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ADD/ADHD ­ The Causes & Cures

By Larry Cook

I first heard about Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) when I talked with my sister several years ago and she told me she thought her son had it. I asked her what ADD was and she said she did a little reading and learned that it is a condition where people can be hyperactive, non-attentive (which surely describes my nephew) and prone to having trouble learning in school, among other conditions. A few months later, a friend asked me to help out an employee at The HANDLE Institute, who was having problems with his MacIntosh. We got to talking and I discovered that they use a drug-free treatment for ADD/ADHD and have a pretty high success rate.

Many months later I met the clinical director and founder of The HANDLE Institute, Judith Bluestone. I was called in to help the non-profit organization set up an advertising matrix so that more people would learn about their unique drug-free therapy. It was at that time that I began to really learn about Attention Deficit Disorder, or as Judith has renamed it, Attentional Priority Disorder. I also learned about the addictive drug Ritalin and how children are being legally doped up to cover over the symptoms of their real problem. Based on my extensive research, I have found that a cure is available for ADD/ADHD. In this paper I give an outline of the causes of ADD/ADHD symptoms and how to reverse those causes so as to bring about full recovery.


Part I. The Overview-ADD Explained

ADD/ADHD­The Basics
Symptoms of ADD/ADHD include difficulty sustaining attention, impulsive actions, disorganization, defiant behaviors, low self-esteem, problems with transitions, sleep disorders, etc.1 Estimates are that five to twenty percent of the United States population suffer the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.2 As children who suffer ADD/ADHD symptoms enter adulthood, they are statistically more likely to enter into criminal behaviour.3 The most common approach to controlling people who suffer the symptoms of ADD/ADHD is to prescribe to them the drug Ritalin, an addictive narcotic.1 4 Between 1.5 million and 2.5 million children now take Ritalin every day to have their behavior controlled,4 an increase of 500% since 1990.5

The common method of treating children with Ritalin has one advantage and two distinct disadvantages for those children. The advantage is that immediate relief is often secured from the symptoms. This is because Ritalin, an amphetamine (speed), speeds neural information through their weakened neural systems, allowing them to comprehend life again. The disadvantages are 1) horrible side effects which include drug addiction, nervousness, insomnia, palpitations, headaches, tachycardia (uneven heartbeat), angina, abdominal pain, lack of muscle control, hair loss, convulsions, delirium,6 and 2) Ritalin never actually solves the underlying problem that cause the symptoms of ADD/ADHD in the first place.7

The deliberate drugging of children and adults has profited many companies which specialize in the "management" of people who suffer the symptoms of ADD/ADHD. The 1998 issue of the A.D.D. WareHouse catalogue lists over 200 products, mostly informational, that are for sale to parents, teachers, administrators and children who suffer from the symptoms of ADD/ADHD or manage others who have been labeled with ADD/ADHD.14 Yet I found only one listing in the entire catalogue which even suggests there may be a natural approach to treating ADD/ADHD or that it can be cured at all.15 Why is this? Simply put: far more money can be made when the problem is allowed to continue than when it is solved.

The Swiss company Ciba-Geigy Corporation, makers of Ritalin, are earning over $450 million in profits per year.13 Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), the largest non-profit support group devoted to advocating the drugging of people who suffer ADD, received $800,000 from Ciga-Geiby between 1996 - 1998.8 CHADD refuses to recognize drug- free treatments as acceptable or worthy treatments,11 even though thousands of children have been cured of ADD/ADHD across the country using drug-free treatments.12

Other companies produce books, learning guides and gadgets to help people "adjust" and "cope" with the way of living with ADD/ADHD, probably on drugs, for the rest of their lives. Isn't there a better way? Yes, there is-solve the problem!
Let's first get a brief overview9 of the underlying reasons why people exhibit symptoms of ADD:10

Neural pathways in the brain transmit information­gathered by the senses (vision, hearing, smell, touch, taste and body-in-space)­throughout a variety of processing systems in the brain. These systems interact with past (memory) and present (sensory) information to give us appropriate plans for action (speech, reasoning, movement, refrainment from action, reading, writing, etc.).

