Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Is it FDA Approved? If so, RUN!!!

Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a bit but, honestly, doesn't it seem like we hear awful things about pharmacuetical drugs every time we pick up the newspaper? Last week researchers found that one in 12 children using methylphenidate experienced a 300 percent increase in levels of chromosome abnormalities, occurrences associated with increased risks of cancer and other adverse health effects.

It is important to note that this is the third piece of news in as many weeks highlighting serious risks associated with ADHD medications. First, Strattera linked to liver damage. Then, Canadian officials pulled Adderall off the shelves because Adderall has been linked to sudden death. Now, Ritalin is linked to conditions in the body that indicate cancer risk factors.The bottom line is that ADHD drugs are drugs. The body does not know the difference between a prescribed “legal” drug and a street drug - of which these are close cousins. For the sake of your body and your health (or your child’s body and health), seek out healthy alternatives to drugs.

1 comment:

freebirdofair said...

I have been taking Ritalin for
a couple of years and though it's
improved my adult ADD I have recently become a little wary.
There are so many things said that
scare me....I have anxiety as well
and it's my belief that I am helping one thing and provoking
another. Plus this news about
the cancer....has even more frightened. at the risk of sounding
like a big baby....It's the way
I feel.
So, I figured, I start taking
Strattera, instead of a stimulant
,but now I hear the Liver disease
factor...and I have Liver trouble
too!!! Help anyone with info.,!