Friday, October 7, 2016

When You Learn THIS About ADHD Meds, You'll Be PISSED

Big Pharma has a secret they don't want you to know
about what they're dosing your children with...
So, I have this fierce mama in my world, Mama B. She's a mom who knows her stuff. She's raised or is raising seven kids, including a profoundly disabled adult son, and is an adoptive mama to a child of trauma. She's the kind of mom who causes educators, administrators, medical professionals, and more to quake in their boots when she walks into a meeting, because you can bet the farm she's done her research. 

I say all this because it's important to understand that Mama B is not the type of woman to "go with the flow," or "take it on faith" when it comes to her children's education or health. 

Her young son, "T," was diagnosed with food dye sensitivity in preschool. For those not familiar with the effects of dye sensitivity, it can look like any number of these things:

Red dyes have been associated with aggressive, impulsive behavior in children, tantrums, meltdowns, hitting, kicking, physical aggression, and more. 

Yellow dyes have been linked to insomnia, restlessness, hyperactivity, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. 

Blue and green dyes have been linked to similar problems. 

Naturally, the ever-vigilant Mama B makes sure her son's allergy and sensitivity to dyes is noted with every medical professional he sees. 

When T was diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten and his medical professional suggested a regimen of daily medications, it wasn't a decision Mama B took lightly. She'd already researched the correlation between dyes and behavioral problems, and since removing dyes from T's diet, she had seen some improvement, but he still struggled with certain behaviors and had difficulty controlling himself, getting and staying organized, concentrating, sleeping, and more. 

In desperation, she and her family decided to give the meds a try.

That was seven years ago. Since then, T has received his daily dosage of ADHD medication, and the problems don't seem to be improving. If anything, they seem to be getting worse. 

I was at Occupational Therapy with my littles today when I began to receive a steady stream of frantic, outraged, angry text messages from Mama B. She was live-texting me from the doctor's office and pharmacy, and relaying to me the shitstorm that was going down, in real time.

See, Mama B found out today that the medication she's been giving to her son -- her dye-sensitive son -- every day for the last seven years CONTAINS RED DYE. 

How is this possible?

How is it that the very medication that is supposed to TREAT symptoms like these:

(This is a list of some ADHD symptoms; not all-inclusive. If this list sounds familiar, you're not imagining things... Check it against the list of food dye sensitivity symptoms, above.)

contains ingredients that can CAUSE the same symptoms?


Guess what... It gets worse. 

T's medication is called Vyvanse. It contains one or more of the following: D&C Red #28, D&C Yellow #10, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Green #3, and FD&C Red #40.

No problem... Just switch him to another medication, right?

Not so easy. Guess what? They ALL pretty much contain artificial dyes:

STRATTERA: FD&C Blue No. 2, synthetic yellow iron oxide, titanium dioxide, red iron oxide, and edible black ink 

FOCALIN: FD&C Blue No. 1 #5516 aluminum lake (in the 2.5mg tablets); D&C Yellow Lake #10 (in the 5mg tablets)

FOCALIN XR: FD&C Blue #2 (in 5mg, 15mg, 25mg, 35mg, and 40mg doses); FDA/E172 yellow iron oxide (in 10mg, 15mg, 30mg, 35mg, and 40mg doses)
ADDERALLFD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake (7.5mg and 10mg doses); FD&C Yellow #6 Aluminum Lake (12.5mg, 15mg, 20mg, and 30mg doses)

ADDERALL XR: FD&C Blue #2 (5mg, 10mg, 15mg); red iron oxide, yellow iron oxide (20mg, 25mg, 30mg)

RITALIND&C Yellow No. 10 (5-mg and 20-mg tablets), FD&C Green No. 3 (10-mg tablets), lactose (some children with milk/lactose intolerance may experience behavioral meltdowns when consuming)

CONCERTA: synthetic iron oxides, titanium dioxide, lactose 

(Note: Iron oxide and titanium oxide, while "natural," have shown suggested links to health problems like asthma, respiratory issues, and even cancer... and what the heck are "synthetic iron oxides?")

Are you as pissed as I am?

I flashed back to the dozens of phone calls I've received from Mama B over the past several years... Nearly in tears, she'd say, "He's so out of control of his emotions. He's completely melting down. It's like he had red dye today... I have no idea where he's getting it."

Imagine how she felt today when she learned he DID have red dye all those days... And every other day. And that SHE was the one giving it to him, because even though his dye sensitivity is noted in every single one of his medical charts, no medical professional ever brought it to her attention, or bothered to research the ingredients before prescribing. 

In fact, it was her pharmacist who uncovered this dirty little secret, after Mama B had repeatedly expressed her concerns over the medication. The discovery resulted in the pharmacist and her co-worker spending a ridiculous amount of time reading tiny print on bottles and computer screens, looking for a substitute that T could take without further health issues. Both of the pharmacy employees were shocked when reading all those ingredients, and even commented that dyes such as those listed are banned in other countries.

Y'all, Big Pharma sure has put one over on us parents. You have to admit, loading up ADHD meds with ingredients that have a documented history of side effects that are nearly identical to ADHD symptoms is borderline genius, if you want to make sure parents and doctors keep reassessing the symptoms, and upping or adjusting dosages when the meds don't give the "desired" results.

But, I'm sure that's not it... Poisoning kids, making them sick with the very thing they're supposed to be treated for... That would be criminal, right? I mean, that would be illegal, right?

But it's not. It's totally legal. 

Wake up, folks... Big Pharma does NOT have your health in mind. It doesn't care about your aging parents. It doesn't care about your children. 

It cares about its profit. That's it, plain and simple. Big Pharma is keeping your disabled child disabled, and they're happily pocketing your money while they do it. 

1 comment:

  1. All perscription medicinal, ingredients active and inactive need to be in the Pharmesutical Database so as to *alert* pharmacies to take care of patients. I asked the Pharmacist: So, if my son who has anaphylaxis to shellfish and also myst avoid iodine, the way the ingredients in perscription are not computerized; It's possible for an ingredient like iodine to get passed over and my son could be given a RX with iodine? The answer: YES!


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