in diagnosis, and whether the problem is over 
or under. I offered you a reference for showing that the problem is most 
like underdiagnosis. There was no strawman.

incorrect diagnosis is potentially very
> dangerous precisely because of long term neurotoxicity concerns. 

Howver, no long term neurotoxicity has been shown in ADHD treatment. One 
would think that after 10-15 years of increased ADHD awareness and 
treatment, the neurotoxicity would begin to be showing up to some extent.

I do not
> think paedictricians should be making these decisions, 

The AAP of has excellent diagnositc and treatment protocols which are 
available on their website for review. Since many people, for one reason 
or another, do not have specialists available to them, the pediatrician 
has inherited the task.

child psychiatrists.
> Additionally testing needs to move beyond the subjective stage. As the West
> Aus study showed there are many other options available then just
> prescribing drugs.

However, the studies show that medication is the best treatment, and 
enhances the response to other treatments. In many cases, medication 
makes the other treatments feasible, when, without it, they would be an 
utter waste of time.

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