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Is ADHD Real? Doesn’t Matter, Cure the Symptoms
While I was curing my son of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), several people suggested there is no such thing as ADHD. Despite some pushback, it is a popular diagnosis and continues to grow in the United States. In 2011, the latest year of statistics available from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
§ Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD.
§ The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011.
§ Only half of preschoolers (4-5 years of age) with ADHD received behavioral therapy.
§ About half of preschoolers with ADHD were taking medication for ADHD, and about 1 in 4 were treated only with medication.
In general, ADHD symptoms manifest like this:
· Difficulty paying attention to details; careless mistakes; producing work that is often messy and careless; difficulty completing tasks that require concentration
· Easily distracted by irrelevant stimuli and frequently interrupting ongoing tasks with inability to sustain attention on tasks or activities
· Frequent shifts in conversation, not listening to others, not keeping one's mind on conversations, and not following details or rules of activities in social situations
· Fidgeting, squirming when seated; getting up frequently to walk or run around
· Running or climbing excessively when it's inappropriate (in teens this may appear as restlessness)
· Having difficulty playing quietly or engaging in quiet leisure activities
· Talking excessively
These symptoms are real and can interfere with schoolwork, emotional development and overall wellbeing. My son was diagnosed when he was six. He couldn’t concentrate in school, he was kicking the teachers, he couldn’t finish homework after 7pm, and he took a baseball bat to his bedroom door one night.
ADHD symptoms have traditionally been managed with medication, and at first I capitulated. But I read a lot about how unhealthy the medications are. Have you seen the chemicals in ADHD pharmaceuticals? They don’t fix the problem, they just mask the symptoms, and other critical parts of the body—the liver, the stomach, the kidneys, and the heart—can suffer from toxic chemicals. Scientists and doctors are not even sure how the medications work and if they work at all—the drug pamphlets and company websites fully admit this.
However, my son did exhibit ADHD symptoms. There was a source of the problem and I just had to find it.
I found a functional medicine doctor. We discovered many physical issues, including an overload of yeast in his body and a deficit of inositol, a natural brain calmer. We gave him Diflucan for a short time to reduce the yeast and supplements and natural inositol pills to make up for the deficit. We changed his body chemistry; I tossed all the sugar and corn in the house and I adjusted my cooking. The body is a dynamic, agile machine; by changing what he ate we improved general function and, in turn, brain function.
Of course, there are cases in which the child suffers from a brain chemistry imbalance that must be addressed with appropriate drugs. But as a result of my experience curing my son, I might agree with those that say ADHD is not a true condition. Symptoms like those listed above are not necessarily hardcore brain chemistry issues, but may be the result of the brain reacting to other issues inside the body. The source could be food, environment, lifestyle and other influences that affect body function.
My son is now 12, ADHD free and in High Honor Roll. He plays basketball, volleyball, track and baseball. He talks about attending MIT.
I wrote ADHD to Honor Roll to encourage all parents of behaviorally challenged children to consider a route other than pharmaceuticals. If you work with the right practitioner, you consider other factors, and you focus on your child’s responses and behavioral changes, you will find the root of the problem. Whether or not you believe ADHD is a valid diagnosis, you can cure the symptoms naturally.
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