Changing the Future of ADHD Treatment

Whether you want to face it or not, you must admit that the increased use of medication in America for ADHD symptoms has become outrageous. I stand for the drug freedom ADHD lifestyle. Of course that brings with it untold amounts of support for AND against the position of The ADHD Society. The vision we see of the future of ADHD is one I which people with the traits of ADD/ADHD are revered, encouraged, and supported for their powerful brains.adhd-girls-add

For this to happen, there are several major advancements that need to occur:

  1. Educational systems that strengthen and support ADHD-type thinkers and doers.

This does not limit to the public schools, it is open to any educational system which exists or will be created. We’ve seen a huge boom in home schooling and private school attendance. This may be due in part to the inability of teachers to ‘handle’ students with ADHD. The ADHD Society wants educational systems to be elevated to the level of edifying the brain of ADHD. This is a far cry from having a school that will ‘agree to take the kid with ADHD.’ This will involve new training, understanding, and maturity in educators to be able and willing to build the ability within the ADHD brain. We are amazing problem solvers and solution oriented thinkers when we are in a supportive environment.praise-a-child-wordle

  1. Less drugs being incorrectly prescribed or experimented on our brains.

It is well known that America takes a ridiculous amount of prescription medication for ADD/ADHD compared to the rest of the planet. In the last few years research has been completed in Europe that is showing promising results that are pointing to the fallacy of the chemical imbalance theory of ADHD. Although it’s possible that medication may be needed for a very small percentage of people with ADHD, there’s no way that millions of humans need to on so many different versions of ADHD prescriptions. Advancements in behavior modification, nutrition, neurofeedback, cognitive and vestibular exercises have created amazing drug free results.kid-brain

  1. People growing up with self-esteem instead of being branded a problem.

The stigma of ADHD being a disorder has all but destroyed many humans. Carrying fear, shame and guilt from being branded a problem, nuisance, or problem has suppressed many people with ADHD. Yes, we’re different, and society order is threatened by that. The ADHD brain thinks faster, more creatively, full of curiosity and energy. The mold that society would like for us to fit into cannot contain us; there will be a revolution that creates a new design in which our powerful brains can thrive.

  1. Change the drug abuse, and alcoholism, and addiction that is so prevalent with ADHD.

Studies are reporting that 50% of people with ADD/ADHD become alcoholics or addicts. That’s only what’s reported; meaning there are definitely more. Being different, thinking different, causing problems, and being told all the negative things that we hear growing up leads to self-medication. Any amount of change that occurs with this particular issue will help so many people on the levels of country, state, city, and within the homes and relationships of those with ADD/ADHD.

  • If you’ve read his far, then you have a strong interest in this situation – and I want you to leave a comment below please.adhdrva-getaccessgirls-whispering

 

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6 Summertime Strategies for People with ADHD

The ADHD Society blog bannerPeople with ADHD need some preparation and planning when it comes to summer time. The usual rigors of school and set schedule are gone. Here are 6 ways to ensure that your summer is a wonderful enjoyable time, instead of a nightmare.girl add secrets

  1. Structure/Routines

People with ADHD thrive on structure and routine that reflects your child’s personality, family’s values, and your child’s needs. When it comes to structure, seek agreed upon plans with the child; posted around the house, anywhere that the reminders can be seen and adhered to.adhd structure

  1. Flexibility/Discipline

We all know that Life doesn’t always follow correctly. Be vigilant that if foresee changes in the schedule coming up, act fast to alert the person with ADHD. We’ve all dealt with the frazzled blow-up that happens when something changes at the last minute. Seek to avoid that. Deal with blow-ups, broken rules, disrespectful behavior with the concept that the punishment matches the crime.

  1. Camps/Adventures

Be sure to discuss with people at camp about ADHD. In Richmond we have many awesome outdoor camps. My two favorite picks would be “Winshape Camps” and “Passages”. Specifically because they are mostly outdoor, highly engaging, and socially interacting. As for regular adventures, they can be anywhere. Letter-boxing, hands-on museums, fun historical tours – Richmond in particular is full of family fun things to do. For more info go to Macaroni Kid Richmond.

