Alternative Treatments available for ADHD:
- Access you or your child’s condition with a nutritionist or naturopath that specializes in ADHD treatment. ADHD can be caused by the following issues that can be alleviated by use of natural treatment: anxiety, artificial food additives, infection, allergies, and food intolerance; overstimulation, lack of discipline, lack of routine. There can also be a combination of these problems that lead to the issue. That’s why it is good for a naturopath to do a good physical examination. If ADHD is caused by oxygen deprivation, brain trauma, lead poisoning, injury, hyperinsulinemia, or smoking during pregnancy a stronger course of action will probably be needed. If this is the case, consult your physician for a plan of action.
- The first thing you can try for normal regular focus issues and/or hyperactivity is to have a blood test done to see if there is an infection at work in your body.
- If blood work comes back normal showing “no” infection, try a food elimination diet. (Gluten, dairy, soy, corn, food dyes, caffeine, and sugar are very high on the list) Try an elimination diet for three weeks. Eliminate all of these key foods for a period of one week. You should see a remarkable difference, if foods are at play. It may get worse before it gets better. Add the foods back in one category at a time until you hit the category that causes a reaction, if any. If you find that food dyes that are an issue, please look at the Feingold Diet.
- Look at taking supplements to assist with focus and hyperactivity. They are: Calcium and magnesium (liquid form), has a calming effect for hyperactivity; Essential Fatty Acids, to help the brain function properly; Gamma amino butyric acid (GABA), calms with body without side effects.; SAMe, relieves anxiety and stress (use under the direction of a physician); Vitamin B complex (liquid sublingual form),needed for correct brain function and digestion and it regulates neurotransmitters.
- Know the side effects that the prescription drug for ADHD could have – lifelong dependence, changes in mood, changes in personality, change in energy levels, and physical side effects. It is many times necessary, but as you have read above, many times it can be avoided. What is three weeks out of you or your child’s life to try some of these alternative treatments?
Resources for ADHD
- Driven to Distraction by Edward M. HAllowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D.
- The Disorganized Mind by Nancy A. Ratey
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey
- Smart but Scattered Teens by Richard Guare, PHD; Peg Dawson, EDD; and Colin Guare