Is There an Alternative to Ritalin?

Q. My son has ADD and is on Ritalin. He won't be able to stay on Ritalin forever, so now is the time to find another solution. Please help.

A: There are more natural ways to approach ADD besides Ritalin, but first you need to know exactly what you're dealing with. Food allergies and sensitivities are often factors involved in ADD/ADHD. Food colorings (e.g., red, yellow), sugar, additives and other substances can cause changes in neurotransmitters that affect behavior. Also, deficiency in omega 3 (DHA) fats can exacerbate ADD.

The first step is to take your son for allergy testing - not necessarily the conventional scratch test often conducted in doctor's offices, but electro-dermal testing to identify subtle allergens and allergic reactions. This test provides a short-list of possible causal agents. Many parents notice significant behavioral changes once these substances have been identified and removed.

Make sure he is also taking at least 2,000 mg of omega 3 fish oils (DHA) every day to support healthy brain tissues.

By Lisa Tsakos| January 27, 2009
Categories:  Nest

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Lisa Tsakos

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa has been in her own practice for over 15 years and specializes in weight management. She teaches natural nutrition in both corporate and educational environments and is a shining example of someone who practices what she teaches.

Lisa is a nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management. After losing weight several years ago through a more natural diet and by improving her digestion, she committed to sharing her new-found knowledge and returned to school to study nutrition. Over the past decade, her Nu-Vitality Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations lose thousands of pounds. In addition, Lisa regularly consults for groups and individuals with unique nutritional needs such as police officers and athletes. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs and is a contributor to various publications. Additionally, she teaches nutrition at multiple post-secondary schools, has taught natural food cooking workshops, and authored two books.

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