Millions of American children are labeled ADD/ADHD and prescribed drugs. 90% of these drugs, a Substance II considered dangerous, are prescribed and distributed in America. At this time there are no long-term studies on the side effects of these drugs on human beings but the studies on animals has given some alarming findings. Young rats exposed to these drugs developed memory problems that persisted into adulthood.
There is no FDA nor Government approved test to label a student ADD/ADHD. Tests given are usually a Q & A that 90% of the human race would fail or it could be a computer test, which has been considered unreliable by even computer experts. Whoever ends up taking these tests will most likely take home a prescription. Many concerned have expressed that the POWER of labeling these children ADD/ADHD is the simplest, and most profitable viewed solution. http://www.adhdtesting.org/tova.htm
Many have been devastated by the immediate side effects of these drugs. February 11, 2005 Canada Announced:
Adderall has been pulled off the
market in Canada after it's been
linked to several sudden deaths and
strokes which occurred in the U.S.Depression is a COMMON side effect of Ritalin and other ADD/ADHD drugs. Today we are seeing more depression in our teenagers and college students. College faculties are finding that they are understaffed in counselors due to the increase demand of troubled students. Depression is NOT something you can rid yourself of in hours, days, or even weeks especially if you have multiply issues and or no counseling. Depression hurts everyone. The 15-year-old from Conyers, Georgia, who shot six classmates in May 1999, was on Ritalin; Eric Harris, 18, one of the two Columbine killers, was taking the anti-depressant Luvox; and Kip Kinkel, the 15-year-old from Springfield, Oregon, who killed his parents and two schoolmates, and wounded 20 other students in May 1998, had been prescribed the anti-depressant Prozac. Etc.
There are many proven studies that proper nutrition has a positive effect on the brain. But also there is more to getting our kids in balance. This balance doesn't happen over night and it takes patients, dedication and will power by parents, guardians and educators. Every study that I have read has proven that the only benefit that the Ritalin does for these children is turn them into teachable zombies. They did not learn anything more than they would have through other means. Just because you cannot get them to read without doing drugs doesn't mean that all is doomed.
Parents before you say yes to label you child find the real problem(s). Check hearing and eyes and other senses, change daily diets with more greens and omega 3, try some new forms of exercise/sports, some forms of martial arts are extremely successful for over active children, or get some good counseling, and get an IQ test.
Enforcing drugs on children during such a crucial time and during the development of the brain is devastating. These children are our future. They deserve a healthy beginning to life. Conspiracy or not America is looking pretty stupid with this quick fix band aide. There are too many healthy solutions to deplete this deficit.