MARYANNE GODBOLDO: My Hero
Anyone who knows me knows that I am from Michigan, just outside of Detroit. I worked in the city on two occasions; in the Operating Room at a hospital and as a home-care nurse. I still like to keep an eye on what’s happening in Michigan.
The case of Maryanne Godboldo has touched my very parental being. Even if you are not a parent this story will get to the very core of your freedom and freedom of choice. There are links below that you can click on or cut and paste to get the full articles and videos.
Maryanne Godboldo is the Detroit single mother who, back in 2011, made the informed decision to opt out of drugging her daughter with at least one psychotropic or mind-altering drug called Risperdal. Her daughter Arianna was experiencing some behavioral symptoms. Child Protective Services and a SWAT team were sent to arrest Maryanne and forcibly take Arianna to an inpatient psychiatric facility.
It’s every parents worst nightmare.
The root of the problem is that the Government, pharmaceutical companies and a host of doctors are in alliance that drugs are the only answer to all any and all symptoms including children’s behavior. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that both the government and these certain doctors are getting paid by the pharmaceutical companies to promote drugs.
The issues of this case are:
1. Are drugs an option for children’s behavior?
2. Are drugs the only option for children’s behavior?
3. Should the government be allowed to force parents to drug their children?
Children’s behavior is a symptom or a variety of symptoms, not a disorder, not a disease and not an illness. Their behavior is a way of conveying to us adults and/or parents that something is amiss. We as their parents and adults are compelled to listen. How do we listen? By doing a comprehensive, head-to-to, inside-and-out assessment of what that child is doing or not doing, been exposed to or is lacking in their food & lifestyle habits you’ll be able to have insight as to what prompted the uncontrollable behavior.
Like cars and computers, the human body is an intricate system of interactive and interconnected parts, parts that depend on each other to function properly. When one part malfunctions it affects other parts. The difference is that cars and computers come with manuals. Humans, while we have similar parts, all have varying personalities, temperaments, traits and gifts.
When our bodies malfunction, we don’t have a manual to refer to. This is where it gets tricky because finding the “why” of the malfunction without a manual can lead to mis-interpretation, mis-understanding and mis-treatment. So doctors decided not to focus on the “why” but to mask the symptoms. If the symptoms are “gone” then, well then, their job is done. NEXT!
In the assembly line of healthcare, too many doctors are not looking for the “why” and offer drugs as the only option of care. Of course, if you go to a surgeon he/she will want to cut it out as in the case of Rosemary Kennedy, sister of President John Kennedy. At the age of 23 Rosemary was taken to have a lobotomy done on her because she was considered developmentally behind and was exhibiting some “violent” behavior. She could talk for herself, smile and interact with people, write letters and do simple math. After the highly controversial if not barbaric surgery, she became incontinent of urine, barely able to speak a few words and could not care for herself. She was placed in a facility in another state for the next 60 years until she passed away.
Unlike cars and computers, the human body is a living, physical being with an emotional heart, a spiritual soul and made up of living organisms and chemical compounds. Everything that we come in to contact with or are exposed to creates an emotional, spiritual and/or chemical reactions.
We’ve gotten to the point though that we are detached from knowing and understanding ourselves and the many food and lifestyle influences that affect us.
Then, we expect complete strangers in a white lab coat to know us and/or our children better than we do in eight (8) minutes or less. NEXT!
Do you get the picture?
There are no clinical drug trials (experiments) done on children (except at St. Jude’s Hospital). Therefore, when a drug is prescribed for a child, the reaction or outcome is anybody’s guess, that’s a real experiment. The side effects of any and every drug are to be respected whether the drug is legal, illegal, prescribed or over the counter. Remember, all drugs create chemical reactions in the body and mind. Psychotropic drugs affect the mind and body.
That is why Maryanne made an informed decision by looking into the benefits, risks and side effects of drugs such as Risperdal. She carefully weighed the pros and cons of giving her daughter a mind-altering drug. Maryanne determined that masking the symptoms was not the best option for her precious daughter. After Arianna was kidnapped by CPS/SWAT team and forced into a psychotic facility and placed on more than one drug, Arianna was far worse, drooling and all.
So to answer the above questions:
There are many safe, natural and effective drugless and surgery-free options out there for children’s behavior. Focusing on the “why” will help determine which option is best. For kids with symptoms of depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, autism, dyslexia, etc it’s always best to start with a comprehensive assessment. Symptoms lead back to food and lifestyle factors, something the child is doing or not doing isn’t working (or something the parents are doing or not doing isn’t working). By finding the “why” you focus on implementing safe, natural, effective, life-long, sustainable healthy outcomes with no side effects.
Maryanne made the best informed decision for her daughter. Her decision should be respected by the medical Goliath and by the prosecutor.
Please share your thoughts on this case. Should parents be allowed to explore and use drugless options?