Sunday, July 24, 2005


Over the weekend, the Irving's newspapers called for a provincial election. The Irvings truly believe that they can brainwash its readers to support Bernard Lord.

They used the excuse of Point Lapreau and the weak leadership skill of Shawn Graham. They claimed people are ready to replace Shawn. I will tell you one thing! Never once have I heard anyone from the Liberal Party complaining about Shawn Graham.


I had a high Liberal offcial come to me once and asks me if the Liberals could win under Shawn Graham?

My answer to the individual was this - A rock could run against Bernard Lord during the next election and he would win!!!


Yes, the Irvings are moving hard and fast in getting Bernard Lord re-elected as Premier. This would be a big thank you for the LNG deal!!!



Deputy Mayor Artiss

William Artiss Deputy Mayor

Deputy Mayor Hooton


Councillor Daryl Bishop

Councillor Daryl Bishop

There’s something bugging me! < Not the first time >

Last week, someone send me an email and by mistake? He added all the people on his list with his electronic letter.

Just like a seagull, I quickly gobble all the emails.

I added these new victims to my list!!!! THEY'RE ALL MINE ..MINE..MINE... HA HA HA HA! Just kidding!!

This list was different because it had all high class citizens. I mean really high class people like this type? You know? The snobby type!!!


So you can just imagine the reaction on their faces once they began receiving emails from this peasant?…

I was told by some politicians < pictures above > that they wish me to remove them off my list!

My answer is - Sorry!!! Once you’re an elected official???? You're fair game!!!

I refuse to remove them off my list!

Am I wrong or right on this issue? Please let me know???

I might add that I have over 100 elected officials on my list from different part of the Province!


ritalin mad!!!

Last updated: July 01. 2005 12:00AM

Report of Ritalin Risks Prompts a Federal Study

New York Times

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 30 - Federal health officials said Thursday that they were looking into a suggestion by a small Texas study that Ritalin and other stimulant drugs given to children might increase their risk of cancer later in life.

A team of experts from the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency went to Texas on May 23 to examine the methods used by the researchers, who found damage to the chromosomes of 12 children who took Ritalin for three months.

Ritalin, which entered the market in 1955, has been used for decades to treat children for attention or hyperactivity problems.

Dr. David Jacobson-Kram of the Office of New Drugs at the food and drug agency said that the study, by researchers at the University of Texas and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, had flaws in its methodology but that its results could not be dismissed. Drugs that are known to cause cancer cause similar chromosomal changes, Dr. Jacobson-Kram said.

But other scientists cautioned that the study was far too small and its finding far too preliminary to cause alarm. The study did not include a comparison group of children who had not taken Ritalin. And federal officials said there was no reason for children currently taking Ritalin or other stimulants to stop taking them.

Dr. Lawrence Greenhill of Columbia University, an expert on Ritalin and other stimulant drugs used for children, questioned why the government was devoting so many resources to following up on the study's findings. Dr. Greenhill, like many other academic researchers, serves as a consultant for companies that make the drugs.

Several research teams are trying to reproduce the study on a larger scale, using better controls. And federal officials are examining millions of health records to determine if children who took Ritalin decades ago now have higher rates of cancer. The drug agency has also asked the makers of Ritalin-like stimulants to provide it with any information about their drugs' effects on chromosomes.

"I would say that if these data are reproducible, then that would be very concerning," Dr. Jacobson-Kram said.

He added that it would be at least a year before the results of those studies were known.

It is unclear, Dr. Jacobson-Kram said, how Ritalin might damage chromosomes.

"There's no obvious mechanism by which these drugs should be doing this," he said. "And there is nothing about them by which they clue us that they are DNA damaging."

About 29 million prescriptions were written last year in the United States for Ritalin and similar drugs to treat attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity, 23 million of them for children. The drugs are among the most widely prescribed medicines in the world.

Controversy has long surrounded their use, however, with critics saying that the medications are greatly overprescribed.

Dr. Jacobson-Kram made his presentation before an F.D.A. advisory committee called to examine the most recent reports of adverse events among children taking Concerta, a long-acting form of Ritalin. The committee found nothing new or unusual about the reports, which included cases of children who had become psychotic and others who had developed heart problems.

The drug agency said no committee members had conflicts of interest that would prevent them from evaluating the drug's safety in an independent manner.

F.D.A. officials told the committee that the agency planned to change Concerta's label to make the risks of such side effects clearer. Among the mental side effects reported among children taking Concerta were hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, psychotic behaviors and aggression.

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"It's not that this is something new or that this is something that's happening at a higher incidence than before," Dr. Paul Andreason, a psychiatrist who is part of the agency's division of neuropharmacologic drug products, told the committee.

But, Dr. Andreason said, descriptions of these problems in the labels of Concerta, Ritalin and similar stimulants are often written in technical language. So the F.D.A. has decided that descriptions of the drugs' potential side effects must be stated more clearly, he said.

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Still, agency officials and several committee members said they were not convinced that Concerta caused mental problems like hallucinations and psychosis. Rather, the children taking the drug may also suffer from other mental disorders.

"The agency believes that it is not yet possible to determine whether these events, especially the more serious ones, are causally associated with these treatments," said Dr. Dianne Murphy, director of the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics at the drug agency.

The most common side effects of Ritalin, Concerta and similar drugs are appetite suppression, headaches, abdominal pain and sleep disturbances. Children who take these drugs chronically often weigh less and are shorter in stature as a result.

Received 22 November 2004; revised 6 January 2005; accepted 10 January 2005. Available online 16 February 2005.

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In recent years there has been a surge in methylphenidate (Ritalin) use for treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. However, there is a paucity of information on whether this drug poses any potential health risks, such as mutagenicity or carcinogenicity, for humans. To address this issue, we investigated whether this central nervous system stimulant produces cytogenetic abnormalities in pediatric patients at therapeutic levels. In a population composed of twelve children treated with therapeutic doses of methylphenidate, we analyzed three cytogenetic endpoints in peripheral blood lymphocytes obtained before and three months after initiation of treatment with this drug. In all participants, treatment induced a significant 3, 4.3 and 2.4-fold increase in chromosome aberrations, sister chromatid exchanges and micronuclei frequencies.

Ritalin Could Cause 'Long-Lasting Changes'
Posted Dec. 12, 2002
By Kelly Patricia O Meara
A study by scientists at the University at Buffalo has shown that Ritalin (methylphenidate) may cause long-term changes in the brain. Joan Baizer, professor of physiology and biophysics, and senior author of the study, reports, "When the active dose has worked its way through the system, they consider it all gone. Our research with gene expression in an animal model suggests that it has the potential for causing long-lasting changes in brain cell structure and function."

The changes, according to Baizer, are similar to those seen with cocaine and other psychoactive drugs. "Children have been given Ritalin and it is extremely effective and beneficial," explained Baizer, "but it's not quite as simple as a short-acting drug. We need to look at it more closely. Ritalin does appear to be safe when used properly, but it is still important to ask what it is doing to the brain."

Whether Ritalin, like other psychotropic drugs, causes long-term adverse effects on the brain has been debated for years. While doctors continue to research the effects of Ritalin on children, other medical professionals debate the validity of the diagnosis of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), the disorder most often cited in cases of treatment with Ritalin. Those in the medical community who believe ADHD to be a subjective psychiatric diagnosis -- one not based on science -- argue that there is no case of a child dying from ADHD, but there are cases in which children have died from using the stimulant.

Kelly Patricia O'Meara is an investigative reporter for Insight.


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