TV SHOW GUEST 03.18.2014 Carter Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, Carter, graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006. At that time, she returned to Charlottesville and has been working in the area since. Her interests include music, biology, ecology, philosophy, and religious studies. While she has always had a passion for biology and medicine, she developed an intense interest in neuroscience and natural health care. Three years ago, with the purpose of healing herself from the damaging effects of being placed on Ritalin at a young age, Carter began her healing process thanks to the help of local natural health care practitioners. She is currently working to promote her website Ritalinawareness.com and sharing her experience with Ritalin. She hopes that her story, and the research that she has compiled will encourage parents and doctors to pursue other avenues of treatment for children with behavioral disorders. She feels that her story is evidence that even if the results of ADD / ADHD medications appear at first to be beneficial, in the end, they create more problems than they solve for the children who take them.
Since the nineties, it has been common practice to place children on medication for ADD / ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Studies on rats done in 2003 suggest that Ritalin use during the juvenile years may lead to depression later in life. Carter firmly believes that being placed on Ritalin during her youth was very damaging for her and her peers who were also placed on the drug. She feels that there are other explanations for the behavioral disorders that plague young children and that in legitimate cases of ADD / ADHD there are natural remedies that can help. In her presentation, Carter will share her experience as well as relevant research on stimulant use and brain development. She will also provide information on pharmaceutical company influence, disorders or afflictions that are mistaken for ADD / ADHD, and natural alternatives to medication for treatment of the disorder.