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New study warns against ADHD drugs; widely circulated news report underscores need for Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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24 June 2009
An article in the 16 June 2009 issue of the Washington Post, a major newspaper in the United States, reported on a new study highlighting potential dangers of prescription drugs commonly administered to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A leader of the Global Country of World Peace in the United States commented that the study, and a resulting widely circulated news report, underscore the need for alternative ADHD therapies, such as the Transcendental Meditation Programme.
The article, entitled 'Study shows possible link between deaths and ADHD drugs', addressed the potentially severe long-term effects of stimulant drugs such as Ritalin on children's heart health. The article stated, 'Children taking stimulant drugs like Ritalin to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are several times as likely to suffer sudden, unexplained death as children who are not taking such drugs, according to a study published yesterday that was funded by the [US federal] Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Mental Health' [NIMH].
The Washington Post article also reported on comments made in an editorial accompanying the study by an expert at NIMH. The article described some of the expert's comments, to the effect that that the 'study underscores that ADHD drugs are not innocuous. Indiscriminate prescriptions of the drugs for general behavioral problems and the growing number of healthy teenagers using the drugs to boost mental performance could have deadly consequences, he added.'
Dr Mario Orsatti, National Director of Communication for the Global Country of World Peace in the United States, noted on 16 June 2009 that this story, which was widely reported in the national news media, indicates the strong need for alternative treatments for ADHD, of which Transcendental Meditation is a prime option. 'Research conducted and published in the US during the last year has suggested that a solution to the puzzle of ADHD treatment is really quite simple,' he said. 'Daily practice of Transcendental Meditation for children with ADHD has been shown to increase stability, decrease stress, improve overall function, and improve function of the brain specific to difficulties associated with the disorder.'
Dr Orsatti went on to remark that the Washington Post article is a 'wonderful wake-up call for people in the US.' At the same time that warning signs such as this are being published, groundbreaking research on Transcendental Meditation and ADHD is also being widely publicized. 'The coincidence of these discoveries concerning the behavioral disorder will reinforce the significance of this issue for parents, teachers, and doctors,' he added.
Finally, Dr Orsatti reported that Dr Sarina Grosswald, educator and leading researcher on TM and ADHD, just completed a three-session seminar for Transcendental Meditation Teachers in the US. During these sessions she presented research, plans for implementing programmes in schools, as well as presenting a new 24-page brochure introducing the benefits of TM for the disorder.
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