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Attention Deficit Disorders and Hyperactivity Disorders
Physicians, pediatricians, educators, psychologists, social workers have been noticing a steady increase in the number of children suffering from Attention Deficits and Hyperactivity Disorders over the last two decades. Neurotoxic chemical contamination may be one of the most significant causal factors in this alarming increase. Ubiquitous chemicals in our food and environment are damaging to sensitive growing brain structures.
That is why it is important to try to heal this damage with proper nutrient support rather than add more neurotoxic chemicals to the brain with the implementation of medicines, such as Adderall and Ritalin that are known to be neurotoxic themselves.
ADHD DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA
The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-V) provides criteria for ADHD diagnosis. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to make them more accessible. They are listed here for information purposes and should be used only by trained health care providers to diagnose or treat ADHD.
DSM-5 Criteria for ADHD
People with ADHD show a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development:
- Inattention: Six or more symptoms of inattention for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months, and they are inappropriate for developmental level:
- Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
- Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
- Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
- Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
- Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
- Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
- Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
- Is often easily distracted
- Is often forgetful in daily activities.
- Hyperactivity and Impulsivity: Six or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for the person’s developmental level:
- Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
- Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
- Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).
- Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
- Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.
- Often talks excessively.
- Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
- Often has trouble waiting his/her turn.
- Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)
In addition, the following conditions must be met:
- Several inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were present before age 12 years.
- Several symptoms are present in two or more setting, (e.g., at home, school or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities).
- There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, school, or work functioning.
- The symptoms do not happen only during the course of schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder. The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder (e.g. Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, or a Personality Disorder).
American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association.
The standard medical approach to ADHD is the use of either amphetamines such as Adderall or Vyvanse or reuptake inhibitors such as Ritalin, Concerta, Strattera, Focalin. All of these drugs are neurotoxic meaning brain poisons. They are all known to cause future problems.
SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH ADHD DRUGS
Side effects and adverse reactions associated with ADHD prescription medications are significant, serious, and potentially life threatening. The following is a limited list of these events associated with the ADHD group of drugs as a whole:
- Increased risk of suicidal ideation.
- Severe liver injury.
- Sudden death in cases with pre-existing structural cardiac abnormalities or other serious heart problems.
- At risk for stroke and myocardial infarction.
- May exacerbate symptoms of behavior disturbance and thought disorder in patients with a pre-existing
- Psychotic disorder.
- Induction of mixed/manic episodes.
- Treatment by stimulants at usual doses can cause emergent psychotic or manic symptoms, e.g.,
- Hallucinations, delusional thinking, or mania in children and adolescents without prior history of psychotic illness or mania.
- Amphetamines may impair the ability of the patient to engage in potentially hazardous activities such as operating machinery or vehicles.
- Higher incidence of infection, photosensitivity reaction, constipation, tooth disorders, emotional liability,
- Decreased libido, somnolence, speech disorder, palpitation, twitching, dyspnea, sweating, dysmenorrhea, and impotence.
- Skin disorders include urticaria, rash, and hypersensitivity reactions including angioedema and anaphylaxis. Serious skin rashes, including Stevens Johnson Syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis.
- Lowering of seizure threshold.
- Increased aggression and hostility.
- Contraindicated in patients with marked anxiety, tension, and agitation, since the drugs may aggravate these symptoms.
- Risk of drug dependence.
- Development of leukopenia and/or anemia.
PEER-REVIEWED LITERATURE indicates that:
• 60% to 80% of children taking Ritalin™ receive relief of symptoms no greater than a sugar pill.
• 60% to 85% of children taking Strattera™ receive relief of symptoms not greater than a sugar pill.
100% of these children are exposed to drug side effects.
Virtually all drugs used to treat ADHD can deplete the neurotransmitters. In addition, stimulant drugs are known to be neurotoxic (can cause permanent brain damage).
From Peer-reviewed Literature:
“The drugs prescribed for ADHD have potentially controversial concerns associated with them, including neurotransmitter depletion, neurotoxicity, drug side effects, and adverse reactions; this amino acid approach in comparison has none of these concerns associated with it. This gives a significant advantage to this amino acid approach if studies continue to bear out that it is similar or superior to prescription ADHD drugs in its efficacy.” (Hinz et al 2011a)
Dealing with ADHD using nutrients instead of drugs give better results
without the risk of drug side effects!
“This medical foods method of adressing ADHD involves the use of monoamine amino acid precursors that do what drugs are unable to do. This novel approach has the ability to increase the total number of neurotransmitter molecules in the central nervous system with nutrients, leading to efficacy observations that appear greater than those of prescription drugs without the potential for neurotransmitter depletion, neurotoxicity issues, and severe potentially life-threatening drug side effects associated with prescription drugs.” (Hinz et al 2011a)
The real cause of ADHD is serotonin and dopamine levels that are not high enough, i.e., there are not enough neurotransmitter molecules in the system. Drugs do nothing to increase the total number of neurotransmitter molecules. Drugs work by moving neurotransmitters from one place to another and in the process set up conditions that deplete neurotransmitters. The only way to increase the total number of neurotransmitter molecules in the brain is with administration of properly balanced amino acids.
Using the natural nutrient approach developed by NeuroResearch Clinics, Inc. an ADHD Symptoms study was preformed by the independent clinic NeuroWellness of Dallas, Texas in 2006 and 2007. The reported findings for the 2006 and 2007 ADHD study are as follows:
In the NeuroWellness ADHD Symptoms study 100% of the children, that took their pills properly, achieved 100% relief of symptoms. Of children in the ADHD Symptoms study that did not achieve relief of symptoms the problem was either “oppositional defiant disorder” where the child refused to take the pills or parents that did not give the nutrient pills to their children properly.
Attention and hyperactivity issues in adults or children can now be more accurately seen in light of new scientific evidence as Relative Nutritional Deficiency. This means that individuals suffering from attention and hyperactivity disorders have a higher need for nutrients than the average person in order for their brain neurons to work properly. To achieve optimal nutritional support for these individuals specific, targeted nutritional supplementation guided by Monoamine Transporter Optimization is used. A more thorough, detailed, scientific explanation of the protocols we use can be found by clicking ADHD Ptotocols.
Each person’s need for extra nutrient support is different and with the clinical protocols we use the most cost effective dosage is reached as quickly as possible. After a client fills out a Health Information form Dr. Collins consult with them about the specifics of each person’s problem. Then we set up a step-by-step program for nutritional supplementation support and follow-up consults that will get the best results in the fastest time frame. Seventy-seven percent of patients can have their symptoms resolved in a few weeks. In some cases we may need to take a urine test so we can get a more precise nutrient dosing after doctors evaluate the lab results.
So if you or any loved ones have an attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder and want to resolve it successfully, naturally and quickly with scientifically proven results contact us to start on a cost-effective health enhancement program. Call 707-566-7396.