Food Additives And ADHD Drugs Are Destroying The Health of Our
food additives are creating a toxic environment for our children's
health spurring allergies and ADHD. To add fuel to the fire,
conventional medicine is addressing the symptoms with ineffective
drugs which are essentially useless in the long-term.
made scrambled eggs and put them in front of all four kids and
decided to put them in front of the baby," the 36-year-old said.
"I put them on her highchair and she didn't want them, fussed
and pushed them away. And I didn't think anything of it."
Tory's aversion to the breakfast staple had little to do with
taste, as O'Brien soon found out.
her down for a nap. A few minutes later and there was some mother
instinct in me because I went in to check on her for some reason,
which I rarely do, and her face was swollen shut," O'Brien said.
reaction to eggs caused grotesque swelling of the infant's face
and instantly shook O'Brien to her core. She said her daughter's
severe response prompted her to take a closer look at what she
was feeding all of her children and to educate herself on food
"I did not
know what was happening. I was so unfamiliar with food allergy
and what a reaction looked like," said O'Brien, who lives in
Colorado. "That's really when my education began."
Learning About Additives
soon learned was that artificial dyes are used in sugary cereals,
candies, sodas and other goodies marketed toward children. Sometimes
artificial dyes are even used to simulate the colors of fruits
disturbed O'Brien was the fact that U.S. consumers regularly
ingest the additives in their food, but they have been removed
from the same foods in some other countries.
Mars Inc. responded to pressure from the British government
last year by removing artificial colors from its well-known
Starburst and Skittles candies sold in the United Kingdom, after
a British study bolstered a hypothesis that such additives increase
hyperactivity in children.
giant Kraft Foods Inc. also did the same thing in early 2007
with its British version of Lunchables.
British consumers have revolted against artificial food dyes
in the U.K., Americans haven't been as vocal as their counterparts.
That is something O'Brien hopes to change.
is simply to have the same value placed on the lives of the
American children," O'Brien said.
Web site, which she launched on Mother's Day 2006,
to serve as a parental resource and forum on children's food allergies.
is specific with its concerns.
our concern is that industry funding ties between the agri-chemical
companies and pediatric allergists who have served on the FDA
'generally recognized as safe' panels and testified to the safety
of MSG, aspartame, glutamate and genetically engineered proteins,
may prevent full disclosure of leading global research highlighting
a ban of these ingredients in Europe, Australia, the UK and
other developed countries in an effort to protect children,"
the site says.
even created a symbol a green stop sign with an exclamation
point in the center to identify a child with food allergies.
It can be put on lunch bags, wristbands and even shoes.
now is to say, 'OK, this is what's happening. Let's inspire
other mothers to take control so that our children can benefit
like the children around the world,'" O'Brien said.
own life, O'Brien has gotten strict about what she feeds her
children and encourages others to do what she has done: Throw
out as much non-organic processed food as they can afford to.
Also, avoid anything that's genetically modified, artificially
created or raised with hormones and don't eat food with ingredients
you are unable to pronounce.
'Well, I want to cook like the moms in Europe and avoid these
chemical additives and see if that makes a difference in my
children's health and behavior.' And so we did," O'Brien said.
"We moved from the tubes of blue yogurt to regular yogurt and
we started mixing honey into it. "
in her family was happy about the changes.
major resistance from my boys," O'Brien said. "They loved that
blue yogurt and it was easy and it was convenient, but to see
the dramatic improvement in my boys especially as we cleaned
out their diets it was amazing. It was incredibly inspiring.
They slept better; they were able to concentrate in school.
Their behavior improved."
British studies found that certain food dyes, as well as the common
preservative sodium benzoate, may have an adverse effect on some
children's behavior. Researchers said the increase in ADHD diagnoses
could be partly to blame on the preservative.
affect their focus, their concentration. They become more easily
distractible, become more impulsive. I think we're looking at
a whole population of kids with skewed immune systems," said
Dr. Kenneth Bock, who wrote a book that supports the theory
that food additives could lead to hyperactivity in children.
