ADD & ADHD… Are There Alternatives to Drugs?

Today, more than 2.5 million children under the age of eleven have been diagnosed with either Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and 4 to 6 million children and teenagers in America are on prescription drugs for these disorder. Could something as simple as a dietary and lifestyle change be a better solution than administering mind-altering drugs?

Ritalin, Adderall and Dexedrine, among others, are stimulants—powerful drugs with negative side effects. They have a high potential for abuse and the long-term effects are not well known. Not only are these drugs risky but, they don’t work. Ritalin can make Johnny sit in a chair, but that doesn’t mean he will learn.

There are several factors that contribute to the symptoms known as ADHD, not all of which are present in everyone who has ADHD. The factors can be classified in the two categories of (1) poor nutrition and (2) toxicity in the body.

Under the category of poor nutrition, we find poor essential fatty acid status, especially of the omega 3 fats; poor mineral status; low B vitamin intake; heavy use of refined flour and sugar; amino acid deficiencies; and the reactions to common foods and food additives.

In the realm of toxicity, we find high levels of toxic or trace metals like mercury, lead, cadmium, boron, chromium, copper, and aluminum; candida, dysbiosis and overuse of antibiotics; and high intakes of food additives (not just reactions to common whole foods but to chemicals in processed foods).

We have found that, when people eliminate the processed, sugar and chemical laden foods, and the antibiotic and hormone-containing meat and dairy products, and move to a predominately raw plant-based diet, not only do such problems as ADD and ADHD disappear, but so do almost all other physical problems.

Try giving a primarily raw plant-based diet, with the addition of the “Brain Power Smoothie” (see recipe in section 6 of this Health Tip) for three weeks, and see the impact it can produce in a child’s behavior and ability to learn.

But, even in situations where children have been reluctant to make a major shift in dietary choices, some have found the simple addition of the “Brain Power Smoothie” to their child’s diet is very helpful in nourishing the brain with many of the essential nutrients required for optimal function.

To read the results of 26 scientific studies that clearly demonstrate a strong link between what children eat and their behavior, visit There you will find a more extensive article on ADHD.

(The above was adopted from an article written by Michael Donaldson, Ph.D. and Olin Idol, N.D., C.N.C., which appeared in the July/August 2007 issue #45 of Hallelujah Acres paper publication Back to the Garden.)

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