Posted by linkadge on May 29, 2006, at 17:52:27
In reply to Re: Ritalin, posted by notfred on May 28, 2006, at 3:06:11
Well then, you take it.
I agree with Meri. There is far too much going on in the background for us to know what these results imply. The fact that each of the 12 children showed a significant incease in chromosomal dammage in such a short period of time should sound a warning. From what I have read in other sources, the chromisomal changes were not insignificant changes.
The researchers also noted that of the ~55 some odd known human carcinogens, ~48 of them were detected using similar methods.
Saying that it would be 'obvious' to us by now whether or not ritalin causes cancer, is not so obvious. Sometimes studies like this only scratch the surface. In addition, the first generation of ritalin users may not be old enough for a significant change in cancer incidence to be detected.
The fact that we have heard nothing about the matter since this study is also strange. One might expect the makers of ritalin to fire back with assuring evidence. Perhaps they have known about the link for a while. As suggested, perhaps they payed this company not to conduct followup studies. All of these behaviors are not unheard of in this type of buisness.
The only way I'd be assured is when I see well designed studies suggesting the contrary.
This buisness has made me paranoid. I used to be trusting, but when I start to uncover the lies that have been presented to me, I take on a "guilty till proven innocent" stance.