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Did you know that one of the greatest minds of our time could not talk before the age of four and could not read before the age of seven? I am referring to Albert Einstein. It is also known that his teacher said he was “mentally slow, unsociable, adrift in his foolish dreams and had severe temper tantrums”. In today's world, he would be on Ritalin.
Ritalin is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug. Under Federal Law, Ritalin is classified as a schedule II controlled substance, the same rating given to cocaine and morphine. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and include depression, fatigue, paranoia, increased dreaming, irritability, bedwetting, and even suicide. The United States has the highest use of Ritalin in the world. In fact, we consume 95% of the total amount of Ritalin used in the world, in a country where only 5% of the total population live.
The side effects of Ritalin are numerous and severe. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the side effects include stunting of growth, depression, insomnia, nervousness, skin rash, anorexia, nausea, psychosis, dizziness, headaches, abdominal pain, blood pressure and more.
A well-known criminal attorney, Melvin Nash, from Marietta Georgia, indicated that approximately 60% of the people he defends from everything from DUI to armed robbery have been on Ritalin at some point in their life.
So what are the ADD criteria? Here are just a few of them: often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly, often talks excessively, is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”, often has difficulty awaiting turn, often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat. In order to be classified as ADD, you must have the majority of these characteristics. I'll bet that most children could be described this way at some point or other! I asked an ADD-diagnosed teenage patient in my office what he thought about school. He said he was bored and didn't feel challenged. What an answer! How far will we go to control, mold, and conform our children to somebody's made-up “normal?” Are we turning our geniuses of tomorrow into drug addicts?
Chiropractic can be a safe, natural solution for children (and parents!) suffering from ADD or ADHD.