  1. Safety/Health

We live in the South, so beware of heat, review water safety, playground, bikes, skateboards, boats, bugs. Even though people with ADHD aren’t the greatest at following rules, most realize that the rules are there for your physical safety. Take time during each day to train them up with respect to personal hygiene, exercise, mental breaks, and relationship building.P-KidsAerobic

  1. Nutrition/Experimenting

I recently did a presentation to a group of corporate employees and we discussed the simple concept of making a better choice than yesterday. Very simple. We can always eat more vegetables, which have live carbohydrates and enzymes to help digest our food. Eat plenty of protein – fish, chicken, turkey, nut butters, and sparingly beef. Reduce sugar, artificial sweeteners and dairy. Just trust me on that one. Be excited to try new routines, new foods, new, games, new words, and even new emotions. Remember that people with ADHD like novelty, something new, different, weird, and fun.adhd for teachers

  1. Contribution/Self Esteem

Kids DO love to help – let them. Help them to become willing to do age-appropriate chores, things, and jobs. Praise and recognize them for it. Be on the lookout for ways to improve their Self Esteem by looking for them to do something right and Praise them.

Thank you for taking time to read this – please comment below and share any new ideas that you’ve found helpful. And have an awesome fun and safe summer.

 

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Adult ADHD Letter for Drug Free Treatment

The ADHD Society blog bannerTo whom it may concern:

Some adults have been suffering with ADHD for over a decade. The treatment outlined originally will facilitate his improving to decrease the symptoms and provide relief.

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood. Adult ADHD includes a combination of problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

People with ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. Symptoms sometimes lessen with age. However, some people never completely outgrow their ADHD symptoms. But those who receive a combination of neurofeedback, nutritional changes, behavior modification, and counseling can learn to successfully handle the symptoms.

The treatment will help his/her ADHD and can help a great deal with his symptoms. Treatment involves a combination of neurofeedback, nutritional changes, behavior modification, and counseling. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in outcome.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can have long-term consequences for an individual’s functioning and quality of life and it is widely acknowledged that it can persist into adulthood, causing further impairment.1-5 Recognizing the diversity of ADHD and offering a patient-centered management approach, such as coordinated medical and non-medical support, can help patients and their families cope with ADHD.5tas-support-grp-logo-BIG

The three core signs of ADHD of impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity may change with age and can persist through life, having an impact especially during key transitional phases.5-9 At each stage, the impact of ADHD on functioning may vary, for example, hyperactivity may present in different ways depending on age:

  • Pre-school child – incessant and demanding extremes of activity
  • School-age child – excessive movement in inappropriate situations, rather than on every occasion
  • Adolescents – excessive fidgetiness
  • Adults – sustained sense of inner restlessness.8

ADHD may cause difficulties at home, for example, a child may struggle to follow routine, causing difficulties for other family members.10,11

The high genetic association with ADHD means there may be more than one individual in the home with the disorder, putting additional strain on family relationships.12-14

The impact of ADHD on functioning can have a considerable effect on a child’s performance at school, and often children with ADHD struggle to concentrate or do well with their studies.6,15

This pattern of inattention may persist into adulthood, causing difficulties in the workplace and a high turnover of jobs.6,11,16,17 Adults with ADHD are also be more prone to criminality, including traffic offenses, compared with peers without ADHD.1,6,18

Individuals with ADHD find it hard to maintain relationships, with children often having social difficulties and adults often struggling with romantic relationships.6,11adhd-son-father-argue

ADHD can also carry a financial burden. For example, elevated levels of unemployment and the high turnover of jobs associated with ADHD in adults can lead to lower household income levels.6 Furthermore, parents of children with ADHD may suffer financially because of reduced efficiency or absence from the workplace caused by managing their child’s condition.19 ADHD also represents a burden to society in terms of the increased healthcare resource use associated with the disorder, possibly as a result of increased injury rates in patients with ADHD.20-22

By receiving this treatment, the client will have the ability to integrate both the left and right hemispheres of his brain, thus giving him more control over the symptoms of inattentiveness and impulsivity. Guiding new nutritional habits, as well as, utilizing particular vitamins and supplements will support better brain and body functioning. The occurrence of stimulus seeking behavior and possible recklessness will decrease; which places the patient at less risk of physical harm – than those not receiving treatment.

