Thursday, February 25, 2010

ATTENTION DEFICIT Friday 19th February 2010

The big news this week is that some expert in Western Australia (the ADHD capital of the world has discovered that feeding children with ADHD with amphetamine isn't the best thing to do. Well hello!

This is just another example of what happens when the medical and pharmaceutical industries take control of a non-medical problem.

If you

- coop kids up in cages all day and deprive them of the ability to race around using up surplus energy

- feed them massive doses of sugar

- feed them foods and chemical additives to which they are intolerant and allergic

- fail to give them firm but loving boundaries

There is some chance they'll become uncontrollable, particularly by

- teachers who want them to sit down and shut up all day

- parents who can't control them.

Now it may be a bit more complicated than that.

My theory is that some children who are deprived of physical activity become over-active.

In adults, those deprived of activity are more likely to become depressed. Maybe these are the ones who need the amphetamine.

In fact, I wonder whether this could become a legitimate drug therapy for depression? If you're depressed you need speeding up!

On the track
After nothing on Thursday I belted out 40 minutes on the stepper all at level 8. That's a good workout. 807 steps and 610 calories.

In the meantime stay tuned and whether you're a kid or an adult, get as much aerobic exercise as you can. If you're a kid, and leave school at 14.

John Miller

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