Friday, May 27, 2016

Drug Free Treatment of ADD

UPDATED!!!!! SINCE WRITING THIS BLOG I DISCOVERED L-THEANINE AND IT ELIMINATED MY ADD ISSUES.

I am a long time believer that our health is one of the most valuable things we can have and coming from a place were I didn't always have perfect health I think I value it even more. So I am always looking for ways to improve my own health.

Back in about 2008 I had taken some tests and a doctor felt that I might be ADD. Now I had another doctor that told me that because I was born dyslexic, that when you get stressed out it looks exactly like ADD. He also said that if I were to try to get treatment for ADD chances are it wouldn't help because if I got stressed out I would have ADD symptoms anyway. Sort of a catch 22 if you will.

However, first of all I overcame dyslexia and I no longer have reading, writing or speech problems. So I don't think that his conclusion holds much weight. In addition, if one can manage stress that is in of itself a cure. I am a strong believer in taking time for meditation, stretching, exercise, massages, breathing etc. All things that fight stress.

In addition to this I have a lot of family members with ADD, which tells me chances are there is still room for improvement.

So I decided to continue my research on ADD and natural cures. I have tried a lot of things such as essential oils with some improvement actually. One I use called Brain Power is pretty good.

But today I found a very interesting article that claimed a number of issues that could cause ADD that I had not heard before. One was that of being allergic to dairy and chocolate. I already am well aware of the chocolate allergy. Well then I look up symptoms of dairy allergies and I have them all. In fact, I eat almost too much dairy! So this week I am eliminating dairy from my diet and seeing if I notice any change.

Here are all the things that this article mentions could cause ADD:

  •  Food additives 
  •  Refined sugar 
  •  Poor nutrition 
  •  Natural light deficiency 
  •  Food allergies 
  •  Heavy metal toxicity (such as lead, mercury, or cadmium)

What is interesting to me about this I absolutely suffered from natural light deficiency and thus moved south to live in Texas vs Washington State where it rained so much. As for the other items on this list I am going to have to investigate them one by one. He suggests some supplements to take for the metal toxicity and I am not excited to jump in and just starting taking anything I know little about. 

If you are curious and want to read the article I am referring to you can find it here

I will make sure to blog again on progress if any that going through this list he suggests provides.

I hope this helps anyone else out there looking for a solution.