ADD/ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Kids older then 10 may need dental cleanup (amalgam) and liver cleanse:

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  1. Bowel cleanse and Parasites cleanse !
  2. Dental cleanup - dental work may be one cofactor of your disease:  amalgam, Root canal , Nickel crowns , Cavitations (pocket inside jaw bone left after extraction of the wisdom and molar teeth )
  3. Kidney stones cleanse
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It is diet, lifestyle and environment that are responsible for your child's problems!

 What is causing ADD/ADHD ?

Dr. Atkins states that eliminating sugars (fruits, juices, milk products, and refined, simple carbohydrates) from the children’s diet can correct most ADHD.

There are typically one of three factors that produce learning disabilities in children:

1. The first is the aftermath of a physical blow to the head, some kind of physical trauma that has misaligned the cranial bones. Accidents to the skull that occur on the sides of the head, rather than the front or back, are most likely to produce this complex.

2. The second factor is a chemical trauma that manifests as multiple allergies to foods, substances, and inhalants. The allergic trauma compromises the child’s mental abilities. Often if the mother took powerful drugs before her
pregnancy (birth control pills), while pregnant (antibiotics), or during delivery (Pitocin), the effects of these drugs are registered on the fetus. Children who come out of this background are prone to hyperactivity or attention deficit disorder.

3. The third factor contributing to learning difficulties is heredity - the only one that you can not do much about, but better diet can even correct that one.

And, there are, of course hundreds of others underlying causes.  

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ADD/ADHD FAQ


What is an Attention Deficit Disorder?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a syndrome which is usually characterized by serious and persistent difficulties resulting in:
  • poor attention span
  • weak impulse control
  • hyperactivity
ADD also has a subtype which includes hyperactivity (ADHD). It is a curable complex disorder which affects approximately 3 to 6 percent of the population (70% in relatives of ADD children). Inattentiveness, impulsivity, and often times, hyperactivity, are common characteristics of the disorder. Boys with ADD tend to outnumber girls by 3 to 1, although ADD in girls is underdiagnosed. ADD without hyperactivity is also known as ADD/WO (WithOut) or Undifferentiated ADD.

 

What are some common symptoms of ADD?

  • Excessively fidgets or squirms
  • Difficulty remaining seated
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty awaiting turn in games
  • Blurts out answers to questions
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Difficulty sustaining attention
  • Shifts from one activity to another
  • Difficulty playing quietly
  • Often talks excessively
  • Often interrupts
  • Often doesn't listen to what is said
  • Often loses things
  • Often engages in dangerous activities
Recent literature proposes 2 subtypes of ADHD, Behavioral and Cognitive (being split 80/20).

 

How is ADHD diagnosed?

The list above is taken directly from the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) latest "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III-R). To qualify for a diagnosis of ADHD, a child must exhibit 8 of these for a period longer than 6 months and have appeared before the age of 7 years. However, you don't have to be hyperactive to have attention deficit disorder. In fact, up to 30% of children with ADD are not hyperactive at all, but still have a lot of trouble focusing.

 

Is this a new disease?

No. It has been identified in medical literature more than 100 years ago. A popular German tale (Hoffmann's "Struwel Peter") written in rhyme for children portrays a child with ADHD.

 

What other names has this disease been known by?

Minimal brain dysfunction (MBD) and hyperactivity (hyper-kinetic) or (in Britain) conduct disorder (not the same implications as the North American reference in the DSM-III-R).

 

What causes ADHD (Etiology)?

ADD/ADHD cause?

  1. Diet, toxins
  2. lack of father figure/discipline.
  3. Brain damage (head trauma) before, after and during birth (twice as likely to have had labour> 13hrs)
  4. Brain damage by toxins (internal bacterial and viral, external fetal alcohol syndrome, metal intoxication, eg. lead)
  5. Strongly held belief by some people (including at least one book Feingold's "Cookbook for Hyperactive children") that food intollerance cause ADD.

     

What is the long term prognosis?

One book states 20% outgrow it by puberty but other problems can interfere. ADD that lasts into adulthood is referred to as ADD-RT (Residual Type).

 

Other diseases corelated with ADHD?

