Doctor Explains: ADHD Only Exists to Make Money for Big Pharma
Richard Saul, behavioral neurologist at Castle and Connolly Best Doctor in Chicago, does not believe that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) exists.
Saul explains: “I have found more than 20 conditions that can lead to symptoms of ADHD, each of which requires its own approach to treatment. Raising a generation of children—and now adults—who can’t live without stimulants is no solution.”
According to a new report , the number of adults taking a pharmacological drug for ADHD has risen to 53% in the young 20-somethings.
Saul explains that ADHD has become “an easy catchall phrase that saves time for doctors.”
In this world “as a population, [we] are more distracted today than ever before” and Saul is concerned that the label ADHD is being tossed around for the profit of the drug companies.
In the 1930s, Charles Bradley began using benzedine on children who were diagnosed with behavioral problems.
Bradley was able to get these test patients to improve their performance with this drug and paved the way for other psychotropic answers to children’s natural tendency to be full of energy and short of attention.
In fact, Bradley set the foundation for the pharmacological treatment of ADHD with benzedine.
Because ADHD was gaining popularity, more drugs such as Ritalin and Cylert became available and increased the stimulants children were being given to suppress their innately tenacious behavior.
In the 1980s adults were also targeted through the DSM III which “introduced a classification for adults with the condition.”
This led to more Americans covering up symptoms with stimulants without a worry of how the developing human brain will handle being synthetically altered.
Saul said: “Today, the fifth edition of the DSM only requires one to exhibit five of 18 possible symptoms to qualify for an ADHD diagnosis. If you haven’t seen the list, look it up. It will probably bother you. How many of us can claim that we have difficulty with organization or a tendency to lose things; that we are frequently forgetful or distracted or fail to pay close attention to details? Under these subjective criteria, the entire U.S. population could potentially qualify. We’ve all had these moments, and in moderate amounts they’re a normal part of the human condition.”
One good reason to keep people on stimulants under the guise of disease is because stimulants are highly addictive. Saul explains: “The body stops producing the appropriate levels of neurotransmitters that ADHD meds replace — a trademark of addictive substances. I worry that a generation of Americans won’t be able to concentrate without this medication; Big Pharma is understandably not as concerned.”
When a patient is taking stimulants for ADHD, the effects can range from:
• Increased anxiety
• Depressive moods
• Weight loss due to appetite suppression
• Erectile dysfunction
Saul warns that stimulants are a “short-term” answer which is meant to “serve as Band-Aids at best, masking and sometimes exacerbating the source of the problem.”
To break down the misconception, Saul explains that people diagnosed with ADHD are either 1) of a normal level of distraction considering our modern environment, 2) have more acute difficulties are require “individual treatment”.
Saul recommends to his patients diagnosed with ADHD:
• Healthy diet
• Increased exercise
• At least 8 hours of quality sleep
• Minimize caffeine intake
• Monitor cell-phone use
• Find something to be passionate about
Michael Kohn, staff specialist who makes a living working with ADHD diagnosed children commented: “[Saul] is saying, ‘My personal experience outweighs all the scientific evidence available to people, my information is going to be more persuasive because it creates fear and concern.”’