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The Drugging of Our Children
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In the News:

Deborah Merlin's radio interview with Holy Hormones:

Deborah Merlin's Radio Interview

Prescribing Zoloft and other antidepressants to a fetus

Adverse reactions to medications prescribed to children to treat ADHD and other neurological disorders:

Risperdal can cause boys to grow breasts

Questions Raised About Stimulants and Sudden Death

Unfavorable drug studies don't get into print: Report

Research shows drugs are still not the answer for ADHD

ADHD Drugs May Increase Kids' Risk of Dying and Threat of Sudden Death


Merck concerned about mercury levels in children's vaccinations

Flu Shots, Mercury and Alzheimer's

Heavy metal toxicity articles:

Behavioral Aspects of Children (Aggressive, Anti-social Behavior)

Toxins in our environment:

High Mercury Levels Are Found in Tuna Sushi

Unrecognized Celiac Disease May be Hidden Cause of ADHD Symptoms


About the Contributing Authors
Praise for the Book
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Foreword by David R Allen MD
A Mother’s Story
Excerpt from the Book
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Contributing Authors

Judith Bluestone

Judith Bluestone was an educator, therapist, lecturer, author, and consultant. She had over forty years of experience in working with children and adults with neurodevelopmental challenges, in addition to her own extraordinary childhood, replete with sensory disturbances and bizarre behaviors that in the late twentieth century would have been labeled as autism, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder and others. Her academic studies and collaborative work in the fields of education, neurodevelopment, psychology, and rehabilitation methodologies led a Washington State county hospital to deem her a neurodevelopmental/educational therapist.
After resolving her own serious neurodevelopmental differences, and realizing she was not alone in facing such challenges, Judith developed the Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency (HANDLE). Refusing to accept rejection of herself (although she was often socially ostracized) or of her ideas, in 1994 Judith founded The HANDLE Institute in Seattle and began to train others in her paradigm for understanding human functionality and building stable neurodevelopmental foundations for learning.
In 2004, Judith won regional and national Jefferson Awards and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for creating and sharing HANDLE with her community, her country, and the world. There are now approximately 140 certified providers of HANDLE on five continents—and more in training. To accommodate this growth, Judith established The HANDLE Institute International, LLC, also in 2004.
HANDLE invites you to help extraordinary people do ordinary things, naturally.

Contact information:
The HANDLE Institute
1300 Dexter Avenue N
110 The Casey Family Building
Seattle, WA 98109

James P. Blumenthal, DC, CCN, DACBN, FABFN – Please note that Dr. Blumenthal passed away in December 2012.

James P. Blumenthal received his Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St Louis, his doctor of chiropractic degree from Logan College, and his post-doctoral neurology training from Carrick Institute. He was a board certified Clinical Nutritionist, Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, member of the American Chiropractic College of Nutrition, and a Fellow of the American Board of Functional Neurology. He was named a research associate in biological medicine by Occidental Institute Research Foundation and served on the board of directors of the International College of Applied Kinesiology. He collaborated with an international team to advance teaching and research on Retained Primitive Reflexes and applies Defeat Autism Now! principles to his work.

A third generation healer, Dr Blumenthal studied and practiced as an herbalist, emergency medical technician, body-worker, Doctor of Chiropractic, clinical nutritionist, and functional neurologist. He had training in Chinese medicine and naturopathy and had served on the faculty of chiropractic, naturopathic, and Chinese medical schools.

Dr. Blumenthal specialized in treating children and adults with complex “syndrome disorders” (e.g., AD(H)D, Autism, Asperger’s); digestive, immune, detoxification, and endocrine problems; and neurologic challenges (learning; memory, focus and attention; planning and sequencing; balance, vertigo, coordination; brain injuries). His high success rate can be attributed to listening carefully to his patients, treating each one as an individual and a partner in their healing process, and to the variety of healing traditions that he has been trained in.

