Natural Treatments for ADHD

Natural Remedies for ADHD Children

A brief explanation about natural remedies for ADHD affected children.

natural treatment for adhd What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common problem in children that affects the nervous system of the target and render them to feel uneasy in all their ways of life. It makes the child to lose interest in whatever that happens in front of him or her. If left without care, the problem may persist in one’s adulthood too. Though proper parental guidance is the considered to be the best treatment for the disorder, some people have started preferring natural remedies for it.

Natural Remedies:

Diet based treatment

Considering the natural remedies for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, most of the people prefer dietary approaches since they do not bring side effect unlike other medicinal treatments. In addition, the body does not get affected health wise. It has been scientifically proved that the diet taken in by the people has direct relationships with the brain and the nervous system of the humans. Hence, change in the diet can bring about a change in the behavior too. The main case of the above condition is the allergies that certain ADHD affected children have towards certain food. Tests on some of the ADHD children have shown proof that these children are sensitive to certain food may directly or indirectly affect the child mentally. Though this has been proved only on a small percentage of the affected children, a large percentage of the children are highly sensitive to hard chemicals and drugs. This means that there is only a small possibility of such children getting medical treatments for their disorder. This in turn forces them to take up natural treatments and diet based treatments.

Among the diet based treatments for ADHD children the most common diet given to the patients is the Feingold diet. The basic idea is to provide a diet that is devoid of salicylates. Though it is very difficult to make the children to get use to this kind of diet, adapting to the diet can result in very good and positive effects. It contains a rich and natural diet though it lacks a bit in its nutritive value.

Another important point to note in the case of dietary treatment is the avoidance of the use of excess of sugar in the daily diet. Though it has been experimentally proven that a sugar rich diet does not have anything to do with hyperactivity, the carbohydrate content in sugar has the tendency to make the child sedate. Hence, people prefer to opt for a protein rich diet for the ADHD affected children. Usage of essential fatty acids in the daily diet can provide the necessary impulses for a better brain functionality. This can also have direct effects on the functioning of the nervous system.

Herbal treatment

Herbal treatment and other natural treatments like homeopathic treatments are also a good option to choose for ADHD. This, in general, does not have any kind of side effects and can be accurate and reliable in the cure of the disorder though it takes a longer time than usual. Some of the herbs used for the treatment are oral flower essence, pine extract, melatonin, ginkgo biloba etc. These herbs have slow but positive effects on the affected people. Ginseng is also used for certain attention deficit disorders. Though these are very reliable, they must not be taken unless there is proper guidance from an experienced medical practitioner. They should also be taken on proper quantities as prescribed by the doctor. Special care should be taken while the treatment is applied for small children.

These are some of the natural remedies for ADHD affected children.

By Jayashree Pakhare
Published: 3/28/2008

Adult ADHD Medications and Treatment

Adult Treatment for ADHD

Today, the majority of the population has heard about or seen commercials that address Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children. This disorder, also known as ADHD, has actually been around for a long time but the problem is growing. However, many people are just now becoming aware that ADHD can also affect adults, which can be extremely, disrupting to both home and work life. In this article, we wanted to specifically, address adult treatment for ADHD. Keep in mind that the first and most important step for any adult is to have a proper evaluation with a reputable doctor that specializes in ADHD.

With this, the appropriate treatment plan can be designed and implemented. The interesting thing about adult ADHD is that as many as 50% had ADHD as a child.

While diagnosing ADHD in children is not overly difficult, with adults it is more of a challenge. The reason is that as adults, most of us live busy, hectic lives, which could account for the distraction, depression lack of concentration, insomnia, and hyperactivity associated with ADHD. Therefore, if you suspect that you have this disorder, you need to talk to a good doctor who can make a firm diagnosis. With that, the adult treatment for ADHD would vary depending on the individual. Remember, while there is a long list of symptoms associated with ADHD, not every adult has the same symptoms or the same intensity of symptoms. The type of adult treatment for ADHD your doctor prescribes would likely involve drugs that serve to stimulate the mind but in many cases, antidepressants, cognitive training, behavioral skills training, and psychotherapy can also be very, beneficial.

