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  • 2. Health Education and Ritalin

    2. Health Education and Ritalin

    This comment has been sent to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray

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    HEALTH EDUCATION AND RITALIN

    A.D.H.D. Diagnoses Worry Doctors: The Times’s Alan Schwarz on doctors’ growing concern about the skyrocketing use of A.D.H.D. medications in children.

    By ALAN SCHWARZ and SARAH COHEN Published: March 31, 2013

    A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise

    Nearly one in five (nearly 20%)  of high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    REMEMBER, There’s no definitive diagnostic test for ADHDno blood analysis, no brain scan, no genetic screen.

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    These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.

    The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 41 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall.

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    HEALTH EDUCATION AND RITALIN

    If this process starts at seven years old, the drug-taking affirmation has set a precedent in the child’s life that will likely continue through adolescence and adulthood. The covert message to the child: you need drugs to behave properly. And yet, the positive effects of ADHD drugs are so overwhelming that psychologists, pediatricians, school educators, juvenile court administrators, parents and counselors are now seen as remiss in their duties as supervising adults, if prescriptions are not written when two or more qualifying symptoms of ADHD are noted.

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    Children and Psychotropic Medication Use

    “Methylphenidate (generic for Ritalin) is a Schedule II
    central nervous system stimulant and shares many of
    the pharmacological effects of amphetamines,
    methamphetamine, and cocaine.”
    — U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

    HEALTH EDUCATION AND RITALIN

    Overcrowded public education routinely struggles with quiet and orderly classroom behavior, and children with behavioral disturbances are increasingly labeled with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) if they create ‘classroom-management’ problems for their teachers (symptoms of ADHD include a failure to keep quiet and a failure to sit still). What was simply referred to as ‘acting up’ or as ‘having ants in his pants’ just a few years ago, has now been classified as an official disorder and disease, requiring medication.

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    Ritalin and Ritalin-like drugs can result in a more subdued class, as many medicated children will talk less to others. A 1998 study showed that the majority of medicated children also become less interested in others and the U.S. Surgeon General in 1999 reported that, long term, ADHD medications do not benefit social skills and peer relationships.

    Mother’s Little Helper: The History and Evolution of …

    www.wellcorps.com/Mothers-Little-Helper-The-History-of-Amphetamin…

    Amphetamine, which was the predecessor to methamphetamine and originally called … Around 1955 college campuses became known for their location of ready … By Tony B. Rich and Meg Jordan, PhD, RN

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    To be continued…..

    Ritalin Mother’s Little Helper?

    The History of Amphetamine and Anti-Depressant Use in America

     

     


  • Update Facts on School Shootings

    Update Facts on School Shootings

     After the Oct. 24, 2014 Marysville WA School Shooting

    Herman Williams a Tulalip tribal executive, said in a TV statement “We must find out why this is happening and  a way to stop it.” (I can’t find his exact quote)

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    A Message From the Chairman

    Chairman Herman Williams, Sr. Responds to Tragedy at Marysville Pilchuck High School

    TULALIP, WA — October 24, 2014

    Our community is reeling from this experience, so we ask that the media and the public honor the families and our children in this time of grief.

    Sadly, we are now experiencing what has become A NATIONAL TREND, which we, as a society, must address. These are our children. They are suffering, and their lives will be forever changed.

    Chairman Herman Williams Sr., offered this statement:

    “Our priority is now on our children and young people. ”

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    The message from Chairman Herman Williams, Sr. really hit home with me.

    We share this priority on our children and young people and we share family members in the Marysville community. Twelve members of my family live, work and attend school in Marysville.

    I called Chairman Herman Williams on Tues. Nov. 4, 2014 at 10:45am and left a message for him, indeed “WE” must find out why this is happening and find a way to stop it!

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    Chairman Herman Williams, Sr.  returned my call on Dec. 3, 2014. It was not a long conversation.

    We  are both deeply concerned about the school shootings.

    Common sense dictates that new scientific based solutions to what has become A NATIONAL TREND,  must  be addressed

    Chairman Williams has meetings with influential people, he is in a position to uncover facts.  Those facts can be used to implement change.

