The sad part is that many of the kids, who really do have a problem, are suffering from allergies and not a Ritalin deficiency. From Dr. Philpott's work in the mid-60's until now, research has shown that food and environmental allergies can cause these wild behaviors in kids. Fix the allergy and the problem goes away. It is going to take some work and it won't happen overnight, but it is better to fix the problem then to cover it up. Treatment has now gone beyond Ritalin to stronger psychiatric drugs like Prozac and Zoloft. These psychiatric drugs are not harmless and have some very bad side effects. Suicide and violent behavior are just two of these side effects. One scary statistic is that kids on psychiatric drugs did all the recent school killings.
Dr. Doris Rapp has done extensive research into the problem of hyperactivity in children. She has written several books on the subject and has a web site you can access for more information (www.drrapp.com). She also found that sugar, environmental chemicals, food dyes, etc. can trigger the hyperactivity in children. It has also been shown that kids exposed to school air show a marked drop in IQ by actual test results. Schools, hospitals and airplanes have some of the worst air around. It is usually polluted with chemicals, bacteria, molds, fungus, parasites and viruses. These substances can have a wide range of effects on the body and nervous system. Everything from lethargy to mania is a possible reaction to these pollutants. I'd need Ritalin, too, to sit in that air all day long!
Let me make it clear that I'm not condemning anyone who puts their kid on psychiatric drugs. Those drugs have been touted as the only answer to some serious behavioral problems. They have turned many raging maniac kids into calm and productive students. They have also turned mildly over-active kids into unhappy zombies. The point is that there is a treatment for their bad behavior that doesn't include taking narcotics for years. All drugs have some bad effect on the body. That's why it is not a good long-term solution to these problems. Usually we can eliminate the problem in 2-4 months in both adults and children.
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