Clusters of other problems of the Central Nervous System (CNS) such as:

 

  • Learning Disabilities (LDs)
  • TIC disorders (such as Tourette's) 20 % of ADD children whereas 40 to 60% of TIC children have ADD
  • Gross and Fine Motor control delays (coordination) 50% of ADD children
  • developmental delays (such as speech)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD)

 

 

Ritalin: Violence Against Boys
Drug is being used to sedate active, young boys
Massachusetts News
http://www.massnews.com/vioboy.htm



November 1

-If Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were in a school in Massachusetts today, they'd be drugged with Ritalin, according to many psychiatrists and other experts.

The drug is being used to sedate active, young boys because the teachers are unable to relate to them. It is in the same psychoactive category as cocaine.

Somewhere between 29,000 and 48,000 children in Massachusetts' public schools are operating under the influence of Ritalin - and they are almost all boys.

The income to the drug company is between $30 to $60 per month per medicated child.

A prominent psychiatrist tells Massachusetts News that one of the key problems for children today, which may be causing the increase in the number of children diagnosed as mentally ill, is the increase in fatherless families.

He is Dr. Peter Breggin, director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology in Bethesda, Maryland, who published an article in The Boston Globe last month on its editorial page under the headline,"Kids Are Suffering Legal Drug Abuse." However, it did not mention the gender problem. Breggin wrote:

"In a society that's supposed to accept and even value differences, drugging shy children reflects an extreme of enforced conformity...
"We are the first adults to handle the generation gap through the wholesale drugging of our children. We may be guaranteeing that future generations will be relatively devoid of people who think critically, raise painful questions, generate productive conflicts, or lead us to new spiritual and political insights."

Dr. Breggin tells Massachusetts News that most children who have been labeled as having "Attention Deficit Disorder," don't get enough attention from their fathers. The parents may be divorced. Or the dads are preoccupied with their work or other things.

"The 'cure' for these children is more rational and loving attention from their dads," says Breggin. "Young people are nowadays so hungry for the attention of a father that it can come from any male adult. Seemingly impulsive, hostile groups of children will calm down when a caring, relaxed and firm adult male is around."

Many of these children are receiving Ritalin from their school nurse. It is supposed to help these hyperactive youngsters focus on their work. 
Yet whether the drug is even needed isn't clear; doctors and scientists are split on the issue. And many critics worry that mothers and fathers, schools and doctors may be medicating kids who only need traditional discipline and love - not a pill.

New York Times Writes About Massachusetts' Problem

The New York Times wrote a story earlier this year about the problem that these drugs are causing for overworked school nurses in Massachusetts.
Janet Douglass, a director of the School Health Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, said that in a recent visit to a nearby elementary school she had been struck by the overall level of medication.

"'I think they give out more psychotropic medication than a psych hospital did when I did psych," she said. "Not just Ritalin, but heavy-duty psychiatric medications."

The Times reported that a survey of Boston schools showed that the nurses had given about 200,000 doses of medication. "But school officials said the survey was imperfect and the actual number of doses was probably higher."

The exact number of Massachusetts children on Ritalin isn't known because no one apparently keeps track of the prescriptions except the drug makers, and they're not talking.

Abuse in New England Prep Schools 
The abuse of Ritalin as a recreational drug is also a problem. It was first seen in New England prep schools, according to Dr. Eric Heiligenstein, head of psychiatry for the University of Wisconsin Health Services.

"Ritalin abuse was first noticed at New England prep schools where access is easy because so many students have Ritalin prescriptions - often not warranted by medical need." According to the DEA, at least one in 30 Americans between ages 5 and 19 has a Ritalin prescription.

Because it has nearly the same chemical makeup as cocaine and speed, Ritalin is often abused. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports that Ritalin "ranks in the 'Top 10' controlled drugs stolen from doctors and pharmacies." Kids crush the Ritalin pills into powder and snort it or inject
it.

Last fall, four youths allegedly stole 27 bottles of pills from the nurse's office at Westford Academy, reported the Boston Herald. Sixteen of the bottles contained Ritalin. Other bottles held the depressant Lorazepam. In 1996, a girl at Duxbury High School overdosed on Ritalin and was hospitalized. With more public schools handing out Ritalin to more and more
kids, there's more drug abuse. Some students even sell their Ritalin prescriptions.

