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ADHD: A Holistic Approach

A Personal Note

This term (ADHD) recently entered my life. My five (5) year old daughter is being tested and observed for the next several weeks, as her teachers and those close to her have come to realize that she is a strong candidate for the disorder. It is not something that just jumped out of no where, for the past year I have questioned if this was a possibility. I started to notice about a year ago that although highly intelligent, I was unable to keep her attention on anything for longer than five to ten minutes at a time. Around the same time I was told by a pediatric healthcare professional, who had worked with her, that ADHD was something I needed to look-up. I started to see how many of the indicators were closely identifiable with my daughter.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD Signs
Signs of ADHD

ADHD can be catagorized into three subtypes: inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive and combined (most common). Inattentive symptoms seemed to border the pattern of an active child and are listed as follows:

Hyperactive-impulsive symptoms can also border the same characteristics of an active child, but there were several that stood out and I could identify them as traits my daughter often displayed. Following is a list of symptoms for hyperactive-impulsive:

combined type is a combination of the other two types, the most common and seemed to be a checklist for my daughter’s behavior. I have come to realize that she is HIGHLY intelligent; in fact so much so that when she was 2 she could memorize a password to get into her brother’s tablet, without the knowledge of numbers and letters. This same little girl barely made it through preschool last year and had more than 30 citations at the end of the year and is on track this year with 2 citations in 2 weeks. Anyone that knows her, loves her. She is a sweetheart and probably the funniest little person I have met. Yet, her teachers and those that have to keep her attention, don’t find her sweet or funny. Hence the 30+ citations.

Hesitant To Label?

ADHD Zone
ADHD Zone

I was still hesitant to “label” my daughter ADHD, as this can often cause teachers to cringe at the thought of having them in their class. I decided to research the facts a little deeper and that is when my hesitation completely diminished and I found that I was then researching holistic remedies and a way to better help her become educated.

The research that led me to my ultimate resolve was found in an online article that offered information about women who take antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to have children with ADHD. I have not always maintained a lifestyle of holistic health. In fact, it was shortly after my daughter’s birth that I chose to go holistic and much of that decision was based on health complications she endured at birth. Those complications were caused by the medication that I stayed on at the direction of my Doctors; who offered their dish of ‘fear psychology’ and told me that she and I would both be in danger if I did not remain on the medication. I have gone more three years without antidepressants or any of the other medication the Doctor’s offered upon diagnosis of my disease and yet I am now the healthiest I have been in years. I can speak from experience when I offer my suggestion of: follow what you know to be best for you and your family, regardless of what letters follow their last name.

Healthline posted an article October 2013, where they cite the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as showing an increase in prescriptions of methylphenidate (Ritalin) by 500% since 1990. Medline Plus lists this drug as habit forming along with several other side effects, including: nervousness, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and the list goes on and on. I have met several adults that have told me that Ritalin was the “gateway drug” for them to start down a path of addiction and drug abuse. If you are considering taking the route of prescription medications to treat ADHD, I highly suggest researching the side effects and articles that others have written.

Still Stuck on Holistic…

Helpful Study Tips for ADHD
Study Tips for ADHD

I continued my search and was encouraged to continue my quest for using a natural, holistic approach to help treat my daughter’s ADHD. I was able to locate an article by ADDitude that lists not only helpful foods, but also lists supplements and vitamins that researchers are starting to look further into for possible solutions in treating ADHD based on vitamin deficiencies.  I also found an article on helping my daughter in being less of a “picky eater”, which apparently stems from my actions based on my lack of knowledge as a parent. I also located a six-week detox plan that I am willing to research further and possibly write a follow-up article on it’s success. I am committed, as a parent, to enhance my children’s lives in every way possible; especially in researching every possible means of improving their lives rather than damage them with chemicals that have less history and background than herbs and vitamins that have been used for centuries.

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Holistic Cure for the Flu

by Dave Christensen

Chills, Fever, Congestion, Body Aches?

