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Will A Mobile Health Van Lead To More Behavioral Drugs?

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Several people (including FUSD staff) have contacted me and disputed my claim that a mobile health van for district schools will lead to increased behavioral medicating of our children. While I cannot pretend to know the specifics of the plan (even board members are not clear on the details) This much is clear:

Dr. Eric Henley discussed at last week’s board meeting that the mobile van could be there for the following:

–Primary care for students

–Behavioral Health

–Health Education

–Reproductive Health Options

–24 Hour On Call Availability


If North Country Health Care will not have anything to do with behavioral drugs or diagnosing students with behavioral problems, what exactly will they be doing  in regard to the “Behavioral Health” mention in their slide show?  The fact that an outside company (who will profit from this deal) wants to be there for our kid’s behavioral health in the first place really scares me. I think it is important to remember that the drug lobby poured millions of dollars into getting national health care passed and promoting programs like this.

If you’re wondering why I am so passionate about the subject, it is because my son was told by his teacher in Kindergarten that he may have behavioral problems because he could not sit perfectly still.  He was one of the youngest students in the class. He is in second grade now and can sit better than most adults through a 4-hour school board meeting. I hate to think what would have happened if I had responded to his teacher’s concerns by taking him to a doctor and having him checked out. My fear is that the mobile health van will take the parent out of the picture and the teacher will send the student out there to be diagnosed before a parent has a chance to object.

I am not asking anyone to take my word for anything and I certainly don’t want to come across as a hyper-sensitive parent having a knee jerk reaction. My hope is simply that everyone who cares will look past the surface and take an honest look at what is going on in public schools nation wide.  Start with the following and see where it leads…

Many medicated children are misdiagnosed:


“Part of the problem is that a lot parents are getting their child diagnosed because the teacher says he’s acting up in school so you have to ask, is the kid acting up in school because of this condition or is the kid acting up because he’s just young for the grade…”

Dr. Peter R. Breggin, former director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology has spent a lot of time focusing on the issue of children being over-medicated in public schools.  Here is an example of some of his work:


“Parents throughout the country are being pressured and coerced by schools to give psychiatric drugs to their children. Teachers, school psychologists, and administrators commonly make dire threats about their inability to teach children without medicating them…”

He has written several well researched books on the dangers and prevalence of over-medicating children with behavioral problems.

Many people dismiss Dr. Breggin as a “controversial figure” but he is just one of many who have been examining the topic.

Here is a more recent small study that I want to explore further in a future post. Very interesting findings:


“Research studies have regularly revealed that most children who attend a conventional school and are diagnosed with ADHD take stimulant drugs (dopamine reuptake inhibitors) as treatment.”

Several documentaries have been produced in recent years to bring awareness and balance to the policy of drugging kids.

Medicating Kids:


Generation RX:


Don’t stop here. I have barely scratched the surface on the subject. Dig deep and  let me know what you discover. Dr. Henley specifically mentioned on site diagnosis during his presentation to the FUSD board. Will a mobile health van lead to more behavioral drugs? I will let you come to your own conclusion…


Categories: Education, FUSD, Uncategorized
  1. Dave Howe
    March 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    “The fact that an outside company (who will profit from this deal) wants to be there for our kid’s behavioral health in the first place really scares me.”

    A very good observation. Is NCHC doing this on its own, or are we paying for it? I don’t like it either way.

    About 60 years ago somebody decided that since the school district (government) had possession of kids for several hours of each day, why not experiment with them–check their physiques and behaviors, improve their health. I don’t think it was nefarious, just something that the government had no business doing.

    They still have no business doing it. Are they going to nudge a bunch of pre-teen and teenage girls towards anorexia because they check their bodyfat index and find it’s a bit high? Not good, but “behavioral health” sounds like “change your ways, fat kids” to me.

    Reproductive health options? Speaks for itself, and if that isn’t clear, it’s the parents’ responsibility, not the schools or that of a trolling doctor.

    Perhaps I misunderstood the article.

    • March 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      I agree with what you say 100%. Reproductive health options means exactly what you think it means. They want to take responsibility away from parents and push their agenda.

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