Natural Remedies for ADHD and ADD

Fluoride Related
Posted by Native Born Citizen (Virginia Beach, Virginia) on 11/23/2012

Regarding ADHD, Dr. Oz just had a show on ADHD in adult women. The sympoms are different for women and can vary in intensity from person to person. Adult women with ADHD tend to be tired, anxious, unable to organize, are distracted, and can't focus. These phenomena tend to interfere with their relationships and work.

Retired neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock says that fluoride poisoning can cause profound neurolgical disorders including ADHD. Any treatment program must obviously address fluoride poisoning and how to keep it out of the system since fluoride is in pesticides, water, many drugs, and toothpaste. See:

Dr. Lendon Smith used to drug ADHD children; he later was against it. Instead he advised fish oil, B vitamins, multivitamins, sugar avoidance, avoidance of allergens like milk if ear infections present, and so on.

If you can't digest fish oil, take a digestive enzyme with it.

To Medicate or Not to Medicate
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 12/18/2020 343 posts

Personally, I suspepct my ADHD was created as a defense against constant interruption. I wasn't jumping from one thing to another but simply exploring things very quickly. Before I could be interrupted by some form of "authority". I'm in my 60s now and still dig into things that interest me very intensely and very quickly despite there being no one around to interrupt me or take whatever has my attention away from me.

I wasn't raised like that at home and didn't develop "problems" until school. At home, we were encouraged to explore things for ourselves rather than simply ask questions and take someone's word for "fact" but school was quite different. At home, I merely learned to avoid things that also interested my brother and/or sister, LOL. At was very different. You had to be fast as supervision was everywhere, competition was fierce and one could be interrupted at any moment. No warning and no recourse that wasn't guaranteed to steal even more of your exploration time.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Rubigirl (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) on 10/26/2011

Jus wondering if ACV will help my sons with their learning troubles of adhd and add deficeit.. I have started to take if for the weight loss part of it.. And I rather like it.. But.. They have been medicated for soo long with the troubles.. If I could find a way to mask the smell and the taste.. They would drink it like juice I would hope... pls get back to me thank you ..

Dietary Changes
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 08/30/2011

I also read recently that most/if not all illnesses are actually related to a mineral deficiency.

Here is a great ebook for you to read (only 80 pages). It is by a Japanese Doctor. Really eye opening. I wish every Doctor would read it.

Cod Liver Oil
Posted by Shakira (Jhb, South Africa) on 09/08/2011

Hi Sal,

My kids who are both ADHD take a few drops of Omega 3 and 6 Oils with Scotts Emulsion. The difference is amazing. And coffee does actually calm them down as well.

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 08/14/2011

Anyone who has a child with autism, learning difficulties and even ADHD must look at the following video. There is much evidence to suggest that consuming Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is linked to these problems.

I didn't realise how dangerous it was until recently and that it was linked to the above.

I went to buy some chocolate recently and discovered it contained MSG (under the name Flavors), also went to buy a "Gluten free" chocolate chip cookie... It also contained MSG (under another name)

MSG is also the reason people are becoming "addicted" to food, can't lose weight even if they lower their food intake, get headaches... There are so many diseases linked to the consumption of MSG. If it is in so many foods imagine the accumulative effect over one day.

There are some foods that can block the Glutamates from being harmful. Magnesium and Tumeric are two foods that will negate the harmful effects.

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 08/15/2011

Francisca, I agree it is best to avoid processed food, but apparently they are putting MSG in meat and even spraying it on crops! It is also in milk powder which is in yoghurts. You think you are eating healthy but you are not.

They are putting it in baby foods and even in baby formula. Apparenty there is even MSG in most vaccines!

Here is a list of the hidden names that MSG comes under.

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 08/18/2011

Also mmsg, and Francisca in Ann Wigmore's book about Wheatgrass, she put some wheatgrass juice in water and it took the flouride out of the water. They did a test on the water. It would be worth reading her book.

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Mary O (Tx) on 04/04/2016

About Robert Henry's comment.

Thanks for your additional info. It is good to have the most info on a subject that you can find.

I guess I am wrong about the carbonation thing. Could coke ever eat though eat through a can, or is that a myth?

I hate all carbonation and never drink it. Coke was not the the main topic of my rant anyway. In any event, it is not good for you, because of phosphorous, content and corn syrup (although you can find with real sugar if you look), amount other ingredients that aren't good. Here is a link that can explain everything you need to now about dangers of soft drinks, way better than I can.

one more

You are so correct about the orange egg in spring and summer. I love these orange one so much better. This winter I was longing for those great orange eggs. But Even if yellow pasture raised eggs are best.

This was a question about MCS and I did wander off topic. I was hyper that day.

