Only a parent of an ADHD child can understand the difficulty raising a child with this troubling disorder. I have two of them.
These children just don’t socialize normally. Friends are hard to come by, birthday invitations are few and far between, relationships with teachers and peers seldom go smoothly. Many a parent of an ADHD child has soaked a pillow with tears of grief and worry. For many parents, the worst aspects of this disorder are their academic performance and social life in school.
This disorder often shows up in toddlerhood or even earlier. But when a child reaches grade one, it’s often quite obvious to at least one parent that the child seems to be “wired differently”. The worst thing a parent can do is turn a blind eye to the inevitable diagnosis.
ADHD seems to permeate every race, creed, and socio-economic group. Canadian mental health epidemiological statistics indicate that about 5% of children can be diagnosed with some version of ADHD. In many non-French Immersion public school classrooms in Canada, there are probably about four ADHD children. For more information about this disorder, please click here. There is an enormous amount of information about this disorder available, including probable causes and medications to treat it, but unfortunately, established health organizations provide little information about natural therapies for it. Sadly, too many medical doctors suggest drug based therapies without suggesting any laboratory testing to determine malfunctions that may be corrected through diet or supplementation. Stories such as this one, about a young adult who had never been diagnosed with ADHD and became addicted to Adderall, are too sad to think about. http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Drowned-in-a-sea-of-prescriptions-4246447.php
I am very much an advocate of a whole approach to treating ADHD. That means I support thorough lab testing through a competent, quality lab that specializes in detailed urine, bood and stool testing. These labs are not commonly found in Canada. In addition, there are several Naturopaths and Holistic medical doctors in the greater Toronto area, who can guide you through the laboratory testing and change of diet that will probably be necessary, and instruction on supplementation. Please contact me for a list of these practitioners.
I have also compiled a short list of issues that often arise when a natural practitioner is consulted :
- Lab testing (hair, blood, urine, stool, etc.) to determine potential toxicities e.g. lead, aluminum, mercury or other toxic metals
- Magnesium, zinc, B12, folic acid, etc. deficiency testing
- Amino Acid blood testing
- Peptide urine testing (gliadorphin, casomorphin)
- Long chain omega 3 fatty acids
- Vitamin and mineral supplementation
- Candidiasis (overgrowth of candida)
- Food sensitivities – gluten/dairy, soy, eggs, etc.
- Poor protein digestion/assimilation
- Probiotics (gut dysbiosis)
- Herbal supplementation
In addition, I am pleased to offer support groups for parents of children with ADHD. For more information, please contact me. In these groups, our topic of discussion is natural therapies for ADHD, we do not go into detail about medication therapy.
Here are a few links which might help a parent who is looking for non-drug approaches for ADHD.
- Great Plains Laboratory
- Victory Over ADHD
- James Greenblatt MD
- Pfeiffer Treatment Centre
- Marcia Zimmerman
- Feingold Association
- Mindful Charity
This is a brief message about a Canadian (CSOM) initiative to raise awareness about ADHD & natural therapies.
Suggested Reading Material on the Subject of Natural Solutions for ADHD
Victory over ADHD
I endorse this amazing book (endorsement is found on back cover) Victory Over ADHD, a book by Deborah Merlin. I have also donated this book to the Richmond Hill, Aurora and Newmarket Libraries. Deborah has become a good friend through our email correspondence and I do hope to meet her one day. In this book, Deborah discusses her personal journey to find non-invasive, alternative treatments for her twin sons who suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) since birth. The information she shares presents a holistic approach to treating this condition and nurtures hope for families everywhere. It includes sections by naturopathic and homeopathic practitioners who weigh in on a variety of natural modalities that can be used to effectively treat ADHD. Please watch Deborah speak about her experience here: http://victoryoveradhd.com/ To purchase Deborah’s books, please contact me.
Nourishing Hope for Autism
Both Nourishing Hope for Autism and Cooking to Heal , written by Julie Matthews, provide information about diet intervention for ADHD and Autism. Julie Matthews is a U.S. based Certified Nutrition Consultant who travels extensively to educate both parents and medical professionals on the scientific WHY and HOW of various diets. They contain step-by-step guidelines that are based on extensive clinical experience and research. You can hear Julie speak about her books here:
To purchase Julie Matthew’s books, please contact: http://nourishinghope.com/store/buy-books/