The following is an article by Bruce Boyers and it made such sense to me that I copied it here for you. As always,  I’m open for your comments and here to assist you and your family in the attainment and maintenance of optimal health through chiropractic care and targeted nutrition.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has been a diagnosed “illness” in children since the 1980’s. Many argue that ADHD should not be classified as a “disorder” but simply consists of a set of problems that are a normal part of childhood. Nonetheless, many of ADHD’s symptoms, including wandering attention, nervousness and hyperactivity, do exist and can be extremely troubling to parents and teachers alike.

Drugs such as Ritalin, promoted as ADHD treatments for some years, have been found to have highly dangerous side-effects and not to be true solutions at all. At the same time, many nutritionists have found, not surprisingly, that many of the answers to ADHD lie right in a child’s diet in the form of food additives, sugar, gluten, GMO and the lack of essential nutrients.

Food Additives and Sugar

In a notable example, one child, horribly hyperactive, “out of control” and diagnosed as having ADHD by a school psychologist, was taken off any foods containing a particular red dye. As if by magic, the child’s ‘hyperactivity’ ceased; she began paying attention and living a normal life.

Supporting such a result, a study just completed at Yale University School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center showed a direct connection between food additives and hyperactivity. In the study, 297 children were given drinks containing common artificial food colorings and additives similar to those found in commercially available food and candy. A control group was given drinks without additives. The children who drank the additive-enhanced drinks displayed significantly more hyperactive behavior and also had shorter attention spans.

Another very common cause of ADHD symptoms is children “overdosing” on sugar. With all the snack-food breakfast cereals available, and all manner of high-sugar-content treats, hyperactivity is no wonder. You can observe a child who ingests a large quantity of sugar (just a doughnut and a soda will do the trick) and watch what occurs with the child. They’ll hit a high of seemingly out-of-control hyperactivity, and then become grouchy and fidgety and prone to tantrums. This is sometimes called a “sugar rush” and is somehow unknown to many parents as a source of problems. Taking a child off sugar will do miracles.

In addition to removal of chemical additives and processed sugar from the diet, a number of noteworthy nutritionists have traced ADHD symptoms to a lack of the mineral magnesium, which is essential to – and missing from – most diets today.

Kids drinking a lot of soda, or even drinking fruit juices, are getting high amounts of sugar but not magnesium,” says Carolyn Dean, MD, author of The Magnesium Miracle. “Kids without magnesium suffer irritability, insomnia and constipation. These symptoms, usually diagnosed as ADHD, usually clear up very quickly when a child is put on magnesium. You also can’t concentrate in school when you’ve got a magnesium deficiency – your brain is irritated.”

Daniella Chace, nutritionist and author of the best-selling book Smoothies for Life, agrees: “It is my belief that many ADHD symptoms stem from a high sugar diet and also, in many cases, from a magnesium deficiency.”

Sirena Server, a naturopath practicing in Augusta, Georgia, also agrees. “Sugar and overstimulation, like stress, will actually exhaust a child’s nervous system,” she says. “One of the foundation products we will start them on is Peter Gillham’s Natural Calm. They can tell such a difference. The magnesium allows the nervous system to rebuild, and will allow the child to relax.” Dr. Stever has actually assisted many children to come off ADHD medications and helped restore them to normal lives.

Children are the future of our society. Assisting them to survive – naturally – is something for which we must all take responsibility.

Dr. Hand here! I have also seen some remarkable positive changes in the children that we treat with ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Hyperactivity, etc… The biggest positive changes were seen in those children whose parents adhered to a strict avoidance of artificial colorings and flavorings, processed sugar products, fruit juices and added Kid’s Calm or Natural Calm to their supplement regimen as determined by our testing procedures.

If you are interested in helping your child or the child of someone you know, just let us know. Remember, we’re here to help!

Doc Hand


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