It’s nothing short of a horrifying disgrace.
A new report has found that at least ten thousand toddlers—2 and 3-year-old babies—are being drugged with daily doses of powerful, addictive and dangerous stimulants. Drugs that fall into the same class as morphine, amphetamines and cocaine!
I’m talking, of course, about so-called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall.
And your toddler could be the next victim
Apparently it wasn't enough to pump these stimulants into the millions of children and adults already diagnosed with ADHD in this country. No, lazy, ill-informed or just plain bad doctors (take your pick) have set their sights on the most vulnerable among us: our babies.
An official from the CDC dropped this bomb last month. And while many in the medical mainstream had the nerve to act shocked, I can assure you the writing’s been on the wall for MANY years now. And that “shock”was little more than an episode of “It wasn't me” theater.
1 out of 5 boys diagnosed with ADHD
Yes, it’s horrifying, but no, it’s NOT a surprise.
In fact, for just about as long as I’ve been writing the Guide to Good Health I’ve been warning you about the risks of the ADHD drugs Ritalin and Adderall.
And as ADHD diagnoses skyrocketed over the years…and prescriptions for ADHD drugs rose right along with them…I turned up the volume on those warnings, exposing the potentially deadly nature of the drugs, and the over-diagnosis of what often amounts to a non-disease.
We learned just last year that an astounding 11 percent of kids ages 4 to 17 have already been saddled with an ADHD diagnosis. That’s more that 3.5 million children! And one out of five little boys will not escape childhood without getting the label.
With the 4 to 17-year-old crowd covered, clearly it was only a matter of time before some mainstream medicine doctors—doctors who nurse at the teat of the Big Pharma marketing machine—starting whipping out their prescription pads for every rambunctious and energetic toddler who came joyously roaring into their office.
Yes my friend, “The Terrible 2’s”have now become a “disease”that requires medicating.
And do these ADHD drugs work?
Sure, they can turn your curious and full-of-life child into a complacent drooling zombie, if that’s what you’re going for. And the cost is just living with risks like insomnia, stunted growth, and hallucinations.
(Although, I’d argue that an exhausted hallucinating toddler is MUCH worse than a highly energetic one. But hey, maybe that’s just me.)
And those aren’t the only risks, of course. Schedule II controlled meds (such as cocaine and ADHD drugs) are also linked to heart attacks, psychosis, and blood disorders.
Oh, and if that’s not bad enough, already, there’s the 2009 study that found that kids on ADHD drugs were more likely to die suddenly, and for unexplained reasons, than their non-drugged peers. I’d hazard an educated guess that this finding might have a little something to do with how stimulants affect your heart—increasing your blood pressure, heart rate, and chance of arrhythmias
So let’s break this down. We’re drugging children as young as two with potentially deadly drugs to relieve their so-called hyperactivity and attention problems. But the problem is the vast majority of these ADHD-diagnosed kids likely aren’t actually suffering from any kind of “disease”at all…and that’s the rub.
Tackle ADHD without harsh ADHD drugs
Now don’t get me wrong. There certainly are a lot of children who have trouble concentrating, and have more energy than they know what to do with. Some of those kids are simply naturally high energy and need help channeling that drive into something like sports or an active hobby.
But if your child or grandchild’s problem goes further than that, it’s time to take a look at what else might be causing their “ADHD”behavior. (Hint, it’s likely not some mysterious, stimulant-requiring disease.)
In my experience, 9 times out of 10 a little digging will turn up a hidden food allergy at the heart of your child’s hyperactivity and attention issues.
An elimination diet can come in handy here. Start by eliminating not only refined sugars, but artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and enhancers (like MSG) too, for at least a week. If you see a change for the better in your child’s behavior, you might have nailed the problem.
But if your child is still having issues, don’t give up. Next up try eliminating dairy, but for two or three weeks this time, and watch your child closely for improvements. If you still see no improvements, wheat, corn, and citrus are all common food allergies, so try eliminating each in turn.
With a little persistence and patience you could turn your child’s life around, no heavy-duty ADHD drugs required.