ADHD drugs

  1. ADHD meds can cause penis problems in kids

    Terrifying new side effect of ADHD meds

    If you've got kids or grandkids, there's an urgent new warning you need to see -- especially if some reckless mainstream doc is trying to push ADHD meds on them.

    ADHD meds that contain methylphenidate -- including Ritalin -- can cause a frightening condition known as priapism.

    If you've ever heard of this condition before, it's probably from an ad for a sex med. It's the infamous "four-hour erection," although it doesn't go away after four hours.

    No, that's when you're supposed to head to the hospital for help, because priapism is an urgent and potentially deadly medical condition -- and in some cases, the solution is to cut into the penis to drain the excess blood.

    It's an extremely painful condition with an even more painful solution -- and the new warning finds it could happen to boys as young as 8 years old who take ADHD meds.

    Yes, 8 years old. And in some cases, the condition doesn't strike until the kid tries to stop taking the meds -- making it quite possibly the world's worst withdrawal symptom.

    The risk is being described as small, but the fact that it exists at all -- in drugs aimed at children, no less -- is sickening, especially when you consider that most kids don't even need these drugs in the first place.

    In many cases, ADHD is nothing more than common immaturity, which is why studies have shown that the youngest kids in a given class are far more likely to be diagnosed with it (and far more likely to be medicated for it).

    In other cases, ADHD and other problems with attentiveness can be caused by poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, which is why dietary changes can often work wonders.

    I always recommend starting first by removing all processed foods and artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. In many cases, those changes alone will do the trick.

    In addition, studies have shown high levels of omega-3 can also improve ADHD in many cases.

    Work with a holistic doctor to find an approach that's best for the kid in your life.

  2. Feds light controversy over medical marijuana

    The U.S. Department of Justice has finally responded to a 2002 petition to reclassify marijuana as a medical treatment.

    Nothing like a sense of urgency, right guys?

    Of course, after sitting on this for nearly a decade, the department responded with the same old line -- ruling against medical marijuana under no uncertain terms.

    The DOJ even went as far as to state that "marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision."

    Sorry -- as serious as this is, I can't help but find that a little funny. Replace the word "marijuana" with the name of the useless Big Pharma med of your choice, and you might have something.

    Antidepressants, painkillers, and ADHD drugs all spring immediately to mind.

    In fact, studies have shown that medical marijuana is not only effective for many forms of pain, including cancer pain, it comes with few side effects -- unlike the dangerous and addictive opioid painkillers openly and legally abused across the country.

    Back in 1999, the Institute of Medicine -- a part of the National Academy of Sciences -- told Congress that pot can help keep pain and vomiting in check, and that even with all the risks we've come to associate with this stuff, it's worth a try when other meds have failed.

    The FDA has even approved of at least two synthetic drugs based on the ingredients in marijuana -- which only proves
    that if marijuana itself could be patented by Big Pharma, it would have been approved ages ago.

    After all, the science is there: In addition to cancer pain, it's famously effective against glaucoma -- and studies have
    shown that it can fight inflammation, mental illness, Alzheimer's disease and more.

    One review last year found that marijuana can even help multiple sclerosis patients with both pain and mobility issues. (Read about it here.)

    But this is a political battle, not a scientific one -- and all the research in the world won't convince those who are against it otherwise.

    The one bright side to the Department of Justice's recent ruling is that medical marijuana backers can now take the issue to court -- and maybe now we won't have to wait a decade to see the science finally overcome the politics.

  3. Poisoning our kids with meds

    I've never been able to figure out why ADHD drugs are prescribed so frequently, much less forced on millions of children – it doesn't take much to see how bad these meds are, and nearly all the research only highlights those dangers.
  4. New warning for ADHD meds

    Now, there's another reason to give ADHD drugs a pass: A new study has linked them to an increased risk of sudden cardiac death in children.

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