A new study reveals that healthy kids who take Ritalin have a whopping 500 percent greater risk of sudden death. These aren’t kids with pre-existing heart conditions. The results would have been worse if they were included.
Ritalin is not a safe treatment for kids with ADHD. It is a stimulant, it causes the heart to beat faster, and that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Ritalin acts exactly like amphetamines such as crystal meth and cocaine.
In spite of evidence that it could stunt their growth, and cause irreversible brain damage and that it is linked to serious cardiovascular events, the FDA remains silent.
Still, the FDA refuses to take action. No new warnings are planned and prescriptions for Ritalin continue to spiral upward.
Objections to the FDA’s sluggishness are even starting to appear in conservative medical journals like JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. In a recent editorial, they criticized the FDA by saying the FDA is “interpreting the results cautiously.”
Plus, JAMA notes that the FDA funded and approved the design of the study. Only when the results came out did they have a problem with the design of the study.
This is the big point for all of us: Doctors hand out Ritalin prescriptions every day but too often parents aren’t warned of the dangerous side effects.
ADHD is still the most commonly diagnosed disorder in children.
What’s more, studies show that the drugs don’t work. The same study that found Ritalin stunts kids’ growth also found that it has no beneficial effect on behavior over a three-year period.
So what do you do for children who have trouble concentrating, focusing, or calming down? Here are a few easy, safe, and natural ways to bring kids “to attention” without endangering their mental and physical health.
You can also get them to eat more lean meats, eggs, and nuts, preferably free-range, grass-fed and organic. These are all great sources of omega-3. 1,000 mg of omega-3’s daily is recommended for children with ADHD.
Pine bark extract is another natural supplement that works. One European study using pycnogenol, an organic compound found in the bark of the French maritime pine tree, showed that after only one month, children’s behavior improved significantly on as little as 1 mg per day.
Finally, certain naturally occurring amino acids can treat ADHD.
One of them is 5-HTP. It’s a precursor to serotonin, one of the chemicals in the brain that relieves anxiety and depression (popular antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, and Lexapro all boost serotonin levels). 50 to 100 mg three times per day with meals is recommended.
Another is Tyrosine. It works like 5-HTP, increasing levels of various chemicals in the brain connected to mood and the ability to concentrate. The optimal dose is 5,000 mg per day for children and up to 10,000 mg per day for adults.
These are natural and safe alternatives, they aren’t harmful or addictive, and unlike all those ADHD drugs, they actually work. They are also easy to find and available at local & online health food stores.