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Ritalin is Not the Answer Action Guide: An Interactive Companion to the Bestselling Drug-Free ADD/ADHD Parenting Program

Dr. David Stein’s Ritalin is Not The Answer : A Drug-Free, Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD was published in 1999 and has become a resource that parents of children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) (ADHD) rely on. Then, to make the Caregiver’s Skill Program outlined in that book even easier to apply, Dr. Stein published Ritalin is Not the Answer Action Guide: An Interactive Companion to the Bestselling Drug-Free ADD/ADHD Parenting Program three years later in 2002.

The Caregiver’s Skill Program is an alternative to psychiatric drugs, meant to help improve children’s behavior at home and in school, and help children become more motivated and emotionally balanced overall. Ritalin is Not the Answer Action Guide is a follow up to Ritalin is Not the Answer: A Drug-Free, Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, and uses the same principles and methods of the Caregiver’s Skill Program, and will help you execute the plan and track progress with step-by-step guidelines, checklists, self-tests, exercises and resources for parents and teachers.

About the Author

Dr. David B. Stein is a psychologist who worked as a clinical practitioner and professor of psychology in Virginia. He also was deputized with the Prince George Co. Police Department in Virginia, and worked as a criminal profiling consultant for Petersburg and Virginia State Police. Dr. Stein is an accomplished author who spent most of his career fighting against and exposing the evils of using amphetamine drugs such as Ritalin to treat children with ADD and ADHD. His other books include The Psychology Industry Under a Microscope, Controlling the Difficult Adolescent: The REST Program, Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco, and Stop Medicating, Start Parenting. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 73 years old, and is survived by his wife, two sons and two grandchildren.


Washington Times:

“Offers parents of children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD an entire program for improving behavior and raising performance-without resorting to drugs. Dr. Stein offers much good practical advice.”

DuBose Ravenel, M.D., Cornerstone Pediatrics, Highpoint, North Carolina:

“As a practicing pediatrician, I have been using Dr. Stein’s book Ritalin is Not the Answer as an alternative to medication, and I have achieved great success with parents who prefer a non-medication approach…. Once you see results, as I have, your views on ADD/ADHD will inevitably begin to change.”

Youth Today:

“Shows Ritalin, a drug commonly used to treat ADHD in millions of young children, to be a dangerously addictive drug…. Anyone who acts as a caregiver for elementary-aged children diagnosed with ADHD should consider this perspective.”

The Shooting Drugs – Prozac and its Generation Exposed on the Internet

This book was written by Donna Smart, who is a Prozac survivor. At first she thought Prozac was really helping her, until she realized it was the very reason she lost everything – from her marriage to her successful career to her sanity. Smart learned that Prozac and other similar SSRI drugs such as Zoloft, Paxil and Wellbutrin are meant to create the illusion for the person taking the drug that they are doing “great” and as a result, the person often defends the drug vehemently. Meanwhile, they fail to notice their life falling apart and sanity being taken away from them; ultimately, these drugs create faulty judgement in the people taking them and create a false sense of self.

While Smart managed to come off Prozac and didn’t lose her life, many other victims succumbed to the darkness created in their life by the drug. Actor Phil Hartman was shot to death by his wife who was on Zoloft at the time, and then she proceeded to kill herself. And then there is rock star Del Shannon, civil rights leader Abby Hoffman, and the 50,000 other people that have lost their lives thanks to Prozac-induced suicide. These numbers are provided by a brain specialist who contributed thorough research to the book.

In The Shooting Drugs – Prozac and its Generation Exposed on the Internet, Smart provides over 200 accounts of Prozac side effects from over 200 individuals who took the drug. These side effects range from violent and suicidal ideations to significant weight gain to dysfunction with sex and love. Many have also reported that after taking SSRIs they were led into substance abuse and they became increasingly self-absorbed. Often, the side effects brought on by SSRIs cause patients to avoid coming off the drug.

This book also touches on the prevalent role SSRIs played in school shootings as well as workplace massacres. Smart warns readers about the role the psychiatric community plays and how many doctors do not lead patients to the truth about these drugs. The Shooting Drugs gives a thorough and clear account of the dangers of Prozac and other SSRIs, and makes an excellent case for why no one should take a prescription drug before researching it from every angle.


Parenting by the Book: Biblical Wisdom for Raising Your Child

In this book, well-known family psychologist, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and best-selling author John Rosemond brings parents back to the Biblical basics. Though he holds a degree in psychology, at some point along the way Rosemond became a born-again Christian and started fighting against the “new age” idolatry of the psychological practice.