Suffering from this disorder typically means at work having trouble grasping simple concepts, not being able to pay attention in meetings, not having the skill to follow through with tasks, and many times, and having difficulty maintaining healthy relationships. At home, families can be torn apart as he mother or father with ADHD no longer helps around the house, is not capable of having the same interaction with the kids as before, feels depressed because of not being "normal", and so on. While many adults with ADHD are reaching out to doctors for adult treatment for ADHD, others are going through a self-diagnosis mode, which can be very dangerous to recovery.

Although conducting research and educating yourself on the disorder is strongly encouraged, it is truly imperative to seek professional help in overcoming the disorder. With the stimulants prescribed, the imbalance of catecholamine metabolism in the cerebral cortex of the brain, which occurs in people with ADHD,is brought back to normal levels. These agents work by enhancing the body’s availability of norepinephrine and dopamine. Just as with children, the most common drug prescribed is Ritalin although today, we see a number of new products on the market that have been successful. For antidepressants used in adult treatment of ADHD, the concentration of catecholamine in the central nervous system is improved. The goal of the antidepressants is that they inhibit the reuptake of norepinephrine and if tricyclic antidepressants are being prescribed, they will help inhibit the reuptake of serotonin.

For the adult living with ADHD, antidepressants are particularly helpful by reducing affective instability while also controlling coexistent mood disturbance. Remember, while self-diagnosis should be handled with carefully, self-therapy is another tool that many people find useful. This means to learn how to plan and organize your day, whether for work or for home. You can also take classes, read books, or listen to audio that teaches you how to avoid distractions by working in a clutter-free environment, arriving to work early when the environment is quiet, using timers to help remind you of appointments and meetings, and breaking large projects down into more manageable tasks. In other words, when it comes to adult treatment for ADHD, you have many viable options, things you and your doctor can agree on – together.

By Amber Snow
Published: 8/9/2007

How Do You Know if Your Child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

There are more than 2 million children suffering from ADHD in America, and the figures are set to increase exponentially every 4 years. Despite this, most parents are unaware of how to recognize ADHD, or how to treat it. The symptoms of ADHD are also easily mistaken for a child misbehaving, making it even harder for a parent to differentiate between the two.

ADHD is a form of Attention Deficit Disorder, and is the most common neurological disease that children suffer from, with up to 5% of the children in America afflicted. As a parent, learn to recognize the symptoms so that you can seek professional help for your child. The main symptoms of ADHD are aggression, impulsiveness, restlessness, learning disabilities, an inability to focus and hyperactivity. Hence, even for parents who know the signs to look out for, it is often difficult to draw the line between normal misbehavior and ADHD.
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How to you differentiate between the various forms of ADD? ADD simply means that your child is unable to concentrate, and likely to forget what you have told him less than 10 seconds ago. ADHD on the other hand, means that not only has he forgotten what you have said, he is also likely to be running around instead of staying still whilst you address him. If you suspect that your child may be suffering from ADHD, it is better to err on the side of caution and visit your doctor for a professional opinion. It is treatable, and if identified early you can make a difference in helping your child learn and cope with life.

There are many symptoms of ADHD, such as forgetfulness, restlessness, aggression, agitation, depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior and an inability to focus. However, these are highly common and often confused with the symptoms of anxiety, depression, thyroid, or a stressful environment. Excessive sugar and allergies may also cause the same symptoms, as well as if your child is highly intelligent causing him to be easily bored and hence restless.

Fortunately, more parents are gaining greater awareness of the problem, and schools have also played a major role in the dissemination of information regarding ADHD. Whilst it is a significant problem for a child suffering from ADHD, keep in mind that you are never alone and that there is help available readily. Often times, medication is the first answer that parents look to for solving the problem. However, there are other alternatives as well.

Parents should try to keep a closer watch over the child’s diet, and cut off foods with high sugar content, or possible allergies. Give the child more attention and time, and help him to feel connected to the environment. He knows that he is different, and you should try your best to help him feel that he belongs. Whilst medication can treat the symptoms, it is equally if not more important to ensure that the child’s emotional and mental health is well taken care of.

