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Big Pharma’s Manufactured Epidemic: The Misdiagnosis of ADHD

According to the American Psychiatric Association, about 5 percent of American children suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), yet the diagnosis is given to some 15 percent of American children, many of whom are placed on powerful drugs with lifelong consequences. This is the central fact of the journalist Alan Schwarz's new book, ADHD Nation .

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

I don’t buy into the Big Pharma conspiracy.  I believe the increase in ADHD may lie in poor gut-brain connections being made in the first two years of life as the final microbial composition of the gut is being established.  If the neural networks aren’t correctly established, then the effects will linger for a lifetime. The most severe aspects would be autistic spectrum disorders and I feel that ADHD may represent a less severe manifestation.  However, I and others have shown that high-dose EPA and DHA can overcome some of these early “mis-wiring” consequences.  This would be greatly preferable to a lifetime of ADHD medication usage.

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