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Did you know that the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency are similar to the symptoms of ADHD? For children and teens with trouble concentrating, irritability, depression, mood swings or difficulty sleeping, a lack of Mg can be the culprit—and an all-natural magnesium supplement can be the cure. Brain calming and body balancing, magnesium supplements are an easy first step toward living the holistic and effective Finally Focused lifestyle.

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium is the second-most common element in our cells and regulates over 300 biochemical reactions in the human body. Mg also helps determine how our body creates, uses and stores energy (ATP, the fuel for our cells), and even protects our RNA and DNA. In our brains, magnesium plays a key role in the creation of neurotransmitters—the chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other.

Brain-calming, body balancing, all-natural magnesium is a big deal for everyone’s health. Yet recent research has shown that most of us do not get our recommended daily allowance of 400mg of magnesium. In fact, a scientific study showed that 96% of all children are magnesium-deficient. For ADHD children, the consequences of too little magnesium can be even tougher. Their unique brain chemistry means they need more magnesium than most of us. Mg-rich foods include dark chocolate, avocados, nuts and seeds, beans, tofu, whole grains and some kinds of fish… all foods I know can be expensive, difficult to prepare, or that aren’t always easy to convince very young or very picky children to eat.

How Can More Magnesium Help Children and Teens with ADHD?

So, what happens when we don’t get enough magnesium? The symptoms of a magnesium deficiency closely mimic the symptoms of ADHD! Difficulty staying on task. Being cross, quick to anger, or moody. Insomnia or other sleep issues. Sound familiar? If you are experiencing these are symptoms of ADHD in your family, getting more Mg will help.

I have treated children and adolescents with ADHD for over 30 years and I cannot think of one patient—not one!—that didn’t benefit from a magnesium supplement. As I tell all my patients, attention-deficit disorder is also a nutritional deficit disorder. My rigorous scientific research into the causes and cures of ADHD has shown me that the kids I see need more of specific minerals and fats to flourish. You don’t have to take my word for it: a recent French study of the benefits of magnesium supplements in ADHD treatment determined that additional magnesium shouldn’t just be recommended for children with ADHD—it should be required.

This is even truer if your ADHD child takes common ADHD medications like Ritalin or Adderall.

Can ADHD Children Take Magnesium Supplements if They Are Taking Common ADHD Drugs?

Yes. It’s even more important to supplement with magnesium if your child takes ADHD drugs. For all their benefits, these ADHD medications like Ritalin and Adderall can leach Mg from the human body. In my practice, the side effects some children experience from taking these ADHD drugs—irritability, agitation, facial tics, and nail-biting—occur because of this magnesium deficiency. I have seen many ADHD children who could not tolerate ADHD medications because of side effects suddenly be able to take them again once they were also taking supplemental magnesium. And many more of my patients were able to quit ADHD drugs completely.

In my Plus Minus Plan, a carefully calibrated and scientifically proven way for families of children with ADHD to live the Finally Focused lifestyle, magnesium is the first “plus.” Children with ADHD who take additional magnesium are happier. Feel less lonely. Sleep better. Making up a magnesium deficit in your ADHD child can make the difference in ADHD symptoms your family is looking for.

How Quickly Can Magnesium Make a Difference in an ADHD Child’s Symptoms?

Magnesium is not a drug, and it won’t have a drug’s instantaneous effect. It’s an all-natural, slow-acting supplement that will gradually bring your ADHD child’s natural brain and body chemistry back into alignment. It takes a little bit of patience, but you will see improvements in the first month and peak magnesium magic a few months after that.

That means that there’s no better time than right now to start supplementing your ADHD child’s diet with magnesium! Your ADHD child could have a brand-new outlook by the New Year.

Convinced of magnesium’s magic? Good. There’s much more about how to implement a Mg regimen in my latest book, Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD That Restores Attention, Minimizes Hyperactivity, and Helps Eliminate Drug Side Effects. Learn about the types supplements and their efficacy; the best brands of Mg supplements for ADHD children; and other all-natural vitamin supplements that can make it easier for your child’s body to absorb.