In Parenting by the Book: Biblical Wisdom for Your Child, Rosemond explains how parents have stopped taking advice from previous generations and started relying too much on psychological professionals for guidance on how to raise their children. As a result, the more recent generations of children have become victimized, requiring increasing doses of therapy and psychiatric drugs.

The solution, says Rosemond, is reviving Biblical principles in parenting, and focusing more on teaching our children to respect others, as opposed to focusing on self-esteem. Discipline and punishment are necessary to a child’s growth, says Rosemond, in opposition to modern psychology’s idea that punishment hurts a child’s self-esteem and therefore children should not have to face consequences for their behavior. These new ideas from modern psychology have turned parenting into an extremely frustrating and anxiety-provoking endeavor for both parents and children.

Parenting by the Book is well-researched book that lays out a simple and effective plan for raising happy and emotionally healthy children who will grow into a successful adulthood. This book also provides parents with answers to how to raise their children to be the best they can be, while maintaining sanity and peace of mind.

About the Author

John Rosemond is a family psychologist and parenting expert. He has written thirteen books on parenting issues and is a syndicated columnist for over 200 newspapers. His latest book is The Bible Parenting Code: Revealing God’s Perfect Parenting Plan. Rosemond and his Certified Leadership Parenting Coaches answer questions at Rosemond is also an in-demand speaker on parenting and family issues, having appeared on a number of major television talk shows.


Dr. Kevin Leman, author of Making Children Mind without Losing Yours:

“John Rosemond is one of the few psychologists I’ve ever met who always makes sense. This is the best common-sense guide to parenting I’ve read in a long time.”

Glenn T. Stanton, author of Marriage on Trial and My Crazy, Imperfect Christian Family:

“If you think ‘new’ is always better, this is not the book for you. John does all parents a huge service by skillfully illuminating the timeless wisdom of Scripture that has served generations in raising healthy, happy, obedient human beings. I was struck, both as a parent and a professional, at how simply and practically John presents these biblical truths for mothers and fathers. Parenting by the Book could start a parenting revolution, and I pray it does for the sake of our children.”

DuBose Ravenel, MD, FAAP, pediatrician and emeritus member of Focus of the Family medical advisor team:

“Truly a masterpiece. John’s concepts are consistent with both biblical principles and the best parenting research. As such, they work! A must-read for parents and professionals who work with parents.”

John Rosemond’s New Parent Power! (Volume 11)

Through his many other best-selling books on raising children, John Rosemond has become a voice of reason for millions on the topic of traditional parenting. This book, John Rosemond’s New Parent Power! (Volume 11) combines two of Rosemond’s most successful volumes: Parent Power! and his 6 Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children. 

This new volume is a revised and updated compilation of some of the best advice for raising your child as a member of the family instead of having the family revolve around the child. One of the main premises of this book is that parents have more experience and wisdom than children, and it is their role to teach children what part they play in the family. Parent must lay out ground rules for their children and make them aware of what will happen if they disobey.

John Rosemond’s New Parent Power! does an excellent job of showing why children are the way they are, and how parents can help them develop their child in a way that will create a productive, happy and meaningfully contributing citizen. He explains how children need discipline, structure and order, even if they don’t always show it. Children look to the parent as a source of authority, so it’s critical that the parent play this part effectively. Rosemond brings his own role as a parent and grandparent into his perspective on how to love and raise healthy children in a way that will benefit both parent and child in the long-term, without using attachment parenting.

About the Author

John Rosemond is a family psychologist and parenting expert. He has written thirteen books on parenting issues and is a syndicated columnist for over 200 newspapers. His latest book is The Bible Parenting Code: Revealing God’s Perfect Parenting Plan. Rosemond and his Certified Leadership Parenting Coaches answer questions at Rosemond is also an in-demand speaker on parenting and family issues, having appeared on a number of major television talk shows.


The Well-Behaved Child: Discipline that Really Works!

Have you spread yourself too thin in your efforts to get your child to listen, pay attention and follow directions? Are you tired of wasting so much energy on methods that seem to have no effect, and need a simple strategy that really works? Family psychologist, best-selling author and parenting expert John Rosemond is the person to turn to. His thirty-six years of experience dealing with families using biblical principles and tried-and-true traditional parenting approaches is packaged into one very valuable how-to guidebook: The Well Behaved Child: Discipline That Really Works!

In the book, Rosemond equips parents with the tools to effectively handle a wide range of behavioral problems in children from ages three through thirteen. This clear, step-by-step guide outlines how parents can take a disciplinary approach that is based around three very important “C-words”: communication, commanding and compelling consequences.

