The number of American children prescribed psychotropic drugs has more than doubled in the past 25 years, studies show.
Concerns about side effects and the potential for addiction raise this question: Are drugs too often the first –and wrong –option to treat children’s behavioral and emotional problems?
Dr. Ed Carlton, founder of the Carlton Neurofeedback Center (www.carltonneurofeedbackcenter.com) and author of the book The Answer, doesn’t like how drugs are routinely prescribed for kids with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder or other mental illnesses.
“In today’s society, if you have a mental illness, just turn on the TV and they will have a drug for it,” he says. “The first order of defense unfortunately is medication. This is a temporary solution, one that can be fraught with side effects.”
Dr. Carlton suggests three ways to help address these disorders without prescription drugs.
- Eat healthier. A healthy diet is one way to combat brain disorders. But the big challenge is re-training children to eat healthier. Kids and adults with ADD or ADHD tend to crave simple carbohydrates like candy or cookies.
“These kids typically burn calories at a higher rate,” he says. “Psychological stress causes their body to go into a fight-or-flight mode. It mobilizes the sugar out of the blood and puts it into the muscles, causing the blood sugar to drop.”
Protein-packed foods – “clean meats such as chicken or beef – are an excellent way to slow the brain processes down” he says. “If the brain works more calmly, the cravings for the carbohydrates can lessen,” Carlton says.
- More exercise. Exercise by itself will not eliminate these behavioral or emotional disorders, but it can help. Studies have shown that exercise helps kids combat behavioral disorders such as depression. The releasing of endorphins during physical activity improves mood and behavior. Additionally, children playing team sports or games can build confidence, and develop a sense of team and working with others.
But a child with ADHD or other disorders needs more than regular exercise to get healthier.
“If you want to burn this level of hyperactivity out on a regular basis, you’d have to work out until you’re so exhausted you can barely pick yourself off the floor,” Carlton says. “If it’s a case that’s bad enough where you can justify intervention with drugs, then exercise alone is simply not enough to alleviate the symptoms. It gets back to the brain itself not working properly.”
- Neurofeedback Training. This is a non-invasive approach that Dr. Carlton views as “fitness training for the brain.” It uses “operant conditioning,” a term that refers to the brain’s natural ability to learn from experience, which in turn can help it heal.
The process begins with a brain map, which locates the specific areas that need help to function more efficiently. Once these areas are identified, neurofeedback training can improve their function. The technology uses computers to monitor brain-wave patterns while you relax and watch a movie or video. The visual and audio inputs are varied, providing feedback based on the training goals from the brain map.
“The brain learns to function more efficiently with neurofeedback training,” he says. “It’s like learning to ride a bike. You learned how to keep it balanced with practice. Neurofeedback training can reduce, and in some cases, eliminate the symptoms of many brain-based disorders without the use of pharmaceuticals.”
Overall, Dr. Carlton stresses, there needs to be a mindset change on how kids with mental disorders are approached
“Training, not medications – that’s a key difference,” he said. “What are we teaching them by handing them drugs when they don’t feel well? You’re teaching them the answer to the problem is in that bottle.”
About Dr. Ed Carlton
Dr. Ed Carlton is founder of the Carlton Neurofeedback Center (www.carltonneurofeedbackcenter.com) and author of the book The Answer. “My first degree is engineering. Neurofeedback is a cross between medicine and engineering, using the best of both to provide relief for my patients. The Answer explains how neurofeedback stopped my bipolar symptoms, and how it can help others do the same.”
by Michelle Honda, Ph.D., D.Sc
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation has rapidly gained a bad reputation, but you may be surprised to learn that inflammation is among your body’s best friends. Inflammation works to stave off the constant bombardment of unwanted pathogens that are part of our everyday environment. Created by the cells and substances in our immune system, inflammation allows the body to ward off and defeat potentially harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Inflammation operates much like the smoke alarms in our homes. Whenever we injure ourselves or cause a break or damage to our outer protective layer (the skin), our immune system sets in motion a series of defense mechanisms to clot the blood (to stop bleeding) and inflame the surrounding tissue (to destroy any bacteria that has seeped into the wound).