More and more studies have shown that this approach to ADHD care has longer lasting results than medication only. During the course of care, the patient’s condition will improve as opposed to deteriorate if left untreated. Adults with ADHD can cause many problems not only in their own life, but others as well; including work, home, and school.

This patient has been suffering with ADHD for over a decade. The treatment outlined above will facilitate his improving to decrease the symptoms and provide relief.

Sincerely,

Dr. Eric Etkaadhd for teachers

Adapted from original source http://bit.ly/1KLzxMF

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Nutrition Hacks for ADHD

The ADHD Society blog bannerThere is so much hype on the internet about nutrition and ADD/ADHD. I see so many adults and parents telling each other on social media about food additives, artificial stuff, vitamins, oils, supplements, meat vs. vegan, special liquids vs water; all the while missing the most important part.girls-whispering

I am currently in over 20 separate groups on Facebook for ADHD – different countries, ages, genders, censored and not censored, some are pro medication, others abhor prescriptions like they’re the devil.

I read and follow many chat rooms and discussion boards and here’s what I see. The blind leading the blind. It’s rare that someone with credentials, working knowledge of human science, and whom currently is helping clients successfully; is speaking up.

Remember that I’m a board-certified Dr, with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Along with awards for my work in both Chiropractic and natural ADHD care.

Do you ever get caught up in information overload with al the stuff flying around the internet? How about I clean things up for you and bring clarity to the whole situation.

Concept of Better Choices.1456693_10152083587505977_1803238107_n

Picture a meter in front of you that measures bad to good – left to right. Actually let’s make it more obvious and say the meter measures toxic to vitalicious. You get my point right?

Throw in there that you are dealing with a person who may have texture, taste, and or food allergies.

Combined with a brain that loves change when they want it and are ready and willing to experience the change. That is a very important concept if you read it and let it sink in.

The key ingredient many people are missing is such a hard thing for people to grasp because they are always looking for new ways to do things before they’ve actually correctly done the first thing they learned.

Of course, marketing doesn’t help either, because the major food companies know how to market to your weaknesses. It’s an unfair advantage that most people are unaware of while they are being marketed to on a daily basis.

When it comes to putting food in your mouth, I want you to understand that it’s more than just a feeling of being full that you need to be going after. It’s more than just what tastes yummy or what Social Sally said on Twitter. Everyone is a unique individual whose body is an amazing physiologic marvel.

Going back to the meter that determines the goodness of food in your body system – let’s agree that every food group and category has choices amongst them that run the gamut of this meter. The goal of becoming as clean inside as possible for the brain to work efficiently becomes easy using this idea.adhd for teachers

Remember that we are to make progress each day, not go for broke and try to change everything at once. Now we can create the understanding of making better choices each day, as opposed to the scary idea of changing many aspects all at once – which typically doesn’t work for many people.

Using science and human physiology, we know that 4 particular foods cause inflammation in the human body. The foods are red meat, dairy, grains, and sugar. Tested, proven, no discussion needed. Now – within those 4 categories, there are obviously good choices and bad choices. Corned beef all the way to cold ocean mackerel. The dairy section, I’m here to tell you that the human body functions more optimally with no cow inside the digestive system. There are many ways to get natural calcium from vegetables, and you can get iron from other foods as well. One other thing, for some reason many people think that eggs are dairy; simply not possible for cows to lay eggs.

