ADHD drugs linked to low bone density in children

Since attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) became an “official” condition in the 1980s, it’s become one of the most over-diagnosed ones out there.

When a child just can’t seem to pay attention…or sit still…doctors today are all too quick to hand over a bottle of pills. There are more than 4 million children taking ADHD drugs right now – and the number is increasing all the time.

And maybe these meds like Ritalin can keep children from bouncing off the walls – but they come with a lot more risks than most parents and grandparents are ever warned about.

In fact, they could be slowly eating away at the bones of a child you love.

Researchers just finished looking at data on more than 5,300 children who were regularly taking ADHD meds. And about a quarter of these children had lower bone density throughout their bodies, including their spines.

And, believe it or not, that’s not even the worst part.

One out of every four children had the bones of someone more than five times their age. We’re talking about 14-year-olds with the bones of people in their 70s!

Drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, and Strattera can also cause a host of other side effects – like making it hard to sleep and eat normally – which can just compound bone issues.

And, unfortunately, we’re putting more children at risk than ever before. Believe it or not, there are some doctors who have prescribed ADHD drugs to children as young as two years old.

Some of these children aren’t even potty-trained yet!

I’ve seen many cases in which children who show ADHD symptoms actually are suffering from an allergy or hormone imbalance…or are even being exposed to toxins.

So before you ever fill a prescription, get a second opinion from an allergist – or, better yet, a holistic doctor.

And remember that if a child in your life seems like a bundle of energy who is easily distracted and always on the go, he might not be suffering from any problem at all.

He might just be…a child.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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ADHD Meds Tied to Lower Bone Density in Kids, published online, nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157591.html

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