Rashid Buttar, DO, FAAPM, FACAM, FAAIM

Rashid A. Buttar received his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in biology and theology and then attended medical school at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, in Des Moines, Iowa. He trained in general surgery and emergency medicine and served as Brigade Surgeon for the 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of South Korea, and later as the Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Moncrief Army Community Hospital at Ft. Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. During his military career, Dr. Buttar had the privilege of serving with and being attached to the 2nd Infantry Division, the 101st Air Assault Division, and the 5th Special Forces Group.
Dr. Buttar is board certified and a diplomate in preventive medicine and clinical metal toxicology, is board eligible in emergency medicine, and has achieved fellowship status in three separate medical organizations: Fellow of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, Fellow of the American Academy of Preventive Medicine, and Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Buttar practices in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is the medical director of Advanced Concepts in Medicine, a clinic specializing in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic conditions in patients refractory to conventional treatments, with a special emphasis on the interrelationship between metal toxicity and insidious disease processes. He also serves as Director of Clinical Research and Development for V-SAB Medical Laboratories, where he’s extensively involved in research with polypeptide sequencing and identification technologies as well as innovative methodologies for drug delivery mechanisms. In addition, Dr. Buttar is involved in clinical research and outcome-based studies with various groups, including private bio-tech companies, university-based projects, and government-sponsored clinical research.
Dr. Buttar lectures worldwide on these subjects at scientific congresses and professional symposiums and is a frequently invited presenter at medical conferences. He has appeared and been featured in local, national, and international media including newspapers, radio, and television. Dr. Buttar has been invited to and testified in front of the North Carolina Congress as well as the United States Congress, giving special testimony before the Congressional Sub-committee on Human Rights and Wellness. Phillips Publishing and Stephen Sinatra, MD, have listed Dr. Buttar as being among the top fifty doctors in the United States.”
Dr. Buttar has been in charge of the national training program that leads to board certification in clinical metal toxicology through the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology and is also a member of the twelve-member National Metals Task Force, appointed to address the endemic nature of metal toxicity and the resulting implications on world health. Dr. Buttar currently serves as the chairman of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology and is the president of the North Carolina Integrative Medical Society. He sits on numerous boards and CME committees for several medical organizations and societies, including the American Association for Health Freedom.
Dr. Buttar continues to actively teach as faculty for mainstream medical courses, such as Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) for physicians through the American College of Surgeons, as well as teaching pediatric advanced life support and advanced cardiac life support courses to other physicians, nurses, and emergency response.

Contact information:
Center for Advanced Medicine and Clinical Research
20721 Torrence Chapel Road, Suite # 101–103
Cornelius, NC 28031
704-895-9355 (clinic phone)
Dr. Buttar’s DVD “Autism The Misdiagnosis of Our Future Generations available at

Pat Farrell

For over twelve years, Pat Farrell has been an advocate of and coach for health-supporting lifestyles, primarily focusing on the emotional aspects to achieve health and well-being. Building upon conventional therapeutic methods, Pat utilizes techniques from Emotional Freedom Techniques, energy medicine, applied kinesiology, clinical hypnotherapy, and BioPro technology to help people achieve happiness and health.
Pat Farrell presented her unique solution to stress to companies such as Harley Davidson, The Newspaper Association of America/NIE, Kaiser Permanente, Sharp Health Care, Cary Medical Center, Blue Cross, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The change in people is often immediate and usually permanent. Many refer to Pat’s process as “the miracle drug. . . without the drug.”
Pat is the author of the internationally acclaimed book 101 Ways to Get a Life: How to Be Happy . . . No Matter What’s Happening and is a popular guest on radio and television.

Contact information:
760-961-4027 or 877-2-B-HAPPY

Dr. Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D. has been practicing holistic medicine since 1981. He has lectured to the general public, medical, dental, chiropractic and acupuncture groups in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. In 1997 Dr. Garber became the first person in the United States to receive a Ph.D. degree in Homeopathy. He is Past-President of the California Homeopathic Medical Society of and sits on the boards of other several other organizations. Dr. Garber maintains a private practice, teaches, writes, and also conducts research in dietary supplements and homeopathic remedies.

