Hyperactivity - Attention Deficit Disorder
Behavioural problems in children which can be due to food intolerances and additives.
Cause of ADHD - Hyperactivity
Hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) and a range of behavioural problems in children can be due to food intolerances, food chemicals or food constituents. Typically, a child with ADHD frequently gets upset without good reason, sleeps poorly, gets easily distracted and underperforms at school. Once some foods have been identified as reactive and they are eliminated from the diet, the child's behaviour can show a marked and sustained improvement.
Some children are left handed and some others may have dyslexia; most are gifted with bags of energy. It is sad that, due to difficulties in identifying reactive foods, some of these children are prescribed with long term courses of amphetamines (Ritalin), a medication popular in USA and UK but rarely used in most other European countries. A few studies identified that a child treated with such medications for ADHD or other behaviour problems, is more likely to use recreational drugs during adolescence and to become a persistent young offender.
Treatment for ADHD
Food intolerances are much easier to identify during childhood before they become more complex later in life. Nutritional deficiencies are common and supplementation using good quality vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids often proves beneficial. We use a range of tests to identify:
- Food intolerances
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Any fungal activity
- Chemical sensitivities
We guide you to:
- Improve your child's diet
- Correct any deficiencies
- Use safe anti-fungals to clear fungal problems
Not only a problem in children!
Hyperactivity and restlessness often tends to continue into adult life. As adults, they can experience anxiety, irritability, aggressive behaviour, poor concentration and sleep disturbance caused by the same underlying factors. The same people may become prone to alcohol or drug misuse.
Clinical Trials re: Behavioural Disorders
The following is a sample of papers to give a flavour of some of the evidence to support the view that allergy, environmental medicine and nutritional medicine has a major role to play in the modern medical practice.
Effects of a Few Food Diet in Attention Deficit Disorder. Carter C. et al. Archives of Disease in Childhood 1993: 69; pp564-8 Link to article
Controlled Trial of Oligoantigenic Treatment in the Hyperkinetic Syndrome. Soothill et al. Great Ormond Street. Lancet 1985: March 9th; pp540-5
Of 76 selected overactive children treated with Oligoantigenic diet, 62 improved, 21 of which becoming totally normal. Link to article
Controlled Trial of Hyposensitisation in Children with Food-Induced Hyperkinetic Syndrome. Egger J., Lancet 1992: 339; pp1150-53
Results showed that enzyme potentiated desensitisation permitted children to eat foods previously identified as responsible for their symptom Link to article