We Are Drugging Our Youth Twice as Much

The use of psychiatric medication in children is a controversial but growing trend. Money spent on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, medicine saw the biggest increase over the three years--especially among very young children. Spending on behavioral medications to treat children rose to $6.4 million in 2003 from $3.6 million in 2000. This is particularly sad and tragic as simple diet modifications are usually the only thing that is required for effective care. Radical improvement in behavior is typically seen when one:

  • Decreases or eliminates sugar, grains and fruit juices
  • Adds fish or cod liver oil

Other useful approaches can be reviewed in the interview we did three years ago with the late Dr. Lendon Smith.

Yahoo! News May 17, 2004

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