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  1. 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.

    Kids who have the condition are supposed to be treated: First with therapy -- which is a crazy enough thought for a 4-year-old -- then with drugs like Ritalin if they still have even "moderate" signs of those attention deficits or hyperactivity... which goes way beyond crazy.

    The word "outrageous" comes to mind. "Criminal," too -- especially since the powerful stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD aren't even approved for 4-year-olds.

    Makes you wonder if these pediatric experts have ever seen a four-year-old -- because they ALL have attention deficits. They're ALL hyper. It comes with the territory with kids that young, and part of a parent's job is teaching them how to behave.

    The new recommendations don't just extend to the younger kids -- they're also pushing docs to screen older kids, right up to the age of 18.

    In other words, they're growing the market for ADHD meds at both ends of the age spectrum -- and that's what this is really all about: getting more customers for some of the world's most dangerous drugs.

    Kids on these meds have been known to engage in bizarre behavior and even commit acts of extreme violence. One recent study found that patients on stimulant drugs including common ADHD meds were nearly 10 times more likely to commit acts of violence.

    Imagine giving these meds to a four-year-old!

    These drugs have also been linked to hallucinations and addiction. Put all those side effects together, and it's not hard to see why the kids who take them are also more likely to kill themselves.

    There are far better ways to treat the signs and symptoms that make up ADHD in kids of all ages -- and they start with better discipline and better diet.

    In many cases, kids have seen miraculous returns to normalcy by simply avoiding processed foods -- especially the food colorings that an FDA panel now admits may cause or worsen ADHD in some kids.

    Bottom line: Kids who eat better, behave better.

    Just remember that even the best kids act up at least some of the time... it's normal. Handle them the same way your parents handled you -- and I'll bet it wasn't with meds.

    I'm not done with children's health yet -- keep reading for more.

  2. 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.

    And it's sold A LOT of meds.

    A new analysis finds that the number of kids on meds like Ritalin and Adderall has jumped an average of 3.4 percent a year every year since 1996 -- culminating in 2.8 million children on these drugs by 2008.

    As bad as that is, that's only part of the story -- because while the number of younger kids taking these meds increased slowly but steadily, the number of older kids on them positively skyrocketed: From 2.3 percent of kids between 13 and 18 in 1996, to 4.9 percent of them by 2008.

    If you're a drug company that makes millions selling these dangerous and addictive stimulant drugs to children, that's a Very Big Deal -- because you can bet most of those kids didn't suddenly stop taking the meds on their 18th birthdays.

    Nope… they're keeping at it, joining the growing ranks of the medicated young adults -- some of whom have been taking the drugs for so long now that they don't even know what "normal" feels like anymore.

    Other age groups also saw boosts, with the 6-to-12 crowd rising from 4.3 percent in 1996 to 5.1 percent on 2008. The only group that didn't see an increase was preschoolers -- and you can bet that's already been noted and is being worked on as you read this.

    But if your child or grandchild is starting to turn into a pain and you've been told he has ADHD, don't turn to the meds that have been linked to violence, bizarre behavior and even suicide.

    Turn to better habits instead.

    Studies have consistently shown that even the wildest ADHD mini monsters can turn around when processed foods, starches, and food colorings are taken out of their diet.

    One study earlier this year found dramatic improvements in 78 percent of children given an all-natural diet with no processed foods. And even an FDA panel has admitted that food dyes can send an ADHD kid spiraling out of control.

    Finally, never underestimate the power of a little fresh air.

    Another new study finds that kids with ADHD who are exposed to regular "green time" -- time to play in an open area outside, not just a playground -- have much milder symptoms than kids who are cooped up inside.

    Put it all together, and you get a pretty simple formula: normal food + normal activity = a normal kid.

    Just make sure your kids get their sleep, too. Keep reading to find out why.

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