The story discusses new research that demonstrates that children who take amphetamine medications have an increased chance of sudden death. Most children who are prescribed such medications are suffering from symptomatology associated with ADHD. There are currently 2.5 million children on these kinds of medications. The doctor giving the report mentioned chiropractic care and dietary changes as alternatives or concurrent treatments. Finally, what so many of you in our practice already know!
Having a child with ADHD can certainly have its challenges, but who would risk sudden death over changing diet and neurological therapy? Obviously, not many of us. Giving medications is a quick fix for some, but the possible side effects are not worth the risk! For me, even ONE child is too much to lose!
So, what can you do? Remember the brain needs two things to reach optimal health; fuel and activation. Fuel is oxygen and nutrition, activation is all the stimulation that our environment give us.
Activation comes from our environment. How much activation does your child get in front of their computer, or on their video games? Not much. This is the season to get outside, go to the parks, bike ride, hiking, swimming, etc.. The LI greenbelt is beginning some family fun hikes all over LI. (go to http://www.ligreenbelt.org/ for more info) The hikes are FREE!! Go to the beach, smell the salt water, feel the sand between your toes, swim, or just walk up and down and check out the sea shells!
So remember, to help your children, clean up their diets and get them outside.....it's good for EVERYONE!