Ritalin-Free Kids: Safe and Effective Homeopathic Medicine for ADD and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems Paperback – Jul 10 1996
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From Library Journal
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.
If the current trend continues, eight million American children will be taking stimulants for ADD by the turn of the century.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is fantastic. I recommend it to any person who has a ADD/ADHD child. I truly possible to make your child better without Ritalin. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004
There is a phone number in this book that is wrong. It is my son's cell phone number. The number starts 408-421-05**. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by Ann Zeise
I had ADD. Ritalin is a terrible cure, but snake-oil might be worse. To anyone who is affected by these issues, I say look seriously at lifestyle: diet, sleep patters, and whether... Read morePublished on April 23 2001
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