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Detox Center Urges Full Medical Exam Before Starting Children on Psychiatric Drugs
Novus Medical Detox Facility of Pasco County, Florida Director is urging that children be given a full medical exam before starting them on psychiatric drugs such as anti-depressents.
The Director says that when it comes to identifying the cause of the symptoms of his clientele, he has it easy. “Every person walking into our clinic is suffering from drug addiction or dependence. The drugs, increasingly prescription drugs, are causing the symptoms that are ruining their lives. Parents facing a diagnosis of ADHD or depression have a much more difficult problem – what is causing the behavior that is the sole source of that diagnosis? There are no physical tests showing ‘chemical imbalances’ these drugs supposedly address and too often an overworked professional just prescribes a powerful, mind-altering drug that can start a lifetime of dependence and addiction. We see it in our clinic every day.” the Director stated.
Many physical conditions such as food allergies, hormonal imbalances and malnutrition can cause symptoms of ADHD or depression. Zinc deficiency is one example.
“Zinc deficiency mimics symptoms of ADHD,” said Dr. L. Eugene Arnold, a child psychiatrist at Ohio State’s Nisonger Center.” He continued, “Preliminary work suggests the ADHD population may have a higher prevalence of marginal zinc deficiency.”
Symptoms of depression can also be caused by zinc deficiency. A recent paper by N.M. Tassabehji, R.S. Corniola, A. Alshingiti, and C.W. Levenson for the Department of Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences at Florida State University stated, “There is mounting evidence suggesting a link between serum zinc levels and clinical depression.”
Supplementation with zinc has been tested in clinical settings with successful results. In an article entitled Zinc Deficiency, Metal Metabolism, And Behavior Disorders written by William Walsh and published by the Health Research Institute, Walsh states, “Many of the patients of the Carl Pfeiffer Treatment Center suffer from behavior disorders. The most common ones are attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and conduct disorder (CD). These patients typically have a history of extensive counseling and multiple medications and many have experienced residential care.”
Walsh continues, “A high percentage of behavior disordered persons exhibit abnormal levels of copper, zinc, lead, cadmium, calcium, magnesium and manganese in blood, urine, and tissues, based on chemical analysis results from thousands of patients…Most of these patients have symptoms of zinc deficiency along with depressed levels of zinc in their blood plasma.”
Walsh concludes, “We find that zinc deficient individuals usually respond well to inexpensive supplementation with zinc and augmenting nutrients. Many patients who previously experienced years of counseling, psychotherapy, aggressive medication programs, and/or residential treatment become greatly improved and respond to less intensive (and less expensive) therapies. Zinc deficiency can be corrected, but not cured. If treatment is discontinued, the prior zinc deficiency will reemerge with all symptoms gradually returning. Zinc deficiency, like diabetes, requires life long treatment. Fortunately, it is a simple, low cost, safe treatment.”
Novus Medical Detox Center Director stated “Find the real cause using competent medical practitioners and address that. Avoid the mind-altering drugs that address symptoms only and can result in the misery of prescription drug addiction.”
For those who were not fortunate enough to avoid the trap of prescription drugs, there is medical drug detox. While many medical detox programs take place in a hospital, Novus Medical Detox Center specializes in handling drug dependencies in a private setting that is stress-free, comfortable and safe. The facility, set on 3.2 wooded acres 45 minutes north of Tampa, FL, offers private rooms, TV and high speed internet access. Detoxification programs at Novus provide detox services for people wishing to withdraw from drugs including opiate detox, heroin detox, psychotropic detox, alcohol detox, benzodiazepine detox and prescription drug detox. They can be reached at .
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