ADD/ADHD Nutritional Therapy
Holistic Approach Balance the Brain
WHAT IT IS
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) are brain disorder diagnoses usually made by a pediatrician or psychologist . It is characterized by inability to concentrate, restlessness, and impulsiveness, but can be difficult to diagnose. It may first be reported by teachers or parents. There is no single cause of AD/HD. Rather, scientific research suggests the effects of many underlying causes, which taken together are expressed through each individual's genetic make up as a group of symptoms qualifying for a diagnosis of AD/HD.
The standard, conventional treatment AD/HD is made after a physical and psychological examination and diagnosis. The standard traditional treatment is prescription of Ritalin, Concerta, or similar psychotropic drugs to help control the symptoms. Dietary and behavioral modifications as well as counseling may be recommended.
NIHA'S Integrative, Holistic Approach to ADD/ADHD
The doctors at NIHA believe the research that suggests the symptoms of AD/HD are the result of a biochemical imbalance in the brain. Through a series of different and comprehensive diagnostic tests the goal is to identify the root causative factors and treat them in an effective natural, non-drug approach. The integrative practitioner combines nutritional therapy with supplementation, correction of hormonal/mineral/vitamin/EFA deficiencies, detoxification, and dietary modifications in an individualized plan for each patient to re-establish balance. Combining the diagnostic skills of the traditional approach with the willingness to deal with the multi-factorial problems of AD/HD in the holistic approach benefits the whole patient.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The first step is to identify the possible underlying root causes/risk factors which may contribute to the symptoms of AD/HD. The following are the most common categories that have been found:
1. Food & Additive Allergy & Sensitivity
2. Heavy and Toxic Metal Toxicity
3. Low Protein High Carbohydrate Diet
4. Mineral Imbalances
5. Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
6. Amino Acid Deficiency
7. Thyroid Disorder
8. B Vitamin Deficiency
These factors are identified by means of a comprehensive medical examination including traditional and functional assessments.
The practitioner will then develop a comprehensive, integrated treatment strategy tailored to the needs of the patient. Natural recommendations may include:
- Nutritional Therapy with supplementation and dietary modifications
Restoring the bowel ecology
Heavy metal detoxification
Orthomolecular medicine and supplements
Hormonal and glandular support
Rehabilitating the major drainage organs (liver,lymph, kidney and skin)
More detailed information on these assessments and treatment strategies is available at NIHA. In order to understand and educate yourself please ask your health practitioner for a list of books, articles and studies to further explain how complementary medicine may help.
Books available in World Wellness Store
ADD and ADHD: Complementary Medicine Solutions
By Charles Gant, M.D., Ph.D.