and Correcting Attention Deficit Disorder
Conditions > ADD/ADHD
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This is a super page on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) from nutrition specialist
Blake Graham of Perth, Australia. (Note: I helped the author to
put up the site a few years ago, but the content is all his.) One
item that stands out for me on this page is the Pfeiffer Treatment
Center's finding that approximately three-quarters of people
diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have zinc deficiency. This page also includes
a terrific set of books and links.
http://www.adhdvideo.org/ (April 2008:
Dr. Fred Baughman's 56-minute video is not at all flashy,
but I consider this essential viewing for people concerned with
ADD. Dr Baughman actually calls the ADD diagnosis a "total
100% fraud." This video is sure to raise the hackles of many
mental health professionals, but I invite a complete viewing before
critique. Dr. Baughman spends a large portion of the video sharing
and responding to video excerpts of the 1998 National Institutes
of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference on ADHD.
Children and Adults
with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
National Resource Center on ADHD
The National Resource Center on ADHD is operated by Children and
Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). Some
of the "hackles" I mention above are detailed in the
Center's "myths" page. In his video, Dr. Baughman
notes that CHADD is primarily funded by Ciba-Geigy, but Ciba-Geigy
has since merged with another pharmaceutical company to form Novartis.
I don't have more current information on the funding sources
for CHADD. If you research this, please do share your findings with
me. I've included a link to the online store of this organization
to point you to the Educator's Manual. I'm betting it
will prove to be a useful resource, even if you don't share
the organization's penchant for medication.
on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
This is the formal statement (noted to be a decade out of date)
of the 1998 NIH Consensus Conference on ADHD.
The Drugging of Our
Dr. Gary Null notes in this well-written white paper that "millions
of children are now taking psychotropic drugs." He discusses
topics such as "Ritalin's Side Effects," "A
Parent's Right Not to Medicate," and "Is Attention
Deficit Disorder a Real Disease?" The document is 34 pages
long, including 91 footnotes.
The Drugging of Our
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Sharing the same name as the white paper, this video from Dr. Garry
Null is available from multiple sources.
Attention Deficit Disorder
This boringly formatted, but well-written, two-page overview of
ADD discusses best practices for treatment, and health concerns
with Ritalin. (Note: I don't exactly favor author Dr. Lorraine Day's
recommendations regarding the importance of reading the New
Testament: Jews, Moslems, atheists, and others can also find
Ritalin is More Potent than Cocaine
Adults with ADHD: Don't Become the Next Drug
Target... Here's How to Treat it Naturally
Mercola.com has a font of information on ADD. Use the search link
to find all the stories or start with the full articles displayed
here. You may need to register with the site in order to view the
Matthew Smith died at the age of 14 of a heart attack while skateboarding.
The coroner found that the cause of death was his ADHD stimulant
medication. This site contains tragic stories like Matthew's.
Also included are helpful resources for the still-living. For instance,
the Ritalin package insert notes signs of overdosage may include
"vomiting, agitation, tremors, hyperreflexia, muscle twitching,
convulsions (may be followed by coma), euphoria, confusion, hallucinations,
delirium, sweating, flushing, headache, hyperpyrexia, tachycardia,
palpitations, cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension, mydriasis, and
dryness of mucous membranes."
Adventures in Ritalin
2008: Bad link)
I wasn't able to find Elizabeth Wurtzel's article on Ritalin on
The New York Times website, but
I did find it on Free Republic forum.
Scroll down to "New York Times,
April 1, 2000, Adventures in Ritalin, by ELIZABETH WURTZEL."
Letters to the Editor
Here is the expected bevy of pro-Ritalin responses to Elizabeth's
Wurtzel's column above.
ADHD Information and
The website adhd.com is owned (of course) by a pharmaceutical company,
Vyvanse: ADHD Treatment
The website design features "Consistent Kevin through the
day, even through homework," a free information kit, and a
voucher for a 30-day supply of Vyvanse.
