ADHD is a valid disorder that many families struggle with today.
Treatment for it is a personal choice that should be made after much research on the options available. Below is an article with statistics showing the dangers of long-term use of ADHD drugs. It is specifically dealing with those families who put their children on drugs because they are told to and leave their children on these drugs for years without considering the possible harmful side effects.
This is not the case for all families of children with ADHD. There are some alternative methods that have been proven effective, but again, this is a personal choice that each family must make based on what is best for the child.
Ritalin ADHD Drug Linked to 500 Percent Increased Risk of Sudden Death in Children
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
Just how dangerous are the amphetamine stimulant drugs prescribed for children with so-called ADHD? According to scientific research funded by the FDA and the National Institute of Mental Health, drugs such as Ritalin increase the risk of sudden death by five hundred percent among children and teens.
In these cases of sudden death, the child suddenly collapses and dies, only to be discovered later by parents or siblings. That’s what happened to Matthew Hohmann in 2004, and according to this new research, it keeps happening to more and more children at a rate that’s 500 percent higher than would be considered typical for children of a similar age and health status.
ADHD drugs like Ritalin are, of course, amphetamine stimulants. They used to be sold on the street as “speed,” but now they’re prescribed by psychiatrists to children…”
Interestingly, the FDA banned ephedra, an herbal stimulant, after a handful of consumers died from consuming huge amounts of the herb in a desperate effort to lose weight. In that case, in banning the herb, the FDA announced “the risks outweigh the benefits,” declaring that “ephedra is not safe at any dose.”
In great contrast to that, even as children are literally dropping dead after taking ADHD drugs, the FDA is now insisting “the benefits are worth the risks.”
But what benefits, exactly, are they talking about? There are no trusted scientific studies whatsoever showing ADHD drugs like Ritalin have any long-term positive effect on children. In fact, the available studies show that ADHD drugs stunt the physical growth of children while impairing brain development. Children who take these drugs, in other words, are not merely at a 500 percent increased risk of sudden death; they are almost assured to be stunted in their brain and body growth by this dangerous amphetamine stimulant drug…
Source: NaturalNews, June 16 2009