ADHD-Right or Wrong Premise


I have encountered a great many people who have the belief that ADHD drugs and other psychotropic medications WORK on children.

First off let’s define WORK.  What exactly does this mean?

I think it all depends on the premise held by the person saying it.  Many of you operate from a premise that says these drugs do WORK.  I will go more deeply into that aspect as a viewpoint in this essay.  I will also look at it from the viewpoint of Common Sense and Spirituality and viewing from this premise we get an answer that shows that these drugs unequivocally do not WORK.

I know many of you have children of your own or know children who have been diagnosed with varying degrees of attention deficit and non-optimum behaviors that require drug prescriptions according to the opinions of psychiatrists, psychologists and or medical doctors.  These behaviors might include loud or demanding behavior, has trouble staying focused, constantly fidgets or squirms, talks excessively, interrupts, has difficulty playing quietly and many other similar symptoms of which you can find by googling ADHD symptoms.

The premise that psychiatrists, many psychologists and medical doctors subscribe to is that the body somehow dictates the function of these symptoms and that function can be positively altered or corrected by subjecting the body and mind to various chemicals.  If these chemicals APPEAR to remove the symptoms of ADHD then these chemicals are said to WORK.  The child that wouldn’t shut-up can now sit still and be quiet.  SUCCESS!  The child that wouldn’t study mathematics can now sit still long enough to read a mathematics text.  MY GOD, THESE DRUGS REALLY WORK!

That is how it appears, at least on the surface.  I would like to stress that the above is just that though, a premise.  It is not a fact.  Colleges are in the business of churning out thousands of cookie cutter graduates that are taught in accordance with this non-spiritual premise.  It is a point of view.  It is established and carried forward by Institutional Thinking and by those that would most benefit from having drug subdued children.  Those that most benefit are those that want and perceive kids as a physical commodity having a certain set standard of behavior and an optimum personality, a child that is made willing and so that he can be taught within the parameters of modern education. This standard personality is perceived to be most desirable for reasons of institutionalized learning and ease of control in school and social settings.  Anyone falling outside of this perceived norm is classified and labeled to have such disorders as ADHD, depression, bipolar personality, dyslexia or any other of various learning and mental disabilities.  Being classified to have any of these mental and social abnormalities is for the purpose of putting the child into special education programs and onto any of the various drugs designed to bring about an appearance of normality.  This label does not go away.

But I will tell you, children have had and acted out these so called ADHD symptoms from time immemorial.  I am absolutely certain that my friends and I would have been classified and labeled with having ADHD if we were in school with this generation.  We were smart and easily bored to the point of doing all manner of what would have been deemed “disturbing behavior” to modern day psychiatrists and psychologists.  I have to say that we turned out better adjusted than those who would deem it necessary to label us and drug us. These ADHD symptoms are none other than symptoms of being a child and the environmental circumstances within which that child was born and learns to socialize.  Even more basic than that is the child’s inherent personality.  He may be shy or talkative, happy or morose,  mentally or physically handicapped, or any diverse individual traits fitting the gamut of human existence.  To say the least, divorces, deaths, alcoholism, drug abuse, and violence, etc. are all potential detrimental environments that can cause a variety of symptoms.  Too much sugar, caffeine, poor diet and nutrition, bad sleep habits, poor or no exercise, etc. are just as detrimental in the majority of cases.  Everyone is an individual and different.  Some kids naturally have more energy or talk more, can’t sit still, are demanding, etc.  That these things do exist and are affecting the child’s behavior does not constitute drugging as a means to supplant the real issues and the inherent personality of the child.

The others that benefit from the institutional premise are the drug makers.  They benefit to the tune of billions of dollars annually.  They are happy to drug anyone and everyone to fill their coffers.  The School Boards and their Schools benefit through receiving thousands of dollars in State and Federal grant money for classifying kids as special needs.  Parents can even benefit by receiving government support money to help their special needs child.  It WORKS!  Right!

