What are the exact causes of ADHD? There are many opinions on what causes this ailment, but let's also look at what can possibly be a natural remedy for ADHD!
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it.
Kids with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what's expected of them but have trouble following through because they can't sit still, pay attention, or focus on details.
Of course, all kids (especially younger ones) act this way at times, particularly when they are anxious or excited. But the difference with ADHD is that symptoms are present over a longer period of time and occur in different settings. They impair a child's ability to function socially, academically, and at home.
Because attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms—inattention, impulsiveness, and/or hyperactivity—affect a child's capacity to learn and get along with others, some people think an ADHD child's behavior is caused by a lack of obedience, a chaotic family life, or even too much TV. It has also been determined that some environmental factors may play a part as well.
ADHD has become an epidemic in our world today, effecting millions of children across our great nation. Therefore, we hope this article provides some insight as to the causes of ADHD and what one can do about it. Also, the article does not intend to help cure ADHD, but simply offers some opinions as to how to possibly help with ADHD symptoms.
Make sure to read a few of the ADHD stories at the end of the article.
Certain dietary products may affect behavior, and a recent Australian study suggested that adolescents with diets high in fat, refined sugar, and sodium were two times as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD as other kids. Additional studies have also linked diets deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for brain development and function, to ADHD symptoms.
There are a lot of believed causes of ADHD, but from a simplistic standpoint, nutrition is where it all starts. Our children are ingesting food that is 85% less nutritious than what it was when we were children. For example, 3 servings of fruits and vegetables, 25 years ago, were considered enough nutrition for the day. Today, it is at ten. This isn’t because our bodies need more of the nutrients, it is because our soils have been depleted and food is being produced at the least amount of expense as possible.
Therefore, it is imperative that we supplement our children’s diets with whole food products. This is discussed at the end of the article in further detail.
Additives to Food
Many European countries have forbidden certain preservatives after research associated hyperactivity in young children to food with mixtures of some artificial food colors and the preservative, sodium benzoate.
The FDA says food additives are safe when used “properly,” and most additives are not required to be clearly labeled on packaging. Experts think only a small number of children will benefit from avoiding brightly colored processed foods, which tend to have more additives.
Reducing consumption of these additives may or may not help hyperactive behavior; again, many causes play a role in ADHD, but finding a whole food source of nutrition is a key to avoiding these additives.
Sugar can cause of ADHD or hyperactivity in children. The problem is that our children are malnourished and the easiest action to take to get the energy they are looking for is to grab that sugar filled “fruit rollup” from the cupboard. Slowly, over time, our children’s bodies become addicted to this substance setting them up for diseases such as Diabetes down the line.
If our bodies are getting the nutrition that they need, sugar becomes an afterthought or a special occasion consideration, not a staple of a diet. Again, finding a source of nutrition that is NOT processed food is essential in battling the sugar monster.
Research does suggest a possible link between ADHD and pesticides. A highly argued cause of ADHD.
A 2010 study in Pediatrics found that children with higher urine levels of organophosphate, a pesticide used on produce, had higher ADHD rates. Another 2010 study showed that women with higher urine levels of organophosphate were more likely to have a child with ADHD.
The studies suggest a possible link, but cannot prove that pesticides cause ADHD. Marcy Rosenzweig Leavitt, PsyD, who works with ADHD patients in private practice in the Los Angeles area, recommends buying organic varieties of fruits and vegetables, especially those prone to high levels of pesticides (or scrubbing nonorganic produce before eating). This is a great way of avoiding pesticides, BUT, the food is normally grown in the same soil that non-organic food is grown in, therefore, they may not be getting the pesticides in their diets, but also are not receiving the amount of true trace minerals, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, major minerals, glyconutrients, etc that their little bodies need.
Bad Habits during Pregnancy
Fetal exposure to alcohol and tobacco is thought to play a part in ADHD. The research suggests that children exposed to tobacco smoke prenatally are 2.4 times as likely to have ADHD as those who are not.
“Fetuses exposed to alcohol can develop fetal alcohol effects or fetal alcohol syndrome, and the prominent features for both are the symptoms you see in ADHD,” says Mark L. Wolraich, MD, chief of the section of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, in Oklahoma City.
Lead, a neurotoxin, has been removed from most homes and schools, but traces of it are still everywhere. A 2009 study found that children with ADHD tend to have higher blood-lead levels than other kids.
“Lead can be toxic to developing brain tissue and may have sustained effects on the behavior of children exposed to these substances at early ages,” says Leavitt, who practices under the supervision of Richard Oelberger, PhD. “Still, it is unlikely that such exposure accounts for differences in brain development in the vast majority of children and adolescents with ADHD.”
There is no proof YET that too much TV or video-game time causes ADHD, although research has found that school and college age students who spent more time in front of a TV or video game had more attention problems than those who did not. Some believe that the amount of visual stimulation can present a problem when not in front of the screen.