ADHD and Autism linked to Vaccines

Autism and ADHD Linked to Vaccines
 by: Scott D Saunder

In a study review conducted by David A. Geier, B.A. President, MedCon, Inc., and Mark R. Geier, M.D., Ph.D. President, The Genetic Centers of America, the authors present a clear correlation between Thimerosal (a mercury based preservative used in vaccines) and spectral autism and possibly ADHD.

Thimerosal is an organic mercury compound that is metabolized to ethylmercury and thiosalicylate and has been present since the 1930s as a preservative in some vaccines and pharmaceutical products to prevent bacterial and fungal contamination.

One cited study showed that there are distinct similarities between autism and mercury exposure in their effects upon biochemistry, the immune system, the central nervous system structure, neuro-chemistry and neurophysiology

The National Toxicology Program (NTP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Statement on Thimerosal states that symptoms of Thimerosal exposure include mental retardation in children, loss of coordination in speech, writing, gait, stupor, irritability, and bad temper progressing to mania.

The FDA in 1999, under the recommended childhood immunization schedule, determined infants might be exposed to cumulative doses of ethylmercury that exceed some federal safety guidelines established for exposure to methylmercury, another form of organic mercury. Additionally it was noted that routine administration of childhood vaccines expose children to more than 100 times the Federal Safety Guidelines for orally ingested methylmercury.

In another study, mice were injected with ethylmercuri-S-cysteine (EMC) and found that the extent and distribution of cell damage was highly predictable, and selective necrosis of the small granular neurons was a constant finding. Thimerosal crosses the blood-brain and placental barriers and results in appreciable mercury content in brain tissue.

In another report the authors concluded that the elimination of methyl- and ethylmercury is very slow, especially in man and primates, and consequently there is a considerable risk of mercury accumulation.

The authors also found that the glutathione system is involved in the metabolism of Thimerosal or its decomposition products. And that certain individuals are genetically more sensitive to Thimerosal due to genetic factors in their glutathione system.

Brain scans of children with autistic spectrum disorders show damage in areas similar to areas damaged by mercury. These areas tend to be areas that have minimal glutathione levels. In addition, these areas typically have higher testosterone concentrations. Testosterone has been shown to increase Thimerosal neuronal toxicity whereas estrogen has been shown to reduce Thimerosal neuronal toxicity.

According to John Hopkins University the increased incidence of ADHD could represent an alternative manifestation of vaccine-associated neuro-developmental toxicity as ADHD.

In a closed meeting where the findings of the Vaccine Safety Datalink analysis were discussed a participant, Dr. Johnston, stated: "This association leads me to favor a recommendation that infants up to two years old not be immunized with Thimerosal containing vaccines if suitable alternative preparations are available." "Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o’clock on an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by C-Section. Our first male in the line of the next generation, and I do not want that grandson to get a Thimerosal containing vaccine until we know better what is going on."

Recent other studies report no correlation between vaccines containing mercury and autism. At least one of these studies was lead by Thomas Verstraeten, who failed to disclose to "Pediatrics" as per the journal’s requirements that he is employed by GlaxoSmithKline a vaccine manufacturer that produced Thimerosal containing vaccines.

In conclusion parents taking their child for immunization should insist on vaccines that do not contain mercury preservatives, such as Thimerosal. In addition chelation and other natural detoxification programs are known to remove heavy metals from the body. Once heavy metals are removed from a child’s body it may be possible for them to recover from the affects of the poisoning. For more information on heavy metal poisoning and detoxification visit the author’s website at Whole Earth Health.

Copyright Scott D Saunders, Whole Earth Health LLC

About The Author

Scott Saunders is a wellness consultant helping people lead better quality lives through nutrition and exercise. Scott can be reached at

This article was posted on March 29, 2005

Foods for kids with add

ADHD and Food Allergies
 by: Anthony Kane, MD 7eb



There are a number of controversial areas in medicine when it comes to ADHD. Food allergy is certainly one of them.

The classic allergic reaction, which is classified as the type-1 hypersensitivity reaction, can be elicited by food, but this is fairly uncommon. When we discuss food sensitivities in ADHD we are discussing a different, not well-defined, mechanism.

