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ADHD, the Modern Myth

Posted on October 15, 2016 by Jeanne Roberts There have been 0 comments

According to a 2015 study by Northwestern University, some researchers define creativity as the “inability to filter irrelevant sensory information”.

That, BTW, is the way most doctors define ADHD, ADD, and even some forms of autism. This definition is also favored by an unfortunate number of psychologists, neurologists, and Master’s degree-level counselors.

But what if these professionals are wrong? In fact, what if they have been wrong all the time, and many of today’s adults took Ritalin just to make their teachers (and parents, even peers) more comfortable? Because the one outstanding universal trait of humanity is the desire to fit in.

The only exceptions to this rule are the geniuses: the artists, scientists and visionaries. These individuals, from Joan of Arc, Aristotle, and Pascal to Nicolas Tesla, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking, did not want to fit in. They never even considered fitting in. They were, in fact, so intellectually gifted, that they couldn’t fit in.

We’re not talking merely apples and oranges, but grapes and watermelons! The truth is, geniuses live on the periphery of society, and still manage to change it forever.

Leaky Sensory Gating, the Key to Creativity?

Northwestern researchers used observations about “sensory gating” – a very early form of attention – to arrive at their conclusion.

The unit of measurement used was p50 ERP, or a neurophysiological response to an input that takes about 30 milliseconds. The scope of measurement included divergent thinking and real-world creative achievement.

The first, divergent thinking, measures creative cognition by asking participants to offer several different answers within a limited amount of time. For example, the tester asks the color of an apple, and an individual’s number of responses within 10 seconds indicate the range of creative thinking.

The second, real-world creative achievement, measures the ability to block outside stimuli. Researchers demonstrated that easily distracted individuals were able to achieve a wider focus or take in a larger range of stimuli – the essential definition of creativity.

ADHD Does Not Exist…

At least according to author and neurologist Richard Sauk, whose book of the same name contends that actual victims of ADHD and ADD add up to zero.

In fact, contends Sauk, the two acronyms are merely an umbrella for a plethora of problems that have little or nothing to do with attention span – particularly in light of the fact that most 5- to 9-year olds have the attention span of a golden retriever waiting for a dog biscuit.

Sauk likens prescribing ADHD medicines like Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta with going to the doctor for a heart attack, getting pain killers, and then dying hours later of heart failure. Fortunately, ADHD patients don’t die. But they do develop a number of side effects.

  • Ritalin, a stimulant, is known or suspected to cause confusion, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, paranoia, and even hallucinations in children, as well as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (respiratory distress, severe illness and potentially death) and even infertility in adult females.
  • Adderall is an amphetamine (aka a psychotropic), and phony but deadly imitations are available via the Internet, according to the FDA.
  • Concerta is addictive, and is not recommended for individuals who have mental health problems.

In spite of this dubious portrait of ADHD medications, there are about 14 new formulations coming down the pipeline, at least six of which achieved Phase III/FDA approval in 2015 and will enter the marketplace in 2016.

These medicines are gold mines in a nation full of nervous children, thus it’s no surprise that pharmaceutical media touts the value of this expanding market.

Nor is it surprising that ADHD diagnoses have climbed by 43 percent since 2003, with youngsters up to 17 years old included in the new totals.

Sadly, as Sauk notes, ADHD/ADD behavioral labels, especially among children, are a nice, handy catchall for getting rid of small, noisy patients and their equally agitated parents.

ADHD Cures That Won’t Harm Your Child

ADHD, ADD, autism, and many other emerging illnesses have been linked to rising levels of manmade pollutants in our environment. To treat them, one doesn’t need a pill but a lifestyle change.

Fluoride is one culprit that has also been tentatively linked to Alzheimer’s and Down's syndrome. Both are caused by oxidative stress, notes Dr. Derek Lowe, Ph.D. This purely physical form of cellular stress is the result of air pollutants, various pesticides and herbicides, mercury, and sodium/aluminum fluoride. Chlorine, the water additive, is likely responsible for an in increase of 93 percent in various cancers, according to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality.

If the pills you give your ADHD-diagnosed offspring aren’t helping, ditch them in favor of filtered drinking water, water filtering showerheads, air cleaners in all rooms in your home, organic cotton fabrics in place of manmade fabrics, and “natural” chemicals for washing, cleaning and lawn/garden care.

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