Over and over, parents explain why they chose to avoid drugs in treating their children’s behavioral and developmental difficulties based on what they saw with other kids.
“When my brother went to a school function and saw his son [who was being treated with drugs] in the classroom, he was sick to his stomach,” remembers Jane Watson.* “He was so upset at how unengaged [his son] was.”
Watson’s daughter has been diagnosed as having Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD). Seeing other children in her family treated with ADHD drugs, and also learning more about the physical side effects of Ritalin, helped her choose homeopathy to treat her daughter when she was young.
Watsonville homeopath Lorraine Stern treats children diagnosed with ADHD with traditional homeopathic remedies. These remedies are considered offbeat in the United States, but in Europe, where studies have shown the effectiveness of homeopathy, medical doctors often refer patients to homeopaths for treatment.
“Children are especially rewarding to treat with homeopathy,” Stern explains. “Homeopathy is very effective in treating ADD/ADHD and emotional disorders.”
Watson felt more comfortable knowing that homeopathy was unlikely to harm her daughter, but she was overwhelmed at the positive change once they started the treatment. “It was almost instantaneous—it was miraculous,” she says of the remedy prescribed by Watsonville homeopath Dr. Jeff Lester.