Tera Warner, hostess of the world's largest online resource of Raw Food Cleansing & Detoxification Program for Women, is interviewing doctors, health counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, teachers and parents in her WISH Summit titled Something Doesn't Add up About A.D.D.
The first interview by Warner on Monday night was with Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, on the topic of psychotropic drugs for children believed to have Attention Deficit Disorder.
Whitaker believes that a family with two wage earners has sacrificed the dinner hour, a time when parents gathered at the dinner table and children were taught how to behave, what was expected of them by their parents, and ethics. Statistics show that families who share the evening meal had children who didn't smoke, drink or do drugs, by a large percentage, and fared much better in school grades.
In an email communication with Warner, these astonishing statistics were given:
- According to the DEA, the United States buys and uses 90 percent of the world's Ritalin.
- Twenty-eight years ago, the World Health Organization concluded that Ritalin was similar in pharmacology to cocaine in its pattern of abuse and cited Ritalin as a Schedule II drug -- the most addictive in medical usage.
- Children as young as age four are being prescribed Ritalin.
- Certain states have reported shocking increases in autism, such as Illinois, which reported five cases in the years 1992-1993, but 2,435 in the years 1999-2000, an increase of 48,600 percent.
Diet was discussed as a partial solution to solving the epidemic of A.D.D. diagnoses. Whitaker spoke of the need to rid a child's diet of soda, doughnuts and other junk foods. He says that smaller classes, better paid teachers and the return of programs such as art, music and gym were essential to educating children. Whitaker also believes that children benefit from holding class outdoors, when appropriate.
Proper rest is also a partial solution to Attention Deficit Disorder. A healthy diet, a good family relationship, a better environment for classes at school and getting enough restorative sleep are basic things that a parent has control of, with the exception of school. Natural methods for controlling A.D.D. are much safer for developing children. Ritalin is such a sought after narcotic that teens can sell their medicine and make enough profit in a year to pay cash for a new laptop, new wardrobe and a top-of-the-line smartphone.
There are programs available that treat this disorder without the use of psychotropic medicines that can be very detrimental to the physical health of a child. Ritalin comes with side effects, like most drugs in this category.
Join the summit and the discussion on A.D.D., the causes and possible solutions to a growing problem in America.