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I have known Dr. Edmunds for about 10 years, and am very familiar with his work. In my opinion, he is man of high integrity. He is firm in his convictions and not easily swayed by political pressure or public opinion. Regarding theology, I think these qualities are quintessential as the spirit speaks from the inside out, and a truly religious man must have the courage to trust and follow his inner guidance.

Dan is also a very clear thinker and writer. And shows plenty of initiative. I especially admire his devotion to defending and supporting the spirited nature of our young people. I know he has a wealth of experience working with people, and I know he communicates his ideas well. He is not a closed system, but able to listen and open to new ideas.

-DR. JOHN BREEDING, PH.D.
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND AUTHOR


I think your insights are RIGHT ON and deserve a place in canon psychological, growth, and child development texts. The patterns you described and the reactions I experienced, and have witnessed others experiencing, could not have been more accurate and profound. I think a great goal would be entirely replacing the DSM with the patterns and reactions you observed because those present dilemmas that can actually be nurtured and solved.
J.K.

I first learned of Dr. Edmunds in February 2006, when I read an article on the Internet that he had written: “The Value of a Relationship Approach to Autism.” In an age when psychiatry and psychology have tried to reduce man’s hopes, his goals and his emotions to the biochemistry of the brain, I found Dr. Edmund’s article to be a breath of fresh air and I wrote to him and let him know that.

He responded saying that as a mental health professional, “I have fought to return a conscience to the profession where we understand that our work is not to subdue and label individuals and function as 'social police' but to aid in resolving conflict, restoring relationships, and helping individuals to become empowered and find meaning in their lives. Bio-psychiatry does not understand this and is completely incompatible with such a conception.”

Since that time, Dr. Edmunds began working with CCHR and was invited to become a member of the CCHR advisory board (a Commissioner) and he accepted. In that capacity, he has been interviewed about his work with Autistic children for a CCHR radio show, “Take America Back” and has assisted several CCHR chapters in their activities. One activity was to serve as a keynote speaker at the Grand Opening of the CCHR traveling exhibit in Buffalo, New York. I was told that his speech there was inspirational and was very well received by the audience.

-Carla Moxon, Director of Field Activities
Citizen's Commission on Human Rights International


Academically speaking, Dr. Edmunds is a very intelligent individual who excelled in his studies. He has received excellent grades in his courses and has shown great interest in scholarly work. He is an excellent researcher who seems to know how to get information and organize it in creative and meaningful ways. He has strong speaking and average writing skills. Dr. Edmunds was the student I most expected to flourish in an academic setting because he is gifted with intellectual curiosity, a well ordered mind and humility. Perhaps his best skills are his wonderful openness and ability to find calm even in the most troubled situation. At this university he was well liked and respected by the faculty.

-Eddy Regnier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Argosy University



I have just been reading about your views to mental health and why it manifests the way it does and feel a great sense of relief that my own understanding is finally being reflected somewhere!

I lost a very dear friend who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia after a huge battle that went on for over 20 years for her and involved huge cruelties, years of institutions,drugs, shock treatments and the total medicalisation of her self. I came to understand that she spoke very clearly through her symptoms and was very creative and wonderful in her quest to get her needs met and to be heard. Unfortunately the louder she got the less the system she was under listened and that resulted in her suicide - despite my attempts to advocate for her from my distant home, where i was also given a taste of a system that knew better and I was spoken to very 'firmly' and condescended to.

I have since KNOWN all that you are working on and it gives me a great sense of hope to finally hear that people are understanding and working towards a better, more humane way to care and prevent the kinds of horror and de- humanisation of beautiful people like L.!

Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kindest and most heartfelt regards, M.M.
New Zealand


Dear Dr. Edmunds,

I discovered the subject article today on Ezine, where I also publish. I am so strongly in agreement that I opened a new page on my site, called "Abuse by the System," and posted your article there in html.

I have always practiced from a Christian perspective because I see it as the only truthful approach and the only one that produces deep and lasting change.

Would be happy to send you a copy of my new book by upload: "AM I BAD? Recovering from Abuse." Now in ebook form, it will be released in published form in September by Loving Healing Press. Let me know if you are interested.

