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ADD subtracts

ADD

Attention deficit disorder provides a cute acronym* that is easy to remember. ADD looks positive–unlike its actual intention, which is negative, victimizing, and debilitating. ADD subtracts. It adds nothing to anyone.

Lack of focus is a natural result of disinterest, mindless labor, nutritional deficits, or preoccupation with thoughts.

  • Disinterest has many sources. Its appearance is especially apparent in school.
  • Mindless labor occurs in abundance. It’s in school, work, and daily drudgery.
  • Nutritional deficits impact focus by challenging brain function, digestive integrity, and cellular development. Nutritional deficits have many sources: over-consumption of sugar or sugar substitutes, sensitivity to food substances, insufficient intake of nutrients, chemically altered foodstuff, and water insufficiency (amount or quality).
  • Preoccupation with thoughts assaults focus from many directions. Internally disruptive thoughts or externally caused mental processing equally strain focus.
    Externally caused distractions are multi-directional: criticism from loved ones or authority figures; disturbing world or local events; drama in the immediate area; emotional feelings about others—happy or sad; traumatic experiences at the mercy of unknown or known people; exposure to information that is disturbing through social media, entertainment, or people; loss; and many others.
    Internally disruptive thoughts are multi-faceted, ranging from criticism based on criticism from others or self-imposed to turmoil from natural aging.

Lack of focus is natural. It doesn’t require a label or medication.

Attention deficit disorder ADD  []  It’s a name with no substance, a name with no social purpose. ADD is negative, victimizing, and debilitating. It adds nothing to anyone. ADD subtracts.

Notes: This information has been spiritually received.

For an understanding of the causes and treatments for the inability to focus, read the blog posts “Attention deficit: a reason to medicate or a natural way of being” and “ADHD and ADD belong in the obsolete archives“. For an understanding of the industries that push ADHD and ADD, read the blog post “People who push ADHD/ADD are…”.

* ADD is an initialism, because the letters are pronounced individually. I used the word acronym, because initialism is not well known.

 

ADHD and ADD belong in the obsolete archives

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In the past, many “cures” were actually detrimental, and they were debunked and abandoned. The same should happen for the ADHD and ADD diagnoses and cures. The phenomenon of ADHD and ADD should be examined, debunked, and abandoned.

Attention deficit is not a disorder and it is not real.

People have always varied in their abilities to focus and absorb information. People haven’t changed, but social structures have, and people struggle to fit into the monotonous, straight-jacketed, and restrictive ways of learning, working and functioning in modern society.

The cures for today’s attention deficit issues are not medication or ADHD/ADD therapies. There are approaches to modern living that can be effective for differing types of attention capabilities:

  • Recognizing that society is the disorder, and not the individuals, is the first step to assisting people with fitting in.
  • Acknowledging that people are meant to move—energetically and frequently—provides incentive to structure days with many opportunities for movement.
  • Encouraging understanding of tasks, commands, and regulations can create atmospheres of learning and productivity that are nourishing to the different types of attention capabilities.
  • Engaging with nature and animals has profound effect on focus and absorption of information. Regular interaction with nature and animals is especially transformative for people who society would label with ADHD or ADD.
  • Sitting for long periods is inappropriate for all people. Scheduling regular breaks into work and study helps focus.
  • Digesting foods that cause allergic or negative reactions intensifies focus inability. Diets that are free of additives and sweeteners are helpful and supportive, improving focus through digestive normalcy.
  • Training to be societally acceptable differs from society to society. The societies that require limited behavior produce people who struggle to participate. Their struggles can be eased by the actions of understanding family members, caregivers, and peers.

ADHD and ADD are symptoms of society. The “healing” of individuals is misguided. The healing belongs to the societies.

Release these misguided diagnoses to the obsolete archives. Let future historians view this period of out-of-control ADHD/ADD diagnoses as another misstep along the way.

Notes: This information has been spiritually received. Know that the crisis of ADHD/ADD drug pushing is felt in the spiritual realm. The drugs cut off the connection of people to their souls. Don’t give children drugs for ADHD and ADD. Don’t take them yourselves. Just, don’t!

For an understanding of the causes and treatments for the inability to focus, read the blog post “Attention deficit: a reason to medicate or a natural way of being”. For an understanding of the industries that push ADHD and ADD, read the blog post “People who push ADHD/ADD are…”.

