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ADD ADHD and Autism 01 Nov 2005 17:37 #4119

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I wanted to give some research information to those of you who have ADD or ADHD children or are ADD as an adult. Hopefully you will understand some of this research, I will try and put it in as reader friendly terms as I know how.

This information is adapted from a session I attended in St. Louis at the ADA conference. The session covered the range of ADHD to Autism. Many of these recommendations are being applied to both, ADHD and Autism.

Some wonderful research is coming out about Autism from Dr. Jeff Bradstreet MD, Director of Clinical Programs, Professor of Child Develop, and Nutritional Neuroscience, Melbourne & Florida Hospital, Celebration, visiting Professor of Neuroscience, Stetson University.

His phone # is (321) 953-0278, you may also go to his website

[b:715108d6b8]Favourable effect of standard elimination diet on the behavior of young children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a pilot study[/b:715108d6b8]
[i:715108d6b8]Ned Tijdschr Geneesk. 2002 Dec 28;126(52):2543-7[/i:715108d6b8]
Conclusion: In young children with ADHD an elimination diet can lead to statistically significant decreases in symptoms

[b:715108d6b8]Dietary patterns and blood fatty acid composition in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in Taiwan.[/b:715108d6b8]
[i:715108d6b8]J Nutr Biochem. 2004 Aug;15(8):467-72[/i:715108d6b8]
Chen JR, Hsu SF, Hsu CD, Hwang LH, Yang SC.
Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.

[b:715108d6b8]The effect of docosahexaenoic acid-containing food administration on symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-a placebo-controlled double-blind study[/b:715108d6b8]
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2004) 58, 838

Change Physiology Slowly,
A child with ADHD or ASD has their unique biochemical and physiological set point. Rapidly changing that set point- EVEN if it is towards the optimal balance we know they need can cause significant temporary setbacks.
Think of a fish transitioning to fresh water to breed after living in the salty ocean. Provide time to allow adaptation.

[b:715108d6b8]Key Nutritional Interventions[/b:715108d6b8]
-A clean diet free of MSG (exocitotoxin)> Organic if possible
-Zinc, Selenium, Calcium and Magnesium
-EFA's and Phospholipids with Multi vits
-Allergy Elimination Diet: Hx guided, rotation diets, supplemental enzymes may be helpful
-Folate (or Folinic Acid) TMG, MeB12
-N-Acteylcysteine for Glutathione
-Hg Free Diet (Hg is Mercury)
-DMAE (what is DMAE) hit the following link,1525,10023,00.html
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