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Supplements and ADD or ADHD

Posted by georgia on January 27, 2003 at 21:24:24:

Does anyone have any info on supplements for children with ADD. My grandson is 8 years old, has been on Ritalin (Concerta) for 4 years. We are wanting to stop the medication but we know his schoolwork will suffer. He is not able to focus for very long on much of anything (except whatever he is extremely interested in at the moment). He has come a long way with much improvement and we would hate to see him revert back to what he used to be like, but have very serious concerns about this medications long term effects. Has anyone had any experience with this with their children? What about diet? Thanks to all! I looked in the archives and that page seems to be gone. Is there any info on the bulletin board or the archives that I'm missing. Thanks again!



Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD

Posted by
Leesa on January 28, 2003 at 01:46:19:

In Reply to: Supplements and ADD or ADHD posted by georgia on January 27, 2003 at 21:24:24:

Hi Georgia,
I have some great info on some supplements for ADD and ADHD.
Drop me and e-mail so I can get it to you.
Leesa



Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD

Posted by georgia on January 28, 2003 at 10:10:40:

In Reply to: Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD posted by Leesa on January 28, 2003 at 01:46:19:

Hi Leesa, I will drop you an e-mail but first I need you to give me your e-mail address. Thanks very much.



Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD

Posted by Leesa on January 28, 2003 at 13:50:37:

In Reply to: Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD posted by georgia on January 28, 2003 at 10:10:40:

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Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 29, 2003 at 07:26:15:

In Reply to: Supplements and ADD or ADHD posted by georgia on January 27, 2003 at 21:24:24:

Georgia,

That information is significant and is in the brain chemistry archives. This worked for every child in my practice for whom I could get the parent's and the child's cooperation for as little as 2 weeks!

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD

Posted by
bcollie on February 01, 2003 at 13:34:15:

In Reply to: Supplements and ADD or ADHD posted by georgia on January 27, 2003 at 21:24:24:

My son is 8 and has ADHD. The best thing we have done for him is add essential fatty acids (Efalex), daily supplments are 50 mg B-complex, 50 mg B-6, 400 mg magnesium, 600 mg calcium, 250 mg C, 25 mg zinc plus acidophilus/bifidus. Calcium and magnesium are calming and are good for hyperactivity. B6 is for attention, but you have to give all of the B vitamins together. C is an antioxidant and promotes clearer thinking. A daily multivitamin is Ok but will not give him the mg he needs for improvement. Make sure all of your supplements are dairy, dye, preservative, sugar and yeast free. Try reading "The ADD Nutriton Solution" by Marcia Zimmerman and "Vitamins & Minearals - An Illustrated Guide" by Karen Sullivan.

Most ADHD kids that have been tested are deficient in zinc, magnesium, calcium, B vitamins and essential fatty acids.


Diet changes can greatly help also. Cook from scratch and use no preprocessed foods. Eliminate all artificial dyes, trans fats (use only olive and canola oil for cooking), and whatever he craves constantly eliminate it for at least two weeks. Lots of times cravings are like an addiction and is causing a negative reaction in the body that can be causing a buildup of histamine in the body and the resulting attention and/or behavior problems, etc. Rotate foods and don't serve the same food in a 4 day period to limit the histamine reaction. Limit sodas, milk and juices (use only 100% fruit juice; most juices are full of corn syrup and artificial dyes) and make water the most used beverage. Limit junk food and use raw veggies and fruits as snacks.

I could go on forever about the ADHD/behavior link and an essential fatty acid deficiency. Try reading "The LCP Solution" by Jacqueline Stordy and Malcolm Nicholl.

A couple of good ADHD message boards are conductdisorders.com. If you are interested in diet changes and supplements, check out the Natural Treatments board. Another good discussion group is at the ADHD board at braintalk.org. There is an excellent thread about Omega-3 fatty acids here.



Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD (Archive in brain chem.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 02, 2003 at 07:39:52:

In Reply to: Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD posted by bcollie on February 01, 2003 at 13:34:15:

Thanks, BCollie.

If only more people would try this rather than hope that popping a pill will do the trick.

Namaste`

Walt

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Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD

Posted by Mike on February 02, 2003 at 21:37:45:

In Reply to: Re: Supplements and ADD or ADHD posted by bcollie on February 01, 2003 at 13:34:15:

"but you have to give all of the B vitamins together".............."Lots of times cravings are like an addiction and is causing a negative reaction in the body that can be causing a buildup of histamine"

Perhaps a word of caution --- might be best to have the proper testing done first, if you are able. In my case, I was found to have very high histamine levels and therefore it is NOT advised that I take niacin or folic acid, as these help to INCREASE histamine levels. Whenever I read that ALL of the B-vitamins are ALWAYS supposed to be taken, I think of how that may be generally true, but not for everybody.

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