I have two small children (one with "Sensory Integration/Defensiveness,"
which is related to ADD) ADHD runs in my family. Therefore, I am always on
the lookout for similar info. A few years ago, I went to a seminar where
Dr. Marcus Cobb, M.D. ("A Medical Perspective" tape) and his colleague Joe
Clementi spoke. They first strongly encouraged removing all toxic chemicals from
the home and replacing them with safer alternatives, since the body and
brain react negatively to these. They then recommended taking Vita-Bears
or Vitality Pak as directed (depending on body weight) and ProVex Plus
(1 mg per pound of body weight per day, split into two doses). In
addition, take Cell-Wise (1/day) and Sustain. If the person (or child)
cannot swallow a pill, then put the Cell-Wise and ProVex Plus in a blender
with the Sustain. The only thing I would do is check with the company
again regarding what age is safe to take Cell-Wise--the bottle says for
over 75 lb. There is something about the natural fructose in the
Sustain that aids the neurotransmitters in the brain. I then found some articles
that support all this. Since I do not have a home fax, here are some highlights
of what I found some time ago in the
Healthy and Natural Journal (Aug. '98):
"The symptoms of ADD/ADHD are often triggered by environmental factors.
Children who are having reactions to food and/or environmental allergens
run the risk of being labeled ADD or ADHD...The solution may be as simple
as changing the diet, improving the quality of indoor air, or
discontinuing the use of biologically harmful substances...Behavior and
thought processes can be altered by 'assaults' from exposure to chemicals
and allergens...Eliminating hazardous cleaners and decorating products
from your environment is the best way to fix this problem." The
article goes on to say that other causes of ADD/ADHD..."may be due to
mineral, enzyme, neurotransmitter, and essential fatty acid or amino acid
deficiencies passed on from one generation to the next, rather than a 'bad
gene.' This is something that can be corrected nutritionally.
Minerals determine the body's ability to utilize amino acids. Amino
acids, in turn, regulate neurotransmitter levels, especially serotonin.
A neurotransmitter is the chemical language sent between cells in the
human brain and has the responsibility for behavior and learning. People
with ADD/ADHD lack sufficient supplies of neurotransmitters, especially
serotonin...A deficiency of neurotransmitters has a dramatic effect on
children's' or adults' ability to learn and function in an orderly
Another article in the same issue (about school-age children and
concentration problems) states that "for mental clarity, ginkgo takes a
well-deserved first place...Ginkgo can help both short-term and long-term
memory. It will help blood supply to the capillary beds in the brain. It
will also aid both neural transmitters and receptor sites in the brain."
These articles, along with other research, encouraged me to really give
the above "concoction" a try (minus the Cell-Wise because I wanted to see
if the rest would work first). Life has (thankfully) not been the same
since. My daughter no longer overreacts to every spoken word or movement
around her. Life is no longer a constant battle. If anyone wants more
detail, you may e-mail me personally. Hope this helps.