ADD/ADHD medications include Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta.
Are they safe? Are they necessary?
Enough is enough! As a society, we have been silent for too long. Due to our silence, millions of children are being drugged by a society that cares little about truth, and seems all too vulnerable to hype.
The Journal of the American Medical Association cited a study on Psychotropic drug use (Ritalin, Prozac, etc.), and our preschoolers. As inconceivable as it may seem, our nation’s 2 year olds are on controlled substances, and in increasing numbers.
Recent studies have found that psychotropic drug use in children has increased over 200%. Worse yet, the number of 2-4 year olds taking Ritalin has doubled! It’s important to note that Ritalin has never been studied on children under 6 years of age!
Ask yourself; “Are our children really that out of control, or has it become more acceptable to simply drug then into submission, to force a round peg into a square hole?”
Recent studies have found that psychotropic drug use in children has increased over 200%. Worse yet, the number of 2-4 year olds taking Ritalin has doubled!
ADD/HD and its treatment with Ritalin, Adderall and other drugs, is an “American disease.” Our children consume 95% of the world’s supply of the drug, making the U.S. consumption 5 times higher than the rest of the world combined. The question must be asked…Why?
Promotion of these psychotropic drugs result in sales well over 1.5 billion dollars per year. This is big business in the U.S., and the drug manufacturers such as Ciba fund millions to groups such as CHADD who are responsible for much of the information the public hears about ADHD and the “success” of Ritalin.
This brings us to a critical decision: Are we willing to drug millions of our children to make them easier to manage and more compliant in the school and the home at the expense of raising “Generation Rx?”
If so, I emphatically state that this says more about our society’s distorted values than it does about our children. Every cell in my body tells me that giving a child Ritalin – a class II controlled substance in the same category as cocaine – to “help them conform” isn’t right. There has to be a better answer.
Perhaps the answer to this difficult question lies in philosophy and in the basic laws of the universe. The applicable law here is that of “Cause and Effect.”
The law of cause and effect states that: “For every cause there is an effect, and for every effect, there is a cause.” Obeying this law can make all the difference.
Hyperactivity, lack of ability to concentrate and inattentiveness, are all effects. Depression and anxiety…also effects. Ritalin, Adderall and Prozac treat these effects, while ignoring the cause.
We have a drug problem in the United States that costs thousands of lives and billions of dollars a year. Most treatment is aimed at effect. How do we as a society expect our children to be “drug-free” if they are raised in a medicine cabinet, with a distorted view of reality? Can we really expect them to change their patterns of feeling bad and taking drugs in the future, whether they’re legal or not?
The fight against drug abuse begins at home.
Parents must start teaching their children not to rely on medications every time they get sick or feel bad. We must solve this problem with a new level of thinking.
ADD/ADHD is an emotional issue, for both the child and the parents. Concerns over education, attitude and happiness are all very real. The question is: what can we do for our children other than give them drugs? The answer lies in this “new level of thinking.”
The reality is, you live your life through your nervous system.
Most experts agree that ADD/ADHD is caused by a neurological / chemical imbalance in the body. Ritalin and other psychotropic drugs are used in an attempt to “balance” the chemistry of the body. This is treating the effect.
Chiropractors have long recognized the vital importance of a proper functioning nervous system. We must remember that the brain and nervous system control the entire human body and the entire human experience. Ultimately, every function of the human body, including maintaining proper chemical balance, healing, and the ability to stay well is under the control of the nervous system.
The reality is, you live your life through your nervous system. If any amount of disturbance to the nervous system is present, the body cannot stay in proper chemical balance, nor can it function at optimum potential. Chiropractors locate and correct the number one cause of this nerve system disturbance in the human body…Subluxation.
A subluxation occurs when two bones in the spine misalign and twist or stretch the spinal cord and / or nerves. This causes disturbance to the flow of messages from the brain to the body. If these disturbances affect the chemical producing or regulating aspects of the body, an imbalance may result. Often times, this imbalance is labeled ADD/ADHD.
Chiropractors do not treat any diseases or conditions, including ADD or ADHD. What we do specialize in is the correction of subluxation and the resulting nerve interference, enabling the body to perform at its optimum level.
Could chiropractic help your child with ADD or ADHD? The answer depends on if your child is subluxated. Only a doctor of chiropractic can tell you. Through advances in technology such as Surface EMG and Thermal Scans, a chiropractor can detect subluxations and monitor their correction as well.
Give your children a fighting chance with chiropractic. It could change your lives!