On an institutional premise, yes.  On the humanistic and spiritual premise, it’s a two thumbs down equivocal NO!  These drugs do not WORK at all.  One of the most important entities left out of the institutional premise is the child.  Being drugged does not positively alter or correct his environment or his social issues.  It does not correct his diet, sleep or exercise routines.  Most kids do not want or do not agree with having their behavior modified through the use of these powerful psychotropic chemicals.  They don’t want their emotions pared down to apathy.  What they want is to live life as an emotional and sentient being.  They don’t want to be made to sit in a chair involuntarily and drool or tic uncontrollably as a result of being medicated.  They do not want to be artificially happy.  They are kids wanting to be kids.  They want to live in control of their bodies instead of their bodies and minds controlled by chemicals the like of Ritalin, Adderall, Xanax, etc.

Once under the influence of these drugs a child tends to go out of touch with himself on various levels, he loses touch with reality and real emotional responses.  When he should be sad he is happy, when he should be enthused he doesn’t care, etc.  They become a handicap to themselves because their responses are inappropriate and they are under the delusion that they are acting “normal”.  They can have their depressions and manic behaviors intensified to the point of hurting themselves or committing suicide.  They can become a handicap to their parents and teachers by appearing to be something that a drug altered person is not; in control.  They can secretly stop their medications and have a psychotic break as a direct result of those medications and then pick up a gun and shoot up a school of their peers and teachers.  It is happening more and more at an alarming rate.  These school shootings are a direct result in a majority of cases of psychotropic medications gone very wrong and has nothing to do with guns or unmedicated personalities.

From a spiritual premise and perspective it is a known fact that all chemicals are simply poisons and adversely effect the person on a spiritual level.  In minute quantities these chemicals can have a therapeutic value on the physical level to speed up or slow down mental and physical reactions but they have absolutely no curative value.  NONE.  They are masks.  Several million children are wearing these masks because they are forced to do so by the institutional mindset that has lost touch with the spiritual nature of their species.  When you are talking about health, happiness, sadness, anger, well-being, pain,creativity, communication, passion, etc. you are talking about those things which are part and parcel to human existence.  These are the things these psychotropic drugs are designed to extinguish.  The person is replaced by a chemical personality that is delusional.  He losses his ability to discern the consequences of his actions or in other words he does not have a conscience when it comes to right and wrong.  He is a liability to himself and others even if he doesn’t necessarily appear so.  These drugs do not WORK from a humanistic and spiritual premise.  They are fooling nature.  They are fooling a grossly under informed and naive society.  They are a Pandora’s box full of disaster just waiting to happen.

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™

Common Sense 2014 Issue 8: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising


Do you find it inappropriate that drug companies are allowed to blatantly advertise prescription drugs to the general public on TV, radio, the Internet, etc.? It’s called Direct-to-Consumer advertising.

Prescription drugs are certainly not direct to the consumer products. They are doctor to patient products. That’s why they are PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. Prescription drugs are pushed to the tune of somewhere between $30,000,000,000.00 (that’s billion) and $60 billion annually to both the general public and their physicians. $61,000.00 per year per doctor are spent by drug companies promoting prescription drugs to those doctors.

This is a staggering amount of money just to get someone’s attention in order to sell them some hit and miss pharmaceutical chemicals mass produced in a lab. Chemicals that are toxic to the human body in one form or another. Chemicals that should be used only as a last resort on patients and not the first. In many instances the side effects of these chemicals are way worse than the malady purported as being fixed-when in actuality the malady is not fixed at all. Most drugs fix nothing, they simply treat the symptoms by creating other symptoms that then need another drug to treat those symptoms, ad infinitum. Before you know it, companies like Phizer have you hooked on seven or eight medications just to manage all of the symptoms created by the first medication on the chain.

How’s that for a pyramid scheme to steal your hard earned money to create billions more in advertising? This advertising is then used to create thousands upon thousands more unsuspecting clients. Then more advertising and more patients. CRAZY.

Do you subscribe or should I say prescribe to this? I don’t. I find it appalling and believe it is time to do something about it. It is time to think about banning drug companies from this gross practice of Direct-to-Consumer advertising. I’ve heard more than enough about 4 hour erections, internal bleeding, suicidal thoughts, etc.

I am contemplating starting an online petition to ban these multi-billion dollar corporations from Direct-to-Consumer advertising. Would you sign it?