Remove Red Dye
Posted by Dreamstrider1979 (Springfield, Mo) on 06/29/2011
5 out of 5 stars

My son was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD(oppositional defiance disorder) when he was 4. I know that is a really early age for that type of diagnosis, but he would have horrible temper tantrums and bang his head on the floor or destroy everything he could get his hands on. It didn't matter what we did. We thought, at first, he had a touch of autism, but after taking him to a doctor that specializes in pediactric nerology we were told ADHD/ODD was the diagnosis.

He was too young to go on meds so we were assigned an in-home therepist by Family Services. She talked to us at length about diet and how it effects kids. One thing she mentioned was Red dye #40. It was in EVERYTHING. From Kool-aid to jello, and even in some chocolate products. She convinced us to get rid of the dye to see if it made a difference.

It did. We got rid of everything with dye and taught our boy that he couldn't have it. While we still have some issue now and then, the effect of removing the dye was noticable in about 3 days. The temper lessened and he was easier to talk to and even quit getting into as much trouble at school. He is now 8 and we have introduced Red dye #40 a few times to make sure that the results were from taking the dye away. Each time we have given it to him, even in a small dose, and then removed it, it has been several days of horrible tantrums and anger and crying. Once it is out of his system again, he is back to normal.

General Feedback
Posted by Been There (Washington, Dc) on 04/04/2011

Michelle, this site is wonderful, and I would try the supplements and suggestions for AD/HD suggested here. However, I don't agree with the majority of opinions here that all AD/HD drugs are terrible. No one but you can make that decision, and if you've tried other things and they haven't worked (incidentally, does anyone realize how hard - no, impossible - it is for those of us with AD/HD to consistently stick to a routine?), go ahead and try pharmaceuticals. When I went on Vyvanse it changed my life. Not just in terms of completing tasks, but in so many other ways I just assumed I was "bad" or "weak" at -- setting boundaries in relationships, because I was no longer highly distractible and could no longer be railroaded by more focused people in my life; having the energy to have a social life, because I was no longer exhausted from the hamster-wheel of thoughts running around my brain; having people realize I was intelligent, because I didn't ramble on like a crazy person but could follow a thought to its logical conclusion; the ability to clean a kitchen counter from one side to the other without having to consciously think through every step, paralyzed over what to do first; actually having fun with my kids (imagine that! ) because I wasn't rattled by every single sound/action they did that distracted me that I could get it together to go somewhere and be in the moment with them. Etc., etc.

I'm not on it now anymore because I had side effects and I didn't want to increase my dose when the effects wore off -- so I'm hardly an evangelist for pharma drugs, and I agree they can be over-prescribed/falsely prescribed. But now, I know what my true "normal" is like. I know what to aim for. I've ended the cycle of shame and unmet expectations that's haunted me for all of my life. Currently I'm working the supplements, diet, sleep, exercise (3-5x aerobic exercise/week stimulates the same part of the brain the pharma drugs do) and it's working out fine for me. Also an AD/HD coach helps keep me on track (look for a therapist who works with AD/HD). All good, but don't let anyone judge you for cautiously, judiciously trying something to see if it works for you and your body. You've already spent your lifetime judging yourself and being frustrated on a daily basis.

General Feedback
Posted by Catherine (Wellington, New Zealand) on 01/28/2013

Hi, I have just read "NIACIN: The real story" by Abram Hoffer and there is a lot of info about ADHD and the benefit of niacin in treatment. Worth reading I think, you can get it on kindle from Amazon.. Best of luck

Theories for Cause
Posted by Self (Ny) on 12/28/2010

Simply put, when we are a child and become an adult, a change happens, we call it "maturity" but for some that change does not happen "the executive function" to be able to be responsible, mature, hold a job, etc. You often see this is ADHD and autism, etc. It seems to be on an epidemic rise in the moden world. What causes it and how to cure it?

Possible causes: head trauma, maybe upbringing (eg. Physical and mental abuse), vaccinations (heavy metals) and toxic foods (excitotoxins like MSG ad aspartame and excess fattening and fried foods and vegetable oils, etc) and lack of oxygen (e. G. Home or office bound and lack of exercise due to sedentary lifestyle behind a PC or TV), etc. Lets say it is a combination of these things: hit hard on head as a baby a few times and a toxic lifestyle growing up. Possible cures: Could oral hyaluronic acid help heal? I know it exists naturally between the skull and brain to cushion it. Smart drugs? Do these need prescription and are these expensive(eg. Hydergine and l-pryoglutamate)? Amino acid L-glutamine (rid body of MSG)? Alkalization, especially with malic acid (eg. Apple cider vinegar) and baking soda for its metal chelating properties and other chelating agents (e.g. EDTA, Cilantro, etc), mostly alkaline diet, cooking with extra virgin coconut oil, exercise in fresh air, etc

But is this enough? Could it be this simple? What is the key, what am I missing? Thanks.

