We all have a tendency to over-react or over-state a fact to make a point, and that is exactly what Michael Savage did. Long a proponent of natural remedies, including his book "Healing Children Naturally", Michael is passionate for the cause of over medication, especially for children. His own brother was put in a hospital at age 5 and died 20 years later in the hospital, so this hits close to him. If his comments were made by another talk-show host, then maybe the outrage could have some validity, but because of his background in biology and his doctorate in epidemiology, I give him some more street credit.
With so many children being diagnosed with ADD over the last 20 years, people need to ask themselves, why now. How did we get along as a society before these medicines and diagnosis. And as the tide began to turn against ADD, Autism is now picking up steam with an estimated 1 in less than 150 children estimated to have autism. I am not a Darwinian, but I do believe in genes. How can a population survive with such statistics. They psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies paint this ADD and Autism epidemic in the same way as the "uninsured". Millions are uninsured, but of those, millions chose to be so. If mental health industry can blur the statistics and make gross over estimations, why can't Dr. Savage.
I do believe that there are people that have both ADD and Autism. But certainly not to the degree it is being diagnosed. So many of the symptoms sound like adolescence. I think that with 2 parent working or too busy to raise their children, as issues arise, they would much rather be told it was medical and not poor parenting . "Oh John, it wasn't us after all. Billy just needs some medicine and then all that creative and manic energy will be controlled. I don't like there to be too much energy in this house when I come home from work." Keep putting the word out Dr. Savage.