ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER (ADD or
ADHD) Part 2 of 2
is amazing to me how traditional so called medical experts continue to
treat symptoms and leave the root causes of these symptoms untouched.
ADD/ADHD is yet another example of the “lets get a quick fix and disregard
the future consequences” attitude. I said it before and I will say it
again for the sake of my readers who have not heard it. For EVERYTHING
there is a cause and effect. The objective is not to label someone with
something like ADD, which is not a clinical disease or illness. Therefore
it should not be treated as such. This type of attitude will inevitably
cause physical problems that may not show up for years later. I will
further explain this issue later on.
differ as to what ADD actually is, and this causes even more even more
grief and confusion for parents and those suffering with the symptoms. For
example, the American Psychiatric Association lists fourteen signs, of
which at least eight must be present for a child to be officially
classified as ADD/ADHD. These fourteen signs are:
1. Often fidgeting
with hands or feet, or squirming while seated.
2. Having difficulty remaining seated when required to do so.
3. Being easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.
4. Having difficulty awaiting turn in gams or group activities.
5. Often blurting out answers before questions are completed.
6. Having difficulty in following instructions.
7. Having difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.
8. Often shifting from one uncompleted task to another.
9. Having difficulty playing quietly.
10. Often talking excessively.
11. Often interrupting or intruding on others.
12. Often not listening to what is being said.
13. Often forgetting things necessary for tasks or activities.
14. Often engaging in physically dangerous activities without considering
possible consequences. (16)
Having read that,
consider the physicians' dilemma: "Official guidelines for evaluating ADD
symptoms are vague and open to interpretation - yet they lead to an
all-or-nothing diagnosis. In all the behaviors listed by the DSM
(Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the
American Psychiatric Association) under ADD, the word is often used to
describe behavior that has become a problem. How useful is this?"
specialist writes: "ADD is hard to define exactly... Untreated, [however,]
it leaves millions of children and adults misunderstood and unnecessarily
floundering, even incapacitated." (17)
ADD (and ADHD)
ranks among the most common neurological disorders among American
children, affecting up to 5 percent, or as many as 2 million, at any one
time. In fact, in every classroom in the United States you can expect to
find at least one child with ADHD. While it is not itself a specific
learning disability, ADHD can interfere with concentration and attention,
making it difficult for a child to do well in school and in social
ADD/ADHD is a
baffling and frustrating disorder due to the fact that experts do not
agree on its exact cause or causes. There are many theories and much
Both the National
Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference (1998) and the
American Academy of Pediatrics (2000) report on ADHD have confirmed that
there is no known biological basis for ADHD. (14, 15, 12)
neurologist stated: "The more you study hyperactivity or ADD, the less
certain you are as to what it is, or whether it is a thousand different
situations all called by the same name." (10)
"There is no
identified cause specific to ADD... We are left with the possibility that
ADD may be a catch-all condition." (21)
mechanism underlying ADD remains unknown." (17)
that ADHD is not a proven syndrome has many advocates, physicians as well
as educators. However, whether or not a syndrome exists, it is clear that
many children have difficulty in school because of an inability to attend
to tasks. The ideal would be to describe each child's strengths and
weaknesses and offer an individualized program." (18)
"The cause of ADD
and ADHD is not known, but structural abnormalities have been ruled out.
The leading suspect appears to be problems with neurotransmitters,
possibly associated with decreased activity or stimulation in the upper
brainstem and frontal midbrain. There is also suspicion that toxins,
environmental problems, or neurologic immaturity could be causative
experts do not agree on the cause of the condition, the mainstay of
conventional treatment of ADD/ADHD is medication; usually stimulant
medication such as Ritalin (methylphenidate), Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine),
Desoxyn (methamphetamine) or Cylert (pemoline). When stimulants are not
effective, children may be given tricyclic antidepressants. (22) It's no
wonder that millions of parents across the United States are overwhelmed
and feeling trapped within a very bad situation: Not only have their
children been diagnosed as having ADD/ADHD, but the prescribed treatment
usually consists of powerful stimulant drugs.
