Thursday, March 13, 2008

Disturbing article...

Nate Tseglin, a 17-year-old autistic boy, was removed from his home and placed in a state-run mental institution because Child Protective Services disagreed with his parents’ treatment choices.

A teacher called CPS after seeing self-inflicted scratches on Nate's body and complained about the doctor-approved arm restraints used by Nate’s parents to keep him from hurting himself. Soon the Tseglins found themselves at loggerheads with the government over Nate's proper treatment.

The parents are opposed to the use of psychotropic drugs and argue that Nate has had strong negative reactions to them. They have had success, however, with an alternative, holistic approach that focuses on diet and psychiatric counseling. CPS disagreed with the treatment and forcibly removed the boy from his home.

After he ran away from the group home where he was initially placed, the government transferred Nate to a mental hospital. The Tseglins say the drugs the hospital gave Nate caused him to have a grand mal seizure, and his health has continued to deteriorate. When the Tseglins visited Nate over the summer, they found his face swollen, and he faded in and out of consciousness and suffered from convulsions.

The Tseglins claim Child Protective Services has told them they have the “wrong set of beliefs” and even threatened to force them to undergo a court-ordered psychological evaluation.

Dr. Mercola says:

More and more we’re seeing courts siding with misguided government “officials” in closed family-court proceedings. Parents are increasingly cut out of the decision-making process about what’s in their child’s best interest with regards to their health.

The fact that a teenager – who’s only “crime” is that he’s autistic, and whose parents decided that drugs were ineffective in his treatment – can be ripped from his family and locked up in an institution that houses the criminally insane should be a wake-up call for parents everywhere. There’s something seriously wrong going on here.

The state claims that it knows best; that forced drugging in a closed institution is the way to “treat” this autistic child, despite the fact that he has loving parents who have been willing to treat him through alternative, non-toxic, non-lethal means at home, for years.

The state claims that it knows best; that forced drugging in a closed institution is the way to “treat” this autistic child, despite the fact that he has loving parents who have been willing to treat him through alternative, non-toxic, non-lethal means at home, for years.

The United States already has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Are we also looking at a future of government-run psychiatric institutions filled to the brim with autistic children whose parents refuse to abide by drug company politics?

It’s a heartbreaking tragedy that children like Nate are being forcibly medicated into a stupor with powerful poisons -- all of which will have far-reaching, long-term ramifications. These medicines may provide some benefit in some extreme cases where an actual mental disorder exists. However, these drugs -- in no way, shape, or form -- even begin to treat the foundational cause of your child’s problem.

This article does not specify which medications are given to Nate to “treat” his autistic behavioral problems. However, throwing antipsychotic drugs -- particularly off-label concoctions meant for adults -- at kids is common practice, and one of the worst abuses of conventional medicine.

AND what one obviously ignorant person had to say:

What a timely article....

I just returned from a group dinner at a restaraunt. My wife was seated next to an autistic guy who I later learned was 39 years old. Part way through dinner he threw his (soft) drink glass, slit his wrist with a dinner knife, bit his thumb to bleeding, smeared blood all over, made me fear for the safety of my wife, and threatened me with both bodily harm and legal process. I was seated across the table, and could not place myself between him and her. After all this his "keeper" returned to the table and helped him leave the restaurant.

As far as I'm concerned, they can lock them all up and throw away the key. The parent's should be thankful they don't have to take them into civilized society, and get one with their lives.

I can understand the man above being concerned as I would be too....but....his rash generalization making ALL autistics equal to this particular man he had experiences with in this restaurant is wrong. Not all autistics are the same and not all are like this man above. Who is going to be in charge of determining who does or does not get locked up or is allowed in our society?

What if one day the man who made this comment above does something someone else does not like and they think he should be locked up because they clump him into one specific category of characteristics or behaviors? Do you suppose his opinions would change?

1 comment:

Old Lady Lincoln said...

That is so sad. Did you find this site on the internet? It shows a photo of Nate.
http://www.getnatehome.com