Hyperactivity - Attention Deficit Disorder

Behavioural problems in children which can be due to food intolerances and additives.

Boy having tantrum

Cause of ADHD - Hyperactivity

Hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) and a range of behavioural problems in children can be due to food intolerances, food chemicals or food constituents. Typically, a child with ADHD frequently gets upset without good reason, sleeps poorly, gets easily distracted and underperforms at school. Once some foods have been identified as reactive and they are eliminated from the diet, the child's behaviour can show a marked and sustained improvement.

Some children are left handed and some others may have dyslexia; most are gifted with bags of energy. It is sad that, due to difficulties in identifying reactive foods, some of these children are prescribed with long term courses of amphetamines (Ritalin), a medication popular in USA and UK but rarely used in most other European countries.  A few studies identified that a child treated with such medications for ADHD or other behaviour problems, is more likely to use recreational drugs during adolescence and to become a persistent young offender.

Treatment for ADHD

Food intolerances are much easier to identify during childhood before they become more complex later in life.   Nutritional deficiencies are common and supplementation using good quality vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids often proves beneficial.  We use a range of tests to identify:Causees of ADHD

  • Food intolerances
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Any fungal activity
  • Chemical sensitivities

We guide you to:

  • Improve your child's diet
  • Correct any deficiencies
  • Use safe anti-fungals to clear fungal problems

Not only a problem in children!

Hyperactivity and restlessness often tends to continue into adult life.  As adults, they can experience anxiety, irritability, aggressive behaviour, poor concentration and sleep disturbance caused by the same underlying factors.  The same people may become prone to alcohol or drug misuse.


Clinical Trials re: Behavioural Disorders

The following is a sample of papers to give a flavour of some of the evidence to support the view that allergy, environmental medicine and nutritional medicine has a major role to play in the modern medical practice.

Effects of a Few Food Diet in Attention Deficit Disorder. 
Carter C. et al. Archives of Disease in Childhood 1993: 69; pp564-8  Link to article

Controlled Trial of Oligoantigenic Treatment in the Hyperkinetic Syndrome.  Soothill et al. Great Ormond Street. Lancet 1985: March 9th; pp540-5
Of 76 selected overactive children treated with Oligoantigenic diet, 62 improved, 21 of which becoming totally normal.  Link to article

Controlled Trial of Hyposensitisation in Children with Food-Induced Hyperkinetic Syndrome.  Egger J., Lancet 1992: 339; pp1150-53
Results showed that enzyme potentiated desensitisation permitted children to eat foods previously identified as responsible for their symptom  Link to article

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Specialist tips and notes

  • There seems to be a genetic predisposition for ADHD, partly linked with a family history of allergies and partly with poor detoxification processes in the cell.
  • The risk amongst persistent young offenders to re-offend was significantly reduced when they adopted a more basic diet, devoid of junk food and started taking nutritional supplements regularly.
  • The performance of children with ADHD at school improved when the main underlying causes were addressed. The link between behaviour and diet has been known for several years but it has been extremely difficult for schools to adopt a healthier choice of foods in school meals when some of them have truly addictive properties.
  • Autism has been linked with some heavy metals, including mercury.

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