Yesterday, I heard from two different individuals
that I should locate someone famous to speak up with
me against the use of Ritalin.
I quickly answered - You mean that I'm not famous
enough or good looking enough???
I'm famous allright but all for the bad
My God? What can a person do?
The reason they mentioned this to me is because the
daughter of Elvis Presley Lisa Marie???? is speaking
out against the use of Ritalin in the States.
From what I'm told that Ritalin is ban from some
states! I will paste her story at the end of this Blog!!!
My God? Do I ever miss WCIE!!!! Oh where o where is
WCIE located??? I can't blog anything at the spur of
the moment about I have to email my blog to WCIE jr
and this takes time.
I must give credit to WCIE jr because if it wasn't
for him? There would be no blogs period.
I had a good chuckle the other day?
I was standing outside in front of the media office
in the Capital chatting with two individuals then
suddenly Andy Campbell from ATV News came running from
the building to his Van!
It was just like - beep beep the roadrunner. With
Camera in tow and going wild!
I shouted- What's going on????
He quickly answered- BREAKING News!
When he left, there's an Irving reporter who came
outside and I asked the individual what's going on????
The Irving employee answered - Sorry Charles,
you're the competition. We can't give you the info!
At the end it was a old couple from the small town
in Minto who were murdered.
I guess they were decapitated. Very sad when
something like this happened in this Province.
From what my sources told me that Andy Campbell
from ATV News got his van stuck!
I guess the killer was a neighbour and from what
I'm told? He had a party with some people and at
Mr Fulton came over and asked the guy if he could
lower the tune of the party.
I guess the guy said - I'll cut your head off!!!
The next day, he started to throw rocks at
Mr.Fulton vehicle every instance he went leave his
He told him that he was going to cut his head off
and I guess he did!!! Very sad story!!
But it's nice to see that these Irving reporters
don't wish to share their stories with me because they
fell that I'm the competition?
You know what? I'm going to take that as a
It's so funny! These Irving's reporters surround a
politician in the hallways of the Legislature and I'm
not allowed to asked questions because I refuse to
give my life and soul to the Irving Empire but anyway?
Once the politician is done? I can confront them
about my issue in private!
I notice when they speak to the media, someone from
their office is always there with a small tape
recorder but once it comes to me?
The recorder is shut off!
Maybe in the future? They should tape our
conversation so they can say that they never told this
My conversations are often off the record anyway!!!
I just stay in the background and listen. Hey?
Their job is to report the news and my job< don't get
paid for it > if to write the news and give my views
on the issue in hand.
Of course the readers have a chance to reply to my
blog. You sure can't use this in the Irving's media!
There's a story in the telegraph Journal that the LNG
deal is not fair!
I phoned the talk show this morning and told the
audience to not be fool by this because the Irving's
will print stories from both side of the LNG issue
till the Senate gives their final report in June!
After this is done?
They will return to only praising stories will be
printed in the Irving Papers!
I am still trying to get my column on the poor
printed in the Gleaner but I guess that the Irvings
gave the orders not to print stories about the issue
of the Poor!!!
Oh well c'est la vie!!!
Hey? You never know who's on my list!! I just
received the weather from Peter Coade from ATV News!!!
Here's his forcasts
Three day forecast - sunny breaks returning tomorrow
afternoon after todays rain taper to showers
overnight...more rain (but milder!0 moves in later on
Saturday persisting into Sunday then out on Monday..
Charlie, you should have built your ARK based on my
forecast of the past few days...
See??? I even have the weather forecasts in this
line of communication!!...lol..what's going to be
next??? Scares me to death in wondering!!!
Ok.Yesterday, I met with Victor Boudreau Liberal
MLA for Shediac.
At first, I told the newly elected MLA that I
didn't want to have lunch in the Cafeteria because
I'll be too easily distracted by all the politicians
in that area.
We found a nice spot and talked about the issue
close to two hours.
I guess that I succeeded in educating Victor of
what is going on in this Province.
