What if Albert Einstein had been put
on Ritalin? Did you know that Einstein, one of the greatest
geniuses of the last century, did not speak until he was four
years old and didn't read until he was seven. His teacher
described him as "mentally slow, unsociable and adrift in his
foolish dreams." He was expelled and refused admittance to the
Zurich Polytech Institute. Today he would have been put on
Thomas Edison's teachers said he was
too stupid to learn anything. Isaac Newton did very poorly in
grade school. Opera singer Enrico Caruso's teacher said he had no
voice at all and could not sing. Winston Churchill failed sixth
grade. Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred
playing his own compositions. His teacher called him hopeless as a
composer. ARE THESE GENIUSES RITALIN CANDIDATES ALSO?
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO OUR CHILDREN?
How did we allow our country to be jokingly referred to as the
Ritalin capital of the world?
Ritalin is a very dangerous and
highly addictive 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, increases dreaming,
irritability, bedwetting and suicide.
At a Chiropractic Mother's Morning
Out program on The Ritalin Controversy, one of the mothers stood
up and told her son's story. He tried Ritalin for a very short
time and he hated the way it made him feel, so he stopped taking
it on his own (hurray for him). What's scary is that seven years
later he still suffers from the side effects, including
Can you really try it just once?
Think long and hard about the answer to this question.
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's Syndrome (a permanent and
irreversible condition characterized by body ticks, spasms,
screaming obscenities and barking sounds).
The physiological changes that cause
these side effects are occurring whether there is an outward
manifestation of symptoms or not. This is very scary.
How far will we go to control, mold
and conform our children to somebody's made up normal? Are we
turning our geniuses of tomorrow into drug addicts?
According to a Canadian report,
Ritalin is responsible for more street crime than any other drug.
Kids are selling their Ritalin to other kids! A USA Today report
indicated that some kids crush Ritalin into a powder and snort it
like cocaine, while others cook it and inject it into their
"My child wouldn't do that," you
might say. How do you know? This is a highly addictive drug we are
talking about here. Remember the fifteen year old who is still
suffering from withdrawal seven years later? He no longer owns his
life and his consciousness. He now has a lifelong battle for his
Well known criminal defense attorney
Melvin Nash, from Marietta, Georgia, who receives Chiropractic
Wellness Care with his family, indicated that approximately 60% of
the people he defends for everything from DUI to armed robbery
have been on Ritalin at some point in their life. He stated, "I
would home school my kids before I put them on Ritalin!" That's a
The United States is number one in
Ritalin consumption in the world, by far. How did we let this
happen? Have we bought into the multimillion dollar marketing
strategies of the drug manufacturer? You decide.
One person who just started teaching
in a middle school was asked if a lot of her kids were on Ritalin.
She replied, "yes, but not enough." This gives me a pain in my
Another person was discussing her
friends who became parents late in life. They said they couldn't
deal with their son because they had forgotten what it was like to
be a child. Their child is on Ritalin. I cry for him.
It has always puzzled me why in some
schools up to 50% of the kids are on Ritalin and in other schools
very close by, only 5% are on the drug. This variation can be seen
from class to class as well. How do we let this happen?
Where is the responsibility going
that we entrust our child's mind to a highly addictive and
dangerous drug such as Ritalin? What price are we willing to pay
to maintain our high tech lifestyles and busy schedules or to have
our kids be "perfect"? What if Albert Einstein had been on
There is a genius in all of us that
is just trying to get out. Think about all the ideas, talent,
strength and creativity we keep stored inside because we worry
about what other people would say or think. They would put us
down, call us unruly and tell us to grow up. They would put us on
Ritalin to get us to conform to the norm that is mediocrity and
maintain our drug dependent world.
AS A CHIROPRACTOR, I GET TO
EXPERIENCE THIS GENIUS EVERY DAY IN MY OFFICE. I see the healing
and regenerative powers of the human body and spirit at work every
day. People that were on drugs get off them. Children that are to
called "hyper", calm down and parents that are hypoactive get
increased energy. I have seen people's own bodies begin to work
correctly because of Chiropractic and heal itself from just about
every malady you can name.
I have also seen what the continuous
expression of this genius can create in families that are under
Chiropractic Wellness Care. Wellness care keeps the expression of
this genius uninterferred with so people can express all of their
genetic potential on a moment to moment basis, every minute
All children, especially the ones
that aren't "perfect" or "normal", need their senses clear. They
need their adaptation capacity at 100%. They need their nervous
system free from interference. Do they really need artificial
stimulation or sedation?
Could you imagine if Helen Keller
had been on Ritalin? Would it have given her the best opportunity
to thrive in the world and express her innate potential? I doubt
it.! We would have been robbed of a wonderful gift.
Is Ritalin the drug industries
version of a Joe Camel cigarette billboard? Is Ritalin the drug
companies insurance policy to big business down the road? Is it
any wonder our country can spend close to $80 million a year on
drug abuse awareness and the problem continues to get worse?
Please parents, open up and take
these insights to heart. I know that all parents make the best
decisions they are capable of for their children, given the
knowledge they had at the time of their decision.
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