Blessings, Heyward Bruce Ewart, III, Ph.D.
Diplomate, American College of Forensic Examiners. 'AM I BAD' by Dr. Heyward Ewart



What parents really want is information and support. We want solutions and answers to solve the problems we have with our kids. I am glad to see more and more professionals like Seth Farber, Jeff Rubin, Dr. Dan Edmunds, Dr. Dave Stein, and Dr. Breeding speaking up and offering solutions for we parents who are looking for alternatives to drugs. I enjoy your spirit!


I read your paper with great interest and appreciation for your putting forth the issues with such clarity. I, too, work with children and am deeply concerned about the number of children who are on drug "cocktails" and the frequency with which parents are told medicating is the treatment of choice. Most of these children started with an ADHD diagnosis and an ADHD drug and then progressed to the "cocktail" and more severe diagnoses as their brain and bodies reacted negatively to the initial drug and subsequent drugs, much as you describe in your paper.

I have been forwarding the link to your paper to other mental health professionals I know.

If possible, your very important point about the NIH concensus report needs attention. As written it says " we have do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD. Some people may not know how to decipher this statement, especially if they are not already knowlegeable about this report.

Thank you for your timely contribution.

Sincerely,
R.P.,
Clinical Psychologist
Illinois



Dear Dr. Edmunds:
I admire your compassion and willingness to listen to the voice of children. I find your work very inspiring and it has helped my own family immensely!

Dear Dr. Edmunds:
I agree with you- many of the problems we see around us are either 'societal' or 'systems' problems. However I also believe, very strongly, that individuals have a huge responsibility in resisting some of the temptations on offer and behaving ethically. In countries like mine, where there are virtually no checks on physicians and corruption is the norm, this is a huge problem.

I would be happy to collaborate with you in any way I can. Perhaps we can think about some ideas how to take this forward. You would be most welcome to make a presentation at our university- whenever the opportunity arises.

In the meantime, let's keep the dialogue going. I am attaching another one of my articles that you may find relevant.

With best wishes

Dr. Murad M Khan, MRCPsych
Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Aga Khan University
PO Box 3500, Stadium Road
Karachi-74800

PAKISTAN



Dr. Edmunds: GREETINGS FROM CHINA! THANKS FOR YOUR KIND INFORMATION AND RESEARCH ON autistic children in China. PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH.COULD WE DO SOME COOPERATION AND SET UP A CENTER ON PRE/TREATMENT FOR AUTISM IN CHINA? BEST ,

Fuyong Jiao
Prof. and Head
of Dept. of Pediatrics the Shaanxi Provincial People's Hospital
Presider of China Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect


Dr. Edmunds, Thanks for getting the word out about risperdal! I lost my twelve year old daughter tow years ago to the side effects of risperdal. Coroners and other medical professionals truly do not know about the dangers of risperdal and other psych drugs. All the schools care about is having a child conform to their image of a "perfect" child and if a child is "different" the schools are too quick to medicate them. Kayla still would have been here today if I would slowed down and did my research on risperdal and zoloft. Thanks again for screaming about the toxicity of risperdal.

L.W.

I want you to know that I want to work with you further on this issue. I admire your stand and dedication on behalf of our children.

Patricia Weathers
http://www.ablechild.org


"Dr. Edmunds is loved by some (mostly the children he works with) and vilified by others (mostly psychiatrists and the establishment), but his words are filled with love and compassion and regardless of whether one loves him or hates him, his words cannot be ignored. His success in helping children with difficult emotional struggles is an immense threat to the psychiatric establishment so prone to drug than to hear."


From a colleague:

I just wanted to let you know that I visited the web site address that you gave me last night. I had the opportunity to read your "Child's Play" and I thought it was great and I could really relate. I agree with pretty much everything. My philosophy is very similar to yours. I find myself frustrated and saddened quite often at the inappropriate ways that children are being treated by staff who supposedly LOVE working with them. What has happened to the mental health field? Why do people continue to punish children who just need to be heard.


I really appreciated attending your lecture. You really listened to my concerns and seemed interested in my child's well being which I have not always found from other professionals.


wanted to let you know that I have been reading and enjoying your articles to no end. My daughter is 13 and she actually has done some "cutting".... I will elaborate more later. Just know that what you are doing is truly helping my family. I do ride her alot and am not very positive with her like I should be. I am trying, I really am.


Thank you for going over and beyond for our children. I hope to meet you in the near future.


Dr. Dan, Thanks for being there in my darkest times and giving me the courage and direction to overcome challenges and create a new and better life.


