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NY Times: "Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School"

CANTON, Ga. — When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall.

The pills boost focus and impulse control in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although A.D.H.D is the diagnosis Dr. Anderson makes, he calls the disorder “made up” and “an excuse” to prescribe the pills to treat what he considers the children’s true ill — poor academic performance in inadequate schools.

“I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” said Dr. Anderson, a pediatrician for many poor families in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta. “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid.”

Full article @ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/health/attention-disorder-...



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Meducation: *e*, a *r*e *raged*

(Meducation: yes, a true tragedy.)

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Dr. Mengele

has been recalled from back from hell to serve in our public schools.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

This doctor is total scum. He

This doctor is total scum. He knows ADHD is a scam but prescribes the (highly dangerous) Adderall anyway.

ADHD is not a scam.

The overdiagnosis of ADHD, though, is a prime example of lazy, irresponsible medicine.

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Well What do you Expect?

Feed kids tons of high fructose gmo corn syrup, fluorinated water, empty carb fast food, while they breath no telling WHAT in the air and send them off to an government indoctrination center where critical thinking is a no no and fitting in to their mold is a must and Viola, they are labeled with a "syndrome" that requires good old drugs.

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The disorder is in the authoritarian schools,

not in the children who manage to remain spunky and rebellious -- nor the ones who are bored by inane content and foolish teachers.

The one aspect that could caused more rambunctious behavior among inner city kids is that many lac a proper healthful diet. Sugar and carbs will make anybody jittery; and a chaotic home life also contributes to children who may act of of despair. Drugs attempt to cover up the real problems and those docs who dispense them should be arrested as coercive drug pushers.

Wrong.

Actual ADHD extends far outside the classroom, and as someone who has it, is far more disruptive than you're describing.

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I'll accept that you've been diagnosed by a competent

physician who found a physical disorder, and I certainly wouldn't imply it does not deserve competent individualized support. That is not the case with most kids who are drugged into submission. School is a prison environment that demands compliance above all other values. Whatever it takes to make all kids fit their conventional requirements, it will be used.

The "epidemic" of presumed ADHD today must be traced back to very unnatural age-regimented one-size-fits-all school demands, and probably the very unnatural lifestyles of kids, including sugary, lifeless, processed foods IMO.

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maybe, ya know, ADHD is just,

maybe, ya know, ADHD is just, a personality type?

I don't think so.

As I said before, it is a mineral deficiency.

I spend 30 chasing the answer. I have watched the disorder overwhelm any personality.

There is a new twist created by the extensive vaccination regime. The brains immune system gets locked on and the damage caused to the brain by it's own immune system allows the neurons to lock into overdrive.

Some autistic children's brains are stuck on scream that can be measured. They are having miniature brains seizures in during brain scans.

Nutritional support including the 60 minerals is the proper ratios is the only hope.

The body can heal itself if it gets the full toolkit!

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Actually....

ADHD is now defined by most scientists as a chemical inbalance in the brain, specifically related to a deficiency in how the brain processes dopamine and the reward system.

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adderall

It's not just low income patients who are getting adderall. I can't tell you how many times we have had well to do parents with "ADD" kids who get adderall so they can "focus" and do school, extra curricular activities like sports and then come home to do hours of homework. After a while the parent wants to discuss upping the dosage for the day or even a little "bump" rx for evening when the kid is too tired to stay up and do his homework.. duh..

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*snort*

Brown people resent being bombed and occupied, and get uppity? They're terrorists, drone them!

Little people resent being put in a carceral environment and being fed obvious bullshit, and get uppity? They're ADHD, drug them!

Nil ex nihil.

This "doctor" is a quack

Stimulants have a paradoxical calming effect in people who are genuinely sufferers of ADHD. ADHD is a very real disorder that is treatable with medication, coaching and self-management of thoughts (mindfulness).

People put on ADHD medication who don't actually have ADHD respond poorly to the drugs, feeling agitated rather than calm. ADHD suffers who take too high a dose can also feel agitation until their dose is lowered. If this quack "doesn't care" whether these kids have ADHD, he's either going to harm them or else prescribe them a pill they don't like and will refuse to take which they will then sell on the black market.

Qualified and responsible psychiatrists monitor their patients carefully at office visits, interviewing them before and after starting medication to see if there is a positive outcome, and stop the medication if it's not doing the job or is causing side effects.