When our neural pathways are underdeveloped, too thin and/or disorganized, or the vestibular system (inner ear system) is compromised, due to physical trauma, inappropriate stimulation, toxin overload, poor nutrition and/or unusually restricted or exaggerated physical movement, our information processing abilities will be hampered. These weakened neural pathways will then cause us to become overwhelmed by normal sensory input, resulting in a shutdown of some neural systems. We may then act out in frustration and anger because of an inability to concentrate on, comprehend, and respond appropriately to tasks at hand. These problems, depending on their severity, are the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, Autism and/or other learning and neurobehavioral disorders.

When you speak to a child who is suffering ADD/ADHD, he may start drumming on the table, look the other way, pull on his hair, and/or do many other seemingly non-attentive actions. In reality, he is trying to energize his weakened vestibular system by physically stimulating the neural pathways so he can pay attention. If he were to look at you, he would be distracted by your clothes. If he stopped drumming, his vestibular system would shut down. And if he were do "sit still and listen" he would sit still and "shut down."16 Perspective is everything.

Fortunately, neural pathways can be strengthened and organized by appropriate repeated physical movement (usually rhythmic), detoxification and nutritional support­without the use of any drugs. Physical movement-crawling, playing "patty-cake", rolling around on the floor and engaging in finger plays, martial arts, etc.­actually stimulates the growth and repatterning of a child's neural pathways. Proper nutrition, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, neuropeptides and minerals, will build and strengthen weak neural pathways. Such a drug-free approach, professionally guided, is the long-term solution to such problems because actual healing will occur-naturally.
The result? One who can face the everyday challenges of Life without constant shut down and outbursts.

This very brief overview presents a new way to understand how ADD/ADHD manifests, and how ADD/ADHD can be treated. Let's review: The primary causes of ADD/ADHD are:
1) A weak vestibular system (inner ear system)-often a primary root cause
2) Disorganized neural pathways
3) Too thin neural pathways
4) Toxin overload of the body in general, and the brain specifically
5) Inadequate nutrition

What we want to explore then, is why and how do children wind up with the above neurological and toxic overload problems, and what can we do to reverse it all?

For healing to occur in any situation, our job is to:
1) Identify disharmonious agents, or toxins, currently present within the person who has ADD or other learning problems.
2) Identify what disharmony, or toxins, are still being presented to the individual.
3) Identify what damage has occurred because of the disharmony, or toxins, to the individual (so proper remedies may be introduced).
4) Remove the disharmonious agents, or toxins, from within the person (called "detoxification").
5) Remove, discontinue and/or stop the flow of disharmonious agents, or toxins to the individual.
6) Apply the correct harmonious agents and/or procedures which will stimulate healing, or regeneration, from within the body.
7) Continue to provide harmonious conditions for full recovery of ADD/ADHD.
8) Teach others.

Note: There is one other cause of ADD/ADHD that doesn't fall into the above classifications: inaction or inappropriate physical action. The process of playing, the process of crawling on the floor, the process of playing patty-cake and the process of many coordinated movements, stimulate proper brain functioning and specifically, the proper organized growth of neural pathways. Inaction, or inappropriate physical action, will cause disorganized neural pathways, leading to the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.17 Please keep this in mind as you read through the rest of the material.


Part II. Disharmony-A Primary Cause of ADD/ADHD

There is no one cause of ADD/ADHD (or for that matter, most any health problem). Rather, a multiple of conditions usually are required before ADD/ADHD will appear. The following is a partial overview of the many types of disharmony being inflicted upon our youth which contribute to the manifestation of ADD/ADHD, Autism and other learning problems.

Physical Trauma
Physical trauma (injury) to the body plays a role in the development of ADD/ADHD. According to Judith Bluestone, clinical director of The HANDLE Institute, the following types of trauma can produce ADD/ADHD like symptoms:

Tubes in the ears (usually due to ear infections)
Tubes in the ears can cause a weak vestibular (inner ear) system. In fact, over 80% of the ADD/ADHD clients seen at The HANDLE Institute have had ear infections and/or tubes in the ears. A weakened vestibular system is a primary cause of ADD/ADHD.