One of the main progenitors of the food allergy/ADHD connection is Dr. Doris Rapp. Dr. Rapp was a pediatric allergist who noticed that many children in her practice had significant physical and behavioral changes when exposed to certain foods. They may have red ear lobes, dark circles under their eyes, or glazed eyes after eating certain foods. These children could have tremendous swings in behavior. They can be calm one minute and wildly hyperactive a few minutes later.

To make it more interesting, children with food allergies usually crave the food that affects them negatively. That means a child who is allergic to peanuts will demand peanut butter and jelly for lunch everyday, and for the rest of the afternoon you have to peel him off of the ceiling.

What is Food Allergy?

The classic allergic reaction operates through a very specific mechanism. The reaction is caused when a specific type of antibody, called IgE, reacts with a specific provoking substance called an allergen. The result of this interaction is an allergic response and the person is deemed allergic to that allergen.

The specific type of antibody involved in classic allergy is called IgE. The proposed antibody mechanism for this type of food allergy does not involve IgE, but a different antibody called IgG. This is significant because standard allergy testing tests only for IgE antibodies. If your child has IgG mediated sensitivity, his allergy test is going to miss it. That means that your child may have a severe allergy to a specific food, but your allergist will tell you he is not allergic to it.

Why the Controversy?

Reason 1: Diagnosis

I said this was a very controversial area of medicine and here is one of the reasons why. Food allergies are very difficult to diagnose. One reason is that the symptoms wax and wane. When a child has a classic allergy, for example to bee stings, then every time a bee stings him, he will have a reaction. Food allergies don’t work that way. There seems to be a threshold that must be exceeded before there are any symptoms. In addition, this threshold seems to vary from day to day. On some days a food will affect the child, and on other days it won’t. Dr. Rapp explains this phenomenon using the analogy of a barrel.

We can view each allergic child as if he has a barrel. As long as the barrel is empty or only partially full, your child will have no problems. Your child won’t become hyperactive until his barrel is overflowing.

Various things will fill your child’s barrel. Let’s say your child is sensitive to chocolate, cats, and peanut butter. Each of these things all can partially fill his barrel. As long as he only has peanut butter or only plays with the cat, his barrel is only partially full. That means that there are no symptoms and that his behavior is fine. Then, one day he has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, has chocolate ice cream for dessert and plays with the cat all afternoon. These things in combination make his barrel overflow, and by evening he is out of control. Your child has food allergies, but sometimes they affect him and sometimes they don’t.

The barrel can change sizes. If your child has a cold or is upset his barrel gets smaller. It takes less to make it overflow. If he is happy his barrel is bigger. It takes more to make it overflow. If he isn’t eating well and that day he is low on certain nutrients his barrel gets smaller.

Many traditional allergists find this barrel concept ludicrous. It doesn’t fit into the pattern of how other allergies work.

Reason 2: Method of Diagnosis

The next problem is the way in which you test for food allergies. Dr. Rapp describes a technique called provocation-neutralization testing. This method works as follows: Say that a child frequently has headaches after eating eggs. The practitioner will give an intradermal injection of egg extract. If this elicits the child’s headache, then the child tests positive for egg allergy. Other signs of a positive test include an increase in pulse rate of 20 points, a large skin reaction (this indicates a classic IgE reaction), a change in the child’s handwriting, or some other physical or emotional complaint. This last criterion ‘some other physical or emotional complaint’ is problematic. It is too vague. The result is that when studies compared how several physicians evaluated the same group of patients, their results didn’t agree. For each patient if there were twenty different doctors with twenty different sets of findings. None of their diagnoses matched.

Reason 3: The Mechanism

As I mentioned before, the proposed mechanism is an IgG mediated response. Some food allergists diagnose specific food allergies by measuring IgG levels. This runs counter to all of modern allergy practice.

Allergists give allergy shots to treat allergy. The way this works is they give a low level of allergen, which is not enough to elicit an IgE reaction. The dose is slowly increased until eventually the patient can tolerate a significant exposure to the allergen.

