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In medical research they are used interchangeably. Since the 1980’s we've known that the short term effects of Ritalin "seem" to work in 70-80% of the children. The long term effects of these drugs are not good. Did you know that it will become public record once your child has taken Ritalin or a similar drug for ADD and ADHD? This can prevent them from being hired on a job later in life. It is already a fact that anyone who has been on these drugs cannot enter into the U.S. military. Prevention is the key!
You need to look at underlying causes. According to Dr. Block, a medical director in Texas, 90% of individuals with this condition have yeast overgrowth, 50% have a bacterial invasion of the wrong kind and 25% have parasites. Possible products that may help to try for parasites are Para Cleanse or Black Walnut for children under three and/or possible products that may help for yeast are Pau d'Arco or the older children that may help is Yeast/Fungal Detox.
She states, "if you don’t look, you don’t see". It was not until she started doing stool samples that she came to this conclusion. To rid the body of parasites is crucially important for proper absorption. She found some other consistencies like deficiencies in B-vitamins, Magnesium and Calcium. Her response: The body has the inherent ability to heal itself. If a child can't swallow capsules, open them and mix in food.
If you give the body what it needs to function properly and you get rid of what’s interfering, then the body will heal itself." quoted from research done by Allergy Research Group, Hayward, CA.
What do we look for? Some kids have low blood sugar or allergies. Eliminate sugars, carbohydrates, dairy and food coloring (red dye #5 in Ketchup, colored soda’s etc.) and increase proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits.
Studies show that organic foods contain more nutrients, so try and encourage diet modification whenever possible. Offer support with Super Supplemental, Nutri Calm and Vitamin C (taken separately). B-Complex or Nutri Calm or GABA Plus may help suport the brain function and nervous system .
HOW IT WORKS:
Focus Attention contains Melissa Officinalis (for normal brain function), which has the ability to soothe the nervous system, along with Gingko Biloba, well known for its support of brain function and circulation, DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) a biodynamic nutrient used for memory and learning enhancement. It quenches damaging free radicals.
Slippery Elm aids nutrient absorption, is a soothing and cleansing herb for the digestive system.
Grapine contains Grape seed extract, high in proanthocyanidin, highly active compounds that can readily neutralize brain damaging free radicals caused by toxins or over stimulated brain metabolism
Distress Remedy is a Flower Essence is used by many at specific times of mental/emotional stress. In one case there was a little boy, five years old, who had been locked up in a psychiatric hospital. He was taken off all dairy products and put on rice milk products instead. His behavior changed dramatically. How soon should we see changes? If we use strictly a nutritional approach the results will vary. Some children may be extremely deficient and it may take them months to catch up. Others may just be slightly deficient and may catch up quickly.
Children with the most yeast in their bodies will take longer. In severe cases the gut wall has been penetrated causing the yeast to enter into the bloodstream.
My son was clinically diagnosed with ADD/ADHD with mixed emotional disorders. Before he was diagnosed , this is his story. He started school and they immediately told me he needed to be put on Ritalin. I could not see putting my child on a drug without looking into it for all other possibilities. I began my journey at the Allergy Doctors office, he said that allergies for sure was causing the hyperactivity. The plan was to eliminate the offending foods, which was just about everything and to have shots twice a week for his chemical sensitivities. I did this for 2 years, the allergies were still there and the hyperactivity was getting progressively worse. Worse, is really not a good word to use, it was really, really bad! He didn't know where he was most of the time. He was constantly buzzing around the house, the teacher would call me to pick him up early because he was so out of control. I cried nightly, wondering what I was going to do, the school was on me to put him on Ritalin and at that point I felt I had no choice. So we took him and got him diagnosed and began with the Ritalin. Along with Ritalin we began seeing a counselor, to keep an eye out on his progress. It started with 10mg of Ritalin twice a day, 7 days a week, within 1 week, it was not working anymore. Long story short, within 5 weeks they had my son taking 60mg. a day, 7 days a week. He began having hallucinations and was up till the wee hours of the night. The doctor then wanted to put him on an anti-depressant to help with the hallucinations. That night after seeing the doctor, all I could think about was.....what am I doing , this is my child....I knew this was not the answer.
The next day I saw an herbalist whom I had been seeing for just a little while, she had told me to bring him in and we would get him straight. At this point I was desperate and I took him in. What we found was...Candida overgrowth, constipation and malnutrition. I started him on the herbs and the candida diet and within 3 weeks a great improvement was seen in his behavior. One morning right about at the 3 week time frame he asked me "what was it that he ate that would cause tadpoles to come out of him when he pooped?" Of course I went back to my friend the herbalist, to find out about this.....she knew it was coming and we started him on parasite herbs. I would say it took 6 months to completely heal his body with the cleansing at the beginning, followed by several months of nutrients. The teachers at his school noticed such a difference in him that they started to use herbs with their own children and are recommending parents with this problem to talk with me. Today he is a honor role student and is very happy with himself. My only regret now is, I wished I would have went with my instincts and investigated other alternatives instead of putting him on the Ritalin. I apologize for the length, but I hope this will help you keep at least one more child off of Ritalin.
Last year my daughter, Nicole, was tested by our local school and we were told that she had learning disabled. At that point I set out to find some solution to her problem. I did extensive research and kept going back to Pycnogenol (Grapine) and Chewable Calcium (for the zinc). I started to notice an improvement. Selenium an antioxidant that protects against damage from free radicals. Grapine an antioxidant which has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. Mineral-Chi is a possible solution to the selenium problem.
