Monday, December 21, 2009

Drugging Impoverished Children & Bhopal 25 yrs later

Today feels like a follow-up kinda day. Follow up news is good because it broadens the understanding of a given issue.

Starting with this - Poor Children Likelier to Get Antipsychotics, which follows hot on the heels of this- Pharmaceutical Goldmine:Children's developing brains

"New federally financed drug research reveals a stark disparity: children covered by Medicaid are given powerful antipsychotic medicines at a rate four times higher than children whose parents have private insurance. And the Medicaid children are more likely to receive the drugs for less severe conditions than their middle-class counterparts, the data shows.

Do too many children from poor families receive powerful psychiatric drugs not because they actually need them — but because it is deemed the most efficient and cost-effective way to control problems that may be handled much differently for middle-class children?

So rather then ensuring good nutrition, financial stability, adequate housing... DRUG'EM!

And finishing in India, 25 yrs after the Bhopal disaster, A cloud still hangs over Bhopal

This is the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster, an epic mess that started one night when a pesticide plant owned by the American chemical giant Union Carbide leaked a cloud of poisonous gas. Before the sun rose, almost 4,000 human beings capable of love and anguish sank to their knees and did not get up. Half a million more fell ill, many with severely damaged lungs and eyes.

An additional 15,000 people have since died from the aftereffects, and 10 to 30 people are said to die every month from exposure to the hundreds of tons of toxic waste left over in the former factory. But amazingly, the site still has not been cleaned up, because Dow Chemical, which since acquired Union Carbide, refuses to accept any responsibility. The groundwater is contaminated; children of the survivors suffer from genetic abnormalities; and the victims have long since run out of their measly compensation and are begging on the streets.

India is now looking at a nuclear future with no liabilities for the power generator, and the Bhopal survivors and their advocate do not wish to see a horrific repeat via a Nuclear Bhopal.
Something for all the Copenhagen adherants to think about.


  1. Awh shucks Penn, now it's all fine and well to read about these poor buggers in Bhopal but what the people in the trenches REALLY want to know, is what is going to happen to poor Tiger Woods and all the hoes. So lets have some real news for a change.

  2. A propos unecessary drugs. Tom Naughton has made a beautiful post today concerning statins (the most profitable drugs to date which usefulness is quasi nil).

    As for the childrens brain, stop giving them cereals and sugar, give them animal fats and cholesterol rich food (offals), and all the behaviour problems will vanish. Look at the composition of brain tissue: fat, cholesterol, water.

  3. Tiger Woods? Who is that?
    Sad that people are so stupid, they find his liasons interesting.
    Oh yes, I said stupid.
    And I am not apologizing, the man plays golf, for christ sakes, who cares.....
    His life affects no one else but himself and his extended family.
    Other then that.....
    Now Bhopal,how many died?
    How far did that poison spread?
    How easily could this happen to any of us, located near a chemical plant, a nuclear plant, whatever?
    Tiger, who cares!

  4. btw silv, good to see you about, I want to drop you a line, coming up on my one year anniversary.....

    Hoping you have some time to lend an ear?

  5. Gallier, thanks I will check that out, and sugar, sugar, the amount of sugar kids consume is out of this world...

    When my daughter was younger, ok, I fed her cereal, but no trix, sugar pops and crap like that.
    Also no candy, if she had candy, it was an occasional treat, not a daily household food.

    And what about all that food colouring? I wonder about the chemicial effects of that..
    Because.. I am allergic to food colouring specifically green, makes me itchy and turn red with hives.
    The last time that happened, it took weeks for the hives to clear, and the colouring was in some store bought coleslaw which didn't have a garish green tone to it or anything like that and I ate it and OMG! That was a few years back, as long as I stay away from green, I am ok.