When it comes to grains, we want to pay attention to label reading and beware of words like wheat flour, white flour, and bleached flour. Avoid confusion in the bread aisle by choosing foods that say they’re “100 percent whole grain” — that label ensures that the product contains no refined flours.

Lastly, but possibly the most important is sugar. Since you’ve been reading this far, then you’re ahead of many people who give up when I tell them to get rid of dairy, so give yourself a pat on the back. Please put on your thinking cap for this short technical discussion. Sugar is chemically called the glucose molecule. The mammal brain use glucose for energy. Many molecules chained together is called a carbohydrate. There are many forms of carbs, ranging from doughy breads and pasta to organic vegetables. For this short article let’s place more emphasis on you eating more healthy carbohydrates – whole grain pastas and many more vegetables.

The subject of nutrition takes volumes of pages to cover; my hope is to get you fundamentals that you can easily understand and start making better choices.tas-flyer

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Controversy: WebMD vs. Dr. Etka – Tips for Drug Side Effects

See if you think these controversial tips are as unhelpful as I do. This piece will be delivered as a mock debate. This article is being adapted from a specific article that is on Webmd.com.

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Dr. Etka’s disclaimer – reading this article it became painfully obvious that the majority of ‘tips’ were nothing more than changing the medication delivery. Yes, there are a few natural attempts at helping, but I was struck by the complete focus on drugs being the only real solution. My mission has always been to stand up against that in my life and my client’s lives; standing up for finding a better more natural way. ( it is your job to make the decision to talk to your MD about your medications )

So, here are the WebMd tips vs. Dr. Etka tips:

WebMd – Decreased appetite: If your child’s appetite wanes after taking ADHD medicine, give the dose after breakfast so that he or she will eat better in the morning. Serve a large dinner in the evening, when the drug is beginning to wear off. Keep plenty of healthy snacks on hand; a balanced diet with nutritious, higher-calorie foods and drinks will help to offset any weight loss from the ADHD drug. If your child’s poor appetite lasts for a long period, ask the doctor about reducing the dose or stopping the drug on weekends or summer breaks to allow appetite to return to normal.adhd-sprt-grp-lil-logo

Dr. Etka – people are well aware of the loss of appetite and possible weight loss that comes with many ADHD meds. Throughout the day set up reminders for the patient to eat the healthy snacks, talk with teachers about allowing a special ‘snack’ time, immediately after school have food ready to eat or drink a smoothie that has protein. Without eating the blood sugar fluctuations cause brain trouble. Not to mention when the drugs wear off, which we’ll talk about below.

WebMd – Stomach pain or upset: Don’t give your child medicine on an empty stomach. “For any GI discomfort, taking the medication with or immediately after food will make a very big difference,” Pakyurek says.

Dr. Etka – This tip makes me chuckle. Since it is so obvious let’s take it a step further. There’s a growing amount of research evidence about the digestive system being different in people with ADHD. One in particular states “The study of more than 700,000 children found that constipation nearly tripled and fecal incontinence increased six-fold among kids with ADHD”. By adding digestive enzymes, we have found that patients begin to improve, along with keeping a food journal and charting their progress.

WebMd – Sleep problems: Set up a regular bedtime routine that includes relaxing activities, such as bathing or reading. If a stimulant type of ADHD medication prevents your child from sleeping well, ask the doctor about taking the drug earlier in the day or switching from a long-acting to a shorter-acting form . Ask, too, about reducing the dose or stopping the drug in the afternoon to help your child sleep at bedtime.adhd sleep trouble

Dr. Etka – I love the first sentence. The human body loves rhythm. Breathing, walking, heart beating, blinking, sleep cycles. Keeping a solid bedtime routine helps the body to fall asleep. Some people have used melatonin as a sleep aid. Melatonin is a chemical secreted by your brain during REM sleep. It’s important that we get it. It’s not so much a sleep aid, as it is a brain aid. If you have an essential oil diffuser, you can use lavender or a Serenity creating blend to help relax the person to fall asleep easier.