This is how it works. The repeated low-level exposure to the allergen induces the body to make a different antibody to the substance. This antibody attaches to the allergen and deactivates it before IgE can cause the allergy reaction. What is this antibody that allergists try to induce to cure their patients of their allergies? You guessed it, IgG. So the very antibody the traditional allergists have been inducing for decades to successfully treat allergies, the food allergy people claim is the antibody guilty of causing allergies.

For a traditional allergist this is nothing short of heresy. IgG has been used for decades to treat allergies successfully. Comes along Rapp and her friends and they claim that IgG causes allergy? This is a little hard for some people to accept.

Just how strongly do allergists reject this idea? I once tried to contact an Israeli physician who was a food allergy specialist to discuss with him provocation-neutralization testing. I called the hospital where he is on staff and asked to speak with him. For some reason the operator instead put me through to the head of the Department of Allergy.

I began discussing with him the theory of food allergies, provocation-neutralization testing and IgG testing. He told me that he was the head of a committee of allergists who were in the process of testifying before the Israeli Knesset to get legislation passed to make IgG testing illegal in Israel.

Can you imagine? You visit a prison in Israel. In one cell there is car thief. In the next cell there is a mass murderer. And in the next cell there is a guy who tested someone for food allergies. Now that’s pretty strong opposition!

Do Food Allergies Really Exist?

The formal medical societies like the AMA claim there is no such thing as food allergies. Rapp and her friends have been screaming for decades that they do exist. So, what is the bottom line? Does it really make sense that what a child eats can affect him so strongly that experts will diagnose him as having ADHD?

We know that the brain is a highly complicated and sensitive organ. We know that many foods have a physiological effect on the body without inducing a classic allergic response. For example, people who are s
ensitive to monosodium glutamate can have a severe reaction to eating it. The chemicals in red wine affect certain people. We also know that ingesting certain foods alters brain function. Diet has been proven to influence neurotransmitter function. Components of foods can also be used as drugs. For example, tryptophan, tyrosine, and choline have been used in the treatment of sleep disorders, pain, depression, mania, hypertension, shock, or dyskinesias.

The logic of Rapp’s argument is so strong and there is enough circumstantial evidence, that I feel that the question is really the other way around. We know that the brain is intricate and has tremendous metabolic requirements. We know that some people have very strong reactions, including behavioral changes, to certain foods. These things are undisputed. If it turns out that foods do not elicit significant problems in sensitive children, in my opinion, we would need to explain why not!

Are we really seeing an allergy mechanism to food? I prefer to stay out of that debate. Rather than be ostracized by the doctors who specialize in allergy, I feel it is safer to call them food sensitivities. There are no doctors who specialize in sensitivity.

Does Your Child Have Food Sensitivities?

A large number of ADHD children may be having a negative response to food, and this response may be the primary cause of their ADHD. In what type of child should you suspect food allergies?

The following is a list of symptoms that resulted from food allergies in certain children: Hyperactivity Changes in mood Halitosis Sleep disturbances Delay in sleep onset Migraines Other headaches Abdominal pain Bedwetting Tantrums Eczema Asthma Seizures

Research shows that by treating the food allergies all of these symptoms can be relieved.

If you see your child’s symptoms in this list it is possible that food allergies may be contributing to his problem. If your child also has other allergic problems, such as allergy or asthma, then food allergies are almost certainly contributing to his problems.

What Should You Do?

As I wrote in How to Help the Child You Love, there are a number of approaches to diagnosing food allergies. None of them are well substantiated and all of them have difficulties. Yet, many people find that these diagnostic techniques worked for them. Therefore, I’d suggest you could use them provided you have it on good authority that the person administering them has a strong record of success. In my experience, these techniques are more of an art than a science. They really depend upon the talent of the diagnostician.

As I said last time, the best approach to finding food allergies in your child is an elimination diet. It doesn’t really matter which one you choose. I prefer the three that I outline in How to Help the Child You Love. (see


Researchers claim that the percentage of ADHD children whose behavioral symptoms are affected by foods ranges from 60% to 75%. This, however, is probably not an accurate number. Parents who consent to have their children participate in diet studies usually believe they have observed food-induced problems in their children. Therefore, children who participate in these studies are more likely to respond to foods than the general population. The truth is we do not know what percentage of ADHD children will respond to dietary changes, but it seems that the number is significant.

