Drug Addled Kids, Guns and School Shootings

by Dr. Rick Kirschner on June 10, 2014

StethoscopeThis morning, I read about another teen shooter at a school in my state.  My immediate reaction was “Drug addled kids with guns, what a combination!”   A friend on FB noticed this and asked “Where’d you find that info?”

I’m in the middle of work on a huge project, for a speech I’m giving this summer (about the history of medicine and the creation in the US of a medical monopoly in the 20th century that marginalized patient health and natural approaches, made criminals out of natural health practitioners in order to reduce competition and raise fees, turned med schools into pharma research facilities, turned doctors into bedside engineers trained only in pharmaceutical and surgical interventions) thus creating a perfect money machine for a few at the expense of the many, and leading to healthcare costs that are now completely out of control and a doctor shortage that just keeps getting worse.  I don’t want to get too far off track as there is much left to do before this particular presentation is done.  

So I will just say this: Natural medicine is not for everyone, and conventional medicine saves a lot of lives.    I believe there is a time and a place for almost everything. And I don’t question that the kids that do these shootings have mental health issues. 

But I seriously question the evaluations and treatments that they receive in the days, weeks and months leading up to these events. It is now widely known and acknowledged that mood altering drugs do produce suicidal thoughts and murderous impulses in some people. Even the drug companies that make these ‘medicines’ don’t understand the connection (there are theories). And I don’t get how the solution to mental health problems in children is giving them heavy duty psychoactive drugs, at least not as a first line of defense. It’s not like someone they’re treating a prozac deficiency, right? 

Where’s the testing for nutritional deficiencies and food allergies? How is it possible that insurance doesn’t cover such tests in most states? I know for a fact that there is a whole host of treatable conditions that have mental and emotional consequences, a raft of biological imbalances that proper (health focused) treatment can resolve. Instead, it’s a chemical cocktail for you, and you, and you, hey, a chemical cocktail for everybody!

And craziest of all?  People who question this sad state of affairs  get labeled the nut cases. Ironic. And maddening. (No, I’m not going to take a chill pill.)

If you, or people you care about like taking drugs to solve your health problems, or think giving them to kids is just swell, that’s your prerogative. But if you really want to look into this, do a little digging, because the evidence is in plain sight. Here’s some linkage to get you started:……/top-ten-legal-drugs…/…/anti-depressants-linked-to…

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Be well,


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