The Less Than Perfect Child w/ Dr. David Bardsley

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The Center for Disease Control tells us that there are 9 million children in this country, between the ages of 4 and 17 with A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and 4.5 million have already been clinically diagnosed. Of those 2.5 million take a psycho-stimulant amphetamine, on a daily basis!

You may know them by their trade name. Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta.

What do we know about these drugs?

Not very much.

We don’t know how they work. When I say “we” I don’t mean you and I, I mean doctors. Don’t believe me…ask one.

What are the long-term side effects of these drugs on my child?

Think about this for a moment, these are stimulants. They are supposed to simulate the activity of our body and our mind.

But when you give them to someone who is hyperactive they cause a “dumbing down”, a sedative effect.

The exact opposite of what they are supposed to do.

There is not a neuroscientist on the planet that can tell you why that occurs.

Yet, despite not knowing 1 in 9 male school children take a psycho-stimulant, Ritalin or Adderall on a daily basis.

There are 8.5 tons of Ritalin produced in the world each year and sadly, the US consumes 93% of the worlds supply.

This is insane.

Today’s guest is different.

He is not an expert in child behavior or parenting.

Dr. David Bardsley is not a neuro scientist.

He is not an expert in child behavior or parenting.

But you know what he is?

The end product of a little boy who grew up in the trenches of dyfuntionality.

He knows what it’s like to always be “different” To face adversity. To overcome circumstance.

Life doesn’t happen to you it happens for you.

Are you a victim to this existence or do you have a choice?

There were 4 key elements to his journey:

  • Unyielding support
  • Relentless encouragement
  • Uncompromising love
  • And vigorous physical activity

Following a troubled childhood, three years of intensive medical investigation and a period of institutionalization, Dr. Bardsley was eventually diagnosed as mentally retarded at age nine. It was a diagnosis his parents refused accept.

He would struggle with his dysfunctional behavior for nearly two decades before a correct diagnosis of Tourette’s Syndrome and ADHD was made.

Dr. David Bardsley holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., D.D.S. and Fellowship in Oral & maxillofacial Surgery.

He is the founder of Silver Eagle Media, a company dedicated to helping individuals increase their cognitive ability and perform at their highest intellectual level. He has spent the past five years crisscrossing the country presenting to business executives, teachers, parents, students and has recently authored the book, “The Less Than Perfect Child.” 

It’s a funny thing about life.

Choice, circumstance…the way our “life” unfolds before us…as if it’s beyond our control.

Sometimes things get weird. Sh$% happens!

It’s tuff, no doubt.

But what do you do in the face of adversity?

How do you handle challenges when they arise?

What stories do you tell your children about what is available to them in this life?

I’m of the thought that ALL limitations are self-imposed and after speaking with Dr. Bardsley my position on this matter has been confirmed.

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    Hi Popoy, I hear your concern. I imagine it would feel very challenging to not know if a medication is helping or harming your condition. I am not a doctor and have no knowledge in this area. I can say that I have had great results consulting Aryruvedic practitioners. From my experience, western doctors tend to look at my symptoms and prescribe a pill. Aryruveda looks at my entire constitution and offers ways of healing through food, movement, herbs, etc…
    I still have to take medication for a thyroid issue, but feel so much better when adding the healing modalities.
    Wishing you all the best!

  2. I started taikng 20 mg of Vyvanse in May after being diagnosed with ADD (I am 45 yrs young and long suspected I had ADD). I’ve been taikng sertraline/zoloft for the past 9 years and decided to test for ADD after my sister, niece and brother in law all reported dramatic positive results of taikng vyvanse after testing positive for ADD. Since May I have ramped up from 20 to 70 mg while weaning off of sertraline (finally weaned off around the time I started taikng 60). Here’s the thing, I do not know how I am supposed to feel. Ramping up on vyvanse while weaning off sertraline (and the withdrawals) made me feel that Vyvanse was working for a short period of time (felt great then it felt like the vyvanse wore off in middle of the day). 60 mg did not do anything and 70 was too much based on the feedback I gave my doctor. Problem is, he now wants me to drop to 50mg. Not sure if this will be the effective dose now that I am completely weaned off sertraline/zoloft. I took 40 mg this past saturday, nothing sunday and then 40 again on Monday to see if I noticed any difference. I felt good on 40 but still don’t know the yardstick to measure how I am supposed to feel. I did not take any vyvanse yesterday and took my last 20 mg this morning to see if it would have any effect. The frustrating part to all this is that I have no clue to which dosage I should stick with. I know that Vyvanse is not a cure all miracle drug but at least with children you can see improvement through their school grades. Any comments or feedback is appreciated.

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