Ritalin Kills

For years now I have been told, and believed, that Ritalin Kills but I have never found any "Proof". That is until NOW!.

We all know that Ritalin is used to treat ADD,ADHD in children, with varying degrees of success and a lot of side effects. Well, on the right is proof of the catastrophic effect of long term use of Ritalin. (Click on Pic to enlarge).

Read more on  Ritalin and the Safe, natural alternatives below.

RITALIN – A PSYCHOACTIVE DRUG

Article  By Prof. Celene Bernstein

Ritalin seems to be the panacea for children suffering from learning difficulties. Is this really the answer to our crowded classrooms, indifferent teachers? Should we rather not look at nutrient deficiencies and food sensitivities?

ARE THERE ALTERNATIVES?

I have been involved in the teaching profession, first having taught retarded children, which gave me an insight into the normal child. I then taught Grade 4 children at a government school in South Africa. Many children in my class were on Ritalin and I vowed I would not be the teacher to allow these children to continue with this psychoactive drug. There had to be an alternative. In my field of nutritional counseling, I do not prescribe, diagnose or claim to cure. I truly believe that the body does the healing if given the right conditions. If I improved the retarded child’s behavior, surely teaching “normal children ” could have the same profound effect not only on their behavior patterns but also on their concentration abilities as well.

 

I really believe that food plays a very big role in the lives of our children. Nutrition should be the first line of defense in improving health, concentration, learning disabilities and behaviour.

Nutrition, Behaviour and Emotions – Is there a connection?

“What you eat will not only affect your weight and health, but your state of mind too” – Alexander Schauss

What you must realise is that your brains are fed by your blood and your blood is made up from the food you eat. A body that is properly cared for with good cellular nutrition is able to withstand emotional, mental and learning problems. In other words you have to feed the cells of your brain with nutrients from natural sources that are toxin free.

ABOUT RITALIN:


Ritalin is a registered trademark of Ciba-Geigy Corporation. Medical doctors prescribe Ritalin as the current trend of treating ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) symptoms. There certainly seems to be many more children diagnosed with ADHD today than twenty years ago. Today ADHD has grown into an industry. Doctors, pharmaceutical companies, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, pediatricians, teachers and schools all own a piece of this industry. The goal here is no longer to sort out the problem, but to continue to treat the symptoms.

►The Symptoms:

Symptoms now described as ADHD have been around forever.

The Diagnostic and Statistic Manual for Mental disorders, 4th edition defines ADHD as follows:

 

A         Either (1) or (2)

1.      Six or more of the following symptoms of inattention must have persisted for at least six months.

INATTENTION:

a)      Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work or other activities

b)      Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities

c)      Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

d)      Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behaviour or failure to understand instructions)

e)      Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

f)       Often avoids, dislikes or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)

g)      Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books or tools)

h)      Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli

i)       Is often forgetful in daily activities

 

2.         Six or more of the following symptoms of hyperactivity - impulsivity have persisted for at least six months.

HYPERACTIVITY:

a)      Often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat

b)     Often leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining in seat is expected

c)      Often runs or climbs excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate (in adolescents or adults, may be limited to subjective feelings of restlessness)

d)      Often has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

e)      Is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”

f)       Often talks excessively

g)      Impulsivity

h)      Often blurts out or answers before questions have been completed

i)       Often has difficulty awaiting turn

j)       Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g. buts into conversations or games)

 

If one looks very closely at the actual wording of the DSM – IV diagnosis, you will note that the symptoms of ADHD are highly subjective. Whether your child receives a diagnosis of ADHD depends upon the point of the individual making the evaluation. The child is then given a label and a drug. This is being applied to many children than ever before.

 

You must be aware that Attention deficit disorder (ADDS) and Hyperactivity are different. From a psychological perspective ADD and Hyperactivity have two very different underlying problems.

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