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Welcome back to foxnews.com live I'm Jonathan Hunt if you have children.
You know all about Ridley and it's one of the drugs that is apparently according to some -- -- Being overprescribed right now -- -- he prescribed for attention deficit.
Hyperactivity disorder now we're fortunate enough to have on the set with us today doctor -- little -- Co-founder of the brain that balance centers don't -- This is being prescribed the law one of the potential side affects all -- riddle in that parents need to be concerned about.
And there are a number of them.
One that well recognize is that.
Children tend to be shorter if they've been on it for a length of time it also seems to raise blood pressure slightly over time.
There is a chance of causing more -- like it -- type of problem.
-- there's also problems with psychotic symptoms and possibly increased suicide risk.
But the one that's most concerning is really that there's a cardiovascular risk.
Of sudden cardiac death there's been some studies have shown -- been as much as a 500% increase -- Of sudden cardiac death in certain particular children that might be at risk.
So don't walk walk should parents be aware of when they're discussing with this would -- go to one of the questions they need tip offs.
-- of the main things they they really should have clear cardiac.
It's being recommended that they -- KG he's going children and make sure that they are -- Those children that may be particularly at risk.
But I think.
What these most disconcerting right now than most of the people out there that are working with these children don't really understand what EDT here so tell us what it would mean what what are some of the misconceptions that they -- -- What I think is that is surely -- genetic disorder that.
There's nothing we can do about it and and more and more when we see the increase there's been almost a 1000% increase in the diagnosis.
So that recently the CD she came out and -- that.
10% one out of every ten children in the United States now is diagnosed with a BHT.
One -- -- 101101.
And that's -- really increase it's not just because we're more familiar with that -- diagnosing it better.
It's an actual increase so when you look at -- and increase like that.
You can't explain that in truly genetic terms meaning that they must be environmental factors that are driving that increase.
So understanding those environmental factors meaning that might be something to preventing it.
There is the number of research out -- talking about certain dietary issues as well as.
The amount of exercise the amount of time children are spending front of computers and TV.
Sedentary behavior these -- risk factors that seem to increase.
The chances of being diagnosed with a ADHD.
Now -- -- you would essentially saying.
Doctors stop prescribing this drug.
No I think that we all recognize that it's useful tool and clearly the research shows that in the majority of cases it seems to be safe.
There are risks however what I'm saying is that understand that there are ways that we can potentially correct or even eliminate.
ADHD in children without the use of drugs so that.
Drugs may be used on a short term to help reduce symptoms but at the same time parent should be doing things that can actually rehabilitate the brain is actually.
Correct the problem how -- we want.
You when you talk about rehabilitating.
The brain that sounds like a very big project for apparent technical what -- -- mean by -- what can they do simple things that they can -- Yeah it really isn't what we've been able to show our research -- that 88 he seems to be related to something known as a functional disconnection which means that.
There's an imbalance in electrical imbalance.
In the brain that seems to happen during development meaning one side of the brain particularly the right side of the brain in children will be BHD.
Isn't developing and maturing there's no damage there is no injury but -- not occurring as fast as it should.
And the left side of the brain basically is very strong the right side of the brain is in his -- isn't as strong.
And there is an imbalance that breaks them communication.
And this is what results in this symptoms that Wi fi which is this an even in this of skills these children are very good -- certain things and very.
-- goes really beyond serious food for those Paris to focus on the things of those kids aren't so good at and exactly.
And this is one of the things that I go through my book called -- -- kids but also what we focus on -- -- centers.
Is we put together a a comprehensive curriculum.
That includes specific physical exercise -- century type stimulation.
As well as academic.
Exercises in cognitive skills that are directed towards the weak side of the break.
So for instance a child listening to particular music in the left the year.
Watching things with.
With one thing you put -- along one side of the room -- the other may help.
-- stimulating one side of the body more than the other.
These are things that will stimulate one side of the brain and build it up.
And get it can't help us out -- it's as simple as that in some cases it is yes it is in and that's why in the book I go through very clear exercises.
Each child is different so -- -- the parent how to access their child.
Through checklists and and and different things that they can look at -- say where is their weaknesses.
And then they can put together a program.
That combines these different exercises and activities and that's the most important thing these problems are resolved mobile.
And then when they are resolved -- they don't need to be on the medication.
-- involved let me bring you you guys in -- both parents.
How concerned do you about the over prescription in some cases of these kind of drugs.
Very -- listening to you it's very interesting because you know one of the things that I and I don't I don't have any background in this book what I feel like.
Is that there's a lack of understanding both among.
People in the education field teachers who encountered these kids.
Parents who are under stress and then even doctors even pediatricians who you go to and they say listen we really do need to prescribe this so.
How just being -- to educate people on the fact that there are alternatives that that is not the only group you you need to go in because I can tell you.
They are there are kids in -- surprise in the numbers of kids you know when your own community.
Who are taking these kinds of drugs and you know these are kids -- been almost -- it seems as kind of out of control and you know their -- parents under enormous stress.
With very little support in the less money you have -- -- support you have which -- you know huge problem prepare.
You bring -- a very good point I mean these problems.
Including things like ought to isn't correct OCD they fall into the cracked meaning they're not really.
There in the education realm then not really considered health care problems per say.
And when I -- -- my lecture and I try to educate.
I asked them do what do they know about what's actually happening in the brain in the answer is always nothing.
They have no idea whether it's pediatricians whether it's teachers whether it's educators -- psychologist.
They don't know what's happening in the brain and if you don't know what's happening how do you know have to potentially -- -- what to do with it.
And so there the answer the quick answer is let's Medicaid.
And the lack of understanding is really what leads to a lot of the problems so -- doing a lot to try to educate people on this and obviously you know trying to get the word out there won't -- and you -- you -- Good sense that I'm in molten parenting sometimes.
There's a temptation to think.
Poll of diagnosis ADHD that's good oh my responsibility goes away I -- -- it for you took the words right out of my mouth because that's exactly what I think is going on -- I live in one of these communities -- -- a lot of pressure to get your kids in the best schools and as soon as a kid doesn't performance like that activity top level.
Well clearly there's a medical problem because it gave -- the jeans and I -- my kids a brilliant -- they're obviously Bryant.
The teacher seems to be okay so there must be a medical problem here and so that you know it's -- left brain activity so I guess that's logic can and reading analysis and things like that.
-- -- impaired by this kind of problem and some people default inaudible that must be -- -- Russia when we need to -- right why we don't have time so yelled please Medicaid.
Exactly and that's you know also leads the confusion because a lot of people then because these kids they look normal they don't seem to have any health problems.
They -- are very good and certain things so right away that teachers.
Think we'll to motivation issue the child just doesn't want to try hard enough at certain things.
And maybe people will brush often say well they're you know they're -- just -- parent being or did you just looking at try to resolve a problem because they don't wanna spend time with their children.
And some of it is that -- the vast majority of it it's a real problem it's a neurological issue in the brain.
And it needs to be dealt with and that's why there you -- it's very important to raise awareness that there are these particular problems and there are actually ways of dealing with it.
So this this season but this is a responsibility.
A joint responsibility don't it is.
And parents both need to be thinking hard about prescribing drugs like Ritalin yes and teachers need to be involved in this as well because really.
You know doctors play a certain role -- where they prescribe medication but really the people deal with these issues of the teachers are the people that are in the education world.
They're the ones that really deal with this every day so their awareness than many teachers will -- parents you have to get your child Medicaid.
So it really -- the whole community really needs to be aware of what's happening and understand what these problems actually are what the alternatives are.
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