ADHD: A FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE APPROACH EPIGENETICS, NUTRITION AND NEUROFEEDBACK
ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has grown at an increasingly alarming rate. We often think of it as affecting just children, however adult ADHD is quite common. Our current model has an over reliance on drug therapy. In fact Ritalin in Canada is banned. More children in US are diagnosed with ADHD than all of the other countries.
It is important to not address just the symptoms OF ADHD, but to actually perform testing to help figure out the cause.
Our office has had tremendous success with a Functional Medicine approach with ADHD. Neurofeedback has been the cornerstone of our treatment regimen. It is recommended by the Pediatric Foundation as a safe and effective treatment.
Poor Time Management Skills
Problems Focusing on a task
Excessive activity or Restlessness
Low Frustration Tolerance
Toxicity: Chemical or Heavy Metal: Herbicides/Pesticides; Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium
Developmental Issues Affecting Primitive Reflexes and the Brain
Poor Nutrition: Sugar; Inflammatory Foods
Food Sensitivities: Gluten and Dairy; Glutamate; Food Coloring/Dyes
Genetic Factors Affecting Detoxification: MTHFR
Brain Map: Look at Alpha:Theta ratio
Heavy Metal Testing: Hair Analysis
Chemical Testing: Cyrex 11, 12
Blood Work: CBC and Complete Metabolic Panel; CRP; Iron; Glucose
Stool Sample: GI MAP
Genetic Testing through Ancestry.com
Hormone Testing/ Cortisol : Dutch Hormone Test
Lifestyle Changes: Sleep/ Exercise/Diet
Primitive Reflex Remediation
Brain Based Exercises: Frontal Lobe, Cerebellum, Basal Ganglia
Our success has been based on the Functional Medicine approach described above. Neurofeedback has been at the cornerstone of our treatment regimen. The Pediatric Foundation has stated that Neurofeedback is safe and effective treatment for ADHD.
B Complex:Optiminze adrenal function, energy production
B12: Good for absorption
Fish Oil: Helps with inflammation (1000-2000 of EPA; 500-1500 DHA)
Magnesium: Helps calm nervous system and assists with motility