Monday, October 27, 2008

Alternatives To Medication For The Treatment Of ADD/ADHD

Author: Jimmy Brownen
Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food
Hippocrates
In the US, other than prescribed medications, there are no other federally-approved treatments for ADD/ADHD. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still supporting drug therapy as the treatment for this disorder. Findings of many studies point to availability of “natural” treatments; therefore, a rising number of health professionals are proposing behavioral and dietary interventions to supplement
What can be said about prescription medication is that it is still new to the practice of medicine but plant extracts and other holistic remedies have existed before our time. Modern medicine possesses the wondrous capability to alter natural substances to form a chemical derivative that has absolutely nothing to do with the original material in its final form.
It is, however, very interesting that it was the advent of chemically-based foods, sweeteners, additives, and, yes, medications that signaled the advent of the ADD/ADHD “epidemic”.
Could there be a connection?
ADD/ADHD is a result of the appearance of chemical substance which has the ability to produce biochemical reactions within the body. It is then capable of altering the body’s functioning to elicit unnatural symptoms. All this of course is the result of changes in the environment change the natural bodily function.
Natural malfunction of the human body is not the major cause of ADD/ADHD. It is the emergence of unnatural substances that has create a toxic environment in which the unable the body to function properly. To further support this, it has been observed that the number of cases of ADD/ADHD has risen substantially with the rise of chemical additives, preservatives, and substances usage.
Usage of chemicals have increase the rates of ADD/ADHD diagnosis.
The toxins introduced into the body of individuals which are more sensitive to extraneous toxins will generate very severe reactions. These toxins will not have very severe effects on individuals who are not sensitive to the allergens. This proves that not all of us have it in our body to have reactions on toxins.
The body of a highly sensitive individuals can react in a way such as developing symptoms like fidgeting, distractibility, impulsivity, hyperactivity, forgetfulness, and behavioral problems when placed in a toxin environment but if these individuals are removed form the environment then the symptom can be reduced or even disappear completely.
The issue of ADD/ADHD treatment is that many people knows that the toxin effecting sufferer of ADD/ADHD must be removed from them and this goes for removing the individuals from the toxic environment too but the vast number of us are still unclear about how to go about doing that. With the many non-medication method available today, prescribed medication should be the last choice in anyone seeking out ways to deal with this attention deficit disorder
It is found that many ADD/ADHD cases can be treated by managing the following issues: - proper nutrition needs of the patients. - any existing behavioral issues - presence of any toxins within the environment
Save the medication for an emergency. Many people find that it, ultimately, isn’t necessary.
Many researchers suspect, and are now investigating, the correlation between food allergies and behavioral problems. These researchers have gone so far as to suggest that more than 60% of individuals suspected of having ADD/ADHD might be “cured” by eliminating such toxins as sugar, artificial colors and preservatives, soy, milk, chocolate, wheat, some citrus fruits, and eggs from their diets. To prove this theory, and to help determine which toxins might be responsible for ADD like behavior, experts suggest the implementation of an elimination diet. An elimination diet is conducted in the following manner: 1. Take food that is suspected to be the culprit away from diet. If it is diary product then you can take it off the diet and only introduce it back after symptoms disappear. When doing so, make sure you do it one at a time. By doing this, you can easily identify food that is responsible for the symptoms. 2. Start with foods that are usual suspects such as diary, wheat products, sugar, eggs, nuts, soy products, corn, and citrus fruits and juices. 3. Try to carry out food elimination for two weeks and during that time, breathing, and general health should be closely monitored. 4. Three days interval should be the minimum time to reintroduce food into diet. This can help identify which food is responsible for the reaction. 5.Make sure to read food labels! Some products contain the offending foods as an ingredient and will produce a reaction.
Another method that can be used to determine food allergies, sensitivities, and toxicities is the food diary. For a period of about a month, write down all foods, beverages, snacks, candies, etc. that are consumed. Everything that goes into the mouth must be recorded; even such innocuous substances as gum, medications (even over the counter meds), and candies. Record behavior, breathing, and general health in the diary. Remember to record sleep patterns, activity levels, and attitude. At the end of the month, patterns should be detectable according to what was ingested, when. Food diaries are often used in conjunction with an elimination diet.
Elimination diet is also a popular means to uncover toxins that may be responsible for many other conditions such as Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, general food allergies, Fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, and depression.
About the author:
As a leading practitioner in the field of treating attention deficit disorder , Jimmy Brownen has had man years of experience in the treatment of such disorders. For more information on http://3stepsadd.com/ or vyvanse, please
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