One Flew Over the Scientific Consensus’ Nest—The Story of Dr. Ophir and ADHD

This article by Dr. Yaffa Shir-Raz has been published by Mad in America. It begins:

“As a child, Jacob did everything right. He went to the best schools, had the best grades, and made it to the best universities. Soon enough Jacob became Dr. Yaakov Ophir—a licensed clinical psychologist and a promising young scholar at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology. With over than 20 scientific articles (in English) and dozens of media interviews (in Hebrew), Dr. Ophir flew safely towards the promising land of academia. All this was true until he accidentally stepped on a land mine. Following the diagnosis of his first-born son with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), seven years ago, he started investigating the origins and scientific validity of this common childhood diagnosis, and what he found changed his life. Literally.

Dr. Ophir discovered masses of cracks in the ruling medical narrative, blatant conflicts of interests, and really odd cover up practices that did not align with what he thought science was all about. For him, the word ‘science’ used to have a sacred connotation. Academia was a temple for truth and integrity. So he decided to share his revelations with the world. Little did he know that he was waking up a brutal monster.

Full disclosure, Dr. Ophir is a close friend of mine. Still, I promise to tell his story as it happened. I remember vividly the personal defamations and vicious attacks he absorbed three years ago, when we first met. Dr. Ophir dared to depart from the consensus’ warm nest and voice his thought-provoking critique about ADHD and its medications (Ritalin, Adderall, and the like) and was immediately accused of being a pseudoscientist and a danger to the public.” …

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