Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD, ADHD, Hyperactivity)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND


ADD (Attention Deficient Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) are characterized by inapropriate inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. There is a tendency to haphazard, poorly organized activity. In true ADD, there is often a weakness of the sympathetic nervous system and a corresponding overactivity of the nervous System.

It is easy to tell whether a child is suffering from anxiety or ADD by looking at their pupils. Enlarged pupils signal an excess of sympathetic nervous system activity, so standard nervines such as Stress-J, Lavender Essential Oil or Lobelia will calm them down. If the pupils are small and contracted, then there is an excess of parasympathetic nervous system activity and stimulants like caffeine will have a calming effect.

In true ADD, nutrients that support sympathetic nervous system activity and adrenal function are usually critical. Products that stimulate sympathetic nerves include Adrenal Support, Energ-V, licorice root, HistaBlock (which helps leaky gut) and small amounts of caffeine (preferably green tea).
Note: NSP's green tea extract will not work because it is caffeine-free.

Essential fatty acids are absolutely essential to brain function since the brain structure is mostly composed of fat. Protein is also very important, both for balancing blood sugar and creating neurotransmitters. The amino acid I-tyrosine is very important because it is the precursor to epinephrine and norepinephrine. Its richest source is in red meat.

Feeding children with ADD a hearty breakfast that includes eggs and red meat will help them become more focused. Simple carbohydrates (such as sugar sweetened breakfast cereals) should not be eaten for breakfast. Super Algae or Free Amino Acids can provide essential amino acids (including I-tyrosine) for vegetarians.

Heavy metal poisoning, particularly with lead or mercury, can be another root problem in learning disabilities such as ADHD. These metals may have been introduced into the nervous system through vaccines.

There are specific neurotransmitters that calm down excess nervous system reactions. Focus Attention and GABA Plus help to elevate levels of these neurotransmitters and calm down excess activity in the brain, making it very helpful in some cases of ADHD.

Hypoglycemia and leaky gut syndrome may also play a role in these disorders. Licorice root may be helpful in both.
Do not substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar. Food additives, including aspartame, can be linked with hyperactivity and other behavioral disorders.

 

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Therapies:
Aromatherapy, Low Glycemic Diet and Stress Management

Herbs: Astragalus, Chamomile, Licorice Root, Lobelia, Spirulina and Wood Betony

Herbal Formulas: AdaptaMax, Energ-V, Herbal Sleep, Focus Attention, GABA Plus, Nerve Eight, Stress-J, SUMA Combination, Super Algae and TS II

Nutrients: Black Currant Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Magnesium and Sunshine Heroes Omega 3 with DHA

Nutritional Supplements: Nutri-Calm