By Bob McCauley, CNC, MH
I recently blogged about John F. Kennedy being heavily medicated while he was president of the United States. A question that was not posed in that blog is “How did that affect his judgment while he was president?”
A drug widely prescribed pharmaceutical (which is a civilized word for drug) for ADD and ADHD is Ritalin. The Medical Dictionary states:
Methylphenidate (MPH) is an amphetamine-like prescription stimulant commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adults. It is also one of the primary drugs used to treat symptoms of traumatic brain injury and the daytime drowsiness symptoms of narcolepsy and chronic fatigue syndrome. Brand names of drugs that contain methylphenidate include Ritalin® (Ritalina®, Rilatine®), Attenta®, Concerta® (a timed-release capsule), Metadate®, Methylin® and Rubifen®.
First, you should be aware that Ritalin is very similar to cocaine. So when you start giving your 7 year old Ritalin you are essentially putting them on a drug that is very similar to a drug that countless users have lost their lives and families over. However, where you find most of the Ritalin is on college campuses all over the country. Ritalin is often prescribed “for assistance with studying” for college students.
I’m currently studying to become a Naturopathic Doctor, which is definitely one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. The Dissertation is proving to be a monster, given I need to reference every claim, fact or argument I put forth. I live on a vegan diet of raw fruits and vegetables anchored by Spirulina and Chlorella, which I use for my protein.
I don’t have any concentration problems and I don’t take Ritalin. If I do have trouble concentrating I take some Bacopa with Chlorella Tablets. Bacopa is an incredible herb and particularly when when the bacocides, the active chemical, is concentrated. Bacopa is a one of the worst tasting herbs known, but when consumed with chlorella, it is better assimilated into the body, the bad taste is avoided and a person can take enough of it to notice a considerable difference. If it works for me I’m sure it would work for school children and college students. In fact, my 14 year old son has taken it on occasion and remarked how much his concentration improved when he did. He was able to concentrate so much better in school on the days when he consumed chlorella and bacopa.
Here is a list of FDA drugs approved for concentration problems, some approved for 3 year old children. Why not?
|Trade Name||Generic Name||Approved Age|
|Adderall®||Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine||3 and older|
|Adderall XR®||Amphetamine-dextroamphetamine extended release||6 and older|
|Concerta®||Methylphenidate extended release||6 and older|
|Daytrana®||Methylphenidate patch||6 and older|
|Desoxyn®||Methamphetamine||6 and older|
|Dexedrine®||Dextroamphetamine||3 and older|
|Dextrostat®||Dextroamphetamine||3 and older|
|Focalin®||Dexmethylphenidate||6 and older|
|Focalin XR®||Dexmethylphenidate extended release||6 and older|
|Metadate ER®||Methylphenidate extended release||6 and older|
|Metadate CD®||Methylphenidate extended release||6 and older|
|Methylin®||Methylphenidate chewable tablets and oral solution||6 and older|
|Ritalin®||Methylphenidate||6 and older|
|Ritalin SR®||Methylphenidate extended release||6 and older|
|Ritalin LA®||Methylphenidate extended release||6 and older|
|Vyvanse™||Lisdexamfetamine||6 and older|