Schoolchildren Are Increasingly Dosed With Both Ritalin and
Anti-Psychotic Drugs, Says New Research
Researchers from the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt have found
that anti-psychotic medications are being prescribed at an alarming
rate for Tennessee children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder, or ADHD. The use of anti-psychotic drugs has more than
doubled since 1996, and today children are not only being dosed with
Ritalin -- a powerful narcotic drug -- but now anti-psychotic drugs
to mask other symptoms related to behavioral disorders.
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.
This dietary pattern almost perfectly describes the pattern
pursued by virtually all children in the United States. They load up
on high-sugar breakfast cereals,
soft drinks, candy bars, sweets, cookies, and desserts, and then,
just in case they don't have enough sugar in their system already,
when they go to school they get rewarded with more candy and
desserts, and they even have the opportunity to purchase soft drinks
and candy bars
from vending machines that are actually supported and promoted by
the school bureaucrats.
So on one hand, we have public schools deriving funding from the
sale of soft
drinks and candy that promote ADHD in children, and then on the
other hand, instead of addressing this problem at its source, we
have a fast-expanding collection of mental health
professionals who are increasingly putting children on powerful
narcotic drugs in order to mask the symptoms caused by the
widespread consumption of sugars and processed foods.
The victims in all of this are, of course, the children
themselves, who end up being unable to learn as well as they
normally could, since their brains have been dulled by multiple prescription
drugs -- and who end up going through the public school system
with increased risk for obesity, diabetes and other
diseases promoted by the consumption of food ingredients
like white flour or refined white sugar.
And people wonder why we have such high rates of obesity, diabetes,
and drug dependency in our adult population. It's not mystery --
just look at the children we're raising in this country. We're
raising yet another generation of drug-addicted, chronically
brain-numbed zombies -- and proudly declaring it "public education."
About the author:Related
Adams is a holistic nutritionist with over 4,000 hours of study on
nutrition, wellness, food toxicology and the true causes of disease
and health. He is well versed on nutritional and lifestyle therapies
for weight loss and disease prevention / reversal. View Adams'
health statistics showing LDL cholesterol of 67 and outstanding
blood chemistry. Adams uses no prescription drugs whatsoever and
relies exclusively on natural health, nutrition and exercise to
achieve optimum health. He serves as the executive director of the
Research Center and is author of several books about health and
nutrition, including Low-Carb Diet Warning
and Superfoods For Optimum
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- At a time when parents, schools and physicians still
struggle with the perceived overuse of the medication Ritalin to
treat children with attention difficulties, a new study suggests
the potential for another controversy.
- Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt have found a new class of
antipsychotic medications is being prescribed for an increasing
number of TennCare children with attention deficit/hyperactivity
- The study, published in the August Archives of Pediatric
Adolescent Medicine, found that nearly one in 100 adolescent
TennCare recipients are being prescribed powerful antipsychotic
medications for behavioral problems associated with ADHD.
- Use for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and
mood disorders increased more than twofold.
- Perhaps most concerning, the adolescent population had more
than a threefold increase in use of the drugs for ASDHD/conduct
disorder, that amounted to nearly one in every 100 adolescents
covered under TennCare.
- Conrad says RIP promotes the use of behavior modification
including positive reinforcement; techniques she has tried with
two sons and a daughter with ADHD or related conditions.
- Cooper says it appears antipsychotic medications are targeted
to help aggressive behavior associated with ADHD.
- "In this society, with aggression, they want to nip that in
the bud," said Conrad.
- The drugs were introduced during the 1990s as a new generation
of antipsychotics, and include clozapine, risperidone, olanzapine,
quetiapine fumarate and ziprasidone hydrochloride.
- The study's authors eliminated any child listed with a severe
disability, including a severe mental illness like psychosis or
- "The goal of this article is to encourage physicians to
carefully consider the risk/benefit ratio in their decision making
about prescribing practices for the new generation of
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