Disease Treatments: Prescription Drugs or Naturopathic Solutions with Natural Medicine (Series)--ADD & ADHD
Attention Hyperactive Deficit Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed in childhood. ADHD may present itself in different ways. One possibility is a predominantly inattentive presentation, where the person is easily distracted. Another presentation is hyperactive-impulsive, in which the person fidgets, talks a lot, and struggles with acting impulsively. ADHD can also present as a combination of these.
Common signs to look for, though, include:
Daydreaming a lot
Forgetting or losing things a lot
Squirming and fidgeting
Talking too much
Making careless mistakes or taking unnecessary risks
Struggling to resist temptation
Having trouble taking turns
Difficulty getting along with others
The problem is a lack of options once you are diagnosed. If you are pigeonholed by a psychiatrist as having a mental disorder and if the book Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders states you have the condition, you are medicated by the book, with no questions asked, as it becomes the highest authority.
How is ADHD usually treated? Interestingly, with more stimulants. The most well-known are Adderall and Ritalin. Antidepressants may also be used. Ritalin is the most commonly prescribed drug for ADHD. Though it is normally used in those older than 6, sometimes it is also used in those younger. Side effects can include loss of appetite, nervousness, trouble sleeping, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, and stomach pain. Long-term use can cause mood or mental changes.
Under the current diet of stimulants, such as sugar, combined with dependence on smartphones and a lack of sleep, ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) have become epidemic, and the available solutions are not promising, as we have seen.
How to lessen the impact? Limit the time spent on computers, smartphones, and all WIFI communications, electromagnetic smoke, video games, and television. Also, diet needs to be changed, with the removal of GMOs, refined food, junk food, the over-consumption of sugar, and to replace the vitamins and minerals that are missing.
This is not only a childhood disorder; ADHD in adults has actually surpassed the children. This includes hormonal disorders, gut dysbiosis and heavy metal toxicity. Many cumulative factors are contributing to the increased diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. Here are some natural solutions we would recommend:
DMAE: Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is an incredible amino acid found naturally in foods. DMAE has proven to be a valuable and safe alternative for certain learning and behavior problems such as ADD and hyperkinesia (usually found in children but also known to affect adults).
In one study, conducted by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer of the Brain-Bio Center, 25 girls and 83 boys were studied. DMAE was found to result in enhanced behavior in 2/3 of the boys and 3/4 of the girls. Hyperactivity was greatly lessened as attention span was lengthened, irritability was decreased, scholastic ability improved, and, in some cases, IQ was elevated.
Another double-blind study supplemented 74 children who had learning disorders (many hyperactive) with 500 mg DMAE for 3 months. They were then tested for behaviour, reaction time, and put through a series of standard psychometric parameters. There was not only general improvement, but also performance improvement in the children with learning and behaviour disorders.
GABA: GABA is found throughout the central nervous system (CNS), assuming an ever-enlarging role as a significant influence for pain, stress, anxiety, depression as well as stress-induced illness. Before January 1995, there were over 2000 documents and texts on GABA, describing how it affects anxiety/stress in the brain and CNS.
Neurotransmitter Support:Neurotransmitter Support is a feast for brains in need of restoration, providing the optimum combination to facilitate the transport of vital nutrients into brain cells, and assist in re-establishment of neuronal function. And it’s a healthy snack for an aging brain, as well, giving it all the essentials necessary to support our mood, memory, and cognitive abilities, which tend to slow down as the years pass by.
Liquid Melapure® Melatonin: Adequate sleep can make an astonishing improvement in attention span. Our patented, pharmaceutical-grade Melapure® Melatonin is non-addictive, and does not cause nightmares, and therefore is considered to be an ideal sleep-inducing aid. Life Choice uses the purest source of Melatonin in the world. Sweet Dreams Liquid Melapure® Melatonin gives you the option of taking a pleasant, minty-fresh liquid instead of capsules, with the same effectiveness and superior ingredients.
CLAW-OCHMB: If you are need of a serious detox, you might want to consider our CLAW-OCHMB. Especially for those who are older, a lifetime of exposure to toxins through the environment, vaccines, and other unhealthy choices can cause a chain reaction that culminates in something more serious.
There is no denying that ADHD is at epidemic proportions, but we can always be diligent to not only prevent such health challenges, but also stave off their effects.
Disease Treatments: Prescription Drugs or Naturopathic Solutions with Natural Medicine (Series)--Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system cannot distinguish between foreign invaders and healthy tissue. Lupus commonly attacks the joints, kidneys, skin, blood, heart, and lungs. The reason all the body's organs are not attacked during a lupus flare up is that only some organs have cellular walls which are permeable enough for the autoantibodies to get through--from there, they can attack the cell's nucleus, causing damage.
The most common form of lupus is Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). This type of lupus can affect multiple body parts. Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a skin disorder characterized by a red rash on the face, scalp, or other areas of the body. DLE can overlap with SLE. Subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus is also skin-related, but these lesions only occur on body parts exposed to the sun, and do not leave scarring. Some drugs can trigger lupus, as well--particularly medications for antiseizure, high blood pressure, thyroid, antibiotics, antifungals, and oral contraceptive pills. However, drug-induced lupus usually disappears when the medication is ceased. Though rare, infants can also get lupus. Neonatal lupus can come from both mothers with lupus or without--scientists believe it may be connected to autoantibodies in the mother's blood.
Symptoms of lupus can be tricky, as some symptoms overlap with symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). While lupus attacks organs, MS attacks the protective layer of nerves, called the myelin sheath. Lupus symptoms may include rash and arthritis, whereas MS symptoms include double vision, balance and coordination issues, and tingling/pain/numbness in one of the extremities.
Medications for lupus are designed to manage symptoms, with the goal being a balance between preventing organ damage, minimizing side effects, and having an acceptable quality of life. Depending on the severity of the disease, a range of medications can be used. Anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen can be used for less severe symptoms. Corticosteroids are also designed to help with inflammation; however, they are associated with more severe side effects, including fragile skin, suppressed growth in children, weight gain, and mood changes. Over a longer term, these side effects can escalate to things like increased risk of infection, osteoporosis and necrosis of bone, muscle weakness, and cataracts. Antimalarials are meant to protect the skin from UV light and help lesions. High doses over an extended period of time may cause retinal damage, though. Immunosuppressives are meant for those who cannot tolerate higher doses of steroids, and the side effects are severe. Because the immune system is suppressed, the risk of infection is very high. Immunosuppressives can also increase the risk of certain types of cancer. These are just a few examples, and none of the treatments seem to be encouraging.
However, there are natural products that seem to perform similar functions, but without the harrowing side effects. For example, Life Sciences found that our Melapure® Melatonin, at a dose of 10 mg/kg/day, could block lupus-related kidney damage.
Our Thymus Gland supplement could also be helpful. There are multiple types of T-cells; one of these is called a Regulatory T-cell, or Treg for short. Tregs keep the autoimmune system from spiraling out of control, as is common in autoimmune diseases. The American Journal of Transplantationproposed that discarded human thymus glands are actually a great source for Tregs, and could have great potential for autoimmune diseases.
SAMe Liquid is also worth a look. A 2013 study found that MTA, a metabolite of SAMe, can modulate T-cell function, which could be a good basis for treating lupus and other autoimmune disorders.
When it comes to finding natural solutions for health problems, more research may be required, but the peace of mind is worth it!