Most people are fully aware of what their degree of pain is at any given time, and are usually aware of any degenerative diseases they may be currently dealing with. Because of this, it is not uncommon for people to shrug off their day-to-day aches and pains, or ignore the fact that they knowingly eat items that are unhealthy. The public at large is still in the dark when it comes to the repercussions of foods and other substances routinely eaten, as well as what may be manifesting throughout their body. A common area where many people do have some sense of concern is their medication intake. But while commercials do convey the problems of drug side effects, they do not offer any other options, so people remain at a loss for what else they can do to minimize their discomfort.
The Mystery Unraveled
For most people, the ways in which inflammation spreads and develops is clouded with mystery. It is this lack of knowledge and understanding of inflammation and its role in the disease process that led me to write Reverse Inflammation Naturally (ISBN 978-1-57826-680-7, Hatherleigh Press). In it, an explanation is provided not only for the pathways and processes that inflammation takes, but the myriad ways in which we enhance and reinforce inflammation in our daily lives. This knowledge enables us to quell and even reverse the spread of inflammation in the body by addressing the causes and making simple diet adjustments.
There are many facets to inflammation. The many different stages and specific types of inflammation are often associated with certain disease conditions and complaints, which, in turn, reveal much about a condition’s progression in the body. It is my hope that, by providing a better understanding of inflammation, individuals will be able to peer into their bodies on a cellular level, observing how their inflammatory/immune system silently harm and disrupt their optimum state of health. (Equally as important is an understanding of how certain drugs negatively affect the anti-inflammatory pathways and how they stop the liver’s ability to appropriately clean itself.)
How many times has it been said, “Nature holds the cure?”
Even the most troublesome inflammatory conditions that afflict mankind can be treated—and are being treated worldwide—with herbal medicine. The fact is that our biological needs can be met by our evolutionary environment. The plant kingdom is abundant with anti-inflammatory specimens, many of which are currently being used in the production of steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Natural restorative herbal remedies are beginning to see proper recognition for their place at the forefront of healthful supplements. Many of these plants and extracts show the complex and integrated ways in which an herbal remedy can work. The public at large is most interested in the causes of their conditions and what can be done to ease their pain. Yet traditional medicine often fails to provide this information.
Medications Compete with the Immune System
Too often, the first step taken to suppress inflammation is through the application of anti-inflammatory drugs. However, these substances not only obstruct the immune system itself; they are also composed of toxic chemicals, which the body must then work to eliminate. These medications are then removed from the body through the same pathways used for primary inflammation. Since detoxification follows the same pathways as inflammation, and these pathways are being obstructed by the medication to be eliminated, you end up with an immune system roadblock.
The Immune System: Key Player in the Inflammation Process
The important thing to understand when dealing with our immune system is that it is affected by nearly everything we do. Even the simple act of overeating suppresses our protective system while promoting an inflammatory response. In learning to control and reverse inflammation naturally, we must first learn how to help our bodies without disabling this system. Realize that physical illnesses, especially those that cannot be easily explained, are the result of multifaceted, neuroendocrine responses. In spite of the manner in which symptoms have manifested in the body, they are created by the mind, brain and body—together.
Illnesses Related to Inflammation
Conditions which have been dubbed “silent inflammation” are simply our immune system responding to various assaults throughout the body. Factors such as obesity, toxicity, and poor dietary and lifestyle habits all contribute to the action and reaction phases of our immune system. Examples of silent inflammation problems include heart disease and what is causing inflammation in the arteries, as well as cancer, autism (brain inflammation and best solutions), diabetes (insulin resistance and inflammation) and the related topic of obesity, including the leptin hormone (direct connection between inflammation of the hypothalamus). Other topics of interest include metabolic syndrome, asthma, allergies, sinusitis and candida and more.
Patient Case Histories
The catalysts for disease and illness presented in Reverse Inflammation Naturally are drawn from my own practice and experience in healing my patients. The causes presented are the ones most often to blame, and the recommendations and solutions offered are those that have shown to be the most effective.
Armed with the knowledge that one must treat the body as a whole if one is to achieve lasting health and wellness, the solutions I present are those that treat inflammation with natural medicine. Remain mindful of the fact that our health is integrally linked to the world around us. Let us not forget that these herbs and extracts have been used for food and medicine for as long as humans have occupied this earth. The use of plants as medicine and food has been passed down through the ages for our benefit, not our detriment. Natural based medicine is perfect for those individuals who have suffered at the hands of medication side effects in the past, or who have avoided seeking treatment for their ailments due to fear of the same. And, for anyone wishing to lower their medication dosage (or eliminate the need for it altogether), natural medicine provides a safe alternative, especially when there have been consistent complications in one’s current medication treatment plan.
