ADHD PANDEMIC: Farewell to a Generation
Several years ago, Al Gore took the stage and presented that we were facing a dramatic climate change. That may be, but I know today we are facing not just the one he spoke of, but another that is just as severe that we must deal with utilizing the same urgency.
The perception and climate of our children's health is diminishing as 1 in every 5 will be diagnosed with a neuro-developmental disorder. The most common of these in both boys and girls is ADHD.
As a culture, if we continue to look only to the "quick fix", if our default is set to the setting of, "take another pill" and not exploring the causes of these conditions, we undoubtedly will have failed an entire generation.
Have you ever questioned why with all of the prescription drug commercials currently that you don't see any commercials for Ritalin® or Adderall? That's because when profits are high they don't need to advertise. When their sheeple continue to fill our elementary, middle and high schools full of returning customers, the drugs sell themselves.
Abraham Lincoln once said that we must disenthrall ourselves from the old dogmas of the past to deal with the stormy present to save our country. I could not agree more. Watching time and time again mothers come into my clinic confused, angry and beat up from having endured the practices that have been formed, not to meet the circumstances of this century, but to try and cope with the superannuated practices and circumstances of previous centuries.
We have built our healthcare on the model of fast food. This model fails always when applied to health because it is standardized. The model of health that parents should be seeking is that of a Michelin restaurant, where standardization is despised, and where it is customized to the present circumstances. We have been sold a fast-food model of healthcare for too long, and it has exhausted the vitality of our children's health.
Sir Kenneth Robinson stated, "We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish."
This to me and for many of my patients is the current pinnacle of actual healthcare. Establishing internal neuro-communication allows for a balanced and properly functioning internal condition. As Robinson states, to flourish is not a mechanical process but one that is organic and as a farmer tends to his crops for proper growth and development, we too must do the same for our children as we create proper internal conditions for them to thrive.
Dr. Nathan R. Wall
Pediatric & Family Health Specialist