|Doctors, mental health
professionals, and educators often say things about
"Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" (ADHD) that
are unproven. These same professionals often say things about
drugs that are supposed to treat "ADHD" that are not
true. This article reveals and responds to six common lies or
misleading statements you might be told:
"ADHD is a brain-based biological
disorder, caused by a chemical imbalance in your child's
The simple fact is
that there is absolutely no reliable test that accurately
distinguishes between children that are supposed to have
"ADHD" and those that are not. The simplest way to
counter this statement is to ask for a medical test to prove that
your child has "ADHD." Many physicians will respond to
your request by saying that the test is too expensive. You must
persevere and ask that your insurance company pay for those tests.
The truth is that there is no such test. If the doctor recommends
one, ask him for the research article that establishes the
validity of that test.
You can also ask
any professional to show you the article or articles in the
scientific literature that proves the existence of a confirmatory
physical or chemical abnormality that validates the existence of
ADHD as a medical disease. The plain truth is that no such article
exists. If someone gives you an article, please share and discuss
it with someone who can critically analyze it.
"The symptoms are clearly printed in
a book called the DSM-IV which stands for the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, Fourth
Yes, the "symptoms" are printed
there, but as described in point 1, these alleged
"symptoms" in no way prove that ADHD is a disease.
Furthermore, these "symptoms" are actually nothing more
than someone's observations of your child's behavior, and the
truth is they are not even reliable as behavioral observations. To
be reliable, people must agree that your child has
"ADHD." An article in the prestigious Journal of the
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, printed in
September 2000, says that the diagnosis is very unreliable.
Many children who are supposed to be
"ADHD" are not identified, and many children who are
identified as not having ADHD are identified as having it. This
means that research done to support the identification and
treatment of ADHD that uses the DSM-IV definition totally lacks
support. It also means that no medical person correctly diagnoses
ADHD. ADD and ADHD are politically manufactured concepts, created
by committees of the American Psychiatric Association. ADD was
created in 1980, ADHD in 1987. The plain truth is that they are
not real diseases in any legitimate scientific meaning of the term
disease. To declare otherwise is not medicine; it is fraud.
"Medication (such as Ritalin)
corrects the chemical imbalance."
Remember first there is no demonstrated
chemical imbalance (see first paragraph). The brain does have
chemicals that help cells "talk" to each other that are
called neurotransmitters. However, when a professional says that
one of these chemicals, usually a variety of something called
Dopamine, needs some kind of correction, and that they have just
the right kind of medicine to do this, you are being misled. This
idea assumes that nerves only "talk" to nerves that use
the same chemicals. That is absolutely positively false. It is a
lie at worst, a gross oversimplification at best. It is unethical
for a medical professional to state or imply otherwise.
"The medication (e.g., Ritalin) is a
mild stimulant with few or no side effects."
"Side effect" is a euphemism; all
drugs (alleged medications) have a variety of effects. It is
vitally important that you personally research the effects of any
drug you might consider for your child. Go to the Physicians Desk
Reference (PDR), ask your neighborhood pharmacist to print you a
list of side effects, and/or get the references listed at the end
of this brochure. You need to find out about all possible effects
- those considered common (such as nervousness, insomnia, and loss
of appetite, and those considered rare (such as toxic psychosis
and death). The lie that Ritalin is a mild stimulant is even more
difficult to maintain since a recently concluded study at the
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), and published in the Journal
of the American Medical Association, not only confirmed the
similarities of cocaine and Ritalin, but found that Ritalin is
more potent than cocaine in its effect on the dopamine system in
the brain. Referring to Ritalin as "kiddy cocaine" is
not a joke.
It is important to know that the use of
stimulant medication can mask the symptoms of potentially fatal
disorders that could be causing your child's problems with
inattention or activity. It is also important to know that if your
child really is having problems with attention and concentration,
this could be caused by problems within the class environment (no
work breaks, poor environmental temperature regulation, poor
acoustics, poor lighting, poor teaching, etc.) or within other
areas of your child's life (nutrition, TV and video
over-stimulation, family stress and conflict, etc.).
"If your child had diabetes, you
would give him insulin, wouldn't you?"
This is one of the most common, and heinous
statements that doctors and other professionals make to parents.
It is a heavy guilt trip telling parents they are negligent and
irresponsible if they don't go along with the pressure to drug
their children. Remember clearly, as described in the first point
above, that ADHD is in no way a real disease; to imply otherwise
is a lie. The truth is that protecting your children from toxic
drugs is being completely responsible. It is those who advocate
these drugs for children who are abdicating responsibility and
avoiding the challenge of truly meeting the needs of our children.
"You are going against medical
Physicians work for you. There is something
called informed consent. If they have given you false or
inaccurate information, or attempted to deceive you in any way,
then the advice that they have given is faulty and you can
justifiably take matters into your own hands. It is your
responsibility to protect the short and long-term health,
well-being and development of your child.