The Tragic Consequences of Drugging Our Children

The number of prescriptions for psychotropic drugs for children has more than doubled between 1995 and 2000. This revealing documentary by Gary Null details the devastating consequences of this excessive medicating of our children with mind-altering drugs.

The film focuses on children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), even though evidence to verify such a diagnosis is lacking.

Instead, kids are often labeled with ADHD simply for acting like kids: fidgeting, speaking out of turn, not wanting to sit still, and being hyper.

The diagnosis of ADHD is often made based on anecdotal evidence and standardized assessments from parents and teachers, without giving consideration to other potential factors like home life, diet, and environmental toxins.

The end result for kids diagnosed with ADHD, as the video shows, is almost always medications.

If you’ve ever wondered why kids were rarely committing suicide or violent acts in schools when YOU were growing up, this essential video may shed some insight.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

I urge you to devote some time to watching The Drugging of Our Children.

This is a film that everyone with children should see.

You may have noticed the back-to-school themed advertisements for ADHD drugs that came out just in time for parents and teachers to begin questioning which students will “need” these medications.

This is a carefully timed marketing scheme aimed at selling more of these potent drugs, such as Ritalin, to your children -- and the marketing works. Many adolescent psychiatrists report that there is a sharp increase in prescriptions for ADHD drugs when kids start the school year.

Some drug companies are even marketing candy-flavored versions of these drugs.

It’s no wonder that drugs for ADHD bring in about $1 billion in sales every year.

It is ironic that children are urged not to take drugs when it comes to the illegal variety, but are readily supplied with mind-altering medications as long as they are FDA-approved.

However, health professionals prescribe these drugs without warning parents about the severe and potentially fatal side effects (psychotic symptoms, headaches, insomnia, hallucinations, cardiac arrhythmia).

Many of the drugs used to treat ADHD are not only potentially hazardous, but they are unnecessary if your child is treated appropriately.

How to Treat ADHD Naturally

There are plenty of safe, effective alternatives for treating this condition, and some particularly effective methods include:

  • Using plenty of animal-based omega-3 fats like krill oil.
  • Spending more time in nature.
  • Balancing your intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats (from vegetables oils).
  • Avoiding processed foods, especially those containing artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, which may trigger ADHD symptoms.
  • Replacing soft drinks, fruit juices, and pasteurized milk in your diet with pure water.
  • Reducing or eliminating grains and sugars from your diet.

For parents out there, I realize that many decide to put their children on a psychotropic drug because they believe it will help them. There can also be extreme pressure to do so, with some public schools even accusing parents of child abuse when they resist giving their kids drugs such as Ritalin.

What you need to know, and spread the word about, is that:

  • These drugs are potent (Ritalin is more potent than cocaine) and produce long-term changes in your child’s brain
  • They cause serious side effects
  • ADHD is almost always related to dietary and environmental factors, and can be cured by making the appropriate changes (outlined above)

 

Teaching Your Children About Drugs

This is a video a friend showed me yesterday. This is about a family in our area whose son overdosed on drugs. Noah came from a good family, went to a good school, was involved in sports. He had parents that loved him and did anything for him. This is a video his father made that is heartbreaking but it’s a something that parents should show their kids. I know I am going to show my 13 year old.  This video is something that most will always remember.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ5N-nVmZJE&feature=share

Cancer Risks Linked To Ritalin

Almost 30 million prescriptions for Ritalin and similar drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were written last year in the United States; 23 million were for children. While these drugs are among the most widely prescribed medicines in the world, they also remain one of the most controversial.
The latest chapter in the debate over the safety of ADHD drugs: The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) investigation regarding a link between Ritalin and cancer — based on a small University of Texas study.
The findings showed damage to the chromosomes of 12 children who had taken Ritalin for three months.
And while the Texas researchers claimed their study was far too small to prompt the parents of attention deficit patients to abandon Ritalin and may contain some methodology flaws, the FDA, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental Protection Agency found the results merited public concern and further study.
A grant proposal is in the works at the NIH to fund a much larger probe in 2006, involving many more patients and a variety of drugs.

Labeling Changes?
The news about Ritalin’s possible link to cancer comes in juxtaposition with another health issue surrounding the class of ADHD medications known as methylphenidates, to which Ritalin belongs.
In fact, the FDA has been considering labeling changes to all methylphenidates due to potential psychiatric events and cardiovascular side effects. A previous review uncovered:
Thirty-six psychiatric events (such as hallucinations and suicide ideation) for Concerta, compared to 16 for Ritalin and other methylphenidates.
Concerta had 20 cardiovascular event reports; other methylphenidates had four.
Some critics, however, believe labeling changes may not be the answer.
According to the director of the child and adolescent psychiatry clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital and an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine, labeling is an oversimplification of the problem and doesn’t address the many other problems that are affecting the outcome.

sources: Cancer Letters February 16, 2005
New York Times July 1, 2005
Forbes July 1, 2005

Dr. Mercola’s Comments:

Many of the drugs used to treat ADHD are not only potentially hazardous, but they are unnecessary if your child is treated appropriately.
Even if Ritalin didn’t cause chromosomal damage that could lead to cancer, it is still more potent than cocaine and best left as the very last option in helping to control your child’s behavior.
Instead, educating yourself on the wide variety of safe and natural options available to treat ADHD is an important first step in avoiding drugs like Ritalin and getting your child on the road to optimal mental and physical health.
To get started, please consider implementing the following steps into your child’s life:
Eliminating processed foods, especially those containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives from your child’s diet.
Giving your child plenty of animal-based omega-3 fats and balancing the intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats.
Replacing soft drinks, fruit juices and pasteurized milk in your child’s diet with pure water.
Radically reducing your child’s intake of grains and sugars.
Spending more time with your children in nature.