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?