My 12 year old daughter has been diagnosed with ADD.
Q. Dear Terry, “My 12 year old daughter has been diagnosed with ADD. They want to put her on medication, but I am concerned about the long term effects. I am in desperate need of guidance and help for my daughter.” — Denise H., Detroit, MI
A. Dear Denise, If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your daughter’s diet. Dietary restrictions would include avoiding all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort on the part of both the child and family, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to modifying your daughter’s diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to her daily regimen. However, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your daughter’s physician, as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen. The three suggestions I have are very safe, with no known side effects.
I would strongly recommend that you consider adding omega-3s to her regimen as they have been shown to help increase focus and attention. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – this means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.
You may also want to consider adding narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) to your daughter’s regimen. Researchers have discovered that when taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. These compounds have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which helps to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. I recommend that your daughter take 40 mg of coneflower extract twice daily. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized for echinacoside content.
Lastly, I recommend supplementing with glutathione. Glutathione is so crucial that your body makes its own, creating it from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid. Glutathione is required for cellular defense, detoxification, and fighting the DNA-damaging risks of oxidative stress. Ideally, our cells would be full of active glutathione. But that’s not always the case. Just when we need it the most, glutathione levels can drop. This is due to age, health challenges, environmental factors, genetics, or a combination of factors. Therefore, I recommend taking 150 mg of the reduced, active form of L-glutathione twice daily in order to support optimal glutathione levels.
Terry . . . Naturally