ADHD Treatments: Risky Drug Management or a Safe, Natural Choice?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed child medical condition and millions of children are taking psychostimulant drugs to keep their ADHD symptoms in check. But at what cost? We may not even know that for sure until years to come when these children grow up.
There are ADHD treatment choices other than potentially dangerous drugs, drugs with risky side effects that can only control symptoms for certain periods of time. You owe it to your child to be informed about a risk-free, all-natural solution that has children feeling and acting normally, without medication.
ADHD Treatment – The Drug Approach
Typical treatment for ADHD is the administration of drugs to alleviate the symptoms of ADHD for set periods of time. These daily medications can be short or long-acting; they include Ritalin (methylphenidate), Adderall, Concerta and Dexedrine – amphetamines (speed) that act as central nervous stimulants to improve attention span and decrease impulsivity in children with ADHD.
A rather new ADHD medication on the market, Strattera, is a non-stimulant, non-classified medication – but it still has side effects. For a list of ADHD medication side effects, see the side bar in the related article, ADHD: Symptoms, Causes and a Natural Treatment Alternative.
These medications seem to work to relieve the symptoms of ADHD, making it easier for children to behave and learn in the classroom and improving relationships with families, teachers and peers.
ADHD Treatment: Behavior Therapy
Behavior therapy or behavior management may be used in conjunction with ADHD medications to control behavior, or instead of medications for children who either can’t tolerate the medications due to side effects or who receive no benefits from taking medication.
However, the goal of behavior therapy is usually to help parents and teachers (not the children themselves) to learn effective strategies that will help children with ADHD to want to behave in more appropriate ways. These strategies assume that all children want to please their parents and teachers. Why? Because they can gain more positive self-esteem when parents and teachers express pride in their behavior.
Often these strategies use some type of “token” reward system as an incentive for positive behavior and use “time-outs” for negative behavior. Behavioral therapy assumes that all children experience pleasure and satisfaction from the verbal and concrete rewards they receive for good behavior. It also assumes that they will behave appropriately to avoid the negative consequences for not behaving.
ADHD Treatment: The Nutritional Approach
In addition to drug therapy and behavior therapy, there are other non-drug therapies that are used in the treatment of ADHD, both in children and adults. One of these approaches blames poor nutrition and deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals for ADHD. Some of these deficiencies include calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids (Omega 3 fatty acids) and vitamin B6.
Another dietary approach utilizes the elimination diet, which consists of removing the following foods from the ADHD child’s diet: dairy, vegetable oils, food additives, preservatives and colorings and refined grains and sugars to determine the effect on the child’s behavior.
Often, a nutritionist can help to adapt your child’s diet to eliminate many of the symptoms of ADHD.
ADHD Treatment: Consider the Natural Choice
The sponsors of ChooseNatural.com can offer you a safe, all-natural alternative to amphetamines (speed), the major component of Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall and Dexedrine, an alternative that addresses the cause of your child’s ADHD; it doesn’t just treat the symptoms with a magic pill that’s really a narcotic!
So what can our sponsors offer your child with ADHD? Safe, natural and proven effective chiropractic care. That’s right, chiropractic care! Please continue reading for the explanation…
Eliminating the Cause of ADHD, Not Just Treating Symptoms
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How do these spinal misalignments get there in the first place? Often they are the result of an accident or injury (i.e., car accident or sports injury) or a fall (slipping on ice, a baby’s fall from a bed or changing table). The birth process itself can cause a spinal misalignment. Just think of all the pushing and the pressure that it exerts on a baby’s fragile neck and spine, not to mention the pulling and twisting that’s often needed to get the baby out!
When a chiropractor performs the necessary adjustments to remove the spinal misalignment, the nerve interference is resolved and the body can heal. Dysfunctional nerves can’t properly communicate signals from the brain to the body, so the part of the body controlled by the impaired nerves often suffers as a result. Remove the interference and the body heals, naturally, without drugs.
An ADHD Treatment that Resolves the Cause, For Good
If you had a choice between medicating your child with amphetamines to control his or her behavior, and providing your child with access to a natural alternative that eliminates the cause of your child’s ADHD, which one would you choose?
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No one can guarantee results with absolute certainty, but what we can do is tell you that chiropractic care has been known to help many children and adults with ADHD lead normal lives.