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Posted by Cori, edited on March 15, 2000 at 05:30:54:

In Reply to: Re: ADD, disease, condition or excuse? posted by Cori on March 15, 2000 at 04:46:01:

: : : JonnyB could you please post where you found this article I would like to read it and do some follow up on it. I agree with some of the article and I believe that ritalin isn't the answer. Do you have a child where the teachers are saying they have ADD?? Just wondering. Erica. 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 agree too! Also, all those chemicals and stress often add up to thyroid-endocrine imbalances!
: I have a friend whose kids are like wild animals so out of control. They are virtually screaming mimies to everyone! but with me, who they know will not have them around if they act like that they are self-controlled and responsive. They are very anxious kids. Not to fault their mom who does the best she knows how. But she is also out of control...the kids know this and acting like kids, they take advantage. They are all diagnosed as ADHD and are on Ritalin!

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