DRUG ALERT:Talking Back to Ritalin

P Rehn (alpacas@bendnet.com)
Thu, 26 Mar 1998 01:53:39 -0800 (PST)

>>[This is the publisher's release re the new book Talking Back To Ritalin
>>by Dr. Peter R. Breggin, from Common Courage Press, for more information,
>>contact Greg Bates at tel: 207-525-0900, or fax: 207-525-3068]
>> Ritalin decreases blood flow to the brain, and routinely causes other
>>gross malfunctions in the developing brain of the child, reveals Peter R.
>>Breggin,M.D.,Director of the International Center for the Study of
>>Psychiatry and Psychology and associate faculty at The Johns Hopkins
>>University Department of Counseling. In his new book, Talking Back to
>>Ritalin (Common Courage Press, 1998), Dr. Breggin thoroughly documents the
>>many scientific studies that have been ignored by Ritalin advocates.
>>America's children are being exposed to a "prescription epidemic" of
>>dangerous, addictive stimulant drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall,
>>according to the psychiatrist, a leading critic of psychopharmaceutical
>> "Ritalin does not correct biochemical imbalances - it causes them,"
>>Dr. Breggin says, adding that there is some evidence that it can cause
>>permanent damage to the child's brain and its function.
>> "Pediatricians, parents and teachers are not aware of these hazards
>>because a large body of research demonstrating the ill effects of this
>>drug has been ignored and suppressed in order to encourage the sale of
>>the drug," Dr. Breggin states.
>> Damaging effects of the drug include:
>> - Decreased blood flow to the brain, an effect also caused by cocaine
>>where it is known to be associated with impaired thinking ability and
>>memory loss
>> - Disruption of growth hormone, leading to suppression of growth in the
>>body and brain of the child
>> - Permanent neurological tics, including Tourette's Syndrome
>> - Addiction and abuse, including withdrawal reactions on a daily basis
>> - Psychosis (mania), depression, insomnia, agitation, and social withdrawal
>> - Possible shrinkage (atrophy) or other permanent physical abilities in
>>the brain
>> - Worsening of the very symptoms the drug is supposed to improve
>> - Decreased ability to learn
>> "Ritalin and other stimulants are currently prescribed to several
>>million U.S. children in the hope of improving their supposed
>>hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity," says Dr. Breggin. He
>>presents evidence that these drugs "work" by producing robotic or
>>zombie-like behavior in children. This enforced docility and obedience can
>>produce a few weeks of subdued behavior but has no positive effect on
>>academic achievement and no positive long-term effects at all. Contrary to
>>claims by drug advocates, giving Riutalin to a child does not help tos
>>prevent future problems such as school failure or delinquency.
>> Ritalin's lack of effectiveness has been proven by hundreds of
>>studies but has not been revealed to doctors, teachers or parents.
>>"Parents and teachers and even doctors have been badly misled by drug
>>company marketing practices," Dr. Breggin says. "Drug companies have
>>targeted children as a big market likely to boost profits - and children
>>are suffering as a result."
>> Dr. Breggin describes the principles necessary to empower parents to
>>help their children with their behavioral and and school problems without
>>resorting to drugs. He does not believe that mind-altering drugs are ever
>>an appropriate approach to helping our children. Instead, he urges adults
>>to learn to identify and meet the individual needs of the children in
>>their care.
>> Most children receiving Ritalin have been identified for treatment y
>>teachers who have been mised by drug company and government promotional
>>campaigns for Ritalin and other stimulants. "Educate - don't medicate,"
>>should be the motto of every parent or teacher who is tempted to resort to
>>Ritalin, says Dr. Breggin.
>> The stimulant drugs include Ritalin (methylphenidate), Dexedrine and
>>Dextrostat (dextroamphetamine or d-amphetamine), Adderall (D-amphetamine
>>and amphetamine mixture), Desoxyn and Gradumet (methamphetamine), and
>>Cylert (pemoline).
>> Additional information about the hazards of Ritalin and other
>>stimulants can be found on Dr. Breggin's web site at: