What to do after you just say NO to Ritalin when a child has been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and (ADHD) or some other learning disability.
And even if you don’t, ADD is a growing problem that you should be aware of some estimate that as many as one in five U.S. children are on Ritalin that’s 6 million kids.
And if you do know any children who have been diagnosed with ADD, it’s almost guaranteed that their doctors have suggested putting them on Ritalin or some other patent medication designed to stimulate the central nervous system. Well, there’s a better
option—one that doesn’t involve prescribing children legal (but still addictive) stimulants
whose side effects include an abnormal heartbeat, blood pressure changes, chest pain, dizziness, and much, much more.
It’s not as simple as popping a pill, but it is safer and can be every bit as effective. It involves changing the child’s diet and supplementing with essential fatty acids.
Research has recently confirmed that essential fatty acids can help make a very significant improvement in children’s behavior and cognitive function.
For five months, researchers gave 65 children who had been diagnosed with behavioral problems daily supplements of fish oil (containing 475 mg of EPA, 151 mg of DHA, and other omega-3 fatty acids) and evening primrose oil (containing 54 mg of GLA and
other omega-6 fatty acids).
At the end of the study, the lead researcher of the study, Dr. Madelaine Portwood, said, “Children taking the supplement made an average seven month improvement in receptive language ability, and a nearly nine month improvement in expressive language ability. The matched control group made an expected gain of five months.”
The children who took the essential fatty acid supplements also had an unexpected—but significant improvement in their relationships with their parents.
Giving young children with attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, and learning disabilities at least 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil along with 300 milligrams of GLA (and 200 IU of vitamin E as mixed tocopherols) daily is very safe and will likely achieve the same or even better results observed by Dr. Portwood and her team.
Good dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish, walnuts, and flaxseed, and you can get omega-6 fatty acids from unroasted nuts and seeds of all types and from vegetable oils. But essential fatty acids aren’t the only safe, natural treatments that can improve these childhood problems. It’s also extremely beneficial to eliminate sugar and refined
carbohydrates, to determine any food allergies or sensitivities, and to supplement with key minerals and vitamins.
Dr. Alan Lieberman said that desensitization to neurotransmitters makes a significant difference to most children diagnosed with ADD. Most of these ideas just make good sense for anyone. Have your children check with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in natural and nutritional medicine for help in these areas.
A different meaning for “planned parenthood”
Of course, if a young woman can follow a healthy diet for a few years before beginning her family, she’s much more likely to have very healthy babies who will grow into healthy children who don’t suffer from attention deficit disorder or learning disabilities in the first place.
When I work with young women who are planning to start their families, I always emphasize whole-food, unrefined, unprocessed diets. I encourage eating free-range sources of animal protein (especially beef and chicken), wild sources of smaller fish (fish larger than salmon—such as tuna, halibut, and swordfish—contain increasingly unacceptable amounts of mercury), unroasted nuts and seeds (roasting destroys a large proportion of essential fatty acids), and as many vegetables and fruits from
organic sources as possible. The odds of having healthy, ADD-free children are
even better when mothers nurse their infants for at least a year after birth. Unlike cow’s milk (intended by Nature for animals with comparatively small brains),
human milk is rich in essential fatty acids. And there’s no requirement to stop nursing at 12 months, either. Unfortunately, many young women don’t think to include dietary sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids before they become pregnant. In that case, there are still steps to take during pregnancy that will do much of the same job.
These include taking extra amounts of omega-3 fatty acids (1 tablespoon of cod liver oil) and omega-6 fatty acids (300 mg of GLA), along with 400 IU of vitamin E as mixed
tocopherols each day.
I thought I had a comment for you but the last post actually answered one of my questions! My son has been on adderall, concerta,foclin and others and he is only 7 years old. The meds do help but I have always wanted a way out for him. And I think your last post gave it to me. there right dont tale these meds , with out trying a more natural way of treatment. It works for some, for others it doesent. But I think if more parents were willing to try it and stick to it for there children, I think they also would see resultes. Its not going to happen quickly like prescription drugs but anything is better than stimulate drugs. I hope I helped and thank you to the last post!!!!!
My son who is six has ADHD but we have decided to try other things before medicating him. I do think taking away refined sugar and artificial colors/flavors helps, but even so he still has major issues. I breastfed him until ghe was three years old, I don't understnad why he has this disorder. I feel so helpless and out of options, medicating him might just be our last option seeing we've exhausted all other ones.