The Well-Behaved Child consists of sections including:

  • Essential Discipline Principles
  • Essential Discipline Tools
  • Perplexing Problems and Simple Solutions
  • Not Your Everyday Problems
  • General Questions and Answers (Troubleshooting)

Among the notable aspects of Rosemond’s teachings that are included in the book is the “Short and Sweet” principle, which teaches parents to use fewer words when instructing children. This principle is proven to not only make it more likely for the child to obey, but it also saves the parent energy and frustration. The “Alpha Speech” principle that Rosemond uses in the book teaches parents to respond to children’s questioning with “because I said so” as opposed to constantly explaining themselves. This approach simplifies a child’s life and allows them to accept the parent’s authority instead of continually trying to challenge it.

The Well-Behaved Child is simple, practical and effective. It will create better leadership qualities in your child, strengthen the parent-child bond, and empower your child to become a better decision-maker.

About the Author

John Rosemond is a family psychologist and parenting expert. He has written thirteen books on parenting issues and is a syndicated columnist for over 200 newspapers. His latest book is The Bible Parenting Code: Revealing God’s Perfect Parenting Plan. Rosemond and his Certified Leadership Parenting Coaches answer questions at Rosemond is also an in-demand speaker on parenting and family issues, having appeared on a number of major television talk shows.


The Well-Behaved Child offers sensible, useful advice and opinion on a wide variety of parenting issues including tantrums (children’s, not parents’), sibling rivalry, stealing, lying, defiance and more.”

The Diseasing of America’s Children: Exposing the ADHD Fiasco and Empowering Parents to Take Back Control

This book, written by psychologist John Rosemond and pediatrician Dr. Bose Ravenel, exposes the fallacy behind the creation of these behavioral and developmental “diseases” such as ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and early-onset bipolar disorder (EDOBD). These diagnoses do not conform to the scientific definition of what a disease is, and lack tangible evidence, yet children are being diagnosed with such labels at alarming rates.

In the book, Rosemond and Dr. Ravenel uncover how the “ADHD Establishment” – which includes mental health professionals, physicians, patient advocacy groups, and the pharmaceutical industry as a whole – have tricked parents, teachers, patients, consumers and medical professionals into believing they suffer from an illness and need medication for it. There is little evidence that this particular illness exists, and all the while, the ADHD Establishment continues to amass growing profits. The Diseasing of America’s Children: Exposing the ADHD Fiasco and Empowering Parents to Take Back Control explains the new age pseudo-science that has been used to create these “diseases,” and examines how the school system is part of the problem.

This book reveals the dangers posed by many of these behavioral drugs prescribed for these so-called conditions. Finally, backed by scientific research and years of professional experience, Rosemond and Dr. Ravenel outline methods proven effective to address behavioral issues such as defiance, tantrums and disrespect. These solutions can help children at home and in school without the need for pharmaceuticals or professional help.

About the Authors

John Rosemond

John Rosemond is a family psychologist and parenting expert. He has written thirteen books on parenting issues and is a syndicated columnist for over 200 newspapers. His latest book is The Bible Parenting Code: Revealing God’s Perfect Parenting Plan. Rosemond and his Certified Leadership Parenting Coaches answer questions at Rosemond is also an in-demand speaker on parenting and family issues, having appeared on a number of major television talk shows.

Dr. Bose Ravenel

Dr. Ravenel is a distinguished pediatrician repeatedly recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America prior to his retirement in March 2020. He is a member of several professional organizations, and a author and speaker in the areas of child discipline and parenting. He received his medical degree from Duke University, and trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Ravenel also published a commentary titled A New Paradigm for ADD/ADHD and Behavioral Management Without Medication.

Is This Your Child?

This book, written by Dr. Doris Rapp, gives a thorough overview of allergies and how they can affect children, both physically and behaviorally. There are common accepted allergic reactions that most of us are familiar with, such as hives, asthma or hay fever. But allergic reactions can also come in many forms we are unaware, of, as Dr. Rapp demonstrates in Is This Your Child?.

Allergic reactions caused by certain foods or chemicals can have symptoms that vary from nasal congestion, to stomach issues and even epilepsy in some cases. But here are also many behavioral issues, from motor mouth, inability to concentrate, and aggression, that can be caused by a particular food or chemical that is part of that child’s environment. Yet so often, these causes go undetected, and the child and parent both suffer. Dr. Rapp is adamant that parents take a step back when their child is feeling and behaving unwell, and resist the temptation to immediately blame themselves or look to a prescription medication for the answer.