While heading to lunch, I noticed Elvy Robichaud <
Health Minister > across the street and I shouted- I'M
GOING TO STRAIGHTEN THIS GUY OUT!!! If you missed it?
It was a episode weeks ago when I phoned the talk show
- Voice of the Province!!!
On another issue? I had a good laugh while in
I phoned the talk show in the Loyalist City but
there was a problem.
Before I call the show? I checked the radio in the
house and guess what?
We couldn't hear a darn thing!
I told the host that it was a huge waste of time
because the citizens couldn't hear the show.
We chatted for 5 to 7 minutes and that was
30 minutes later, the host told the audience that
the frequency wasn't working so I call in again and
told the host the same story all over again!
I felt bad for the host.he began to hit his
keyboard while I was talking but I forgave the guy
because it's pretty hard to get into a conversation if
you already heard the stories.lol.
First time in my life that I phoned a talk show
with the same story twice.
After that accident, the citizens in the
Fredericton area cannot get the talk show!!!
My God? Cut off from Saint John????
Oh well c'est la vie!!!
Ok..Tim Smith is all ready for his protest and I
will concentrate on that issue in future blogs! Hey?
Is there anyone out there who has a tent for Tim
Smith??? Please let me know!!!
Please excuse the grammar and style of this update
because I just write the darn thing and send it along
the information Highway!!! Gotta go and if you're
still with me? Here's what Lisa Marie Presley had to
say about the issue of Ritalin.bye bye
BY THE WAY??? THE GUEST ON VOICE OF THE PROVINCE
TONIGHT IS THE MINISTER OF FAMILY SERVICES!!!!
IMONY BY LISA MARIE PRESLEY
INTERNATIONAL SPOKESPERSON FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS,
FOR CITIZENS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL
Committee on House Government Reform
September 26, 2002
Thank you Congressman Burton and Committee Members for
the opportunity to address this Hearing.
I am speaking to you today as a mother of thirteen
years, one who is intimately familiar with the unique
and very special bond between a mother and her
However, I am also a mother who has repeatedly seen
that bond seriously threatened as more and more
parents have been convinced that their child's
creative endeavors, their enthusiastic energy, their
misbehavior, or perhaps even their disillusionment
with school, is a "mental disorder" which cries out
for a "chemical fix."
As a strong supporter of literacy for children, I am
aware of the power of workable literacy training, even
for children who have been convinced that they suffer
from some supposed brain-based learning disorder or
chemical imbalance which requires heavy drugging. Far
too often, when sufficient time was spent teaching
them true educational basics, including how to read,
their so-called "learning disorder" disappeared. I
have spoken to children who have been forced to take a
cocaine-like stimulant to control their behavior; I
have shared their sense of sheer desperation. To see a
child suffer a drug-induced psychotic break is not
something one easily forgets.
I know of children who could have easily been labeled
with "Attention Deficit Disorder" or ADHD sufferers,
who were found to be suffering from nothing else than
the toxic effects of chemicals in their environment.
I find it alarming that in my 13 years of motherhood,
the use of Ritalin for ADHD has increased 700 percent.
Today, it is estimated that between six and eight
million American children take psychiatric drugs for
ADHD and other so-called learning and behavioral
disorders. I am not aware of any scientific evidence
that validates these as diseases in the same way that
medical diseases can be.
Today, more than 20 million prescriptions for
stimulants are written each year. Prescriptions for
one stimulant, Adderal, increased 1,017 percent since
The list of possible side effects of Ritalin alone
includes nervousness, loss of appetite, weight loss,
manic behavior and a potential for future drug
dependence. Even the manufacturer of the drug warns
that "frank psychotic episodes can occur" with abuse.
Suicide is the major complication of withdrawal from
Ritalin and similar drugs.
Some 1.5 million children and teenagers are now
prescribed antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, and
Paxil. The possible side effects of these drugs
include anxiety, agitation, insomnia, bizarre dreams,
suicidal thoughts, hostility and violent behavior.
