Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Alternatives to ADHD Drugs

Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 10:42 AM

By Dr. Brownstein

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In the Physicians’ Desk Reference, there is a boxed warning for Ritalin which states, “Frank psychotic episodes may occur . . . Withdrawal following chronic use may unmask symptoms of underlying disorder that may require follow-up.”

Under Warnings/Precautions it states, “Sudden death, stroke, MI (heart attack) reported. May cause treatment-emergent psychotic or manic symptoms in children and adolescents without prior history of psychotic illness or mania at usual doses. Aggressive behavior or hostility reported. May cause growth suppression in children.”
 

That is just a small part of the  warnings. Knowing this, any parent  should think very carefully before  allowing their child to take any kind of stimulant medication. In fact, any  child diagnosed with ADHD should only use a stimulant medication as a last resort.

This means the child has had a full nutritional, hormonal, and toxicity evaluation which includes searching for food allergies. A holistic healthcare provider can help you sort these issues out. It is ludicrous to place a child on a dangerous medication without trying other therapies.



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