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Alternative Therapies for ADHD

 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was a 21.8% increase in children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from 2003-2007.

ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorders in children. While some Often marked by the following kinds of symptoms:

  • · Lack of attention
    • Failure to pay attention to details
    • Failure to follow through with instructions such as in finishing schoolwork, chores, or specific tasks
    • Avoidance of duties that require mental effort
    • Distractibility
    • Increased forgetfulness
  • · Hyperactivity
    • Excessive fidgetiness and squirminess
    • Excessive restlessness, particularly at inappropriate times
    • Difficulty in playing quietly
    • Excessive non-stop energy,  acts  as if “driven by a motor,” or rapid speech
  • · Impulsive behavior
    • Poor impulse control
    • Violent behavior, striking, hitting, and kicking
    • Difficulty in waiting for one’s turn
    • Frequent interruptions

Remember that many children periodically exhibit some of these symptoms. The presence of some of these symptoms is not always pathological. What distinguishes a child with ADHD from a child without ADHD is the persistence and intensity of these symptoms as related to appropriate child development. One of the best things you can do for your child is to demand an accurate diagnosis from a qualified professional.

Additionally, provide them with REAL FOOD to fuel the developing brain.  A recent study in Neurology found that high-normal levels of sugar in the blood decreased the size of the parts of the brain that are responsible for memory and emotions. While we’ve known for many years the detrimental effects of diabetes and high levels of sugar in the blood, this study takes our knowledge one step further demonstrating that even in the absence of diabetes, high-normal levels of sugar in the blood negatively affect our brain health.

Here are 5 simple tips aimed at nutritionally preventing or decreasing the symptoms of ADHD:

  1. Decrease the amount of sugar in the diet. Don’t forget about the hidden sources of sugar such as high fructose corn syrups in ketchups and sauces.
  2. Eat local, organic, high quality vegetables.
  3. Consume fats rich in Omega 3s found in wild-caught salmon, and flax seeds. Supplement with fish oil, krill oil, or fermented cod liver oil.
  4. Avoid all processed foods. Some research has suggested that food additives and preservatives are correlated with difficult behavior in children.
  5. Focus on a quality protein source for breakfast, such as eggs to stabilize blood sugars and provide lasting energy.

Nutrition is one simple method of addressing problem behaviors in children whether or not they “qualify” for a diagnosis of ADHD. For more extensive care and treatment consider consulting a holistic practitioner trained in or Homeopathy. If you have questions or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation to see how , our gentle chiropractic treatment, might help your child’s nervous system better function give Dr. Thoma, Chiropractor in Phoenix, Arizona, a call at 480-345-2080. For further information on diagnosis and homeopathic treatment for ADHD please contact Dr. Botham of Miles Naturopathics who specializes in holistic diagnosis and treatments of Mental Health conditions including ADHD  at www.milesnaturopathics.com  or phone 480-252-4683.

 

Sources:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/NCBDDD/adhd/data.html, December 12, 2011.

Neurology: September 4, 2012 vol. 79 no. 10, 1019-1026.


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