Tertiary butylhidroquinone is obtained from petroleum, and it’s toxic. TBHQ causes nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, and collapse. I can severely damage the lungs and the umbilical cells. Some researchers believe that it can cause stomach cancer. When it comes to children, TBHQ causes anxiety, restlessness, and intensified ADHD symptoms.
According to the findings by the consumer health watchdog As You Sow, which tested 50 chocolate products, including chocolate eggs and bunnies, 35 of them contain lead and cadmium above levels set by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.
A new analysis published in the Medical Journal of Australia finds that school-aged children who are younger than their classroom peers are significantly more likely to receive pharmacological treatment for ‘ADHD.’ The research adds to previous studies finding similar results in the US, Taiwan, and Canada.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a behavioral disorder that might involve a magnesium deficiency. Although evidence does not reveal magnesium is a cure, the mineral may help improve behavior in those with ADHD.
Signs of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The condition interferes with daily life, causing problems in school and social situations.
A recent follow-up study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry contacted adults who began treatment for “attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder” (ADHD) as children to examine the long-term effects of stimulant drug treatment. Findings suggest that treatment not only fails to reduce the severity of “ADHD” symptoms in adulthood but is associated with decreased height.
From studies of modern hunter-gatherers, we can surmise that learning took place through play, observation, and informal instruction, rather than through the highly regimented classrooms almost all of us have experienced. It is no surprise that ADHD is usually diagnosed in children who have trouble focusing “properly” in school, and it continues to be a problem for adults when their work or lifestyle requires focusing in particular, regimented ways. There is good reason to believe that in our evolutionary past, ADHD was often not much of a problem and was perhaps even an asset.
Some intriguing evidence for this hypothesis comes from work on the genetics of ADHD. One gene associated with ADHD is called dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4), alleles of which change the sensitivity of a subtype of dopamine receptors that are expressed in the prefrontal cortex. ADHD is a complex trait (regulated by many genes), and the ADHD-associated allele in the DRD4 gene (called DRD4 7R) only accounts for a small portion of the cases of ADHD. Nonetheless, a variation of the DRD4 gene provides a window into the evolutionary forces that shaped our brain.
The 7R (ADHD-associated) allele of the DRD4 gene is peculiar in that it seems to have originated about 45,000 years ago and was then positively selected for. That is, the 7R allele conveyed some advantage to those who carried it
As per a study published in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, taking zinc supplements can alleviate the symptoms of ADHD or attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder in children.
Researchers from Iran executed a controlled clinical trial to evaluate the benefits of prescribing zinc supplements alongside the more conventional methylphenidate treatment.
The study involved 44 children who were diagnosed as suffering from ADHD; and none of these patients had taken any medication before the trail.
For the six weeks, half the children were given zinc sulphate (55mg/day) in addition to the conventional treatment; while the other half were given a placebo. A child psychiatrist examined the children's improvements.
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Researchers at Melbourne's Swinburne University believe they have found a natural treatment which could help children suffering from ADHD.
In the clean, clear waters of New Zealand lies the green-lipped mussel, which contains anti-inflammatory and joint-protecting properties through the high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids found in them.
French children don't need medications to control their behavior.
In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5 percent. How has the epidemic of ADHD—firmly established in the U.S.—almost completely passed over children in France?
Is ADHD a biological-neurological disorder? Surprisingly, the answer to this question depends on whether you live in France or in the U.S. In the United States, child psychiatrists consider ADHD to be a biological disorder with biological causes. The preferred treatment is also biological—psycho stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall.
A study recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics found that children of women who used acetaminophen during pregnancy appeared to be at a higher risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
(CNN)Women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy are more likely to have a hyperactive child, according to a new study. Prenatal exposure to the medication was associated with a higher risk of having children who exhibit emotional or behavioral symptoms, the researchers said.