Head trauma
Head trauma (accidental or deliberate injury) can cause disorganized neural pathways and a weak vestibular (inner ear) system.

Cesarean section at birth
A cesarean section can cause disorganized neural pathways.

Physical abuse
Constant spankings and other forms of physical punishment are sure ways to disorganize a child's neural pathways.

Physiological/Psychological Disharmony
How people interact with children, what they see and what they hear all have a significant impact on their neural pathway development.
Condemnation, Criticism and Judgement
Putting a child down, even slightly, on a regular basis is fast way to lower self-esteem and disorganize neural pathways. The problem is that we usually don't even know when we are using language, and especially a tone of voice (which children are quite receptive to), which tells children we don't really value them. This process of putting others down, children or not, is engrained in our society and contributes to the cause of ADD/ADHD. Once a child exhibits symptoms of ADD/ADHD, he or she then usually suffers even more condemnation, criticism or judgement, compounding his or her ADD/ADHD.

Violence On Television
If we want to really disorganize a child's neural pathways, we can sit him in front of the television on Saturday morning to watch cartoons. There are 20 to 25 violent acts per hour during Saturday morning cartoons compared to 3 to 5 per hour during prime time.18 By age 12, the average child has witnessed over 8,000 murders.22 By age 18, the average American child will have viewed about 200,000 acts of violence on television.19 Media violence is especially damaging to children under age 8 because they generally can't tell the difference between fantasy and real life.20 Violence is the most severe form of disharmony, and experiencing violence, firsthand or vicariously, will cause problems in children.

Children who watch violent programming, even cartoons, generally become less sensitive to pain and suffering of others, are more fearful of the world around them and are more likely to behave aggressively towards others.21 Children who spend more time watching violent television programming are rated more poorly by their teachers, rated more poorly by their peers, have few problem solving skills, and are more likely to get into trouble with the law as teenagers and adults.23

Watching too much television in general24 will cause a rewiring of the neural pathways. According to Jane Healy in her book Endangered Minds, "habits of the mind become [physical] structures of the brain."25 Children who watch more television are hypnotized and "programmed" by the shows they watch. Their neural pathways become "hard-wired" to accept passive information and gloss over critical thinking on their own.26 The result is disorganized neural pathways which lead to the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.

Pop Music: Rock, Death, Heavy Metal, Gothic, Etc.
Various types of music have either a positive effect on life or a detrimental effect on life. I'll quote from David Tame, author of The Secret Power of Music:

"To the question, 'Does music affect man's physical body?' modern research applies in the clear affirmative. There is scarcely a single function of the body which cannot be affected by musical tones. The roots of the auditory nerves are more widely distributed and possess more extensive connections than those of any other nerves in the body. Investigation has shown that music affects digestion, internal secretions, circulation, nutrition and respiration. Even neural networks of the brain have been found to be sensitive to harmonic principles." (p. 136)

Dr. Adam Knieste, a musicologist who studies the effects of music upon people noted: "It's really a powerful drug. Music can poison you, lift your spirits, or make you sick without knowing why." (Family Weekly Magazine, January 30, 1983, p. 12, article by David Chagall)

Rock music, with it's hard driving beat, played to plants will kill the plants-while soothing classical music causes the plants to grow twice as fast.

"Paradoxical as it may seem, music's effect upon the more primitive vegetable kingdom is one of the most convincing methods of all for proving that music does affect life, including human life. For experiments conducted with humans, and even, to some extent, with animals, have the extra factor of the mind to contend with. This means that while men or animals may be demonstrated to have been affected by tones, the effect may not have been a direct or objective one. Rather, the effect upon the body may have been caused by the mind's subjective reaction to the music heard. In the case of plant-music research, however, psychological factors cannot really be said to be present. If music can be shown to affect plants, then such effects have to be due to the objective influence of the tones directly upon the cells and processes of the life-form."

