Unfortunately, I am fairly jaded when it comes to the American medical community and their "research". However, when I come across information like this, I am still shocked at the lengths they will go to discredit natural remedies. Below is an excerpt from an article on a recent study about the effects of treating children with ADHD and the herb St. John's Wort. To make matters worse, the study was actually led by a Bastyr (the top Naturopathic University in the US) graduate--and seems all for discrediting an herb "in the name of science" and padded pockets.
Flawed St. John's Wort Study on ADHD Failed to Use Active Form of Herbal Extract
On the heels of shocking revelations that top psychiatric research Dr. Joseph Biederman secretly took $1.6 million from drug companies while conducting psychotropic drug experiments on children, it has been learned that Dr. Biederman is now one of the key collaborators behind the latest efforts to discredit St. John's Wort. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and widely reported in the mainstream media, Dr. Biederman and fellow cohorts "concluded" that the St. John's Wort herb is useless in treating ADHD in children.
What's astonishing about this study, as you'll learn in this article, is that all the children used in the study were given inactive forms of the St. John's Wort herb where the active ingredients had been oxidized and rendered useless! In other words, this clinical trial, which was widely reported in the mainstream media with headlines like "St. John's Wort Found Useless!" didn't test the herb's active ingredients at all! It sort of makes you wonder about the agenda of the people running the study, doesn't it?
It goes on to say:
A Disturbing Trend: Bastyr Naturopaths Partner with Dr. Biederman to Discredit Herbs There's another disturbing trend in all this. The St. John's Wort study was led by Wendy Weber, ND, a graduate of Bastyr University. Bastyr is an "integrative medicine" med school that teaches drug-based medicine combined with more natural modalities. It's one of the top three naturopathic schools in the U.S., and yet to learn that one of its graduates is now collaborating with a psychiatric drug pusher who has been paid $1.6 million by drug companies is more than a bit disturbing.
It indicates that this Bastyr graduate either has no idea about the true agenda of the people she's working with or that she doesn't mind that agenda. Either way, she sort of ends up looking rather silly with her name positioned above the scandalous Dr. Joseph Biederman, a widely-hated Big Pharma disease monger who will hopefully soon be arrested and prosecuted as a common criminal for conducting medical experiments on four-year old children.
In the world of naturopathy, by the way, there is quite a chasm between the more "conventional" N.D.s (like Bastyr graduates) and the holistic, natural, salt-of-the-Earth kind of naturopathic healers who have no sponsoring institution. The Bastyrs of the world are working hard to get naturopathic medical practice legalized in many states, but they're also disliked by the non-accredited naturopaths who end up being labeled criminals for practicing their own brand of natural medicine in those same states.
Many non-accredited naturopaths insist that Bastyr is just a "green" replacement for organized medicine's tyranny. Without a doubt, when people see Bastyr graduates collaborating with top psychiatric drug pushers on a study that clearly seeks to discredit a valuable herb, it just fans the flames of dissent against Bastyr among more holistic practitioners.