He is the developer of Dr. Garber's Natural Solutions®, a unique line of biotherapy formulas that safely and effectively address many of the most common conditions while producing no harmful side effects. Used by doctors nationwide for their patients, their families and themselves for over ten years, they are available to the general public at select pharmacies and retail outlets such as Whole Foods Markets. They are also available on the internet through and through Dr.Garber’s own website

Contact information:

Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D.
Dr. Garber's Natural Solutions®
150 Washington Ave., Ste. 201
Santa Fe, NM  87501
v: 877.374.2723 f: 310.736.6637

Dan O. Harper, MD, PhD

Dan Harper was born and raised in East Texas. He acquired polio in the epidemic of 1952 and had five years of learning how to walk again. His 107-degree fever caused or allowed certain learning disorders to appear as dyslexia and ADD; his mother called it “Dennis the Menace” syndrome. He graduated from Abilene Christian College magna cum laude and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine cum laude. Dr. Harper served a residency in family practice at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland. After a period of time in Nigeria at the Nigerian Christian Hospital in Onichingwa, Dr. Harper returned to do emergency room work and family practice.
Dr. Harper is board certified in family medicine and holistic medicine and has a doctorate in homeopathy. He has accumulated over thirty-five thousand hours of ER experience and over thirty-five hundred hours of continuing medical education in the last five years, mostly in complementary medicine.
Currently, Dr. Harper does only holistic practice, spending one to two hours on the initial consultation. He prescribes lifestyle adjustments, dietary changes, and nutritional supplements to allow the body to return to its natural healing mode.

Contact Information:
511 South Cedros Suite B
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Janet Starr Hull, PhD

Janet Starr Hull has a very diverse background with academic degrees and experience in geology, international geography, environmental science, fitness training, and nutrition. She is an OSHA certified environmental hazardous waste emergency response specialist and toxicologist, a former firefighter, and a college professor.
In 1991, Dr. Hull had an unexpected change in career after she was diagnosed with “incurable” Graves’ disease. Through diligent research and her thorough understanding of toxicity, she later discovered that her “Graves’ disease” was actually aspartame poisoning. She has since worked to inform consumers about the health dangers of artificial sweeteners.
Dr. Hull’s experiences have provided pieces to a life-long puzzle—the damaging effects of artificial sweeteners. She combined her various skills to form a unique application to natural medicine. Her work is based upon the interrelationships of all sciences, as she personally discovered “what works in nature can surely work in man.”

Contact information:

Jack Johnstone, PhD

Jack Johnstone received his bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology at Antioch College and his doctorate in psychology at the University of California at San Francisco. He is currently the president and CEO of Q-Metrx, Inc., and is an associate researcher in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Johnstone is a consultant to Aspect Medical Systems, Inc. and California Clinical Trials.

Contact information:
1612 W. Olive Street, Suite 301
Burbank, CA 91506

Kathleen Lewis, DC, CBT

Dr. Kathleen Lewis is a chiropractor with 32 years of experience.  She has offices in Los Angeles, Sedona and Scottsdale.  She teaches classes in spiritual healing and Seven Yoga™.

Contact information:

Toll-free at (800) 394-8340.

Debbie Lindgren, CIHom

Debbie Lindgren became interested in complementary healing strategies after one of her sons was diagnosed with lead poisoning. Debbie received her MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, is trained in homeopathy and currently lives in California with her husband and two children. 

Marlene McKee, Certified Nutrition Educator, DIHom

Marlene McKee was raised and educated in Germany. After college, she studied in England at the British Institute of Homeopathy at Staines, and received a diploma in the advanced course of studies in homeopathic medicine. When Marlene came to the United States for a visit, she loved it and eventually decided to stay. She continued her education in biological sciences and nutrition at the Institute of Educational Therapy, Bauman College, Penngrove, California, where she became a certified nutrition educator.
Marlene has owned and operated health food stores in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Los Angeles. Her mother passed on to her a vast knowledge of medicinal herbs and natural healing. She showed her how to use herbs and food as prevention and cures. Her family never had to see a doctor, nor did they take Western medicines or antibiotics. Marlene’s mother told her about vitamins in foods before anybody else ever talked about them. Because of her upbringing, she knew that people could heal themselves with the proper food, nature’s medicines, and the body’s innate wisdom.
Marlene has been in the business of educating people in health-promoting eating and natural remedies for twenty-seven years.

