Medicating a young child in the developmental years

Recent studies indicate a 330% increase in psychotropic drug use in children under age twenty over the past 10 years (study was over a population base of 990,000 individuals).  This is staggering, both for what it represents to us personally as families and parents, but secondarily to our culture and society.

There are many things that can be employed nutritionally to turbo charge the brain function and perhaps make drug intervention unnecessary.  Research finds everyday new applications of safe and known nutrients to assist the normal physiology of mentation and concentration.  These things work!  It is vital to try the lesser measures before beginning to medicate a young child in the developmental years, as it is so easy to interrupt the subtle mental, emotional and social evolution occurring.  Some people say that addictive patterns can be introduced in childhood pre-disposing individuals to addictions later in life.  Our children are not temperamental biological mechanisms with inherent Ritalin stimulant deficiencies – they are profound miracles of biochemical individuality.  They must be given the opportunity to achieve the full genetic potential.  It is vital that we find more natural means of supporting childhood developmental challenges, and only medicate if all other alternatives prove inadequate.