Save the children.
As we enter the final month of the year, it is important to look over your life and recognize your strengths and weaknesses. As we complete our day-to-day tasks, life can seem to go by swiftly, before you know it retirement arrives and your dreams are lost. We must remain conscious daily with appreciation and gratitude toward life. If you examine the last decade of your life, changes will be abundant. We have become consumed with working, taking care of others, and barely slowing down to relax and reflect. This fast paced lifestyle has become detrimental to our health because we are consuming processed foods, chemicals and pesticides resulting in an overactive system leading to depression and sleep disorders. We have moved away from natural sources, and have become a pill popping quick fix society.
Prescription drug use has been on the rise in the US over the last decade. Studies show that America is the leading country in prescription drug usage for both kids and adults. The study, published in the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief No. 42, says the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug rose from 43.5% in 1999-2000 to 48.3% in the 2007-2008 period. The report also says that in the 2007-2008 period:
- One of every five children and nine out of 10 older Americans reported using at least one prescription drug in the month prior to being surveyed.
- 22.4% of kids up to age 11 used at least one prescription drug.
- 29.9% of young people 12-19 used at least one prescription drug.
These statistics are alarming and disturbing. During the late 1980’s, the American Psychiatry Association added a new disorder to the Diagnostic manual known as ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), resulting in the increase of psychotropic drugs being prescribed to children. Today, the numbers are continuously rising. Children entering the public school system are being targeted for being young and playful. Young 5 year olds are required to sit still for a seven-hour school day and conduct themselves like adults. Today, the structure of school is not compatible with the natural nature of children. Administrators are focused more on test scores then the children’s well being and the classrooms are so packed, teachers don’t have enough time to focus on behavior issues.
There in no testing for Psychiatric medications on children under the age of six, and yet they are being prescribed to babies in alarming numbers. According to the National Institute of Mental health, “medications are used to treat the symptoms of mental disorders, not cure them”. Todays children are being used as guinea pigs in a real life experiment and the long term effects from these drugs are unknown.
In the past, when kids became ill, medication was a last resort? Parents would put kids in baths to bring a fever down, flush their sinuses with a neti pot, cod liver oil was a staple in every household, and bone broth chicken noodle soup was a cure all. Antibiotics were not a household name and children were not medicated for made up psychiatric conditions.
Are we turning our children into real life robots? Are we so distant from Mother Nature that we are accepting society altering our foods, vaccines, and now our children? It is time to wake up and save our children. They are the future. If we don’t change these practices, our next generation will be walking zombies. They will have no control nor need for feelings or intimacy. We have witnessed numerous societal changes within our lifetime. It is natural and beneficial for a culture to advance and thrive, however, some changes need to be examined and questioned as to its validity in our society today and tomorrow. Urge your elected officials to say no to childhood medications, share this information with a friend because each one must teach two. And above all, say no to drugs in your own family. Know your rights and stay informed. The future of our children is depending on our choices today.