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Update – The Mother’s Act, Part 1

Posted Jul 01 2009 12:00am

Here we go with The Mother’s Act again! Please read and become aware. It has already passed in the House.

The Mothers Act Disease Mongering Campaign – Part I
by Evelyn Pringle, health freedom writer

(NaturalNews) The Mothers Act represents the ultimate example of disease mongering at its worst because the eight-year attempt to pass this federal legislation has evolved into profiteering never before exhibited so conspicuously.

Disease mongering “is the selling of sickness that widens the boundaries of illness and grows the markets for those who sell and deliver treatments,” according to Ray Moynihan and David Henry in the April 11, 2006 paper in PLoS Med, titled, “The Fight against Disease Mongering.”

“It is exemplified most explicitly by many pharmaceutical industry funded disease-awareness campaigns more often designed to sell drugs than to illuminate or to inform or educate about the prevention of illness or the maintenance of health,” the authors explain.

“Drug companies are by no means the only players in this drama,” they point out. “Through the work of investigative journalists, we have learned how informal alliances of pharmaceutical corporations, public relations companies, doctors’ groups, and patient advocates promote these ideas to the public and policymakers often using mass media to push a certain view of a particular health problem.”

The Mothers Act campaign has operated under the guise of helping women suffering from postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis to develop a new industry, complete with specialties like, “reproductive psychiatry,” or “reproductive mental health,” with a plan to “screen” and “treat” women of childbearing years for a long list of “perinatal” mental disorders, to financially benefit psychiatric drug makers, as well as the treatment providers and “experts” in the new self-created field.

“Drug companies have been trying for years to get a better deal with pregnant women by saying they were under a lot more stress than people realize,” according to UK pharmacology expert, Dr David Healy, author the new book, “Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder.”

This is now the easiest marketing for the drug makers, he says. In fact, “almost too easy because lots of people are cooperative.”

The Mothers Act has already passed in the House and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), is the main sponsor of the bill in the Senate. In 2006, his home state of New Jersey became the first state in the nation to enact a law forcing all new mothers to submit to mandatory screening.

This was taken from http://www.naturalnews.com.

WHAT CAN WE DO? If you go to: http://www.uniteforlife.org/  you will find the link to get information to write to your political officials in your area and voice your opinion.

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