A Harvard undergraduate, "David Green," says that he frequently snorted Ritalin to help speed through his homework. "In all honesty, I haven't written a paper without Ritalin since my junior year in high school," said Green. "I even wrote my Harvard essay on it. It keeps you up when you're tired, and makes you much more aware of what you're doing. Although there
are certain risks involved, I think it's worth it."

Another Harvard student, Nick Grossman, said that he knew many Ritalin abusers at Harvard. "It was largely a prep school drug, and it spread out from there," he said. "I know a lot of people who do it."

A recent study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley - a study of 500 children over 26 years - found that Ritalin is basically a "gateway" drug to other drugs, in particular, cocaine. Lead researcher Nadine Lambert, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, concluded that Ritalin "makes the brain more susceptible to the addictive power of cocaine
and doubles the risk of abuse."

Dr. Breggin says: "Our society viewed with loathing those who 'pushed' stimulant drugs on children. Yet today, there are more children taking Ritalin and amphetamine from doctors than ever received them from illegal pushers."

The Problem - Not The Solution

Dr. Breggin tells Massachusetts News: "These drugs can make you psychotic. They can cause the same problems they're supposed to treat - inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior."

Meanwhile, other sources show that the number of Ritalin users nationwide keeps going up every year - about 4 million kids today, up from 1 million in 1990. Production of Ritalin is way up, as well - a 700% increase since 1990, according to the New York Times.

Dr. Breggin, author of Talking Back to Ritalin and co-author of Talking Back to Prozac, says that, "Ritalin does not correct biochemical imbalances - it causes them. Pediatricians, parents and teachers are not aware of these hazards because a large body of research demonstrating the ill effects of this drug has been ignored and suppressed in order to encourage the sale of the drug. . Parents and teachers and even doctors have been badly misled by drug company marketing practices. Drug companies have targeted children as a big market likely to boost profits - and children are suffering as a result."

More than 90% of Ritalin's market is in the United States, which says something about how Ritalin is viewed by health officials in other countries, said Breggin. Ritalin was banned in Sweden in 1968 because it was abused. Ritalin is rarely prescribed in Britain. In March, the United Nations advised the World Health Organization to investigate the use of Ritalin.

Causing Tragic Violence?

Ritalin and related drugs pushed in public schools are being watched more closely now for tragic reasons. While a direct link between violent behavior and the use of Ritalin has not been proven, observers have concerns. Consider the following:

. Shawn Cooper, a 15-year-old sophomore at Notus Junior-Senior High School in Notus, Idaho, fired a shotgun at his fellow students in April. Cooper was on Ritalin.

. Thomas Solomon, a 15-year-old at Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia, shot and wounded six classmates in May. Solomon was on Ritalin.

. Kip Kinkel, a 15-year-old at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, killed his parents and two classmates and wounded 22 other students last year. Kinkel was on Ritalin and Prozac, an anti-depressant.

. Eric Harris, one of the Columbine High School killers, was on the anti-depressant drug Luvox.

. Rod Matthews, 14, beat a classmate to death with a baseball bat in 1986 in Canton, Massachusetts. Matthews had been on Ritalin since the third grade.

Yale researchers, as published in the March 1991 Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology, found in their study of Prozac at least one 12-year-old who started having nightmares. What about? The boy dreamed of killing his classmates at school until he himself was shot. The researchers took the boy off Prozac and he recovered. Then they put him back on the drug, apparently thinking that the anti-depressant could not have caused the nightmares. Once drugged again, the boy started to have acute suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

The Yale researchers don't talk about this now, said Breggin. 

Ritalin Basics

According to the PDR, the Physician's Desk Reference, "Ritalin is a mild central nervous system stimulant and is used in the treatment of attention deficit disorders." The PDR warns that patients with a history of drug addiction or alcoholism should be given Ritalin with caution "because such patients may increase dosage on their own." PDR further states that, "Long-term abuse can lead to tolerance and mental dependence with varying degrees of abnormal behavior."