For over fifteen years, whenever I’ve had the flu, I’m talking about the point of being contagious and shivering with  fever, I have used this juicing recipe to cure it. Rather than paying $90-$150 to see a doctor and obtain a prescription of antibiotics, I have used my juicer, a couple cloves of garlic, and carrots to cure the flu.( Maybe $5.00)

Cold vs. Flu
Cold vs. Flu

Warning: If you are allergic to garlic, or carrots, please disregard this remedy for your health sake.

To start this remedy you need a juicer that can turn a carrot into juice as fast as you can feed it. This is the only major purchase you may need. I recommend a Waring commercial juice extractor often available at Smart n’ Final. If you have a juicer of that capacity, you can start saving money now. Here’s my recipe:

  • Run a couple cloves of garlic (2-3) through the juicer along with an ounce of water (shot glass) and catch that juice and set it aside.
  • Immediately juice 6-8 carrots into a large glass and set it aside.
  • In this phase, keep in mind these words, “DO NOT SWALLOW”
  • Take the ounce of garlic juice; gargle it for 15-30 seconds then spit it out.
  • Take the carrot juice; drink it. Yes you may swallow.
  • Brush your teeth.

You will feel an immediate burning sensation because what is happening is the garlic is killing the infection in your throat.The benefits of garlic’s “Anti-microbial effect” efficiently combats bacterial viruses for immediate relief of congestion in the ears, nose, and throat. Most likely you won’t make it to 30 seconds the first time you gargle, but do all you can to make it to 15 seconds. You will live. After you spew it out, chase it with the carrot juice, then brush your teeth.

Drinking the carrot juice doubles the infection fighting vitamins and minerals the body needs to battle infection.

How the Flu Works
How the Flu Works

The garlic meshed with carrot juice is ingested into your body, fortifying the vitamins, and absorbing throughout the bloodstream the “antimicrobial “ effects that purify your blood; if used regularly will detoxify your liver. WebMD has some interesting facts on garlic you might enjoy, follow the above link for more information.

I Do What?!

Of course you’re thinking; “Wait a minute, gargle with garlic?” Remember, you are contagious and shivering with fever. You need to be quarantined anyway. Spend the rest of the day in bed. Your body now has relief and at this point you will regain the sleep you had lost.This is why I recommend you wait til this point to use this remedy. After you’ve brushed your teeth, there is a very pleasant sweet taste in your mouth. You  also have experienced an immediate relief of congestion in the ears, nose and throat. No other flu remedies needed. The longest any flu virus has stayed in my body is 36 hours. If I’m not at least 80% by then, I give it another dose. I’ve never had the flu last more than four days.

Nutrients of Carrots

Carrots and garlic have tremendous holistic healing attributes. Juicing just a few carrots per day alone will do wonders for your health. Juicing carrots provides vitamins A,C,D, E, K, B and B6 to your body and will regulate your blood sugar.  Carrots are also rich in Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, organic sodium and other minerals. Juicing-For-Health.com listed twenty health benefits of juicing carrots.  Among the list, the most outstanding to me is the benefits of blood building.  Juicing carrots builds hemoglobin and lowers serum cholesterol levels, reduces the risks of heart disease and strokes by cleansing the arteries of any plaque deposits. Juicing carrots also helps boost your immune system by increasing the “production and performance of white-blood cells.”

Nutrients of Garlic

Garlic contains rich amounts of Vitamin A, B-complex and C, contains the minerals Manganese, Phosphorus, Calcium, Copper, Potassium and Iron, Amino acids, essential oils, and glycosides.

Twelve types of antioxidants in garlic provide numerous healing attributes. Garlic is also known as a blood detoxifier, and to be effective in normalizing blood pressure.

There are numerous benefits to holistic remedies rather than going to the doctor.

Flu Fighting Foods
Flu Fighting Foods

No matter if it’s you or your health insurance that pays the bottom line; next time you have the flu, keep in mind these suggestions. Try this remedy first, and if you don’t feel better in 24 hours, go to your Physician. My experience is that it has worked for over 15 years and has saved hundreds in doctor visits and prescribed antibiotics. I never lost a friend either.

Below are some other juicing recipes that will give you health and nutrition. Enjoy!

http://juicing-for-health.com/fun-free-recipes/pretty-juicer-recipes.html