ADHD Treatment overview
ADHD Treatment overview
Naturopathically ADHD is best treated from a multi-directional approach because each person is different in their symptoms and needs. Although there is no absolute known reason why ADHD occurs, there has been some evidence that it may be related to environmental toxins (like pesticides and lead), food additives (artificial colors and preservatives), along with sugar and artificial sweeteners.
1) Reducing the Toxic Load – Everyone is exposed to varying amounts of toxins every day that may or may not cause behavioral deficits. Children tend to be far more susceptible to these toxins since their brains and immune systems are still developing. These toxins include certain types of food, chemicals, metals, and infections. Some children may have symptoms because they have an inability to remove toxins from their bodies, more than other children. Avoiding toxins is the first step in reducing damage by these chemicals.
2) Reducing Allergies and Inflammation – As toxins remain in the bodies of adults and children who are unable to remove them, the potential for allergies to form is increased. Constant exposure to toxic substances increases the likelihood of allergies. Allergies can create inflammation (an immune response within the body that causes damage) within a person. The longer inflammation persists, the more damage that will occur. Long-term inflammation has been linked to all chronic diseases. Dietary and lifestyle changes can decrease exposure to long-term allergens.
3) Detoxification – Removing toxins (detoxification) is a multistep process that relies on many parts of the body, including: skin, lungs, the digestive tract, liver, and the kidneys. Things that slow down detoxification include: nutritional deficiencies, genetics, anatomical issues, or anything that decreases elimination through sweat, feces, urine, or breath. Increasing detoxification abilities can include dietary chages, supplements, exercise or behavioral interventions. Most importantly, the treatment must focus on the specific toxin for the specific person. Detoxification done too aggressively, can cause a release of harmful toxins that can re-poison the patient, making them sick all over again.
There are tests that can be performed that help determine the toxins that are most problematic. Testing results are used to create focused treatments to safely remove those toxins from the body.
4) Neurological Recovery – When toxins, allergies and inflammation are decreased, and detoxification is improved, children can begin the process of recovery. Healing for children is possible if the triggers that caused the disruption can be removed.