“Ah doctor, my son has acne. What can I do?”
“Oh I can prescribe this…”
“Hi doctor, my daughter is upset. What do I do?”
“Have her take these…”
“Help me doctor, my child is hyper-active. What can be done?”
“Swallow these twice daily after meals…”
If you’re real quiet and listen carefully you can hear me throwing up.
More and more children nowadays are slowly poisoned with prescription drugs. Drugs that have sometimes been pushed through trials very quickly with no way of gaging long term effects. Take for example the acne medication “Roaccutane”. A friend of mine was prescribed this when we were at school. He took this for more than 2 years. Recently Roaccutane has been linked with a number of severe side-effects – some of the worst including clinical depression and suicidal tendencies!! Thanks doc…
The problem is doctors get paid for doling out pills. Fore some it is becoming increasingly hard to make the kind of money they used to, so the temptation is there to get prescription happy. Then there are the hard-line doctors, the staunch defenders of medicine who will shield the system with downright aggression. To them any other forms of treatment that stray from the accepted “norms” are to be treated with utter contempt.
Doctors aren’t the only ones peddling these drugs, schools are also getting in the act. I know of schools that have their own nurses going from class to class medicating. It seems that if a child exhibits some boredom or defiance they are more often than not branded A.D.D (Attention Deficit Disorder). Quickly – we must have them eat these legal speed pills to help them concentrate…
Excuse me but I can feel my stomach rising again.
Which brings me to my point. It is rare that doctors ever question what a child is eating or drinking. The amount of food additives, sugar and artificial crap that is in the average child’s diet beggars belief. No wonder so many kids are nuts! Many studies and real life experiments have shown that once these foods and drinks are curbed a large percentage of these so-called A.D.D children miraculously change.
But where is the money in that?
I realize that there are genuine cases of A.D.D, depression and the like (such as chemical imbalances) that should definitely be treated medically. Nor am I saying that all doctors are money grubbing crooks. This is certainly not true. I am simply trying to address the gross over diagnosis that is rife in our communities.
It is so important that we feed our children properly. At least when an adult has a bad diet, it is entirely one’s own choice. Kids do not have that luxury, they rely on us to do what is right for them. We must insist on providing them with the best possible platform to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Anything else just isn’t fair…