 

 

Down the rabbit hole of ADHD

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Life is a strange journey for children who are diagnosed with ADHD. The doctors prescribe stimulants, stimulants and antidepressants, antidepressants and non-stimulants, non-stimulants and digestive medicines (to counteract side effects of the non-stimulants), non-stimulants and caffeinated products, non-stimulants and eye medications (to counteract side effects of the non-stimulants), or other confusing combination of b0dy-altering drugs.

The parents believe the doctors and force the medications on their unprotected children. The children then face life with altered reality and a sense of brokenness.

The journey down is unsettling and deceptive. Personality changes and thought development are stifled, attention is narrowed, and observation abilities are blurred towards unnatural interests. The tumbling down is influenced by chemical reactions that interject their power over natural state of being. Side effects add their vicious reality. The illusion of concentration is dark, darkening the soul of the recipient taking the drugs.

Don’t drug your children to satisfy the ADHD industry! The only ones who profit are the ones who create and push the drugs. The children DO NOT benefit.

Note: This information has been spiritually received. Know that the crisis of ADHD/ADD drug pushing is felt in the spiritual realm. The drugs cut off the connection of people to their souls. Don’t give children drugs for ADHD and ADD. Don’t take them yourselves. Just, don’t!

For an understanding of the causes and treatments for the inability to focus, read the blog post “Attention deficit: a reason to medicate or a natural way of being”. For an understanding of the industries that push ADHD and ADD, read the blog post “People who push ADHD/ADD are…”.

 

 

People who push ADHD/ADD are…

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  • Wrong
  • Savvy
  • Opportunists
  • Clever
  • Puppets
  • Lacking understanding
  • Overwhelmed
  • Well-meaning
  • Hopeful
  • Afraid to trust their own instincts

People who push ADHD/ADD are…

Wrong

ADHD and ADD are invented afflictions. People function differently and have different ways of learning and expressing themselves. The categorization of many people into labeled attention dysfunction is wrong for these people and harmful for society.

Savvy

Business—the attention deficit business—is booming! There are ingested aids (medicines, vitamins, etc.), behavioral aids, and lifestyle products. The attention deficit industry is booming, and savvy business people are able to enter this expanding market and prosper.

Opportunists

There are therapists to diagnose and therapists to advise, therapists to teach the parents and therapists to teach the children, medicines to be dispensed, and “helpful” devices to be sold. ADHD and ADD diagnoses offer opportunities galore to prosper!

Clever

With so much opportunity to prosper in the ADHD/ADD markets, clever people continue to find ways to convince people to label, medicate, and underestimate themselves and their loved ones. Each new method signifies a large investment in clever manipulation.

Puppets

Some of the people who push ADHD and ADD “solutions” are puppets of the industries that create the solutions. The puppets’ roles are to convince people of their own and their loved ones need for help.

Lacking understanding

ADHD and ADD have developed into mainstream concepts, and the rush to medicate, devalue, and change people is done by many who lack understanding about the different learning styles of people.

Overwhelmed

Daily responsibilities overwhelm many people, and the work to assist those who are unable to fit into the standard environments of learning is additionally overwhelming. When “experts” tell these overwhelmed people to medicate, devalue, or change themselves and their loved ones, they often acquiesce from a lack of information or time.

Well-meaning

The ADHD and ADD industry inspires well-meaning people to invest their professional lives into “helping”. Their motivation is unfortunately misguided.

Hopeful

Some of the ADHD/ADD pushers are hopeful for significant financial rewards. Others are hopeful for a piece of the monetary action. The well-meaning pushers are hopeful that their contributions will help.

Afraid to trust their own instincts

The most personal of the pushers are the parents who are afraid to trust their instincts. They know their children are in need of specialized attention, but they are afraid to deviate from the opinions of “experts”.

The rush to push ADHD and ADD

The pushers of ADHD and ADD drive the industry that pronounces people as needing their help. The rush to give people ingested aids, behavioral aids, and lifestyle products in order to function is foolhardy and destructive.

Some of the ingested aids damage internal functioning of the body. Some of them even create emotional and mental imbalances that are then causes for other physical and emotional troubles. All of the aids lessen society’s view of the people who are treated as deficient.

For an understanding of the causes and treatments for the inability to focus, read the blog post “Attention deficit: a reason to medicate or a natural way of being”.

Note: This information has been spiritually received.