Theories for Cause
Posted by Self (Ny) on 12/28/2010

I know EC already has remedies for ADHD and Autism, what I'm referring to here is more specifically "Frontal Lobe Disorder or Syndrome" or "Executive Dysfunction Syndrome" (EDS) I mentioned ADHD and Autism in my post because they have some similar symptoms too. Diet and brain acidity seem to have a lot to do with ADHD and vaccinations seem to have a lot to do with autism. In my case, as a baby and child, I had a few bad falls and my head was hit hard (plus toxic lifestyle) which seems to be cause of my EDS. Maybe the treatment for ADHD and Autism (and brain damage) may help with EDS? What else? Thanks.

Feingold Diet
Posted by Mallymuff (Melbourne, Vic Australia) on 04/17/2011

A must read for children with ADHD : "The Hidden Drug Dietary Phosphate" by Hertha Hafer, a German research Pharmacist who has had hands-on experience - raising an extremely hyperactive son. Many success stories documented when patients followed a low phosphate diet.

Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 10/22/2010

Hi Corinna, ever thought of having him try a trampoline? It seems to work wonders and it is a lot healthier for a child than coffee. I have sessions with someone in Zurich because of my myopia and he told me that trampolining works well for children like your son because they get very worked up only in order to find the balance they miss and calm themselves down. I bet he would love the trampoline and you can buy a small one for the living room which is what I have.

Posted by Justwantinganswers (Easton, Pa) on 01/14/2011

Actually, Maskeen--I have been taking Mg since I was diagnosed and it hasn't been helping me one bit with ADHD. It has helped with my migraines (nearly gone), but the ADHD symptoms haven't changed. Most natural healers I have spoken with have said, when I asked, That Mg deficiency is NOT a cause of ADHD "proper" (being the lack of neurotransmitter function).

To Medicate or Not to Medicate
Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 08/29/2008 510 posts

Here's more for Lehigh Sue. This came from Dr. William Douglas, ll's newsletter. She will find a lot of doctors agree with this.

"Dear Friend,

Consumer advocacy groups are working overtime trying to get the FDA to wake up to the dangers of artificial food colorings--especially for children. As usual, the FDA has turned a deaf ear. The consumer advocacy groups claim these additives could cause hyperactivity and behavior problems in some children.

As you know, I'm not the biggest believer in the ADHD/hyperactivity diagnosis in today's kids - I think it's overblown at best. But there's some convincing and long-standing research about certain dyes used in foodstuffs triggering behavior issues, and the fact that the FDA obstinately refuses to open its mind to these possibilities... well, it's just standard operating procedure for the slow-footed government bureaucracy.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), studies conduced over the last 30 years have indicated that children's behavior can be altered by some artificial dyes. In fact, the British government is currently pressuring UK food manufacturers to switch to safer food colorings.
The FDA, on the other hand, continually ignores these and other findings. Instead, our "vigilant" FDA emphatically says that additives DO NOT cause childhood hyperactivity.
But if the FDA is wrong - and well, let's face it, they've been wrong before - imagine the consequences. There are no foods with more food coloring additives than children's foods. The dyes are used in vast numbers of products that are marketed to children: cereals, candies, sodas, and snack foods. According to Michael F. Jacobson of CSPI, "The purpose of these chemicals is often to mask the absence of real food, to increase the appeal of a low-nutrition product to children, or both - who can tell the parents of kids with behavioral problems that this is truly worth the risk?"
As a parent, I encourage you to be on the safe side and establish your own ban Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3, and Yellow 6. I don't think something called "Green 3" occurs naturally.

To Medicate or Not to Medicate
Posted by Organic Mom (Chicago, Il) on 09/05/2012

My son has been on an organic diet since birth. He was born at home with no epidural or drugs of any kind. I am terrified of any prescription drug given to kids, but am running out of options! He was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 7 and we've tried behavior modification, vision therapy, prescription DHA, probiotics, multivitamins, Yerba matte tea (for its gentle caffeine) and enzymes. So far he is still struggling in school & considering he has a high IQ, this is affecting his self esteem. Please let me know if you have any other option for us to try.

To Medicate or Not to Medicate
Posted by Valerie (New York) on 12/09/2020

I see a lot of myself in your son. I have a 129 IQ, so I am definitely capable, but feel my ADHD has held me back in many areas of my life. Has your son tried Occupational Therapy and/or Vestibular Therapy? I did both and they helped me in conjunction with medication and supplements. Only thing with vestibular therapy is that the first couple weeks it made my symptoms worse and then they started getting better, so try to be cognizant of that going in. Also, Vestibular Therapy is NOT the same thing as balance therapy. So make sure the script says ‘Vestibular Therapy' and make sure the place you're taking him to has a qualified Vestibular Therapist, not just a Physical Therapist or Balance Therapist. Hope this helps.