    And,  Chairman Williams has the clout to demand those changes.

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    I did object to Marysville School District Superintendent Dr. Becky Berg recommendations.

    Censoring the board-approved core curriculum this year is not a solution, it is a problem.

    Kids need to talk about this.

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    I told Herman that I have researched the history, documented and posted many FACTUAL comments regarding the NATIONAL TREND  of school shootings.

    Including researching the Australian study of the Ritalin effect on Male, boys Puberty

    Case Report: Testicular failure possibly associated with …

    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…/P… National Center for Biotechnology Information

    by R Ramasamy – ‎2014 Sep 2, 2014Methylphenidate is a commonly prescribed treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, little is known about its adverse effects on the male …. Studies conducted in adolescent boys showed delays in puberty 10. … in Australia from 2009–2012: Focus on children, adolescents and …

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    I suggested that Chairman Williams visit my website.

    It was a very meaningful conversation.

    I hope providing the posted research and scientific documentation on school shooting, will help bring significant change to the governments/educators perception of how to stop this national trend.  

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    See my next posting “Who cares about School Shootings?”

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    We may never know what caused this school shooting?

    But, we have to start someplace FACTS WORK FOR ME.

    SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY NORMAL MALE, BOY’S  PUBERTY, TESTOSTERONE

    This would be the unmentioned un-drugged 10% of school shooters

     Has any Gov. Agencies investigation of school shootings ever included the testing of  individual shooters, male, boy students for ELEVATED TESTOSTERONE LEVELS?

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    SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY DRUGGED MALE, BOY’S  ON RITALIN PUBERTY, TESTOSTERONE

    This would be the documented  drugged 90% of school shooters

    Some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of RxISK.org, an independent website for researching and reporting on prescription drugs.

    Skip a pill go out and kill?

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    Below, United Nations released a report in February of 1996

    This would be the documented 10 percent to 12 percent of all male school (boys) children in the United States currently taking drugs.

    This would be the documentation  of the all male school (boys) children that consume over 90 percent of the 8.5 tons of methylphenidate produced worldwide each year

    The United Nations released a report in February of 1996 expressing concern over the discovery that 10 PERCENT TO 12 PERCENT OF ALL MALE SCHOOL (BOYS) CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES CURRENTLY TAKE THE DRUG, a rate far surpassing that in any other country in the world. Indeed, citizens of the United States, most of them well below the legal drinking or smoking age, now CONSUME OVER 90 PERCENT OF THE 8.5 TONS OF METHYLPHENIDATE PRODUCED WORLDWIDE EACH YEAR

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    In all of the research and documentation I have ever found  online..

    I have never found any mention of boys elevated puberty testosterone linked to school shootings

    I have never found any school shooting statistics, data or report, that links

    the normal male, boy testosterone timing factor, to timing of school shootings.

    So, I researched the elevated peak of testosterone at 8:00am for the 100% male, boy school shooters and linked the history and statistics on the morning school shootings by the 100% male, boy school shooters from 1960 to 2014. And I posted this on my website

    Behind My Back | Over 70 K-12 School Shootings?

    www.behindmyback.org/…/after-over-70-k-12-schoolshootings-in-ame…

    Nov 5, 2014 – After the Oct.24, 2014 Marysville WA School Shooting Herman … For more than a decade Some 90 PERCENT OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY BOYS, have been linked to a … 100% of K-12 school shooters are going through puberty … THE HIGHEST SERUM TESTOSTERONE LEVEL OCCURS IN THE …

    The bottom line

    Why am I the only person that has researched and reported on this 8:00am highest testosterone level in male, boys,  timing and linked it to the morning timing of  school shootings?

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    But what we do know and what government agencies have know is this.

    Earlier, later PUBERTY MAY TRIGGER AGGRESSION IN BOYS, researchers find

    Date May 3, 2010 Source: Penn State

    Puberty that arrives earlier or later in adolescent boys relative to their peers CAN TRIGGER CHEMICALS that are related to antisocial behavior, ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS, whose findings have key implications for parents with aggressive boys.