WebMd – Daytime drowsiness: If the ADHD drug atomoxetine (Strattera) is making your child sleepy during the day, ask about giving the drug at bedtime instead of in the morning. You can also check with the doctor about lowering the dose or dividing the dose and giving it twice a day.

Dr. Etka – Not a single MD knows which drug will work for which patient. Does this mean that the child can only be regulated with drugs, day and night? Seriously?! I was put on Strattera for a short time when I was in my late 20’s. I did not use it for long. I would definitely recommend talking to the Dr about this one. The ADHD Brain works very fast, it should not be falling asleep during the day. I do suggest taking breaks after hyper-focused work, maybe a nap, but this would be on purpose to rejuvenate, not because of drug weariness.

WebMd – Rebounding effects: When ADHD drugs wear off in the afternoon or evening, some children have more ADHD symptoms or irritability. To prevent this “rebounding,” ask your child’s doctor about using a longer-lasting medication or taking a small dose of fast-acting stimulant later in the day.

Dr. Etka – Again, the tips is to take more medication? Drugs can do 2 things, make something go up or make it go down. When it wears off, we are all aware of the wave of symptoms and uncontrolledness that happens. Plan ahead for this. Eat something 30 minutes before the time the drug typically wears off, and/or let the person be outside, or being active, not engaged in doing things that require a lot of mental effort or self-control. We don’t want to raise kids thinking they can only ‘Be’- by having chemicals inside them. That’s just asking for trouble.adhd for teachers

WebMd – Mood changes: Keep an eye out for changes in your child’s mood. If you see changes, such as lessened emotional expression or suicidal thinking, alert your child’s doctor right away.

Dr. Etka – ‘When’ not ‘if’. I’ve lost count of how many stories I’ve heard and dealt with concerning this issue. Talk to the person with ADHD, have them tell you what they feel, how they feel, and be very vigilant of their language and tone. As far as emotions go, it’s important to begin a program of improving their ability to handle emotions correctly and function in society.

WebMd – Heart problems: Since there have been rare reports of serious heart problems in patients taking ADHD drugs, tell your child’s doctor about any heart problems in the family. “If there’s any history of significant heart problems, the physician may closely monitor, particularly if they’re using stimulants. Or they may even decide to get an EKG to make sure that the child does not have any cardiac problem,” Pakyurek says.

Dr. Etka – The words ‘serious’ and ‘significant’ aren’t defined in this tip. That makes me nervous. I would have a conversation with the MD about what those terms mean. These drugs do change the hearts electrical activity – be sure of that.

Every month new alternative ways of handling ADD/ADHD are being incorporated into wellness minded solutions. Our ADHD Rescue program is on the fore-front of helping people get their lives back naturally. We use a special combination on Chiropractic, Physical/Cognitive/Auditory/Visual/Balance Exercises, Correct Personalized Nutrition, ADHD Coaching, Neurofeedback, Psychological Assessments, and the list is growing weekly.

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ADHD Webinar – Help with Homework Projects and Tasks

Many people have been dealing with homework battles and trying to figure out how to get over procrastination with respect to projects and tasks.
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Richmond ADD ADHD & Special Needs Support Group

Every day people on social media are giving out advice to other struggling adults, parents, and kids. It drives me bonkers. I think that it’s unsafe. Some of it may actually be illegal; given compliance issues of America’s FDA. So I decided to do something about it. By creating a safe haven for people and families who are living their lives with someone who has a disability, special needs, ADD/ADHD, etc.adhd-sprt-grp-lil-logo You can join us THERE by clicking this Facebook event link

Lately there have been great strides made in laws and bills going through the judiciary process that are helping people with a disability. There are also changes being enacted with regards to IEP’s and 504 plans. Every day a new drug is being tested for children whose bodies and brains haven’t even completed growing yet. There is also ground-breaking research overseas that is showing promise with new understandings and possible helpful drug-free treatments for many people.