Treating the food sensitivities in ADHD children has a number of advantages over using medication. One major advantage all the current methods of treatment can be used to treat pre-school children. Most clinicians do not use medication on pre-school children. A more significant advantage of treating food allergy is that when it works, it works all day. In contrast, Ritalin wears off in about 4 hours.

All this, of course, is providing that food allergies really do exist.

The main thing to remember is that if you think your child has food allergies, then the biggest mistake you can make is to go to an allergist. They don’t believe in food allergies. And whatever you do, do not go to an allergist and ask to have your child provocation-neutralization tested for food allergies. He is going to laugh at you.

Food allergy is an alternative medicine diagnosis. Still, there are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating these sensitivities, but they no longer call themselves allergists. Rapp and her group were so ostracized by the formal allergy societies that they eventually broke off and formed a new field called Environmental Medicine.

Therefore, if you want a physician to treat your child you need to find an Environmental Medicine specialist. They are not so common, but they are around.

As I mentioned before, there are a number of approaches to treating food sensitivities. The one you can do yourself is to use an elimination diet. I devoted a large section of How to Help the Child You Love describing exactly how to use elimination diets to diagnose and treat food sensitivities.

In the final analysis, I feel it is fair to say that many ADHD children have sensitivities to the foods they eat. These sensitivities may exacerbate their ADHD symptoms. I won’t go so far as to say that food allergies cause ADHD. That means that if your ADHD child has severe food sensitivity, treating that sensitivity may not get rid of his ADHD. However, until you treat his food allergy, nothing else you do will really help your child’s ADHD, either.

Anthony Kane, MD
ADD ADHD Advances

About The Author

Anthony Kane, MD is a physician, an international lecturer, and director of special education. He is the author of a book, numerous articles, and a number of online programs dealing with ADHD ( treatment, ODD, parenting issues (, and education. You may visit his website at To sign up for the free ADD ADHD Advances online journal send a blank email to:

This article was posted on July 18, 2004

What are the alternative treatments for ADHD and ADD?

Alternative Treatments for ADD and ADHD

There are many ways to decrease or completely cure ADD or ADHD symptoms in children or adults. Here are some ideas to help improve your health and minimalize your experience of ADD or ADHD.

If you or your child have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), there are many alternatives to Ritalin or other mind-altering drugs for you and your family to choose. Mind-altering drugs should always be the last resort, as our children’s brains and nervous systems are growing and the negative influence of these drugs on brain and nervous system development are significant.

Symptoms of ADD and ADHD are: short attention spans, poor inhibitory control, restlessness, learning disabilities, disruptive behaviour, hyperactivity, excessive and often inappropriate motor activity, high levels of distractibility and impulsive behaviour, to name a few. The problem with ADD and ADHD are that the symptoms of these conditions can be caused by many different environmental allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies or imbalances, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, low blood sugar or excess sugar consumption can cause the behaviours that indicate ADD or ADHD.

The simplest way to cure ADD and ADHD naturally is to look at improving the function of the nervous system and the digestive system.

Improving Nervous System Function

Chiropractic Care Makes A Big Difference

Chiropractors find that when children with ADD or ADHD are adjusted regularly, many of their symptoms will reduce in frequency and severity. Chiropractic adjustments help to optimize the function of the nervous system and allow the brain and body to be better able to communicate with each other. Children literally calm down and are able to sit and focus at the task on hand.

The reason why chiropractic care makes such a difference is that the brain is the master control of our bodies. Everything that we do is initiated by the brain, which sends nerve impulses to the body through our nerves. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord and allow movement, but they can become fixed (the chiropractic term is subluxated). These subluxated vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves as they exit the spine. This added pressure on the nerves can reduce the body’s ability to function. Chiropractic adjustments improve the movement of the vertebrae and help to take the pressure off the nerves as they exit from the spine. The brain is then able to communicate with the body more efficiently and the body functions with more precision.

Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective treatment to help the joints of the spine move in a normal pattern of motion and improve nervous system function. Adjustments help children to grow with healthy, straight spines.

