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Hardcover The Hyperactivity Hoax: How to Stop Drugging Your Child and Find Real Medical Help Book

ISBN: 0312192878

ISBN13: 9780312192877

The Hyperactivity Hoax: How to Stop Drugging Your Child and Find Real Medical Help

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Each year, millions of children take Ritalin, which means thousands of doctors are diagnosing them with hyperactivity or ADD. But what do these diagnoses mean? Are drugs the answer for these illnesses? And most importantly, is your child getting the proper treatment for his or her problem? In "The Hyperactivity Hoax," neuropsychiatrist Dr. Sydney Walker cogently explores the medical minefield of hyperactivity and helps parents arrive at safe, effective...

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A Must Read !!!!

Put very simply, this could be the most important book you will ever read. It will change your life, your children's lives, your family life, and the way you view the medical and psychiatric community. If your child has been "diagnosed" with ADHD, ADD, or one of the other behavioral "disorders" or has been put on Ritalin, Aderall, or an anti-depressant, you owe it to yourself and your family to read this book.

I was his patient as a child.

After years of unsuccessful psychiatric work, school problems, and Ritalin, my parents found Dr. Walker. I was eight, and my parents and teachers were at a point where I was probably no longer going to be able to attend school and there was a possibility of being institutionalized. The rages that I would fly into would take a room apart. The animals and three other siblings in my family were continually terrorized. Babysitters refused to stay with us. It is hard to talk about this stuff now, as I am a thirty-something adult with a very healthy and happy life. I have a wonderful husband, a 17-month-old daughter, and a baby on the way. Dr. Walker diagnosed me as being allergic to gluten and as being a borderline diabetic who with strict diet management would hopefully never have to take insulin. My diet went into effect when I was eight, immediately after my parents brought me home from Dr.Walker's multi-day visit. It worked. I don't know how long the diet took to work because I was so young, but my parents said that the change was like night and day. A normal, healthy, child without Ritalin. In adulthood I still do not need insulin.It is not always easy to find out what the problem is. In fact, my parents probably spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars, many hours, and many trips to different doctors. (We visited Dr.Walker who practiced in CA, while we lived in AZ.) Boy do I owe my parents! But there can be reasons for such behavior that take some serious digging. Ritalin, often, is just a cover-up and a heck of a lot easier to do. But for sake of the health of the child please consider alternatives.

If you think your child might be ADD, read this book!

This book is for anyone who thinks their child might have ADHD. It gives strong arguments for not using Ritalin, but even more importantly, gives wonderful insight into other causes of your child's behaviors and common sense alternatives to Ritalin use. A great resource for anyone concerned about their active child!

The Most Important Book A Parent Should Read

I can not believe how much information was in this book! I am a parent who is an extreme skeptic when it comes to this whole ADD "fad" and this book gave me the information and the courage to question what exactly teachers and doctors are asking to do to my child. I am interested in knowing if there are parents out there who have read this book or who feel the same as I about this whole "hoax". Please e-mail me as I am looking for other parent's support on this issue. twalden1017@hotmail.com

This book is a "must read".

If you are at all concerned about medicating your ADD or ADHD child, you must read this book for an excellent, well-organized approach to finding out what is REALLY wrong with your child. Don't buy your child a life-long drug prescription for amphetamines based on a 15-minute evaluation by a provider who doesn't give your child a comprehensive physical examination. This book is a fast read with a lot of superior advice.
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