Don’t get me wrong. I want to see the breakthroughs. I want people to get better. But, I believe there is a better way to go about doing it.

I want to pave the way and bring together the families with trusted professionals, caregivers, school admin, scientists, researchers and lobbyists who have their best interests at heart. This may seem like a futile attempt, but we certainly won’t know until we try. As a cohesive team that cares about our family’s past, present, and future.tas-support-grp-logo-BIG

In the beginning, there will be kinks to work out; I’m sure of it. But the overall goal is to have a place in the real world where people can assemble and meet; made up of people with common experiences where people can give and receive emotional and practical support. Eventually, this can be bolstered by an online community with video-conferencing capability to bring the high-level guest speakers right into the palm of your hand.

As more and more people join, we may need to find a bigger space in Richmond, VA. My first idea is to bring a much of this online as possible – so that the planet can have access to what we’re creating.brain-research

But first, let’s get the structure and ground rules straight before we embark on this assembled journey.

Rules are simple:

  1. Respect everyone’s positive opinion in the community.
  2. Talk about your experiences – don’t tell others what to do.
  3. This is not a sales forum , it’s a safe place to explore & meet others.
  4. What you hear, who you see – HERE – stays here.
  5. You’re free to bring people with you – who will adhere to the rules.

Richmond Va is where I have been making enormous strides in helping bring people together for the greater good. I have always believed in serving and helping people. I am open to suggestion So please leave your comments below and I will be quick to respond to them and take them into consideration.

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What’s a Worse Scam – Supplements or Medication?

Adults, parents and kids are doing whatever it takes to find a ‘cure’ for their ( _____ ). This has led to some good things and bad things. On one hand, it has caused humans to search for the truth, venture into wellness territory, also investigating claims, seeking out legitimate help and treatment. Then there are the throngs of people grasping at straws, taking advice of non-credentialed people on social media, throwing money at sham supplements and vitamins, and blindly taking their MD’s advice on which prescription cocktail the drug reps are pushing this month. And there you are… somewhere in the middle of it all, wondering what you’re supposed to do about it.adhd and emotions

Let me illuminate things for you. Munch on this fact – not a single MD knows which ADHD drug is going to work for which patient. Ask them to their face. Please do it.

Cheap supplement companies want your money and don’t care if what they’re selling actually contains what you think you’re buying. There are so many ways to prove this it’s inarguable. Especially when it comes to herbal supplements. Here’s an excellent post from a good friend of mine, Shawn Phillips, that really admonishes people to be smart and have common sense about what you’re spending your money on. http://www.mystrengthforlife.com/massive-herbal-supplement-scam-whats-really-going-on-here/

He and I think very alike, and we have both hinted at the fact that the pharmaceutical companies are behind a lot of the anti-vitamin messages and attacks. As he puts it so eloquently,

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Let’s focus on the topic of prescriptions for a moment. My colleague, the forefather of the perspective of ADHD being a gift, Dr. Edward Hallowell states on his website during an interview: hallowell-goodpichttp://www.drhallowell.com/add-adhd/top-10-newest-findings-about-addadhd/

“ Q: What advances in the field of medication have taken place since the original version of this book was published?

A: Hallowell: The most important point I’d like to stress is not new, but must be stressed because it is crucial. That is the primary importance of the psychology of medication. The response you get to any medication, ADD medications included of course, is partially determined by how you feel about taking the medication. To get the best response, you should want to take the medication, know that it is safe, like the doctor who is prescribing it, and feel hopeful for a positive result. The way to inculcate these feelings is for the doctor to take the time to educate the patient, and for the patient to take the time to ask all the questions he or she might have. A major reason that a medication fails to work is that the proper emotional conditions have not been created to give the medication its best chance of working well.

