Posted by: Chris Maloney | November 20, 2010

Scary Real Problems: Medicating Our Kids.

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I had another family come to me for help with an unruly child.  So many families are being pushed toward Ritalin and all the “new” medications that bypass the stigma but still stimulate similar brain pathways. 

I remember in summer camp the children would all go off their medications.  We’d run them all day and they’d be fine.  A couple would still have issues, but the majority just needed a lot more stimulation than they were receiving in school. 

For parents, it’s not necessary to medicate the children.  Modification of diet and lifestyle are going to be necessary anyway, so it makes sense to begin there.  If you look at ADHD and Autism on my website, you’ll see that it’s a lifelong problem.  Very few medicating doctors are straightforward about the fact that your child will need to be on the medications for the rest of their lives.  They also don’t talk about the long term effects (because we don’t have them for the new drugs) including growth suppression and pleasure alternation (Ritalin).   


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