Enjoying Your Youth
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Table of Contents
· Many ADHD Symptoms Typical of Normal 'Boy Behavior'
· What if Einstein Was on Ritalin?
· Adverse Reactions of Ritalin Use
· ADHD Drugs Oust Recruit from Military
· The Hyperactive Child and Chiropractic
Many ADHD Symptoms Typical of Normal 'Boy Behavior'
By Jim Brown
May 2, 2003
(Agape Press) - A longtime leader in the pro-family movement says Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has never been validated as a disease.
Estimates place the number of children diagnosed with ADHD at between 5 and 7 million. But Eagle Forum's Phyllis Schlafly says doctors and pharmaceutical companies are turning behavioral problems into a disorder.
"If you look at the list of symptoms on which people diagnose ADHD, you will find that they are characteristics of most normal boys -- unable to sit still, has difficulty following directions, wants to run around and may fidget if required to sit too long; that sort of thing. This is just normal 'boy behavior,'" she says.
Schlafly believes some of those behavioral issues are the result of a failure on the part of parents to exercise adequate discipline in the home. And she is convinced there are more effective ways for schools to deal with young students who refuse to be quiet, sit down, or do what they are told in the school classroom.
"I think there are all kinds of other ways [the schools] should deal with it," she says. "They should have supervised playground activities so the children can run off their energy.
"They also should look into the diet -- I think a lot of the [food items] served in the school lunch and in the machines that are allowed to be in schools are very stimulating in a way that you don't want to artificially stimulate a young child."
Schlafly says the psychotropic drugs prescribed for children diagnosed with ADHD have had sophisticated marketing and been successful in getting both teachers and parents to believe there is something wrong with their normal child. That is why she believes there is still a long road to climb before most Americans realize ADHD is a behavioral problem -- and not a medical problem.
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ADHD and Stimulant Drugs Will Prevent Recruiting into Armed Forces
Few parents are warned that children labelled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for which they are customarily prescribed dangerous, potentially addictive drugs, can later be disqualified from joining the armed forces to protect their country. The problem could worsen because of recently released guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that endorse the psychiatric-invented condition and the cocaine-like drugs prescribed for it.
What if Einstein was on Ritalin?
What if Albert Einstein had been put on Ritalin? Did you know that Einstein, one of the greatest geniuses of the last century, did not speak until he was four years old and didn't read until he was seven. His teachers described him as "mentally slow, unsociable and adrift in his foolish dreams." He was expelled and refused admittance to the Zurich Polytech Institute. Today he would have been put on Ritalin.
Thomas Edison's teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything. Isaac Newton did very poorly in grade school. Opera singer Enrico Caruso's teacher said he had no voice at all and could not sing. Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions. His teacher called him hopeless as a composer. Are these geniuses Ritalin candidates also?
What are we doing to our children? How did we allow our country to be jokingly referred to as the Ritalin capital of the world?
Ritalin is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug. Under Federal Law, Ritalin is classified as a schedule II controlled substance, the same rating given to cocaine, opium and morphine. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and include depression, fatigue, paranoia, increased dreaming, irritability, bedwetting and suicide.
At a Chiropractic Mother's Morning Out program on The Ritalin Controversy, one of the mothers stood up and told her son's story. He tried Ritalin for a very short time and he hated the way it made him feel, so he stopped taking it on his own (hurray for him).
What's scary is that seven years later he still suffers from the side effects, including bedwetting.
Can you really try it just once? Think long and hard about the answer to this question.
The side effects of Ritalin are numerous and severe. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the side effects include stunting of growth, depression, insomnia, nervousness, skin rash, anorexia, nausea, dizziness, headaches, abdominal pain, blood pressure and pulse changes, and Tourette's Syndrome (a permanent and irreversible condition characterized by body tics, spasms, screaming obscenities, and barking sounds).
The physiological changes that cause these side effects are occurring whether there is an outward manifestation of symptoms or not. This is very scary.
How far will we go to control, mold, and conform our children to somebody's made up normal? Are we turning our geniuses of tomorrow into drug addicts?
According to a Canadian report, Ritalin is responsible for more street crime than any other drug. Kids are selling their Ritalin to other kids. A USA Today report indicated that some kids crush Ritalin into a powder and snort it like cocaine, while others cook it and inject it into their bloodstream.
"My child wouldn't do that," you might say. How do you know? This is a highly addictive drug we are talking about here. Remember the fifteen year old who is still suffering from withdrawal
seven years later. He no longer owns his life and his consciousness. He now has a lifelong battle for his will.
Well known criminal defense attorney Melvin Nash, from Marietta, Georgia, who receives Chiropractic Wellness Care with his family, indicated that approximately 60% of the people he defends for everything from DUI to armed robbery have been on Ritalin at some point in their life. He stated, "I would home school my
kids before I put them on Ritalin!" That's a powerful statement!
