IV Drug Use of Methylphenidate

IV Drug Abuse 1In this study, “Prevalent Intravenous Abuse of Methylphenidate Among Treatment-Seeking Patients with Substance Abuse Disorders: A Descriptive Population-Based Study,.” published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, 2015 we learn that IV use of methylphenidate (Ritalin) is very high. You can read the study here…

As a Pediatrician who treats about 1000 children with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and a board certified addictionologist who treats IV drug users, this study is a wake up call to all physicians and parents.  The rates of ADD and ADHD have been on the rise for decades.  In the US, we have reports of ADD and ADHD now affecting as many as one in five boys (20%). This same group of teenagers is at highest risk for drug use and abuse.

The study, done in Iceland, looked at 108 adult IV drug users admitted for inpatient treatment, to assess the prevalence of IV methylphenidate (MPH) abuse. They found IV MPH was the most commonly abused substance (65%) and for 1/3 of them, it was the first IV substance ever abused.  Those with drug use that started in the past 10 years, MPH was the first drug they injected in 42% of addicts.

Diversion of medications, where the person obtains the medication (in this case ADD or ADHD medications) and then sells them on the black market, has been a growing problem. I see this in my addiction clinic where the medications Suboxone or Buprenorphine that are used to treat opiate addiction, may then be sold so the addict can buy heroin, and or make money from the sale of the Buprenorphine.

Physicians need to be aware of the abuse potential of MPH and amphetamine-dexamphetamine (Adderall) and for those at risk for IV drug use, I would recommend, if you must treat the ADD or ADHD, that you use Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) which must be swallowed and digested to have any effect. Parents and concerned significant others, if your ADD or ADHD loved one might be abusing their prescription, you should hold the medication and watch them take it.

While this is a small study and was done on a very particular high risk group in Iceland where the drugs available for abuse might differ from other parts of the world, I think the wide availability of MPH should put us all on high alert for abuse or diversion of MPH.


Dr. Paul

Methanol (aspartame, fruit juices, cigarettes, etc.) Linked to Autism

Aspartame BubbleHere it is folks, the author of “While Science Sleeps,” Woodrow Monte, has teamed up with Ralph Walton to publish an elegant study, “Dietary methanol and autism”. (you can find it here… )  By assessing aspartame intake, they found  that women who did not have an autistic child consumed 66.71 mg. of methanol weekly compared 142.31 mg/ weekly by those mom’s who gave birth to a child with autism.

The article clearly explains how this methanol is so toxic to humans when animals seem relatively spared of any toxicity. “In all non-human animals the first metabolite of methanol, formaldehyde, is produced by catalase safely in the peroxisome where its conversion to formic acid and then carbon dioxide can proceed easily via the same enzyme. Unfortunately the human peroxisome has no such protective mechanism, leaving methanol’s conversion to formaldehyde to the free floating alcohol dehydrogenase class 1 (ADH) enzyme in the cytosol of many non-hepatic cells such as the Purkinje in the cerebellum and the lining of the blood vessels of the brain.”

This unique vulnerability of humans to methanol toxicity, is the exact reason that a tiny amount of alcohol every day is protective of health when you compare those who take no alcohol or too much alcohol to those who consume the equivalent of one drink a day. For those of us who are non-drinkers, we also have protection from the small amount of fermentation in our GI tracks (don’t go take up drinking now!) The small amount of alcohol ties up the alcohol dehydrogenase that would otherwise be converting that methanol to the very toxic formaldehyde.

I realize this is complex biochemistry, and it was hard for me to grasp. Suffice it to say, there is a clear mechanism by which methanol could be very toxic, and potentially a big contributor to the autism epidemic if not a major cause! The key then is to avoid the main sources of methanol. A big surprise for many is the packed or bottled juices, fruits, or vegetables. Methanol (wood alcohol) comes from the breakdown of pectin in the plant. Left over time in a bottle, bag, or jar, fruits and vegetables release methanol. Unless you simmer the heck out of it (like making spaghetti sauce) you will consume a huge dose of the toxic methanol. Those organic food pouches you give your baby have sat on a store shelf releasing methanol, and then your sweet baby gets to suck it right in! Remember to always use fresh fruits and vegetables and juice should always be fresh squeezed.

An ounce of methanol will kill a grown man! How much do you want to take in while pregnant or give to your infant or toddler?

In approximate order of danger (highest methanol content listed first):


  1. Diet soda (diet drinks- Pepsi is removing aspartame) (12 ounces has 25 mg methanol)
  2. Juice (8 ounces has 18 mg methanol)
  3. Light (diet) yogurt (if sweetened with aspartame. Yoplait yogurt is now removing aspartame from its light products)
  4. Smoking (tobacco or other)
  5. Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Splenda, etc.)
  6. Diet anything (sweetened with aspartame)
  7. Children’s medicines/ chewable/ dissolve tabs (many have aspartame)
  8. Gum (most brands use aspartame)


Any other artificial sweetener is preferable to aspartame! Consider small amounts of local honey for your sweetener and you boost your immune system while avoiding the toxins of aspartame.

