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WHAT IF ALBERT EINSTEIN HAD BEEN PRESCRIBED RITALIN?
The Atlas Files, March 2000
Boulder, Colorado.
by Erin L. Elster, D.C

What if Albert Einstein had been prescribed Ritalin?

Did you know that Einstein, one of the greatest minds of the last century (recently named TIME's Person Of The Century), did not speak until he was four years old and did not read until he was seven?

A 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 prescribed Ritalin.

Thomas 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 as well?

Ritalin 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, and suicide.

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).

RITALIN FACTS (summarized from Peter Breggin, M.D.'s Talking Back to Ritalin, 1998) --

  • Ritalin 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.
  • Ritalin and amphetamine frequently cause the very same problems they are supposed to treat - inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
  • A large percentage of children become robotic, lethargic, depressed, or withdrawn on stimulants.
  • Ritalin can retard growth in children by disrupting the cycles of growth hormones released by the pituitary gland.
  • Withdrawal 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.
  • Ritalin 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.
  • Ritalin has no positive effect on a child's academic performance and achievement.
  • Children may suffer from ADHD symptoms because of physical disorders such as head/neck injuries from traumas.

ONSET OF ADHD LINKED TO HEAD/NECK TRAUMA

According 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, addictive drugs.

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, www.erinelster.com.

 

 

 
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