To Medicate or Not to Medicate
Posted by Heather (Leicester ) on 09/05/2012

ADHD could be a magnesium deficiency, try Epsom Salts in his bath ( soak for 20-30 mins)

To Medicate or Not to Medicate
Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 08/29/2008 510 posts

To Sue from LeHigh: Hello again Sue, I just left a site that I want you to visit. He has something that you might find you really need in talking with the other parent. The head of the CDC admitting that vaccines can cause autism in subsets of children. Another one that will probably come in handy is the recent case where the federal government settled a claim for damages to their child from the vaccines. I don't remember when it was but it was probably in the last 6 months. Probably will turn up somewhere, if you just search on-line for autism. Dr. Mercola also mentions a book written by neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock about childrens' neurological problems related to vaccines. I have a lot of respect for this man and think if you do land in court, this book will come in very handy. In discussing this with the other parent, all the ammunition you can find to back up the fact that the vaccines recommended by the CDC is what caused the autism, should at least make him want to look a little deeper into less harmful ways of helpin his son to get better health through nutrition and other non-medicated routes, because there are no medicines without unwanted side effects. I think EC posted a release from health authorities in Atlanta (which was probably the CDC although they weren't named)a week ago and I found in our newspaper the next day. I think if you look at what they said and what I found wrong with this picture - it will make the other partner more willing to dig deeper and look at your opinion. Go to and click on autism, vaccines, and any other thing you find relevant. One very important question you might give the other parent to think about is "Have you ever heard or read about any autistic child who had not had the vaccines?" If anyone has ever asked that question, it nor its answer was not released. The answer to the question would definitely provide the answer as to whether the vaccines are the cause of it.

To Medicate or Not to Medicate
Posted by Susan (Ohio, Il) on 12/15/2010
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In follow up to my son's treatment. Nystatin was not very effective in eliminating his systemic fungal imbalance. We have started lemon, baking soda, and sea salt drink. We noticed a DRAMATIC Improvement in overall neuro function by substituting a cayanne capsul for the b injections and other b supplements. The cayenne has had such a huge impact on my sons behavior. He stopped spinning, putting holes in the walls and making disjointed sentances. He is no longer considered autistic, the ADHD label stands. I have high hopes for tumeric and the baking soda drink. Curiously he craves apples and sunflower seeds.

Would he be best served by magnesium gluconate or citrate, granulated lecithin or kelp? He refuses to take so many supplements and the cost of a taylored multiple is not possible. Also. I know he has heavy metal poisoning. He reacts severly to changes in his chemistry. Would Epsom salt cream applications suffice? It seems the more you learn the more your realize you do not understard. I am grateful for this site.

Ps I cant remember my password sorry

Supplements and Indian Herbs
Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 06/04/2008 383 posts

ADHD and Asperger's: It needs to be remembered that was not mentioned in your email, baking soda, granulated lecithin and magnesium (found in sunflower seeds) are also vital to the initial stages of the improvement. However, during the final stages once the child is detoxed of heavy metals and properly alkalized, dechlorinator added to drinking water such as drops of 10% of sodium thiosulfate, such as 5-10 drops per glass of water would calm a child, but initial dose will cause loose stool, but later dose won't have the same effect because some reason the sodium thiosulfate detoxed the intestines. In the final stages I found once every three days hydergine and piracetam to be very helpful to the recovery process. Also some glutamine added once a week can cause the brain to recover by leaps and bound, although initially it is not good, but it makes a leap on improvement a bit later in the day or a couple of days. Omega 3 fish oil and lecithin is vital, along with vitamin C sodium ascorbate since these are found in large amounts in the brain. A sea salt contains superconductive materials used by the brain, so it is best that some baking soda is added to sea salt, such as 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in one liter of drinking water at the very least. Ideally, I think, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate in one liter of drinking water has a more calming effect then just the baking soda used alone.

Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
Posted by Jill (Portland, Oregon) on 06/04/2008

I read the article on ADHD by Terese written on 5/13/08. I found all the information very helpful. I would like to talk to her and get some more information on how her son is doing now and how to start this process for my son. Thank you for your help, Jill

Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
Posted by Jennifer (Atlanta, GA) on 03/31/2009

Is Terese from Cedar Rapids still checking this website? I need to talk with her. My 3 year old son was just diagnosed with severe ADHD and severe ODD. The developmental pediatrician wants to put him on Clonodine. In an attempt to avoid medicating him, we have removed all processed foods, preservatives, food colorings, wheat, gluten, dairy, nuts, and fruits with high levels of salicylic acids. He has improved but we are still having issues with him at school (he has a one-on-one facilitator in a special program at his preschool). My husband and I are at our wits end. I was wondering if I could talk with or e-mail Terese who seemed to have some good ideas and got her son on the right track.

Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia) on 04/14/2011

G Clark, I have mentioned this a few times (I don't have any relationship to this Dr at all) but have you heard of the GAPS diet. You can google it. It has had some excellent results with ADHD kids. The reason I am looking into it is that my son has speech developmental issues and I think it will help. Basically Dr McBride is saying that the ADHD is caused by toxins in the body, namely the gut and to fix the problem you have to heal the gut and rid the body of the toxins. I would be interested to hear what you say after you see her youtube videos. Many of these kids have digestive issues (including my son).

Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia) on 04/16/2011

Thanks Lisa I will investigate the Body Ecology Diet. I did see the Donna Gates video on youtube with Dr. McBride. I had actually started making a sourdough fermented bread about a month ago but stopped because I got sick and didn't stir the starter enough and it "died". The fermented food products make a lot of sense to me.

G Clarke, something else that I have been doing and it seems to be working for my son is Vitamin C. When I started he did have the croup and some asthma (and ended up 1 night in hospital). I started giving him the Vit C to clear his congestion (Dr had prescribed antibiotics and he had had 3 doses of Prednisone) and had read that Vitamin C detoxes the body of heavy metals and I though it may help him if that were a problem. I was juicing lemons and adding honey and vitamin C powder - put the mixture in a small container on top of a cup of hot water long enough for the honey to melt and mixed it all together. I then used the plastic syringe for medications to syringe that mixture into my son's mouth. (About 1/4 tspn Vit C - 4 or 5 times a day).

I did notice a marked improvement in his speech in a couple of weeks. He wouldn't sing except maybe one word at the end of each line in a song if that and he had to be coaxed for that one maybe two words. He is about to turn 4. He has the speech of about a 2 1/2 year old.

Anyway it is now about 4 weeks after I have been giving him the vitamin C. He has started singing songs without prompting from me. I was waiting in the Doctors office a couple of days ago (I wanted his blood tested to see if he was lacking in any nutrients) and my son was singing on the top of his voice the song of Twinkle Twinkle little Star. admittedly he missed quite a few words but he has gone from only singing one word when I sing with him to belting out a song in the Dr's office with no coaching from me (and to applause from onlookers). He is also wanting now to sing other songs and rhymes - never interested before.

I can't quite believe it is a coincidence that he has improved so quickly. I definitely think the Vitamin C has helped to detox his body.

Also I have been giving him Cilanto (corriander) chopped up in a yoghurt & garlic sauce mixed in his food. Cilantro also is know to get rid of heavy metals in the body. I also give him probiotics and digestive enzymes every day.

His speech is still not there but there is a lot of improvement. I am also going to try either of the GAPS/ and the BED diets. I need to get the books and study which one we may be doing. In the meantime keep adding to what I am doing. As I type this he is singing Twinkle Twinkle to himself so something is working.

Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
Posted by toni (florida) on 01/28/2021

Eeore, correction. Abraham Hoffer is the Niacin fellow to research.

Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 10/29/2011

Hi Eeore - You mentioned that your 26-year-old son was diagnosed with schizophrenia, as well as ADHD. Have you seen these pages on Earth Clinic regarding schizophrenia?

Unfortunately, since you mentioned that your son consumes 1 large bottle of rum a day, I imagine any vitamins or diet would have limited impact. Is it possible for him to be admitted to a rehab facility? Once there, he will find others at rehab who are going through the same thing he is and he won't feel so alone. He may even find a buddy who can help him through life's up and downs when he gets out.

It must be very difficult for you - don't give up. Your son probably feels that the doctors let him down (sounds like they did) but I hope he is open to getting the professional help he so desperately needs. Take care, Bess

Dietary and Herbal Suggestions
Posted by Jennifer J (Denham Springs, La) on 03/22/2012

Theresa, I am so so glad I found your blog!!! I have been fighting the schools, Dr.s, myself, etc on drugging my child. This whole process started in Nov 2011. I finally gave in and took my son to a Nuro Dr who diagnosed him with ADHA, High Focusing Difficuilty, Lack of Impulse COntrol and ADD. So we went thru the entire list of drugs till we found Dexa something that does work. However, IT'S A DRUG! And it scares me to death. I am in the begining stages of finding a healthier way to treat him. He is seeing his PCP tomorrow and I will have him tested for delayed food allergies as you suggested. I just wanted you to know that I am glad I found you and your story. I want the best for my child and I do not think that the doctors know best for our kids. Thank you! -Jennifer

Avoid Potato Chips
Posted by Janie (Pittsburgh ) on 08/13/2021

I agree, that person was offensive, and also that person did not know if the other person was eating air fried organic non-GMO potato chips, so to suddenly react regarding ‘deep fried food' and so forth was way out of line.

Avoid Potato Chips
Posted by Janie (Pittsburgh ) on 08/14/2021

I agree, that person was offensive, and also that person did not know if the other person was eating air fried organic non-GMO potato chips, so to suddenly react regarding ‘deep fried food' and so forth was way out of line.

Vision Therapy
Posted by Angelica (FL) on 03/06/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Yes! I agree with this. Same happened with my boys and Syntonics light therapy and VT made a massive difference!!! It is often overloooked! Check out the "Vision Therapy Parents Unite" Group on FB. Lots of help and info there!

Gluten-Free Diet
Posted by Mary (Detroit, Michigan) on 12/05/2014
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I actually have ADHD, and recently I developed a gluten intolerance. I had some trouble before hand and noticed all the symptoms of my ADHD disappear after a month of being totally gluten and dairy free. I recommend trying a gluten free diet for a few months, gluten free all the way down to the last particle no cross-contamination.

Posted by Msannanola (New Orleans) on 09/28/2013

I read dr Brownstein's book about iodine. He had a case study in there of a child being cured of ADHD with iodine as a major component. Iodine is also a part of Dr Batman's water cure. There is testing you can do to determine iodine sufficiency. I don't have a child but I would try it if I had a child with ADHD. I would also Eliminate flouride. It is everywhere. I got a black berkey water filter to eliminate flouride. I think I had flouride poisoning. Flouride and other halides like chlorine, bromide (in bread) and halides in fire retardent make you deficient in iodine. You cannot be properly hydrated without it. The natural cell death called apoptosis can't happen without it, so basic functioning of the body is compromised without this nutrient. Iodine is the original medicine. It was used traditionally for all sorts of ailments. Lugols solution is cheap.

Remedies for Poor Concentration
Posted by Mllewendy (N. Platte, Nebraska) on 02/02/2013

Ideas on poor concentration? I was diagnosed with ADD issues before they lumped it as part of ADHD (which I disagree with for certain reasons). Anyway, I looked and you don't have it listed separately... Is there some way that can be rectified? Thank you!

EC: Hi Mllewendy,

We don't have enough material on ADD to separate it into a new page. Once we get more posts, we can certainly do that.

To Medicate or Not to Medicate
Posted by Momma2boys (Pacific Nw, Usa) on 10/07/2012

My child has ADHD and I can testify that diet changes absolutely worked for him. Research how the chemicals in a western diet harm the body/brain. Google the Feingold diet - this is what helped him many years ago. Also, I am in agreement with you that sugar isn't the culprit (although I do not think that sugar is healthy! )... I think that hyperness in kids is caused by corn syrup. The majority of candies/kid's treats are now sweetened with corn syrup and not sugar. Corn syrup is just evil!

Grape Seed Oil
Posted by Al (Alvena, Sk.,canada) on 10/04/2012

I was doing research on grape seed oil/extract when I came across a reference to it helping people with ADD/ADHD and thinking that my cousins son (7 years old) had one of those because of his behavior I told my cousin about it. She tried him on it with good results in that he quit hitting and was able to concentrate on one thing for a much longer time. I later found out that he was autistic and that too much made him chatter excessively so she was careful to not give him too much - less than 1mg per pound of body weight.

Unfortunately we only know what it did for him short term as about five months after he started on it both him and his mother were killed in a car accident. Some people I know that tried the liquid form of grape seed extract had stomach problems from it so I recommend the caplet form which is just the solids of the grape seed and skins after pressing the oil out. I hope this info helps some of you out. Al

Fish Oil and Primrose Oil
Posted by Sauron (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 06/04/2012

I am unable to take fish oils due to the high Vitamin A content ( anything with high Vit A leaves me stiff and in a wreck *it's a long story*) so I thought of giving evening primrose oil a try for the ADD that I have. At times, I am just disorganised and distracted and spend the entire day idling instead of doing what I have to do. I would be so much more accomplished but for my focus.

How does EPO fit in to this need? Thanks in advance.

Fish Oil and Primrose Oil
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky) on 06/06/2012 2084 posts

Sauron, try some zinc to help your body utilize the Vit-A. Evening Primrose or Black Currant would definately be a step in the right direction BUT may need the help of Flax Seed Oil to get therapeutic results.

Fish Oil and Primrose Oil
Posted by Syrena (Nederland Texas) on 05/16/2017

I'm willing to try anything. I can't concentrate to save my life.. took Staterra as I had a job. It was too expensive now and I'm a Chronic insomniac too!

HELP I need a decent home remedy for me. I'm 52. Cannot sit still or shut up. Interrupt all my friends. Makes me sad. Takes a special person to be my friend ..Sad

Fish Oil and Primrose Oil
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile , Tn) on 05/16/2017

HI U SYRENA,,,,,,,,, there is a new protocol that the medical folks are using with our vets and their mental situation. It is called IASIS and my wife has just had her first scission. If it helps her insomnia, then I'm the next in line. The scission takes about an hour. I suggest that you research this protocol. There are few doctors in this field because it is too cheap and too effective. Our allopathic's have to pay for their schooling so they are no help. You will have to find an integrative doctor.