"An intensive series of studies carried out by Dorothy Retallack of Denver, Colorado, demonstrated the effects of different kinds of music on a variety of household plants. The experiments were controlled under strict scientific conditions, and the plants were kept within large closed cabinets on wheels in which light, temperature and air were automatically regulated. Three hours a day of acid rock, played through a loudspeaker at the side of the cabinet, was found to stunt and damage squash plants, philodendrons and corn in under four weeks.

"Mrs. Retallack played the music of the two different Denver radio stations to two groups of petunias. The radio stations were KIMN (a rock station) and KLIR (a semiclassical station). The Denver Post reported: `The petunias listening to KIMN refused to bloom. Those on KLIR developed six beautiful blooms. By the end of the second week, the KIMN petunias were leaning away from the radio and showing very erratic growth. The petunia blooms hearing KLIR were all leaning toward the sound. Within a month all plants exposed to rock music died.

"In another experiment, conducted over three weeks, Dorothy Retallack played the music of Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge to one group of beans, squash (marrow), corn, morning glory and coleus; she also played contemporary avant-garde atonal music to a second group; and, as a control, played nothing to a third group. Within ten days, the plants exposed to Led Zeppelin and Vanilla Fudge were all leaning away from the speaker. After three weeks they were stunted and dying. The beans exposed to the 'new music' leaned 15 degrees from the speaker and were found to have middle-sized roots. The plants left in silence had the longest roots and grew the highest. Further, it was discovered that plants to which placid, devotional music was played not only grew two inches taller than plants left in silence, but also leaned towards the speaker."
(Tame, David The Secret Power of Music, p. 142 - 144)

Children who listen to our pop culture music are listening to and ingesting a subtle form of violence. The music is actually disharmonious, although the disharmony is not apparent to most people, especially people who listen to the music on a regular basis. How and why the music causes death among plants, and thus obviously has a negative effect on humans, is a question for theologians and scientists. For my part, I want you to know that pop culture music is a contributing factor to the rise of ADD/ADHD in adolescents across the nation.

Bio-Chemical Toxins
What children eat or ingest has a very significant impact on their mood and the proper or improper functioning of bodily systems, including the brain. Most of us eat a Standard American Diet (SAD), which is high in toxins and low in nutrition. The problem is, most of us don't know it, don't understand it, don't believe it and don't know why or how to change it. So, I'm going to spend some time in this section to show you how what children eat and drink has a profound affect on their behavior and why improper diet is a significant cause of ADD/ADHD and/or symptoms of ADD/ADHD. As far as I'm concerned, it's a crime against society that our children are being poisoned so that mega-corporations can make money. Now I'm going to get specific:

Sugar: A Toxic Chemical
By the time a child is 18 years old, he will have watched close to 20,000 food commercials­80% of which are for "junk food." Children are not only having their neural pathways rewired for "teletrance" behavior and disorganized by violence, but then they are also being programmed to eat foods that are dangerous to their well being. [I might add, that as one who works in the media, that television shows exist for the express purpose of selling products to children and adults via TV commercials.] Consider this about advertising (the programming of our consciousness):

1. In 1990 food manufacturers spent over $654 million for commercials about processed cereals, $389 million to promote soft drinks, and $405 million on gum and candies.
2. More money is spent on food commercials than for automobiles, toilet-goods or brand-name drugs.
3. Between January and October of 1990, 100 new cereals and 1,400 new snacks directed at kids were introduced. All of them advertised as delicious, which of course means sugar coated (among other ingredients such as chemical additives, fats, oils and flavorings).36

The average American consumes more than 25% of their calories as sugars, with an annual consumption of over 113 pounds per person. The beverage industry, producers of beer, wine and soft drinks, use more sugar than anyone, including the candy industry.37 The average soda pop contains over seven teaspoons of sugar. The average American now drinks more sugar laden soft drinks than water.

In 1964, the Japanese doctor Nyoiti Sakurazawa, who introduced acupuncture to the West, stated, "I am confident that Western medicine will admit what has been known in the Orient for years: sugar is without question the number one murderer in the history of humanity-much more lethal than opium or radioactive fallout. Sugar is the greatest evil that modern industrialized civilization has visited upon the countries of the Far East and Africa (genocide) ...foolish people who give or sell candy to babies will one day, to their horror, [admit] that they have much to answer for."29 Sugar is addicting. Sugar causes moodiness. Sugar is lethal (by causing degenerative disease). And sugar is legal.

