The Dangers of Ritalin
The Dangers of Ritalin
Many children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and most recently, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) (1). Doctors and even teachers recommend the psycho-stimulant drug Ritalin to deal with these ‘problem children’. It is estimated that more than six million American children take psychotropic medication for ADHD, depression and other psychological maladies (2). A study for the Office of National Statistics in Britain, discovered that about three percent of five- to 10- year-olds and almost four percent of 11- to 15-year-olds have ‘conduct disorders’ (1) Psychologists and child specialists question the use of such labels, saying that the problem can often lie with the adults who are looking after them. this can lead to the prescription of drugs such as Dexedrine, Cylert, Prozak, Paxil, Tofranil and Norpamin.
In 1998, the US National Institute of Mental Health held a conference focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of ADD and ADHD (2). It was hoped a clear and concise evaluation would be reached by consensus. But this is not what happened. The panel basically said that they were not sure if either ADD or ADHD were “valid” conditions. There were no provable reasons for ever using the ADD and ADHD labels. They also found that ADHD has nothing to do with impaired brain function. What came from the conference were more questions than answers. If these conditions cannot be properly diagnosed it clearly suggests that they do not even exist. Why then are our children being poisoned with Ritalin and other drugs?
The children who take Ritalin soon lose many of the positive traits associated with the Psychic Children; such as intuition, telepathy and their warrior personality. Our children were given these qualities for good reasons. What appears to be slow learning and lack of attention are enough to get children on Ritalin, but it has become apparent that they actually get bored very easily by what they are being taught. The school syllabus does not do justice for the type of super human being we are dealing with here. These children need time and space to explore their intelligence and psychic gifts. Teachers often think they are ‘playing up’, but this is simply because they learn too fast for the schools they are in. It is the system that needs to change, not our children. These children are here to change the systems, not to conform. This is why many of the Indigo’s have such integrity, focus and power. They are the pioneers of the new type of human being and a new way of living in society. The people who produce and enforce the use of Ritalin know this.
Many of the children diagnosed with these conditions are, as we have seen, incredibly intelligent. Their IQ’s are often as high as 130; 100 is the average. Many have IQ’s in the genius range of 160. Recently I found out that the tests they once used for testing if a child was a genius is exactly the same test they now use to diagnose ADD and ADHD! So it looks like the Doctors actually do know that the population of geniuses is on the increase. The Psychic Children are living proof of the human potential. This leads me to ask the question; why are these children put on Ritalin? And is there a valid reason to pump them full of dangerous pharmeaucital chemicals?
Doctor’s get commission every time they prescribe a drug from a certain company. It has become their livelihood. Doctor’s do not get taught nutrition or herbal medicine in their seven years of training, they get taught how to prescribe drugs produced by the pharmaceutical industry. It is also illegal for them to study such subjects and use them on their patients. Doctor’s colleges are funded by the same companies that produce and manufacture the drugs. Incentives for Doctors to prescribe certain drugs is high. Each drug company has representatives trying to convince them that their drug is the best. Although officially it is not bribery, drug companies spend an average of $13000 per year on each doctor in the USA (3). This adds up to $8 billion per year. The money goes on drug samples, ticket to sports events, dinners and holidays to beach or ski resorts. Drug companies employ 70000 sales representatives, which equates to one representative for every nine doctors (3). A recent analysis of sixteen various studies demonstrated that doctors were more likely to perform “non-rational prescribing”. This is where the doctor prescribes drugs that are more expensive and is less effective than what the patient requires (3).
There are well known natural alternatives for many serious conditions, but there is no profit because nature provides it and so it cannot be patented. Doctors are also the third leading cause of death in the US. On average there are 106,000 deaths per year from “non-error, adverse effects of medications”(4). These are basically the correct drugs for conditions in the correct dosage.
The next quote is from a book called How To Raise a Healthy Child…..in Spite of Your Doctor, by Robert Mendelsohn MD. This abridged entry (with Mendlesons comments in brackets) was supplied by the producers of Ritalin, Ciba-Geigy. Note how they are not even sure how Ritalin works or how it affects the nervous system.
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 (swollen, itching patches of skin), fever, arthralgia, exfoliative dermatitis (scaly patches of skin), erythema multiforme (an acute inflammatory skin disease), with histopathological findings of necrotizing vasculitis (destruction of the blood vessels), and thrombocytopenic purpurea (a serious blood clotting disorder), anorexia; nausea; dizziness; palipatations; headache; dyskinesia (impairment of voluntary muscle movement), drowsiness; blood pressure and pulse changes, both up and down; tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), angina (spasmodic attacks of intense heart pain); cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat); abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy.
There have been rare reports of Tourette’s syndrome. Toxic psychosis has been reported in patients taking this drug; leukopenia (reduction in white blood cells) 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; however, any of the other adverse reactions listed above may also occur (5).
So if the Doctors know all this, and the drug companies, by law have to tell them, how can they possibly prescribe such a drug? It is clear that Ritalin is not the answer. So lets look at what to avoid to help with ADD, ADHD and ODD. Then we can delve in to what changes need to be made in the diet of our children.