Archive for November, 2006

Nurses, stand up and say NO to TeenScreen.

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

TeenScreen is being performed without adequate INFORMED CONSENT to parents and foster parents before mental health treatment is initiated. They are given no alternatives to traditional mental health care nor are they informed of treatment options. They are not screened for physical illnesses at all. There is NO information given to parents about the side effects and adverse reactions of medications, including death. It is against our own CODE OF ETHICS as nurses and the medical profession to allow this to happen. WE should be the advocates for these patients and insist on LAWS requiring INFORMED CONSENT in all states. Go to this website http://www.teenscreentruth.com/ now for the straight info on TeenScreen, then sign the petition below. Join me in going to our states capitals and lawmakers and insist on FULL INFORMED CONSENT for any screening and treatment for mental health. Nurses should take their role as patient protectors and advocates to the next level, changing society for the better.
http://www.petitiononline.com/Tscreen/petition.html/

 

American Nurses Association has it right!

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Provision 1.4 Code of Ethics for Nurses
Respect for human dignity requires the recognition of specific patient rights, particularly, the right of self-determinism. Self-determinism, also know as autonomy, is the philosophical basis for
informed consent in healthcare. Patients have the moral and legal right to determine what will be done with their own person; to be given accurate, complete, and understandable information in a manner that facilitates an informed judgement; to be assisted with weighing the benefits, burdens, and available options in their treatment, including the choice of no treatment; to accept, refuse, or terminate treatment without deceit, undue influence, duress, coercion, or penalty; and to be given necessary support thoughout the decision-making and treatment process.

Reprinted with permission from American Nurses Association, Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, ©2001 Nursesbooks.org, Silver Spring, MD. To order call, 800/637-0323 or order on-line at http://www.nursebooks.org

Is it really ADHD?

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Your child can be labeled “ADHD” based on a certain list of behaviors. Yet, how can you be sure that your child really has a permanent, incurable brain disorder? Could the symptoms of ADHD indicate something else?

“But Doctor, my child doesn’t sleep well. He stays busy all the time, one minute he’s happy, the next he’s crying. He still has some bedwetting problems, complains about headaches and stomach pains. He’s a finicky eater. His teacher at school says he’s restless and doesn’t concentrate well, particularly after lunch. When the other students are ready to take their nap, he’s just buzzing all over the place and rather unruly.”

If we are to believe what we are being told by the “experts” in child behavior and mental illness, this child obviously has a brain chemical imbalance, which causes Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. (more…)

Is it really anxiety disorder?

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

“Doctor, I don’t sleep well at all. I feel nervous for no reason, my hands tremble at times. Sometimes I feel like my heart is beating hard or skipping a beat. It scares me. I get moody easy, sometimes I’m depressed. I can’t seem to concentrate at work. What’s wrong with me?”Poor guy, depending on which kind of doctor he’s talking to, he’s either going to get tested for hypoglycemia, food sensitivities, metal poisoning or, in the case of someone seeing a psychiatrist, he just gets an anti-anxiety medication prescription without testing.

The symptoms described by this person are directly off of websites of medical descriptions of poisoning (specifically metals like lead), food allergies and “anxiety”. Funny how these symptoms are so similar yet treated so differently. (more…)