When plants containing sucrose are refined, they are stripped of their life force (electromagnetic energy), vitamins and minerals. What remains is a sterile, pure carbohydrate (C12H22O11) that the human body cannot use. When ingested, there is incomplete metabolism, resulting in the formation of toxic compounds, such as pyruvic acid and sucrose structures containing five carbon atoms. The pyruvic acid accumulates in the brain and the nervous system and the abnormal sucrose structures accumulate in the blood, interfering with normal respiratory processes of cells and depriving them of oxygen. In order to even absorb this "pre-digested" carbohydrate, the body has to deplete its store of vitamins and minerals (especially thiamine and B vitamins­used for proper brain functioning), creating an imbalance. Sugar is, in effect, an anti-nutrient because it increases the need for nutrients in the body.30

A consistent diet of sugar foods (the standard American diet) depletes our children of B-vitamins. This is unfortunate, because the complex of B-vitamins work together to calm the nervous system and support correct brain function, as well as improve concentration and memory. Thiamine (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), pyridoxine (B6), panthenic acid, and choline are required for optimal nervous system function, optimal energy function, and proper sugar metabolism.40 Of course, what makes sugar so wicked is that many children get addicted to the sweet stuff, and so they begin a downward spiral, right into the manifestations of ADD/ADHD symptoms.

Here is a partial list of some effects that sugar produces, from the book, "Lick The Sugar Habit" by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.:31
Sugar can:
1) suppress the immune system
2) upset the mineral balance in the body
3) cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty reading, and crankiness in children
4) reduce the defense against bacterial infection
5) cause chromium deficiency (which increases sugar craving)3 2
6) lead to cancer of the breasts, ovaries, prostate and rectum
7) interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium
8) weaken eyesight
9) raise the level of the neurotransmitter called serotonin
10) cause hypoglycemia
11) produce an acid stomach (causing mineral depletion)
12) raise adrenaline levels in children
13) cause tooth decay (the dental industry costs us over $54 billion per year)3 8
14) contribute to eczema in children
15) adversely affect children's grades
16) cause hormonal imbalance
17) lower the ability of enzymes to function properly
18) cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children
19) contribute to diabetes
20) cause another 60+ health related problems that I didn't list

Now I'm going to piece together a story for you about ADD/ADHD. This isn't the only "path" to ADD/ADHD, but it is one: When sugar is consumed, the bacteria in the intestines which manufacture B vitamin complexes begin to die - these bacteria normally thrive in a symbiotic relationship with the human body. When the B vitamin complex level declines, the glutamic acid (normally transformed into "go" "no-go" directive neural enzymes by the B vitamins) is not processed, sleepiness occurs, and a decreased ability for short term function and numerical calculative functions occurs.33 B vitamins are essential in the proper use of ingested carbohydrates, converting calories to energy.34

But that's not all. Friendly acidophilus bacteria, which help maintain the immune system, also die. When the immune system is down, we can get sick. Antibiotics are often prescribed to attack the symptom (an infection), instead of treating the problem (a weak immune system).35 Unfortunately, antibiotics also kill more friendly bacteria, causing even a weaker immune system. Sooner or later, many children then get an ear infection, due to a weakened immune system. Repeated ear infections, and especially "tubes in the ears," cause damage to the developing vestibular system (inner ear system), resulting in a primary cause of ADD/ADHD.

Dr. Skye Weintraub, Naturopathic Doctor, writes:
"Most children are highly sensitive to sugar and most of the sweets in their diet. This is because most children are fast metabolizers. They burn their foods at a faster than normal adult rate. When there is a combination of a fast metabolism and excessive sugar intake, the result can be behavior that is bizarre, anti-social, or even destructive. A high-sugar diet [soda pop, sweets, etc.] can aggravate other problems, including hyperactivity, anxiety, poor concentration, nervousness, and irritability.39

The conclusion? Sugar is probably one of the most dangerous drugs we can give our children today because it is addictive, depletes the body of valuable nutrients, causes moodiness, mood swings and hyperactivity as well as a host of other health problems, and is LEGAL. I cringe every time I see a parent give their child a candy bar. What's worse, I can't even say anything for that parent will think I'm crazy.