Having said that, several new medications have appeared. We professionals had high hopes for one of them, Strattera, because it is not a controlled substance, it does not have many of the side effects the stimulants have, and it did well in early clinical trials. Unfortunately, it has not proven to be as effective as we had hoped. While it is still a fine medication for treating ADD, it is a third or fourth choice.

The long-acting stimulants are now the mainstay of the medication treatment of ADD. These include the long-acting methylphenidate-based medications, like Concerta, Focalin XR, and Ritalin LA, as well as the amphetamine-based medications like Adderall XR and Vyvanse. You should work with your doctor until you find the right dose of the right medication that provides target-symptom relief with no side effects other than appetite suppression without weight loss. This can take some time to achieve, but it is worth taking that time. “ end of quote.

Seriously, did you understand what that meant? It means THE KIDS – need to want to take the medication, know that it is safe, “like” the doctor who is prescribing it, and feel hopeful for a positive result that provides target-symptom relief with no side effects other than appetite suppression without weight loss… F-adhd-zombie

I consider Dr. Hallowell the pinnacle of information on ADHD. You should too. I’ve personally talked with him and our views on ADHD are incredibly similar, even though he is from the Medical world. His strength-based approach is in alignment with mine and I will champion his work for decades to come. His words ring in my ears daily. The disturbing piece if this to me is the fact that he is basically describing the Placebo Effect. Also called the placebo response. A remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo — a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution — can sometimes improve a patient’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful.

The combination of these truths set forth in this post may aggravate you. I hope at least it opens your eyes to how important it is for you to be very educated on the realities of the vitamin, supplement, and pharmaceutical world.

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A New Paradigm on Human Energy

What’s your relationship with your Energy?

Most people accept the notion that as we age we have less energy. Have you ever seen a younger person running around tirelessly and said to someone else, “ gosh, it would be great to have that kind of energy again, huh?” On the other hand, there are stories of elders that complete triathlons; while others are wasting away in nursing homes. This discussion on energy is going to open your mind to a new paradigm with regards to your energy and potential as a human being.shawn phillips

Shawn Phillips introduced me to a concept that wasn’t altogether new to me, but the way he presented it has been making think for months. In a podcast-turned-book Full Strength at 40, he brought up the idea of creating a relationship with food. While in another chapter he discussed managing our energy better. It occurred to me that there is a combination of the two that can be addressed and focused upon. Why don’t we improve our relationship with our Energy?

Let’s face it. Everything is energy. No argument there. By adding the word relationship to the concept of energy, we can incorporate new ideas of how we improve our relationships with other humans. Typically that’s how our brains think of relationships, correct? Now this makes things easier.

Imagine these paradigms of a relationship with Energy:

  1. concept of ‘courting’ your own energy
  2. falling in love with your own energy
  3. building trust in your relationship
  4. longer lasting friendships
  5. making deposit into your Emotional Bank Account (Stephen Covey)human energy

Are you following my line of thinking here? Of course you are, because those phrases make sense to you. Now put the idea of your own Energy into the understanding that you can cultivate and build it every moment of the idea; like your relationships.

Courting your own energy would be akin to being excited to feel your own energy improve, looking for ways to feel sexy energy again, presenting yourself in the most attractive way for your energy, and basically doing anything within your power to have your energy as high, exciting, and invigorating as possible.

Falling in love with your energy involves feeling really connected to your energy. At this level, everything that is going inside you is something you are fully engaged with and passionate about. Envision the idea that ‘ you are what you eat ‘ , but really it’s about all your sense. What am I digesting? What am I touching me or on my skin? What sounds are being allowed into my ears – music, movies, conversations, and other audio bytes? What smells, aromas, type of air are entering my nostrils? Then, of course, the almighty, often overlooked vision information being taken into our brains.

