ADD / ADHD

by Dr. Inge Wetzel

“Would you give your child cocaine? Certainly not you say? Did you know that Ritalin is almost identical to cocaine? In medical research they are used interchangeably. Since the 1980’s we have known that the short term effects of Ritalin “seem” to work in 70-80% of the children. However, we also know that long term effects of these drugs are not good.   Also, 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. What about the privacy act, you say? Well, what about it?
Prevention is the key! As always we 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.
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 also found some other consistencies like deficiencies in B-vitamins, Magnesium and Calcium. Her response: The body has the inherent ability to heal itself. So if we give the body what it needs to function properly, and we 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. We try and eliminate sugars, carbohydrates, dairy, and food coloring (red dye #5 in Ketchup, colored soda’s etc.) and increase proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits.
Studies have shown that organic foods contain more nutrients, so we try and encourage diet modification whenever possible. With that we use Super Supplemental, Nutricalm and Vitamin C (taken separately). B-vitamins (Nutricalm) which nurtures the brain and nervous system, and a  new product called, “GABA plus” that is now available  for utmost brain function. It contains a combination of GABA (which reduces the number of neurons firing in the brain, thus calming brain activity), Glutamine (serves as fuel for the brain and calms the central nervous system), Passion Flower (contains phytonutrients that appear to exhibit a sedative effect on the nervous system), Taurine (has a protective effect on the brain, aids in the development of nerve tissue and helps stabilize cellular membranes), Spirulina (rich in a variety of nutrients, including protein, antioxidant caretenoids, trace minerals and vitamin B12. It builds the blood, increases brain function, boosts immunity and supports healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels).

The next high quality aid is called “Focus Attention”. This product contains Melissa Officinalis, which has been approved by the German Commission E for its ability to soothe the nervous system, along with Gingko Biloba, well known for its support of brain function and circulation. Another ingredient is DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) which is a biodynamic nutrient used for memory and learning enhancement. It also quenches damaging free radicals. Next is Slippery Elm which aids nutrient absorption and is used as a soothing and cleansing herb for the digestive system.   This wonderful combination also contains Grape seed extract, high in proanthocyanidins- highly active compounds that can readily neutralize brain damaging free radicals caused by toxins or over-stimulated brain metabolism  The homeopathic “Distress Remedy” is also used by many at specific times of increased 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 candida to enter into the bloodstream. Depending on the severity, it can take from three months to a year to eliminate this. During this time absorption will start to improve. Learn more about ADHD from a site devoted to this disorder.