I wish you well.


Phosphatidyl Choline
Posted by Cheryl (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ) on 05/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have given my son who has dyslexia and ADHD 1/2 Livolin Forte which has phosphatidyl choline in desperation and surprisingly he has immense changes to his reading ability, cos at age 10 he couldnt read, and he will struggle to spell, but now after barely 1 week on livolin, he has the ability to grasp the phonetic sound some 40% of the words shown to him on sight. Can anyone tell me if it is harmful for him to take that supplement? I have been giving him fish oil but there is not much changes. I check into the internet which say phosphatidyl is helpful for brain problem like alzheimer and dementia. But I will like to share what I had learned so as to help other desperate parents.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Callie (Alexandria, In) on 08/23/2012

Rubigirl, At our local health food store, they have an ACV bottled drink made with grape juice that is delicious. I'm wondering if a homemade version of that would be good for your kids? We have made some before with the no-sugar added grape juice and it tastes great.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kate (Michigan) on 10/11/2016

All u need is a little...tsp maybe in some son drinks this n has no problem with it. Other things I have tried he's hated!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Klraine (Memphis, Tn, Usa) on 08/30/2011


I am so glad to have found this website. Both of my children are affected by a genetic syndrome called Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome. Basically, they lack an enzyme necessary to create enough cholesterol in the body (our body manufactures some cholesterol). They are mildly affected on the spectrum of this disorder. They were both originally mis-diagnosed as autistic.

Fast-forward 9 years! Some of my childrens' issues may be a result of this syndrome but I still think much of their problems can be helped. My son has ADHD bigtime. He can hardly concentrate. I have always told my husband and mother that I could tell "where he is at" just by looking at him. He seems foggy sometimes, very distracted and out of it. But he is NOT always like this. He has really great times of clarity too and is more focused and less hyper and has no volatile outbursts. WHen he is "in the fog" he is more hyper, unfocused, volatile and aggressive and so forth. He has been gluten free for 3 months now and it has helped with the over-all fatigue issue I was seeing this summer. He is also dairy free for the most part. As a little boy he had so many ear infections I lost count. He was on antibiotic after antibiotic. Through the years he also took Risperdal for aggression and we tried other ADD/ADHD meds which did not help. He always has bad side effects and I can't stand seeing my son not acting like himself. He is complicated but I really believe there is a more optimum level of health for him! I have to believe that!

Now for my daughter. She is much less affected by the syndrome and is in a private school and at grade level. She began having these throwing up episodes and had an upper GI. Later, through much prayer, I discovered she had a Salicylate Sensitivity. Now her diet is so limited and challenging and I am afraid she is not getting enough healthy foods to eat.

I am also gluten/dairy free now because of being diagnosed with Celiac disease. I have been dealing with overall fatigue for years and now more recently brain fogginess.

Honestly, between my son and I being dairy and gluten free, my daugters Salicylate issues and my husband not doing dairy or red meat~~~ mealtime is stressful and causes me anxiety.

TED, I need your help! Or anyone for that matter!

thank you very much!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Klraine (Memphis, Tn, Usa) on 08/31/2011

Hi Debbie, I appreciate the information. I am thankful that my kids don't do anything with aspartame but I think some yogurt has it~ so I do need to check on that. MSG is a bad one too and will keep that in mind. I have been trying to cut way back on any food with preservatives, artificial colorings and sweeteners etc. And fruit juices, sugar etc. I am eager to read this e-book and will get to that in the next day. Thank you!

Cod Liver Oil
Posted by Sal (Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa) on 08/24/2011

Hi there..... what are your views on cod liver oil? more specifically for treating ADD.

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 08/15/2011

Debbie, I think that flavors can contain MSG or not, that is the misleading bit. In the book Excitotoxins the author includes a few lists of what is indeed MSG and what may contain it so in the end unless they really state it with its real name there is not really a way for you to know. The best thing is to eat as little processed food as you possibly can.

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 08/16/2011

Hi Debbie, you are right, MSG seems to be everywhere nowadays. My question is why? Does anyone have any idea why they are doing it? Someone must have a lot to gain from it? And why can't these people be stopped? As far as yogurts go I make my own. I agree that one can try to eat healthily only to discover one is not. Sad world..... It is an ongoing worry, what to eat, what to drink, where to live...... Trying to protect oneself from all the attacks. We will be moving to the countryside soon but don't think that we will be in paradise. Searching for a house in a not too polluted place, a bit away from all the pesticides, etc was a pain. We will have a lot of sun flower crops near the house though but they don't seem to spray a lot of stuff. We just hope for the best, nothing more we can do! I would have prefered to be somewhere in the woods but we liked this house. And to think that we are supposed to live in the free world.... We are maybe free to worry!