L-theanine is also being considered as a therapeutic treatment for young children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in relation to its effect on sleep quality. Sleep problems are a common comorbidity associated with ADHD, and disturbed sleep is often linked to exacerbating the disorder (5). The randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study investigated the efficacy and safety of L-theanine as an aid to improving sleep quality in 98 boys, aged 8-12 years, who had previously been diagnosed with ADHD. Subjects were administered 100 milligram tablets of L-theanine or a placebo twice daily for six weeks and were evaluated for sleep problems for five consecutive nights at baseline and at the end of the six weeks. Surprisingly, the study found that boys who consumed L-theanine obtained significantly higher sleep percentage and sleep efficiency scores, along with a non-significant trend for less activity during sleep, defined as less time awake after sleep onset (5). Not only did the study show improvements in sleep patterns, the relatively high dose of L-theanine that was administered over this time period was well tolerated and didn’t show significant adverse effects (5). This study indicates a plausibly safe method of therapy for young children with ADHD with naturally derived L-theanine. (5)
For a child or adult with ADHD, the determining variable is interest -- if the person loves to play music, they can do it for hours. If they hate doing dishes, they will clean one dish, lose focus, and jump to another activity. One metaphor that captivated Sklar's attention paints an interesting picture -- first put forth by author Thom Hartmann, the theory suggests that those with ADHD have more of a "hunter" orientation, evolutionarily speaking, and those without ADHD are the "farmers." One group is more nomadic and needs to constantly scan the environment, with attention darting here and there for prey; the other group possesses the patience, calm, and nurturing ability to tend to repeated farming tasks with long-term consistency. The hunter mindset in some ways explains hyperfocus -- once the prey is identified, the hunter intensely focuses on her pursuit.
Ritalin, Stattera, Concerta. Dr. Peter Breggin Discusses the danger and side-effects of these ADHD Medications.
Two main types of studies have looked into the effects of diet on ADHD symptoms:
- Supplement studies: These studies look into the effects of dietary supplements likeomega-3 fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins or minerals.
- Elimination studies: These studies look into the effects of eliminating certain foods, additives or ingredients from the diet.
For a detailed review of these studies, check out this article: Does Nutrition Play a Role in ADHD?
However, it should be noted that dietary modification as a treatment for ADHD is still viewed as controversial.
Nonetheless, consistent evidence from strong studies shows that elimination diets can greatly decrease ADHD symptoms for some children (8, 10, 11, 12, 13).
Bottom Line: ADHD is a common behavioral disorder. While therapy and medication remain the most common treatments, research shows that an elimination diet can help some people manage symptoms.
A new Danish study indicates that children recieving ADHD medication have a higher risk of getting heart problems.
The risk of developing heart problems is twice as big for children taking medicine for Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when compared to children not receiving the medicine.
The study builds on data from 714,000 children born in 1990-1999. It is the most comprehensive, data-based study within the field explains the head of the project Søren Dalsgaard, a psychiatrist at the National Centre for Register-based Research at Aarhus University.
"I was surprised that the increased risk of heart problems was so high and that the risk did not only apply to children, who were already susceptible to heart ailments," says the psychiatrist.
"The result is worrying. It shows that clinicians must continue to be aware of the risk of heart ailments, when we prescribe medicine to ADHD patients," he says.
The study was published in the scientific publication Journal of Adolescent and Psychopharmacology.
This year, Americans will spend more than $8 billion on members of the stimulant family, in a desperate attempt to keep squirmy school kids with ADHD glued to their chairs — or sometimes, even their kindergarten rugs.
But what if, in an effort to get kids to behave like 55-year-old men, parents and teachers are actually drugging the creativity out of our next generation of leaders?
A debate in the nutrition science community is the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids in reducing ADHD symptoms. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fats that the body cannot reproduce and therefore can only be obtained through food. Three types of omega-3 fatty acids exist: alpha-linolenic (ALA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acids (DHA). EPA and DHA are found in oily fish such as salmon. ALA is in flax seeds, nuts and leafy vegetables. Omega-3s are an imperative part of cell membranes and are important in health because they reduce inflammation, which lowers risks for chronic diseases. These fatty acids also are highly concentrated in the brain and improve cognitive functions. Children with ADHD often times have low levels of omega-3s, specifically EPA and DHA.
For kids with focus and behavior challenges, nutritional shifts may work as well as, or better than, medication.
Anyone who’s raised a kid with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) knows the drill: You take your sweet child to nursery school, and he runs amuck during story time. He won’t follow instructions for using the glitter and glue during art. He tips over other kids’ block towers.
Your child might be bright, maybe even brilliant, but he’s on his own disruptive trajectory. He might be called out in class, disinvited from play dates, labeled a menace. He risks exclusion from his community of peers, all because he can’t pay attention, slow down, or fit in.