“My child has ADHD.” How many times have you heard this sentence in the past week, month, year? I feel like every time I turn around, another child is being labeled as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
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Why didn’t we hear about this when I was young? Is it because it didn’t exist or because it did and no one knew what to call it? Either way, I have a very strong opinion about why ADHD has become such a “buzz” label for children nowadays.
I believe ADHD is directly linked to diet, just like most medical conditions. It is only my opinion and I am not a medical doctor (nor would I care to be since they do not learn a holistic approach to the human body, do not care about getting well through nutrition (medical doctors should be taught these things in medical school) and often push drugs for every single ailment. But I will have to digress until later on that one).
I also believe that parents want their children to behave and do well so when a doctor is able to put a label on something and give the parents a “magical” cure (medication), they are not going to question the doctor. It also behooves the doctor to write a prescription to help pad Big Pharma’s pocket and in the meantime, get a kickback from Big Pharma!
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and very high levels of activity. Studies show that the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD is increasing, but it is unclear why.”
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I believe wholeheartedly that any time a parent takes their child to a medical doctor with a concern about any kind of hyperactivity, that md is going to try to write them a prescription drug.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “The most common type of medication used for treating ADHD is called a “stimulant.” Although it may seem unusual to treat ADHD with a medication considered a stimulant, it actually has a calming effect on children with ADHD. Many types of stimulant medications are available. A few other ADHD medications are non-stimulants and work differently than stimulants. For many children, ADHD medications reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity and improve their ability to focus, work, and learn. Medication also may improve physical coordination.” Oh, a calming effect? Like zoning out like a zombie, maybe?
Here are some questions/statements I would hope a responsible doctor would ask/tell a child’s parents before even entertaining the idea of a drug for this disorder:
- What does your child eat every day? At home, school, after school activities?
- Keep a log for a month of everything your child is eating and drinking.
- You must remove all food dyes from your child’s diet. Did you know that food dyes are a huge cause of ADD and ADHD?
- Your child should drink water and lots of it to flush out toxins that may be attributing to the hyperactivity in the first place. No more pop, juice, energy drinks, etc.
- Eating fast food will attribute to the hyperactivity because no one’s brain can think correctly when it is not well nourished.
- Let’s get the processed food that contains dangerous ingredients out of your child’s system before we try a drug.
- Do you know that every single disorder can be helped by a good diet? ADHD included?
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Don’t get me wrong. I know that some children really do have ADD and ADHD, even when eating a healthy diet, and I am glad there are valid, good treatments for them. If a child truly needs a drug to help them, I am all for it (after exhausting all other options).
But, if we aren’t nourishing our children’s cells with good nutrients every single day, some kid’s bodies and brains react with hyperactivity and we call it ADHD and the fix is a drug. In my opinion, medication should not be the first step but the absolute last after changing a child’s diet.
It is not a coincidence that as our food system declines, the percentage of children diagnosed with ADHD increases.
It’s all about the journey…