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ADD/ADHD Alternatives to Meds
Terry Honeyman The number of kids being "diagnosed" with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is growing by the year. Did you ever wonder why this "condition" is growing? Aside from the political and financial agendas, could it simply be a symptom of underlying deficiencies and imbalances? My heart goes out to these kids because it affects their lives in a very big way ... even into adulthood. It can have a huge impact on their self esteem ... who they believe themselves to be, and what they believe themselves capable of doing. It impacts the decisions and choices they make, sometimes all throughout their lives ... Help is available, but not in the way we've been led to believe by mainstream medicine. Don't get me started on how I really feel about this subject and what pharmaceuticals do to our kids! Let's just say that very often the characteristics of ADD or ADHD just simply seem to disappear with appropriate nourishment and supplementation. After all ... think about it, folks ... no one has ever had a Ritalin deficiency! So what ARE the characterizations of ADD and ADHD? Inappropriate inattention and impulsivity - and with ADHD, hyperactivity is also an ingredient in the mix. People with this "diagnosis" have a tendency to haphazard and poorly organized activity. Often times the sympathetic nervous system is weakened with a corresponding overactivity of the parasympathetic nervous system. ADD or Anxiety? You can actually tell by looking at a person's pupils whether they're suffering from anxiety or ADD. When the pupils are enlarged, this is a signal that there is too much sympathetic nervous system activity (anxiety). In this case nervines such as Stress-J, Lavender, or Lobelia will calm them down. When the pupils are small and contracted it signals an excess of parasympathetic nervous system activity. In this case (believe it or not), stimulants like caffeine will actually have a calming effect. Appropriate Nutrients There are nutrients that provide support to the nervous system as well as for adrenal function, and this is usually a critical factor in correcting these imbalances. Some of the products that provide these nutrients include Adrenal Support, ENERG-V, Licorice Root, HistaBlock (helpful for leaky gut), and small amounts of caffeine (preferably from green tea). Also since the brain is made up of mostly fat, essential fatty acids are absolutely necessary for the brain to function properly. It is imperative to provide good fats (found in olive oil, nuts, avocados, fish, etc.) - not the hydrogenated fats in processed foods (which are one molecule away from being plastic!). Since diet alone generally isn't enough, supplementing with Super Heroes Omega 3 with DHA can be a tremendous help: Specific neurotransmitters in the brain calm down excessive nervous system reactions. Two products that help with elevating the levels of these neurotransmitters and calming down excess brain activity (very helpful for some people with ADHD) are Focus Attention and GABA Plus.
Protein is also very important ... it balances blood sugar and creates neurotransmitters. The amino acid l-tyrosine is the precurser to the neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine, which regulate attentiveness and mental focus. The richest source of l-tyrosine is from red meat. People with ADD should eat a hearty breakfast which includes eggs and red meat, and they will be more focused. Sugar sweetened breakfast cereals or other simple carbohydrates (like pop-tarts, etc.) should be avoided. If you're vegetarian, Super Algae or Free Amino Acids can provide the essential amino acids (including l-tyrosine).Other Causes of ADD & ADHD Heavy metal poisoning (particularly with lead, aluminum, or mercury), hypoglycemia and leaky gut syndrome are all things that can cause ADD/ADHD as well. Heavy Metal Detox is very helpful, and Licorice Root helps with both hypoglycemia and leaky gut.
Artificial sweeteners and food additives, including aspartame, have been found to cause hyperactivity and other behavioral disorders, so it's a good idea to completely avoid these. Also avoid corn syrup and caffeine as well as sugar.Other useful herbal products include: AdaptaMax, Astragalus, Black Currant Oil, Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Flax Seed Oil, Herbal Sleep, Magnesium, Master Gland, Nerve Eight, Nutri-Calm, Spirulina, SUMA Combination, SynerProTein, TS II, Wood Betony, DHA, Focus Attention- stimulate awareness, concentration, and Ginkgo/Gotu Kola Essential oils can also be highly beneficial. Studies have shown that essential oils including vetiver, cedarwood, and lavender, inhaled twice a day showed clinically significant results in 60 days. It is thought that the behaviors of ADD and ADHD are reduced through their stimulation on the limbic system of the brain. Also, because ADD and ADHD may be caused by mineral deficiencies, increasing nutrient intake and absorption of magnesium, potassium, and other trace minerals can also have a significant beneficial effect in resolving ADD and ADHD. First Recommendation: Vetiver Lavender Cedarwood Clarity Omega Blue Softgels Other single oils that are very effective: Sandalwood Peppermint Frankincense Other blends that are also very effective: Brain Power Peace & Calming
Method of Application
- Diffusion for 15 minutes 4 to 8 times daily
- Direct inhalation 4 to 8 times daily
For more information on essential oils, please visit my website at http://naturalremedy.younglivingworld.comReferences:
Steven Horne, R. (. (2003). The Comprehensive Guide to Nature's Sunshine Products. St. George, UT: Tree of Light Publishing.
Publishing, E. S. (2007). Essential Oils Desk Reference, Fourth Edition. Essential Science Publishing.
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