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    Conclusions: There is a link between T, DHT and EXTERNALIZING BEHAVIOR IN MALE ADOLESCENTS AT RISK FOR PSYCHOPATHOLOGY. Due to the findings of highest androgen levels in boys with persistent externalizing behavior, a role of androgens in the development of DISRUPTIVE or later antisocial disorders CAN BE HYPOTHESIZED.

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    This may appear to be redundant

    Hypothesize these scientific facts

    PUBERTY is a physical scientific fact

    TESTOSTERONE levels  are a physical testable scientific fact

    100% of all K-12 school shooters are boys, males.

    (Some 90 percent of school shootings by boys, have been linked  prescription drugs)

    100% of K-12 school shooters are going through puberty

    (unless they are on…  Ritalin delays puberty)

    100% of K-12 school shooters are producing  testosterone

    (unless they are on  Ritalin)

    The highest serum testosterone level occurs in the morning at around 8.00 a.m.

    The history of  school shootings starting and occurring in the morning.

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    October 24, 2014 – Marysville-Pilchuck High School 10:39 am – Marysville, Washington. Freshman Jaylen Fryberg 15,  shoots five people in the school cafeteria, killing one. A second victim dies of her injuries two days later; a third dies on October 31st. Fryberg dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Common sense dictates that a new scientific based solution to what has become A NATIONAL TREND,  must  be addressed.

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    Boy’s will be Boy’s

    Normal boy’s will produce testosterone going through puberty.

    Normal boy’s going through puberty may exhibit testosterone induced depression

    Normal boy’s going through puberty will exhibit testosterone induced antisocial behavior

    Normal boy’s going through puberty will exhibit testosterone induced aggressive behavior

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    GIVE THE BOYS SCIENTIFIC REASSURANCE

    Has any Gov. Agency, high school science or health class ever tested individual male, boy students for ELEVATED TESTOSTERONE LEVELS?

    Need A Testosterone Test?‎

    www.accesalabs.com/Testosterone

    Salivary tests of  testosterone, have become available to consumers over the Internet. 

    Testosterone Test Kits Explained – Healthline

    www.healthline.com › Healthline Networks

    Apr 22, 2014 – You may be tempted to test your testosterone levels using one of the home … All test your saliva rather than your blood, so that you can do …

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    How does  the high school curriculum discuss and educate boy’s on NORMAL PUBERTY behavior?

    GIVE THE BOYS SCIENTIFIC REASSURANCE

     TESTOSTERONE may screw up your thinking and behavior, THAT’S NORMAL

    YOU ARE JUST GOING THROUGH  NORMAL PUBERTY

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    Why has the government NEVER researched, connected, investigated, reported or even considered the physical facts of male, boy school shootings?

    Why have all school shooting been chalked up as some type of mental disorder?

    Has the government used the innocent victims of school shootings as “poster kids” to promote and pass federal regulations on gun control?

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     In all of the research and documentation I have ever found  online..

    I have never found any mention of boys elevated puberty testosterone linked to school shootings

     I have never found any school shooting statistics, data or report, that links

    the normal male, boy testosterone timing factor, to timing of school shootings.

    I researched the elevated peak of testosterone at 8:00am for the 100% male, boy school shooters and linked the history and statistics on the morning school shootings by the 100% male, boy school shooters from 1960 to 2014. And I posted this on my website

     

    The bottom line

    Why am I the only person that has researched and reported on this 8:00am peak testosterone level in male, boys and linked it to the morning timing of  school shootings?

     


  • Over 70 K-12 School Shootings?

    After over 70 K-12 School Shootings in America?

     After the Oct.24, 2014 Marysville WA School Shooting

    Herman Williams a Tulalip tribal executive, said “We must find out why this is happening and  a way to stop it.” (I can’t find his exact quote)

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    TODAY,  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014 IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS

    THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING……

    THE FEDERAL EXPERTS TRAINING  PLAN  TO PREVENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

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    K-12 SCHOOL THREAT ASSESSMENT & THREAT MANAGEMENT

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    TODAY,  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014

    WHAT IS THE PLAN IN WASHINGTON STATE?

