Quick Action Steps for ADHD/ADD-like Symptoms

  1. Avoid the use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, such as Ritalin and Adderal.
  2. Recognize that the majority of ADHD/ADD diagnoses are inaccurate, and can be based on little or no scientific evidence.
  3. If you, your child or teen suffer from ADHD/ADD-like symptoms, be sure to explore all possible factors that may be causing hyperactivity. Essential to consider is poor diet, nutritional imbalances, undiagnosed learning disabilities and/or vision problems, lack of emotional support, heavy metal toxicity, and food and environmental allergies, all of which should be screened for.
  4. Avoid all sugars, wheat products, refined carbohydrates, sodas, processed foods, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, alcohol, and hydrogenated and trans-fatty oils.
  5. Avoid foods high in salicylates such as apples, almonds, oranges, peppers, and tomatoes.
  6. Emphasize organic fresh fruits and vegetables, organic whole grains such as amaranth and quinoa, organic free-range meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish, and drink plenty of pure, filtered water.
  7. Nutritional supplements include vitamin B-complex, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, folic acid, essential fatty acids (EFAs), omega-3 oils, digestive enzymes, and probiotic supplements such as acidophilus and bifidus bacterium, tinctured zeolite and chlorella.
  8. Chamomile, linden flower, milk thistle, and red clover may be useful herbs.
  9. If heavy metal toxicity is a factor, consider working with a physician trained in the use of chelation therapy.
  10. Many excellent books on healing ADHD are available; we recommend “Children with Starving Brains” by Jaquelyn McCandless, M.D., and “A Path to Success” by Lawrence Weathers, Ph.D.