Watch this short video by Dr. Axe that covers diet, supplements, and essential oils related to curing ADHD naturally.
A close look at diet
Sensitivities to foods and other ingredients can play a huge role in why students are struggling. Our modern, western diet includes a substantial increase in foods that are refined and contain additives, artificial colors, GMO, and other artificial ingredients that not only act as neurotoxins, but contribute to fungus and yeast overgrowth that can impair both physical and mental functions.
If you have decide to tackle head-on the issues that surround your child's, or your own, learning difficulties, then it is imperative that you start with an honest look at what is being consumed by the affected person. Often times, a serious clean-up of diet can alone provide the improvements you are looking for. If anything, it will help speed up the process of other interventions.
Red Flags for food intolerances or imbalances:
•Inconsistent or unusual stools
-Our digestive track is a huge indicator to the
well-being of the rest of the body. Stools should
occur daily and be about the diameter of a
half-dollar and the consistency of peanut butter.
•Any issues with acid reflux or frequent vomiting
-This is almost always due to food intolerance, typically dairy.
-Indicates poor digestion of food and dysbiosis in the gut flora. This could either be from eating too fast, not having enough natural enzymes or hydrochloric acid. Frequent rounds of antibiotics could be a contributing factor for bacteria overgrowth. Gas with odor is usually
undigested carbohydrates, whereas odorless gas
is undigested protein.
•Red ears or cheeks
-Indicator for phenol sensitivity
•Dark circles under the eyes
-Indicates food sensitivities or allergies
•Dry patches on the skin or straw-like hair
-Often indicating a lack of essential fatty acids
•Brain fog or inconsistencies in mental performance
-Can be caused by proteins or heavy metals, such
as mercury, that cross the blood-brain barrier.
An example is having increased brain fog when
eating tuna fish, which contains mercury.
Types of tests
Physicians can order certain blood tests that test the IgG antibodies rather than the IgA, which are usually looked at when traditionally testing for allergies. IgG tests are looking at sensitivities. These tests are usually ordered from labs, such as Great Plains Laboratories. Not all doctors know about such tests, so asking ahead of time is essential. Most naturopaths, osteopaths, DAN (Defeat Autism Now) doctors, will know, or at least be willing, to order an IgG test. They may also advise other stool and urine tests which can take a closer look at yeast overgrowth, presence of bacteria, parasites, and heavy metals.
This involves removing all potential foods that may be causing sensitivities. The biggest culprits are dairy, all grains and flours, and any artificial ingredients. Some fruits can also cause sensitivities, such as apples that have a lot of salicylates. So if any particular fruits or vegetables are suspicious, then remove them as well.
An elimination of all possible foods should be for a minimum of 10 days. It takes that long for some proteins to rid the system. It actually takes up to 3 months for gluten to be cleaned out of the system, so doing a longer elimination for gluten may be necessary. After the minimum 10 day period, begin adding in one food item or ingredient at a time in very small amounts and wait 2 days before eating anything else. Watch closely for reactions to that food item, such as changes in stools, energy, or coloring. You may be amazed as to how you react to foods that you may normally eat.
Resources for learning more about the effects of food on the body
In 1997 Dr. Becker was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. During this time of crisis, he immersed himself in the world of natural healing. His extensive research led to the formation of BIO INNOVATIONS and creating the synergistic combinations found in the BioNutrients brand of dietary supplements, Aloha Noni and Aloha Noni Skincare lines, making them truly revolutionary. He also hosts a daily television show. Episodes will eventually be available online.
Doug Kaufmann, the host of the popular TV show, Know The Cause, he became interested in the subject of fungus as it pertains to disease while working in the area of food allergy. Doug was a U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman attached to the 7th Marine Division in 1970. Upon coming home from Vietnam in 1971, he had strange symptoms that until the early 1980’s, he thought were related to food allergies. A research paper in 1980 entitled “Antigenically Intact Food Macromolecules Exiting The Gut Lumen” offered insight into the role of the terrain of the intestines in food allergies. As long as the intestines leaked, which is not uncommon, food allergies tend to change as the diet changed. After studying the reason that foods were able to leak through the intestines, Doug saw the role of fungus in provoking both symptoms and diseases. As it turned out, whether it was yeast in alcoholic beverages, mold by-products of medications like commonly taken antibiotics, or mere fungi like mushrooms, a link to illness, unknown to physicians, became apparent. Doug has authored 9 books on the subject of fungus and ill health and each tells of the diets he developed (Phase One-Phase Two-Life Phase) that actually serve to starve the body of parasitic fungi, while simultaneously providing proper nutrition for those following it. His books expound on the many safe nutritional supplements that have antifungal properties as well as antifungal medications familiar to physicians.
