What is in this article?:
- ADHD diagnoses in kids on the rise, but help is available
- What about more holistic support for behavior, learning, and brain function?
- Avoiding pesticides, additives, and common problem foods
- Supplements, herbs, and homeopathy
ADHD diagnoses in kids jumped by 1 million between 2003 and 2007, according to a new government report. Medication can help symptoms—but so, too, may eating organic produce, addressing food sensitivities, avoiding artificial food dyes and preservatives, and supplementing with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, and calming with herbs and homeopathy.
What about more holistic support for behavior, learning, and brain function?
But don't other, non-drug remedies exist for symptoms of ADHD? The short answer is yes. Because experts still aren’t sure what’s causing the jump in ADHD cases—theories range from nutrient deficiencies to growing public awareness to increased toxin exposure—it makes good sense to explore a wide variety of strategies and remedies that may be helpful.
The toxins theory has research chops behind it: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published this year in Pediatrics found children with above-average levels of organophosphates (a common pesticide) in their urine were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.