teacher described him as mentally
slow, unsociable, and adrift in his
foolish dreams. Today, he might have
been diagnosed with Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and
Edison and Isaac Newton did poorly
in grade school. Winston Churchill
failed sixth grade. Beethoven handled
the violin awkwardly so his teacher
labeled him hopeless as a composer.
Were these geniuses Ritalin candidates
is a very dangerous and highly ad-dictive
drug. Under federal law, Ritalin is
classified as a schedule II controlled
substance, the same rating given to
cocaine, opium, and morphine. Withdrawal
symptoms can be severe and include
depression, fatigue, paranoia, increased
dreaming, irritability, bedwetting,
The side effects of Ritalin are numerous
and severe. According to the Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
the side effects include stunting
of growth, depression, insomnia, nervousness,
skin rash, anorexia, nausea, dizziness,
headaches, abdominal pain, blood pressure
and pulse changes, and Tourette Syndrome
(a neurological condition characterized
by body tics, spasms, screaming obscenities,
and barking sounds).
FACTS (summarized from
Peter Breggin, M.D.'s Talking Back
to Ritalin, 1998) --
and amphetamine have almost identical
adverse side effects on the brain,
mind and behavior, including the
production of drug-induced behavior
disorders, psychosis, mania, drug
abuse, and addiction.
and amphetamine frequently cause
the very same problems they are
supposed to treat - inattention,
hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
large percentage of children become
robotic, lethargic, depressed, or
withdrawn on stimulants.
can retard growth in children by
disrupting the cycles of growth
hormones released by the pituitary
from Ritalin can cause emotional
suffering, including depression,
exhaustion, and suicide. This can
make children seem psychiatrically
disturbed and lead mistakenly to
increased dosages of medication.
suppresses creative, spontaneous,
and autonomous activity in children,
making them more docile and obedient,
and more willing to comply with
rote, boring tasks, such as classroom
work and homework.
has no positive effect on a child's
academic performance and achievement.
may suffer from ADHD symptoms because
of physical disorders such as head/neck
injuries from traumas.
OF ADHD LINKED TO HEAD/NECK TRAUMA
to a November, 1999 study in Radiology
(TIME, November 1, 1999), "When a
child experiences a severe blow to
the head-in a car, ski or bike accident,
for instance-the head/neck injury
may cause the onset of ADHD. A small
study showed that within a year of
injury, twenty percent of kids developed
the behavioral problem." Parents,
if your child is suffering from ADHD,
please have him/her examined by an
IUCCA upper cervical chiropractor
to determine whether a neck injury
is contributing to his/her condition.
Proper correction of the neck injury
can improve and/or eliminate ADHD
symptoms and the use of dangerous,
If you have questions about your
child's health, please contact Dr.
Elster for a free consultation at
(303) 442-5911 or browse her web site,