The BBC reports today that according to The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) parents need lessons in how to cope with their children's unruly behaviour. New guidelines on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) say that drugs such as Ritalin should be avoided - and must not be given to the under-fives. Most of the estimated 365,000 children in Britain with ADHD receive no treatment at all. But of those who do, most - about 37,000 - are prescribed stimulants like Ritalin (methylphenidate).
Children with ADHD have extreme difficulty sitting still, learning or concentrating.
I agree with Mike Adams in that controlling kids with drugs is not the answer. We are turning school kids into street junkies and Ritalin has seen a ten fold increase in precriptions. Distraught parent pressure or lazy doctors giving in to the spiel from drug reps. Doctors are certainly culpable. Kids are a responsibility and dosing kids up is certainly not the answer. Apart from the reported side effects of stunted growth in 40% of pre-schoolers given the drug (goodness me) there are other compelling reasons why Ritalin is not the answer.
This is what Mike Adams has to say about the subject. "Every time I write about this subject, I can't help but be outraged at the fact that we are a nation dosing our children with powerful narcotics in order to alter their brain chemistry rather than teaching them how to avoid the foods that cause these behavioral disorders in the first place. We don't teach our children how to eat right, nor do we teach our parents how to teach good dietary habits to their own children. Instead, we turn our children into literal druggies by forcing them onto extremely dangerous narcotic and anti-psychotic drugs."
In this nation, there appears to be a drug for every problem out there, including undesirable behavior on the part of children. In reality, ADHD is not a behavioral disorder, nor is it some sort of mysterious chemical imbalance in the brain. It is simply the natural effect of pursuing a diet that is very high in refined carbohydrates and very low in optimum nutrition."