Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder of certain mechanisms in the central nervous system. Auditory processing problems are common in people with ADHD. Medications like Ritalin and Adreral may have a temporary effect on behavior but it does not address the underlying problem of auditory processing impairment. When someone with ADHD has too much auditory input they need a break from this type of stimulation. This overload results in distractibility, short attention span, impulsivity, poor listening skills and hyperactive behaviors. Once in overload mode the person will need recovery time that can range from 30 seconds to one minute before new information can be taken in. Some people with ADHD may need 5 to 10 minutes to recover. When a person has too much auditory imput they may appear to be distracted, off task, spaced out, daydreaming, tuning out or not listening. Some children can can become very anxious, frustrated, angry, or even have explosive range and a violent reactions. Auditory processing problems can worsen due to nutrient mineral imbalances and toxic metals in the body.
Studies have shown a significant decline of ADHD with age. Adults with ADHD are at a higher risk for substance abuse, alcoholism, depression, anti-social behavior and financial problems. Infidelity can be a problem since the person becomes bored easily with things, including partners. A child with ADHD can have learning and behavioral problems. Many ADHD children are average to above average intelligence and are highly creative. Factors that have been linked with ADHD during pregnancy include: anxiety, allergies, smoking, hyperinsulinemia, oxygen deprivation, environmental stress, pollutants, artificial food additives, injury, infection, lead poisoning, and pre-natal trauma. People with ADHD react to preservatives, food dyes and salicylates. These can cause chemical imbalances in the brain. A low-protein diet can be a contributing factor for ADHD. Food additives play a major role in hyperactivity.
Signs & Symptoms of ADHD:
Inability to pay attention
Difficulty with details and makes careless mistakes.
Trouble staying focused.
Does not seem to listen when spoken to.
Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish tasks.
Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities.
Avoids and dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort.
Loses things necessary to do tasks and activities.
Is easily distracted
Symptoms of Hyperactivity and Impulsiveness include:
Fidgets with hands and feet.
They leave their chair at times when they need to remain seated.
Feels restless, runs and climbs excessively.
Is “on the go” or acts as if driven.
Blurts out answers before the questions have been completed.
Has difficulty waiting his/her turn.
Interrupts conversations or intrude on others’ activities.
Inability to start and finish projects.
Loses temper quickly.
Difficulty following rules.
Can be clumsy.
Difficulty in accepting change.
The best way to treat ADHD is to get a hair analysis and consult a nutritionist. Studies have found that omega 3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and evening primrose oil can help. A high protein diet with beans and whole grains is beneficial. Limit dairy products. Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D3 are key.
Eliminate from your diet: All refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, MSG, Food Dyes, artificial flavoring, colored cheeses, yeast, preservatives, High fructose corn syrup, processed and manufactured foods. Avoid foods that contain salicylates like almonds, apples, apricots, all berries, cherries, cucumbers, currant, oranges, peaches, peppers, plums, prunes, and tomatoes, sodium benzoate increases hyperactivity. Avoid apple cider vinegar, bacon butter, candy, catsup, chocolate, colored cheeses, chili sauce corn, ham hot dogs lunch meats, margarine, meat loaf, milk mustard, pork, salami, salt, sausage, soy sauce, tea and wheat.
Avoid these over the counter products: antacid tablets, cough drops, perfume, throat lozenges, or commercial toothpaste. Use natural toothpaste instead. Avoid soda and phosphate additives. High levels of phosphorus, low calcium and low magnesium levels can indicate a potential for hyperactivity and seizures. Meat and fat are high in phosphorus.
Things you can do for ADHD:
Avoid auditory overload
Reduce background noise
Speak slowly to the person with ADHD
Stop talking if an ADHD child is out of control due to audio input overload.
Stay calm around an a child with ADHD
Do less talking around them
Give them a quiet space
Give only 1 direction at a time
Provide visual materials
Eat healthy Non-GMO, organic foods.
Limit television and video games.
Avoid loud music.
Write down things.
Encourage physical activity
Encourage Creativity, Art, music, dancing, singing…..
Eating a diet high in protein
A homeopathic remedy called gelsemium can help relieve anxiety, anger and temper tantrums.
Ritalin and Aderal drugs are in the same class of drugs as cocaine. These stimulant meds deplete nutrients and weakens the immune system. These drugs deplete zinc and magnesium which are key minerals for our body. Toxicity from lead, cadmium, aluminum, mercury, and cooper effect brain functioning.
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Source: Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch and Richard Malter, PH.D.