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Ritalin-Free Kids: Safe and Effective Homeopathic Medicine for ADD and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems Paperback – Jul 10 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (July 10 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761507191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761507192
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #583,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As its title indicates, this book strongly argues against the use of the drug Ritalin in the treatment of attention deficit disorder (ADD). The key to the authors' viewpoint lies in Chapter 3, headed "An Epidemic of ADD or a Matter of Overdiagnosis?" They point out that children, like the rest of us, live in "an extremely overstimulated society," with Nintendo replacing outdoor play, movies and TV stressing violence, and beepers providing instant and overly urgent communication. Children respond to the resulting stresses differently from adults and accordingly require different treatment. Because the authors are homeopathic physicians, they not unexpectedly prefer homeopathic solutions to the problem?a "whole person approach" that in some cases may be combined with traditional treatments. In any event, they make a reasonably convincing case for the idea that drugs can be both misapplied and overused and that chemical panaceas are not always the best answer. Recommended for public libraries.?Natalie Kupferberg, Ferris State Univ. Lib., Big Rapids, Mich.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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If the current trend continues, eight million American children will be taking stimulants for ADD by the turn of the century.

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I've been using/studying homeopathy for 8 years. Using homeopathy is not a quick fix, and you will find that it may be necessary to use different remedies over a period of time as you start eliminating symptoms. With 1 child on the autistic specturm and another child with dyslexia and ADHD, I can say that you have to also include dietary changes and behavior modifications, and various necessary therapies. I found homeopathy an aide to these therapies. In the past 2 years both children have improved so much, that I actually had to argue with the school that my high functioning autistic child was still autistic but the symptoms are more subtle. He has never been on any medications. My ADHD child is on Zoloft, which helped tremendously with his anxiety. With homeopathy remedies, he no longer tantrums, he's patient, has great long term memory and completes long term tasks with wonderful focus. This book has helped me find the other not used very often remedies to deal with the impulsivity and his slow response to auditory information. It might be that he will always need traditional medication for a chemical imbalance for his anxiety. I find the homeopathics help excelerate the healing process in both my children. This book is the best I've found so far, in eliminating the remaining individual symptoms of ADHD. Last year they were going to put my child on Ritalyn, now the Psychiatrist feels that it's not needed anymore.
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This book has not increased my confidence in homeopathy as a viable treatment for ADHD. At least half of this book is dedicated to reports of ADHD children who were put on homeopathic medicines to treat their conditions. Unfortunately, authors Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman don't spend a lot of time explaining exactly how homeopathy is supposed to work on ADHD children in the first place.
The authors cover the basics of homeopathy to a certain extent, but they never really get around to explaining the evidence in support of the premise that "Weaker is Stronger." In page 123, however, they state, "Homeopathy admittedly does not work on a biochemical level." Instead, they promote it as a form of "energy medicine."
The authors definitely seem to care about ADHD kids, and they do offer practical advice to parents on a strictly non-medical level. However, stories extolling highly-diluted substances that are supposed to tweak my "vital force" don't sway me as much as hard scientific data.
I have ADHD, and I take Ritalin to help keep it under control. If the authors can demonstrate the actual mechanisms by which homeopathic medications can cure or treat ADHD in a clinical setting, I'm all ears. I like to keep an open mind, but not so open that my ability to reason falls out.
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Ritalin-Free Kids has changed our lives. I have taken my daughter to see Dr. Ullman and she is now a new person. She was border line ADD and the next step was Ritalin. There were so many things she was not able to do. Ride her bike, swim, go across the monkey bars, tie her shoes, control her emotions and more. She also had unusal dislikes. She could not stand the smell of any fruit product or buble gum. She did not like any fruit drink or punch. At 18 months of age, she suddenly stop speaking and did not start again until age 3. Her speech came only after I enrolled her in a special education class for speech. Traditional doctors have not been able to explain why this occured, but Dr. Ullman could. My daughter can do all the activities I listed eariler. It was turly a Godsend and I thank God for Physicians like the Ullmans. Everyone should consider this option before putting themselves or their children on addictive drugs like Ritalin. Homeopathy should be our first option, not our last..BUY THIS BOOK, YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID.
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Excellent, concise, easy to follow. If you have a child who's behavior is causing you and their teachers/caregivers concern (whether it's ADD/ADHD or not), or that their personality is just too much to handle at times (too intense, obsessive, easily overwhelmed etc), or you are adverse to the possibility of your child having to take Ritalin etc, this book is a must read! We have taken our daughter to a naturopatic physican for over a year now, and the treatment she has received has made all the difference in the world! This book will change your life (and that of your child/children).
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