 

Attention deficit: a reason to medicate or a natural way of being

Children playing outside on a sunny day

People’s inability to focus has been the basis of entire industries for the last forty to fifty years. It has skyrocketing potential for so many businesses that its existence feeds economic trends. Attention deficiencies bolster the production of ingested aids (medicines, vitamins, etc.), behavioral aids, and lifestyle products. There are therapists to diagnose and therapists to advise, therapists to teach the parents and therapists to teach the children. So much activity around an invented affliction!

Inability to focus has causes. Sometimes there are birth defects that lead to attention deficiencies, but these causes are not the reasons for the new enormous industries. The new industries created the new disorders without facing the causes.

There are four main causes of inability to focus in the modern world:

  1. Industrialization, which brought with it urbanization and specialization
  2. Personal communication devices: radios, TVs, stereo systems, telephones, etc.
  3. Distancing from nature and from nature’s splendors and rhythms
  4. Standard learning methodologies in schools, universities, and courses that are not appropriate for most of those studying (approximately 60%)

Of all these causes, distancing from nature is the most serious. People require exposure to nature’s creatures (domesticated animals, untamed animals, fish, and insects), nature’s landscapes, edible foods in nature, flowers, plants, trees, and seasonal changes. These elements teach and develop attention capabilities. Without these connections to nature—or with only limited exposure to them—the ability to concentrate for extended periods of time is lessened and unappreciated, the ability to focus is shortened, and the ability to be resourceful is lessened. Not for everyone, but for most.

Industrialization led (1) to people moving into housing that cuts them off from nature and (2) to work that is specialized. Modern society’s focus on specialization has led to repetitive labor, day after day, year after year, be it in a field, at a desk, or by a computer. Specialization appears to advance societal goals, but in actuality, it limits people, which in turn, constrains society. Repetitive labor lessens the life of the laborer/person—not necessarily in terms of length of lifespan, but more in terms of a reduced existence. Specialization affects ability to focus by requiring unnatural attention to a limited area. Some people naturally feel at ease focusing on a limited area, but most don’t.

Personal communication devices pull people away from self-created enjoyments. Creating one’s own enjoyment requires focus and self-awareness. When someone else creates the enjoyment, focus is reduced. Earlier personal communication devices, like radios, caused people to reevaluate their own skills at entertainment and to sometimes quit. Stereo systems contributed to the move away from self-entertainment and attempts to create music. Television brought visual entertainment into the home, which led to a lessening in public gatherings and continued reevaluation of personal skills and desire to create entertainment. Telephones enable people to gather even less. Personal computers and phones continue the move from gathering together and have changed many aspects of self-entertainment, which then leads to increased inability to focus.

All people learn differently. Some learn through experiential training, some learn visually, some learn by hearing other people’s stories, and some learn only the things that really interest them. The standardized methodologies for teaching in a classroom assist no more than 40% of the students. The other 60%–the majority—require learning that is different. These people are stigmatized as problem learners when they actually have normal learning capabilities.

These four causes of inability to focus are interwoven into the fabric of modern society. Schools teach the minority of students well and fall short with the majority. Attachment to personal communication devices lessens patience and attention. Specialization narrows focus and awareness of things beyond one’s specialty. Detachment from nature removes opportunities for focus enhancement.

The attention deficiencies industries overlook the four causes and look at normal human traits as negative characteristics to be changed. They ignore the fact that modern living requires focus on activities that can be dull, rote, repetitive, and constraining. They trivialize the natural needs to move and change focus. They ignore the importance of connection to nature.

Modern schools, work places, institutions, and organizations require participation in dull, rote, repetitive, and constraining tasks and situations. People were designed for tasks and situations that are ever-changing. Tasks that demand constant focus and lengthy concentration tax the natural nature of humans. Distractions, tempest, whirl, and hurly-burly—those are the situations that people respond to.

Sitting in a classroom with a teacher droning on—NO! Sitting at a computer with few breaks—NO! Sitting on a factory line repeating the same motion over and over and over and over—NO! Hours of religious expression with expected intention—NO! People were not designed for these situations. To expect them to handle these situations and not fidget or daydream or disturb would require a new design.

People are designed for doing some of this, doing some of that, moving here, then moving there, short bouts of focus, studied execution of required tasks and chosen pursuits—and then sleep to recharge, repair, and function. People cannot hear and digest information delivered perfunctorily nor handle verbal assault nor accept displays of unimaginative and unmeant praise nor decipher dull and sterilized writing nor participate in uninspired presentations nor stay still for too long nor perform religious requirements without proper guidance and inspiration. Doing these things results in attention distraction, anger or enhanced criticism, dulled emotions and responses, and opposition to more than the cause of the opposition.