Study in the UK showed that additives cause hyperactivity in
children within an hour after consumption. Food additives, especially
the artificial colors are made from coal tar derivatives and
synthetic chemicals. Within an hour of ingestion, hyperactive
behavior is evident.
Drugs Don't Work
It was a
team of American scientists researching what is called the "Multi-Modal
Treatment Study of Children with ADHD -- MTA for short, who
found that ADHD drugs are useless over long-term use. The drugs
used to treat ADHD such as Ritalin and Concerta are ineffective
treatment methodolgies which are constantly promoted by conventional
medicine. They have no benefits whatsoever after three years
and even though they may show some short-term benefits depending
on who is watching, and depending on their judgment of the child's
behavior, the truth is there is no long-term benefit whatsoever.
that these drugs stunt the growth of children. "They were
not growing as much as other children in terms of both their
height and their weight," said the report's co-author,
Prof. William Pelham from the University of Buffalo. "I
think we exaggerated the beneficial impact of medication in
the first study," he added in reference to a study they
did a few years ago where they declared that these drugs were
had thought that children medicated longer would have better
outcomes. That did not happen to be the case. The children had
a substantial decrease in their growth rate," he continued.
The second point was that there were no benefits to children
taking these drugs whatsoever.
did not say in the results of this study is that the same drugs
also stunt the growth of the children's brains. MRI brain scans
later proved that children on ADHD medications had brains that
were three years behind schedule in development. 80% of the
children who were looked at with MRI scans were on ADHD medications.
taking stimulants as a treatment for ADHD are also 20 percent
more likely to visit a doctor with heart-related symptoms, according
to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of
Florida and published in the journal Pediatrics.
examined the records on 55,000 children between the ages of
3 and 20 who had undergone treatment for ADHD using central
nervous system stimulants between 1994 and 2004. Their health
profiles were compared with those of nearly two million other
children in the Florida Medicaid database, making the current
study the largest ever on the safety of ADHD drugs.
Credo: Sell, Sell, Sell
what the ADHD industry is like. It is as if they have to carry
on this outrageous lie, and they cannot really tell the truth
because then the whole house of cards would collapse and everybody
would realize this is all one giant fraud.
tell the truth so they have to keep coming up with new lies
to try to market this to more people. First, it was just a children's
disorder. Then the drug companies realized they could sell this
same speed drug to adults. Children are only a small part of
the total market.
to keep pushing these drugs onto more children. They have to
keep those parents in a state of fear. That's how they sell
more drugs. They have to keep people believing in this fictitious
disease. That's the only way they are going to make money. This
is an industry that makes money by exploiting the bodies of
children, and the evidence is very clear.
NIH is now saying that these drugs stunt the growth of children.
That is a scientific fact announced by a mainstream medical
research organization. This is not fringe science. This is not
alternative medicine. This is not conjecture on the part of
some person who has an axe to grind with psychiatry. This is
mainstream medicine announcing that these drugs stunts the growth
Children or Flawed System?
Treatment Study's co-author is Professor William Pelham at the
University of Buffalo. He is the one who found out that these
drugs do not help children at all in the long run. He says,
"In the short run, medication will help the child behave
better. In the long run, it will not and that information should
be made very clear to parents."
Kendall, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (the person who
is working on some new guidelines about ADHD for the NHS) says,
"A generous understanding would be to say that doctors
have reached the point where they do not know what else to offer."
He says, "I
hope we will be able to make recommendations that will give people
a comprehensive approach to treatment
" there is that
word "treatment" again. He continues, "and that
will advise about what teachers might be able to do within the
classroom when they are trying to deal with children who have
difficult problems of this kind. I think the important thing is
we have a comprehensive approach that does not focus on just one
type of treatment."
mother is leading the movement to raise awareness of allergens