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, increases 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 ticks, 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 life long 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, "l 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 other 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 to 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 uninterferred 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 industries version of a Joe Camel cigarette billboard? Is Ritalin the drug companies 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 am a parent and 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.
LETS TAKE A STAND FOR OUR NEXT GENERATION!
"US panel calls for research into effects of Ritalin". This is the title of an article appearing in the December 5th 1998 issue of the British Medical Journal. The article goes on to say that the National Institutes for Health consensus panel called for "urgent clarification of the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (ADHD) and research into the long term effects of treatment with Ritalin." This article typifies a growing trend of scientific and commentary articles revealing the dangers of using Ritalin.
Prescriptions for Ritalin have increased six-fold over the past ten years, raising the question of over-diagnosis and treatment. Peter R. Breggin, M.D., a psychiatrist and editor-in-Chief of a professional journal entitled Ethical Human Sciences and Services, lists several disturbing facts about Ritalin and its dangerous effects.
1. Decreased blood flow to the brain, an effect recently shown to be caused by cocaine where it is associated with impaired thinking ability and memory loss.
2. Disruption of growth hormone, leading to suppression of growth in the body and brain of the child
3. Permanent neurological tics, including Tourette’s Syndrome
4. Addiction and abuse, including withdrawal reactions on a daily basis
5. Psychosis (mania), depression, insomnia, agitation, and social withdrawal
6. Possible shrinkage (atrophy) or other permanent physical abnormalities in the brain
7. Worsening of the very symptoms the drug is supposed to improve including hyperactivity and inattention
8. Decreased ability to learn
As many as 10% of all children in second through fifth grade have been given prescriptions to the powerful drug Ritalin, even though many of them probably don't have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
That was the conclusion of researchers who published their findings in the American Journal of Public Health.
According to Drs. Gretchen LeFever and her colleagues, doctors are over- prescribing the drug at an alarming rate. It is estimated that, at most, only 3-5% of school age children can clinically be classified as having ADHD.
"It's hard to believe this many children have the specific brain related problem called ADHD," stated Dr. LeFever, an assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Center for Pediatric Research.
This is only the most recent in a series of research reports which warned about the misuse and abuse of this potentially dangerous drug.
ADHD is a little-understood condition, which can cause a variety of symptoms such as impulsive behavior, difficulty in concentrating, and misbehavior. However, most of these symptoms have also been linked to poor diet, particularly excess sugar, as well as emotional problems.
Health care advocates say that doctors are routinely diagnosing children with ADHD even though there is no clinical evidence of the condition. Instead, they find it easier to write a prescription for Ritalin than discuss diet or parenting skills with the child's family.
According to Peter R. Breggin, M.D., director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology and associate faculty at The Johns Hopkins University Department of Counseling, "Ritalin does not correct biochemical imbalances - it causes them." In his book, "Talking Back to Ritalin" (Common Courage Press, 1998), he notes that there is some evidence that the drug can cause permanent damage to the child's brain and its function.
"Ritalin and other stimulants are currently prescribed to several million U.S. children in the hope of improving their supposed hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity," Breggin warns. He presents evidence that these drugs "work" by producing robotic or zombie-like behavior in children. This enforced docility and obedience can produce a few weeks of subdued behavior but has no positive effect on academic achievement and no positive long- term effects at all.
Contrary to claims by drug advocates, giving Ritalin to a child does not help to prevent future problems such as school failure or delinquency, he emphasizes.
Ritalin's lack of effectiveness has been proven by hundreds of studies but has not been revealed to doctors, teachers or parents.
"Parents and teachers and even doctors have been badly misled by drug company marketing practices.,” says Breggin. "Drug companies have targeted children as a big market likely to boost profits - and children are suffering as a result."
Breggin does not believe that mind-altering drugs are ever an appropriate approach to helping our children. Instead, he urges adults to learn to identify and meet the individual needs of the children in their care.
Most children receiving Ritalin have been identified for treatment by teachers who have been misled by drug company and government promotional campaigns for Ritalin and other stimulants. "Educate - don't medicate " should be the motto of every parent or teacher who is tempted to resort to Ritalin, Breggin urges.
"The Extent of Drug Therapy for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children in Public Schools." G.B. LeFever, A.L. Morrow, and K.V. Dawson, American Journal of Public Health, September 1999. Vol. 89, No. 9.
"Talking Back to Ritalin," Peter R Breggin, M.D.. 1988. Health Watch 1-00
More drugs are not the answer to better health. Have your children checked for subluxations in the neck, which create nerve interference and its resultant symptoms such as behavior problems, ear infections, bed wetting, headaches etc.