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Ask Dr. Scott: October

Q: I enjoyed last month’s article about drug overuse for children with ADHD. You mentioned that there may be a method of natural health care that can help children with problems like that. How does this work?
A: A severely affected 8 year old comes to mind; we’ll call him Rocky. Rocky’s mother was referred to me for examination regarding severe depression. She had a history of taking many prescription drugs, including tranquilizers, anti-depressants, and several drugs to alter her endocrine balance. Upon examination she was found to have a severe sugar handling stress, with relative hypoadrenia (her “stress glands” were exhausted). Her condition had worsened with Rocky’s birth and she suffered from severe post-partum depression. She said, “Taking care of him is more than I can handle.”

Years ago when I first treated Rocky’s mother, we had coffee and tea available for patients in our clinic’s reception room. One day I saw the receptionist take the coffee, cups, cream and sugar into the back office, and I asked why. She said, “Rocky is coming!” She explained that while his mother was being treated, he would pour about half a cup of coffee and fill the cup with sugar for himself.

Rocky always stayed in the reception room while I examined and treated his mother. I was aware he was a problem. The patient who referred his mother for treatment told me Rocky’s story. She said that all the neighborhood mothers kept their children inside when Rocky was loose. When Rocky had a bat, he wanted to hit another kid rather than a ball! Several adults in the neighborhood had tried to talk to Rocky and make him understand that his violent actions hurt others. They said Rocky just didn’t seem to pay attention; he just didn’t understand!

By this time Rocky’s mother was responding to nutritional supplements and treatment determined by applied kinesiology natural health care methods. Soon, on my recommendation and that of her neighbors, we examined Rocky and found him to also be hypoadrenic, blood sugar handling dysfunction, and neurologically disorganized. At first I was unable to communicate with him; he just ignored my questions or comments. His eyes peered at me like two marbles, with no recognition. He, too, responded well to treatment, although the physiologic aspects proved to be only a portion of his problem. Rocky’s father told me he was certainly pleased to see his wife getting better and able to be off her medication. He told me that his wife was “so out of it” prior to our treatment that Rocky would run rampant through the house, doing basically whatever he pleased. His father stated that he would try to properly control and discipline Rocky when he was at home, but he just didn’t seem to pay any attention.

Rocky’s hyperkinesis and disorderly conduct were partly physiologic and partly due to his mother’s lack of teaching and disciplining him. Children require consistency in discipline. When mom was, as her husband said, “out of it” on drugs, she didn’t care what Rocky did. This was inconsistent with the discipline administered when she was not under the influence of drugs, or when Rocky’s father was present for discipline. Is it any wonder that teenagers are trying the escapism of drugs when they have seen their parents using mind-altering drugs, prescription or otherwise?

Remember that drug companies must provide consumers with detailed information regarding a medicine’s possible risks. For most drugs, that information requires several typewritten pages. Instead, under the FDA’s new rules, the companies were now free to provide simply a few of the drug’s more common risks, along with a toll free phone number where the curious could find out more…from the drug company sales force itself!! For this reason doctors in the US last year wrote an estimated 20 million prescriptions for Ritalin ®, making Ritalin the most widely prescribed medication for children. Since Ritalin ® never offers a cure, it should be remembered that there is no good scientific evidence that Ritalin ® is safe for treating children longer than six months. (Drug Class Review on Pharmacologic Treatment for ADHD, 2006)

  • Dr. Scott Cuthbert is a chiropractor at Chiropractic Health Center in Pueblo, Colorado, as well as the author of two textbooks and multiple research articles. PuebloChiropracticCenter.com.  

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