ADHD Drugs Linked to Sudden Death

//ADHD Drugs Linked to Sudden Death

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



  • Jenni,
    Love the blog. Keep the great info coming. I have to agree that these drugs are killing our kids. This is scary, scary stuff.

    Studies show that 12 minutes of physical activity have the same impact on the brain as one dose of Ritalin, yet we are overmedicating at an alarming rate.

    If you haven’t read the book “Spark” I would suggest doing so. It has a TON of great info about physical activity and the impact it has not only on the physical body but the emotional and mental as well.

    My company, The Egoscue Method, and our non-profit, The Egoscue Foundation, are spear-heading the Patch Project Initiative. The PPI’s goal is to get a Patch Indoor “O” Course into every school in the nation, free of charge. Our main goal is to fight childhood obesity, but we’re also impacting childhood diabetes, and ADD & ADHD as well. We have teamed up with the NFL’s Play 60 campaign aimed at getting kids active for 60 minutes per day. You can check out, and for more info.

    Keep up the great work!

    John Elder
    Clinic Director/Owner
    Egoscue Nashville

    egoscuenashville 15.09.2009
  • Thanks John! I LOVE what you guys are doing! I am so interested and going to investigate it more! Thanks for the suggestions! I will be following all that you are doing! We are a family that strives to live healthier lives and help others do the same! You guys keep up the good work too!

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  • My son was diagnosed with ADHD about 2 months ago. After much consideration, we decided to medicate him at the suggestion of our pediatrician. After one week of taking his ADHD medicine, our son developed an obvious motor tic. We were told that he already had the tic and it was simply underlying. There were a couple of other characteristics that became evident and was different than before…OCD traits. We decided to take him off the meds. The day after we stopped the meds, he got into trouble at school. As a punishment, we took his handheld videogame away for two weeks. During this two week period, almost all of the OCD issues and body tics went away…to our surprise, so did most of his ADHD characteristics. The evening that he played his games, after earning back the priviledge of the handheld videogame device, the body tics came back as well as the ADHD personality. I finally made the connection and experimented with and without the games. We are now medication free and only spend a very minimal amount of time playing video games. Life has been much better. I hope this helps others.

    Leisa 30.12.2009
    • Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this! What an amazing connection you made! I have heard of the addictive qualities that manufacturers put into games and have heard multiple stories of being getting very ill or even dying from playing so much. I am so happy for you. Thanks for taking time to tell us your story!

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