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A rebuttal

Posted Feb 23 2009 10:41pm

In my last article titled Ignorance, apparently, is bliss, I stated my opinions regarding the opinions of one specific segment of society. As an example, I referenced another blog post, titled A dderall Weight Loss and ADHD from a blog called News Politics Celebrities Movies Current as one shining example of what I see as a very large problem that needs to be addressed. In doing so I will admit that I was a bit brutal and probably should have censored myself more thoroughly before hitting submit.

Edgar, the owner of the blog mentioned above has felt the need to express his views as well. I can’t blame him for this and actually applaud the decision to reply. As I feel that any discussion on the topic of ADHD should be an open forum, and because I felt that the comments section of that post would not have allowed me to give his reply the attention it deserved. Instead I will answer his reply point by point in as concise a manner as possible.

Below is the comment left by Edgar exactly as it was left in my earlier post. The language has not been edited or any portion altered, as I wished to address the issue with complete candor:

Edgar Said in February 17th, 2009 @3:21 am edit

This whole site is part of the scam. It looks so warm and friendly and family like. “Let’s all reach for the stars together” bull shit. What do you do for a living? Do you work for a pharma company or something? Yeah, this is a blog where you get an unbiased opinion, and ADHD blog. LMAO!!!

All your kids have ADHD and you think it’s a brain chemistry coincidence? Answer me this one question: Are you a liberal? I bet you are! It’s only liberals who have kids with ADHD.

I’m the idiot you referred to in your rant. I run three of my own businesses, make a ton of money, I’m a landlord, I play 3 instruments and teach, I am a semi professional chessplayer, I’ve written extensively on philosophy, I’ve published poetry, I belong to Mensa and my kids behave. I’m anything but an idiot thanks.

You should get your kids off the dope Jerry. No wonder they respond “Positively” they are on fucking dope! Hello?? I said Hello? They are on dope! Give them some more, they will start drooling.

Feel free to drop by my crappy blog anytime and debate with me about anything.

Edgar

[From ADHDFamilies : Ignorance, apparently, is bliss ]

For any who might get offended, Not only does this comment reflect Edgar’s normal comments, but as mentioned above, I was harsh in my last post and I can see that there might be some contention. As a former Navy man, the language is something that I am not personally offended by, just keep the kids away from it. We don’t need them learning any bad habits too early on.

There are a few interesting points here and a few that are merely worth answering, so I’ll take this point-by-point and do my best to cover everything that Edward put forth in his comment:

This whole site is part of the scam. It looks so warm and friendly and family like. “Let’s all reach for the stars together” bull shit. What do you do for a living? Do you work for a pharma company or something? Yeah, this is a blog where you get an unbiased opinion, and ADHD blog. LMAO!!!

Simply put, “Reaching for the stars. Together” is a tag line that I came up with several years ago. It really does embody the spirit in which I would like to approach discussions on the subject of ADHD or any condition associated with it. The focus of discussion on this topic should, in my opinion, be focused on reaching for a solution to the problem using whatever methods will work. The key is discussion. Infighting and pointless arguments don’t help the kids affected, they just serve to stroke the egos of adults. My goal is to provide information that will assist those caring or living with someone affected by ADHD. If I help just one person, I’ve done what I set out to do.

What do I do for a living? I’m a professional freelance writer, blogger and marketer. I have 16 years experience in technical support, web development and systems administration. Prior to that I have been a furniture mover, an auto detailer, a sailor, a construction worker, a hospital janitor and a professional cook. I have never to my knowledge been compensated in any way relating to this website by a medical professional or pharmaceutical company. (I have been compensated by medical professionals for technical support and one freelance writing assignment, these are unrelated and have never been mentioned here.)

I have never claimed to provide an unbiased opinion. of course my opinion is biased. It is based on my experiences and my environment. to say otherwise would be a lie. I’m not a reporter, I’m a father with ADHD that has kids with ADHD who was looking for answers. That’s where this site originated.

All your kids have ADHD and you think it’s a brain chemistry coincidence? Answer me this one question: Are you a liberal? I bet you are! It’s only liberals who have kids with ADHD.

Yes, all of my kids have ADHD. Yes, I think it’s brain chemistry. we think differently from the so called “normal people” i don’t consider this to be a disability. I consider it to be a benefit.

No, I am anything but a liberal. I am also not one of the legion of Limbaugh and Hannity minions. My current voter registration card lists me as republican. So no, not only liberals have kids with ADHD.

I’m the idiot you referred to in your rant. I run three of my own businesses, make a ton of money, I’m a landlord, I play 3 instruments and teach, I am a semi professional chessplayer, I’ve written extensively on philosophy, I’ve published poetry, I belong to Mensa and my kids behave. I’m anything but an idiot thanks.

I did not use the word idiot in my post. I used the word fool. By definition, idiocy is incurable while foolishness is a condition of choice. I place people who have not dealt personally with a given issue, but who are willing to give advice on the subject in the latter category whether they be laymen or hold a PhD. In this I’m unilateral; If you’ve never dealt with the issue, you have no right to tell someone who has done so how they should deal with it.

As for your accomplishments in business, I applaud you for your drive and perseverance. It takes a person with determination to run a business. The amount of money you make is not of interest to me, but if you’re comfortable in life then I would call it a good thing. and wish you all the best in your financial endeavors.

Apparently an affinity for music is something we share. I’ve played guitar for over 25 years and currently own 4, a VOX amplifier and more music software than I know what to do with. I have no intention of teaching anyone other than my immediate family, I play for the love of it and nothing more.

I find it interesting that a semi professional chess-player would not realize that using an overly aggressive opening gambit without knowing your opponents strategies can lead to a very quick defeat. One wrong move can lead to checkmate.

I am happy to hear that you have been published, it’s a feat in todays market no matter what the subject matter.

As for Mensa, I do not belong, have never tested and do not care to. Mensa evaluations were not a part of my school curriculum, though other standards were. I consistently scored well above average, but choose not to worry about it. I have found that intelligence is far different from experience and I seek out the latter.

My kids mind as well.

Again, I never called you an idiot. the first mention of “idiot” was in your reply.

You should get your kids off the dope Jerry. No wonder they respond “Positively” they are on fucking dope! Hello?? I said Hello? They are on dope! Give them some more, they will start drooling.

What led you to believe that all of my kids were medicated? Of six, I’ve advocated medication for one. The other five reacted well to behavioral modification techniques. I only advocate medication when all other methods have failed. At that point I only allow extremely low dosage medications. I do no exist to have “perfect children”. I exist to teach my children to be the best that they can be.

My statement about medication was a general one. there are issues with stimulant medications. I hope that in the future they will no longer be necessary. For the moment they are the best options that some parents have. In a perfect world no one would have to make a choice.

In conclusion, I’m just a guy that started a website when I found out my stepson had ADHD. At the time we were not aware that he also had several other disorders, or that he would require medication for the rest of his life. I follow current medical information, I post about new news items. I reject the notion that the medical establishment exists only to scam our kids into taking medication they do not need.

You are free to have your own differing opinion. That’s the beauty of America, we have the choice.

And on that note.

Peace, I’m out.

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