Brain Gym Helps Tremendously

If you were to ask a child with ADD or ADHD to place his (or her) right hand on his (or her) left knee, and then change hands and knees in an alternating pattern, chances are that he or she wouldn’t be able to do it easily. Children with ADD or ADHD typically have problems with cross patterning movements, as they do not feel comfortable crossing the midline of their bodies. This problem with crossing the body’s midline of the body is because the left and right sides of the brain do not fire in synchronicity and they do not communicate well with each other.

Brain Gym is a simple, yet effective way to help a child’s brain function as it should, coordinating the left and right sides of the brain. Brain Gym uses physical movements to help with right brain/left brain patterning. It helps the parts of the brain that aren’t firing properly to function as a whole, rather than as disorganized parts. Brain Gym makes a huge difference to children experiencing ADD or ADHD-like symptoms.

Improving Digestive System Function

Nutrition Plays A Big Role

When anyone eats, food is processed by the stomach, the pancreas and the liver to break down into food particles. These small particles of food cross the lining of the small intestine and enter the blood stream. It is thought that children with ADD and ADHD-like symptoms have a leaky gut, which means that the cells that line the intestines have spaces between them instead of being packed together tightly like healthy cells should. People with a leaky gut are letting bigger particles of food than are normally absorbed to pass through the spaces between the cells in the small intestines and into the blood stream. The result is that larger food particles are getting through into the blood stream and the body treats these food particles as foreign substances, which results in allergic reactions to the foods that the child is eating. The most common allergies for children with ADD and ADHD are dairy products, wheat, corn, yeast, soy, citrus, egg, chocolate and peanuts. Many children have difficulties with food colorings and additives to processes and packaged foods.

We find people experiencing ADD/ADHD are able to help heal the leaky gut by taking nutritional supplements designed especially for that purpose. If they also take digestive enzymes to help break down food particles into smaller bits, they heal more quickly.

It would also be important to look at the foods that the person is eating. Excessive sugar consumption, allergies or food intolerances to foods such as dairy or corn can cause ADD or ADHD symptoms. It is prudent to eliminate these foods from the diet slowly to see if they make a difference.

Putting It All Together

Healing a condition like ADD or ADHD takes time. The nervous system needs time to learn to communicate in an improved way. It takes time to be able to eliminate foods that trigger allergic reactions and to grow healthy cells to line the digestive system. You can find a chiropractor who is comfortable treating children. You can find a brain gym instructor close to you by visiting You can find supplements to heal a leaky gut and slowly eliminate trigger foods from the diet.

For more information on healing ADD/ADHD, you are welcome to visit my website.

By Melanie Beingessner
Published: 9/20/2007

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and treatments

Adhd And Add Medication And Treatment

Deciding to take, or administer, medication for ADD/ADHD can be a very difficult and personal process. Therefore it is important to know the benefits and possible side effects associated with the different types of medications available. ADD/ADHD medications can help relieve symptoms such as difficulty controlling impulses, concentrating, and the ability to follow through with tasks. However, it is important to accept that although these medications assist in controlling symptoms, it is not a cure. Often time’s patients taking medication can still experience forgetfulness, emotional turmoil, disorganization, and feelings of social awkwardness. There are two different types of medications available, stimulant and non-stimulant.

Stimulant Medications
Medications such as Adderall, Adderall XR, Ritailin, Concerta, and Vyvanse are considered to be stimulant medications. Stimulants are the most common form of treatment because they have the longest running record of symptom improvement, and have the most supportive research. Stimulants increase the level of dopamine in the body, which assists with motivation, pleasure, attentions, and movement. Stimulants are known to reduce hyperactivity and impulsive behavior, while increasing the ability to concentrate. These medications are available in short term and long acting doses. Short term doses last only a few hours and may need to be taken 2-3 times a day. Long acting, also known as extended release, doses last 8-12 hours and only need to be taken once daily.