You can learn more about the dangers of Aspartame by visiting  www.whilesciencesleeps.com


Dr. Paul


Autism Related Costs for the USA Projected to Approach 1 Trillion in the Next 10 Years

vaccine moneyShould you be worried about the rise in autism rates? YES! Does this evidence that something is wrong bother you? IT SHOULD! What are the costs to society associated with the increased rates of autism? THIS STUDY ANSWERS THIS QUESTION. If there is an increased rate of this magnitude, should we devote any money into figuring out why we are seeing this? ABSOLUTELY! Why can’t we seem to figure out why we are seeing so much chronic illness in today’s children (and adults)? MONEY & POLITICS.

In the study, “Brief Report: Forecasting the Economic Burden of Autism in 2015 and 2025 in the United States,” published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, July 2015, authors “forecast annual direct medical, direct non-medical, and productivity costs combined will be $268 billion for 2015 and $461 billion for 2025.” They point out that this is similar to the expenses estimated for ADHD, and was a conservative estimate. You can read the study here…

The health of our nation is in deep trouble. The causes are right in front of us, but the establishment we have placed as caretakers of our health (CDC, Pharma, Government) are clearly unable to muster the will to break it down and devote the research dollars and design the studies that will provide the answers. This is not rocket science folks. When your population is suffering like this, you simply need to look at what you are doing to that population.

No, this is not an infectious disease epidemic. Yet so much of our research and CDC money goes to infectious disease studies, management, and research and development of vaccines and medication to treat infections rather than finding the real reason we are in trouble.

No, it’s not a genetic epidemic, our genetics are not going to change in a generation. At least not the genetics you think of when you hear the word genetics. What is changing is the epigenetic response to the environment. Hence what is destroying the health of our children, causing autism and ADHD and so much more, is the environment. I’m not an environmental activist. I do care about what we are doing to the environment. What I am is a very frustrated pediatrician, who started his career at the tail end of the infectious disease era, and the beginning of the chronic disease era. I see an outdated model of medicine being applied to a health situation as if the health condition were an infection.

When we had an infection, all we needed to do was identify it, and treat. We have done a masterful job of that and some of our vaccines helped along the way also. When you have a chronic disease like autism or ADHD (heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity etc.) and you try that same model of a vaccine or a pill to treat what has developed over years or decades due to poor nutrition and toxic exposures, you end up trying to treat a complex whole body metabolic disaster with a Band-Aid.

Our nation needs to get back to eating real food, whole food (not packaged) organically produced not GMO or pesticide sprayed, and drink filtered clean water, not from a plastic bottle. We then must stop injecting toxins, especially in the womb. The latest experiment on our pregnant moms of injecting a huge dose of aluminum with the Tdap, while pregnant, every pregnancy is nationwide poisoning with the end goal to hopefully reduce the 10-20 infant deaths that occur from pertussis out of the almost 4 million births each year in America. Our CDC has lost it’s way, if they can allow such human experimentation with no prior studies done on pregnant animals even that injected that much aluminum and followed the off-spring until they were teenagers. The rest of the infant vaccine schedule goes on to load up a whole lot more aluminum.

We have mounting evidence (studies) showing aluminum in vaccines is triggering auto-immune disorders. A new name ASIA (auto-immune disorders associated with adjuvants). You can learn more about ASIA here…   All we need is the will to look at what we are doing. Obviously we are doing something very wrong! Norway had an autism rate of 1 in 1000 while ours was 1 in 100 just a few years ago.

We must look at the obvious. I vaccinate every day, all day long, in my office, but selectively in a way that will hopefully provide protection without damaging my patients. We need to look long-term at the outcomes of non-vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and fully vaccinated children. We need to look long-term at the outcomes for those who get a new vaccine. We need to look long-term at the outcomes every time the CDC adds a vaccine to the schedule, as it then becomes a whole new experiment. So far the experiment is not going well.

We MUST immediately stop the poisoning of every unborn child in the USA with the Tdap. This simply cannot be allowed to continue or our health costs will be in the trillions and our country will be brought to its knees in another decade or two. We likewise must stop the insanity of injecting aluminum into newborns and infants with the Hepatitis B vaccine unless birth mom has Hepatitis B.

Do not fall for the lie that “vaccines are safe and effective”. Some are and some aren’t.  It would be like saying you should take all antibiotics. It’s all about timing and looking at long term side effects.


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Dr. Paul




SB 895 Update and Action

OregonFlagAsk your senator to vote NO on SB 895


Why our children’s right to attend school is being threatened by the democrats in Oregon is beyond me. It defies common sense.  In a vote along party lines, the democrats (I’m usually more likely to favor their approaches that tend to support the needy and the less well off) have thrown our children under the bus and are trying to pass Senate bill 895 that will make it seem like intelligent choices about vaccines need to be exposed. This bill will require schools to report the percentages of their children who are fully vaccinated.  As if a child without the Hepatitis B vaccine puts anyone in danger?

Please contact your Oregon House of Representative and email and call that you are opposed to this bill. We do not need to follow the footsteps of California that has just become the third State in the USA to remove vaccine exemptions for religious or philosophical reasons. It should be illegal to inject a vaccine into a child without informed consent.  Immunizations are a medical procedure. Parents should be given the full list of pros and cons before making a decision about whether or not to do a given vaccine for their child.

See The Oregonians for Medical Freedom No on SB 895 flyer- Oppose Oregon Senate Bill 895

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Dr. Paul

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