The constant stimulation of TV and video games may make it harder for kids to pay attention. But experts emphasize that screen time alone cannot explain ADHD.
“There IS an association between (ADHD and) the number of hours young children watch TV or play video games, but more study is required to determine if it is a lower relation or it's because children with ADHD gravitate more toward those activities,” says Dr. Wolraich.
Could it also be that those that spend ample amounts of time in front of the screen do not burn as much energy during the activity and, in turn, have a ton of energy to expend after, not knowing how to release it in positive ways? When we were children, most of us were dead tired by the end of a long day PLAYING outside. I know for me, when I hit the pillow at night, I was OUT!
ADHD symptoms can be confused with rebellious or bad behavior, so it's not unusual to try to fault the parents for a child's demeanor. But according to the National Resource Center on ADHD, there is no strong confirmation that parenting approach contributes to ADHD.
“While it's true that parenting style and social circumstances may aggravate ADHD behaviors, parental style is not the cause of ADHD,” says Leavitt, who says parents who set consistent behavioral limits, use reward and consequence behavior tools, and provide a clear set of expectations can help reduce ADHD symptoms.
Then again, a home full of stress or parents who refuse to accept ADHD as a diagnosed condition can make the symptoms worse if a child has already been diagnosed with ADHD.
Damage to the Brain
“Brain injury that results from a serious blow to the head, a brain tumor, a stroke, or disease can cause problems with inattention and poor regulation of motor activity and impulses,” says Leavitt.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), children who have suffered certain types of brain trauma may demonstrate symptoms comparable to ADHD. But because only a small segment of children with ADHD have suffered a traumatic brain injury, it is not considered a major risk factor.
There is strong evidence that the parents’ genes could be a part of the problem and one of the major causes of ADHD.
“There is a very strong genetic correlation to ADHD,” affirms Smith. “It may be one of the most heritable psychiatric disorders.”
In truth, a child with ADHD is four times as likely to have had a relative who was also diagnosed with ADHD, and results from studies of multiple twins indicate that ADHD often runs in families.
Continuing research is trying to find the genes responsible for ADHD. A new study by scientists at Cardiff University in Wales found that children with ADHD are more likely to have missing or duplicated segments of DNA.
Boston University School of Public Health researchers found a link between polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs)—industrial compounds widely used in products like stain-resistance coatings and food packaging—and ADHD. Phthalates—found in items like toys, food packaging, and cosmetics—have also been linked to ADHD.
The evidence only points to a correlation and cannot prove that these chemicals add to ADHD. We do know that chemicals, that are foreign to the body, do cause problems in the health of all of us. Therefore, not only our children, but all of us, should be detoxifying our bodies consistently. There are products on the market that help with this including; antioxidants, colon cleanses, and whole food supplements. Exercise is also plays a big role is relieving the body of these Free Radicals.
Because there is no objective ADHD test, parents, doctors, and educators continue to debate over whether ADHD is over diagnosed and literally tagged on children who do not show a specific reason why the symptoms exist.
There are those that say doctors are too quick to diagnose a child's behavioral problems as ADHD without taking into consideration other possible causes. North Carolina State University researchers found that children who are several months younger than their peers could be mistakenly diagnosed with ADHD when, in fact, they are just less mature than their classmates.
However, according to Dr. Wolraich, “most of the evidence is that ADHD is under diagnosed and undertreated.”
What Can We Do?
Obviously, there is a lot of information in this article pertaining to ADHD. The bottom line is that we should all do as much as possible to avoid those items that correlate with this disease. There are several possible natural remedies for ADHD that are summarized in the next few paragraphs.
For example, if you are currently pregnant, PLEASE do not smoke or ingest drugs/alcohol. Save that for destroying your own body! Sorry, but I have seen alcohol destroy too many people not to use strong words here.
Secondly, limit the time that the kids are in front of a screen. Motivate your kids to partake in sports or after school activities. As I stated above, if the kids are expending energy all day playing, it is less likely they will want to spend time with video games and/or TV. Everyone should be getting some sort of exercise not only to stay healthy, but also release those “feel good” endorphins that are produced during exercise.
Also, make sure that the chemicals/substances mentioned above; Lead, polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, and Phthalates are as far away as possible from our children.
Finally, make sure you are providing your children with Whole Food Nutrition. There are too many reasons, along with possibly preventing ADHD, to supplement our children’s diets with super foods. There are plenty on the market today that contain no preservatives, cold processed (therefore not losing any nutrition), and made from super foods that are found in non depleted sources. For example, Body Balance by Life Force International is one that passes these tests. Body Balance is made from Ocean Botanicals and Aloe Vera and contain over 120 Trace Minerals, major/minor vitamins, major minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and glyconutrients. It is also a great detoxifier. OsteOmegaCare will provide not only calcium but also Omega 3, 6, and 9’s that are so essential for brain health. A colon cleanse 4 times per year would also be another great way to ensure their intestinal tracks are as clean as possible in order to absorb the food that they are ingesting. All of these products are safe for children since they are all made from plant sources and are simply considered a food. No hocus pocus, just pure nutrition.