Natural Supplementation for Reversing Inflammation
A well-rounded anti-inflammatory protocol will include foods that reduce inflammation, antioxidants, live enzymes, and anti-inflammatory supplements. The reversal process for healing and restoration significantly slows down when several vitamins and minerals are in very short supply, especially those required by the immune system and for performing body functions.
In Reverse Inflammation Naturally, I provide a number of diet and food suggestions for day-to-day eating that can more quickly reduce your inflammation. To help you get started, there are also recommended meal plans and juice and meal recipes.
So far, medical technology has not been able to keep up with the diet and lifestyle choices being made by the majority of people. Individuals are now facing the consequences of excess body fat and long-term permanent tissue damage. The fact is, when inflammation becomes accelerated and reaches the chronic stage, you have a steady progression towards a shorter life expectancy and prolonged illnesses as the immune system becomes increasingly compromised.
And that is where the holistic approach really shines. Because things aren’t always that simple; to achieve optimum results, the person and body must be treated as a whole. Regardless of what you may or may not know about physiology, our internal environment is a constant working miracle that is never separate from itself.
The information presented here is drawn from a number of sources, including the latest discoveries regarding anti-inflammatory properties found in foods, spices and herbs around the globe. My goal is to assist you in fully restoring your health and provide for any direction your future may take.
About the author:
Michelle Honda, Ph.D., D.Sc., is a practitioner of natural and preventative medicine and the author of Reverse Inflammation Naturally, Reverse Heart Disease Naturally, and Reverse Gut Disease Naturally. Visit Michelle Honda at .
by Judy Hall
Psychic protection is the subject on which I receive most queries and I believe that personal energy enhancement is the single most important step you can take to make yourself healthy, happy and whole. Protecting, cleansing and strengthening your personal energy field and the environment around you is vital. One of the first protection techniques I learned over forty five years ago was to picture jumping into a shiny new dustbin and pulling the lid down whenever negativity was around. I still use this image. The same applies to cord cutting which is the best tool for improving relationships, or setting yourself free from one that as passed its sell-by date, but I now realise how important it is to check for hooks located in the vibratory bodies and the subtle chakras such as the spleen under the left armpit. This is where the energy vampires hook in to get their fix.
You may know that good vibrations are essential if you are to live life to the full enjoying excellent health, inner serenity and joie de vivre. The clearer and more contained your energy field and the space you inhabit, the better your life will be. The brighter your outlook and the more you put out positive vibrations and harness the power of your intent, the more you get back positive experiences. If you are not yet aware, simple steps to change toxic thinking, amplify your energy field and heighten your vibrations will improve your well being, contain your energy field, safeguard against subtle invasion, and create a safe space in which to live, love and work.
If you are a therapist, counsellor or work with people in any capacity, space and personal clearing are essential and should be made a regular part of your day as it is so easy to ‘pick up stuff’ and take it on as your own. Taking care of your own energy field is the greatest gift you can give yourself and those you come into contact with.
Grounding is essential if you are to remain protected. Being in full contact with the planet literally makes you invulnerable.
Ultimately, the best protection of all is to literally rise above it all energetically, making your vibrations as bright and high as possible so that nothing sticks, nothing negative touches you, you are invincible. When that happens, I hope you will pass this information onto someone who needs it.
The grounding cord
Crystals: Flint, Eye of the Storm (Judy’s Jasper), Graphic Smoky Quartz, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Smoky Quartz Elestial
This simple grounding exercise anchors you to the planet, re-energises you from the Earth, and allows freedom of movement in order to reach higher or further dimensions of consciousness, to journey inwards or back into the past, and to safely access the Akashic Record. Remember to cleanse and dedicate your crystals before you begin the exercise.
- Cleanse the aura and chakras with Flint and/or Anandalite (if you don’t have Anandalite or the other crystals you can use the cards in The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle pack.)
- Stand with your feet slightly apart, well balanced on your knees and hips. Feet flat on the floor. Place a Flint, Eye of the Storm (Judy’s Jasper), Graphic Smoky Quartz, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Smoky Quartz Elestial or other grounding stone at your feet.
- Picture the earth star chakra about a foot beneath your feet opening like the petals of a water lily.