Pencils, Pens, Meds
I see that I wasn't the only one to notice "Consistent Kevin."
Karin Klein writes for the Los Angeles
Times about the success of direct-to-parent marketing of
ADHD Drugs Ineffective
Over the Long Term
"The extension of this placebo-controlled effect beyond four
weeks of treatment has not been demonstrated."
Study Shows Methylphenidate
Linked to Chromosomal Changes
"Researchers have found that after just three months, every
one of a dozen children treated for attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) with the drug methylphenidate experienced a threefold
increase in levels of chromosome abnormalities – occurrences
associated with increased risks of cancer and other adverse health
Wikipedia – Methylphenidate
The online encyclopedia includes information on the history, pharmacology,
side effects, and dosages of Ritalin and other Methylphenidate drugs.
Ritalin and Cocaine
Krystle Colem, founder of NeuroSoup.com,
is a pleasure to see. "I mean, now c'mon.... Where was the
Ritalin commercial that said, cracking the egg, ‘this is your
brain, this is your kid's brain after Ritalin'?" I'd describe
this video as "must-view."
Dr.Ted Broer –
The Dangers of Ritalin
This is a 3.5-minute video, best treated as audio, because the sound
is out of alignment with the movement.
The Ritalin Song
Watch a song about teachers and parents abusing Ritalin to keep
kids "behaving" – at the cost of their individuality.
Not an award-winning song or performance, but earnest.
Students Seek Competitive
Edge by Taking Adderall, Ritalin
A five-minute Fox News story.
Evan Greer – Adderall
Comments on this video range from, "Wow! This is awesome!!"
to "Horrible. just awful." I happen to like it and will
let you be your own judge. The video quality is admittedly awful.
If you want to see and hear more of Evan Greer's music, visit http://musictonic.com/music/Evan-Greer#vid-8ZzUI27ICkM.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put out a report
called "Mental Health in the United States: Prevalence of
Diagnosis and Medication Treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder." I find Figure 1, showing the different percentages
of boys and girls in diagnosis and medical treatment for ADHD, intriguing.
Also review the map showing the percentage of youths, aged 4-17,
ever diagnosed with ADHD. Colorado weighed in at 5.0%, while Alabama
more than doubled that at 11.1% How many were medicated? In Hawaii,
just 2.7% of kids, while in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, North
Carolina, and South Carolina, more than six percent of kids were
on ADHD medication.
This is an excellent set of links from savvypatients.com
Ritalin, Adderall, Other
Stimulants: Further Resources
Terrific links from Dr. Peter Breggin. Note his testimony before
Congress on ADD in 2000.
ADHD: Path to Success
Learn how ADHD is not a defect, deficit, or a disorder, but a highly
skilled, short-term defense mechanism that backfires in the long-run.
Intriguing and available only to people who've been treated
by Dr. Lawrence Weathers, this webpage simulates a CAER Machine.
The CAER Machine uses the technique of Eye Movement Desensitization
and Reprogramming to help people with ADD.
This book by Dr. Richard Grandpre has received mixed reviews. (The
New England Journal of Medicine
requires a subscription to read the whole review.)
Talking Back to Ritalin:
What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Stimulants and ADHD
I've included a link to excerpts of Talking
Back to Ritalin, as well as a glowing review from BookReview.com
and a negative one on QuackWatch.com. (I've never found QuackWatch.com
to be the slightest bit credible, but good in any case to hear from
a variety of viewpoints.) I think the book does a great job of exposing
problems with the use of Ritalin. Regarding treatment, I personally
favor approaches that address nutrition, sleep, exercise, sunshine,
allergies, and metabolic issues, and these are typically not areas
of focus for Dr. Breggin. Dr. Breggin is also the author of Talking
Back to Prozac, a must-read.
Search the page ("Find" in most web browsers) for "Ritalin"
for an amusing anecdote. (You may need to register at The
New York Times website to view this. Registration is free.)
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