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With the shootings in Connecticut this month, more, and more coming out about psych drugs and violence, more and more people are reaching towards a more holistic approach to their children's mental health.
Despite that fact that there are 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing hostility, violence and homicidal ideation, the use of psychiatric drugs on our children or growing daily. In fact, between 2004 and 2011, there have been over 11,000 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system of psychiatric drug side effects related to violence. These include 300 cases of homicide, nearly and over 7,000 cases of aggression. The bottom line is at least fourteen recent school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 109 wounded and 58 killed.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) which is known as the mental health bible, has psychiatrist doling out prescriptions to dangerous psychiatric by the millions and millions a year. What is so frightening is that almost 70% of the DSM-5 task force members have ties to drug makers. So how can parents help their children with mental health disorders? There is a great deal parents can do to help avoid harmful and dangerous drugs being prescribed by overzealous psychiatrists.
It is important for parents to realize that children can get depressed. It is a natural occurrence. It does appear that our young children are feeling the effects of our burdens in our country with the recession, and financial difficulties, overworked and stressed. One must asked if being bullied or worried about your family a Prozac deficiency or is it a natural response?
Breads and pasta, white rice and potatoes powdered or refined sugar, soda, sports drinks, fruit juices, milk, fast foods, burgers, pizza, hotdogs, milkshakes, processed foods, pop tarts, cakes, cookies, and foods like chips, fast foods, candy, can cause hyperactivity and depression in children. Parents may want to take a long hard look at their child's diet. Tough it may be time consuming, it is the root to many mental health issues with kids.
Parents should offer their kids food with tyrosine in them such as turkey, tuna, salmon or chicken beans and peas, lean beef, low-fat cheese, almonds, poultry, soy products. It is important for the metabolism of certain neurotransmitters and foods with dopamine in them can include red meat, egg yolks, dark, leafy greens like spinach, dried fruit (prunes, raisins), Iron-enriched cereals and grains, Oysters, clams, scallops , beans, lentils, artichokes and soybeans.
Most of these foods can be picked up In Tucson at local Farmers Markets, Sprouts and Whole Foods. By looking at our children's diet, we can begin to have healthier children and healthy children are less likely to be put are dangerous and deadly psychiatric medications. Parents can consult natural mental health care givers in their area to learn more.