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™



There are times people have to stop what they are doing.  We have to examine ourselves and our actions.  We have to take the blinders off and look at the bottom line, truth.  We are not slaves.  We are not pre-programmed robots with pre-programmed responses.  We are thinking sentient beings ultimately responsible for our own thoughts, our own actions and inactions that result in reality.  We are responsible for ourselves as well as the well being of our children.  We are responsible for their physical and mental make-up and health.  We are responsible for their up-bringing.  After all, they are children.

Presently, it is a cruel reality that millions of kids are being labeled with and drugged for imaginary mental disorders by people that have chosen to put and keep their blinders on.  Kids are not mentally ill.  Let me repeat that.  KIDS ARE NOT MENTALLY ILL.  They are just kids in need of good parenting, good nutrition, sound goals and purposes, good physical education habits, good fun and constructive activities.  They also need sound spiritual principles and spiritual mentors on their path to adulthood.  Given those things most children thrive.  What they don’t need are drugs.

Drugs are poison.  Drugs are irresponsible.  Drugs are cruel.  Drugs are spiritual murder and a cop out by those that should be held accountable.  Us.  I know we have created and live in a very mechanistic and self-centered society.  That does not justify this barbaric behavior of shrugging off our own responsibilities onto the shoulders of innocent children.  They are not responsible.  They are not mentally ill.  They are being subjected to the punishment of strong psychotropic drugs instead of being helped.  They are thrown into the darkness of being alone and betrayed.  It’s time to stop and examine the repercussions of what we are doing.  It’s time to wake up.  This isn’t a dream.

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™

Common Sense, Snake Oil


“Any need for a chemical or drug, be the need be derived via mind or body can be considered an addiction.  Creating that need and addiction is the job of modern day advertisers, kinfolk to the old snake oil salesmen that once sold cure-all elixirs filled with alcohol, opium, heroine, cocaine, etc.  Drug companies spend billions of dollars in advertising annually for the chance to catch you with your eyes closed and your pants down.  Their ads are plastered all over the internet and on TV.  You see them in magazines and on billboards.  Men (presumably with erectile dysfunction) sit around 24/7 thinking up new ads to get you hooked mentally or physically on one of their “products”.  Annually, only a handful of innocent people are killed as a result of police brutality.  The police are kittens and lambs compared to these snake oil crackers.  Drug companies kill thousands upon thousands of innocent people annually with their poisonous elixirs.  If you feel a need to vent your anger, pick a worthy opponent like Phizer.  Or how about Monsanto? Most policemen I have met are great guys and gals.  They are your friends, they’re not your enemy.”

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™

Common Sense, Deluge


Today is a day to make Noah happy.  The ducks are rejoicing along with the geese.  There are night crawlers reveling in the streets and turtles with their eyes to the Heavens. The protesters are all holed up, hiding in their little dark rooms having to wallow in the mire of their discontent.  Good riddance, I say, it’s a beautiful day.  A deluge, tranquillity blessed in a chair on the porch with the rain like Angel’s singing.  A glorious day to wring your thoughts.  Glory to the storm.  Glory to love and my beautiful wife.  I am happy.  I am present and content with the rain.

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™

Common Sense, Anarchy 2014

“Freedom of Speech has absolutely nothing to do with the right to promote and carry out anarchy.  The intent of The Constitution is not and never has been anarchism.  These so called “protests” in Berkeley, California are not protests.  They are ANARCHY.  They are the product of anti-social reactionaries without constructive intent.  Their intent is the coercive intent of terrorism.  It is to disrupt and frustrate anyone and everyone into a state of chaos.  They are dragging the last remnants of Freedom three steps backwards against a wall and one step short of a blindfold.  Sooner or later someone is bound to pull the trigger.  If they do, the verdict isn’t going to be in favor of those wearing Anonymous masks and sporting baseball bats.  The verdict will be in favor of the Government.  If you choose to participate in the terrorist ideals of anarchism and die as the result, it’ll be deemed and ruled as suicide in the eyes of  civilized women and men.”

This post is Freedom of Speech.   Coercing someone less intelligent to chain themselves to the railroad tracks is not, it is criminal as the doings of Jim Ward’s character Snidely Whiplash.

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™





Snidely Whiplash by Jim Ward