Are There Natural Treatments for ADHD?

Q: My grandson has been diagnosed with ADHD. Even the Ritalin they give him doesn’t seem to help. And his diet is terrible, but nobody can seem to keep him from eating junk food when he isn’t being directly supervised. How can we help him?

A: I’m not surprised by the ineffectiveness of the Ritalin. Of the 2 basic types of Attention Deficit, the Hyperactive type (ADHD) is the least responsive to stimulant drugs such as Ritalin.

In addition, in no case does the Ritalin address the underlying lack of appropriate brain nutrients. In fact, over time there is a strong indication that such drugs actually deplete the brain of the very crucial nutrients needed to create balance.

The addiction to junk food is actually an attempt by the body to compensate for the things lacking in your grandson’s diet. Ironically, this food reduces the very nutrients that are lacking.

Since it’s impractical to follow him around every second of every day to manage what he eats, it is crucial that this underlying imbalance in brain nutrients be addressed directly.

One excellent way to do this is to do a simple, yet comprehensive assessment of the current state of his neurotransmitters. Once we see exactly which ones are out of normal range, we can use amino acids and other natural supplements to gradually bring them back into balance.

Be forewarned that this isn’t an overnight fix. We don’t want to make these changes too quickly. You will, however begin to notice improvements in focus and behavior within a relatively short time.

The other advantage of this approach is that the cravings for junk food will diminish as the brain chemistry becomes better balanced. This means we are helping address the problem at it’s root cause.

Please contact my office to set up an initial consultation and get your grandson on the road to a drug-free, normal happy childhood.

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