The United States is number one in Ritalin consumption in the world, by far. How did we let this happen? Have we bought into the multimillion dollar marketing strategies of the drug manufacturer? You decide.
One person who just started teaching in a middle school was asked if a lot of her kids were on Ritalin. She replied, "yes, but not enough." This gives me a pain in my heart.
Another person was discussing her friends who became parents late in life. They said they couldn't deal with their son because they had forgotten what it was like to be a child. Their child is on Ritalin. I cry for him.
It has always puzzled me why in some schools up to 50% of the kids are on Ritalin and in others schools very close by, only 5% are on the drug. This variation can be seen from class to class as well. How do we let this happen?
Where is the responsibility going that we entrust our child's mind to a highly addictive and dangerous drug such as Ritalin? What price are we willing to pay to maintain our high tech lifestyles and busy schedules or to have our kids be "perfect"? What if Albert Einstein had been on Ritalin?
There is a genius in all of us that is just trying to get out. Think about all the ideas, talent, strength and creativity we keep stored inside because we worry about what other people would say or think. They would put us down, call us unruly and tell us to grow up. They would put us on Ritalin to get us to conform to the norm that is mediocrity and maintain our drug dependent world.
As a Chiropractor, I get to experience this genius every day in my office. I see the healing and regenerative powers of the human body and spirit at work every day. People that were on drugs get off them. Children that are so-called hyper calm down and parents that are hypoactive get increased energy. I have seen people's own bodies begin to work correctly because of chiropractic and heal itself from just about every malady you can name.
I have also seen what the continuous expression of this genius can create in families that are under Chiropractic Wellness Care. Wellness care keeps the expression of this genius un-interferred with so people can express all of their genetic potential on a moment to moment basis, every minute they're alive.
All children, especially the ones that aren't "perfect" or "normal" need their senses clear. They need their adaptation capacity at 100%. They need their nerve system free from interference. Do they really need artificial stimulation or sedation?
Could you imagine if Helen Keller had been on Ritalin? Would it have given her the best opportunity to thrive in the world and express her innate potential? I doubt it. We would have been robbed of a wonderful gift.
Is Ritalin the drug industry's version of a Joe Camel cigarette billboard? Is Ritalin the drug company's insurance policy to big business down the road? Is it any wonder our country can spend close to $80 million a year on drug abuse awareness and the problem continues to get worse?
Please parents, open up and take these insights to heart. I know that all parents make the best decisions they are capable of for their children, given the knowledge they had at the time of their decision.
You now have more knowledge. Let's take a stand for our next generation.
Dr. Eric Plasker
ADVERSE REACTIONS OF RITALIN USE
Nervousness and insomnia are the most common adverse reactions but are usually controlled by reducing dosage and omitting the drug in the afternoon or evening. Other reactions include hypersensitivity (including skin rash, urticaria, fever, arthralgia, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme with histopathological findings of necrotizing vasculitis, and thrombocytopenic purpura); anorexia, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, headache, dyskinesia, drowsiness, blood pressure and pulse changes, both up and down, tachycardia, angina, cardiac arrhythmia, abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy.
There have been rare reports of Tourette's syndrome. Toxic psychosis has been reported. Although a definite casual relationship has not been established, the following have been reported in patients taking this drug: leucopenia and/or anemia; a few instances of scalp hair loss. In children, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy, insomnia, and tachycardia may occur more frequently.
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The Hyperactive Child and Chiropractic
Much controversy surrounds using mediations to control hyperactive children. Drugs designed to control these children are dangerous, unpredictable and are not getting to the cause of the child's problem. One question that should be asked is this. Why are so many more children today being diagnoses with ADHD over just a decade or two ago? Are their really that many more problem children today over a few years ago?
Many contemporary researchers and authors are suggesting that the rise in diagnosis of ADHD is due to several factors. These factors include dietary factors, long term adverse results of medications and immunizations, and neurological factors from interference to the nervous system. All of these suggestions negate the use of chemicals to correct the fundamental malfunction. In other words, many experts are suggesting other means of dealing with the problem rather than drugging the child.
Diet is an important component in children who have been diagnosed with ADHD. Sugar seems to be identified by many as a main contributing factor. Many breakfast cereals contain high concentrations of sugar, as well as other preservatives.
Chiropractors have long maintained that neurology plays a strong part in hyperactive children. The medical approach often consists of drugs to affect the function of the nervous system. The chiropractic approach is removal of interference from the nervous system to allow proper function. Chiropractors recognize this interference comes from factors such as diet and subluxations. It is the subluxation aspect of interference to the nervous system that chiropractic is most concerned with in a hyperactive child. Chiropractors work to remove subluxations, thereby eliminating interference to the nervous system and allowing the hyperactive child to neurologically function normally. With this approach, as well as attention to diet and other toxins, chiropractic has offered many families and alternative to potent and dangerous drugs for the hyperactive child.