Posts Tagged ‘adhd’

Ritalin is a class 2 narcotic, just like cocaine

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I often get caught up in working with clients that I forget to communicate to all of you what I’m up to these days.  I have a passion to help all individuals get healthy and children are at the top of my priorities.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve had success with my own child, with helping other parents and knowing that if we intervene now, children may have a long term prognosis that defies the odds.

Currently 3.5 million American children are diagnoses with ADHD and are being treated. The first line of “treatment” is a class 2 narcotic chemically known as methylphenidate; brand names are Ritalin, Concerta, Medikinet and Equasym.  Cocaine is also considered a class 2 narcotic.  All of these “treatments” pose a long-term risk of addiction, as the tolerance increases with time, so  does the dosage. 

Serious side effects include sudden death, seizures, an increase in diagnosis for developing bi-polar behaviors, new psychotic symptoms, etc.    Other non-serious side effects include sleep problems and loss of appetite (266 percent experienced the latter in a recent study).    Sleep problems and loss of appetite can result in increased “ADHD” behaviors: hyperactivity, lack of focus, anxiety, etc.  (Remember, parents there is no blood test for ADHD/ADD.  It’s based on a set of symptoms).

In other words, “treatment” may need to be an immediate plan, but is NOT a long term plan.  One must dig deeper to identify the source of these symptoms.  Dr. Charles Gant, a pioneer in functional medicine and one of my mentors refers to the symptoms of ADD as this:

Absolutely 100% of human beings, without exception, can be made to display the symptoms of inattentiveness by simply driving their brains into a chemical imbalance, either with enough of a toxin exposure (brain poisoning) and/or with enough of a nutritional deficiency (brain starvation).

So how do I assess chemical imbalances, brain poisoning and nutritional deficiencies?  I use functional testing, rather than guessing.  Functional testing assesses the performance of the brain, the levels of toxins, the ability of the body to detoxify (an essential piece) and nutritional deficiencies (that can result from poor digestion/absorption).  I won’t go into huge detail but here’s a recent example.

A parent approached me about their child’s symptoms.  ‘Getting going’ in the morning was just one area identified by the mother as an area of focus.  ‘Getting going’ potentially indicated a deficiency in dopamine.  Ritalin addresses dopamine deficiency. Through comprehensive testing I identified numerous deficiencies, three of them being vitamin c, b6 and folate.  ALL of these are considered co-factors to dopamine.  This means that the body CANNOT make dopamine without adequate levels of vitamin c, b6 and folate.   This child could not ‘get going’ because she wasn’t absorbing/assimilating the correct co-factors to MAKE dopamine.  

Here are other areas that you can begin supporting now:

  1.  Reduce as much as possible sugar.  It spikes blood sugar and creates chemical chaos in the brain.
  2. Support your child with cod liver oil (450mg of DHA minimum).   Fatty acid deficiency is associated with behavioral issues, hyperactivity and inability to focus. 
  3. Explore a true elimination diet or get tested for food sensitivities.
  4. Get them out exercising EVERY day.  Exercise has been demonstrated in numerous studies to reduce the behaviors associated.  In one study it was revealed that 26 minutes of physical activity each day helped to significantly reduce ADHD symptoms in grade-schoolers.
  5. Digestive health (gut-brain connection).  How the gut performs is how the brain performs.
  6. Keep your child away from food colorings, preservatives.

I know you have a lot on your plate, parents.  I’ve been there.  Dig deeper, get support in developing that long term plan.

Be well,

Lynn

 

 

Introducing…Kids Health 101

Join me at www.KidsHealth101.com

I’m finally doing it! I’m launching KidsHealth101 Podcast today.  It will feature practitioners that have been successful at helping children heal and recover.   

My mission is “to make child healing and recovery a household conversation”.  

Podcast #1 is “live” as of today and features Dr. Shanna Bissonette interviewing me on why I’m creating a Kids Health movement.     In future podcasts, you’ll hear less from me and much more from my brilliant, pioneer driving professionals that are truly helping kids recover.  

