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Posted by Rhandi on March 10, 2000 at 18:49:24:

In Reply to: Re: ADD, disease, condition or excuse? posted by Anon. on March 08, 2000 at 21:55:32:

: : : : I read this article about ADD and wondered if anyone else feels this way. Here's how it reads:

: : : : ADD has never been found to be a disease with a physical cause. Instead, it turns out to be a grab-bag of behaviors which teachers and parents find objectionable in children. Add to that actual nutritional deficiencies and toxic additives and to vaccines and medical drugs, to pesticides and herbacides, hormones from dairy and animal products, to excessive amounts of refined sugar, and you have what ADD actually is. A group of conditions stemming from various causes and combinations of causes which have been falsely welded together under one name with one treatment, Ritalin, a cheap speed-type drug.
: : : : This absurb ADD diagnosis and this treatment achieves several ends, if we stop looking at the world through rose colored glasses. It brings in lots of dollars to Novartis, which makes Ritalin, and it protects food corporations from giant liability in causing illness in children. It also lets teachers and parents off the hook...they no longer need to feel challenged or responsible for the way their children are acting. Leave it the the doctor--who, frankly, doesn't know what hell he is doing.
: : : : Does anyone agree with this?
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: : : I do not agree and quite frankly I find your email offensive. I have add and I know it is a real disorder, considering I am 26 and have had it all my life. My symptoms have been better since on meds. Yes it is a medically documented disorder.

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: : HEY Michelle! READ the first line of this post!
: : The key phrase here is "I wondered if anyone else feels this way"!!! That is the KEY PHRASE!!! Pay attention!!!

: Your asking an ADD person to pay attention?

: I read too. I have read that an ADD person is like a hunter, always scanning his/her surroundings,(constantly aware of all that is going on around them), but able to focus in on something they find interesting. Ready to react without a seconds notice, (not always aware of the consequences that may follow). The author also goes on to say that the ADD peson is a hunter living in a farmer's world. It doesn't mean that it's a bad thing you just don't see things the same as the majority of other people do. So they're farmer's.

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