Below are a few testimonials from parents that used a “Liquid Organic Product” with their ADHD diagnosed child. Please read through them to see what results they claimed occurred with their children.
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ADHD Results – Better Behavior, Better Grades!
My grandson, Hunter Quinn, turned 9 years old in May, 2009. He’s always been a bright, inquisitive, young man with many friends, and the joy of my life! His dad, my son David, was diagnosed at a young age with attention deficit disorder, and like many other parents did in the 80’s, I put him on medication to control the symptoms. As Hunter grew up, it was pretty obvious he was like his dad in many ways. When Hunter was in 2nd grade, the school asked if they could do some testing. None of us were surprised when they told us Hunter had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
At that point, I had been taking “Liquid Organic Product” for about a year with positive results. We decided that we would try that with Hunter instead of drugs. So toward the end of second grade, he started taking 3 to 4 ounces of “Liquid Organic Product” daily. We all saw improved behavior within a couple of weeks. During summer vacation, his mom’s parents took him to the zoo. They knew he had been diagnosed with ADHD and, when they got home, asked my daughter-in-law if he was on medication. They thought his behavior was so much calmer and he listened to them more readily. A few weeks after Hunter returned to school last September, the teacher asked if he had been put on medication over the summer. Again, his mom said no and explained he was taking a whole food nutritional supplement daily.
Hunter’s mom, Angie says “Hunter has calmed down substantially. Before “Liquid Organic Product”, if he had to sit still at a doctor’s office, in school, for dinner at home, etc., it was extremely difficult for him. He just couldn’t do it. Now that’s not a problem. He is much more cooperative when doing his homework, and better organized in getting things finished. He has an easier time following directions, and we notice a big difference in how he is inter-acting and playing with his sister and brother”. Math had been a problem in the second grade. At the end of 3rd grade his teacher, Mrs. Breneman, wrote on his report card (and I quote) “Hunter has done great in Math this year. He has really mastered concepts that were difficult for him last year. Hooray for progress!” School has been the most amazing turn-around. According to his teacher, his writing is neater and much more legible; he is doing better on tests and is now capable of paying attention when the teacher is speaking. That is major for him! He has been taking 3 to 4 ounces of “Liquid Organic Product” daily for a little more than a year. We are so happy at how he is doing, and we all say “Hooray for “Liquid Organic Product””.
When he comes to visit me, he’ll go into the refrigerator to pour himself some “Liquid Organic Product”, and I’ll say “Hunter you’ve already taken it today”. He says, “Yes, Grama, but this stuff is good, it makes me smart”. Then I tell him, “it’s not making you smart, Hunter, you are smart. It’s just bringing out what is inside you”. I thank Heaven that my sister, Penny Wanger, introduced me to this product in October, 2007. My husband and I, our married children and our grandchildren are a ““Liquid Organic Product”” family. I cannot praise “Liquid Organic Product”, and many of the other “Company X” products enough; they have changed our lives for the better and had a huge impact on the quality of our family life!
Submitted by: Kathy Q., Michigan
An ADD/ADHD Success Story 9/08
Dear Juli and Carolyn,
I'm sending my story for you to share.
Although my health results from using our “Liquid Organic Product” is a good story of a healthier immune system and relief from migraines, the real truth of this phenomenal product is about my Grandson, who at age 5 was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD. Doctor, after doctor prescribed almost every medication for him to “treat” this disorder. Side effects of loss of appetite, insomnia, constipation, irritability, being more hyper, more inattention at school, loss of friends, talking a mile a minute, interrupting and crying didn't matter…..just give him the medicine. Being his secondary caregiver, as he stayed at my home when his Mom worked was a good thing.
In June of 2007, at age 10, I began to give him 2 oz. of “Liquid Organic Product”. It took a while to start to see a change (all while he was still on the medicine) but change did begin. When he was 73 lbs. I started giving him 4 oz. a day. The final straw came when a doctor prescribed a medication of 10mg to be taken for 2 weeks, then to be increased to 18mg in another 2 weeks and then increased to 40mg. I refused to give it to him. I read that research has proven that ADD is specifically linked to mineral and enzyme deficiencies. I believed that given time “Liquid Organic Product” would help him. IT DID! He has been off the medicine since March of '08.
His appetite is back, the insomnia, constipation, irritability, hyper-ness, inattention at school, loss of friends, talking a mile a minute, interrupting and crying are things of the past. He was chosen as one of the all star players on his baseball team this past season. Friday, 10/24/08, he brought his report card home….an A in math, the rest B's and a C in Social Studies!! Thanks to “Liquid Organic Product”.
My mission now is to educate whomever will listen about the amazing results my Grandson has gotten from taking this phenomenal product. I am happy to share this story and give hope to those who need it.
Edwina, Tinley Park , IL
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