Contact information:

Trisha Ochoa, CHN

Trisha Ochoa is a board certified holistic nutritionist and, as a registered member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, she continues her training by working closely with other professionals in her field. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her nutrition certification from the American Academy of Nutrition.
She specializes in holistic nutrition, emphasizing the need for optimum nutrition to ensure optimum health, not just the absence of illness. By recognizing the mechanisms by which the individual systems of the body work together, she designs eating patterns and supplementation methods to bring total health to her clients. Trisha practices nutrition counseling and lectures in Santa Monica, California.

Contact information:
(310) 428-9098

Emily Roberts, MA, LPC-I

Emily Roberts received her undergraduate degree in psychology, and her master’s degree in counseling from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Emily has worked with Pam Machemehl-Helmly, CN and chief science officer at Neurogistics, for three years; she is also a certified Neurogistics practitioner.
Emily is dedicated to helping children in need and providing families with support. Her background in counseling psychology allows her to incorporate the science of neurotransmitter testing into her practice while also assisting parents and families through the Balance Your Child’s Brain program. As a Neurogistics practitioner, Emily is able to assist parents all across the country and provide brain-chemistry balancing and education to any child in need of services. Her passion is working with children from troubled backgrounds, including adopted and foster children.

Contact information:
Neurogistics Corporation

Barbara Schwartz, MA

Barbara Schwartz is the founder of Equilibrium. She is a pioneer in the education and development of effective, non-medication, integrative brain-body techniques for overcoming symptoms of autism, ADD/ADHD, and other physical, emotional, learning, and/or behavioral conditions that affect both children and adults in alarming numbers.
Barbara has over twenty years of credentialed classroom teaching experience and is an educational kinesiologist, developmental specialist, a certified Brain Gym instructor, scotopic sensitivity syndrome evaluator, essential oil consultant, and holistic health practitioner.
Equilibrium can provide safe, proven, drug-free solutions to individuals, families, and groups. Barbara has created classroom, home study, daycare, and camp programs for children, parent workshops, and teacher training, as well as adult workshops. Barbara Schwartz is an author, frequent lecturer, and television personality. She also works directly with adults, children, and families on a private consultation basis. Barbara’s belief can be summed up as follows: When your brain and body are in balance, your life is in Equilibrium.

Contact information:

Jane Sheppard

Jane Sheppard is the editor and publisher of Healthy Child, a comprehensive website, newsletter, and blog for parents about natural, holistic health for children. Healthy Child helps to empower parents to make informed choices to protect the health and well-being of their children. Healthy Child offers parents thoroughly researched, safe, nontoxic products for babies and children.
Jane is the author of Super Healthy Kids: Strengthening Your Child’s Resistance to Disease, Protect Your Baby from Toxic Exposures, and numerous parenting articles. Jane lives in Northern California.

Contact information:

Lesa Werner, ND – Currently not practicing.

Lesa Werner is a licensed, board-certified doctor of naturopathic medicine. She maintains licenses to practice naturopathic medicine in both California and Connecticut, along with an additional license for dispensing approved pharmaceuticals in California.
Dr. Werner is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, where she earned her doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine. Bastyr University has the distinction of being the leading educational and research institution for science-based natural medicine.
Dr. Werner received her baccalaureate degree in biology from Western Connecticut State University and an associate degree in ophthalmic design and dispensing from Middlesex College in Connecticut. After a varied work history that included employment as an optician, a certified ophthalmic technician, and an EMT in Connecticut and New York, she ultimately found her calling in the field of natural medicine.
Following graduation from Bastyr, Dr. Werner established a successful practice in Connecticut before moving to California. While in Connecticut, she functioned as a primary care physician, focusing on the treatment of allergies, ADD/ADHD, autism, menopause and hormone balancing, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol, pediatric illnesses, and digestive disorders. While in California, Dr. Werner’s practice primarily encompasses women’s health care and pediatric illnesses.