Thank you for your wonderful expertise in regards to autism. We have implemented many of your suggestions with great success.


My child experienced many nasty side effects from medication. We are relieved that we have escaped this nightmare and thank you for your words of encouragement and methods that have helped us to address our son's needs. Thanks!


I would like to take part in an online group. Thanks for all the help you have been with A. and C.


I have been moved to work as a One on One Aide to special needs children. I have done some work with the N. School District in N. I feel that God had me find your article "Opening the Door to Healing" ,which I had printed some time ago for my "ADHD" child. I have a need for further ideas and information on how to deal with a violent Bi-Polar child that I feel God is directing me to work with. Your above article confirmed alot of the information I feel the Lord was showing me to use. I had this little boy in my "Kindercare" program years ago , and I get along great with his mom. If it is God's will to give me this position , I could use more pratical techniques to aide in getting him to talk out his anger moments, not smash and lash out . I am thinking of asking for a "blow out area" where , if he needs to he can safely tear away at empty egg cartons , punch a bag, etc. I feel he needs to be able to communicate with words or key phrases when he is feeling this overwhelming frustration so that we can go elsewhere to run it off or other safer releases. I do feel he may be feeling misunderstood. I pray for the wisdom and knowledge to understand and help him put these things into words, not actions. I also feel he should help in the brainstorming of what will help him to calm himself down safely. I do not want to encourage avoidance of tasks. I also feel he thinks that he can't do the work. I want to work one on one in a private setting to increase his skill levels, then more integration in the classroom when he is able to have a "girp" on things. His success is my ultimate goal. I am so saddended to hear that he has to be "taken down" many times a week. (That means physically restrained) any and all help is greatly appriciated. God Bless and Keep you! M.B.

Dan is a great ally... He has confronted folks within the mental health system for awhile and chose integrity and truth over security and passivity more than once." -DR. JOHN BREEDING, PH.D, psychologist and author of "Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses" and "True Nature and Great Misunderstandings"


"I took a look at your website, and I think you've done a good job -- it's quite extensive and informative. Feel free to link to mine (brucelevine.net). I will let you know if I am ever in your part of the world." Bruce Levine, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, author of COMMONSENSE REBELLION

"I admire your dedication on behalf of our children."

PATRICIA WEATHERS- President, Parents for Label and Drug Free Education; CCHR Human Rights Award Winner, Guest on the Montel Willams Show

"If it wasn't for Dan Edmunds, the U.S. Code Title 42, The Right to Refuse, would not be on our website. He is one of the good guys... He has given great advice to parents on our website - LABEL and DRUG FREE...Mr. Edmunds' website displays this law to parents, and has brought many parents comfort and sound reasonable alternative to medication. He is truly a dedicated Informed Consent Advocate for children, and plays a valuable role in the State of PA as well as throughout the Country.."

-SHEILA MATTHEWS, Vice President of Ablechild- Parents for Label and Drug Free Education

"I feel that of the team helping us you have the most insight into the special issues of children."
-client's parent (Montogomery County, PA)

I saw your comments on the Ritalindeath.com website and I must say-
You da man!
I love your responses and comments on the message board and could not agree with you more- I was very inspired-

As a soon to be masters student in clinical psychology, I suffered many years with "Bi-polar" illness.
Not the 10 second diagnosis, but a 20 year battle that had a happy and DRUGLESS ending.
I am very skeptical of the term "chemical imbalance" and I am on my own "mission" to bring some sanity imbalance to this Newtonian model of cause and effect so affecting out mental health system (And our take a pill for any ill society at large).
On one of your links, you had an article by Judy Pegg about having to feel the emotions and not cover them over- This I believe to be the key. For children and adults alike.
I was involved in expressive therapy modalities for many years and feel this is what ultamately gave me balance.
Feeling NOT DEALING (As in drugs!) should be our modalities!
Keep up the good work!
D.M.

I want you to know that I want to work with you further on this issue. I admire your stand and dedication on behalf of our children.

Patricia Weathers
http://www.ablechild.org


From a colleague:

I just wanted to let you know that I visited the web site address that you gave me last night. I had the opportunity to read your "Child's Play" and I thought it was great and I could really relate. I agree with pretty much everything. My philosophy is very similar to yours. I find myself frustrated and saddened quite often at the inappropriate ways that children are being treated by staff who supposedly LOVE working with them. What has happened to the mental health field? Why do people continue to punish children who just need to be heard.

