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Author: Wayne McDonald

Dangerous Side Effects of Ritalin: Is Your Child’s Health At Risk?

Ever wondered if you were harming your child with psychostimulants? Parents must be informed of the short term and long term Ritalin side effects. Ritalin is a mild central nervous system stimulant. It is the drug of choice for treating ADHD for hyperactive kids. Of the many psychoactive drugs prescribed to children in the United States, Ritalin is a powerful stimulant that is classified as a Schedule II narcotic (classification for medical drugs with the highest abuse potential and addiction profile). The most common symptoms of ADHD are impulsiveness, hyperactivity and inattention. Now your child might not have all of these behavioral problems. Some kids are primarily hyperactive. Others get sidetracked easily, become bored or daydream. Many children take this stimulant with few side effects of Ritalin. Others experience mild problems. Some children simply are unable to tolerate stimulants. At this point another drug may be recommended – or a safe, natural solution. Common Ritalin Side Effects: Reduced appetite – This can be problematic for the parent to come up with a mealtime schedule that fits with the child’s medication. While on the medication your child may have a reduced appetite and at the end of the cycle your child may have an increased appetite. This can also cause a loss of weight or an increase in weight. Your child’s appetite may improve after several weeks or months. Rebound...

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Simple Diet for ADHD and Hyperactive Children

I have a confession to make. A diet for ADHD is the easiest way to make a positive improvement with your health. For maximum health benefits you can include other natural remedies. Have you read about this recently. The FDA said it has examined the same study data as the Canadian health authorities but had not concluded the risk of sudden death was “strong enough” to justify suspending sales of the drug [Adderall]. Studies have shown that in many cases ADD has been linked to diet, which includes food allergies and nutritional deficiencies. The first step in a diet for ADHD is modifying your child’s eating habits. You can begin by eliminating certain foods or adding other food items to the ADHD diet which may reduce symptoms or eliminate them altogether. According to Dr. Frank Lawlis, a healthy diet is important for children and adults. Eating the right foods can maximize concentration and assist learning capacity. A diet for ADHD that includes healthier foods can immediately reduce ADD symptoms in many cases. The following foods have been investigated and found to have negative impacts on children’s health: Artificial colors and preservatives; sodas, diet sodas, and artificial sweeteners; processed milk and milk products. Other foods to reduce or eliminate are junk foods, sugars, processed foods, eggs, chocolate, and fried foods. There are several foods and supplements that you can include...

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7 ADHD Signs and What You Can Do

It’s unbelievable how many parents out there don’t even realize that their children have ADHD. Many people believe that children who have ADHD jump off the walls and cause a ruckus but many times ADHD signs are a lot less subtle than that. Here are 7 common signs to look out for and what you can do if you notice them affecting your child. One of the ADHD telltale signs is inability to pay attention. If a task is repetitive or boring, your child may tune out quickly. However, he will most likely be able to pay attention when...

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Dangerous Side Effects of ADHD Medications

This scared me to death: WARNING – Possible side effects of ADHD medications. This may include: long-term effect on the developing brain with adhd medication; heart-related problems; psychiatric problems, or potential for abuse. What if I told you that there was also a wide variety of alternative therapies. Now do not get me wrong. There is a time and place for prescriptions for treating many diseases. I checked online and the suggested Pharmacological Treatments for ADHD included antidepressants, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall (amphetamine), mood stabilizers and a variety of other drugs. Are you really sure this is what you want for yourself, or even for your child? You might disagree, but hear me out on this. There are several classes of ADHD medications. With luck, you may find a doctor that will work with you and prescribe one with the least amount of side effects. Let’s first discuss the traditional treatments with ADHD medication. Until recently, most doctors prescribed Ritalin. Ritalin is supposed to increase blood supply to the frontal lobes of the brain. Ritalin is the most inconsistently absorbed. Some adults and children absorb as much as 80-90% of the medication, whereas others only absorb 30-40% of a medication dose. Facts About Ritalin Ritalin is rapid: 20-30 minutes. It has the shortest duration of action of 2-4 hours. Many children only have a benefit of 3 hours. Possible Side...

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Health Benefits of Natural Supplements for ADHD in Children with Hyperactivity

Let’s face it many doctors do not know what causes attention deficit hyperactive disorder. In fact, doctors will tell you there are few studies on the benefits of natural supplements for ADHD. The truth is there are studies about nutrition, but first let’s look at what is already known. What if I told you that a large sector of natural health doctors believe the potential cause of ADHD and hyperactivity are food additives, refined sugar, poor nutrition, food allergies, and/or heavy metal toxicity (such as lead, mercury, or cadmium). Many parents have already seen health improvements with hyperactivity and restlessness with their children by simply eliminating food additives, refined sugar produces and artificial sweeteners (diet sodas). As a parent it is important to research the recommended treatments for ADHD whether it be psychostimulant medications or a natural supplement for ADHD. A recent study found boys diagnosed with ADHD had lower levels of the omega-3 essential fatty acid DHA (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). [Purdue University 1994] Now, if a child’s health, or even an adults health can be improved by eliminating certain foods and adjusting the diet, imagine what health benefits you might be rewarded with by adding a natural supplement. Natural Supplements for ADHD Hyoscyamus is known to reduce restlessness and over-excitability. In general this herbal supplement may reduce outbursts, fidgeting and hyperactive behaviors. Tuberculinum is traditionally recommended...

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