Dr. Mary Ann Block – Whatever it Takes!

Many of the ideas expressed in “3 Steps To Conquering ADD” fly in the face of our current medical solution for ADD ADHD.

While many countries have become more progressive (like Australia) the USA is still very entrenched in the “drug only” approach to ADD ADHD.

Dr. Mary Ann Block is surely an Ally in the War against ADD ADHD misdiagnosis and mistreatment.

She sums up the situation nicely.

Enjoy  🙂

Jon

ps – please leave your comments below

Making Intelligent Decisions in the Treatment of ADD/ADHD

With consumers becoming more aware of the dangers of prescription ADD/ADHD medications, and with researchers devoting more resources toward uncovering treatments that will help sufferers conquer ADD/ADHD, there’s no doubt that there really are other, more intelligent, choices available to those who have received an ADD/ADHD diagnosis.

Most sources admit that the exact cause of ADD/ADHD is unknown. In fact, there may be several factors that combine to produce a state in which the brain’s wiring misfires and causes the effected individual to display signs of hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity. Interestingly, many of the factors that might cause ADD/ADHD are suspected to be environmental. This means that the cure for ADD/ADHD might just be to remove whatever exists within the environment that has caused the problem.

But, is it really that simple?

There’s no arguing that once ADD/ADHD has taken hold, conquering the disorder is difficult. Yet all signs point to the fact that it can be overcome! Real people have spent years doing what doctors and research scientists have failed to do, until recently; that is, to devote time, energy, and financial recourses to investigating non-prescription treatments for ADD/ADHD.

Remember saccharin? That harmless sweetener touted as a panacea for diabetics who could finally enjoy sweet treats? Saccharin was eventually discovered to be a factor in developing cancer and removed from the market only to be returned to the market because… well, not everyone who used it got cancer.

In much the same way, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines what is safe for consumers. But people have to place a lot of intelligent thought into what is best for them personally. The only way to make intelligent decisions is to educate oneself. For that reason, it’s important to understand that the FDA makes decisions in much the same way. When determining what is safe, the FDA considers how a product may be beneficial for the greatest number of people. A drug is considered safe if it helps more people than it harms. A new food additive is safe if its benefits outweigh the risks.

Humans were not designed to ingest chemical additives, sweeteners, or preservatives.

Nature made sure that everything that mankind needed to thrive was available to him. And, there’s nothing in nature’s pharmacy that even comes close to the chemicals that people pump into their bodies every day. Even the studies that are being performed on a daily basis indicate that processed sugar, food additives, chemical preservatives, natural light deficiency, and heavy metal toxicity (lead, mercury, and cadmium) may all be at least partially responsible for causing ADD/ADHD.

So, if the studies back up the statement, what is the answer?

Below we will discuss some time-tested proven solutions.

It stands to reason that, if ADD/ADHD is even partially caused by an imbalance between what nature intended and how people really live, the best course of action would be to consider natural alternatives to medication when treating the disorder.

What this means is, if it is chemical additives, nutritional deficiencies, and toxicity that is causing the problem, eliminating those factors should provide relief, if not a cure!

People with ADD/ADHD are lacking certain nutrients such as calcium, B vitamins, tryptophan, tyrosine, and magnesium; and their bodies contain too much of toxic substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, processed sugar, food additives, and artificial chemicals. Understanding that the causes of ADD/ADHD are more than likely manmade makes the answer obvious.

Using more chemicals, i.e., drugs, in the treatment of a disorder that is caused by too many chemicals and too few nutrients now sounds like the least intelligent decision… doesn’t it?

What Makes the ‘3 Steps’ Different?

