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Doping up our children: antidepressant drug prescriptions for kids are skyrocketing while nutritional cures remain ignored

Monday, May 24, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: junk food, prescription drugs, drug companies

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As a nation, we're doping up our kids on an ever-increasing array of dangerous prescription drugs. With millions of children already taking a powerful narcotic (Ritalin), now millions more are being dose with expensive drugs that alter brain chemistry and have been clearly shown to cause children to engage in violent acts and commit suicide.

You can thank the marketing and hype of the pharmaceutical industry for that, of course. Aided by the political influence of the FDA, drug companies are attempting to hook as many people on as many "lifetime" prescription drugs as possible. They've already demanded that 40 million Americans start taking statins immediately, and most doctors (who show a remarkable ability to stand upright, given that they have no spines) are more than willing to go along and crank out the prescriptions.

Use of prescription antidepressants has skyrocketed in our youth: a nine percent annual growth rate seems to be the current trend. But are all these kids really depressed? Hardly: they're simply malnourished. By consuming massive quantities of soft drinks, processed foods, fast foods, junk foods and added sugars, our children and teenagers are altering the natural balance of chemicals in their bodies brains. Rather than prescribing good nutrition and exercise habits, doctors prescribe yet more chemicals that only mask the symptoms. What these kids need is real food, not expensive prescription drugs that cause them to commit suicide. (They also need natural sunlight, it turns out. Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in the U.S. population, and most people remain irrationally afraid of the very thing they need to achieve mental balance: natural sunlight.)

Truly, our modern medical system is mad. Instead of helping people get healthy, we pump them full of toxic chemicals and charge them thousands of dollars in drug fees. Instead of teaching doctors about nutrition and the causes of health, our medical schools teach them about prescription drugs, surgery and other radical procedures. And instead of having a federal agency looking out for the public health, we have the FDA that clearly does little more than protect the interests of drug companies. It's a system gone mad.

There's not a single person alive today who needs a lifetime of antidepressant drugs. But don't tell the drug companies. The more diseases they can project onto the entire population -- and the more doctors they can convince to operate like prescription writing factories -- the higher their profits. It's common sense: drug companies only make money when people take their drugs... and keep on taking them for a lifetime. But in this case, it's pure fraud. The prescription drug industry is nothing short of criminal, and most doctors are unwitting accomplices in a national scam that is threatening the mental stability of an entire generation. We don't need drugs, folks, we need nutrition, physical exercise and natural sunlight.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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