Homeopathy for ADHD
Homeopathic remedies can help children with ADD and ADHD symptoms
What is ADD and ADHD?
from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine
For Behavior Disorders by Dr. Bill Walsh
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a set of symptoms that include inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The disorder results in behaviors that affect all aspects of a person’s life. The neurobiological basis for ADHD is thought to be related to the brain’s chemical neurotransmitters, particularly dopamine and norepinephrine. At younger ages, ADHD shows up primarily as hyperactivity. There is often daydreaming and careless mistakes in childhood that become inner restlessness, failure to plan ahead, incomplete projects and forgetfulness. Inattentiveness and problems with organization and executive functions are seen at later ages as life’s demands increase or symptoms overwhelm a person’s ability to cope.
Toxic vaccines alter gene expression, harm the gut and reduce the immune system.
2. High Copper
High copper plays a key role in ADHD. Toxic copper is normally removed by natural processes in the body. Some individuals can’t get rid of copper biochemically. Copper is hyper-excitable to our nervous systems. Too much copper short circuits detox processes and results in inattention or hyperactive behaviors. Neural activity can be affected by a copper overload. Lab tests can be run to show high copper. High copper affect hyperactivity, focus, attention, and anxiety. Copper is inversely related to low zinc. Thos with high copper can’t regulate GABA, (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid), one of the calming neurotransmitters that’s present in the brain. A proper copper/zinc balance contributes to alleviating symptoms of ADHD. Metal dysmetabolism means copper is high and zinc is low in the body. Therefore excess copper and low zinc both need targeted nutrient supplementation to keep the copper/zinc ratio at an optimal level.
Methylation is the ability of the body to turn on or off certain enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, different chemicals by way of certain methyl groups. Methyl groups have one carbon atom bonded with three or more hydrogen atoms. Methyl groups can radically alter you, perceptions and behavior. People with few methyl groups are called undermethylators. Your methylation status can be tested with a whole blood histamine test. Undermethylators competitive, perfectionistic, persistent, high achieving and often have allergies (high histamine means low methyl in the body.) Those diagnosed with ADHD are predominantly in the undermethylation category.
TPeople with too many methyl groups, are called overmethylators. They are usually more laid back. They are also often thrill seekers. Overmethylation plays an important role in the presentation of ADD symptoms. This subset of ADD can often be seen as an early presentation of bipolar disorder. Biochemical testing can easily identify this group as well, using a whole blood histamine and other testing .
5. Yeast Toxicity
Yeast toxicity if often present in children with ADHD. This is due to the use of antibiotics in infancy and early childhood that creates a leaky gut. Poor focus, attention, impulsivity and anxiety are often related to yeast toxicity. The effective, natural care for yeast toxicity can resolve symptoms of ADD andADHD. Often treatment takes three to six months before symptoms resolve, and treatment may need to be repeated in the course of a year to keep the yeast toxicity from reoccurring.
Predominantly inattentive type symptoms:
- Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another
- Have difficulty maintaining focus on one task
- Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable
- Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new or trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities
- Not seem to listen when spoken to
- Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly
- Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others
- Struggle to follow instructions.
Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type symptoms:
- Fidget and squirm in their seats
- Talk nonstop
- Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight
- Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, and story time
- Be constantly in motion
- Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.
- Be very impatient
- Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences
- Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games
ADHD – is the combination of both above.
Most people exhibit some of these behaviors, but not to the degree where such behaviors significantly interfere with a person's work, relationships, or studies -- and in the absence of significant interference or impairment, a diagnosis of ADHD is normally not appropriate. Symptoms may persist into adulthood for up to half of children diagnosed with ADHD.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Delays Not Otherwise Specified),
Strange and irrational fears. Fear of death. Fear worse at night. Sweating at night; tendency to fevers, croup. Thirsty. Worse after cold wind or a fright incident.
Child feels put down, isolated, separated from the world. Inferiority; feels need to prove him/herself. Test-taking anxiety, the mind goes blank. Antagonism within the self as if they have two wills (devils speaking in one ear; angel in the other). Can be cruel and malicious. History of being abused or belittled. Swearing, does things with a lack of conscience or maliciously.