Common Diets for Children with learning difficulties, including ADHD and Autism
The original diet for children with ADD/ADHD was the Feingold diet. This diet focuses on food additives, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and preservatives, and food colors (phenols and salicylates). It has been around for decades and there has been a lot of research attached to it. A good article to understand phenols and salicylates better can be found here.
A basic diet commonly associated with Autism Spectrum disorders is a Gluten and Casein free diet. This diet assumes that anything artificial is eliminated and focuses on the removal of gluten, a protein found in wheat and some other grains, and casein, a protein found in dairy. Sensitivity to gluten is an immune response and has been dramatically increasing in the general public due to environmental stressors, such as electromagnetism. Whereas 10 years ago virtually no one had even heard of gluten, it is now common to find gluten free foods in any grocery store. For those sensitive, gluten compromises the lining of the gut, thus allowing for the proteins to go to the brain, causing a morpheme-like reaction, thus making gluten very addictive. It also prevents proper absorbtion of vitamins and minerals. Sensitivity to gluten causes digestive issues, such as IBS; activation of primitive reflexes, especially the Fear Paralysis (see the sensory motor page); and cognitive issues, such as mental fog and autistic-like symptoms.
A step above a gluten and casein free diet is the carbohydrate specific diet. This is also one that might be used with someone suffering from GI illnesses, such as Crohn's disease. A carbohydrate specific diet is grain-free, sugar-free, starch-free, and unprocessed. Including high fats, such as coconut oil, that produce ketones in the brain (ketogenic diet) is also very helpful for neurological disorders, including autism, alzheimers, and seizure disorders, since ketones are neuroprotective.
Another diet that is even more precise is the GAPS diet. The doctor, Natasha Campbell-McBride who created this diet was able to recover her autistic son by using these principles. She worked closely with Donna Gates, founder of the Body Ecology Diet, which has a very similar diet to GAPS and Doug Kaufmann's phase one diet.
These websites are stellar and I have followed them for several years. These are the diets I would most recommend.
Nourishing hope, founded by Julie Matthews, is about using scientific research, practical knowledge, and individualized insight to help discern, customize, and apply the most supportive food and nutrition plan for each child: Gluten-free casein-free, SCD, GAPS Diet, Paleo, Low oxalate, Body Ecology, Failsafe, Feingold, and more. There is no one-size-fits-all dietary program, each child is unique with individual biochemical needs and requires a unique bioindividual nutrition approach. She has a book and DVD which is extremely helpful when starting off in trying to cook using one of these diets.
This website is the first and only “doctor-driven” site created to assist you in the biomedical treatment of your child. Using internationally respected DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) protocols, Doctor Kurt Woeller presents a comprehensive, interactive, community for the education and step-by-step instruction of biomedical autism intervention to help you treat and potentially recover your child from autism or an autism-spectrum disorder.
Kirkman® has been producing pharmaceuticals and specialty nutritional supplements since 1949. We work with leading researchers, doctors and scientists in developing our products. Our goal is to offer the purest, most up to date, highest quality dietary supplements available and in the dosage forms which will be easy to administer to children, adults, and people with special needs and special requirements. Kirkman® also formulates versions of its products which will be appropriate for the sensitive individual or for those with allergic tendencies. These versions of our products are what constitute our very popular “Hypoallergenic” product line.
New Beginnings Nutritionals, is a company started by Dr. William Shaw, in May 2003 to provide high quality supplements specially designed for adults and children with special needs and allergies. Our products are designed to provide support for special dietary needs, digestion, absorption, nutrient deficiencies, detoxification, immune dysfunction, and yeast and bacteria overgrowth.
Natural supplement for ADD, ADHD, Bipolar, and OCD