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Posted by Sherry Franceschi on May 23, 2000 at 17:37:08:

In Reply to: Re: ADD, disease, condition or excuse? posted by jonnyb, edited on March 15, 2000 at 05:08:17:

: : 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?

: :

I totally agree with you. For 2 years, doctors and teachers had me convinced my 7 yr old had ADD. He has only been off ritalin for a week now. For the first time this morning, I had to wake him up. He hardly ever slept or ate while on this drug. He is eating like a horse and hopefully, we will be fine. The school is furious with me and says I am not doing what's best for my son. I said,"Yes, your right. If I was doing the best for my son, he wouldn't have been on this crap to begin with." This medication was only administered at school. My husband nor I ever used it. And 2 weeks ago, he started misbehaving and having trouble again, while on this drug. The teacher called the doctor who then wanted to try adderall. Excuse me, 2 weeks is not enough to evaluate whether or not my son needs more drugs. And then I said,"I don't use this drug at home, and we have no problem getting homework or chores done." Why can't they? Because any child that causes a disruption or who is a slower learner, has ADD as far as they are concerned. The teachers do not want to work because they feel they aren't being paid enough to begin with. I then asked the teacher if she could give my son a little more one on one, she stated she didn't have time to do this with the rest of the class to teach. And, my son is in a special class because of a real disability. His fourth ventricle in his brain is separated with an air-pocket cyst. So, because he learns different,they automatically diagnose him with ADD. This is a man made disease. Thank you

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