Butterfly grew up with food intolerances and was diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger's
Syndrome, and learning difficulties. Now she struggles with OCDs.
This is the story of how we have faced these challenges.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Just What IS the World Coming To?

My heart chills at the very thought of a mother being stormed by armed cops because of a medical choice she made for her 13 year-old daughter. http://www.naturalnews.com/032089_antipsychotic_drugs_health_freedom.html

Are we kidding here? It’s against the law now in the U.S. for a mom to make a medical decision on behalf of her child? The child in question was prescribed Risperdal. Yes, the possible side effects of this psychoactive drug are many and varied. Butterfly also tried it briefly, but it was not a good fit for her either. She was about the same age as the girl in the above story, who has been carried off to a psychiatric facility by the authorities, apparently to have this drug forced on her regardless of side effects and regardless of the mother’s instincts, observations, and decisions in the matter. Really? I mean, REALLY?? Now, I’m sure the mom could have handled the matter better. But I’m also certain that the actions of the cops and especially the S.W.A.T. team were not justifiable. Mom isn’t becoming a shooter if: 1) she doesn’t live in a gun-happy nation; 2) her door isn’t being knocked down and her home invaded by armed men. (I would have fought back too, only the police here would have been pelted with coffee mugs or something. And I would have been tasered, very probably repeatedly, very possibly to death.)

I’m so glad I got to raise Butterfly when I did. I felt a little bit put out at the time, because I faced so much of what we went through without a lot of help. But the Allergist who told me to trust my own instincts was a huge help, with both his advice and the list of reading material he gave me. That was back in the day of little awareness. Now that we’re supposedly all more aware, we’ve entered an age of authority abuse. Great.

I refused medication for Butterfly. I was still figuring out the food connection. I was keeping menus and lists of reactions to certain foods. Medication would have interfered. It turned out in the course of making dietary adjustments, that she is intolerant of propylene glycol, an ingredient not only found in many foods, such as colouring and flavouring, but in many medications as well, including most renditions of Ritalin. I didn’t know this at the time. Nevertheless, the side effects associated with Ritalin gave me pause. Since I wasn’t putting her in school, and I was monitoring what she ingested, I decided she was best off, for the time-being, drug-free. I’m so glad now that I did, because only this is what clued me into the fact that most of the side effects of Ritalin are directly attributable to the glycol. She would have had a terrible time with it. Just as she did when we eventually gave the Risperdal a try. She also tried a version of Ritalin without the glycol in it at one point. It actually didn’t help that much and it was difficult to get from our local drug store, even though the doctor prescribed it. If they told me once that it’s a controlled substance, they told me 18 times. It just wasn’t worth the hassle.

The whole story of “medical police state” seems a little far-fetched, and yet, it happened. And this is just one we heard about. How often have the agencies founded to protect children abused their authority in this way ~ grabbing a no doubt very frightened child away from her mother because they didn’t like the decision the parent made? The child will be forever scarred by this, not to mention the mom, who was just trying to defend her child.

My American friends should not get me wrong... after what happened here at the G20, I’m not judging on basis of nationality. Our societies are very, very sick with all this abused authority.

Shameful. Shame on the Canadian Police Services at the G20. Shame on Detroit’s CPS for overstepping the bounds of their mandate. Shame on the Detroit police for stepping in without warrant or court order. Shame on the S.W.A.T. team that actually stormed this woman’s home. The whole situation could have been handled MUCH, MUCH better than it was. Just shameful.

Yesterday Butterfly refused her pill. We’d tried her on a new medicine that was supposed to help her with her OCDs. It’s called Zoloft. Zoloft is supposed to release serotonin into her brain, where more is apparently needed. But all these drugs come with side effects, and Butterfly seems particularly prone to them. She developed verbal and physical tics that she never had before. Even the doctor agreed that weaning her off the drug was the thing to do. So now we’re searching for something more suitable to help her overcome those OCDs. No Children’s Aid, no cops, no S.W.A.T. team banging on our door.

Still, I breathe a sigh of relief because Butterfly is 18. What if she was still a minor? Would the authorities take her away from me by force? Would they jail me for my parental decision to not use a prescribed drug? Would they put her into a psychiatric facility and force drugs into her that would harm her? Geeez... I now have no reason to believe they wouldn’t.