hile unfunded individuals and grass-roots groups
are screaming at the top of their lungs about psychiatrists drugging
our children based on made-up diseases, drug companies run hourly
television ads to spread the false message of chemical imbalances.
That no blood is ever drawn to prove this imbalance and that no
normal child has Ritalin or Prozac coursing through their veins
hasn't stopped this catch-phrase from becoming our version of the
flat-earth concept widely accepted 400 years ago.
While teachers and psychiatrists are paired up to push drugs to
"help" schoolchildren study, we also have TeenScreen partnering with
psychiatrists coming in on the child suicide angle. Behind both
groups are money-hungry billion dollar drug companies. It doesn't
matter that TeenScreen identifies eighty-four non-suicidal teens for
evaluation for every sixteen it correctly identifies (that's just
more money for the psychiatric profession when they prescribe the
For today however, let's not even argue against this fabricated
disease (Attention Deficit Disorder) or this sensationalistic worry
about suicide (children are six times more likely to die in
automobile accidents), but instead let's take a stroll through the
KNOWN side-effects of one drug which psychiatrists happily prescribe
Ritalin, Vitamin R, the Smart Pill, Kiddie
Cocaine – are all names for the pill that drug-company Novartis has
made famous and is in the same category as cocaine, opium, and
morphine. (NOTE : Other Schedule II stimulants used to treat ADD are
Concerta and Adderall and their side-effects shows striking
Will Ritalin improve your child's grades? If Ritalin could do this,
don't you think that Novartis would announce this to the world? The
vast majority of children on Ritalin have either NO improvement or
their actual achievement scores deteriorate. In The Learning
Mystique, Gerald Coles confirms a 1978 review of seventeen studies
and they all agree: "stimulant drugs have little, if any, impact
on…long-term academic improvement." A large percentage of these
children become robotic, lethargic or depressed.
What about fitting in to society? Studies prove that children on
psychiatric stimulants for ADHD are 46% more likely to commit one
felony, and 36% more likely to commit two or more felonies.
Does it make you kill? According to the American Psychiatric
Association, SUICIDE is the major adverse reaction of Ritalin
withdrawal. Suicides and attempted suicides only occur in three
cases though: when stopping usage completely, when reducing the
dosage or when continuing with the same dosage!
Besides suicides, the list of school shootings and family homicides
by Ritalin and Prozac kids is staggering. We all know of people who
do things while drunk that they don't do when sober, so why are we
surprised when we give a child a daily dose of a Class II stimulant
and he does something terrible?
How about impact on the body? Heart problems, blood disorders, brain
damage, facial tics and death are just some of the side-effects too
numerous to mention. From 1990-2000, 186 died from the use of these
drugs, but because the FDA has a voluntary reporting scheme, it is
estimated that this represents only 10-20% of the actual cases.
However, one side-effect stands out even more: "Ritalin can mutate
the child by not allowing the child to grow to full size."
Sociologists have traced everything from sexual selection of mates
to job-hiring based on height; so how permanently disfiguring is
this? The literature suggests giving your child holidays from
Ritalin to counter this, but children's bodies and glands operate
twenty-four hours a day, not just during holidays!
How about addiction? Novartis will claim that Ritalin isn't
addictive. However, in a study of 5,000 children with ADHD who were
followed from adolescence to adulthood, psycho-pharmacologist Susan
Schenk of Texas A&M University concluded that children treated with
Ritalin are three times more likely to develop a taste for cocaine.
In British Columbia in the late 1980's, when heroin addicts shifted
to Ritalin, the burglary rate increased 105% because while a heroin
addict will inject two to three times a day, a Ritalin addict shoots
up every two hours.
Are there any long-term mental effects? Medical researchers in the
Psychology and Pharmacology fields, Travis Thompson, Ph.D.,
University of Minnesota and Klaus R. Unna, M.D., University of
Illinois say: "Perhaps the best-known effect of chronic stimulant
administration is psychosis.
Psychosis has been associated with chronic use of several
stimulants; e.g., amphetamines, Methylphenidate (RITALIN),
phenmetrazine and cocaine." (So the child patient of psychiatry is
now manufactured into the adult patient of psychiatry!) There is
also evidence that Ritalin can cause shrinkage or other permanent
physical abnormalities in the brain.
Does this affect our society? How many future Beethovens, Thomas
Jeffersons, Ernest Hemingways, Martin Luther Kings and Maya Angelous
are we currently drugging into stupors in our schools and nation?
Men and women of greatness are probably the least likely to sit
still and do the normal schoolwork directed at the average student.
How many non-drugged kids would have never become famous, but would
have been able to hold a job at Wal-Mart, get married,