Attention Deficit Disorder
(ADD, ADHD, Hyperactivity)
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
ADD (Attention Deficient Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) are characterized by inapropriate inattention,
impulsivity and hyperactivity. There is
a tendency to haphazard, poorly organized activity.
In true ADD, there is often a weakness of the sympathetic nervous system and a corresponding overactivity of the
It is easy to tell whether a child is suffering from anxiety or ADD by looking at their
pupils. Enlarged pupils signal an excess of sympathetic nervous
system activity, so standard nervines such as Stress-J, Lavender Essential Oil or Lobelia will calm them down. If the pupils are small and contracted, then
there is an excess of
parasympathetic nervous system activity and stimulants like
caffeine will have a calming effect.
In true ADD, nutrients that support sympathetic nervous
system activity and adrenal function are usually critical.
Products that stimulate sympathetic nerves include Adrenal
Support, Energ-V, licorice root, HistaBlock (which helps
leaky gut) and small amounts of caffeine (preferably green
Note: NSP's green tea extract will not work because it is
Essential fatty acids are absolutely essential to brain function since the brain structure is mostly composed of fat. Protein is also very important, both for balancing blood sugar
and creating neurotransmitters. The amino acid I-tyrosine
is very important because it is the precursor to epinephrine and norepinephrine. Its richest source is in red meat.
Feeding children with ADD
a hearty breakfast that includes
eggs and red meat will help them become more focused.
Simple carbohydrates (such as sugar sweetened breakfast cereals
) should not be eaten for breakfast. Super Algae or Free
Amino Acids can provide essential amino acids (including
I-tyrosine) for vegetarians.
Heavy metal poisoning, particularly with lead or mercury,
can be another root problem in learning disabilities such as
ADHD. These metals may have been introduced into the
nervous system through vaccines.
There are specific neurotransmitters that calm down excess nervous system reactions. Focus Attention
help to elevate levels of these neurotransmitters and
calm down excess activity in the brain, making it very helpful in some cases of ADHD.
and leaky gut syndrome
may also play a
role in these disorders. Licorice root may be helpful in both.
Do not substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar. Food additives, including aspartame, can be linked with hyperactivity
and other behavioral disorders.
Below is a list of suggested products. Those in bold are key products for the health issue explained on this page.
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Therapies: Aromatherapy, Low Glycemic Diet and Stress
Herbs: Astragalus, Chamomile, Licorice Root, Lobelia,
Spirulina and Wood Betony
Herbal Formulas: AdaptaMax, Energ-V, Herbal Sleep, Focus Attention, GABA
Eight, Stress-J, SUMA Combination, Super Algae and
Nutrients: Black Currant Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Magnesium
and Sunshine Heroes Omega 3 with DHA
Nutritional Supplements: Nutri-Calm
Suggestions from Four Winds Nutrition