(NaturalNews) Actor Channing Tatum, whose wife just gave birth to their daughter, recently revealed to Vanity Fair that he will refuse to medicate her if she ever develops a learning disability. The actor, who admits that he was medicated as a child for a learning disability, said that medication made him obsessive and like a zombie. He even compared popular drugs such as Dexedrine and Adderall to coke and crystal meth.
Tatum recognizes the dangerous effects these medications have on children
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 11 percent of school-age children have been medically diagnosed with deficit hyperactivity disorder and two-thirds of them take prescription drugs, such as Ritalin or Adderrall, which can lead to a variety of health problems, including impaired brain development, stunted growth and even sudden death. Although the FDA leads millions of Americans to believe that these amphetamine stimulants are perfectly safe, Tatum knows simply from experience that this is not the case.
Because he was a slow reader, Tatum's father put him on medication, which he claimed became addicting "like any other drug." He said it only worked for awhile and caused him to suffer from "wild bouts of depression." He added, "I understand why kids kill themselves."
The media keeps people from asking real questions about ADD and how to treat it
This admission is a far cry from what Americans are used to hearing in the media and through advertising. Sudden deaths and drastic negative side effects from ADD and ADHD medications are rarely reported on and pharmaceutical advertisements play on parents' fears that their children will never lead normal lives if they aren't medicated.
Parents who do attempt to research the topic themselves are often confronted with one-sided articles such as this one in the Huffington Post, which continues to play on parents' fears, saying that "there are significant impairments and risks if ADHD is not treated." The author also understates valid reports about these medications' dangerous effects, saying that they are "sensationalized" and "provide no balance into the hundreds of thousands of kids, teens, and adults who have been helped by these medications."
Although Tatum did say that he believed some children do have a real need for medication, he insinuated that he will make parenting decisions based on his own experiences, despite what a doctor may say.
He concluded, "You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I will never do that to my child."
About the author: Marie Saffy is a business writer and marketing consultant based in Pennsylvania. She has worked in a variety of industries and her work in the mental health field ignited her passion for natural healing. She believes that living naturally is the only way to achieve true wellness.
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