How the Medications Work
Hundreds of animal
studies and human clinical trials leave no doubt about how the medications
work. First, the drugs suppress all spontaneous behavior. In healthy
chimpanzees and other animals, this can be measured with precision as a
reduction in all spontaneous or self-generated activities. In animals and
in humans, this is manifested in a reduction in the following behaviors:
(1) exploration and curiosity; (2) socializing, and (3) playing. Second,
the drugs increase obsessive-compulsive behaviors, including very limited,
overly focused activities. (12)
Harmful Stimulant Effects Commonly
Misidentified as ‘Therapeutic’ or ‘Beneficial’ for Children
Diagnosed with ADHD. (13)
Obsessive Compulsive Effects
Social Withdrawal Effects
Behaviorally Suppressive Effects
Compulsive persistence at meaningless activities (called
stereotypical or perseverative behavior)
- Increased obsessive compulsive behavior (e.g., repeating chores
endlessly and ineffectively)
- Mental rigidity (called cognitive perseveration)
- Inflexible thinking
- Overly narrow or excessive focusing
Socially withdrawn and isolated
- General dampened social behavior
- Reduced communicating or socializing
- Decreased responsiveness to parents and other children
- Increased solitary play and diminished overall play
Compliant in structured environments; socially inhibited, passive
- Sombre, subdued, apathetic, lethargic, drowsy, dopey, dazed, and
- Bland , emotionally flat, humorless, not smiling, depressed, and
sad with frequent crying
- Lacking in initiative or spontaneity, curiosity, surprise or
What Are Some of These Drugs' Side Effects?
Several authorities report that the long-term
consequences of stimulant drug use could be devastating. Equally
disturbing is that for many children and adults these commonly prescribed
drugs often do not work very well. More on that in a moment.
Several short-term effects could be the
"Ritalin rebound," loss of appetite and resulting weight loss, insomnia,
headaches, stomachaches, drowsiness, potential liver damage, facial tics,
and a "sense of sadness," to mention just a few.
Consider these well-known downsides of
Ritalin is derived from the same family as
Ritalin lasts only four hours
Ritalin treats only some of the symptoms of ADD
Ritalin provides superficial healing, does not treat the root of the
Ritalin can cause side effects such as appetite loss, anxiety, insomnia,
tics, headaches, stomach aches
Ritalin use is responsible for causing children to begin a habit of taking
Ritalin may need to be taken over entire life span (22)
drugs impair growth not only by suppressing appetite but also by
disrupting growth hormone production. This poses a threat to every organ
of the body, including the brain, during the child's growth. The
disruption of neurotransmitter systems adds to this threat. Studies of
amphetamine show that short-term clinical doses produce brain cell death.
Similar studies of methylphenidate show long-lasting and sometimes
permanent changes in the biochemistry of the brain. (12)
These drugs also
endanger the cardiovascular system and commonly produce many adverse
mental effects, including depression. Too often stimulants often become
gateway drugs to additional psychiatric medications. Stimulant-induced
over-stimulation, for example, is often treated with addictive or
dangerous sedatives, while stimulant-induced depression is often treated
with dangerous, unapproved antidepressants. As the child's emotional
control breaks down due to medication effects, mood stabilizers may be
added. Eventually, these children end up on four or five psychiatric drugs
at once and a diagnosis of bipolar disorder by the age of eight or ten.
It is important
to note that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and all other drug
enforcement agencies worldwide, classify methylphenidate (the generic name
for Ritalin) and amphetamine (Dexedrine and Adderall) in the same Schedule
II category as methamphetamine, cocaine, and the most potent opiates and
barbiturates. Schedule II includes only those drugs with the very
highest potential for addiction and abuse. (11, 12)
OK, so here are my conclusions
We can plainly see the
dilemma which is caused by drug use. I did not even get into the
anti-synergetic aspects of using un-natural substances. We must treat the
body as a whole entity. Look at it as if you were a car; if the engine was
making noise would you throw a large blanket over it and close the hood?
