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Politcally Incorrect Musings
Speaking of ineffective medicines... 
18th-Mar-2008 08:29 am
science
If you are not "friended" you missed my previous post. Really... this ties in. Ritalin may not be what you need.



Diet change gives hyperactive kids new taste for life in Norway

by Nina Larson Sun Feb 24, 1:52 PM ET

STAVANGER, Norway (AFP) - Tears streak Rita's cheek as she recalls what it was like trying to figure out what was wrong with her son more than a decade ago, but she breaks into a smile when she explains how changing his diet made all the difference.

"I could tell something was wrong with him as soon as he began eating solids as a baby. It was if the food was draining him," says Rita, 50, describing how her son Christoffer had yoyoed between passive and hyperactive behaviour until she had removed several staples from his diet including milk and grains. [...]

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Sometimes it is the simplest things that can make a big difference. This is my problem with the traditional approach of "modern" medicine. Most of it is centered around quick fixes and symptom relief. Only on occasion will they actually try to find the actual cause.

If doctors would take a more holistic approach, I think more medical problems would be solved. By holistic, I don't mean using herbs and homeopathic stuff (although I don't rule out herbs, but they are drugs, too - homeopathy? it is WATER, folks!). I mean looking at the whole: diet, exercise, sleep, conditions surrounding your daily life, and so on. How many people would be able to get off their meds by simply drinking more water and less Coke? Or by changing jobs? Or by getting more sleep? Or by NOT eating a diet of mainly fast food? By taking vitamins? The list goes on.

Patients are partly to blame. They have been told they can do what they want without consequence - "all you need is this little pill" or "it's not your fault". So they don't want to change their lifestyle. They believe the lie that life can be one of convenience and be lived without consequence.
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