The number one reason for diagnosing a child as afflicted with ADD/ADHD (and the subsequent drugging of the child) seems to be for the convenience of parents and teachers. Their mental capacity often exceeds that of their elders who are frustrated in their inability to deal with it. These kids in turn feel frustrated because they lack the life experience, the acquired knowledge and education, and the motor skills required for matching their actions to their minds. They are growing asymetricallyIt's no reason to drug a child!

Since there really is no definitive way of diagnosing this so called affliction, the psychiatric profession has seized on a series of standardized, and highly subjective questionnaires to determine whether or not a child has ADD/ADHD. Observations from parents and teachers are also used in reaching a conclusion. Hardly a scientific process. Think about it. As a child, were you ever reprimanded for any of these?

  • Nonstop talking.
  • Dreaming: Sitting at your desk and staring into space.
  • Not paying attention
  • Being easily distracted. Trouble staying focused.
  • Not listening when spoken to.
  • Difficulty in remembering things and failing to follow instructions.
  • Problems with staying organized, planning ahead, and finishing projects.
  • Frequently losing or misplacing homework, books, or other items.
  • Constant fidgeting and squirming.
  • Leaving your seat often when sitting quietly is expected.
  • Moving around too much, running, or climbing inappropriately.
  • Always "on the go." Blurting out answers without waiting to hear the whole question.
  • Difficulty waiting your turn.

You have? More than eight? Well land sakes, you've got ADD/ADHD!! Who says? Why the "experts" at the American Psychiatric Association who are very "expert" at hanging labels on anything and everything that has anything at all to do with human behavior. So just go ahead now and sit in the corner with a few of your peers:

  • Bill Gates
  • Lindsey Wagner
  • Albert Einstein
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Michael Jordan
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Ansel Adams
  • Ann Bancroft
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Tom Cruise
  • Elvis Presley
  • Bill Cosby
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Prince Charles
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Napoleon Bonaparte

The list can go on to fill a nice fat book of fine print. So it would appear that ADD/ADHD is a gift, not an affliction!

Researching the issue, revealed very quickly that not a single alternative physician surveyed, among those who have demonstrated success in treating ADD/ADHD, has ever found it necessary to put a child on Ritalin to control this disorder. Instead, they have looked at, and identified the factors surrounding the symptoms producing the misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Hearing & vision problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Gifted child who might be bored in school
  • Disgraphia, difficulties in writing
  • Mental retardation
  • Personality conflicts (with teacher or other students)
  • Depression
  • Childhood psychosis
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • Autism
  • Pervasive developmental disorder
  • Instability at home (Illness, death of a family member, frequent moves, divorce)
  • Seizures
  • Lead poisoning
  • Iron deficiency
  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Zinc deficiency, particularly in boys
  • Chronic disease
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • Sleep disturbances, or not enough sleep

Reviewing this abbreviated list of possible causes of conflicting behaviors in children seems to definitively establish that ADD/ADHD is by and large a pseudo disease invented by interests intent on profiting from it. And it's no coincidence that expenditures for Ritalin and related drugs are up 122% over the past four years. These numbers will increase, possibly exponentially, every year, unless parents take control! The symptoms of this pretty much phony disease are generally simply a bunch of normal childhood behaviors labeled as a "disease" by psychiatrists either too myopic to see the real issue, too self seeking to care about over medicating kids, or simply too stupid to understand the underlying problem.

What is also interesting is that ADD/ADHD is a purely American phenomenon, with 85% of the world's supply of Ritalin being used on American children, who are no different from children in other countries! In the opinion of Dr Julian Whitaker, one of the nation's leading alternative physicians, " Pediatricians, psychiatrists, and other doctors who are putting children on mood and behavior altering drugs are more dangerous to our society than illegal drug peddlers. They are destroying our children, robbing their souls, and mortgaging our future."

Kids get colds. They get tummy aches. They misbehave. Didn't you? But that's no reason to put them on drugs! Alternative medicine is swimming in safe, natural therapies for common childhood conditions that do not expose our children to life altering pharmacological substances.

The American College for the Advancement of Medicine has many doctors on its roster who successfully treat ADD/ADHD and a host of other chronic illnesses with safe, natural methods. By paying a visit to their website, anyone interested in finding an alternative physician in his own area can find one without cost or obligation, simply by consulting their roster. Visit LeQuadrillage.com for a direct link to the ACAM website and for more, accurate information on ADD/ADHD and a host of other largely misrepresented disorders.

Author's Bio: 

Werner L. Knoepp Ph. D. is a retired Astrophysicist/Aerospace Engineer with specialties in Space Life Support Systems. Currently Director of Research and Product Evaluation with LeQuadrillage, a Health & Wellness Information website devoted to providing correct Health and Wellness information with emphasis on alternative, holistic, and complimentary disciplines.