What Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About ADD Medication

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION from The Florida Jewish News, p. 13 [edited with title change] If we take a position that some aspects of ADD/ADHD are desirable, then the question of whether or not to use medication becomes a question of whether, or when, to blot out those beneficial aspects. Ritalin Can Kill: Furthermore, there is a health and safety question to consider. In April, 2000, a Michigan medical examiner ruled Ritalin to be the cause of death for a 14 year old boy, Matthew Smith, who had been taking it for ADHD for 10 years. The child died of a heart attack although he had no prior known heart condition. His parents subsequently sued the creator of Ritalin, Novartis. Ritalin is a stimulant and it works by constricting blood flow. As a result, the medical examiner in the above case ruled that there was shrinkage of blood vessels going to Matthew’s heart. Other studies (Archives of General Psychiatry, July 1996) found that children with ADHD taking stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall had a smaller brain volume than normal, either due to the same arterial shrinkage implicated in the Smith case or due to the ADHD itself. Although the findings were not clear, one fact is: Ritalin and Adderall are amphetamines, their chemistry similar to cocaine. As such, they are controlled, Schedule II drugs as classified by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). According to the Smith website, http://www.ritalindeath.com, between 1990 and 2000, 186 children died from taking Ritalin as prescribed. More People Than Ever Are Diagnosed According to the Duke University website, the alarming part of the medication picture is...
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