Food Additives­A primary Cause of ADD/ADHD
Food additives have been found to be a major cause of ADD/ADHD. By the time an American child is five years old, he or she will have consumed more than 7.5 pounds of food additives such as preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, emulsifiers, lubricants, bleaching agents, flavor enhancers, and synthetic sweeteners.1 Since 1959, more than 25 chemical food additives have been banned because they cause cancer or other serious diseases in laboratory animals. Dozens of other additives are currently under review by the FDA.2 The average additive consumption per person, including pesticides, is about 9 to 10 pounds a year.3 Food flavorings represent about 14% of the total food additive market. In 1995, the worldwide flavors & fragrance market was worth 12 billion US$. Food flavorings account for 40% of this market (5 billion US$).4

New York Schools Remove Food Additives
One of the most famous studies involving children and changing their diet was conducted in New York City when in 1979, 803 schools began an ambitious program to eliminate poison from their school lunches. One million students participated. In the 1978-1979 the national ranking of the California Achievement Test for the school district was 39%. In 1979-1980 the school district excluded foods with a high sugar content and the test scores went up by 8%. In the next year the schools then banned all synthetic food colorings and flavorings and test scores went up another 4%. Two years later the schools banned all food containing BHT and BHA (preservatives), and test scores rose another 4%. This was the largest such gain ever measured in any comparable period of time in any metropolitan school district in the country.27

The Canyon Verde School Study
In 1982, at the Canyon Verde School in California, a study was performed on three groups of rats, by students, to demonstrate the effects of synthetic chemical food additives. A control group of rats was fed natural food and clean water. A second group was fed natural food, clean water and hot dogs. The third group was fed sugar-coated cereal and fruit punch. The fourth group was fed doughnuts and cola.

The rats who were fortunate enough to be fed clean water and natural food remained alert and attentive. The rats who also ate hot dogs became violent and fought aggressively. The third group who ate sugar cereal became nervous, hyperactive and behaved aimlessly. The fourth group that lived on doughnuts were unable to function as a social unit and were fearful and had trouble sleeping. Excited about their findings, many children at Canyon Verde School began eating foods without chemical additives (BHT, BHA, TBHQ and artificial flavors and colors). Students formerly disruptive and hyperactive became civilized, calm and attentive.2 8

Partial List of Food Additives & the Ailments they Cause: 5,6

FD&C Red No.3
E 127 Europe
Sequential vascular response Elevation of protein-bound iodide
Thyroid tumors
Chromosomal damage
Citrus Red No.2 Cancer in animals
Used for dying skins of oranges
Allura Red AC
FD&C Red No.40
Tumors / lymphomas
FD&C Yellow No.5
E 102 Europe
Allergies, Thyroid tumors Lymphocytic lymphomas Chromosomal Damage Trigger for asthma, Urticaria (hives) Hyperactivity (Rowe & Rowe, Egger, 1985)
Sunset Yellow
FD&C Yellow No.6
Urticaria (hives), Rhinitis (runny nose)
Nasal congestion
Bronchoconstriction (combined with Amaranth, Ponceau)
Anaphylactoid reaction (combined with Ponceau)
Eosinophilotactic response, Purpura Allergies, Kidney tumors Chromosomal damage Abdominal pain, Vomiting Indigestion, Distaste for food
 BHA/BHT (preservative)  Behavioral Disturbances

Food Additives Cause Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Dr. Ben F. Feingold, M.D., author of "Why Your Child Is Hyperactive­ADHD is Caused by Artificial Food Flavors and Colors," states that synthetic food dyes and flavors can and does cause severe behavior changes in children, and adults. His pioneering research has led to the "Feingold Diet" for ADHD, which entails the elimination of all foods which contain synthetic food flavorings and dyes. Also eliminated from the diet are the synthetic anti-oxidant preservative chemicals BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) and TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone), as well as Salicylates (a naturally occurring compound found in some fruits & vegetables, and toiletries) and aspirin. Many thousands of children who have done this elimination diet have shown marked improvement in behavior, and often recovery from ADHD. His academic research helped to get certain synthetic toxic food dyes and flavorings banned in the United States.7