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 08/16/2011

Hi Francisca, the best thing you can do to ensure you eat healthy is to grow your own wheatgrass and juice it. There is a great book by Ann Wigmore on wheatgrass. It is a "superfood". She said that you could live on wheatgrass juice and be healthy. It also remove radiation and heavy metals from the body. It is wonderful. If you grow some wheatgrass you can also harvest the seeds for future juicing or even grinding and making bread.

Why are they adding poisons to our diet... I have my own theory. It's called eugenics and it is happening worldwide.

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 08/17/2011

Hi again Debbie, the problem with wheatgrass is that it is something not really known in Europe. At least I have never found any seeds or anything and I have access to four countries (France, Germany, Switzerland and Britain). I wouldn't know where to start although my juicer, an Oscar, does make wheatgrass juice.

You are probably right about the poisons in foods and everywhere but then, why are they so keen on saving people in the third world? My husband says that they do it in order to make sure they will have enough slaves to mine mineral resources. Why are they seemingly always searching for cures for illnesses? Yesterday I read an article in a paper suggesting that if you take Paracetamol every day you will have a lot less chance of dementia and men will have a lot less chance of prostate cancer. Such an article is enough to have hundreds of thousands of people heading for the pharmacy with no regards of the side effects of constantly taking such a drug for the rest of your life (yes, because you are not going to stop if you know you will get dementia or prostate cancer?). Just imagine the profits.... Not only Big Pharma but also pharmacies and the governments through taxes on all of them and on us and moreover the treatment of all the illness that will come from the excessive taking of medication! One such article is the equivalent of a gold mine!

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 08/18/2011

Hi Francisca. Are they so keen to save people in the third world? How long have these poor people been without infrastructure. What about desalination plants for water? The country is on the sea.

Scientists know all about excitotoxins and how toxic they are for the brain. That will cause dementia for sure but they are not warning people about it. Google "Abstract Excitotoxins" to see all the studies that have been done.

The author of the book I read said that reporters attempting to write about Excitotoxins are fired or demoted. Why? People need to research for themselves.

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 08/18/2011

Francisca, you can easily grow wheatgrass in Europe. I have. Just buy wheat (the grain itself, that IS the seeds! ) in a health food store and grow it! I did it in earth and cut the young grass with a scissors, and I also did it without earth, by sprouting - only water (soaking, then rinsing a few times a day).

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Linda (San Francisco, Ca, Usa) on 02/24/2012

This message is for Francisca from Michelbach-Le-Bas: Francisca, Wheatgrass is grown from Wheat Berries, the same grain which is ground into flour to make bread.

Hard Red Winter Wheat is the best to grow wheatgrass from, but if it were me, I'd grow whatever I could get. Surely someone near you has got it, even if you go to an animal feed store, or maybe a bakery.

Barley is another grain which grows a highly nutritious grass which you can juice the same way.

The grass juices are very healthy, and Wheatgrass takes about 9-10 days to grow from seed to juicable harvest.

Wheat and Barley for grass-growing can also be ordered online. There is an excellent and informative website called "Sprout people" which should explain how to do this further.

Or you can google "how to grow wheatgrass"

I grow my Wheatgrass in cafeteria trays in the kitchen.

It's a great and easy thing to do, especially if you have an electric juicer to juice it.

Regards, Linda

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Al (Alvena, Sk., Canada) on 11/18/2012

To everyone talking about wheatgrass, while it is excellent for you, the greens from barley or barley grass is even better. Barley greens contain every enzyme known to man. I came across that when I was researching for natural cancer cures and I grew it in my basement under lights and cut it with scissors and just put it in my blender with whatever else I was using. At that time I was on the "Budwig Diet" and it cured my cancer. Unfortunately, I carried on with chemotherapy after and became disabled by that for a substantial period of time. I would urge you all to try grape seed extract for ADD/ADHD but start with small doses - no more than one mg per pound of body weight per day.

MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Sara (Sacramento, Ca) on 11/18/2012

Happy Day! I am glad you are doing well after Chemotherapy. Thank you so much for sharing your insight on wheat grass and Grape Seed Extract.

I bought a bottle of Grape Seed Extract from Trader's Joe for my ADD, but only took one capsule 3 times a day, so did not see much effect. I am 162 lbs. Do I need to take 3 capsules each time? If so that would make 9 capsules a day. The servings size is 3 capsules and serving per container is 50.

I would highly appreciate if you give me your thought.


MSG Link to ADHD
Posted by Kathy (the USA) on 11/19/2012

I thought I would make you aware that I cannot ingest any capsules because I am highly sensitive to hidden sources of MSG and one capsule can be 11-13 mg. of MSG. I have to open all capsules and takes dry ingredients either with water or sprinkle on unsweetened applesauce. Whatever the amount, it is still a toxin. Minute amounts can accumulate so by the time you have a reaction you don't recognize it as an MSG reaction.