Common side effects for stimulant medications are feelings of restlessness, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, headaches, upset stomach, dizziness, racing heartbeat, mood swings, and depression. At this time, the impact on brain development for long term dosage is not known. Sudden death in children and adults who have heart disease has been associated with stimulant usage. The American Heart Association recommends patients receive a cardiac evaluation prior to beginning these medications. Persons with a family history or suicide, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, and depression have a higher risk of devolving hostility, and aggression while using stimulant medications.

Non-Stimulant Medication
Strattera is currently the only non-stimulant ADHD/ADD medication available. It works by increasing the levels of norepinephine in the body. Strattera is a long acting medication which can stay in the body for up to 24 hours. It is considered to be a good choice for anyone who is also suffering from depression or anxiety, as Strattera has some antidepressant properties. The down side to Strattera is that it is not as effective on hyperactivity as stimulant medications.

Common side effects of Strattera are sleepiness, headache, abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and agitation. In some cases, this medication may also cause insomnia, and appetite suppression. Strattera also lists on its warning label a potential increase in suicidal thoughts and actions, particularly in persons with bipolar disorder.

By: Chris Miller-27498

Article Directory:

The ADHD Treatment website is a useful resource for information regarding many aspects of Attention Deficit Disorder, including Medications, All Natural Treatment Options and the Stimulant Adjustment Process. The is also information on the treatment of Adult ADHD.

The Causes of ADD or ADHD

What Causes Add Or Adhd?

While many people consider ADD or ADHD to be caused by many ‘social factors’, i.e. bad parenting, video games, poor schools, etc., research is clear that the social causes have no merit with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The first place to start with the cause of ADD or ADHD is genetics. It is a very genetic disorder.

There is term called ‘heritability’, which refers to how genetic a disorder is. As an example – breast cancer is 30% heritable – meaning that about 30% of the possible causes of breast cancer can be attributed to genetics. Asthma is 40% heritable. Height is 80 to 85 percent heritable. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is about 80 percent heritable.

That means that ADHD is highly genetic. This research comes from twin studies and other family studies, and shows that ADHD is almost as genetic as height.

Now if genes cause 80 percent that means there is about 20 percent that is not caused by genetics. What are the other causes? When it comes to the non-genetic causes of ADHD, we can call these ‘acquired’ cases. When we look at acquired cases, we can separate these into: Prenatal (i.e. causes that affect the person before birth), and Postnatal (i.e. causes that affect the person after birth).

The Prenatal Causes of ADHD:

These are the acquired causes of Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disroder that occur during the pregnancy.

* Mother smoking during pregnancy: if the mother smokes cigarettes during pregnancy this increases the risk by 2.5 times (so the child is 2.5 times more likely to develop ADHD than if the mother didn’t smoke during pregnancy)
* Mother drinking alcohol during pregnancy: With alcohol during pregnancy, there is the same increased risk – 2.5 times.
* Prematurity: If there is prematurity at birth, there is a general increased risk for ADHD, however if there is bleeding in the baby’s brain there is a 45 percent chance that that individual will have ADHD.
* Increase in pregnancy complications: If there is an overall increase in pregnancy complications there is a non specific increased risk for ADHD.

Interestingly cocaine or crack exposure is not a risk factor for ADHD once you account for smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. Generally speaking a pregnant mother who is using cocaine will also tend to use cigarettes and alcohol.

The Postnatal Causes of ADHD:

These are acquired causes of ADHD that occur after the pregnancy (i.e. after the child is born).

* Head injuries/head Trauma: ADHD can develop after a significant head injury – by significant I mean one that results in loss of consciousness, or a serious concussion
* Brain Hypoxia which means not enough oxygen getting to the brain for a period of time. An example of this could be a near drowning or some other situation like that.
* Brain tumours
* Brain infection.
* Lead poisoning in the preschool years (i.e. before 3 years old)
* Survival from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) – because the chemotherapy itself can lead to brain changes.

The importance of the cause of ADHD is that for many people, when they realize that it is a real medical condition that is caused by medical issues, then they can let go of guilt – which can get in the way of useful treatment progress.

By: Dr Kenny Handelman

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Dr. Kenny Handelman is a child psychiatrist and ADD/ADHD expert. He has created a free video on ADHD, called: What should you do about ADHD?, which you can get for free here:

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