Michael Phelps, gold medalist swimmer in the Beijing Olympics, broke the world record for holding the most Gold Medals, 8!
In an interview with his mother by Baltimore, Maryland’s WJS, CBS affiliate, television station, she explained that Michael was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9 years old. She first tried the route of behavior modification and medication, but then stopped the medication when he was 11. She decided to keep him on a regimented schedule and let him do his favorite sport, swimming, which burned up a lot of that extra energy.
“I said, maybe he’s bored,” Ms. Phelps recalled saying to his teacher. “Her comment to me — ‘Oh, he’s not gifted.’ I told her I didn’t say that, and she didn’t like that much. I was a teacher myself so I didn’t challenge her, I just said, ‘What are you going to do to help him?’”
Her decision to not keep him on drugs changed his life. Look at him now!
You know all the publicity that Michael created by his mother’s success in treating his hyperactivity without medication had shaken Big Pharma (The Pharmaceutical Industry). Yes. They were so scared they decided to hire his mother, Debbie Phelps as a spokesperson, ADHD Specialist, Dr. Patricia Quinn as a consultant and three other ADHD mothers to run a FACEBOOK page entitled ADHD Moms. Debbie Phelps is now advocating that medication and therapy is the way to go. Can you believe this? Here she was advocating no drugs then turns around and, for money, takes a job saying it is the way to go. Leave it to Big Pharma to pay people off to shut up! It must be a big pay check!
The FACEBOOK page, announced July 9, 2008, is sponsored by McNeil Pediatrics, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. McNeil Pediatrics™, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., owned by Johnson and Johnson. They are known as the makers of Concerta, a psychostimulant prescribed for ADHD.
Janssen, another Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., manufacturers Risperdal, the anit-psychotic drug prescribed in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar mania, and irritability associated with autistic disorder.
Since the FACEBOOK page has personnel hired by a pharmaceutical company it really cannot be trusted because of the conflict of interest. They even set it up as a page instead of a blog, where one could leave comments or ask questions, which defeats the whole purpose if you are trying to help others. This just stops others from giving non-drug recommendations.
Janssen Pharmaceutica provides funding, in the form of grants for ADHD research, to Boston University School of Medicine, along with a host of other pharmaceutical companies. This is why research itself now a days cannot be trusted.
It was an earlier belief that children grew out of the disorder of ADHD until Big Pharma came along with their drug pushing. Now many children are being drugged unnecessarily. Of course children can grow out of hyperactivity. There have been studies that show that though some children’s brains develop slower than others, they usually catch up and mature in three years and are not as hyper as they once were. Toxins, food allergies, refined sugar, lack of exercise, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, too much television and more can be the cause of this condition as well. ADHD medications just add fuel to the fire. Why drug a child when there are alternative things you can do?
For the dangerous side effects of ADHD medications and alternative treatment see the following articles:
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