Excited and anxious child. Always in a hurry, moving, touching. OCD behavior. Afraid of crowds and dislikes going to any public places, including school. Prefers being outdoors. Hpractive but with a quality of innocence. Not malicious, but may have short bursts of anger. Hypoglycemic tendency and better from eating. Craves sweets, which make behavior worse. Frequent conjunctivitis and tonsillitis.
Destructiveness, mischievousness, suspiciousness and quickness to act. Changeability. Prevailing sense of duality is a predominant feature. The person nature oscillates between feeling like an angel and a devil alternately.
The child is in still shock, or never well since shock or trauma, accident or injury. Head trauma. Can also be can be due to difficult birth experience.
Act maturely. Need affection, but don't know how to express emotional needs. Has a hard time making friends. Perfectionist, can be bitter and negative; try hard, don't want to fail; tend to sinus problems, nasal congestion, moaning in sleep; feel better from music
This child can be sweet, timid and fearful or be the class clown, goofy and acting out; apparent arrested or delayed mental, physical or social development; shy, self-conscious, with self-limitation, feels defective; fear of looking bad, being laughed at, criticized; feels incompetent, incapable; feels s/he is being laughed at, mocked or criticized; timid due to fears, especially fear of making a mistake; feels s/he is being watched; dares not look up; acts childish and immature; difficulty with schoolwork; backward or behind; often teachers pet; tend to tics and glandular swellings
This child is forgetful, slow, poor learning ability; sensitive to noise and light; night terrors, fear of ghosts; looks wild when angry; large heads, with bright red cheeks; look well, even when sick; frequent otitis media; complain of hot and throbbing discomfort; often crave cold drinks, lemons and oranges.
Difficulty relating well to others; narrow focus. Doesn't understand danger. Seizures. Slow, can hug or bite you. Masturbation or premature interest in sex. Upset when not understood; music or bright objects can be intolerable. Eczema, nail biting, and may have protruded tongue or a gaunt face with stupid expression.
Feels unsafe; afraid of robbers, dogs, heights, airplanes, etc. Fear of any situation with risk to physical safety. Cautious, protective. Fear that other will perceive her/his confusion. Stubborn and obstinate, strong-willed. Can be slow to teeth. Stockier build. Sweat on head, with a sour odor to perspiration.
Feels frustrated, dissatisfied; acts fussy. Restless, shy, fearful, but likes to take chances and play tricks. Athletic; loves travel and change, new experiences. Complains of growing pains, especially in the bones. Desires smoked meats, bacon. Tends to have abdominal gas, colic, slightly swollen abdomen. Frequent tonsil infections.
Feels isolated, disconnected; feelings of anguish, terror, ecstasy; spacey, confused. Inattentive; time and space feel disoriented. Fear of going insane; everything feels like a dream, even familiar things seem strange or unreal. Acts as if in a dream or off in space. Can't pay attention for long. Absent-minded; can be obsessive-compulsive. Stoned look in eyes (parents may have used marijuana excessively). Can be laughing, giggling, clowning around or spacey or brassy, and loquacious.
Feels intensely homesick, discontented, brooding, irritable, absent-minded, disobedient and angry. Extremely obstinate; contrary. Fear of being censured and easily offended. Restless, clumsy, may run into everything. Difficulty sleeping at night. Can wake in a fright, screaming or full of fear. Worse form any draft, even warm air. Frequent ear infections and bright red ears. Pale face and puffiness under eyes. Rashes and red ears.
Perfectionistic. Fearful, timid, unhappy, worried. Obstinate, yet sensitive to reprimand and music. Very sympathetic to others. Can be very tidy or very messy. Love to travel and will over-extend themselves. Insomnia. Crave or dislike salt, milk, eggs, fat meat, and/or fruit; Onset of symptoms often after severe reaction to a vaccination. Family history of cancer; may have brownish cafe-au-lait complexion, many pigmented moles. Tics, grimaces or blinking eyes.