NO! it would cause an array of other problems, while it may minimize the
noise at first.
Two thousand five hundred years ago,
Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine," said to his students, "Let they
food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." Moses Maimonides, the
great 12th century physician, repeated the Hippocratic sentiment when he
said, "No illness which can be treated by diet should be treated by any
other means." In essence, Hippocrates and Maimondides were insisting that
their students practice nutrient therapy.
said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the
face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree
yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."
"... and the leaves of the tree were for the
healing of the nations."
I believe with all my
heart that God knew what He was doing when He told us that He gave us
plants for healing. Why do we try to change His gifts to us?
Below is what I have found through my studies
in this area to have produced the best results. Of course, your daily
prayers, combined with not losing faith and hope is of utmost importance…
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou
mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 2)
research institutions worldwide now understand that there is a two-way
chemical dialog between the brain and the immune system. Each can
influence the other directly. There is an ongoing chemical dialog between
the brain and the immune system, a connection that depends on two
languages: the neurotransmitters of the brain, and the immunotransmitters
of the immune system. Therefore it is proper to say that by treating the
brain we are most always treating the root of most any problem. Suffice to
say that if it is an allergy, hormone or chemical imbalance, or what ever
the diagnosis, something is telling the gland to produce less/more,
telling the blood to react in an allergic manner, etc. By treating the
brain with all the nutrients it needs, its amazing power will go to work.
Studies show that 99.999% of all brain cells are under nourished, which
causes a multitude of challenges for the rest of the body.
The following foods, alternatives & supplements
are the ones I have seen work drastically in many cases. (in order)
water. That’s right, good old
fashioned water. If you read my article on dehydration you will see the
amazing facts concerning water, and a lack thereof. I believe this factor
to be second only to essential oils. Many people do not want to go
to a doctor and have them say : “go home and drink 8-10 glasses of pure
distilled water a day” so we go to get a prescription instead of a cure;
do not discredit the body’s need for water (coffee, fruit juices and
drinks, etc. can not replace water).
oils and fats. Our brain is made of
them! We are talking about all the essential fats that we eliminate from
today’s diet. There are no such things as essential sugars, essential
carbohydrates or otherwise but there are essential fats. These are
recognizable "good" fats required by the body. These fats are essential
and necessary, as your body cannot produce them naturally. The need to be
derived from a natural food source or supplement. They are derived from
two families of fatty acids called Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s. EFA’s are
required by the body in order to produce of a group of hormones. These
hormone-like chemicals are called prostaglandin’s. Prostaglandin’s are
essential for the entire body’s functioning from the smallest capillaries
to largest vital organs. Good Fats include: Olive oil, fish oil,
flax seed, evening primrose and borage oil. These fats are essential
nutrients, they are necessary for health and well being of our minds and
The "B" Vitamins.
Specific nutrient deficiencies will produce specific deficiency symptoms,
some of which are familiar as symptoms of hyperactivity and learning
disorders. A deficiency of thiamin (vitamin B-1), for example, may produce
irritability, nervousness and even increased sensitivity to noise. (35) B
vitamins are an important requirement of the brain's diet as they help
form neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers of the nervous system.
Pyridoxal phosphate, a B-6 member, is pivotal in the synthesis of the
neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA).
Thirty-five years ago a proprietary infant formula, in which Vitamin B-6
was inadvertently destroyed during sterilization, caused widespread
seizures in infants. The newborns were cured with a B-6 supplement and
this dramatically establishes the impact that B vitamins have on the
nervous system. (32) Some neurological childhood conditions appear to be
connected to B vitamins. A study conducted at Saint Joseph Hospital in
Pennsylvania found low serotonin levels in hyperactive children. The
researchers gave some of the subjects B-6, and observed the
neurotransmitter, serotonin, rise appreciably. (19) Autism, also called
infantile psychosis, has also been treated with B-6. (31)
Need I say more? Its antioxidant and healthy properties are endless.
