October 2014

If you are a parent or a grandparent, this month’s newsletter may be of special interest for you.  There are huge numbers of children in this country that have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and the numbers are rising rapidly every year.  You will see as you read further that the true underlying cause of most of these cases can be attributed to the child’s diet.  This condition afflicts more and more children each year and once it sets in it affects their school work, families, and even their future.  The good news is there is a solution for most of these ADHD children!

ADHD is one of the most frequent diagnoses offered in the pediatrician’s office.  Parents of hyperactive children are led to believe that their children have some form of a disease that will limit their ability to learn.  Once this diagnosis has been made, many parents are quickly convinced by the medical community that medication (usually Ritalin) is the best “quick fix”.  Please know that Ritalin is a powerful mind-altering medication, and the long-term consequences have never been studied.

According to new data from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) that came out in March of 2013, nearly one in five high school age boys in the US and 11 percent of school-age children have been diagnosed with ADHD.  That translates to an estimated 6.4 million children ages four through seventeen, which reflects a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 53 percent rise in the past decade.  CAN YOU SAY EPIDIMIC?  About two-thirds of these children with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall.  

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NATURAL TREATMENTS

Please know that ADHD can have multiple causes, but a diet heavy in inflammatory carbohydrates and low in healthy fats is by far the most common cause of this disorder.  In America today we are a bunch of CARBOHOLICS!  Let’s be honest, as parents we teach our children how to eat.  Young children don’t go to the store and shop, prepare their food at home, and put them on the table for the whole family to consume.  We as parents and grandparents have to take the responsibility for this dietary disaster that is known as “The Standard American Diet”.

When parents bring an ADHD child to my office for treatment it can be very interesting and there are many exciting office visits.  After nutritional evaluation of the child and taking a food history (it is critical to know what the child is eating and sometimes, more importantly, what he is not eating) we will prescribe certain nutrients for the child to take and we will always modify his diet.  Below is just an example of what this nutritional program might look like. 

Diet:

  • Restricted carbohydrate diet
  • Reduced sugar/reduced processed food diet
  • Gluten- free diet
  • Dairy-free diet

Supplements:

  • A DHA supplement such as fish oil or krill oil
  • A probiotic (especially if the child has needed antibiotic therapy in the first years of life)
  • A whole-food multi-vitamin supplement

Supplement dosages are determined by me based on the child’s health status, age, weight, etc.

These children MUST be fed REAL food ---- not the processed foods that are so pervasive in the Standard American Diet.  They need to eat foods that COME FROM A PLANT ----- not foods that are MADE IN A PLANT! 

A comprehensive approach including all of the above steps are important for optimal results, however, the gluten-free diet is a non-negotiable part of this process.  If a parent is unable or unwilling to follow through with the gluten-free path I will not accept the child for treatment.

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EVERYONE BENEFITS

If you are taking these positive steps as a parent or a grandparent, I would hope that you would want to set a good example and show your child you can eat as you expect them to.  So if you do go gluten-free with them here is what you can expect to gain from the process:

  • Better digestion
  • Loss of your big belly
  • Better nutrition from improved absorption of foods
  • Reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease
  • Less obesity
  • Reduced risk of diabetes
  • Less risk of Parkinson's disease, ALS, Dementia, Heart disease
  • Reduced risk of depression, brain fog, migraine headaches

WOW!  All these things can be associated with gluten in the diet?  The answer is an unequivocal YES! 

Please take a tip from me and pick up a copy of Dr. David Perlmutter’s new book, “Grain Brain”.  What a great read!  You really won’t want gluten in your child’s diet or your diet ever again after reading this wonderful eye-opening book.

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As I referred to above, Americans are CARBOHOLICS and grains are something that most people never go even one day with.  We consume many grains each day and we pay the price with obesity, diabetes, and chronic bad health.  Most people’s grain of choice is wheat which by far is the absolute worst!

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

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Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman