Friday, August 14, 2020

Comments by Bud_Weiss

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  • Interuppted sleep and poor sleep and apnea is a major contributer to ADHD. This is often caused by dominant mouth breathing due to many factors usually ending in poor facial development malalligned teeth and other physical distortions . Awareness of All of this is beginning to come to dentists, orrhodontists, pediatricians and ENT physicisns slowly through associations like Airway Focussed dentistry and orofacial myologists and here’s a brief video showing a typical serious case

  • To be sure, the work of one of the true heros in psychiatry in my estimation, Peter Breggin, M.D. “Talk Back to Ritalin,” also details just how little evidence there is to ADHD being well treated by Ritalin or other even more serious medications.

    Instead, while he apparently had not been introduced to NHA at the time of that writing, he speaks clearly of helping the families to find more effective behavioral approaches and dealing with the often seen enormous stress on particular families due to their fiscal and other circumstances seeing the social context as far more important in the vast majority of so called ADHD than any other factors. NHA addresses these more easily and effectively than any other approach in my experience.

    Bud Weiss

  • Just to add some more to the discussion re the dangers of Ritalin and other similar or worse medications and a totally benign useful nutrient often useful for many issues, here is an excerpt from the book, Niacin; The Real Story. Again, as far as I am concerned whether nutrients are supplemented or not, the use of NHA ( the Nurtured Heart Approach ® — ) will assist in building the child’s inner wealth while simultaneously detoxifying the mental stresses endured by all prior to NHA’s use and perhaps the use of this important nutrient resource explored in this note about the work of William Kaufman, M.D.:
    “Children’s Learning and Behavioral Disorders
    “ADHD is not a disease; it is a nutritional deficiency. “—LENDON H. SMITH, M.D. An an old “Shoe” cartoon strip, an overweight, cigar-smoking “Perfesser” is sitting at a diner counter. He is urged to eat his carrots because it’s been shown that they prevent cancer in rats. His response is, “Why would I want to prevent cancer in rats?”

    Then there is methylphenidate (Ritalin), which has been shown to promote cancer in mice. This drug is cheerfully given to millions of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) children every day. The Massachusetts News (November 1, 1999) placed the figure at 4 million. Yet four years before that, the National Institutes of Health Toxicology Study (July, 1995) stated, “There was some evidence of carcinogenic activity of methylphenidate (Ritalin) in male and female B6C3F1 mice based on the occurrence of hepatocellular neoplasms (liver cancer).” (1)

    This small but demonstrated carcinogenic potential of this commonly-prescribed drug deserves more attention and much more consideration of safer alternatives. Any bets on how many compliant parents have seen, let alone actually read, the full text of Ritalin’s other side effects? Fortunately, there appears to be a vastly safer alternative: vitamins, particularly vitamin B3.

    B3 AND HYPERACTIVITY Over fifty years ago, niacinamide pioneer William Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., observed: “Some patients have a response to niacinamide therapy which seems to be the clinical equivalent of ‘decreased running’ observed in experimental animals. When these animals are deprived experimentally of certain essential nutriments, they display ‘excessive running,’ or hyperkinesis. When these deficient animals receive the essential nutriments in sufficient amounts for a sufficient period of time, there is exhibited a marked ‘decrease in running. . . [A person] in this group may wonder whether or not his vitamin medications contain a sedative.

    He recalls that before vitamin therapy was instituted, he had a great deal of energy and ‘drive,’ and considered himself to be a ‘very dynamic person.’ Analysis of his history indicates that prior to niacinamide therapy he suffered from a type of compulsive impatience, starting many projects which he left unfinished as a new interest distracted him, returning perhaps after a lapse of time to complete the original project. Without realizing it, he was often careless and inefficient in his work, but was ‘busy all the time.’”

    This report appeared, almost as a side note, on page seventy-three of Kaufman’s 1949 book, “The Common Form of Joint Dysfunction.” So accurately does it describe the problems of ADHD children that it is difficult to believe that vitamin B3 (which never causes cancer) has been so thoroughly ignored for so long.
    Kaufman continues: “With vitamin therapy, such a patient becomes unaccustomedly calm, working more efficiently, finishing what he starts, and he loses the feeling that he is constantly driving himself. He has leisure time that he does not know how to use. When he feels tired, he is able to rest, and does not feel impelled to carry on in spite of fatigue. If such a patient can be persuaded to continue with niacinamide therapy, in time he comes to enjoy a sense of well-being, realizing in retrospect that what he thought in the past was a superabundance of energy and vitality was in reality an abnormal ‘wound-up’ feeling, which was an expression of aniacinamidosis (niacin deficiency).” (2)
    Dr. Evan Shute began investigating the use of vitamin E for abruptic plancentae in 1936 and discovered it cured cardiovascular disease. Even before this, Max Gerson, M.D., was treating migraine headaches with vegetable juices, and therein found an effective therapy for various forms of cancer. William Kaufman treated arthritis patients with niacinamide and noticed that it was also an effective remedy for hyperactivity and lack of mental focus. These and other natural healthcare milestones highlight just how dissimilar orthomolecular medicine and drug medicine truly are.