Ritalin side effects may include an inability to fall asleep and stay asleep, as well as nervousness. Other side effects include: loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss and abnormally fast heartbeat. Some of the less common side effects include: chest pain, dizziness, headache, hives, jerking, pulse changes, skin rash, Tourette's syndrome, severe and multiple twitching and writhing movements. 

Ritalin should not be used in children under six years old, says the PDR, because the "safety and effectiveness in this age-group have not been established." PDR goes on to state that "suppression of growth has been reported with the long-term use of stimulants (the category of which Ritalin is included)."

Terrible side effects

Dr. Breggin is more blunt. In his 1998 book, Talking Back to Ritalin, he lists the following potential side effects of the drug:

. Decreased blood flow to the brain, an effect recently shown to be caused by cocaine where it is associated with impaired thinking ability and memory loss.

. Disruption of growth hormone, leading to suppression of growth in the body and brain of the child.

. Permanent neurological tics, including Tourette's syndrome.

. Addiction and abuse, including withdrawal reactions on a daily basis.

. Psychosis (mania), depression, insomnia, agitation and social withdrawal.

. Possible shrinkage (atrophy) or other permanent physical abnormalities in
the brain.

. Worsening of the very symptoms the drug is supposed to improve, including
hyperactivity and inattention.

. Decreased ability to learn.

The Food and Drug Administration classifies Ritalin (methylphenidate) as a Schedule II substance. These substances include: amphetamines, cocaine, morphine, opium and barbiturates. Ritalin is more regulated in other countries compared to the United States. America consumes five times as much Ritalin as the rest of world combined. In addition to the ongoing investigation by the World Health Organization, the U.N. International Narcotics Control Board has issued two official warnings about America's apparent dependence on Ritalin.

While about 4 million U.S. kids regularly take Ritalin, the Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that about 8 million kids and adults will be on the drug in 2000. (About 90% of all Ritalin prescriptions are for kids.) The average Ritalin script runs between $30 and $60 a month. Most health insurance plans provide coverage for Ritalin and Attention Deficit Disorder
treatment. 


Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 15:35:50 -0000
From: "Preferred Customer" <art@froggernet.com>
Subject: Ritalin


It's good to see someone addressing this issue. I've been investigating use of neurotoxic products (pesticides, etc) in schools for a few years and learned that these exposures, among other factors can cause the conditions for which Ritalin and antidepressants are prescribed. 
Perfumes alone can cause children and adults to behave violently or hyper, and it's like pulling teeth to convince teachers and especially teenagers not to use perfumes. Perfumes, Pesticides, and many cleaning and deodorizing products used in schools are all neurotoxins - they affect the brain - long term exposures cause permanent brain damage, and this fact is verified by a 1986 congressional report on neurotoxins in the home and workplace - these exposures, the report states, can even lead to drug addiction! The weird thing i'm just finding out is that the SRRI's (i think i have that right) which include prozac and zoloft and others, damage enzymes that can make a person become even more sensitive to neurotoxins because they damage enzymes that are needed for detoxification of toxic chemicals. (Dr. Cathcart has details that i hope i'm relating correctly) Another fact is that very young children don't have the enzymes necessary to neutralize certain chemicals, Chlorpyrifos (Dursban) for example, yet daycare centers have this poison sprayed indoors on a regular basis without giving it a second thought. (Clement Furlong at Washington Univ has info on this). And even adults have varying levels of these protective enzymes. Dr. About-Donia's studies are showing enzyme deficiencies in those who have Gulf War-related illnesses. And
he's showing how combinations of chemical exposures can be devastating while exposure to one of the combination may be well-tolerated. 
Another important fact is that ADD and other behavior problems, learning disabilities, and other health problems can be symptoms of undiagnosed thyroid problems. I'm learning that "normal" tests don't always mean normal function.
The function can be disrupted by enzyme damage. And the thyroid can be damaged by fluoride which schools often ,in the past, and sometimes now use at elevated levels (in school water systems). So clearly, we should be looking for ways to prevent the problems we are trying to medicate away. It is one big destructive cycle.

I sent most of this info to the Colorado papers. I don't think they pursued it.


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