ADD and ADHD

ADHD children are described as difficult or problem children but they are merely children who's needs are not being met.

According to Prof. C. van der Merwe, "ADHD is not a psychiatric disorder, it is a metabolic disorder in which the metabolism of specific fats is compromised"

Causes of Hyperactivity

  • Neurotransmitter Imbalance
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Genetic and hereditary
  • Allergies and food intolerances
  • Environment

Allergies and food intolerances is one of our key areas of focus.

Common foods affecting ADD/ADHD

  • Colorants
  • Chocolate
  • Tomato
  • Flavourings
  • Oranges
  • Sugar
  • Artificial food additives
  • Preservatives
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Cows Milk
  • Cheese
  • Msg

 

If you suspect your child has ADD or ADHD DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!
This does not need to be fixed overnight. There is no rush!

Step 1
Visit the doctor for a hearing test and eye test - symptoms could be due to not being able to hear or see efficiently

Step 2
Go for a proper assessment with a health care practitioner eg. Neurologist, paediatrician, or educational psychologist

Step 3
Consider a food allergy test and eliminate those foods
- a hair analysis can also be performed to determine heavy metal toxicity

Step 4
Implement a low GL diet and a supplementation program with the help of your healthcare practitioner

Step 5
Create a secure and loving environment at home together with a support system. Discipline is very important

Step 6
Gather as much information as you can and start implementing coping tools and mechanisms such as ways of learning and making things creative and exciting

Step 7
Be patient and give yourself time for these things to take effect

Without proper nutrition the body cannot function at its optimum. If we help the body with proper nutrition ensuring that it has all it needs for its chemical processors to take effect, there is no need for it to be operating in stress mode. By identifying where the nutritional deficiencies are and supporting those deficiencies the body can once again put its energy into effective learning and behavior, and there are no side effects which come with medication.

Interesting Points:

  • Drugs used for the treatment of ADD and ADHD could form an addiction resulting in a Drug Addicted Adult
  • Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy Jr, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Franklin, the Wright Brothers all could have been classified as ADD or ADHD in their day if this condition had been labeled
  • Children need a great deal of love, support and encouragement especially from their parents. When problems arise, it needs to be explained what was done wrong and why it is wrong in a calm fashion
  • Three times as many boys are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD than girls
    - Due to boys being more interested in technology and girls being more crafty
    - Due to girls being under diagnosed and missed
  • There is more to it than just unruley behavior. If not treated and corrected, tendencies towards depression, alcoholism, restlessness, difficulties with careers and relationships and antisocial behavior as adults are higher
  • Children are surrounded with technology from the moment they are born. Cell phones, Playstations, Wii, multi Tv channels, XBox etc, not to mention all the electromagnetic energy. It is no wonder they are over stimulated and there is such an increase in ADD and ADHD