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    I did a quick search for ADHD. My daughter has been diagnosed with it. I'm using various supplements with her and working on changing the diet. A friend of mine is having some trouble with her ADHD son. I've told her what I use for my daughter, but would love to have a definitive list of supplements with a reason for each. I want to give her more than my "opinion." Thanks in advance for any responses!

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    For some quick relief while overhauling the diet to primal, try nativeremedies.com. I have actually used their adult ADD formula with good results. A psychologist has forumulated these herbal and homeopathic remedies. I also recommend lots of fish oil. Every developing brain needs more omega 3's.
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    • #3
      I got too distracted to make one. :-p
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        I highly recommend this book. It's worked wonders for me, I also intend to give it to my sister when I can (she's severely ADHD.)
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        • #5
          Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
          I highly recommend this book. It's worked wonders for me, I also intend to give it to my sister when I can (she's severely ADHD.)
          Just added the book to my Amazon wish list. Thanks!

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            Does the book go over non medicinal ways of dealing with it? Stratera and the wide array of stimulants I have tried don't work that well.
            My journal where I attempt to overcome Chrohns and make good food as well

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              I have a feeling a high (saturated) fat diet will put that in order.
              You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                I have a feeling a high (saturated) fat diet will put that in order.
                I am hoping that that will help my daughter. It's a little harder to convince someone else of that, though. I'm trying to start her (my friend) off with some supplements for her son. I think I can "sell" those. We'll have to work up to the saturated fat.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by strom View Post
                  Does the book go over non medicinal ways of dealing with it? Stratera and the wide array of stimulants I have tried don't work that well.
                  Yes. That's why it's helped me so much. I've learned tricks over the years that I used to get by. Now that I have an actual job, those tricks were starting to not work as well. This book actually gave me several new methods of dealing with it. He basically theorizes that ADD people are the people who were passed on the paleolithic Hunter genes, as opposed to the more common Farmer genes and how to use those genes to your advantage in dealing with an increasingly Farmer world. I got the book for $1 at a used book store.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                    Yes. That's why it's helped me so much. I've learned tricks over the years that I used to get by. Now that I have an actual job, those tricks were starting to not work as well. This book actually gave me several new methods of dealing with it. He basically theorizes that ADD people are the people who were passed on the paleolithic Hunter genes, as opposed to the more common Farmer genes and how to use those genes to your advantage in dealing with an increasingly Farmer world. I got the book for $1 at a used book store.
                    wow. I want to read this book now. Something that reaffirms my belief in paleo. yes! hahah.

                    I wish my bro would read more books, he needs help with his ADD and other issues, but once someone is an adult it becomes their own problem. *sigh*

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                    • #11
                      I've long thought that ADHD and ADD are linked to consumption of sugars in the diet
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                      • #12
                        Ooo--exciting thread! (Can't wait for cillakat to pop in--I know she's got tons on this topic!!)

                        Some relevant blogposts on the topic, from Emily Deans MD of the evolutionary psychiatry blog:

                        Hyperactivity and Diet
                        http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogsp...-and-diet.html

                        Yellow Number 5
                        http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogsp...artrazine.html

                        Western Diet and ADHD
                        http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogsp...-and-adhd.html

                        ADHD, Food Additives, and Histamine
                        http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogsp...histamine.html

                        ADHD and Mom's Serotonin Deficiency
                        http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogsp...eficiency.html

                        ADHD and Obesity
                        http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogsp...d-obesity.html


                        This is a podcast on ADD you may find helpful as well, by Nora Gedgaudas, author of _Primal Body--Primal Mind_:
                        http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/prim...io/id385416862 Scroll down to number 39--ADD is in the title.




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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                          I have a feeling a high (saturated) fat diet will put that in order.
                          Yeah...no.

                          I'll offer up my .02 but won't be reading anything else in this thread.

                          I have ADHD--inattentive type (ftmp).

                          ADHD is *not* the display of ADHD symptoms caused by SAD or crappy food or yellow dye or vitamin D deficiency or modern-life-disorder (no physical activity, too much tv, crappy food). I tend to call that 'pseudo' ADHD b/c it looks like ADHD but there are simple measures that will fix it.

                          Then there are those of us, who for whatever genetic reasons, epigenetics during the fetal period or *whatever* really do have ADHD and really, honestly truly, in spite of good parenting (ftmp), really good schools (seriously!), all the right supplements, exercise, nutrition and whatever, still struggle.

                          Yes...if it's real ADHD, there are things that will help and certainly diet and supplements and environment etc etc should be optimized, but ADHD doesn't go away and is debilitating. Devastating, really. For me anyway.

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                          I found massive dietary changes to be minimally helpful for the ADHD symptoms though ketosis appears to have significant benefits.

                          Supplements - very careful, targeted, knowledgable, agressive supplementation reduced symptoms by....maybe 50% but that's likely a generous amount considering that at the time I wasn't doing any academic work - success in academic work is for me the real key.

                          MEDS: stimulant meds, amazingly, life-changingly helpful. I was forever opposed to them then after seeing DH's changes over a couple of years, decided to give it a try. Due to initial side-effects, it took some tweaking and patience but eventually I did figure out meds and dosing in a way that allowed me to reap max benefits for little to no downside. I *love* my meds. It would be...impossible?...for me to do what I'm doing now at the lab without meds on board. The couple of times I forgot to take meds were Not Good. And Not Good = I just need to leave now before I f*ck up something major.

                          It would be a shame for someone to avoid meds that could potentially be lifechanging in hopes of...avoiding meds?

                          Considering the real risks associated with ADHD (social, personal, academic, health, professional), my perception is that the cost benefit analysis is not a complicated one.
                          Last edited by cillakat; 12-10-2010, 08:12 PM.



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                            Originally posted by cillakat View Post
                            ADHD is *not* the display of ADHD symptoms caused by SAD or crappy food or yellow dye or vitamin D deficiency or modern-life-disorder (no physical activity, too much tv, crappy food). I tend to call that 'pseudo' ADHD b/c it looks like ADHD but there are simple measures that will fix it.
                            Makes sense to me. I'd guess that there is a good number of folks diagnosed w/ or just suspecting they have ADD/ADHD that might be helped by dietary/supplemental strategies. Those that would fall under the 'pseudo' ADD category.

                            So I guess a really important factor is to figure out what you are dealing with when seeking treatment. ADHD as cillakat describes, or the 'pseudo' kind.

                            Interesting stuff...
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                              I have a feeling a high (saturated) fat diet will put that in order.
                              If it did then I would be alllll better. And I'm *so* not--at least not irt ADHD.

                              Originally posted by Analog6 View Post
                              I've long thought that ADHD and ADD are linked to consumption of sugars in the diet
                              So I can't help myself. No meds tonight. lol

                              No, there is no correlation nor causation between sugar and ADHD. The confounder is likely artificial colors, artificial flavors and BHT containing perservatives...and least that's what's been studied so far. We can probably go so far as to say 'crappy processed food' and food additives are problematic. Very often those ingredients go along with sugar so sugar gets the bad rap.

                              Not that sugar is good.....

                              Interestingly, the DSM no longer lists ADD as a disorder. It's all ADHD--three subtypes: hyperactive, inattentive or mixed.



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