In this health video you will learn about the effects and dangers of putting your child on prescription drugs.
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Lyle Hurd: Welcome back, Dr. Cass. I’d like to talk to you about your book, Supplement Your Prescription. I have 2 questions for you. Today we have incidences where there are children 6 months old that are being given [as many as] 2 prescription drugs—[drugs] that were tested on men, [and] never tested for interactions. What would you do if you were a parent [in this situation], or even if you were a doctor? What would you recommend? Dr. Hyla Cass: Running, as fast as you can. I think that this giving [of] drugs to babies is outrageous. Now, there are times when it’s appropriate, a child has an infection, [is] given an antibiotic, that’s fine. There [are] so many drugs that haven’t been tested. And I have children coming into my office—I’m a psychiatrist—I have young children coming into my office on a whole slew of drugs. [They are] being diagnosed bi polar, being diagnosed ADD, when in fact what’s really [the case] is that these children are eating very poorly, and they are nutrient deficient. They don’t have the right nutrients in their body to function properly, and their blood sugar is out of balance; they don’t have enough B vitamins. All of these [things] can be remedied if they eat whole foods and take a multivitamin rather than their being given all of these medications, which have not been tested. We have no idea what the long term effects are of a lot of these psycotropic medications. When I say psychotropic, I mean medications that affect the brain, and I don’t think we can risk our children’s brains the way we’re doing… Lyle Hurd: So basically it’s not self-drug instead or supplement, necessarily, in some instances, right? Dr. Hyla Cass: I think that pediatricians really have to get on board here. They really need to educate themselves, and I do as much as I can to educate physicians. Pediatricians have to learn…how to supplement, how to dose supplements to children. They need to be very cautious about prescribing medication to very young children, and to only use those appropriately and in very low doses. And by the way, even adults are being overdosed. Lyle Hurd: That’s what I wanted to ask you about. You go into the average nursing home. I understand that you’ll find out, and not necessarily just nursing homes, adults over 65, particularly men, [that people] are on 5 prescriptions on average. Doesn’t that really compound the situation radically? Dr. Hyla Cass: Very often it does, and some of these drugs that they’re on actually do deplete their vitamins and minerals and make them, actually, worse. If you take certain prescription drugs that deplete your B vitamins you can look a lot like you have Alzheimer’s. Then when you replete, you give the B vitamins back in, and some other antioxidants and vitamin C and E, basically a high potency multivitamin, you’re going to see a…very good improvement, especially if you give the vitamin B12, under the tongue, the sublingual form… Elderly people may have problems absorbing it through the usual means and they have to take it sublingually, under the tongue so it goes directly into the system. Lyle Hurd: Well I believe that Supplement Your Prescription is a book that would be vital for anyone to have in their medical library, whether it’s someone who is raising a baby, carrying a baby, or whether it’s someone who is in their older years, it’s something that we really all need to be educated on. Thank you. Dr. Hyla Cass: Thank you.