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ADHD Diet, Natural Medicine for ADHD and other Controversial Therapies for ADHD

Abstract: What are alternative therapy approaches for ADHD? Is there a natural alternative therapy for ADHD?

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ADHD Diet, Natural Medicine for ADHD and other Controversial Therapies for ADHD

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Written by: Martin Winkler
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 25 Jul 2008.

What are alternative therapy approaches for ADHD? Is there a natural alternative therapy for ADHD? Can you recommend a natural medicine for ADHD? Is there a special ADHD diet for children with ADHD?

Answer:

  • Dietary Intervention. The changing of a child's diet to prevent ADHD. Conclusion: No scientific evidence of effectiveness.
  • Megavitamin and Mineral Supplements. The use of very high doses of vitamins and/or minerals to treat ADHD. Conclusion: No scientific evidence of effectiveness.
  • Anti-Motion Sickness Medication. Conclusion: No scientific evidence of effectiveness.
  • Candida Yeast. Those who support this model believe that toxins created by the yeast overgrow and weaken the immune system making the individual susceptible to many illnesses including ADHD. Conclusion: No scientific evidence of effectiveness.
  • Algae. Those who support this treatment believe blue-green algae to be a nutritional supplement for ADHD. Potential liver damage and no proof for effectiveness.
  • Applied Kinesiology (Chiropractic approach). This theory proposes that Learning Disabilities are caused by two specific bones in the skull. Conclusion: No scientific evidence of effectiveness.
  • Optometric Vision Training. This proposes that reading related Learning Disabilities are caused by visual problems. Conclusion: No scientific evidence of effectiveness.
  • EEG Biofeedback. Proponents of this approach believe that ADHD children can be trained to increase the type of brain-wave activity associated with sustained attention. Conclusion: No scientific evidence of effectiveness.
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