Quoting Mom of Tristan and Rayah:" My son has ADHD and ODD and I refuse to medicate. I feel with life style change as in no sugar and no ... [snip!] ... Also the teacher needs to communicate with you I talk to my sons teachers frequently as I need to so I know how he is doing."
I think it's pretty unfair to generalize and say children are "numbed" by medication. Sometimes it takes finding the right medication and sometimes it doesn't work at all. Medication isn't going to teach a child anything, it doesn't negate parental responsibility to raise ones child with manners and proper attitude. It also doesn't magically make your child smarter. Please don't think I'm lecturing you, I'm speaking in general. I feel like medication for these types of disorders is stigmatized by parents who want to overmedicate their children and not deal with the root issues. When taken properly in correct doses medication is only a small step in dealing with the overall problem.
I also think it's fair to point out that as with medication, environment/diet changes may also have no effect. I make most our food from scratch, I don't even buy bread because it's cheaper to make myself. I've even been experimenting with candy made with honey. It's had no impact on my child when she doesn't have her medication, I don't give it to her when school is out. Which sucked BTW and I'm pretty sure I've started balding prematurly from all the hair I ripped from my skull. I just don't want to go up in dosage so we take breaks.
As an adult the only time I've felt like a normal person and not the stupid girl that forgot to bring towels on swim day or loses her toothbrush everyday or ruins $300 worth of groceries because she forgot she went grocery shopping when she got home was with my medication. My only point is medication isn't the devil, it's a viable option when nothing else you tried works. When taken responsibly it doesn't change a childs personality or turn them into zombies. Again just speaking in general, I'm not directing this to you. I'm only getting my thoughts out.