I’ve seen countless kids in my office struggling with inattention in school, behavioral problems, sensory processing problems and more. Many of these children will end up with a diagnosis of “ADHD” and will be prescribed Ritalin, Adderall or other stimulant medications. Other children who don’t meet the criteria for ADHD but have significant behavioral or sensory problems in school will be told to see a counselor or behavioral therapist, but will get no other interventions.
As a naturopathic physician, this is so frustrating. There is SO much research linking iron deficiency anemia with ADHD and behavioral problems. Lead toxicity is very common in children with ADHD, and children with lead toxicity are frequently misdiagnosed with inattention. Other issues like thyroid problems, food sensitivities, irritable-bowel syndrome, constipation, magnesium deficiency, MTHFR and more are also common in children with an ADHD diagnosis.
The goal of a naturopathic physician is to treat the underlying cause. If children have iron deficiency anemia they should be screened and treated for it! If children have intestinal issues or food sensitivities they should be treated for it!
For kids to have permanent change in their attention and behavior we need to figure out the cause. This step-by-step guide is designed to do just that. This e-book includes:
- A list of laboratory tests that can be useful (including screening for iron deficiency anemia)
- Tools for evaluation and monitoring of progress
- A checklist for dietary and lifestyle modifications
- Ideas for improving sleep in children with ADHD
- A list of food dyes and additives for a sample elimination diet
- When to test for abnormal intestinal flora or celiac disease
- A list of nutrients helpful for healing intestinal symptoms
- When to refer to a pediatric physical therapist, chiropractor or occupational therapist
- Testing for nutrient status
- A list of nutrients that can be helpful for optimizing brain function
- How, when, and why to test for neurotransmitters, including a guide to interpreting the tests.
This guide occurs in a 3-tiered approach to treating ADHD, which is exactly how I approach ADHD in my office. (Though I often use several steps at a time, based on my clinical experience.)
And YES this guide is helpful for other similar conditions like anxiety, sensory processing disorder, behavioral problems, and more.