General practitioners (or worse, school-employed amateur psychologists) are not qualified or competent to diagnose psychiatric illness nor manage psychiatric medications.

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Take your "General

Take your "General Practitioner" crap and shove it.

I've got nothing againt General Practitioners

No disrespect meant to GPs who aren't doling out drugs inappropriately. I've got 3 doctors: general practitioner, neurologist, psychiatrist (6 doctors if you count non-MDs dentist, psychologist and nurse practitioner as "doctors" in quotation marks). Different docs for different ailments, each with their field of expertise. In fact, I wish I had a GP in a private practice instead of hospital associated. I'd even pay out of pocket for concierge care. But it's hard to find a PCP anymore, then hard to get an appt to see him.

I stand by my opinion that general practitioners should not be diagnosing ADHD or other psychiatric/neurological problems nor prescribing such meds IMO.

Giving ADHD meds for those who don't have ADHD for the explicit purpose of "performance enhancement" is crazy. It's unethical and not good for the kids. This quack is a pediatrician--a specialist in young patients? Or a GP for young patients? Either way, he calls ADHD "made up" which is horse shit, then he mis-prescribes powerful stimulants to patients who won't benefit from them (except by selling the pills to their classmates). I'm surprised his state medical board isn't yanking his license to practice.

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This is a simple mineral deficiency disease.

When Vanadium is deficient then blood sugar levels crash. The student reacts. They switch to survival mode, they want to eat something!

This is NOT a behavior or discipline problem!!!

If I approach your hand with a red heat poker you move, hastily.

The person with falling blood sugar reacts. It cannot be stopped by willpower!

The USDA Food Pyramid or Plate insures that and hour after lunch the students blood sugars will fall. Those that are short on vanadium cannot recover.

The body sees the falling blood sugar as an emergency and huge amounts of adrenaline are released in response. The adrenaline the body needs to seek out more food quickly.

Here is one solution that involves curing the problem instead to using a stupefying Potion.
http://www.american-longevity.com/products/sweeteze.html

Clinical diseases associated with Vanadium deficiency:
Slow growth
Elevated cholesterol
Elevated triglycerides
Hypoglycemia (lo blood sugar)
Hyperinsulinemia
Diabetes
Cardiovascular disease

Clinical diseases associated with Chromium deficiency:
Low Blood sugar
Prediabetes
Diabetes
Hyperinsuinemia
Hyperactivity
Learning disabilities
ADD/ADHD
Hyperirratability

There are 60 essential minerals but our farm soil are fertilized with three.

Besides the 60 minerals we need 14 vitamins, 13 amino acids an three essential fatty acids.

I doubt that the school lunch provides adequate amounts of any of these essential nutrients.

If your child has similar problems then Grab Dr. Wallach's Healthy Start pack and add a bottle of Sweet-eze.

Provide it for 3 months and re-valuate around Christmas.

The body is miraculous, all it needs is 90 essential things to work up to it's genetic potential.

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This is very controversial advice

Have you actually seen a trivalent chromium supplement treat a severe case of ADD/ADHD effectively? Or do you have a case study you could show me?

I have never heard a link between glucose metabolism and ADD/ADHD. I'm intrigued by your claim, so if you know of any plausible mechanisms for this please share. It seems to me that if this claim had merit then other agents that control glucose metabolism could also have an effect on ADD.

I tried to research if trivalent chromium crosses the blood brain barrier to directly act on the CNS, but I didn't find anything helpful.

Also, there seems to be a debate about whether chromium is a true essential mineral (because they still haven't found a biomolecule that contains it) or a pharmaceutical agent.

Controversial but proven safe.

Veterinarians managed diabetes in livestock back in the 1950 with minerals.

In the 1960s chromium and vanadium were implicated in humans. I don't have a link on hand.

If there is no deficiency, then no harm done in what I've suggested.

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Delysid, I'm sorry I don't have links on file

just now, but I have read innumerable parent testimonials to the calming, balancing effect of a wholesome, natural organic diet, especially when the child is tested for mineral/nutritional deficiencies and helped with proper individualized supplementation or avoidance of foods that trigger sensitivities.