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    BEHAVIOR THREAT ASSESSMENT SUMMIT – STATE OF ILLINOIS

    www.state.il.us/iema/training/behaviorsummit

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 8:00am-5:00pm. Registration will be …. School (K12) and Campus Behavioral Threat Assessment Training. 9:00a – 12:00p.

    K-12 SCHOOL THREAT ASSESSMENT & THREAT MANAGEMENT:

    SINCE 2000, FEDERAL AGENCIES including

    1. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,

    2. U.S. SECRET SERVICE, and

    3. FBI HAVE RECOMMENDED

     THAT K-12 SCHOOLS DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT BEHAVIORAL THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS TO PREVENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS AND OTHER SCHOOL VIOLENCE.

    This course provides instruction in school threat assessment best practices, guidance in developing and operating an effective school threat assessment team,

    strategies to allow information sharing, and hands-on experience

    4. using the recommended U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION /  U.S. SECRET SERVICE threat assessment procedures in several tabletop exercises.

    5. This course will be instructed by Marisa Randazzo, Ph.D., former chief research PSYCHOLOGIST,

     U.S. SECRET SERVICE.

    http://www.state.il.us/iema/training/behaviorsummit/

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    WHY QUESTION THIS FEDERAL RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGIST BEHAVIORAL THREAT ASSESSMENT?

    For more than a decade Some 90 PERCENT OF SCHOOL SHOOTINGS BY BOYS, have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

     There is no BLOOD TEST, NO single medical, physical, or other test for diagnosing ADD/ADHD.

    Drugging American MALE, BOYS WITH High doses of the drug methylphenidate(Ritalin) HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY SOLUTIONS to school shootings.

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    TIME FOR A NEW PLAN?

    GETTING PHYSICAL WITH SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

    PUBERTY IS A PHYSICAL FACT

    TESTOSTERONE LEVELS  ARE A PHYSICAL FACT

    100% of all K-12 school shooters are boys, males.

    100% of K-12 school shooters are going through puberty

    100% of K-12 school shooters are producing  testosterone

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    MALE Puberty, Testosterone

    Earlier, later PUBERTY MAY TRIGGER AGGRESSION IN BOYS, researchers find

    Date May 3, 2010 Source: Penn State

    Puberty that arrives earlier or later in adolescent boys relative to their peers CAN TRIGGER CHEMICALS that are related to antisocial behavior, ACCORDING TO RESEARCHERS, whose findings have key implications for parents with aggressive boys.

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    Conclusions: There is a link between T, DHT and EXTERNALIZING BEHAVIOR IN MALE ADOLESCENTS AT RISK FOR PSYCHOPATHOLOGY. Due to the findings of highest androgen levels in boys with persistent externalizing behavior, a role of androgens in the development of DISRUPTIVE or later antisocial disorders CAN BE HYPOTHESIZED.

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    THE HIGHEST SERUM TESTOSTERONE LEVEL OCCURS IN THE MORNING AT AROUND 8.00 A.M.

    MOST SCHOOL SHOOTINGS OCCUR IN THE MORNING.

    HYPOTHESIZE THIS

    to be continued…

     

     


  • Did Tom Sawyer Have ADHD?

    Did  Tom  Sawyer Have ADHD?

    THE ADHD-VENTURES OF TOM SAWYER  Having escaped from Aunt Polly, Tom Sawyer is “playing hooky” … HE CLEARLY HAS ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDERADHD

    IN PREVIOUS ERAS, SUCH BEHAVIOR WAS JUST AS PROBLEMATIC FOR ADULTS AS IT IS TODAY. Poor old Aunt Polly—how many times does she “fall to crying and wringing her hands”? In order to cope with Tom, she seeks names for his disorder—he is “full of the Old Scratch,” meaning the devil—and searches for ways to control him (“Spare the rod and spile the child,” she tells herself).

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    THE ADHD-VENTURES OF TOM SAWYER By Anne Applebaum   As a mother of boys, The strange comforts of reading Mark Twain? Twain draws such fascinating portraits of children whose behavior is familiar,  I find this weirdly reassuring…

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    As the grandmother of (8) grandsons, Twain draws such fascinating portraits of children whose behavior is very familiar. Indeed, even in 2014  one can be comforted and reassured

    When In fact…..