Even a very brief skim through the articles on this website should make it clear that the approach that I advocate for dealing with ADD/ADHD is very different from what you are likely to hear from many of the so-called experts in the field. I am utterly convinced that many of these experts make grave mistakes at the two opposite ends of attempts to deal with the condition.
These mistakes are:
1) Hasty and sloppy diagnosis. ADD/ADHD seems to be the ‘flavor of the month’ (or decade!) when it comes to diagnosing and dealing with behavioral issues. This means that many medical professionals are ready to diagnose the condition at the slightest prompting. This is obviously highly problematic. There are many other conditions (some of them very serious) that can present in ways that are broadly similar to ADD/ADHD and a wrong diagnosis will therefore mean that these underlying conditions are not being addressed at all. Another major danger associated with hasty diagnoses is the fact that treatment regimes for ADD/ADHD can often be actively harmful. And this brings me to the second common mistake, namely:
2) An unhealthy fixation on chemical ‘solutions’. There is a broad ‘consensus’ that the best, if not the only, way to treat ADD/ADHD is to medicate people with the condition with a range of drugs. The problem is that this ‘consensus’ have been carefully created by major pharmaceutical companies that have everything to gain from sky-high prescription rates of some of their most profitable product lines. This is obviously a dangerous situation because it means that commercial considerations often take precedence over the clinical and psychological needs of patients. What makes it even worse is the fact that many of the drugs that are commonly used to treat ADD/ADHD can be described as highly dangerous. These are drugs that target the most sensitive part of the human body, the brain, with powerful chemicals. The results are not pretty. ADD/ADHD medications have been implicated in a whole range of fallouts from suicide to aggressive behavior, not to mention the fact that many of them are highly addictive.
The approach that we follow here at ‘3 Steps ADD’ is aimed at avoiding the serious mistakes that are so often made at both ends of the process. On the diagnostic end I call attention to the fact that misdiagnosis of ADD/ADHD is a major issue that could have disastrous consequences. By following the ‘3 Steps’ approach you will be introduced to the many ‘false alarm’ ADD/ADHD triggers. These can range from the mundane (not enough sleep) to the almost exotic (tick borne diseases). You will also learn how to avoid being pressured into a hasty ADD/ADHD diagnosis by teachers or medical professionals. This is of vital importance if you really have the best interest of your child (or perhaps yourself, in the case of adult ADD/ADHD) at heart.
When it comes to the treatment side I am a strong advocate of the principle that should underlie all responsible attempts to help and heal: First do no harm. This means that I have spent a lot of my time researching responses to ADD/ADHD that are built on solid scientific evidence and that are as beneficial as possible on many different levels. My recommendations for dealing with the condition are therefore centered on approaches that can be described as natural, responsible, effective and sustainable. I also take a holistic approach that is a world removed from the ‘pop a pill and everything will be better’ school of thought. By following my recommendations you will become familiar with some things that should be actively avoided and some that should become part of your life. I also recognize that ADD/ADHD does not occur in a vacuum and that there are therefore many environmental, educational and social considerations that should be taken into account when dealing with the condition. My methods and advice will help your child (or you) to overcome challenges and to thrive in a range of different environments.
When they are confronted by a challenging situation many people look for a magic switch that will make everything right in an instant. On the face of it this is what the pharmaceutical companies seem to offer with their ‘solutions’ to the challenge of ADD/ADHD. They ‘forget’ to mention about the issues of dependence, decreased effectiveness over time and severe adverse reactions however. The approach that I advocate might be ‘the road less travelled’ (though I trust that it will not remain so for long) but it is a road that promises wholeness and health through responsible lifestyle changes, dietary choices and the application of common sense principles. In the process you will not only get to understand yourself better, you will also make adjustments that can benefit you way beyond the area that you seek to address. It is an exciting adventure to take charge and overcome even insurmountable challenges. Join me in doing so by using ‘3 Steps’!

Top 10 High Glycemic Foods: One Reason Why You Are ADD-ADHD

They say, ‘you are what you eat’. Truer words haven’t been said when it comes to the high glycemic foods that make up a large portion of our meals. It is important that we understand the foods we eat and the manner in which they affect the body and the way we feel and act.

Can the food you eat control the way you behave and think? Yes, it can; because it provides the body with energy and initiates changes in its functioning.