When it comes to building trust with your energy, I’m going to say that there will be days when you simply have to keep going and going until you’re drained. Now, at this point, you have to handle things consistently that you will take the necessary measures to replenish and rejuvenate your energy no matter what it takes. This, in essence, will let your body, mind, and soul know that you appreciate it enough and you are trustworthy to replenish, rebuild, and fulfill your energy stores back to 100%. (or as close to that as possible)energy in your hands

It’s well known that longer lasting friendships have a residual power to them. All the things that you have done or have not done in that friendship have created the strength it has presently. The exact same goes for your human energy. If you built a timeline over the last few months or years and took note of all the good things you’ve done to build your energy and health, what would it look like? Would you be embarrassed? Or maybe you could honestly stand tall and proud, stating, “I rocked that out!” Think in your own mind, that if there was a meter measuring that answer, where would the needle point to? This understanding brings us to the nest concept made famous by the late Stephen Covey.

The Emotional Bank Account. The basic idea here is that we want to be putting more deposits into the account than we take out. Until now the discussion has been primarily physical energy, but our emotional energy level is directly affected by everything above. Covey’s concept was focused more on how we treat others. When you turn that concept inward, combined with the paradigm of building your emotional energy relationship; we create a very powerful position. Surrounding yourself with encouraging, loving, supportive people is paramount in your emotional strength. Positive self-talk and affirmations can change your life. Purposefully changing your perspective (on something that is causing you bad stress) can turn the tables on energy levels instantly.adhd energy

This is an awesome new concept for many. Read this several times. Be honest with where you are. Court your energy. Fall in love with your energy. Purposefully build long lasting friendship with your energy. Create bullet-proof ways that solidify trust with your energy levels. Most importantly, be vigilant and protect your emotional energy.

Remember, we’re working on making progress, not looking for perfection. Namaste.

 

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Better Help for ADHD with Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback training has been introduced to several schools on a small scale with fantastic results. As technology improves, and research begins to focus more on the brain, rather than prescriptions, it’s evolving how ADHD symptoms are addressed. The classic hallmark traits of ADD/ADHD are impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity. adhd myndplay

Recent research is proving that it has a genetic component, that it’s an anatomically different brain – that can misfire its impulses, along “with glucose usage characteristics. I believe that many people are noticing that ADHD isn’t simply a chemical imbalance or problem; which has them searching out alternative ways to handle the negative aspects of the diagnosis.

I personally have spoken to possibly over 1,000 parents by now, and I can honestly tell you that the vast majority of them do NOT want their kids on medication. Then why are so many kids on prescription drugs for ADHD?

Several reasons: 1. They don’t truly understand ‘what is ADD/ADHD’. 2. They haven’t been shown the parenting skills to handle the person correctly with the diagnosis. 3. The teachers want to have better control in the classroom. 4. Because we put too much trust in medicine in America. Register now button

Neurofeedback studies are being performed as we speak in classrooms across the nation.

1.      In-school neurofeedback training for ADHD: sustained improvements from a randomized control trial

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24534402

2.      Neurofeedback and cognitive attention training for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in schools

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24399101

  1. Computer-based attention training in the schools for children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a preliminary trial.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21561933

Introducing a non-invasive form of neurofeedback (NFB) that is fun and can be tracked, along with pre and post psychological assessments – seems like a no-brainer. NFB simply is monitoring the brain waves while the subject is performing a task. The task can be directly helpful to improving the impulsiveness, and distraction problems so prevalent with ADHD. Combining the two into a video game that can provide it’s own reports on the subject’s progress; now you have a winning combination. adhd-focus-pocusIf that was too complex for you, let’s break it down. Non-drug treatment, using technology that monitors brain waves to control a fun interactive video game, to dampen the negative traits of ADHD, while enhancing the positive traits, which can provide progress reports. And to put the icing on the cake, have the parents and child both take real psychological ADHD assessments before and after treatment.

In the USA, our clinic is the first to bring this technology into the arena of ADHD treatment. The London company, Myndplay, not only, has partnered with us in our mission to re-educate the world on the positive aspects of ADHD, but also is providing the support and platform by which to make this technology accessible to all parents, adults, and children who need help.

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