BHA & BHT Preservatives are Not Safe
These petroleum-based preservatives are found in a wide variety of foods, including meat, pastries and packaged foods. Tests have shown that these preservatives may cause cancer and liver ailments.8 Research has indicated that Asthma attacks may be triggered by BHA and BHT.9 Considering Dr. Feingold's findings regarding ADHD children and the New York City School District's findings when they removed BHA and BHT from school lunches, avoidance of BHA & BHT is advised.

Nitrate & Nitrite Preservatives are Poison
Nitrates and Nitrites are used to preserve many meat products. They combine in the body with other chemicals to form cancer causing compounds. They are banned in the use of fish in Canada. A personal friend took her five year old son off bacon (nitrate heavy) and his moodiness disappeared. People have been known to die from Nitrate/Nitrite poisoning.10

Part III. Natural Treatments for ADD/ADHD

1. Improve the Diet
Shop at natural food stores
Eat fresh organic foods all the time
Eat whole foods, as opposed to processed/packaged foods
Eat mostly or all plant based foods
Eat whole grains (brown rice instead of white rice)
Eat vegetables and fruits in season; eat minimal fruits
Avoid dairy completely (prevents allergies )
Avoid sugar and sugar products, such as sugar cereals, candy, muffins, sodas, etc.
Avoid refined foods like non-organic breads and pastries
Avoid margarine and butter

2. Take supplements
Flax Seed Oil is very good for neural pathways, take two tablespoons a day
Take acidophilus (builds immune system)
Take enzymes (helps digest food, metabolize sugar)
Take grape seed extract (fights free radicals in the brain)
Take mineral and trace mineral supplements ("Trace Mineral" brand is good)

3. See a Naturopathic Doctor
Get a "hair analysis test" to check for heavy metal poisoning
Do a complete blood test
Follow nutritional advice and supplement advice
Homeopathy may be appropriate for child

4. Go to The HANDLE Institute in Seattle, WA (http://www.handle.org, 206-860-2665)
They will be able to diagnose which neural pathways are not working and then give a course of action to strengthen and reorganize the neural pathways.
They have a better than 90% success rate treating ADD/ADHD people
This therapy is absolute key to curing ADD/ADHD

5. Read alternative solutions for ADD/ADHD
"Natural Treatments for ADD and Hyperactivity" by Skye Weintraub, N.D.
"Ritalin Free Kids-Safe and Effective Homeopathic Medicine for ADD and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems," by Judyth Reichenberg-Ulman
Literature found at The HANDLE Institute website: http://www.handle.org

6. Help the ADD/ADHD child/person process information
Don't wear patterned clothes
Avoid fluorescent lights (very significant cause of outbursts)
Give only one thought or command at a time, wait for completion
Don't tell the child to "sit still and listen," s/he needs to move to keep the Vestibular System (inner ear system) functioning so s/he can listen. Minimize or eliminate surrounding sounds and distractions that you/I would normally "ignore" during conversation (like the humming of a computer, conversation in the other room, TV going, etc.)

In Conclusion
This brief overview of the cause and cure for ADD/ADHD is intended to help you understand that ADD/ADHD has been eliminated in other children and adults, and more likely than not, can be eliminated in you, a friend or loved one as well. Don't believe the Lie ­propagated by the pharmeceutical companies and ignorant health officials­that healing is impossible; there is a solution!!!

Feel free to call Larry Myers at (406) 556-8089 or e-mail me at: larrycook@mcn.net with any questions.