    While conventional medical authority would promptly admit malnutrition as one cause of cancer, and certainly as a cause of heart disease, there is a profound reluctance to allow that optimum nutrition could be curative of either. With ADHD, orthodox medicine seems unwilling even to admit nutrient deficiency as a causal factor, let alone a curative one. Parents can change that. Just say no to drugs. Consider nutrition and niacin instead. ”

    Hoffer, Abram ; Saul, Andrew W. ; Foster, Harold D. (2012-02-01). Niacin: The Real Story (Kindle Locations 1268-1480). Basic Health Publications, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

  • Sorry for being so long winded here. I didn’t want to close my comments on this subject without siting one of the most effective remaining practitioners and teachers of M. Scott Peck, M.D.’s work, Dr. Bob Roberts and
    This is an extraordinary journey into the bowels of hell emerging into a loving humane atmosphere for those discarded by society. Our prison population in the US is an embarrassment at best and egregious beyond description. If we look at programs like those shown in the powerful movie “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana,” we see who we really are and can be together. and video samples

    Be well and to all our greatnesses TAOG, Bud Weiss, MA, LCSW

  • I meant to add something about hospitalizing patients especially on the first occasion. M. Scott Peck, M.D. in the 70s pioneered his work of Community Building often able to prevent the need for hospitalizing persons who were having psychotic episodes by getting the family to bring together approximately 40 persons, family members friends etc. for a day. Peck and his helpers would do their community building linking people together in non judgmental ways opening up resources and connections among the group that not only could meet the needs of the identified patient, the sessions often acted to relieve much of the symptoms of the I.P.

    Over the past several years, the program of “Open Dialogue” pioneered in Finland has been brought to the US from. In Finland, it has been enormously effective in preventing the need for fist hospitalizations as well as reducing greatly the need for any medication or for future hospitalizations.

    There is much to be learned when the shortcut of medication, often leading to a revolving door admission sequence, is not the only resource for these episodes which in my observation are signals our culture needs to sort out similar in some ways to the Canaries in the Coal mine.

    The work of Dr. Xavier Amador, “I Am Not sick. I Don’t Need Help,” can be most useful in transition while programs such as Open Dialogue and further education about the applications of resource building and “Inner Wealth” building for all is further understood.

    According to the research of the Finns, medications have mostly been shown to be detrimental for this population in the long run often cementing poor future growth of the individuals involved. For the time being, short term use for extremes in the instance of a lack of personal and social resources may continue as we learn from the Finns who are pointing the way to a more humane society capable of pulling together for support of the most vulnerable in crisis.

    Bud Weiss, MA,LCSW

  • I am so very grateful to Howard for his posting. I have been in this field for over 50 years having seen thousands of children and families as a psychiatric social worker in private practice, chief pediatric social worker at one of the famed Hospitals in Long Island New York, chief social worker on the in and out patient elective psychiatric Unit at another major Brooklyn Hospital, Field supervisor in the graduate Social Work program at The State University at Stony Brook, L.I., an administrator of one of the largest municipal programs for the developmentally challenged and a social worker in the New York City Schools for over 25 years.
    Before any medications are attempted, there are several courses to follow and most importantly, as far as I am concerned, whatever else is done, the use of the program which Howard Glasser has pioneered for so called “Difficult Children,” and even more importantly for all children should be followed. I will give a prime example below.

    I have rarely seen medication make a difference positively in the long run though seeming to rescue all the adults involved temporarily. I have seen many children disabled by those meds some made psychotic and all capable of functioning at a high level once properly handled. There are some children who are truly hyperactive literally bouncing off walls and still, they are not missing Ritalin as a nutrient. I do think that with proper testing in the case of severely hyperactive children nearly from birth, there is certainly a case for looking into the work of Environmental Medicine practitioners such Doris Rapp, M.D. and others as well as the tremendous impact that Niacinimide has had with no side effects for some of those children Also Please take a good look at the book by a very well respected Pediatrician who is also knowledgeable about The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA), Sandy Newmark, M.D. has written in his book “ADHD Without Drugs.”

    I was brought in as a consultant to a special education program special school inn the New York City Board of Education for “Emotionally disturbed” students to teach them some of the basic strategies of the Nurtured Heart Approach.

    One morning as I was walking into school, I saw one of the junior high School students who I had come to know walking in a way that was far more spirited than usual and apparently humming and singing to himself in an easily audible level. I knew he had been on Ritalin at fairly high levels and thought that he probably wasn’t taking the meds that day. When I arrived in his class, within less than 10 minutes, this usually somewhat dull slightly isolating young person had done several silly things and was annoying the class. I waited to see if the teacher or Aide would follow through with some of the interventions I had taught them and when they didn’t, I took an aide aside and told him to energize the youngster frequently positively recognizing him according to the NHA when he was quiet and controlled himself for even a moment.

    The Aide did the best he could and as I had developed a strong positive relationship with this and other students in that class, even in the few times I had come to the class to supervise, I added my positive recognitions as well. He stopped the silly and disruptive actions. His teacher asked him publicly if he was not taking the medication today. He answered that he had not as his parent had run out of the meds. I then noted that he had controlled himself beautifully over the past nearly half hour even without the meds. He smiled and nodded positively. I then asked if he could continue to control his behavior today even without the meds. He said he thought he could. In fact, the rest of the day, he remained in control and as I had brought it out clearly to the teacher and the two Aides in the room at the time, all of them, especially the Aides, continued to give out regular recognition for positive behaviors more than ever before not just to this young man, to everyone in the class in my observation. The Aides came to me at the end of the day to remark about how this had been an important lesson for all of them.

    In conclusion, let me say that having learned and taught the NHA program over the past 6 years, beginning to use it just from the books at first and then on to Advanced week long Training in Tucson, I have found it to be the most effective and easiest system of all those systems in which I have been trained to teach to parents, teachers,therapists,and others responsible for children.

    I hope many of you will at least explore the “Nurtured Heart Approach”® which is open for a free extensive seminar on the web site
    Bud Weiss, MA, LCSW