Dr. Rapp covers many aspects of allergies in Is This Your Child?. She goes the history of allergies and how the definition was changed over time. She also goes over statistics of how common allergies are, and explains how family history factors into a child’s likelihood of developing allergies. Finally, in the book, Dr. Rapp explains how parents can identify the certain foods or chemicals that are causing their child (or themselves) to feel unwell, and how to prevent and treat these allergic reactions.

About the Author

Doris J. Rapp, M.D., F.A.A.A., F.A.A.P., is a board-certified environmental medical specialist and pediatric allergist for children. In 1975, as a practicing pediatric allergist in New York, she attended a meeting on food allergy and while at first she found it hard to believe what the speakers were saying, she decided to take a deeper look into the symptoms that can be caused by allergens and food. This led her on a conquest she became very dedicated to. Despite the rampant criticism she received, including many people who tried to discredit her medical work, she stepped up her research. She performed double-blind studies and videotaped countless testing sessions to document the adverse effects of environmental factors in vulnerable individuals.

Dr. Rapp’s work has been very eye-opening for the medical community. Her research has helped people that suffer from a number of ailments, including Tourette syndrome and Gulf War Syndrome. Dr. Rapp is clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the founder of the Practical Allergy Foundation in Buffalo and is the former president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.


Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills That Kill

This book, written by Kelly Patricia O’Meara, drives an important point home: there’s no question that people suffer, often severely, from mental and emotional issues, but what is in question is the scientific evidence that would categorize these mental issues as “diseases.” O’Meara lays out for us how these mental disorders that are now being sold as physical diseases are mostly based on theories, not actual scientific data. An example is the “chemical imbalance” theory. No psychiatrist can produce a test of a patient done to show the changing chemicals in their brain, yet much of the medical community, government and world population seem to accept the “chemical imbalance” theory as scientific fact.

Also mostly based on theory is the effectiveness of many of these psychiatric drugs prescribed for these mental “diseases.” In Psyched Out: How Psychiatry Sells Mental Illness and Pushes Pills that Kill, author O’Meara investigates the shifting of language the FDA has used to cover up potential risks and the lack of successful and effective clinical trials that have taken place with many of these psychiatric drugs. Not only are doctors and pharmaceutical companies not aware or honest enough about potential side effects, they have also failed to address the fact that many of these drugs make mental conditions worse. An example of this is suicidal ideations in children that have come after being prescribed these drugs. While it is up to the people whether they choose to take these drugs, they need to be making that decision based on truth, not blatant falsehoods.

About the Author

Kelly Patricia O’Meara is a former investigative reporter for The Washington Times’ Insight Magazine, and has written a lot of material on the fraud behind psychiatric diagnoses and the dangers of psychiatric drugs. In her 1999 cover story for the The Washington Times’ Insight Magazinecalled “Guns & Doses,” she explored the connection between psychiatric drugs and senseless acts of violence. Prior to her work as a reporter, O’Meara spent sixteen years as a Congressional staffer to several members of Congress. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Maryland.


Beverly K. Eakmen, The Free Library by Farlex:

“O’Meara’s well-researched statistics show that Americans are awash in prescription psychotropic drugs, especially antidepressants. She makes her case right up front.”

Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher

This raw and candid story by Gwen Olsen, a former pharmaceutical sales representative, combines an emotional personal narrative with thorough research backed up by statistics, scientific data, court cases and cases studies. Not only will Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher give readers a birds-eye view of the pharmaceutical industry from an former sales rep that peddled these drugs, it satisfies the mind’s desire for the due diligence that delivers factual and unbiased answers.

Gwen Olsen explains the ins and outs of her former job, how the more sales that pharmaceutical reps like her made, the more they were financially rewarded. This was despite the fact that many of these drugs had been through inadequate testing to understand their long-term effects. She urges patients to be their own advocate, asking questions about any drugs they are prescribed, regarding potential risks and details of clinical trials.

Olsen also tells this story from her perspective as a former victim of the adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs, and as the aunt to a young woman that committed suicide after a tortured life spent on a plethora of prescription drugs that left her despondent at the very end. Olsen gives her personal stories authority in Confessions of a Drug Pusher by also providing thorough information she gathered about this industry, such as “Prescription drug use has become the third-largest killer of Americans behind heart disease and cancer,” and “more than 180,000 people die annually from the effects of legal drugs.”

About the Author

Gwen Olsen spent fifteen years working as a sales representative for pharmaceutical giants such as McNeil Pharmaceutical, Syntex Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott Labs, and Forest Laboratories. She spent most of her career as a hospital rep and specialist rep, educating residents in hospital teaching settings and selling prescription drugs to various doctors. She is now using her unique perspective gained from her professional and personal experiences with pharmaceuticals to help expose Big Pharma, and their greed, corruption and marketing tactics. Olsen is a passionate mental health activist, speaker and writer.


Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic:

“In Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher, Gwen Olsen brings together the knowledge of an “insider” trained to sell doctors on the merits of pills; the personal experience of having taken psychiatric medications and seen how they altered her life; and the deep grief of having lost her niece—following her treatment with psychiatric medications—to suicide. This book has both an intellectual and emotional punch that readers will long remember.”

Dr. Ben Lerner, chiropractor and New York Times bestselling author of Body by God:

“It is easy to disregard prescription drug deaths, medical errors, and U.S. health care crisis statistics as just numbers. However, they are not. In a well researched, impeccably documented, finely written manner Gwen Olsen has given us account of the gripping details of real people hurt by the failures of modern health care. A former pharmaceutical representative herself, the information is as credible as it is compelling. It is vital for those currently taking prescription medication to read and understand this book.”

Meria Heller, producer/host of The Meria Heller Show:

“When you realize what is being sold to you as a “remedy” you will realize how you are playing Russian Roulette with yours and your children’s lives. This book is a MUST read for every American and every parent in the country.”


Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients

This book, written by top health journalist Ray Moynihan and Canadian science writer Alan Cassels, is an analysis on pharmaceutical companies, and how they have colluded with medical science to expand their customer base and increase profits. This has been accomplished by lowering thresholds for certain disorders such as high cholesterol, creating narratives around common problems to turn them into diseases (such as sexual dysfunction), and to market their prescription drugs to not just sick people, but healthy people as well.

Moynihan and Cassels make it clear that there are definitely serious illnesses, conditions and disorders that require prescription drugs. Often, even powerful prescription drugs may be needed that come with side effects that may be worth enduring when weighed against the benefits of the drug. But in Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients, which was published in 2005, these authors illustrate how much of the world’s population, and even medical professionals, have been tricked into believing these pharmaceutical companies have altruistic intentions. The public has been warped into thinking they can trust the ads and commercials that are funded by these profiting pharma companies and say these drugs are safe and helpful, while downplaying potential risks.

As a result, many healthy people are on prescription drugs for normal everyday issues and these drugs are not only doing very little to help their condition, they are often creating even more problems for the patient thanks to various side effects. And sick people with conditions such as high blood pressure, for example, are now programmed to automatically turn to prescription drugs to fix their health problem, when natural remedies, such as diet and exercise, may be all they need. As more and more types and brands pharmaceutical drugs become available, and more and more medical diagnoses are created worldwide, this book is a must read.

About the Authors

Ray Moynihan

Ray Moynihan is one of the world’s leading health writers, with a background in academic research and investigative journalism. His work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Australian Financial, The Conversation, The Saturday Paper, the British Medical Journal, Lancet, and New England Journal of Medicine. He has given many presentations in universities, conferences and workshops worldwide.

Moynihan won a Harkness Fellowship, based at Harvard University, in 1999. Then in 2015 Ray completed his PhD on Overdiagnosis at what was then the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University in Australia. He is an honorary adjunct Assistant Professor at Bond University’s, Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, and has been a cojoint lecturer at University of Newcastle, in Australia.

Moynihan has also done television and radio work with his investigative journalism, such as ABC TV’s investigative program, Four Corners and the 7:30 Report, and he recently hosted a series of podcasts from Australia called The Recommended Dose. He has written a total of four books and his most recent book, Sex, Lies & Pharmaceuticals, was released in 2010.

Alan Cassels

Alan Cassels is a Canadian writer who has been immersed in pharmaceutical policy research and healthcare journalism for the past 23 years. He has written several other books, including The ABCs of Disease Mongering: An Epidemic in 26 Letters, and Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease. His most recent book, The Cochrane Collaboration: Medicine’s Best Kept Secret (published in 2015) examines the history of a stellar international organization which produces some of the world’s highest quality medical information.

Cassel’s work has been heavily concentrated around exposing the large gap between the marketing and the science around prescription drugs, medical screening and other forms of disease creation. The head of RX&D, the research-based pharmaceutical association in Canada, refuses to debate Alan Cassels and his research on the drug industry’s practices.


Gary Schwitzer,

“It documents disease-mongering, how drug companies foster the creation of medical conditions to create markets for their pills, the marketing of fear, the “medicalization” of normal states of health, the hidden agendas of “disease-awareness campaigns,” problems with drug company relationships with celebrity spokespersons and patient advocacy groups, and other issues about which most consumers don’t have a clue. I highly recommend the book.”