Much attention has been placed on schools over the years. As they have to tackle more and more medical issues that children are suffering from, even going so far having to possess defibrillators for schools, they are beginning to look more like medical wings as well as a class! For myself, I struggled with ADHD in school and was a part of very special classes that were designed to help children like me with ADHD. Over the past decade, Attention Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD) cases have risen five-fold.
It has been reported that 3-7% of American children suffer from the diagnosis. ADHD/ADD symptoms are characterized by poor concentration, failure to focus, impulsive behaviors, and hyperactivity. Currently, there are no specific protocols for diagnosing the conditions. Often they are strictly observational, without any diagnostic imaging or laboratory studies to confirm these conditions.Many parents are second guessing themselves over the course of treatment, and some are growing quite pessimistic about the drugs and their side effects on their children.
The United States alone consumes a whopping 90% of the world’s pharmaceuticals for ADHD/ADD. The good news is that there are alternatives. Natural management programs include change in diet, whole food supplementation, chiropractic care, lifestyle planning, and daily athletic and stimulatory activities. Poor Nutrition and improper diet is a major culprit in ADHD/ADD symptoms. According to an article published in the Journal of Pediatric Child Health, it found that there is a direct relationship between diet and symptoms in children with ADHD, including sleep problems, physical symptoms and mood changes. The removal of foods that contain high fructose corn syrup, sucralose, hydrogenated oils, food colorings and flavor enhancers (MSG), and other baked goods and processed foods is a great step. Returning to a diet full of whole food fruits and vegetables, some whole grains, legumes, and fish for a minimum of 12 weeks should yield many desirable results in children, and subsequently better behaviors.