The kind of food you choose to eat makes your body react in different ways. In nutrition the key word is ‘moderation’, and high glycemic foods are no different. Continue reading “Top 10 High Glycemic Foods: One Reason Why You Are ADD-ADHD”

Focus Tip – Inception for ADD ADHD

Transcript: [spoiler]

Jon Bennett:  Hello Jon Bennett here with Three Steps to Conquering ADD‑ADHD. In this video I am going to talk about some more choices for you to play in your headphones when you’re trying to focus on work, or homework, and you’re sitting at your desk, or really wherever and you want to block out the outside world and really focus in on what you’re doing.

This is a really cool video because I’m going to be talking about one of my favorite movies that have come out recently. It’s called “Inception.”

And “Inception” is a really neat movie where they go into dream states, and all kinds of things. You can check that out.
But they have created an iPhone app that puts you in an augmented reality in terms of the sound. And I know that sounds a little weird, and it’s really hard to explain, but let me just kind of show you a little bit about what I’m talking about here. And I’ve got a quick video I’d like to show about the application.

Mike:  Hello, my name is Mike from RjDJ. I met Hans Zimmer this summer, and showed him the work we’re doing on augmented sound. It does something that Hans was looking for, for quite a while now.

Hans Zimmer:  There’s a thing I’ve been searching for, and I’ve been working on forever now, is a way to get beyond recorded music, to get beyond, “You just download a piece of music and it’s just always the same.”

Mike:  Wouldn’t it be amazing if you had a soundtrack that were synchronized with your life? For example the music would become more energetic when you move, or calm when you sit still, or even change when the sun is shining. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Jon:  So anyway, you know, if you don’t have an iPhone just hold on because I’ve got some other solutions for you. “Inception,” of course, is the movie that Hans Zimmer, which is a composer… And if you know anything about Hans Zimmer he is a brilliant composer, he’s done scores for some of the biggest movies out there. I’ll just show you the Wikipedia page for Hans Zimmer.

It goes through, he’s from Germany, he’s done “Inception,” “Lion King,” “Gladiator,” “The Dark Knight,” “Sherlock Holmes.” Just really cool guy. He is actually ranked, I was reading here, like number 87 on the index of Living Geniuses which is pretty neat.

But anyway, that’s Hans Zimmer, and the application you load it on your iPhone and I’ll tell you that is just a little weird. Because what it does is it has song sounds from the movie, the score from the movie, but then if like you’re sitting still or you’re making noise it interacts with the music.

So a lot of the dreams ‑ there’s like 10 different dreams that you can unlock inside the iPhone app ‑ and a lot of them will not help you focus at all. In fact, they kind of trip you out, in just a kind of a weird thing.

But there’s a couple of dreams that if you’re in a quiet room, really are pretty cool, and do help you focus.

I’m playing with it now, I’ll have to report back later. The Sunshine dream is really cool, works out really well. I’m trying to unlock the Quiet dream. For some reason I can’t unlock that one. I don’t know.

But anyway, I got a little frustrated with the app. It’s really neat but I just thought, “Well hey, I wonder if the soundtrack from the “Inception” movie is cool and would help me focus,” so I downloaded that. You can get it on iTunes or whatever. I put it in my focus playlist, and it’s really, really nice. I really enjoy it.

So I’ve been playing through the tracks from the movie, “Inception”, and most of them are great for just if you’re trying to work, and filling in the background.
What I really want to do, and hopefully maybe you can help me with this or somebody out there can help me with this, is take a hemi‑sync track, or a white noise meditation track that has binaural beats that are designed to affect your brainwaves and mix them in with these scores.

That would be really cool.

If somebody can figure out it, I know how to do it but I don’t know scientifically if it will negate it, or if there’ll be any weird side effects, or anything. So I haven’t really tried that, but if somebody knows about that that would be really cool if you could post your comments here.