From a parent:

I really appreciated attending your lecture. You really listened to my concerns and seemed interested in my child's well being which I have not always found from other professionals.


From a parent:

wanted to let you know that I have been reading and enjoying your articles to no end. My daughter is 13 and hates all of us... she actually has done some "cutting".... I will elaborate more later. Just know that what you are doing is truly helping my family. I do ride her alot and am not very positive with her like I should be. I am trying, I really am.

but I wanted to say that people need to be reminded that things do not happen over night... behaviors are taught and learned... and getting instant results in our world of instant everything at our finger tips... is not what we are going to get .... we have to be calm and ride it out. Time sometimes is a friend.

Thanks for all that you post!


From a parent:

Thank you for going over and beyond for our children. I hope to meet you in the near future.

From a child:

Dan:
Thanks for being there in my darkest times and giving me the courage and direction to overcome challenges and create a new and better life.

From a parent:

Thank you for your wonderful expertise in regards to issues with autism. We have implemented many of your suggestions with great success.

From a parent:

My child experienced many nasty side effects from medication. We are relieved that we have escaped this nightmare and thank you for your words of encouragement and methods that have helped us to address our son's needs. Thanks!


From a parent:

Hi Dr. Dan. I would like to take part in an online group. Thanks for all the help you have been with A. and C.

Response from Dr. Edmunds: M. has more to offer in my view than any 'professional', she knows the joys and struggles firsthand. What professionals say (and I include myself) is limited because nothing we have to offer comes firsthand. I seek to understand, to offer guidance and support, but nothing compares to the experiences of living with these children. PhD does not translate to GOD, we must remember. If life experience translated to a credential, M.'s experience would far outweigh any of them. I appreciate your comment, M., and I am glad you gave me the opportunity to help with the kids. No professional has all the answers, and you and the kids taught me many important lessons, and gave me some opportunities that I will cherish for a long time. I am still with you in your struggle.


From Mrs. Bobbi Gagne, Executive Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Team of Vermont:

Hi I am still moving forward spending a lot of time traveling and staying overnight at the shelter. I just got selected for a National award for the person in Vermont who has helped survivors of sexual violence. I am headed to new Orleans for a training and have several others going on. Hope you are well. I will try to connect with through e-mail as it is hard to do phone contact with our schedules. Looks like you are doing great. Take care you and your work are in my prayers. Bobbi


I have been moved to work as a One on One Aide to special needs children. I have done some work with the N. School District in N. I feel that God had me find your article "Opening the Door to Healing" ,which I had printed some time ago for my "ADHD" child. I have a need for further ideas and information on how to deal with a violent Bi-Polar child that I feel God is directing me to work with. Your above article confirmed alot of the information I feel the Lord was showing me to use. I had this little boy in my "Kindercare" program years ago , and I get along great with his mom. If it is God's will to give me this position , I could use more pratical techniques to aide in getting him to talk out his anger moments, not smash and lash out . I am thinking of asking for a "blow out area" where , if he needs to he can safely tear away at empty egg cartons , punch a bag, etc. I feel he needs to be able to communicate with words or key phrases when he is feeling this overwhelming frustration so that we can go elsewhere to run it off or other safer releases. I do feel he may be feeling misunderstood. I pray for the wisdom and knowledge to understand and help him put these things into words, not actions. I also feel he should help in the brainstorming of what will help him to calm himself down safely. I do not want to encourage avoidance of tasks. I also feel he thinks that he can't do the work. I want to work one on one in a private setting to increase his skill levels, then more integration in the classroom when he is able to have a "girp" on things. His success is my ultimate goal. I am so saddended to hear that he has to be "taken down" many times a week. (That means physically restrained) any and all help is greatly appriciated. God Bless and Keep you! M.B.


This is such a special story that I would like to help spread it to other parents and carers - may I have your permission to pass it on through a newsletter to parents? and perhaps in a journal we are looking at producing? You may be interested in looking at our website, which is not hugely sophisticated at this stage as we are working with volunteer people. With best wishes...Judith Schulz ---------------------------------------------------------------------- "The Wannabee Foundation - helping you to help your child" ---------------------------------------------------------------------- www. wannabee.org.au email: info@wannabee.org.au One College Lane, Rose Bay 2029 Tel. 61 2 9327 3448 Mob. 0438 446 499 ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1