I have been writing about improving processing skills and behavior without medication since the early 1990's and have gotten a lot of great feedback and conversation from many parents I have connected with about this over the years. I am sad to say that looking back at that time, it was less of a problem than it seems to be now. With consistent commercial advertising of medications to the general public, something I might add, that used to be between Doctor and patient in the office, medication has become a common, daily thing for many people. We need to ask ourselves what benefit there has been to children using these products and has success been achieved or just the addition of lots of side effects.
I found this article which interested me as a person who has worked for several decades improving processing skills in kids without medication. It's not that I didn't work with kids who were already on meds. Just that they did not have to be on them to get the benefit of improved kils and focus. I thought you might find it interesting. After this article, you can get my take below.
Major Study Reveals ADHD Drugs Have Never Been Proven Safe or Effective
By Kelly Patricia O’Meara
November 13, 2014
"As if it isn’t bad enough that there is no science to support the reported brain abnormality, ADHD, further proof has recently been made public that reveals the bogus research used to sell dangerous and even life-threatening ADHD drugs.
A recent study lead by researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and several other institutions, concludes that the clinical trials for drugs approved as “treatment” for ADHD were not designed to assess adverse events or long-term safety and efficacy.
Literally millions of children have been prescribed ADHD drug “treatments” with virtually little to no understanding of the long-term safety or efficacy of the drugs. According to the information given in the study, two thirds of the 6.4 million American children (including 10,000 toddlers) diagnosed with the alleged ADHD are nothing short of a fraudulent life-threatening drug experiment.
These ADHD “treatments,” Methylphenidate (Ritalin) and Amphetamine/Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) have long been known as “kiddie cocaine.” According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ADHD drugs “produce discriminative stimulus effects similar to cocaine…; will substitute for each other and for cocaine in a number of paradigms…; and chronic high-dose administration of either drug in animals produces psychomotor stimulant toxicity including weight loss, stereotypic movements and death, and in clinical studies, they produce behavioral, psychological, subjective and reinforcing effects similar to cocaine.”
Other known serious, even life-threatening effects of these ADHD “treatments” include: abnormal heart rate/rhythm, depression, hallucinations, homicidal ideation, insomnia, irritability, hostility, mania/psychosis, seizures, stunted growth, stroke and sudden death to name a few.
This information has been known for years. There are 44 drug regulatory agency warnings issued by eight countries, warning that ADHD drugs/stimulants cause harmful side effects and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System (MedWatch) reveals more than 17,000 adverse reactions connected to ADHD drugs between 2004-2012.
Ritalin pills and warning label.Knowledge of this information makes it even more questionable that only now has a study been conducted on the safety and long-term effects of ADHD “treatments,” especially in light of the study’s findings. Researchers identified 32 clinical trials used to obtain approval of ADHD drugs and found the following:
1. Eleven drugs (55%) were approved with less than 100 participants.
2. The median length of time that the drug was tested prior to its approval was only four weeks.
3. 38% of the drugs were actually approved with participants studied less than four weeks.
4. The median number of participants studied per drug was 75.
The study of clinical trial data for all approved ADHD drugs is important for two simple reasons. First, it is an admission that there is no medical or scientific proof that ADHD drugs are effective or safe. Secondly there is abundant evidence to prove that these drugs are dangerous, with 44 international drug regulatory agency warnings citing serious and even life-threatening side effects.
And lastly, but most importantly, there is not now, nor has there ever been, any medical or scientific test to show that any child diagnosed “ADHD” is suffering from a medical condition requiring drugs to “treat” it."
Kelly Patricia O’Meara is an award-winning former investigative reporter for the Washington Times’ Insight Magazine, penning dozens of articles exposing the fraud of psychiatric diagnosis and the dangers of the psychiatric drugs—including her ground-breaking 1999 cover story, “Guns & Doses,” exposing the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills that Kill. Prior to working as an investigative journalist, O’Meara spent sixteen years on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer to four Members of Congress. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Maryland.
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My take...Below are some of my older articles on this subject and my "take". Keep in mind that back when these were written, all the current information was not in yet. I was always a non meds treatment option, but did work with people who chose to medicate their kids. As I have evolved over the years, I studied much on how things like diet, sleep, exercise and happiness effected the symptoms and currently believe that these are physical things that definitely contribute to the genesis of symptoms called adhd. I continue to believe that habit change around diet, sleep, exercise, happiness and processing skill correction and training can be very effective in combating those symptoms. Click on each article to make it bigger.
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