    Tom Sawyer turns out fine in the end. In 19th-century Missouri, there were still many opportunities for impulsive kids who were bored and fidgety in school. The very qualities that made him so tiresome—curiosity, hyperactivity, recklessness—are precisely the ones that get him the girl, win him the treasure, and make him a hero. Even Huck Finn is all right at the end of his story.

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    THE ADHD-VENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (full text)

    The strange comforts of reading Mark Twain in the age of oppositional defiant disorder.

    By Anne Applebaum

    Everyone remembers the whitewashing scene in THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER but how many recall the scene that precedes it? Having escaped from Aunt Polly, Tom Sawyer is “playing hooky” and teaching himself to whistle, when he suddenly spies a “newcomer” in his village—a newcomer with “a citified air.” Their conversation unfolds like this:”I can lick you!””I’d like to see you try it.””Well, I can do it.””No you can’t, either.”After that, the encounter deteriorates further (“Can!” “Can’t!”) until finally the two boys are wrestling in the dirt. Tom wins the battle—the citified newcomer is made to shout “Nuff!”—but returns home late and is thus commanded to whitewash the famous fence.Following this incident, the reader’s sympathies are meant to lie with Tom. But try, if you can, to strip away the haze of nostalgia and sentiment through which we generally regard Mark Twain’s world, and imagine how a boy like Tom Sawyer would be regarded today. As far as I can tell, that fight is not just “inappropriate behavior,” to use current playground terminology, it is also one of many symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder—ODD—a condition that Tom manifests throughout the book
    AND TOM IS NOT MERELY ODD. HE CLEARLY HAS ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER—ADHD—AS WELL, JUDGING BY HIS INABILITY TO CONCENTRATE IN SCHOOL. “The harder Tom tried to fasten his mind on his book, the more his mind wandered,” Twain writes at one point. Unable to focus (“Tom’s heart ached to be free”), he starts playing with a tick. This behavior is part of a regular pattern: A few days earlier in church (where he had to sit “as far away from the open window and the seductive outside summer scenes as possible”), Tom had been unable to pay attention to the sermon and played with a pinch bug instead.In fact, Tom manifests many disturbing behaviors. He blames his half-brother for his poor decisions, thus demonstrating an inability to take responsibility for his actions. He provokes his peers, often using aggression. He deliberately ignores rules and demonstrates defiance toward adults. He is frequently dishonest, at one point even pretending to be dead.WORST OF ALL, HE SKIPS SCHOOL—A BEHAVIOR THAT MIGHT, IN TIME, LEAD HIM TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH CONDUCT DISORDER, FROM WHICH HIS FRIEND HUCK FINN CLEARLY SUFFERS. I am not being sarcastic here—or at least not entirely. In fact, I’ve reread both TOM SAWYER AND THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN several times in recent years, precisely because Twain draws such fascinating portraits of children whose behavior is familiar, even if we now describe it differently. As a mother of boys, I find this weirdly reassuring: Although ADHD and ODD are often dismissed as recently “invented” disorders, they describe personality types and traits that have always existed. A certain kind of boy has always had trouble paying attention in school. A certain kind of boy has always picked fights with friends, gone smoking in the woods, and floated down the river on rafts.In previous eras, such behavior was just as problematic for adults as it is today. Poor old Aunt Polly—how many times does she “fall to crying and wringing her hands”? In order to cope with Tom, she seeks names for his disorder—he is “full of the Old Scratch,” meaning the devil—and searches for ways to control him (“Spare the rod and spile the child,” she tells herself).

    But if the children and the parents are familiar, the society surrounding them is not. In fact, Tom Sawyer turns out fine in the end. In 19th-century Missouri, there were still many opportunities for impulsive kids who were bored and fidgety in school. The very qualities that made him so tiresome—curiosity, hyperactivity, recklessness—are precisely the ones that get him the girl, win him the treasure, and make him a hero. Even Huck Finn is all right at the end of his story. Although he never learns to tolerate “sivilization,” he knows he can head out to “Indian territory,” to the empty West where even the loose rules of Missouri life won’t have to be followed.

