In and Outs of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
By Dr. Juliet Tien (Dr. J), D. N. Sc.
Do you feel “pre-senile” because you cannot concentrate and are forgetful sometimes? Are you troubled because your child cannot sit still and/or cannot finish a project?
Despite the growing attention that Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) has received in the past few decades, it remains a scientific enigma. At least five percent of Americans have been haunt-ed by its symptoms of hyperactivity, short attention span, distractability, impulsivity, moodiness, disorganization, learning difficulties, low self-esteem, resistant behavior, irritability, a sense of inadequacy, emotional immaturity and insecurity. ADD is affecting many children and adults, despite the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder’s claim that it affects only children or adolescents.
Parents are often frustrated and exhausted by children with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD, or ADHD). Therefore, they tend to rely on stimulants such as Ritalin (long or short acting), Dexedrine, Cylert, or Adderall for quick relief. Unfortunately, many children suffer side effects from these stimulants, ranging from physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, decreased appetite, skin rash, slow physical growth, high blood pressure or chemical hepatitis, to emotional/behavioral symptoms such as depression, social withdrawal, low productivity, insomnia, nightmares or rebound hyperactivity (when the medication wears off).
To counter the side effects, these children are often given more drugs such as antidepressants, anti-hypertension drugs, and much more. The vicious cycle continues. By the time the child turns into an adult, he or she is often plagued with liver toxicity, which in turn causes a series of physical and emotional symptoms, such as fatigue, weight gain, high cholesterol, anger, and anxiety.
Each case differs widely in terms of causes, symptoms, therapeutic process, and prognosis. Based on my clinical experience treating children and adults with ADD, I have found the following to be common factors. (In each case, two or more factors are often present, and these factors interact and exacerbate each other.)
Most people with ADD suffer from chronic psychological distress. They usually feel that they are not loved, and their lives are chaotic and out of control. Basically, their behavior is a call for love and attention. Brian is a good example:
Brian, a 12-year-old sixth-grader, was brought to my office because of his poor concentration, inability to get along with his siblings and schoolmates, a tendency to provoke fights with children and adults, and fluctuating grades. After a few sessions of therapy, it became clear that he believed his birth was a “mistake,” and that he was the cause of his parents’ separation. He firmly believed he was unloved and unwanted. With counseling, Brian’s mother was able to recognize that her verbal and non-verbal behavior contributed to Brian’s existential guilt. Slowly but surely, she learned to interact with him in a loving and positive way. She made a deliberate effort to assure him that he was a wanted and beloved child. In a few months, Brian showed marked improvement in his hyperactive and provocative behavior, his academic performance, and his ability to get along with his peers and siblings.
The most common physical factors I have found are yeast and parasitic infections and poor dietary habit, and both factors are interrelated.
Yeast and Parasitic Infections
Yeast and parasitic infections involving the inner or middle ear are very common among children. As Dr. Harold Levinson explains in his book, Total Concentration, the inner ear system or the cerebellar-vestibular system controls the flow of sensory information entering the brain. When this system is impaired by infections in the inner ear, our vision, hearing, balance, sense of direction, motion, altitude, depth, smell, and anxiety level can become scrambled. In some cases, speech timing is thrown off, which can result in either rapid or slow speech.
A dysfunctional inner ear creates difficulty in the processing of motor input, and this in turn makes the affected individual prone to motion-related phobias such as fear of moving elevators, escalators, cars, planes, trains, buses and crowds. The most natural and effective way to control the overgrowth of yeast and parasites is by using a Chinese herbal formula designed to remove both simultaneously, since they are like Siamese Twins (they go hand in hand).
Poor dietary habit:
The Standard American Diet (SAD) has created many SAD stories. Over-consumption of sugar, dairy, wheat, yeast, alcohol, caffeine, and chemicals has caused every American yeast overgrowth at one time or another, to a greater or lesser degree. Symptoms of yeast disorder can manifest from head to toe, including headaches, poor mental concentration (foggy mind), mid or inner ear infections, strep throat, nasal congestion, bloatedness, constipation, diarrhea, skin rash, mood swings, insomnia, depression, and phobias. An anti-yeast nutritional program works wonders to reduce hyperactivity, poor mental concentration, irritability, moodiness, and the other symptoms mentioned above. Let’s look at Jennifer as an example:
Jennifer, a 10-year-old fourth-grader, was considered a little terror in her class. Her provoking behavior was intolerable to her teacher and classmates, especially in the afternoons. After a careful evaluation, I found that she was malnourished and hypoglycemic. She was irritable, easily distracted, provocative, and unable to concentrate in the afternoons because she was hungry. Her diet was a typical Standard American Diet (SAD). In a typical day, she had a donut and Coke for breakfast, a peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese sandwich for lunch, cookies for an afternoon snack, and cheese and macaroni for dinner. She was on a “hyperactive diet”! After I instructed her parents to switch her to an anti-yeast nutritional program, her hyperactive behavior due to hypoglycemia in the afternoon dissipated.
Many people with ADD live in an environment that contributes or worsens their disorder. Children with ADD often have parents who also suffer from ADD. Some parents recognize their disorders; most don’t. Many schoolteachers also have ADD, but most don’t recognize or want to admit to the affliction. Stress due to parental divorce, illness, financial hardship and so on, can also complicate a child’s ADD. In order to help children, parents and teachers must gain insights into their own situations and deliberately work through the issues. The “helpers” have to seek help before they can help others.
There is no uniform treatment for ADD, but the symptoms can be controlled with individualized attention. A combination of psychological counseling, Anti-Yeast nutritional counseling, Chinese herbal therapy, and behavioral modification can be very effective in symptom control. People with ADD are often highly intelligent. They represent too much of a resource for our society to waste. Don’t give up on them!
Dr. J is a leading expert in treating adult or children with ADD, yeast and parasitic infections, weight problems, and addictions. She is a former UCLA professor in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. Currently she is the owner of Dr. J’s Health Institute in Brentwood, and Dr. J’s Healthy & Tasty Anti-Yeast Organic Vegetarian Restaurant in Westwood, Southern California, and she is the host of the cable TV show titled “The Holistic Approach to Health and Success”. She is also the best-selling author of “Breaking the Yeast Curse: Food and Unconditional Love for Magic Healing” and “Healthy and Tasty: Dr. J’s Anti-Yeast Cooking.”
For more information, please contact: Dr. J’s Health Institute, 11819 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 213, (310) 477-5302, or Dr. J’s Healthy & Tasty Restaurant, 1303 West-wood Blvd. (two blocks south of Wilshire), (310) 477-2721.
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