My daughter's situation is not as severe as some of the cases of ADD/ADHD that I have seen and I will continue with the NSP products for her until I feel I have exhausted the possibilities.
It is important to BALANCE the carbohydrates with protein and mono-unsaturated fats EVERY time they eat. Just one snack of carbohydrate with no protein or fat can cause the blood sugar to be off for the entire day.
Additional Suggestion for Hyperactivity:
NERVE EIGHT, NUTRI CALM
STRESS-J is particularly effective with children
NATURE'S CHI (1 capsule once daily)
Eliminate all sugar, food coloring, & artificial flavors from diet. Always eat protein and mono-unsaturated fats (almonds, olive oil, peanuts, avocado) with carbohydrates
My son has been diagnosed with severe hypoglycemia so I told him to use the licorice root and Spirulina and to watch the carbohydrates
We have had excellent success with GRAPINE and Herbal Sleep.
More helpful supplements suggestions:
Super Omega 3 EPA, DHA, Flax Seed Oil, Vitamin E, to get essential fatty acids.
Liquid Chlorophyll, Magnesium, Vitamin C, B-Complex, Ionic minerals
ALLERGIES, especially from wheat or wheat and sugar (candida......), milk, are a big factor in perpetuating hyperactivity.
Remove food colorings, preservatives, aspartame, etc. from the diet.
Never get or remove what ones are there, amalgam dental fillings. Chemicals in your house may also be contributing to the problem.
Herbal Sleep, contains Valerian, Passion Flower and Hops.
I have an interesting story about Valerian
Years ago I was invited to speak to 2 junior high science classes regarding herbs. I had brought samples of all kinds of things to taste and smell, and spent much of my time passing out samples of everything from alfalfa to ginger and black strap molasses to bayberry. I had saved the Valerian for last, because it has such a peculiar and disagreeable odor, I didn't want to lose them too soon into the presentation! As I passed the Valerian around, I asked how many liked the smell. There were only four children who liked it out of the whole class. I knew from working with people over the years that if you like the smell of Valerian you most definitely need some! I encouraged those four to taste a small amount, which all of them did. It didn't take long to notice these children began to calm down immediately and looked so much more at ease.
By the time the second class was to arrive, the teacher was ready! She had one charming young man she kept seated in the front row to keep a close eye on him. A beautiful child, he obviously couldn't control himself well and looked rather confused and a bit overwhelmed. His seat of "honor" seemed restrictive for his genial personality, but he held his assigned place in peace, probably secretly glad someone was at least taking an interest in him.
Before the class started, the teacher began to use one of the last things I had sent around the previous class, Tei Fu Oil, and began to apply it to the boy's neck and administer a brief massage! Then she handed him the vial of Valerian I had brought, asked the boy if he liked how it smelled and then proceeded to invite him to taste some! He took a bite without any protest and eagerly went on to consume about a half a teaspoon.
Everyone was so interested in what was going on in the front row, so I passed around the Valerian first. When I asked how many liked the smell, I was amazed to find only four students in this class DIDN'T like it !! We had many who helped themselves to a pinch and the class immediately settled down to hear the rest of the presentation with appropriate attention. After the Valerian this group was better behaved than the first bunch! By this time the two teachers present were looking on in utter amazement, probably dreaming up ways to get Valerian into the vending machines at school!.
Meanwhile, just about five minutes into the presentation, I glanced back to the front row and was amazed at the change in the young man. He was simply AGLOW, as best I can describe it! His countenance had undergone the most remarkable change you could imagine. Here was a bright, attentive face, alert and ready to learn, like a prisoner set free from some long torment. It was absolutely amazing.
In case you may think that was just a coincidence or my imagination, not long after the science classes, I happened to have been invited to speak at the local library one evening on herbs. Not knowing what to expect, I imagined an adult audience. How surprised I was when 8 children, all about 4-6th graders, showed up and not one adult! I quickly had to change my strategy, grateful for the few small bags of bulk dried herbs I had brought along. (And the Valerian from the science classes was in there too.)
Our meeting became another tasting party, the children exploring peppermint and chamomile, parsley, rosehips, etc. One boy asked if it would be OK if he had some more of the Valerian root!!
The librarians told me later that this young man came to every event and usually was off target from the subjects and unwittingly and disruptive. This time he asked appropriate questions and kept his attention through the entire event! They just couldn't get over the change in him.
Valerian root, a tall, graceful plant, grows well in limestone (calcium) soil. It is one of the highest herbal sources of calcium and a wonderful soother of the central nervous system, according to Pedersen's NUTRITIONAL HERBOLOGY. Pedersen notes it is antispasmodic, analgesic and antibacterial and in Argentina is "steeped into a tea for unruly children".
I have used Valerian for my son who can sometimes become over stimulated and hyperactive. I have used it for pain, severe stress (yes, once in a great while it has smelled good to me, too) and recently to combat a viral affliction that had strongly attacked my nervous system.
The most remarkable property I have noted is..... it sure works fast!!
I forgot to mention, we included chiropractic treatment for our son. The chiropractor worked on the medulla area and we noticed good results with left/right integration. Good for the nervous system in general.
And check the person's bowel situation. Most cases, constipation is involved with the hyperactive child.