Exciting New Study On ADHD

“There was a significant reduction in hyperactivity; attention, visual-motor coordination and concentration improved; whereas there were no positive effects in the placebo group.”

According to the latest statistics, if you were to go thru the hallways and visit the classrooms of all the elementary schools in America, you would discover over 2 million children diagnosed with ADHD, attention deficit hyperactive disorder.Wellness Minute ADHD

It’s a huge problem (more so with boys) and often involves the use of prescription drugs that have serious long term side effects. Perhaps even worse than the side effects of the medication are the young minds that are wasted on mundane tasks because they can’t pay attention, they get bored, fidgety and ultimately push whatever boundaries they can for excitement or recognition.

There can be many contributing factors to this type of behavior in kids: sugar overload, causing B vitamin and mineral deficiencies; heavy metals, short circuiting neurological functioning and  compounding mineral imbalance; essential fatty acid deficiencies, creating a shortage of healthy hormones; and neurotransmitters deficiencies. The list goes on and on.

A colleague of mine recently sent me a copy of a VERY exciting new study done on ADHD. According to an article in European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, pine bark extract (or pycnogenol) has been shown to be effective for treating ADHD, at least in boys. In this double-blind trial, 61 children with ADHD received either pine bark extract or placebo for four weeks. The average age was 9.5 years. The pine bark extract group had a significant reduction in hyperactivity. Attention, visual-motor coordination and concentration improved, whereas there were no positive effects noted in the placebo group. Treatment was not significantly effective for girls in contrast to boys, but there were only 6 girls in the pine bark extract group.

According to the study, pycnogenol works by balancing stress hormones, which in turn stabilizes adrenaline and dopamine, thereby improving children’s attention and reducing hyperactivity. Stress hormones were measured in the children before, during, and after the treatment. Adrenaline was reduced by about 26% while taking pycnogenol, and dopamine by about 10 percent.

Dropping adrenaline by 26% is pretty amazing because children with ADHD have dramatically elevated levels of stress hormones known to increase heart rate and blood pressure, causing excitement, arousal and irritability. The authors of the study were quoted to say that their findings demonstrated a  significant stress hormone “lowering” effect for a nutritional supplement for the first time.

Wellness Minute ADHDOf course this is all very exciting if you know someone dealing with ADHD. One of the downsides of the study is that one month after the pine bark extract treatment ceased, patients had a recurrence of  symptoms. This shows a need for a more holistic, long term treatment. Pycnogenol should be just one part of a comprehensive protocol that addresses many of the possible contributing factors to ADHD.

If you or someone you know has children with the symptoms of ADHD, talk to Dr. Godo. Natural treatment offers so many benefits with NO side effects. In addition, Dr. Godo can address diet, and recommend which foods are helpful and provide the “brain fuel” children need.

Essential oils can help with a sluggish metabolism, cell membrane sludge and cellular energy inefficiency. There are supplements which provide phosphorylated B vitamins, trace minerals and neonatal glands to help balance blood sugar and stabilize energy.

Taking a Wellness approach to ADHD can be a welcome solution for those who have seen the side effects of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs for ADHD can cause headache, dizziness, insomnia, dryness of the mouth, stomach pain, sleeplessness and decreased appetite. Many of the drugs prescribed for ADHD are so new, who knows the long term effects they can have.

We all want the best for our children. Watching them develop and learn, and seeing them happy, is one of life’s great blessings. Talk to Dr. Godo about ADHD.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC


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