Saturday, June 25, 2011

Modern malaise: Toxins, Rx drugs also play a role

Montreal Gazette, June 25, 2011

Leonard Sax, family physician, psychologist and author of Boys Adrift, writes that in addition to video games, teaching methods and the devaluation of masculinity, prescription drugs and environmental toxins can be held responsible.

So the parents of the boy who bounces around in class is told, often by the teacher, that he might have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Off he goes to the doctor who prescribes the medication.

Why, asks Sax, "are boys in 2007 30 times more likely to be taking these medications compared with boys in 1987?"

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