Study criticizes ADHD diagnosis
By Kate Kelland REUTERS
LONDON— A wider definition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is causing inappropriate diagnosis and unnecessary and possibly harmful medical treatment costing up to $500 million in the United States alone, scientists said.
- Less-restrictive diagnostic criteria have contributed to a steep rise in diagnoses for the behavioral brain condition — particularly among children — researchers said, and in the use of stimulant drugs to manage it.
The broader definition also “devalues the diagnosis in those with serious problems,” said Rae Thomas, a senior researcher at Australia’s Bond University who led an analysis of the problem and has published it in the British Medical Journal.
- People with ADHD are excessively restless, impulsive and easily distracted, and children with the condition often have trouble in school. It is most often diagnosed in children but it also can persist into adulthood.
There is no cure, but the symptoms can be kept in check by a combination of behavioral therapy and medications such asRitalin or Vyvanse.
This entire concept has had me off-kilter for so many decades. Nothing about this disorder is well named, well-treated or well understood. It should be called by a name more closely aligned to the reality of what it is which is ‘medical injury.’ For this is one of those diseases which arrived and flourished with the advent of infant inoculations. By and large, mid 20th century this was almost unheard of. As dosage and usage grew, so did numerous, strange new ‘diseases’.
My son sprang forth from a fortuitous gene-pool; demonstrated good strength, coordination; did almost everything ‘early’ or well and on time; obviously, perceptive, dextrous, open and curious. Loved school and sports. By the 3rd or 4th grade, he began having difficulty absorbing as he should and he found school not as rewarding as it had been. I didn’t have a clue that anything could be wrong — why would I? He was well liked, had friends, his teachers liked him. Everyone is different. People don’t have to be academics to be happy, right? I didn’t ‘get’ that his creative, easy grasp of ideas could have been impacted by something from his doctor’s office. Nor would such an idea cross my mind til he was in his 30’s and he told me that he believes he has ADHD and probably always has. He has found his coping mechanisms and made stuff work in his life, because that’s who he is – highly independent and hugely forceful willpower. But he probably has had to work harder to achieve his goals than he otherwise should have.
My son’s youth was in the ’60’s and ’70’s and vaccinations were scant then compared to what they are now. Well I’ve written on all this so often, I won’t belabor it now — again. This remains however, one of my greatest passions though it is coupled with serious angst. And I feel we ALL must remain vigilant not just for our own kids, but all children. They and everyone deserves to have a decent, healthy life without being cut down and deprived of a fully functioning body where all the organs within it are working in harmony and doing what they should.
Our babies should not be given these toxic inoculations while they are still so tiny and vulnerable. Providing they are given a good start by their nursing mommies, our babies need to build up their own immunity and it can’t happen with aluminum and mercury as components of what’s being shot into their tiny little organisms. Can’t handle it! Those poisons impact all their systems, but especially the central nervous system which is controlled by the brain. So we read all those hideous stories . . . how 1 kid in 10 gets this and 1 in 4 gets Autism or ADHD and so on. This isn’t normal or right and no one has the right to expect people who are capable of thinking and loving their children to accept this. It is criminal.
What these children need is not prescription medications but sound nutrition with plenty of TLC in the form of organic food and juices and lots of enzymes. I spend much time online because I love it and the world is available to us online. . . we can find anything. There are many, many practitioners out there now offering help, I’ve read some of the stories. Because I’m familiar with what Donna Gates does over at Body Ecology, that would be one of my first recommendations to anyone who has a child so impacted. She has had XLNT successes. But check it out, due your own due diligence. Yes, Hippocrates — it’s the food. Jan)