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Are Kids With ADHD More Likely to Use Drugs?

If your kid has ADHD, is he more likely to use drugs as a teen or young adult?  Yes—and no.

CBS News is reporting on a new study conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital that found that children suffering with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are more than twice as likely to try and abuse drugs

However, if kids are treated properly—including with prescription medications, they may actually be LESS likely to use drugs when they get older.

Dr. Sharon Levy at Boston’s Children’s says “one of the main points [of the research] is that treating ADHD both with behavioral techniques and medications seems to lower the risk of substance abuse,”

Dr. Levy did caution that stimulant medications such as Adderall and Ritalin can sometimes be misused. The researchers found that almost 1 out of 4 school-aged children are approached to sell, buy or trade their ADHD medications

Dr. Michael Duchowny at Miami Children’s Hospital recommends that children with ADHD should be counseled about the risk of substance abuse.

Although the association between ADHD and the risk of substance abuse is known, the reasons for the increased risk aren’t,

It’s possible that the same biology that causes ADHD also puts some children at a higher risk for substance abuse, he added. Other social factors may also contribute to increased risk.

For example, kids with ADHD are more likely to struggle in school and turn to drugs or alcohol to escape anxiety about their difficulties.

For more information on ADHD, its diagnosis, and proper treatment, go to chadd.org.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Emotional Son

Dear Dr. Bill,

 

We have a very emotional 8-year-old boy.  He often cries about little things and gets upset at my husband and me constantly.  He has a 2-year-old sister, and I wonder if their age gap has caused some kind of strain for him.  What do you suggest?

 

–Joy

 

Dear Joy,

 

Every child is wired differently from the start—each with his own unique personality and disposition.  Some are more laid-back, some are more high-strung.

As parents, one of our jobs is to help our kids capitalize on their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

 

Without directly observing your family, I can only speculate about what’s going on, but could it be that you and your husband are unintentionally reinforcing your son when he cries and throws tantrums?

 

Many parents believe the most loving thing to do is give in to their child’s demands and emotional outbursts—they want their child to like them and they don’t want to do anything to cause them to be unhappy.

 

Unfortunately this sets up a negative pattern that will cause a child to struggle in his relationships with classmates and teachers—and later with dating partners and employers.

 

It sounds like things have gotten worse since your daughter was born.  My guess is that your son has been used to getting his way and being the center of attention for years, and he doesn’t like sharing mom and dad with this little “intruder.”

 

If this description rings true, you and your husband will need to start setting firm limits with your son and implementing consequences for negative behavior.  You’ll also need to teach him more appropriate ways of responding when he is upset, frustrated or angry.

 

For some great guidance on this, check out the book “Boundaries with Kids” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend.

 

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Morning Sickness

Morning sickness. The two words bring nauseating memories to almost every mom. However, a prescription anti-nausea medication appears to be a safe and effective treatment according to a huge study.

More than 40,000 pregnant women used the drug, which is sold in the U.S. under the brandname Reglan. Not only was the drug effective, none of the women faced any increased risk of birth defects or miscarriage.

More than half of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting, usually early in their pregnancy. Most women deal with these symptoms with little treatment, but about 10 to 15 percent eventually require medication. because they face more serious complications such as dehydration or weight loss.

The results of this study are encouraging, but remember—every mother’s health is different. Take this advice cautiously. The remedy may work for some moms, but not for others.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine.FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Sitting Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

How much of your day do you spend SITTING? You’ve probably heard that sitting for long periods can be hazardous to your health.

Not only can sitting make you fat, but last year Australian researchers found that people who sit for more than 11 hours a day have a 40% increased risk of death…from any cause.

Health.com is reporting on new study that found that people who spent most of the day on their—posteriors– had a 24% greater risk of colon cancer. That number shot up to 54% for people who spent the most hours sitting in front of the TV.

The risks remained even for so-called “active couch potatoes”—people who work out but still spend most of their day sitting down.

Standing isn’t the answer, as jobs that require a lot of standing are linked to their own set of health problems including varicose veins, lower-back pain, and increased risk of stroke.

So here are a few steps you can take to get healthier.

Set an alarm. Setting your phone alarm or using an app like BreakTime are simple ways to encourage more movement throughout the day.

Stand up and pace when you’re talking on the phone. It’s easy if you’re on a smartphone—if not, see if you can get a cordless phone for your desk.

And walk whenever possible. You’d be surprised how many ways you can sneak walking into your daily routine. If possible, take a quick walk after lunch. After eating, the fat levels in your bloodstream are at their peak, and simply moving around increases the activity of a gene that boosts your metabolism.

For more health tips, go to health.org and enter “sitting” in the search engine.

 

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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Fiber Faux Pas

Eat more fiber.

You’ve probably heard that for years, but if you’re like most of us, boosting your fiber is a big bust.

Yes, fiber helps keep you regular. And greater fiber intake helps you feel more full, eat less, and even lose weight. But a diet low in fiber is actually high in risk. Research links low fiber diets to obesity and heart inflammation—which can increase heart attack risk. It can also increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a precursor to diabetes and other conditions.

