Monday, November 13, 2006

Ritalin stunts growth of preschoolers; 40 percent develop side effects

A article cites a 70-week government study published in the November edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which states that stunted growth and other side effects can follow treatment with Ritalin.

"The side effects reported on Ritalin's label include stomachaches, headaches and hallucinations, but reports have suggested it also causes more severe reactions such as liver problems and even death," says the article.

Children given the drugs grew about a half inch less than expected during the period of the study, and gained about 2 lbs. less than expected.

Another side effect? Aberrated behavior. "Some children even reacted with severe behaviors including hanging from ceiling fans and playing with fire," says the study.

How long before everyone realizes the emperor has no clothes?

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