ADHD and Drugs
greatest resource that we as a species have is our children. NOTHING should take
priority in our lives over their safety and their well-being.
Unfortunately, due to "the American Way of Life" many people
lead very hectic lives and often the less obvious dangers that threaten
health are overlooked.
I am referring to many of
the processed foods and the high sugar content in much of what
is deemed as "kids" foods.
We all have heard of the saying.... "you are what you eat". IF
you feed a child a diet of processed foods, elevated levels of sugar, improper
food combining, and transfatty acids (as found in French fries)-you are going
to end up with a child who presents themselves as being "hyper-active".
The logical manner to approach this to modify the diet, check the child's
nervous system, and to watch normal health and behavior return. Unfortunately,
this is the day of the behavior pills. Today's society has been advertised
so often and so extensively by the drug industry that the concept of drugging
our children has become accepted.
The United States consumes 95% of the Ritalin in the world. We have been
warned repeatedly by the United Nations on this specific matter. Are
we to assume all the hyperactive children in the world reside in our country,
or is it possible that the American public is responding to the BILLIONS
of dollars that has been spent by the drug industry to make this concept
our kids drugs that are identical in composition to COCAINE, and that this
concept is not only accepted by the children's pediatricians, but often this
practice is promoted by them.
The sad part is that none of these parents are told that PERMANENT CHEMICAL
CHANGES of their children's brains will occur as a result of such medications. Few
are aware that such drugs for "hyper-activity" can actually KILL
This week's health report is an alarming testament of just how much these
practices are increasing.
Use Of drugs to treat kids with ADHD and depression growing steadily
Despite publicity about
their dangers and overuse, medical doctors have steadily increased
of stimulants and antidepressant
medications to treat ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
and depression in children some as much as 195%!
The most commonly prescribed psychotropic classes of drugs central nervous
system stimulants (CNSSs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) -increased
by 26% and 62% respectively. The shocking information is contained in a report
based on a study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
that covered the years 1995 to 1999, published in a recent issue of Ambulatory
Researchers at the Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation, United Health
Group, with support from AHRQ's Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics
at the University of North Carolina, studied how four therapeutic drug classes
used to treat ADHD and depression in youth CNSSs, SSRIs, tricyclic antidepressants
(TCAs), and other antidepressants vary in use over time by age, gender,
geographic region, and prescribing physician.
They used pharmacy and enrollment data from six geographically diverse model
employer-insured health plans. Researchers examined trends in physician prescribing
practices of psychotropics for youth, but did not focus on the appropriateness
of prescribing patterns or quality-of-care models.
The study also found:
- ***For CNSS patient use, the proportion of Ritalin users decreased,
while the proportion of Adderall users increased.
- ***Among all children under 20 years, those receiving both CNSSs
and SSRIs almost doubled from 1.4 to 2.6 per 1,000 over five years.
- ***The use of antidepressants other than SSRIs or TCAs by physicians
for their patients increased by 195% overall.
- ***A child's first prescription for each CNSS prescribed came
from a pediatrician 50% of the time and by a family practitioner
20% of the time. The first prescription for each SSRI prescribed
was most likely given by a psychiatrist, although the proportion
decreased from 56 to 44% during the study.
Children ARE our future...if
we don't stand up for what is right for THEM and not go along with
what is now more accepted socially, our future will NOT
shine as bright as it should.
SOURCE: "Ambulatory Use of Psychotropics by Employer-Insured
Children and Adolescents in a National Managed Care Organization,"Ambulatory
Pediatrics, March-April 2002