As mentioned earlier, the influences of nature were once major influences on people. Some people and cultures run their lives around the cycles of nature, but the number of people who are nature-centric lessens with developments in technology. The connection to flora and fauna significantly 1) broadens and heightens understanding of cycles and fluctuations; 2) develops appreciative and inquisitive capabilities; and 3) causes people to examine and work with vegetation that aid human life and animals that enhance human existence. When people allowed fluctuations of time, season, and life to govern their lives, they developed more attentive skills.

The creation of societies that reward unnatural behaviors and occupations and punish normal human behavior punish themselves. People force and repress and mold themselves to function within the constraints of modern societies. They think they are superior when they manage to overcome their natural inclinations for movement and physical expression. People do manage to adjust to their polygonal existences, but their bodies and spirits bear the brunt of the altered requirements.(A polygonal existence is a life that feels twisted and unnatural, a life that is unbalanced and incorrectly focused.)

Attention to the world around, to other people’s actions and antics, to creatures other than humans, to plant life, and to other-worldly possibilities can sharpen attention capabilities. Attention capabilities are dulled through focus on petty inconveniences, petty pursuits, mindless entertainment, mindless lecturing,  futile escapes, futile reasoning to justify lack of initiative, words spoken without thought, words spoken in a tone of condescension or disgust, distractive substances that steal focus,  and distractive and negative thoughts that are untrue or unnecessary. When attention capabilities are challenged, habits, influences, and routines should be examined.

Assuming that a person has a deficit because he or she cannot stay still or cannot focus on a dull and uninspiring topic reflects badly on society. There are people born with deficits or who acquire deficits through accident or illness, but perceived deficits of people who are unable to force themselves to live within uncompromising regulations are not deficits—they are expressions of frustration or unreleased energy or laziness or despair.

The rush of the attention deficiencies industries to pronounce people as needing ingested aids, behavioral aids, and lifestyle products in order to function is foolhardy and destructive. Some of ingested aids damage internal functioning of the body. All of the aids lessen society’s view of the people who are treated as attention deficient—including the people themselves.

What changes are needed to lessen attention deficiencies, besides changing society?

  • Spending more time around plants, trees, and flowers.
  • Spending more time with animals at home, at zoos, at bird observation sites, in nature.
  • Reading more for pleasure.
  • Spending more time outside feeling the weather.
  • Regularly using the body physically through exercise or activities that incorporate movement.
  • Participating in creating music and musical performances.
  • Spending more time with family or friends doing volunteer work.
  • Studying topics that are interesting.
  • Creating meals from scratch.
  • Developing hobbies that involve concentration and gradual improvement.
  • Using personal communication devices less.

Instead of focusing on attention deficiencies, the attention deficiencies industries could focus on attention capabilities. To do so, attention capability needs to be understood. There are six aspects of attention capability:

  • The ability to take in outside stimuli and think about them in orderly and sequential thought processes, and use the subsequent and processed information to formulate ideas, images and sensory input, questions, impressions and intuitive evaluations (for positive and negative stimuli), and information for storage.
  • The ability to identify information, opinions, memories, and guidelines that are stored or remembered, and to apply them to incoming stimuli.
  • The ability to filter out unnecessary, trivial, and malicious information from all incoming and internalized information.
  • The ability to evaluate outside stimuli and determine the need for using them. For example, when noticing a person walk by—First, evaluating the person in relation to oneself: identifying the person as familiar (family, friend, or acquaintance) or known but unacquainted (friend of a friend, famous, work personnel, etc.) or unknown but interesting (appealing physically or not, engaged in eye-catching activity, wearing eye-catching apparel, etc.) or unknown and suspicious or simply unknown. Second, determining an appropriate response if required, initiating an action or not, taking note of the person or something about the person or letting the person pass by without an intake of information.
  • The ability to focus on outside stimuli that must be internalized.
  • The ability to use the senses to connect with environmental (not man-made) activity, changes, and patterns.

The attention capabilities industries could focus on these aspects of attention to elevate people rather than looking for deficiencies that aren’t existent. There is much that can be done to elevate people. The first step is to abandon the invented affliction of attention deficiencies.

Note: This information is from the first draft of the upcoming book Invented Afflictions and Muscular Conditions. This information has been spiritually received. Some of the information has been published here in earlier blog posts.

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