- Place your hands just below your navel (tummy button) with fingertips touching and palms out towards the hips.
- Picture roots spreading across your belly, into your hips and then down through your legs and out of your feet to meet in the grounding stone.
- The two roots twine together and pass down through the Earth Star and the Gaia Gateway, going deep into the earth. They pass through the outer mantle, down past the solid crust and deep into the molten magma.
- When the entwined roots have passed through the magma, they reach the big iron crystal ball at the centre of the planet.
- The roots hook themselves around this ball, holding you firmly in incarnation and helping you to be grounded in incarnation.
- Energy and protection can flow up this root to keep you energised and safe
- Allow the roots to pass up from the Earth Star through your feet, up your legs and the knee chakras and into your hips. At your hips the roots move across to meet in the base chakra and from there to the sacral and the dantien just below your navel. The energy that flows up from the centre of the Earth can be stored in the dantien.
Note: Whenever you are in an area of disturbed earth energy, or a place where you have a traumatic previous life or geneagological connections, protect your Earth Star and Gaia Gateway chakras by visualising a large protective crystal all around them. The root will still be able to pass down to the centre of the earth to bring powerful energy to support you, and the crystal will help to transmute and stabilise the negative energy. A virtual crystal can work equally well when visualised with intent, but placing an actual crystal here intensifies the effect.
The Amber Melt
To protect your energies, simply hold a piece of Amber over your heart and picture it melting into a honey-like substance that coats the outside of your aura, solidifying to form a protective coating.
The Malachite Power Surge
If you feel powerless or low in energy, tape a tumbled Malachite crystal over the spleen chakra a hand’s breadth below your left armpit (or wear it in your bra). This intense crystal makes you feel power-full. It also helps you to resist others having power over you or vampirising your energy. Malachite’s energy can be very intense. If this is the case, use Aventurine or Green Fluorite.
Cutting an energy drain
If you become aware that being around a certain person, speaking to them on the phone or by email, or simply thinking about them, drains your energy, you are probably tied together energetically by an energy drain.
In your mind’s eye, picture the person. Image a cord linking the two of you. Take a big pair of gold scissors. Chopping the cord into little pieces, work from you towards the other person. Visualise a plaster of healing light over where the cord was attached. If the cord goes deep, image a laser scalpel cutting it out. Check that there are no more cords, particularly around the spleen area. If there are, repeat the cutting.
If you are non-visual: take a piece of cord and a large pair of scissors. Place a photograph of the other person at one end of the cord and hold the other end. Firmly chop the cord into pieces. Chopping the photograph into pieces also will not harm the other person. Burn or compost the pieces.
The spleen chakra protector
Crystals: Green Aventurine, Jade
Use your crystal to unhook and dissolve any ties or cords in your spleen chakra – about a hand’s breath below your left armpit.
Starting from a point just in front of and below your arm pit, use your crystal to draw a pyramid extending forward to your waist and backwards to the centre of your back. This pyramid enfolds your spleen and keeps it safe.
Protecting your energies
EMF fields can be lethal to those who are sensitive to them (see Crystal Prescriptions volume 3). Wear Shungite or Black Tourmaline to protect you against EMF emanations or other people’s thoughts and ill intentions. Tape one to your mobile phone to protect you from the devastating effects that a mobile phone can have on your biomagnetic field (it shatters when one is switched on). Use Smoky Quartz to block the effect of mobile phone or Tetra masts. Wear Shattuckite and Ajoite if you feel nauseous, headachy or weak in the vicinity of power lines or a mast.
You will find many other techniques for protecting your energy in Crystal Prescriptions volume 5.
About the author
Judy Hall is a successful Mind Body Spirit author with over 40 books to her credit including the million selling Crystal Bible (volumes 1, 2 and 3). Judy has recently been voted the 2014 Kindred Spirit MBS personality of the year.
In July 2017 Judy will release Crystal Prescriptions Volume 6 on our O-Books imprint. This immensely practical sixth book in the Crystal Prescriptions series covers crystals for karmic clearing, soul integration and healing the family tree.
Judy has been a past life therapist and karmic astrologer for over 40 years. An internationally known author, psychic, healer, broadcaster and workshop leader, her books have been translated into fifteen languages. She recently appeared in the Watkins Review of the one hundred most spiritually influential authors.
by Dr. Patrick Massey