1 The HANDLE Institute, ADD Brochure (http://www.handle.org)
2 Health Wise, June 1996
3 ADHD, Implications for the Criminal Justice System, Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., http://www.fbi.gov/leb/june973.htm

4 The Oregon Observer, May 1996
5 Gene R. Hailslip, DEA, Conference on Stimulant Use in the Treatment of ADHD, San Antonio, Dec. 10-12, 1996
6 The Oregon Observer, June 1996
7 Judith Bluestone, Clinical Director of The HANDLE Institute, personal interview, 8/97
9 Please note that this overview, and the following information, does not include all answers, nor do I attempt to do so. Yet, we must start somewhere, so realize that not all information is contained in this overview.
8 20/20, ABC Corporation broadcast, 10/27/95

10 As related to me by Judith Bluestone, Clinical Director and founder of The HANDLE Institute
11 CHADD web page, http://www.chadd.org/fact7.htm
12 The HANDLE Institute and the Reich-Ulmanns (Naturopathic doctors), both in the Puget Sound, have used drug-free treatments to cure thousands of children.
13 Gene R. Hailslip, DEA, Conference on Stimulant Use in the Treatment of ADHD, San Antonio, Dec. 10-12, 1996
14 A.D.D. WareHouse, 1998 catalogue; 300 Northwest 70th Avenue Suite 102, Plantation, FL 33317
14 Gene Hailslip of the DEA says, "...we are talking about very potent, addictive and abusable substances..." referring to Ritalin and methylphenidate. Source: Conference on Stimulant Use in the Treatment of ADHD, San Antonio, Dec. 10-12, 1996
15 A book called: "Feeding The Brain, How Foods Affect Children" by C. Keith Conners, Ph.D.
16 Turning Point: Pivotal Insights Into Behavior and learning; The HANDLE Institute, Judith Blustone, in-house-publication, 1997
17 Judith Bluestone, The HANDLE Institute, personal interview, August, 1998
18 Media Violence and Media Literacy, page 1, http://www.aap.org/advocacy/childhealthmonth/media.htm
22 Television Violence: Effect on Young Children, page 1, http://ericps.ed.uiuc.edu/npin/respar/texts/media/tvviod98.html
19 Media Violence and Media Literacy, page 1, http://www.aap.org/advocacy/childhealthmonth/media.htm
20 Ibid.
21 Children and Television Violence, page 1, http://www.helping.apa.org/kidtvviol.html
23 Television Violence: Effect on Young Children, page 1, http://ericps.ed.uiuc.edu/npin/respar/texts/media/tvviod98.html
24 Personally, I believe more than 10 hours per week of non-violent television is too much
25 TELETRANCE, by Dr. Thomas Wear, Adbusters Magazine, Winter 1995, pg. 16
26 Ibid.
36 Dr. Alexander Schauss, "Eating For A's", page 10
37 Skye Weintraub, Naturopathic Doctor, "Natural Treatments for ADD and Hyperactivity, page 146
29 The Leading Edge Research Group, "The Deliberate Use of Refined Sugar to Assist Degenerative Disease", 1996, pg. 4, http://www.trufax.org/research/f11.html
30 The Leading Edge Resource Group, "Refined Sugar Products and Their Effects on the Body and Mind", page 2, http://www.trufax.org/research/f10.html
40 Skye Weintraub, Naturopathic Doctor, "Natural Treatments for ADD and Hyperactivity, page 266
31 Found at: http://rhf.bradley.edu/~leonetti/sugar.html
32 Skye Weintraub, Naturopathic Doctor, "Natural Treatments for ADD and Hyperactivity, page 150
38 The Leading Edge Resource Group, "Refined Sugar Products and Their Effects on the Body and Mind", page 1, http://www.trufax.org/research/f10.html
33 The Leading Edge Resource Group, "Refined Sugar Products and Their Effects on the Body and Mind", page 3, http://www.trufax.org/research/f10.html
34 Alexander Schauss, "Eating For A's", page 227
35 Naturopathic Doctors and other holistic health care practitioners may treat an infection with an anti-microbial herbal treatment, but will then try to figure why the immune system didn't respond and then help it recover, naturally.
39 Skye Weintraub, Naturopathic Doctor, "Natural Treatments for ADD and Hyperactivity, page 147,148
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28 Leading Edge Research Group, Food Additives on Additives and Intellengce, page 1, http://www.trufax.org/research/f12.html
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