The symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder are often triggered by ENVIRONMENTAL factors and dietary regimes. Children are being labeled with Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactivity, and Learning Disabilities in ever increasing numbers. Drugs are being administered profusely to reduce the behavioral SYMPTOMS -- but physicians, parents and teachers are not delving into what’s causing the “illness”.
THE AIR OUR KIDS BREATHE
Questions have been raised as to the implication of CHEMICALS affecting memory functions. In the book "Is This Your Child”, Dr. Doris Rapp illustrates the negative change in writing and drawing skills when children are exposed to fumes from chemical cleaners. In a study, it was determined that school children performed POORLY on tests taken early in the morning, following applications of floor cleaners or insecticides. Since school maintenance personnel normally apply cleaning products to the floors prior to daily school openings, it would appear that the children are walking into a TOXIC classroom. Not only can behavior be affected, but their general health as well. Asthma cases in children are also on the rise and these chemicals may trigger attacks.
MISDIAGNOSING THE CAUSE
In "The A.D.D./ A.D.H.D. Diet" the authors Rachel Bell and Dr. Howard Peiper bring attention to the fact that schools normally use chemical PESTICIDES in their war against roaches, ants and other insects. Since many of these pesticides have a half life in excess of one day, our children are continually exposed to more and more build up of toxic chemicals in their classroom. Dr. Peiper says, “I know of a Florida student who became HYPERACTIVE only after working with formaldehyde solutions in biology class. The school labeled this child and required drug administration. They refused to let him skip the lab sessions which triggered his behavior. His parents recognized the cause and transferred him to a school that understood his 'allergy' to formaldehyde.”
HOW WE FEED OUR KIDS
Another source of Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms can be found in the school CAFETERIA. Children today have increasing signs of deficient immune systems -- with symptoms that are normally associated with aging and not common in young people. Unfortunately as our immune system is COMPROMISED by environmental assaults, unless it has the proper nutrients which allow it to perform its duties, it cannot fight disease. In most school systems, foods are chosen that children will eat and these normally are not HEALTHY choices. Pizza, ice cream, cookies, chips, fried foods, soda and white flour products are among the most popular choices. Fruit, raw vegetables, seeds and nuts are not normally available in many school lunch programs. Sugar is a popular ingredient in everything from hamburger to ketchup and french fries. Morning danish or muffins are loaded with sugar and many schools provide this to the children who arrive early.
MAKING A SHIFT
With a diet that compromises the body’s ability to derive the nutrients it needs, it’s no wonder that BEHAVIOR problems arise. Sugar is a known upper (for a short while), but an hour later can cause extreme fatigue, inability to concentrate and hunger pangs. Students who eat sugary cereal or pastries for breakfast will be prime candidates to inflict misery on their first and second period teachers. Malnutrition affects the brain and its ability to process information correctly. Attention Deficit Disorder children may be nothing more than nutrient DEFICIENT. It is necessary for parents who want to eliminate symptoms to assess the dietary regime the afford the child. Foods should be eliminated or substituted gradually and notes kept on behavioral effects. Include the entire fFAMILY in this change. It will not only support the child and protect them from identifying with the problem, but it can have a more permanent affect if they think they’re part of a team.
THE NON-PHARMECEUTICAL ROUTE
Before dispensing drugs to treat the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder or Learning Disorders, school physicians should first look into environmental causes. Labeling a child with a learning disability may have far reaching implications on their PSYCHOLOGICAL health, therefore proper identification of the cause should be foremost prior to making a firm diagnosis.
IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM
As with all behavioral problems, there is not one CAUSE for everyone. Taking the time to identify whether toxins are affecting your child or whether they are responding unfavorably to their diet, may save you and your child from dealing with the label, "Attention Deficit Disorder". Through the process of elimination, you may be able to avoid the drug option which so many parents blindly choose. Symptoms may be REDUCED by nothing more than a simple upper cervical chiropractic or craniosacral adjustment, or by adding an enzyme supplement to their meal. If after all your scrutiny your child still exhibits behavioral symptoms, then maybe a DIAGNOSIS of clinical Attention Deficit Disorder is correct.
Nina is an International Sports Science Association certified Specialist in Performance Nutrition. She is a corporate jet pilot and has been an active researcher in the alternative health field for over twenty years. Nina has co-authored 17 books including "ADD, The Natural Approach". Visit her website at www.safegoodspub.com or contact her at .
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