Monday, January 19, 2009

The Drugging of Our Children

The amount of drugs distributed to American children is alarming to say the least. Seventy five percent of prescription drugs do not have labeling indications for children, so doctors are left with the decision on whether or not they are safe to prescribe without having any studies to rely on. Much too often children end up with far worse side effects (including fatalities) than the problem the drug is intended to treat.

What's worse is that childhood psychological problems are now treated with drugs. U.S. children are getting three times more antipsychotic prescriptions than children in other countries. Does it sound radical that without the presence of a single doctor, the court can decide to put a child on five powerful anti-psychotic drugs, even though none of these drugs have been approved by the FDA for use in children? That actually happened, hard to believe, isn't it?

Parents often opt for a pill for their kids rather than taking on the responsibility to change their family's lifestyle and diet in order to help their children overcome diseases and illness. The problem is that neither the FDA, USDA, nor the CDC want to address the causes of all these childhood problems that have been skyrocketing over the past two decades with the introduction of aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, msg, and a concoction of artificial flavors, colors, and additives. And let's face it, most parents are too busy raising their children to research this and make their own decisions when the government organizations fail to do so. Unfortunately, too many parents will choose the '5 minutes in the microwave' frozen dinner with a list of 40 ingredients rather than spend the time making a meal from scratch. I urge you to take control of the health of your family, nobody else will. Stop wasting your time going gaga over the stroller this celebrity has for her baby or the baby carrier that star was photographed with last week, there are more important things in life - like your own family, not someone else's.

This is not about 'going green', what a lame and overused phrase. This is about going back to common sense that is so lacking these days, when 'green' was ordinary and did not need a special word. When all food was organic and apples weren't smothered with pesticides and coated with wax. When you did not have to read the label to find out what kind of chemicals are in a product, food was simply food.


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