But do check that out, at the very least download or go out and buy the CD, the score from “Inception.” It’s a great for background music.
And again this video is in a series of videos that I’ve been doing about focus music choices, using headphones for blocking out noises, and helping you focus in on your homework, or your work, or whatever you’re trying to do.
This does fall under step number three in The Three Steps to Conquering ADD: Tips, Tricks and Techniques. Check it out and I’ll see you soon.

Hans:  When the DVD of “Inception” comes out which will be quite soon, we’ve built a little iPhone application just because we could, which scores your dreams, without getting into the huge technicalities of it.

Man 1:  Yeah, yeah.

Hans:  But it reacts to your environment, it reacts to you, it reacts to your pace, and it plays with things. It does an individual piece of music for you out of the “Inception” stuff. So you’re back to that shared dreaming experience.

Man 1:  Yeah, Yeah. I love this.

Hans:  And of course you can record it and you can send it to your friend. You can say, “Hey listen I had this, wow, this great mode.” And the cool thing is… the little prototype, anybody who tries it out ‑ let me see how to phrase this ‑ I don’t think…

OK, I played it to Pharrell Williams who is a friend. And Pharrell’s playing with this thing and he comes back and he goes, “It’s legal drugs without side effects. It’s fantastic.” [laughs] I mean it literally…

Man 1:  [laughs] That’s great. It sounds great.

Hans:  It changes the way you think of your environment.

Man 1:  Yeah, yeah.

Hans:  Because, you know, here I have this piece of technology that really is a clock, so it will be different at the morning than it will be at night. It knows where you are. There’s a track on the “Inception” album called Mombasa. And I’m just terrible, but you can only hear that track on that application if you’re in Mombasa. So two people will hear it.

Man 1:  Yeah, you’re right.

Hans:  But you know this is a game. I love the game, but the idea of… a piece of music can become your piece of music, and who you, in a funny way you can be in my band or you can be… There’s connection, or there’s a community, or there’s a way we can touch.

Man 1:  Right. Well, and I mean that’s an interesting way to bring…

Hans:  I didn’t answer that guy at all.

Man 1:  That’s all right, he’s young.

Hans:  I’m totally off somewhere else.

Man 1:  He’s got lots of time to get questions answered…

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What is a ‘Low Glycemic’ diet? … and Why You Should Care if You are ADD-ADHD

In this article we are going to explore how the GI (glycemic index) effects people with ADD-ADHD.
There are over 50 conditions that mimic ADD-ADHD, but non-stable blood sugar levels is one of the most notorious culprits.
Most kids experiencing ADD symptoms like fidgeting, anxiousness, and irritability can be linked to a “bad” glycemic diet.
This article will introduce you to the “GI” and how you can do simple things to eliminate your ADD-ADHD symptoms.
note: No drug should be taken for ADD-ADHD until this approach has been tested. Continue reading “What is a ‘Low Glycemic’ diet? … and Why You Should Care if You are ADD-ADHD”

Focus Booster – Cool Focus Tool

A free application to help you get what you need done. Pronto!
focus booster is a simple and elegant application designed
to help you eliminate the anxiety of time and enhance your focus and concentration.
focus booster has been designed based on the principles of
the pomodoro technique 
what is the pomodoro technique?
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s. It can be used for any kind of task and enables you to view time as a valuable ally in accomplishing what you want to do.
The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals (referred to as “pomodoros”) separated by breaks and is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.
There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
decide on the task to be done
set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
work on the task until the timer rings; record the task status
take a short break (5 minutes)
every four “pomodoros” take a longer break (15-20 minutes)
check it out

The Formula For Conquering ADD-ADHD Naturally

Here is a little background on the formula before we reveal it.

The Formula…

  • Is Scientifically proven by research from great institutions like Oxford University, the National Library of Medicine, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Takes only 2 minute per day to do
  • Completely eliminates the need for ADD-ADHD Drugs
  • Fixes ADD-ADHD at its source
  • Allows people with ADD-ADHD to thrive and have fulfilled happy lives

Continue reading “The Formula For Conquering ADD-ADHD Naturally”