Here is a colleague of the great late Thomas Szascz on the imbalance of the psychiatric profession itself:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-iYngr6N60

Scientific work

Vanadium
McNeil, J.H. University of British Colombia 1993
Neilson F.H. 1987

Rare Earths Forbidden Cures Wallach ND, Ma Lan MD Doubleday 1994

Iodize an Omega-3 fatty acid. Use the chromium to replace the magnesium in the Grinard reagent.

If chromium participates in the reaction it need not be present except as a intermediary.

My oldest son was labeled ADD/ADHD 30 years ago. Teachers would reward him with sugar and his blood sugars would crash and he would suffer.

I had supplemented him with a multivitamin with minerals for a while and he did well in HIgh School.

But it didn't last after he moved out. We lose minerals every day in sweat and urine. If one gets diabetes minerals accompany the sugars into the toilet. Most diabetics only get worse as their mineral stores are lost.

I don't think it is just chromium or vanadium but all vitamins, proteins and essential fats working with the mineral keys or tools that build a healthy system.

The mechanism for ADD/ADHD is simple. Blood sugar crashes, this emergency dumps adrenaline into the system. The body is all fired up and looking to replenish blood sugar levels. Teachers call this behavior disruptive. It is.

I only made the mineral connection July 2012 with the Rare Earths Book.

In retrospect the more successful events were the mineral supplements and sea salt, mussels of 30 years ago. And a bottle of Buried Treasure a couple of years ago.

Since restarting the minerals my son reports, as do I that adding the trace minerals keeps out the brain fog.

Children are embarrassed by it but many have cravings for dirt, clay, or chew places where others have left a sweaty hand print. It's called pica or cribbing. It is a sign of a mineral deficiency. There are 60 minerals. Other symptoms can help identify the missing culprit.

But it is safer to just replenish all the mineral that are lost every day.

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Paul this really explains nothing. It is anti-science

Pica is often a result of mineral deficiency, but we are talking about ADD/ADHD, a very specific disorder. Pica is rarely, if ever, a symptom associated with ADD. That is irrelevant.

Saying ADD/ADHD is caused by blood sugar crashes and a subsequent adrenaline boost has no scientific backing whatsoever. Everyone has fluxes in glucose. Not everyone develops symptoms of ADD. Uncontrolled diabetes does not lead to ADD symptoms, either. In fact it causes lethargy and stupor, the opposite of ADD.

If ADD is truly caused by a chromium and vanadium deficiency, then a case-control study could EASILY be conducted. Anyone who knows someone with ADD could conduct this study. Diet deficiencies have very specific and consistent effects that can be measured and observed across the world.

Joel Wallach is absolutely full of shit. You have bought his snake oil. He caters to people who are paranoid about mainstream medicine and have hope that there are simple cure-alls. This is anecdotal fiction. This is not a case-control study. There is no attempt to explain a scientific mechanism. There is not even a second example!

Come on, man.

Hooh Boy. Sigh.

So ask the child with ADD if they ever were curious to taste strange things?

If they said yes, would you still call it irrelevant? Oh and yes, I have asked.

ADD/ADHD are diagnostic codes used to gather medical payments. I have no idea what they believe might be the cause. I am am working with first hand knowledge.

All I can give is my testimony.

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Are there any case-studies

That demonstrate 'curing' ADD with chromium supplementation? Over the last 100 years I would hope that at least one scientific study was conducted.

I doubt it.

It takes all the 90 essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals to build a genetically complete human.

Wasn't ADD/ADHD added to the diagnostic codes around 1996/97.

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I know people that are

I know people that are prescribed Adderall, and they are adults. And it is a very powerful drug. It's criminal and very immoral to give it to any child. Please, please, if anyone reading this gets urged by doctor, psychiatrist, whoever, to give this to your child, resist!

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

Metalhed...they should get the script for their kids but don't

give it to them. And then just keep um for selling on the black market when TSHTF. So many people are hooked on pharmies that if there is a supply disruption for their Anti-Depressants, sleeping pills, anxiety meds, ADHD, meds etc, there are going to be a lot of wacked out people going insane that having a stock of meds would be great for bartering.

They probably are going to need all those plastic coffins they ordered to bury all the people who kill themselves when they suddenly stop taking their prozac or lexapro.

Seriously...I think people going without the meds that big pharma has them hooked on is going to be worse than people missing meals.