Between 1988 and 1992, there were Food and Drug
Administration drug adverse reaction reports of 90
children and adolescents who had suffered suicidal or
violent self-destructive behavior while on one
In February 2000, a study published in the Journal of
the American Medical Association revealed the number
of American children between two and four years of age
who had been given psychiatric drugs, including
antidepressants, had soared 50% between 1991 and 1995.
Yet, now a peppermint flavored antidepressant is on
the market as an added incentive for children.
And with ADHD increasingly under fire in the media and
the community, parents are told that their child may
not have ADHD after all, but so-called "bipolar
disorder." The symptoms of this new affliction include
"poor handwriting," "difficulty organizing tasks,"
"complains of being bored," "is very creative," "is
willful," has "difficulty getting up in the morning,"
has trouble "concentrating in school," "argues with
adults," and is "easily distracted."
These "symptoms" are no less subjective than those
listed for ADHD. It seems that every childhood
activity or protest in life is being redefined as a
But there is much more to this alarming situation than
just an expanding list of child mental illnesses and
skyrocketing drug consumption.
Teenagers on powerful psychiatric drugs committed more
than half of the recent teenage shooting sprees,
resulting in 19 deaths and 51 wounded.
Government funds now permit parents, such as those
testifying here today, to be coerced and threatened if
they reject a questionable psychiatric diagnosis and
refuse to put their child on mind-altering drugs.
Children have been wrenched from their family's care
simply because their parents favored an alternative,
drug-free approach to addressing educational and
behavioral problems. The psychotropic drugging of
millions of children has to stop.
It is a tragedy that some parents have been forced to
resort to legal action to protect their children's and
their own parental rights to be free of such coercion!
Meanwhile in our classrooms, our teachers have been
co-opted into administering mental diagnostic tests to
determine whether students are "hyperactive" or
"bipolar." In fact, laws have had to be passed, for
example in Connecticut, and one introduced in New
York, to prevent teachers coercing parents into
drugging their children.
These are just a few aspects of what I believe will
one day be widely recognized as the totally needless
and tragic drugging of innocent children.
I am not saying that children don't have problems,
that they don't need special attention, or that
parents cannot reach their wits end when all
recommended solutions to their child's behavior have
What I do want to emphasize here today though, is that
only by looking for alternatives to drugs will parents
discover for themselves the numerous simple, workable
and drug-free answers to the problems of attention,
behavior and learning.
The common denominator is correct diagnosis. A child
could have allergies, lead toxicity, eyesight or
hearing problems, be simply in need of tutoring, or
something even more basic than that-phonics. The list
of possible causes is very long and well-documented,
but such child life-saving information has in effect
been increasingly denied to, or hidden from the view
of parents and others. This is a violation of their
right to "informed consent."
Instead of supporting what is legal drug pushing, our
governments, schools and doctors must ensure that
all-not carefully selected-information is made
available to parents in order for them to make an
informed choice about their child's educational and
In 1995 and 1997, the United Nations' International
Narcotics Control Board said that governments needed
to "...exercise vigilance" in order to prevent the
overdiagnosing of Attention Deficit Disorder and its
"medically unjustified treatment." I want to take this
opportunity of thanking the Committee for its
However, since 1997, the number of children put on
psychotropic drugs has almost doubled. America now
accounts for 90% of the world's Ritalin consumption.
Clearly, much more than vigilance is needed.
My hope is that this Committee will successfully and
continually work to ensure that any legislation
governing the mental health or education of our
children, provides parents with full information about
the available diagnostic and treatment alternatives to
child drugging in the true spirit of "informed
We must love, educate and take proper care of the
physical health of our children, and refuse to allow
them to be falsely labeled as mentally ill and then be
continuously drugged when there may very likely be a
simple cause and solution for their problem. We will
not achieve this without the broadly-informed support
of our governments, our citizens and our parents.