Debra Lynn Dadd

Help with son's ADD

QUESTION:

My husband and I are looking for a homeopathic remedy for ADD. We want to find a product that contains nutrients that maintain normal brain stimulation levels. We are looking at a Focus Attention product that is all natural (from Nature's Sunshine). It is supposed to be taken with Flaxseed Oil. My son is 13 and we do not want to put him on Focalin or any stimulant.

POSTED BY LEE :: TEXAS USA :: 01/30/2009 1:13 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Readers? Any suggestions?

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

Besides supplements make sure you investigate his diet. A study has just been done that proves that the Feingold diet really helps ADHD kids. I don't have any specific recommendations for supplements, but I do know flaxseed or fish oil helps.

POSTED BY DJK :: PENNSYLVANIA USA :: 02/10/2009 4:00 AM


My son has ADHD and there are a few things that have been enormously helpful:

Change in diet: We eliminated the junk and processed foods, especially those containing artificial colors, preservatives, sugars, flavors, and fats. Reduced sugar and dairy, increased fruits, vegetables, and protein.

Supplements: There are several we give our son, but the most critical is B Complex (all the B vitamins). We wouldn't be without this one as it works better than the meds we tried. Omega-3s are another biggie either as fish oil or flax oil, capsule or liquid.

Try different things to see what works for your child.

RZ

POSTED BY RZ :: ILLINOIS USA :: 02/10/2009 4:05 AM


I'd recommend going to an experienced homeopath. She will choose a remedy based on who your child is, not the condition per se. There are 2,ooo remedies to choose from and a layperson cannot choose this correctly. The correct remedy will work on a deep level for a long time. After a long initial visit, visits would be infrequent, every few months perhaps. I was very satisfied with my care.

The remedies available in stores are for acute and limited conditions.

POSTED BY LAURA :: MAINE USA :: 02/10/2009 4:43 AM


A true homeopathic remedy is one substance that is determined to be the match to your child's constitution. There are organizations of homeopathic prescribers and some western doctors practice a form of "homeopathy". Try and find a classically trained homeopath in your area, check credentials, ask for references, and interview the person rigorously. Once satisfied, give it a year's time to work with him or her. Homeopathy can provide wonderful cures, especially with young people.

I'm sure there are lots of other suggestions about what causes ADD, etc. I am only addressing your mention of the term "homeopathic".

You might try finding and reading books written by people who have had nondrug cures of ADD. A friend of ours tried various things, but gave up after trying the food allergies route. Homeopathy, though, stands alone, and is worthwhile if you can find someone good practicing just homeopathy (not herbs, or mixtures, or etc).

Hope this assists you.

POSTED BY JULIEN :: NEW YORK USA :: 02/10/2009 5:01 AM


Hello Lee,

I wondered if you have tried eliminating grains, especially gluten containing grains, from your son's diet. As a teacher, I have seen this make big improvments in the lives of several students diagnosed with ADD. Further, I was suffering from many food allergies/sensitivities as was my young nephew. We went to a NAET-certified naturopathic doctor and found great relief. NAET has been used to "treat" ADD by identifying sensivities and helping to correct them. You can check out the website for NAET (www.naet.com) to find doctors and reading material that explains the process. There is even a book that directly addresses ADD. NAET has truly helped my nephew and me! In conjunction with continuing to remove toxins from our lives, NAET has been making a huge difference. I wish you the best in finding the right nontoxic way to help your son.

Take care,
Shelly

POSTED BY SHELLY :: ILLINOIS USA :: 02/10/2009 5:04 AM


You may want to check into treating your son for candida overgrowth. This is a form of yeast that takes over the intestinal track after treatment with antibiotics, etc. This imbalance causes many, many disorders. As others mentioned in earlier posts, grains, sugars, and starches are the main culprits. You may even find this diet benefits others in the family.

Here is a great site that has an overwhelming amount of information and complete dietary guidelines: healingnaturallybybee.com

Wishing your son good health!

POSTED BY SARA :: MICHIGAN USA :: 02/17/2009 5:49 AM


I would suggest first getting a very thorough exam from a nutritional or alternative doctor who specializes in this kind of thing. You would need to investigate and ask a lot of questions to find the right person.

My own doctor finds that the diagnosis of ADD is most often caused by some toxic exposure the child has had, an allergy, a nutritional deficiency, a body system not functioning correctly, etc. There could be many reasons.

If the correct cause of the condition were located, then a correct solution could be taken.

A homeopathic remedy could be part of the solution--once the correct cause were found.

Best,

Cynthia

POSTED BY CYNTHIA :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 03/22/2009 7:53 PM


I agree with the post about finding an experienced, classical homeopath. However, I would like to add that for us, we tried everything, so it seemed, for my son's ADHD. The Feingold diet was a big help. Also, please consider an eye exam by a developmental optometrist. My son has 20/20 vision, and no need for glasses, but has a vision problem called convergence insufficiency. He has only been doing therapy for a couple of weeks, but already there is improvement and he feels better. We learned that there are several visual problems that can cause ADHD-type behavior. We knew this before, and just never dreamed that he had a vision problem. It's worth looking into!

POSTED BY DONNA :: NEW YORK USA :: 03/30/2009 7:32 AM


There's some great advice here so I won't repeat. May I just suggest taking a look at the book "The Body Ecology" by Donna Gates - or check out her www. A friend of mine introduced me to it because it helped her enormously. I don't have ADD but after implementing many of the authors recommendations my health and energy have improved. They do advocate going off gluten and sugar and they explain why - its not as bad as it sounds especially when you weigh the benefits. I felt it was a very interesting & educational read.

POSTED BY RS :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 03/30/2009 7:38 AM


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