Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
Since 1990, according to some estimates, there has been a 300% increase with pharmaceuticals used to treat children diagnosed with ADHD.
Now doesn’t that statement alone scream that there is something wrong with our medical establishment? It seems the trend is not to question why so many children (and adults) are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but instead to simply keep developing more drugs to counteract the “symptoms”.
As reported in US News Health: “Use of powerful antipsychotic medications such as Abilify and Risperdal to control youngsters with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavior problems has skyrocketed in recent years, a new study finds.”
Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist from Ithaca, N.Y., and known for being an outspoken critic of the increasing antipsychotic use in children said: “These drugs damage developing brains. We have a national catastrophe.”
He continues: ”This is a situation where we have ruined the brains of millions of children. In controlling behavior, antipsychotics act on the frontal lobes of the brain — the same area of the brain targeted by a lobotomy… These are lobotomizing drugs,” he added. “Of course, they will reduce all behavior, including irritability.”
Yet, to confuse you even further, a new Cochrane review found: “… no evidence to support the use of risperidone to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)”
Moreover, long-term use of risperidone is associated with serious side effects, which include headache, uneven heartbeats, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain and increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
Given these medical treatments carry such a high risk, why isn’t the FDA asking real questions as to the cause of this increase of ADHD diagnosis in the US. It seems to me that a truly logical mind would have to ask, “What has changed in our environment, our food, water and schools that could cause such behavioral issues?”
Proponents of drug treatments for ADHD argue that, “Back in the day, we didn’t have the medical knowledge to diagnose such conditions.” Well, “back in the day” we didn’t have the pollution we have today, the onslaught of non-nutritious foods (supported by the FDA’s most medically trained Dietitians and Nutritionists), artificial foods, and of course… GMO’s.
What will the future of the US, and world for that matter, be if this “Drugs for better Health” stance continues from the FDA?
In fact, the official stance of the FDA regarding the question, “Are foods made with organic ingredients safer than those made with ingredients from other sources?” is: “No. An ingredient’s source does not determine its safety. For example, many plants, whether or not they are organically grown, contain substances that may be toxic.”
What? Seriously? This is the FDA’s official answer? And yet, this same regulatory body denies the toxic risks of supposedly “safer” products such as GMO corn, soy, yellow squash, and even papayas (did you know about that one?) along with a “healthy” dose of cancer causing pesticides? (All FDA approved of course!)
Furthermore, many foods dyes and additives have long been known to cause ADHD and have been banned in other countries including Europe.
And let’s not forget the inundation of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) that is now found in everything from kids’ cereal, bread, ice cream, canned soup, to fixings like ketchup, etc… Wasn’t it the Department of Agriculture who wanted to actually reclassify ketchup as a vegetable?
(Side note: I find it interesting that there are advocates against children eating fruit because of the high sugar content! What kind of backward thinking is that? Crazy I know, but I have heard this on more than one occasion!)
Interestingly enough, we are more concerned about taking our dogs to the dog park so they can run off their energy, yet continue to dismantle the physical education program in schools. Did you know that up to 40% of US schools have cut recess? Is this to say we care more about the health of dogs than our own children?
Per Mother Nature Network, multiple studies are outlined leading to the same conclusion: “Researchers say that cuts in play time affect children’s health and development process.”
Well, No kidding! Did we really need “multiple studies” to tell us that?
Of course it doesn’t stop with recess; other areas that help develop and spark creativity such as the arts: music, drama, drawing, etc are now hard to find in most US schools. And compounded by the modern pastime of video gaming, is it really any wonder why ADHD is increasing exponentially?
So given there are obvious changes that could be made, is the only answer to so-called ADHD truly a medically prescribed drug? And an antipsychotic at that?
Is this the future we want for our children, for us, for humanity?
- ADHD: Is Ritalin Really the Wonder Drug?
- Up to 40 percent of U.S. schools cutting back on recess
- More Kids Taking Antipsychotics for ADHD: Study
- Do ADHD Patients Benefit From Antipsychotic Drug?
- FDA: Are foods made with “organic” ingredients safer than those made with ingredients from other sources?
- GMO Foods List: Top 10 Worst Foods
- ADHD Linked to Food Dyes
- What REALLY Is High Fructose Corn Syrup?
- Risperidone Side Effects
- A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise
Previous articles by Dr. Michelle Kmiec:
- The Truth About Insomnia, Depression and Anxiety
- Natural Cure for Depression Silenced?
- The Link Between Stress and Intestinal Parasites – and What to Do About Them
- Arthritis Cure Found in Nature
- The Sun & Skin Cancer: the Truths, Pseudo-Truths & Lies of Mainstream Science
- A Natural Cure for Migraines
- Natural Cure for Chronic Pain Syndromes Silenced by the Medical Establishment
- Fluoride Linked to Coronary Heart Disease
- The REAL Truth Behind Sugar
- How Clean Is Your Drinking Water?
About the author:
Dr. Michelle Kmiec is a chiropractic physician who also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, and a minor in Medical Research. She is a life-long athlete who after curing herself 100% naturally from MS and anxiety, became an avid nutrition and health researcher/promoter.
The founder of the website Online Holistic Health and author of “Healthcare Freedom Revolution: Exposing the Lies, Deceit and Greed of the Medical Profession“, Dr. Kmiec has been featured in many health magazines and websites, and has been a guest on radio talk shows in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.