Modern science and whole food nutritionists discuss ADHD

Modern science and whole food nutritionists discuss ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), but usually not together.

Mainstream medicine and the natural health field agree that ADHD afflicts many modern children.

But they differ drastically when it comes to ways of dealing with the relatively newly diagnosed disease.

Is it really a ‘disease’ that requires pharmaceutical medicines, or is it mostly a result of damaging, nutritionally-deficient food and drinks and chemical environmental factors?

For instance, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, parents reported that 43 percent of the 5-year-olds participating in a study drank at least one serving of soda every day, and 4 percent consumed four or more servings daily.

The scientists found a significant relationship between more soda consumption and aggressive behaviors that included destroying other people’s belongings, getting into fights and physically attacking others.

“Soft drinks are highly processed products containing carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, sodium benzoate, phosphoric or citric acid, and often caffeine, the research team wrote, “any of which might affect behavior.”

Add to the soda chemical cocktail a diet of fast food, processed food, sugary breakfast cereals, and frozen TV dinners loaded with a vast array of chemical by-products and you have a virtual assault against the vulnerable developing bodies of young children.

This is called the Standard American Diet, or SAD. And indeed it is.

Even adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables is actually inadequate, as modern farming methods produce fruits and vegetables much less nutritionally dense than those of previous ages.

Modern science and whole food nutritionists discuss ADHD with radically different treatment options, but  both factions agree that ADHD is likely to have far-reaching effects.

ADHD has been linked to struggles with drugs and alcohol, less schooling and more arrests as time goes on. And now new research shows that it may lead to weight problems as well.

In a 33-year survey that tracked boys with ADHD into adulthood, the investigators found that of men in their study diagnosed with ADHD as kids, 41 percent were obese as adults, compared with 22 percent who did not have ADHD as children.

The study controlled for factors including depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, education and socioeconomic status—and the key factor continued to be ADHD.

So as modern science and whole food nutritionists discuss ADHD, parents of children diagnosed with ADHD need to give serious thought to their options.

Could it be that a change in diet and/or whole food nutritional supplements may do more good than the Big Pharma way?

Source: Time magazine—100 New Health Discoveries