Beat and Treat ADD and ADHD without Drugs

     ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder) are similar conditions. ADD is now often known as ADD/WO, meaning "attention deficit without hyperactivity"). Fortunately, such conditions may be prevented or improved with diet and supplementation instead of risky mainstream drugs.

     Though ADD and ADHD may in part be syndromes created to describe age-old problems and publicized in order to sell drugs, it is also likely that modern living conditions are resulting in an increase in childhood and adult behavior and attention problems.

     The suspected culprits for increased behavior and attention problems are multiple: excessive sugar and high fructose corn syrup, lack of vital nutrients, increased environmental toxins, increased vaccinations, food additives such as MSG, GMO crops, and exposure to microwaves and other electro magnetic radiation. In addition, lack of proper nurturing and parenting likely plays a big role as well.

     One must remember that the brain is a vital organ just like the heart, lungs, liver, etc., and it needs optimum nutrition to function properly. Sadly, today’s SAD diet of fast foods, snacks & junk foods, microwavable meals and processed foods on the grocers’ shelves has left most of our kids, and us, woefully deficient in a great many nutrients the body was designed to utilize. Sometimes the consequences manifest themselves early on, and other times it is down the road a ways. But you can bet that there will be consequences if not addressed and corrected.

The first thing to do is to cut one’s consumption of sugar to a minimum. Excessive refined sugar has been linked heavily to ADD, ADHD, bipolar, depression and other mental disorders. Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, and refined foods.

     Eat good sources of lean protein, such as cold water fish, including salmon, herring, and mackerel and free range organic chicken and turkey. Include plentiful Omega 3s.

     Though low-carb and no-carb foods and diets have been popular in recent years, carbohydrates are an essential energy source for the body and mind. The key is to insure that you are receiving the right kinds of carbohydrates. Unhealthy carbohydrates result in too much sugar, which causes the problems we are trying to prevent. Healthy carbohydrates can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Examples are: apples, oranges, peaches, grapefruit, carrots, Brussels sprouts, beans, and whole wheat bread.

     Supplement with magnesium (one a 1-2 ratio with calcium) if you are unsure that you are getting enough of this vital mineral. Various studies have indicated that anywhere from 80 to 95% of us are deficient in magnesium and symptoms include mental disorders, light or restless sleep, daytime sleepiness, and inability to concentrate.

     Some other suggested supplements:

  • GABA (Gamma-amino-butyric acid) – calms the body
  • Pycnogenol and/or Grapeseed Extract – powerful antioxidants offering cellular protection for the body and brain
  • Quercitin – prevents allergies from aggravating symptoms
  • SAMe (S-Adenosylmethionine) – aids in relieving stress and pain (Note: do not use in the event of manic-depressive disorder or if on prescription antidepressants)
  • Gingko – enhances blood supply to the brain and improves nerve cell function
  • Colloidal gold – can improve mood and focus
  • Valerian root extract – has been used for ADD with dramatic results and no side effects

     Lastly, consider a good all around whole food vitamin, mineral and other essential nutrient product. Some of the many benefits of getting regular optimum amounts of essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients include:

  • Neuro-cognitive brain function
  • Focus and concentration
  • Mood regulation
  • Short and long term memory
  • Sleep and wake cycle
  • Sugar control
  • Brain growth and development
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Tony Isaacs

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group S.A N.E.Vax. Inc which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Is it possible all these is related to too much sugar, but instead of cutting down on the fructose they give medications, how nice of them. JAM

  2. Virginia Wald says

    What I just read is mostly theory. I had a classically hyperactive child in the ’60s. We did not eat sugar or food with additives and there were not too many GMO’s back then.
    I read all the books and articles that were published through the 70’s. The most popular one was Feingold’s book. His idea was pretty much the same as the one above – it’s sugar, food additives, etc. Well, since my child didn’t get any of that and he was born the way he was (obvious from day one), I felt then that it was just grasping at straws, and I still do. The only therapy that made sense to me was using choline to aid his brain chemistry. I never allowed them to put him on drugs.
    So, I really don’t think the above article is that good, just a re-hash of previous pet theories.

  3. Doug Kell says

    Since I am an omnivore and I really like and enjoy lots of different kinds of vegetables and fruit, I also enjoy good, low-fat meat, esp. lean beef. While I too abhor the way that animals are raised and slaughtered, I truly believe that since God almighty created all things for our health and enjoyment, eating red meat will not harm me.
    It is rather interesting to note that those who advocate a no-meat diet have to take supplements in order to take in all the necessary nutrients that their bodies need. Why, if the vegan lifestyle is so superior, must they do that? Good question, what are the answers?

  4. Anonymous says

    99.9% of ADHD is due to heredity. The other .1% is due to problems with pregnancy or birth and accidents and poisonings. There is no sound evidence that changing one’s diet has any significant impact on ADHD symptoms (inattention, and/or hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity). Education regarding ADHD management strategies (both at home and in school) and sometimes medication management of symptoms is what is needed. Sometimes individuals are misdiagnosed with ADHD when they in fact have other problems such as severe anxiety, depression, or a learning disability (which needs to be assessed, diagnosed, and programmed for in school). In effect you need to talk to a professional who has experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.

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