The child can’t sit still, can’t concentrate for more than a few minutes, is volatile, gets into fights and disrupts the class.  These are classic signs of an ever-increasing syndrome known as ADHD – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sometimes abbreviated to ADI) or hyperactivity. It is thought to affect 3 to 5% of children. Often, but not always linked to dyslexia, these children have a hard time at school and at home, performing badly, getting into trouble and are often shunted from school to school.

Overactive
Unpredictable
Can’t Sit Still At Meals
Doesn’t Respond To Discipline
Speech Problem
Doesn’t Follow Directions
Doesn’t Listen To Whole Story
Fights With Other Children
Hard To Get To Bed
Teases
Temper Tantrums
Defiant
Impatient
Irritable
Accident Prone
Unpopular With Peers
Doesn’t Finish Projects
Fidgets
Doesn’t Stay With Games
Talks Too Much
Clumsy
Reckless

How can we help?

Dietary changes have been shown to have huge impact on behaviour. Consultants are now recommending what nutritionists have been suggesting for years, the use of fish oils. The causes of ADHD have been linked to toxic metals, allergies,  poor vitamin status,chemical additives and sugar.

Brain Pollution

As well as investigating nutrient levels, anti—nutrients can induce ADD symptoms. Top of the toxins is lead, which produces symptoms of aggression, poor impulse control and short attention span. Another is excess copper, which has been reported to occur in some ADD children. One study found a link between high aluminium and hyperactivity. Many toxic elements deplete the body of essential nutrients. Lead and copper deplete zinc levels and may contribute to deficiency.  Tartrazine, a common food additive used in children’s drinks has been linked to causing reactions within 45 minutes of ingestion.

Allergy- Intolerance

A number of food elimination diets have been shown to be helpful in reducing the symptoms of ADHD, and we suggest IgG food intolerance testing to be beneficial.

Whilst each case is specific we recommend the following approach

  • Eliminate chemical additives and sugar
  • Test and eliminate allergens (often wheat, dairy or eggs)
  • Supplement essential fatty acids
  • Supplement vitamin B3, B6, magnesium, zinc and other key nutrients
  • Test for and detoxify toxic elements