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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.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Alternative MedicineApril 9, 2011, 8:59 am

    Hi Dr. Bruce- I found your article to be very powerful, because I used to be around kids who had ADHD and most parent just put them on drugs right away, which made me very sad. Thanks for a new perspective and positive encouragement on this issue.

  • KarenApril 22, 2011, 10:59 am

    Depending on how old he is, it seems like it should be relatively easy to keep junk food away…as long as all members of the household agree that there will be no junk food in the house whatsoever. At school, it might be a different matter, as kids are always trading their lunches.

  • alternative medicineApril 4, 2012, 3:39 am

    My husband has recently been diagnosed with a non-functioning thyroid – three weeks ago. He has had heart trouble for the past twenty-five years with a bypass in 1999. He is now in congestive heart failure ( right side of heart) – my question is would a non-functioning thyroid cause this to happen and if his thyroid function is corrected would this help his heart to heal?I find your article extremely interesting and look forward to

    reading more. Thank you.

  • drbruceApril 4, 2012, 7:28 pm

    Hi,

    As you might guess, it isn’t possible to diagnose or prescribe treatment from a blog post or comment.

    That being said, one important basic rule is that everything is connected one way or the other. In Chinese Medicine, thyroid function is part of kidney yang (think adrenals). And there is also a strong relationship with the heart. However doing a single fix approach isn’t always successful. So addressing thyroid function in general might, or might not correct any other imbalance or condition.

    Dr. Bruce

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