Women up to 50 should strive for 25 grams a day, while men should try for 40. You can easily find ways to add fiber and fiber-rich foods to your diet. And if you don’t know which foods are high fiber, you can find that online. Don’t make a fiber faux pas.

Stronger Families. Stronger Communities. I’m Dr. Walt Larimore for Shine dot FM.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Protein Powder Promise

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The latest scoop on protein powders may leave you feeling a little suspicious of your supplements. Protein powders and drinks are a hot trend in fitness with research supporting their health and weight loss benefits. Unfortunately you may not be getting what you expect.

Consumer lab tested sixteen protein products and found problems with five of them. That’s thirty percent. Some had too little protein while others had more carbohydrates than listed, more cholesterol, or even lead contamination.

These products included some that coast up to five dollars a serving. I’ve talked a lot about how easy it is for consumers to be mislead by supplement labels and unscrupulous companies. So if protein products are a big part of your diet or health goals, I strongly advise you researching the brand you are buying. Your powder may not keep its promise.

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Kindness and Long Life

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Could the secret of a longer life be found by serving meals to the homeless, mowing your neighbor’s lawn, or giving money to a friend? You may be surprised about the gains of giving.

We’ve all felt an emotional lift when we’ve witnessed an act of kindness, even if it’s an online video, and you’ve probably felt an emotional rush after doing something nice for someone else.

For years researches have known social contact promotes a longer life. Studies continue to show that acts of kindness provide emotional, relational, spiritual, and even physical health benefits.

Consider reaching out to others on a regular basis or do it as a family. Look around for neighbors, friends, or colleagues in need. Decide to show love and action as an action of kindness. Your body, mind, and spirit may see gains as you give.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional Morning Glory, Evening Grace here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Crime and Television

If you find yourself worried about crime, could your fears be caused by what you see on TELEVISION, rather than on REALITY?

 

A new study has found that Americans’ fear of real-world violence is directly related to the amount of violence portrayed on broadcast television.

 

According to PluggedIn.com, The Annenberg Public Policy Center examined the amount of violence on TV from the 1970s through 2010, and then compared that to how people responded to Gallup polls about their fear of violence.

 

Despite the fact that crime rates in general have decreased over that time period, people’s fear of crime rose and fell in a pattern similar to rising and falling crime rates on TV shows!

 

It turns out that the number of violent sequences shown on broadcast TV each hour decreased significantly between 1972 and 1996. But since then, the number of violent incidents has been on the rise again…up to almost 4 per hour in prime time.

 

Each additional violent sequence per hour corresponded with a 1% increase in the number of people who said they feared walking alone at night in their own neighborhood.

 

Dan Romer with the Annenberg Center says “We now have stronger evidence that the fictional treatment of crime on TV may influence the public’s fears of crime,”

 

And this just in…watching sitcoms may make you more cynical about love.

 

Researchers at the University of Michigan found that students who watched sarcastic and cynical comedies such as How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory tended to have a much more pessimistic view of romance than those who didn’t.

 

The researchers say even if we aren’t aware of it, we internalize the messages we see on TV or in films.

 

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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“Patriot Pastor” From the Revolutionary War.

It’s Independence Day, and millions of Americans are enjoying picnics, barbecues and fireworks.

 

While you’re relaxing with friends or family, I’d encourage you to remember what this day commemorates—the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

 

One of my favorite stories about the American Revolution is about a pastor named John Peter Muhlenberg.

 

Pastor Muhlenberg had a military background, and toward the end of 1775, George Washington asked him to raise and command the 8th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army.

 

He agreed, but his brother Fredrick, who was also a pastor, didn’t approve of him going into the army.  That is until the British burned down Frederick’s own church in front of him. Then he joined the army himself.

 

On January 21, 1776 in the Lutheran church in Woodstock, Virginia, Pastor Muhlenberg preached from the third chapter Ecclesiastes, which starts with “To every thing there is a season.”

 

After reading the eighth verse, “a time of war, and a time of peace,” he declared, “And this is the time of war.”  He then threw off his clerical robe to reveal the uniform of a Continental Army Colonel.

 

Outside the church door the drums began to roll as the men in the congregation turned to kiss their wives and then walked down the aisle of the church to enlist.

 

Within half an hour, 162 men had joined the 8th Virginia Regiment and went on to fight for our country’s freedom.

 

After the war, John Muhlenberg served in House of Representatives and then as a US Senator.

 

I’d encourage you to share Pastor Muhlenberg’s story with your children or grandchildren.

 

Happy Independence Day from all of us at Shine.FM!

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Sweet Talk

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Giving your child a treat once in a while is fine, but if a junk food diet is the norm in your home, you could be giving your kids an early death sentence.

According to the National Cancer Institute, researchers have uncovered a link between obesity and several forms of cancer. Doctors believe there may be a correlation between obesity earlier in life and health complications later.

One study estimates up to four percent of new cases of cancer in America in men and seven percent in women were due to obesity. And children who struggle with their weight usually carry that problem into adulthood.

If you’re a parent take steps now to instill a healthy diet, exercise, and sleep habits into your child. And don’t forget to model them yourself. Cutting the calories may mean cutting everyone’s chances of cancer.

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