Bad temper, very irritable and impatient. Complains, frustrated, restless. Thirsty. Demands one thing than want something else. Fdgety child quiets down once he has attracted attention. Young children wants to be carried everywhere or will whine and scream but will settle down if carried and jiggled or rocked. Aversion to be touched with a hypersensitivity to pain. Feels pain is unbearable; everything is intolerable; can become so hyperactive they get exhausted and begin to cry. Diminished power of comprehension, as if they were hard of hearing. All symptoms worse at night.
Cross, contrary, disobedient with very difficult behavior. Does not want to be touched or even looked at and turns away when approached. Nothing satisfies them for long. Restless, fidgety and fretful, especially during sleep. Grind their teeth at night and wet the bed. Often agitated by parasites, such as pinworms. Irritated nose causing a constant desire to rub, pick, or bore into it until it bleeds. Ears can be itchy. Sleep is very restless, accompanied by jerking. Sleep on their abdomen or the hands and knees during sleep. Irritated nose causing a constant desire to rub, pick, or bore into it. Ears can be itchy. Twitching of face muscles and eyelids. Inclined to seizures. Appetite can be ravenous. Strong thirst, craving of sweets Children often have enlarged bellies.
Easily offended, especially by feeling unappreciated, insults or humiliation. Moody and overly sensitive. Want to be alone; tend to abdominal cramp and sciatic pain, better bending forward for relief. Cramps after anger.
Intense, animated, hurried, restless, and talkative. Many fears, including that someone might be following them or that they hear footsteps behind them. Fear of being alone, ghosts, snakes. Can strike out in fits of rage. Resent and blame other children for supposedly getting them into trouble. Tend to et hives and nose bleeds.
Anxiety at night. Jerking and twitching in limbs, jerking in sleep.
Strong-willed and persistent, they fight for their beliefs. Sluggish mind with difficulty collecting thoughts. Tend to anemia and headaches. Aversion to eggs.
Feels stupid, that they cannot deal with things, and that their mind is sluggish; appear dull and unresponsive. History of encephalitis. Difficulty memorizing anything or articulating thoughts. Tendency to despair and a strong aversion to making any effort, yet easily angered. History of fever and/or head injury.
Difficult with poor impulse control. Talks excessively, has episodes of mania and rage that might include hitting and screaming. Inclined to depression after manic phase like in bipolar disorder. Can be manipulative, lying, and violent. Intense and violent excitability with fear, delirium. Feelings of abandonment, jealousy, suspicion. Fears of dark, dogs, water. Often acts inappropriately; talks nonsense; acts out ridiculous gestures like a dancing clown or monkeys, tries to be center of attention. Sexual overtones, run around naked, can be do bizarre behaviors for shock value, including cursing. Tries to embarrass parents. Very jealous of their siblings, often even njure them.
Restless child, always have to be doing something, especially with his hands like fidgeting or throwing a ball or cracking his knuckles.
Loquacious, agitated and hyperactive. Restless and moody with strong emotions. Very jealous of siblings. Tend to be vengeful, sarcastic and nasty, Can have a self-destructive personality. Hate any kind of physical or behavioral restriction, like tight clothing or being "grounded. Cant bear authority and run away from home. Tend to self-criticism and irritability. Will reproach themselves. May also show aggression which surfaces easily and makes them difficult to live and work with; Suspicious. Complain of a suffocative feeling. Frequently feel that others are often criticizing them and putting them on the defensive. All symptoms worse upon waking.
Insecure, may act like bullies, or being cocky and boastful, often with overcompensation. Lack of confidence and many fears. Can be dictatorial and bossy at home where they feel safe. Fear of looking bad, needs to cover up. Araid of failure; afraid to try anything new or to try again if fail once; fear that they will be injured. Displays both fear and bravado. Usually intelligent. Dyslexia, confuses words or letters. Performance anxiety. Prefers younger friends. Wants to please authority figures. Frequent abdominal gas. More tired, restless and irritable between 4 and 8 p.m.
