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  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. Prescribing ADHD meds to kids

    Hope on the horizon for over-drugged kids

    Every single day children are being given heavy-duty ADHD meds -- and in way too many of those cases the kids don't even have the condition to begin with, they simply need a bit more time to mature.

    But the evidence is stacking up and drugging our kids just for BEING kids could soon be a thing of the past.

    When Icelandic researchers followed a group of elementary school students they found that the kids who were the youngest in their class in fourth grade were a staggering 50 percent more likely than their older classmates to be on ADHD meds by the time they reached seventh grade.

    The results of a similar Canadian study were even more shocking. The youngest girls in a class were an astounding 70 percent more likely to be given ADHD meds than the oldest girls. The youngest boys fared a bit better, but were still 40 percent more likely to be saddled with the mind-altering drugs.

    A 2010 study found that the youngest kindergartners are 60 percent more likely to get ADHD meds than the oldest ones.

    And now it appears that conventional medicine docs may finally be getting the message. According to new research published in the journal Pediatrics, prescriptions for stimulants to treat ADHD in preschool children leveled off between 2006 and 2009.

    The news isn't all positive however. Researchers also reported that diagnoses continued to climb during that same period. And saddling a young child with an ADHD diagnosis is seldom a good thing.

    If your child is amongst the youngest in his class and you feel he needs more time to mature, holding him back for a year is a perfectly acceptable option. Being the oldest in his class for a change could help relieve some of the pressure that both of you are feeling.

    And if age isn't a factor in your child or grandchild's ADHD diagnosis, some simple dietary tweaks... including cutting out processed foods and other junk... can go a long way. Hormonal imbalances may also play a role in behavior, and natural approaches can help here too.

    Visit a holistic doctor who can track down the real cause of your child's unwelcome behavior and then try natural, non-drug solutions to correct the problem once and for all.

  3. Younger kids get ADHD diagnosis

    The youngest kids in class are more likely to be given drugs for ADHD than the oldest, a sign they don't actually have the condition in the first place.
  4. Docs told to drug unruly toddlers

    Parents, watch your tots: There's a new creep in the neighborhood, and it's not the local perv. It's the family doctor. The American Academy of Pediatrics is out with new marching orders, urging its 60,000 members to "screen" kids for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder starting at the age of four.
  5. ADHD meds reach new highs

    Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder isn't a diagnosis designed to help identify and treat children -- it's a condition tailor-made to sell meds.
  6. Safe ADHD meds? Don't bet your kid's life

    These drugs have been linked to everything from bizarre behavior to extreme violence and suicide -- and that's not even getting into the more typical side effects, which range from headache and nausea to hallucinations and addiction.
  7. Missing out on meds

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    From coast to coast, pharmacy shelves are empty of best-selling ADHD meds and their generic equivalents, including Ritalin, Adderall and Methylin.
  8. Off-label use of "smart drug" proving foolish

    For years, the stimulant modafinil – better known by its brand name, Provigil – has been a drug of choice on college campuses across the nation.
  9. The cocaine of the playground

    It's bad enough when Big Pharma tries pushing dangerous and unnecessary drugs on adults. It's far, far worse when they do it to our children.

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