When I was a kid in elementary school – back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth – troublesome classmates quickly identified themselves at the beginning of each academic year. These disruptive upstarts forced the teacher’s attention away from instruction to silence the same few people time and time again.
In those days, teachers were allowed to use corporal punishment on students who required “special attention.” Every kid in school knew which teachers had wall-mounted or drawer-hidden punitive wood paddles – some drilled with holes for less air resistance.
Teachers were also allowed to use peer-group shaming by isolating a disruptive influence in a corner (dunce cap optional) or sitting on a chair in the hallway, a mostly-ineffective deterrent to future in-class comedic, bullying or violent outbursts by the miscreant.
The worst cases were sent to the principal’s office with some ‘splainin’ to do. Escalation from there involved the student’s parents.
Those days are long gone, replaced by political correctness and the Child Welfare State. Now, doctors of psychiatry jump to diagnose a classroom disrupter with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The modern solution to “fix” children who have problems paying attention, concentrating, and finishing their work, are forgetful, act impulsively and sometimes without thinking, and/or are easily distracted is to medicate them and bill the parents.
These doctors decided that the best way to treat hyperactive kids with short attention spans was to addict them to amphetamines. This is no joke. Furthermore, the sheer number of prescribed drug products in this ADHD racket is staggering. This list has 52 different brand drugs used to treat ADHD!
One of the drugs on that list of doctor-approved ADHD treatments is methamphetamine. In my day, before dirt was invented, we called that ‘speed’ and used it for thrills and to lose weight fast. Everybody knew that speed kills and is highly addictive as the body builds up a tolerance to it and requires larger amounts to get the same “high.”
To make matters much worse, the psychiatrists who “invented” (by labeling and listing associated symptoms) new mental and behavioral medical conditions are paid by drugmakers to push their drugs to the patients with prescriptions from the doctors who diagnosed them with these new “psychiatric disorders.”
In October 2019, Big Pharma watchdog organization ProPublica “found over 700 doctors who were paid more than a million dollars by drug and medical device companies.”
This shocking and, frankly, disgusting state of affairs doesn’t sit well with people who have to fork over anywhere from $18 (for 5 mg) to $53 (for 20 mg) for a one-month supply of the Big Pharma ADHD-treating amphetamine Ritalin.
According to the American Addiction Centers, 1 in 20 adults in the U.S. has been doctor-diagnosed as having an enduring behavioral problem:
- ADHD is the most common mental health disorder that is diagnosed in children.
- An estimated 5 percent of adults in the US have ADHD, which represents 11 million individuals.
- When a person has been diagnosed with ADHD, the condition typically lasts a lifetime. There is no cure for ADHD.
Of course, there’s no cure for ADHD. Everyone knows there’s no profit in finding a permanent cure, only in ongoing treatment.
Industry greed and corruption have alienated many medical consumers who now believe what us old hippies have been telling them since the days of Flower Power: Question Authority.
The reasonable doubt that doctors and drugmakers are more self-interested than patient-focused has led many people to seek alternative natural remedies for ADHD.
To that end, a team of researchers from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran published their findings from a randomized double-blind 6-week pilot study in April 2019. The Middle Eastern scientists wanted to gauge the safety and effectiveness of the plant-based treatment versus the highly addictive synthetic drug methylphenidate (MPH) – sold as Ritalin and other brands.
Fifty children 6-17 years old who met the psychiatric criteria of ADHD and were given both saffron and speed completed the trial. The Iranians concluded that short-term therapy with saffron capsules was exactly as safe and effective as the amphetamine for treating ADHD in children.
Other natural remedies for ADHD include:
- Avoid food colorings and preservatives that may increase hyperactive behavior in some children
- Steer clear of potential allergens and have hyperactive children tested for allergies
- Electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback, a type of neurotherapy that measures brain waves
- Yoga or tai chi
- Going outdoors – as little as 20 minutes outside can help improve concentration in those diagnosed with ADHD
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil
- Protein – which triggers neurotransmitters responsible for inducing alertness (as opposed to carbohydrates which induce drowsiness)
- Taking supplements: zinc, iron, L-carnitine, magnesium, and vitamins C and B-6
- Limit consumption of sodium (salt), MSG (a flavor enhancer), HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein, another flavoring), yeast extract, caffeine, sugar, and artificial sweeteners
Be aware that some natural dietary supplements can interfere with Big Pharma medications.
More and more people around the world are looking at ADHD in a holistic way and treating the condition as a combination of biological (physical), psychological, social, and spiritual influences, all of which can be changed for better health.
Are you paying attention?