Will bite, growl, snarl, scratch, act rabid; torment followed by rage, unprovoked rage; angry but repent quickly, has remorse; feels tormented, abandoned, as if has suffered some wrong; feel as if has been injured or abused; often history of abuse, children of violent parents; strike out at presumed tormentor; self-destructive, impulse to cut self; defensive, as if being attacked or insulted; possible history of dog bite; animal-like behavior; aggravated by sound of running water; fears of water or reflected water, dogs, small rooms; crave chocolate and salt; enuresis
Irritable, agitated, and in a hurry; racing mind; lust for experience, especially sensual; feels a need to hide her/himself, because s/he has a defect or is somehow flawed; anticipation anxiety; delusion that someone is behind him/her or that someone is touching their head; fear that something dreadful has happened; sense that everything is strange or unreal; fear of going insane; terrible memory, forgetful, mentally dull; unstable emotionally; has fits; can be reckless and impulsive; obsessive-compulsive, rigid; cruel or loving to animals; wants to stay up late at night, feels better at night, yet can fear dark and monsters; may have a history of diaper rash as a baby, and later skin rashes and asthma; nail biting; hot feet; sleep with knees to chest
Acts like a little adult; extreme watchfulness; known for sitting in mothers lap during interview; often tidy, don't want to lose control; sweet, except in family; silent grief or may have shrieking tantrums; may be confidante to one parent and nasty to other; ADD with anorexia. Craves salt, headaches aggravated by sun and dislikes slimy foods and fat.
Difficulty concentrating; spacey; painlessness of obviously painful complaint; out of touch; complaints from fright or after head injury; constipation; sleep apnea; mother often given drugs during pregnancy or labor
Fear of being unloved, isolated, having lost all friends; psychic; sees ghosts, spirits, specters; sense of being on a distant island; concern that has an incurable disease; gregarious, bubbly, good-natured; sensitive, sympathetic, kind; sweet, compassionate; can be spacy
Always on the move, both body and mind; hyperactive with focus; restless; silly, irritable; can be malicious; move to relieve pressure, better from motion; known for grinding teeth and sweating at night; crave bacon, milk and dairy products; often confused with Calc Phos, Calc carb and Tub.
Children who are violent if provoked or just for the fun of it. For children whose parents fear being harmed by the child. For children who lack conscience and compassion for the suffering of others. These children are detached, like solitude, can attack if bothered; and are indifferent to pain or pleasure.
Violent or fearful; severe hyperactivity, easily terrified, and inclined to violent agitation and fits of rage; speech is loud, fast, and possibly incoherent; feelings of terror, abandonment; afraid of the dark, dogs, evil, suffocation and abandonment; thirst is great, yet they dread water; fears of death; Especially afraid to be alone at night, become overly vigilant to combat these fears and become violent if controlled; nightmares and night terrors that become increasingly worse between midnight and 2 a.m., they often wake screaming; Can have seizures or personality change after a head injury, frightful episode, or trauma (especially being chased by dogs). Child can be sweet all day and have terrors at night.
Egotistical; tries to control feeling with mind; hates being scared; feels as if being scorned; delusions that s/he has been disgraced; messy and tattered but thinks looks fine; can be lost in thought, absent-minded, spacey; forgetful, loses things; has visions; full of theories and dreams, loves science fiction; can be a loner with limited social skills; prefers computers, reading, mechanical things
Very hyperactive, moves in a frenzy, better and calmer from music; acts wild and crazy. Loves to sing and dance. Feels as if never enough time. Sees faces on closing eyes; episodes of delirium; mischievous and sneaky. Teases and hides. Cuts things; hurried, always restless.
Extreme restlessness, hyperactive. Diminished appetite or ravenous hunger with very thin body. Long arms and legs, thin chested. Allergic to cats or animal hair. Frequent ear and respiratory infections. Family history of tuberculosis.
Racing mind, agitated actions; driven to act on impulses; religious mania; overly religious. Always busy but often fruitlessly so; has impulses to kiss or touch others; hurried and restless, fidgeting, poking others; precocious.
Fidgety and restless, especially known for restless feet and legs. Overactive nervous system; twitching, jerking, and even convulsions. Sensitive, irritable, and prone to rage. Often make mistakes in writing and speaking. Can have tendency to lick everything.
