Who are the medical child abuse perpetrators?
By current definition, the child's parents or guardians are the guilty parties. The term medical child abuse was originated by pediatrician Carole Jenny and her psychiatrist husband, Thomas A. Roesler.
In the Jenny/Roesler opinion, parents or caregivers are able to trick doctors into performing unnecessary surgery and prescribing superfluous medications. There is no doubt that some parents manipulate the system but it is not credible that the medical providers are innocent parties in the subterfuge because they establish the diagnosis and are compensated for services rendered.
Until such time physicians are charged in tandem with parents, medical child abuse practices will continue.
Medical child abuse was the subject of a 60 Minutes report in 2007 following the psychotropic drug-induced death of four-year old Rebecca Riley. The parents were charged and convicted of murder— Dr. Kayoko Kifuji was given immunity in exchange for her testimony. Dr. Kifuji's attorney said that his client was practicing mainstream psychiatry. 60 Minutes, after reviewing Rebecca's medical records, noted that Dr. Kifuji had her patient on ten medications per day.
The latest example of medical child abuse allegations involves Oregon Senate hopeful Dr. Monica Wheby . Dr. Wheby is one of several physicians of interest in the Katherine Parker indictment because she performed tethered-cord surgery on the defendant's son. Tethered cord surgery is recognized by Legacy Health, Dr. Wheby's employer. The cost billed to insurers is approximately $23,000. Because she is an employee, Dr. Wheby says she is not remunerated for her surgeries but Dr. Wheby would not have a job if she did not enhance revenue for the hospital.
How Somatic Symptom Disorders Relate to Medical Child Abuse
Patients complaining of pain and other maladies of unexplained etiology are thought to be suffering from somatic symptom disorders. This terminology when applied to minors is interpreted to mean that parents are making their children sick with subliminal signals. Valid or not, this diagnosis is employed by interested parties throughout the county to persuade juvenile courts to revoke parental rights.
Once under state jurisdiction, seized children may be subject to extreme measures such as alternative medical treatment, psychiatric incarceration, enrollment in clinical trials and psychotropic drug regimens. The Justina Pelletier Medical Experiment is a case in point.
Psychiatrist Allen J. Frances, former chair of the '94 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual warned in 2012 that the somatic symptom disorder, as formalized in DSM-5, is subject to inflated diagnosis and may penalize parents who are:
considered 'excessively concerned' about a child's symptoms. Families caring for children with any chronic illness may be placed at risk of wrongful accusation of 'over-involvement' with their child's symptomatology or of encouraging 'sick role behavior.'Are Clinical Trials Medical Child Abuse?
The National Institutes of Health reports that there are 13,504 children's clinical trials completed, in progress or terminated. In 2011 there were 400,500 children under states' protective care available for research.
Test subjects are recruited by advertising or are pulled from state agency welfare rolls. Because the government does not provide the data, it is not known how many children under state jurisdiction are utilized for experimentation. It is known that state agencies through various medical providers, are prescribing psychotropic drugs to their wards.
Depending on the type of study, clinical trials can be punitive and especially to an already stressed, out-of-environment child. The FDA defines clinical trials as studies on human volunteers but urges parents to consider enrolling their children for experimentation projects. Payments for participation in clinical trial research may be viewed here .
The National Institute of Mental Health initiated its Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Riluzole in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder in 2008. The 5-6 month experiment, if it had been completed, would have involved 80 children, ages 9-17 who were exhibiting bipolar/anxiety symptoms. During Phases 1 and 2 of the trial the children would be confined to the Pediatric Behavioral Health Unit. Research protocol: blood and urine samples, reduction and cessation of current medications, then application of either a placebo or the test product. Riluzole is currently prescribed for ALS patients
One of the inclusion criteria was that the enrollees had failed to respond to earlier atypical [off-label] antipsychotic medication clinical trials.
By any rational judgment clinical trials and psychotropic doping are examples of medical child abuse.
" Atypical Antipsychotic Use Among Medicaid-Insured Children and Adolescents: Duration, Safety, and Monitoring Implications " —Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology—April 2014
" Psychotropic Meds for Georgia Youth in Foster Care: Who Decides ? " — Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children—January 2011
"Payment of clinical research subjects" — The Journal of Clinical Investigation—2005