Now, as scientists continue to map out the various ways in which zinc is
needed by your body, a number of studies are pointing to an association
between zinc deficiency and ADHD. One such 1996 study, published in the
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, revealed a statistically
significant correlation between zinc and fatty acids, in that both were
decreased in children with ADHD. In another study, this one conducted at
Ohio State University, investigators found a relationship between zinc
deficiency and response to stimulant therapy among people with ADHD.
(Stimulants such as Ritalin are commonly used to treat children with
ADHD.) Basically, this study showed that children diagnosed with ADHD may
be zinc deficient, and that this deficiency may result in their poor
response to stimulant therapy. (5)
It is an approach that is totally safe to use, employing a 100% non-toxic
and natural -- and powerfully effective -- nutritional method. It involves
the use of an antioxidant nutritional compound from France that has
produced stunning health results across Europe for over a decade, and that
many progressive doctors are now beginning to recommend here in the United
States and Canada. This compound is a patented extract from the bark of
the French Maritime Pine Tree (U.S. Patent Number 4,698,360). In an easy
to swallow tablet form, has been hailed by researchers as the most potent,
natural antioxidant compound ever discovered. This patented compound is
not a drug and is now readily available in the U.S. without a
prescription. Moreover, it is far less costly than traditional drug
therapy. It is as safe to use vitamin C. However, as an antioxidant
supplement, it is actually 20 times more powerful than vitamin C, and 50
times more powerful than vitamin E. This company seemed to have the best
prices I found
serine (PS) is a natural extract of
lecithin and it has been the subject many human clinical trials of memory
loss, mood, cognitive performance and learning ability. Many of the
studies show that PS can optimize cognition. In the most famous human
study, researchers gave 300 mg of PS a day for 12 weeks to 149 subjects
over 50. Various memory and learning tests were administered before and
after. The results showed that PS managed to raise cognitive performance
to the levels typical for as much as 12 years younger. (28) Phosphatidyl
serine is a phospholipid that is vital to brain cell structure and
function. Phospholipids are molecules with an amino acid component and a
fatty acid component which are found in every cell membrane in our bodies.
Phosphatidyl serine plays an important role in our neurotransmitter
systems, metabolism levels of the brain, and maintaining nerve connections
in the brain. PS appears to helps reestablish the normal down-regulation
of cortisol secretion that is increased in chronically stressed
individuals. It's benefit in dementia and depression may relate to
improved brain cell membrane fluidity. In the clinical studies, PS (100 mg
three times daily) has also been shown to improve the mood and mental
function in patients with Parkinson's disease, but exerts no beneficial
effects on muscle control. (28, 29)
While this list
is not thought to be exhaustive, it is as accurate as can be. There are
many products being marketed today specifically for ADD/ADHD which may be
tried in addition to boosting the brains and body’s own ability. You may
search these out on your own.
Here are a few
contact during verbal instruction.
directions clear and concise.
consistent with daily instructions.
multiple commands. Give out only one task at a time.
they understand the instructions before beginning a task.
frequently and maintain a supportive attitude.
instructions in a calm, positive manner.
assignments as needed.
individualized education program (IEP) with your child's school. Set up an
appropriate study space at home for your child to do homework and study.
Keep in mind
that children with ADD/ADHD are easily frustrated. Stress, pressure, and
fatigue can break down their self control and lead to poor behavior.
extra time for certain tasks and avoid distracting stimuli, such as a
radio or television on in the back ground.
with ADHD must receive consequences immediately or they will not remember
why they are being punished.
your child's diet! Remove or reduce the intake of refined white sugar,
artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, preservatives, caffeine and
phosphates. The Feingold diet is a great resource.
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Please let’s not
forget the Godly aspects of health. Be patient with the child as not to at
any time break his/her spirit (there are many books written on dealing
with ADD/ADHD). Please feel free to contact us for additional information
regarding this subject.