Please join me in this movement by adding your email at KidsHealth101.com  and check out my first podcast!

At Kids Health 101 we will be discussing child developmental needs, growth, nutritional supports and sickness recovery by finding the right tools to heal using a functional approach to health.  Again, my mission is to make childhood healing and recovery a household conversation.  Register at KidsHealth101.com to receive updates of our future presenters.  And spread the word. 

I’m so excited!

Lynn

ADHD and ADD

“ADHD is a catchall diagnosis, into which the medical system too often tosses children who suffer from complex, metabolic disorders.  

ADHD has many diverse causes.

ADHD has many diverse remedies.”  Dr. Kenneth Bock author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics  

ADD and ADHD prevented by balancing the gut?

Approximately 6 million kids (ouch!) are diagnosed with ADD.  Many of the children are administered  brain-altering stimulant drugs (essentially “speed” and uppers”)that have been demonstrated to increase the likelihood of addictive behaviors.   There is no blood test for ADD; rather it’s based on a set of symptoms.  We know that ADD didn’t develop from a “Ritalin”deficiency.  

Fortunately a Finland based research group recently conducted a longitudinal study that followed 75 children from infants until about 13 years of age.  In the first six months of life, half of the children received a placebo and the other half received a probiotic referred to as Lactobacillus rhamnosus.  

At the end of 13 years, ADHD or Autism spectrum disorder was diagnosed in 17.1% of the half of the children that received the placebo.  In the other half of the children, that received the probiotic, none were diagnosed with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder.  That’s correct.  Zero, zilch.  http://www.drperlmutter.com/probiotic-prevents-adhd-autism/#more-3632

This study, although the first of hope to be many, demonstrates that the health of the microbiome can predetermine a brain disorder.

Be well,

Lynn

 

Could there be truth to this?

A dash of humor, a pinch of sarcasm and a whole lot of meaning.

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Be well,

Lynn

FISH: If it can fit in your frying pan then it’s good for you

Does fish have mercury or doesn’t it? I hear fish has fatty acids in it which are beneficial for the brain and the body.  Isn’t this correct? I hear these questions among many about what type of fish is good or not good to eat.

Healthy fish provide our bodies with essential ‘good’ fats that are crucial for the overall wellness of the body.  Fatty acids and omega-3 fats (DHA and EPA) fall under this category.  Both are supplied either through eating fish directly or through taking fatty acid/EPA DHA supplementation.    This is what they do for body:

1.  Build all cell membranes (all of the connectors between millions of brain cells meet at the cell membrane.  If the cell membrane is not healthy, disconnect can occur causing hyperactivity, poor mental function, memory problems and mood disorders)

2.  Reduce inflammation (within the brain and throughout the body)

3.  Balance blood sugar

4.  Stimulates new cell growth in the brain.

As stated from above, fatty acids and EPA/DHA are essential forms of fatty acids that the body requires to support its health.

Unfortunately our contaminants, household products, flooring, industrial goods and so much more have created a toxic environment that have directly intoxicated our fish.  All fish in the seas are exposed to these toxins: the small ‘nemos’ to the sharks.  In the ‘food chain’ the small fish eats the smaller fish, the medium sized fish eats the smaller fish that ate the smallest fish (etcetera). The largest fish, after consuming one smaller fish, has actually ingested several toxic fish.  This is why large fish are at the highest risk level of containing mercury as well as other toxic exposures.   Small fish carry the least toxicity. 

The rule then is: if you can fit the fish (whole filet) in your saute pan, then it’s good for you. 

Here’s a list of acceptable fish that can be consumed up to three times per week:

1.  Sardines, canned wild salmon, or herring.

2.  Cold-water fish such as wild salmon, small halibut, black cod. 

3.  Again, any whole small fish that can fit in your frying pan. 

Be well,

Lynn