Diet, Nutrition, Supplements and ADHD
The book Gut and Psychology Syndrome has an elegant description of how such conditions can develop as a direct result of gastrointestinal toxicity. Here are a few additional guidelines to help you address underlying toxins in your child, without, or at least BEFORE, you agree to any kind of drug therapy
Severely limit or eliminate fructose from your child's diet as sugar/fructose has been linked to mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia.
Avoid giving your child ANY processed foods, especially those containing artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. This includes lunchmeats and hot dogs, which are common food staples in many households.
Replace soft drinks, fruit juices, and pasteurized milk with pure water. This is HUGE since high fructose corn syrup is a primary source of calories in children.
Make sure your child is getting large regular doses of healthy bacteria, either with high-quality fermented organic foods and/or high-quality probiotic supplements.
Give your child plenty of high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fats. Also, make sure to balance your child's intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, by simultaneously limiting their intake of vegetable oils.
Include as many whole organic foods as possible in your child's diet, both to reduce chemical exposure and increase nutrient content of each meal.
Also reduce or eliminate grains from your child's diet, especially wheat. Beyond the fact that even healthy organic whole grains can cause problems as they too break down into sugars, gluten-containing grains have pharmacologically active peptides that can contribute to cognitive and behavioral issues in susceptible children.
Avoid whole and even sprouted wheat contains physiologically significant amounts of wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), which can have adverse effects on mental health due to its neurotoxic actions. Wheat can also interfere with the production of serotonin, the largest concentration of which can, again, be found in your intestines, not your brain. Try eliminating all gluten-containing grains first for 1-2 weeks and see if you don't notice a significant improvement in your child's behavior.
Avoid artificial sweeteners and colors of all kinds.
Make sure your child gets plenty of exercise and outdoor playtime, remembering that midday sunlight provides the UVB wavelengths necessary to produce vitamin D3.
Get them out into the sun to help maintain optimal Vitamin D levels. Scientists are now beginning to realize Vitamin D is involved in maintaining the health of your brain, as they've recently discovered vitamin D receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and central nervous system. There's even evidence indicating vitamin D improves your brain's detoxification process. For children and pregnant women, getting enough vitamin D is especially crucial, as it may play a major role in protecting infants from autism. If natural sun exposure is not feasible, for whatever reason, supplement with Vitamin D3 supplement.
Give your child a way to address his or her emotion health. Children can benefit from the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which you or can teach them to use.
Be sure you are also providing positive praise to your child. Parents should be able to say nice things to their child twice as often as they give commands or ask questions. If you are shouting and scolding more than you are complimenting and rewarding your child, it could be contributing to psychiatric problems.
Prevent exposure to toxic metals and chemicals by replacing personal care products, detergents and household cleaners with all natural varieties. Metals like aluminum, cadmium, lead and mercury are commonly found in thousands of different food products, household products, personal products and untold numbers of industrial products and chemicals. Also be aware of exposure to metals from vaccinations and dental fillings. The presence of toxic metals in your child's body is highly significant, as they are capable of causing serious health problems by interfering with normal biological functioning. The health effects range from minor physical ailments to chronic diseases, and altered mood and behavior.
Scary, Long-Term Effects of ADD/ADHD Drugs by Dr. Bill Walsh
Drugs Are Not
Watch this powerful documentary about ADHD Drugs in America
Millions of US children are taking powerful mind-altering drugs, often before they’re even old enough to attend school.
Oftentimes the side effects are far worse than the conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for which they’re prescribed, and rival illegal street drugs in terms of their dangerous risks to health.
In children, the long-term effects are often largely unknown, while in the short term, we’ve seen shocking increases in violent and aggressive acts committed by teens taking one or more psychotropic drugs.
With the problem getting increasingly worse instead of better, now is a perfect time to view Gary Null’s excellent documentary, The Drugging of Our Children.
The number of prescriptions for psychotropic drugs for children more than doubled between 1995 and 2000; the documentary details the devastating consequences of this excessive medicating of our children, with a focus on children who have been diagnosed with ADHD.