ADD and ADHD are sometimes classified together but there are distinctions as the acronyms would suggest. Individuals with either disorder have problems with attention, sustained focus and concentration. Typically there may be an imbalance between key neurotransmitters involved in such tasks, notably dopamine and norepinephrine. Also low levels of serotonin are frequent.
Attention Deficit Disorder is characterized by slow cognitive thinking, a lack of mental energy, daydreaming or “spacing out”, confusion, poor memory and avoidance or excessive procrastination. Often high levels of anxiety are present. Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder however tends toward impulsiveness, hyperactivity and inability to stay on task. This can be due in part to excessive firing of neurons in the brain. Many times excessive irritability or outright aggressive tendencies can be exhibited as well.
There seems to be an epidemic of both such disorders not only in young children, but also in teenagers and adults. The solution offered by the mainstream establishment is notably drug oriented. The drugs most often prescribed are amphetamines and other drugs in the psychotropic category. Side effects may include “paradoxical effects,” where the drugs may make the original symptoms worse, tics, or “dumbing down” through drug-induced fatigue or grogginess. On a positive note, it is being more widely recognized that certain foods are responsible for aggravating ADD/ADHD, therefore most sufferers may benefit simply from instituting an organic diet, free of preservatives, artificial colors or flavors. .
We at HCH have had success in assisting individuals in overcoming these disorders through systemic detoxification along with avoidance of foods containing chemicals such as flavor enhancers, colorings, and preservatives. If the ingredient list on a food runs to one paragraph and contains unpronounceable words, avoid it! Unfortunately most schools are not on board in terms of natural and healthful dietary choices for kids. This poses a special challenge for concerned parents. Preparing a lunch from home is one option. In these days of severe food allergies and sensitivities, it’s much easier than it was even 10 years go to send a lunch that is “acceptable looking” to peers, as it will look just like the junk food versions!
The Houston Homeopathy Method’s progressive detoxification program allows the individual’s immune system to identify and eliminate pathogens and inflammation that may contribute to exaggerated responses to environmental and food toxins. Taken together the effects of pathogens harbored in the body and the exogenous toxins in our daily exposures drive ADD and ADHD to the levels we are seeing in our world today.
Master M. is a neurotypical client who is 9 years old. He came to HCH with an ADHD classification from his school diagnostician. M’s parents were very concerned about his academic performance. He was making D’s in the third grade when he started our protocol in the fall of 2010. M’s hyperactivity improved noticeably even after the first month of homeopathy, but he has had several periods of regression in behaviors associated with ADHD as we have worked back through the various layers of toxic insults and vaccines. After a year of homeopathic detox and support, he was able to bring his grades up to B’s and C’s and today he is making A’s and B’s and has no issues with attention, implusivity or hyperactivity.
The Houston Homeopathy Method makes it possible for ADD/ADHD children as well as adults to improve their daily quality of life and performance and we think that homeopathy coupled with sensible and healthy dietary choices are much to be preferred over the risks and harm posed by drugs.