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Big Pharma "invented" diseases?

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Molina Shah

on 15 January 2015

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What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a problem of not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able control behavior, or a combination of these.
Common Drugs used to Treat ADHD
What do stimulants do?
Stimulants are believed to increase dopamine levels in the brain.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with motivation, pleasure, attention, and movement. For many people with ADD or ADHD, stimulant medications boost concentration and focus while reducing hyperactive and impulsive behaviors.
What are the
Our Opinions

We do not believe in the conspiracy, but we acknowledge the fact that some people do act out of greed. If the conspiracy is true though, then it would not last because the people who are in the pharmaceutical industry would eventually be affected by one of the drugs that they regulate.
are the most common type of medication prescribed for ADD/ADHD. They have the longest track record for treating ADD/ADHD and the most research to back up their effectiveness. The stimulant class of medication includes widely used drugs such as
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Conspirator's Argument
Pharma's Counter-Argument
-George Lopez, Tin Phan and Molina Shah-
"invented" diseases?
Feeling restless and jittery
Difficulty sleeping
Loss of appetite
Upset stomach
Irritability, mood swings
Racing heartbeat
Blaskiewicz, Robert. "The Big Pharma Conspiracy theory." Medical Writing 22.4 (2013): 259-260. Skeptical Humanities. Web. 13 January 2015. <http://skepticalhumanities.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/mew83.pdf>

What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that most often occurs in children. Problems include problem not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able control behavior, or a combination of these.
How does perspective affect the way a diagnosis is given?
What is considered normal behavior in society?
How much should social norms affect medicine?
How valid can diagnoses be if no empirical observation is involved?
Diseases such as Alzheimer's
Is demanding drugs for performance improvement ethical when it limits the supply for others?
Should we manipulate how we behave?
How much trust is/should be placed in human science experts?
How does language affect the credibility of such experts?
Fred Baughman is a psychiatrist and expert, yet he is part of the ADHD conspiracy.
There are large amounts of money available to researchers to try and find cures to serious “brand name” diseases.

Pharmaceutical companies take very long to produce drugs because the science behind the creation of the drug, the testing of its symptoms and its effectiveness is very arduous.

ADHD can be treated. Although, some drugs do treat the symptoms, certain procedures can treat the disease.

ADHD medication may help improve the ability to concentrate, control impulses, plan ahead, and follow through with tasks.

The International Consensus Statement on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) by Russell Barkley, a prominent researcher, asserts the existence of ADHD and denies the existence of controversy within the medical community.

According to Healthline, 6.1 million children have been treated for ADHD thorugh the use of medications.

Stimulant Medications have the longest track record for treating ADD/ADHD and the most research to back up their effectiveness.

Using fMRI scans, researchers can now pinpoint several interesting and possibly crucial differences in the brains of kids with and without the disorder.
Child Neurologist, Medical Expert for Citizens Commission on Human Rights (advocacy group for Church of Scientology)
Peter Breggin MD
Psychiatrist, Director of International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP)
Fred Baughman
Problem with Conspiracies
Big Pharma is a conjunction of corporations, NGOs, politicians and physicians that invent "diseases," suppress cures and biologically manufacture illnesses so that a profit can be made from treatments.
In the pursuit of profit the pharmacutical industry has fabricated ailments and has intentionally suppressed cures.

Pharmaceutical industry makes profit:
In 2012 alone advertising campaigns via television exceeded a sum of three billion dollars as indicated by a study conducted by the Cegedim group

Basic Economic supply-demand

ADHD is not a biological abnormality

Diagnosing ADHD is based on a subjective checklist

They are based on that all members of the conspiracy
are "in on it."
They assume that all members inherently have evil motives--there is no dissent.
They use the lack of evidence for evidence.
Coincidence does not mean causation!
People gravitate to such theories because there is a need to blame others in adverse situations, which is especially the case with adversities in serious diseases.
Similarly, when there is someone who benefits from their misfortune, people tend to use the 'cui bono' fallacy: he who benefits from it must be the cause of that misfortune (Blaskiewicz 260)
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