    Nothing like that is available to children who don’t fit in today. Instead of striking out into the wilderness like Huck Finn, they get sent to psychologists and prescribed medication—if they are lucky enough to have parents who can afford that sort of thing. Every effort will be made to help them pay attention, listen to the teacher, stop picking fights in the playground, and rightly so. Nowadays, there aren’t any other options.

    www.slate.com/articles/…/the_adhdventures_of_tom_sawyer.html
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    INDEED, THERE ARE OTHER OPTIONS

    GETTING PHYSICAL WITH ADHD

    Exercise is the quickest way to a healthy physical glow and a stress free positive mental … Endorphins: These are often classified to be the happy hormones.

    PLENTY OF KIDS  DON’T GET ENOUGH EXERCISE “

    WHEN IS THE “PHYSICAL PART OF EDUCATION” GOING TO CONNECT THE NATURAL PRODUCTION OF ENDORPHINS https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=PHYSICAL+EXCERSISE+AND+ENDORPHINS

    Exercise is the quickest way to a healthy physical glow and a stress free positive mental … Endorphins: These are often classified to be the happy hormones.

    Mayo Clinic Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily … Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good …

    Learn more from WebMD about the benefits of daily exercise on depression and how to … When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins.

    Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in …

    Exercise stimulates the brain’s pituitary gland to release endorphins, … harder-to-acquire physical and disease-fighting benefits of exercise.

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    “PLENTY OF KIDS GET BORED WITH SCHOOL AND  HOME WORK”

    PLENTY OF KIDS  DON’T GET ENOUGH EXERCISE “

    “He seems like he’s always daydreaming?”

    “He stares into space, as if dreaming, and ignores what’s going on around him?”

    “He never answers when I talk to him?”

    “I wonder if he hears me?”

    “He won’t pay attention even when being spoken to directly?”

    “He says that he  heard me, but when I ask him to repeat back what I just said,

    He has no idea what it was?”

    “Why can’t he ever settle down?”

    “It’s like the kid’s got a motor that’s always running?”

    “He’s always been a handful?”

    “I’ll ask him to go up to his room and get dressed, and ten minutes later I find him playing with his toys with only his shirt on?”

    “He can’t remember what he learns because he misses instructions and explanations in school?”

    “Even though we work so hard on his schoolwork at night, by the next day he’s forgotten everything?”

    “He loses everything?”

    “He just gets up and runs around or,when I force him to sit, he constantly fidgets or squirms in his chair?”

    “He show interest in lots of different thing but has a problems seeing them through to the end?”

    Did Tom or  Huck  have the same behaviors on a daily basis? and for extended periods?

    “He has  trouble following instructions?”

    “He start  a project, chore, or homework but leave it unfinished as they simply move on to the next thing that catches his interest?”

    Did Tom or  Huck  have the same behaviors on a daily basis? and for extended periods?

     

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    AND? DID HUCKLEBERRY FINN HAVE ADHD?

    Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working With Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD

    http://www.amazon.com/Treating-Huckleberry-Finn-Narrative-Diagnosed/dp/0787961205

    This review is from: Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working With Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD

    A Parent’s Perspective, October 11, 2000

    I have just read Treating Huckleberry Finn and want to share with other parents that David Nylund has provided help in clarifying the issues regarding the diagnosis and pressures to medicate. Parents have too few resources to help them make these often times life changing decisions. David provides clear, creative as well as practical suggestions for helping children use their strengths to tackle the problems of ADHD–

    This book respects the various perspectives on the ADD/Ritalin debate. It critiques the biological reductionism of the traditional ADHD paradigm and views the problem from a more wholistic and contextual perspective. While astutely criticizing some of the taken for granted assumptions of the ADHD/Ritalin model, it respectfully acknowledges that many people experience the ADHD diagnosis as helpful and find taking Ritalin beneficial. The meat of the book gives very creative, hopeful and practical suggestions for working with problems such as hyperactivity, inattention, problems with behavior, etc. The chapter for teachers is very valuable. Highly recommended for parents, counselors, therapists and teachers! THE ANALOGY OF HUCK FINN BEING ALIVE TODAY AND ON RITALIN MAKES IT A FUN READ ALSO

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