Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My kids are drug addicts and they're only 10

A recent article DR. Claudia Anrig raised awareness about the alarming increase of prescription drugs given to children. the article is featured in the "To Your Health" magazine and can be found online at the following link:
Here are a few of the highlights from the feature article:

In December 2010, The Wall Street Journal reported the latest findings by Medco Health Solutions Inc., which determined that roughly one in four children and 30 percent of adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 are taking a medication for a chronic condition in the United States. Nearly 7 percent of children are taking two or more such drugs, according to the company's research for 2009.

Some believe this trend is just the result of doctors and parents becoming more aware of drugs as an option for kids, but the problem remains that many of these drugs have not been tested specifically for the pediatric population. Danny Benjamin, a Duke University pediatrics professor, is specifically concerned about the well-established drugs since the pharmaceutical companies have no incentive to test them. "We know we're making errors in dosing and safety," said Benjamin

"Atypical antipsychotics are extremely powerful drugs that are being used far too commonly - especially in children - given their safety issues and side effects," says Dr. David Musina.

A Worldwide Problem

As with most trends in the United States, other countries like Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia tend to follow suit. For instance, despite the guidelines set forth by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the number of prescriptions written in the U.K. for Ritalin is up 33 percent and in Canada, the use of ADHD drugs increased almost 50 percent between 1999 and 2004, according to IMS Health Canada. Although no current figures are available, there are very real concerns regarding the continued increase in the number of prescription drugs being given to Canadian children.

The Solution

Your chiropractor's primary goal when caring for you and your children is to allow the body to heal itself naturally. That means using conservative treatment options first, rather than turning to medication. In many cases, particularly regarding some of the pediatric conditions treated heavily with drugs these days (diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep problems, asthma, etc.) lifestyle modifications including exercise, nutrition, weight loss and stress reduction can go a long way - without drugs - to improve your child's health. Talk to your chiropractor for more information.

There are some very alarming facts and trends highlighted in this article. Every parent needs to know there is another option! Clearly the most dangerous and expensive route is prescription drugs. It is evident that the parents only want what is best for their children and in hopes to help their children's health they reach out to the only source they know: medicare. However there is a better way. Our hope is to raise awareness for all you loving parents out there searching for the safest way to raise healthy kids! And that is what we are all about here at Chiropractic4Kids&Families!

To finish up this article here are some scary facts:

Drugging Our Children?

Many of the prescriptions or refills dispensed to children and teens in 2009 were for conditions not normally associated with children. Take a look at these staggering statistics (from most to least dispensed):

kid with globe Asthma drugs: 45.388 million

  • children 0-9 years: 28.252 million
  • children 10-19 years: 17.136 million

ADHD drugs: 24.357 million

  • children 0-9 years: 7.018 million
  • children 10-19 years: 17.339 million

Antidepressants: 9.614 million

  • children 0-9 years: 1.026 million
  • children 10-19 years: 8.588 million

Antipsychotics: 6.546 million

  • children 0-9 years: 1.396 million
  • children 10-19 years: 5.150 million

Antihypertensives (treatment for high blood pressure): 5.224 million

  • children 0-9 years: 1.819 million
  • children 10-19 years: 3.405 million

Sleep aids: 307,000

  • children 0-9 years: 14,000
  • children 10-19 years: 293,000

Non-insulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes: 424,000

  • children 0-9 years: 30,000
  • children 10-19 years: 394,000

Statins (treatment for high cholesterol): 94,000

  • children 0-9 years: 11,000
  • children 10-19 years: 83,000

1 comment:

Life Go's On! said...

I have a 7 year old son with Autism.I agree that there are to many people putting there children on these drugs as a first option. having said that I am so thankful there are other options for my son such as meds. if it were not for the meds he as a child would not beable to survive his day. We have tried so many things and in the end it comes down too we don't know what we would do with out them. Life would be a pure hell for him and us. But I also believe that parents need to read all they can on the drugs before putting there child on it and not just taking the Dr.s word for it.