To learn more about how supplements can change the lives of ADHD families naturally, visit the Finally Focused website today.

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Is your ADHD child or teenager angry at the world all the time? Irritability that escalates into shouting or screaming.  

What is Lithium?

Attention-deficit disorder is also a nutritional deficit disorder. We all know that “we are what we eat,” and rigorous scientific research has shown that the unique brain chemistry of the ADHD child:

  • responds negatively to common environmental toxins that can find their way into our homes and foods, like lead, copper, preservatives and food colorings
  • can’t handle sugars and sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup
  • craves amino acids, iron, protein, digestive enzymes, phytonutrients, probiotics and Omega-3s

Many of my ADHD patients also present with undiagnosed food allergies or sensitivities that make their ADHD symptoms worse. If you are parenting an ADHD child, you already know that to be successful, they need to approach life a little bit differently than the rest of us. Scientific research has shown that they need to eat a little bit differently, too. The best ADHD diet for kids is carefully calibrated to their specific ADHD symptoms and can make a world of difference.

The Finally Focused lifestyle helps ADHD families incorporate healing nutrients and supplements into their child’s daily meals. My recent book, Finally Focused, helps families find the right nutritional balance for their ADHD child through a Plus-Minus program balancing:

  • the miracle mineral of magnesium, which fuels the formation of neurotransmitters, those critical connections that share messages between brain cells and regulate mood-altering hormones like serotonin and dopamine. Many common ADHD medications can lower a child’s magnesium levels, and correcting a magnesium deficiency can make a big difference in brain function at home and at school.
  • boosting zinc, which powers brain waves (especially in boys) and reduces hyperactivity and inattention. Zinc can counteract the negative effects an excess of copper can cause in the ADHD child’s diet, and I help my patients identify the signs of “too many metals” in their water and meals.
  • Probiotics and digestive enzymes, which multiply good bacteria in the bellies of ADHD children, heal HPHPA and yeast imbalances and boost their overall health and brain power.
  • Omega-3s, wonderful fatty acids which studies have shown tend to be lacking in kids with ADHD. In fact, most of us don’t get enough Omega-3s! Our brains thrive on these fantastic fats and I help parents find foods rich in Omega-3s and decide whether or not to add supplements to their ADHD child’s diet.
Move on: regular exercise manages ADHD symptoms naturally

Attention-deficit disorder is also an exercise deficit disorder. I tell my patients what volumes of scientific research have told me—exercise is ADHD medication. The best part? It’s completely natural, and all the side effects of exercise are completely positive.

ADHD children usually have a hard time sitting still. Channel that kinetic energy from fidgeting into physical fitness! The Finally Focused lifestyle encourages regular physical activity at every opportunity. Exercise is a great way to get our bodies to flood our brains with dopamine and serotonin, two mood-enhancing neurotransmitters, and energizes our brain cells. ADHD children who exercise regularly show measurable improvements in concentration, mood, interpersonal relationships, stress levels, and impulse control.

One of the best benefits of regular exercise? The role it plays in facilitating regular deep sleep for ADHD children and teens.

Power down: deep sleep can make a big difference in ADHD symptoms in kids

Attention-deficit disorder is also a sleep deficit disorder. Recent scientific research keeps uncovering how important that time we spend under the covers truly is for our mental and physical health. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity, anxiety, burnout, depression, heart problems, and many more negative outcomes. ADHD children are no different.

In my thirty years of treating ADHD patients, I have yet to find one that did not have had difficulty falling asleep and a rough time waking up in the morning. Some of the medications commonly prescribed for ADHD are stimulants, and children receiving the wrong dosage may be experiencing insomnia as a side effect of their ADHD drugs. Many also have one or more of the following significant sleep disorders:

  • Sleep-disordered breathing, such as chronic mouth breathing, snoring or sleep apnea
  • Sleep movement disorder, like restless legs syndrome
  • Parasomnia, which can manifest as frequent nightmares, night terrors or sleepwalking

The connection between interrupted or inadequate sleep and the symptoms of ADHD is crystal clear. Children and teens who do not get adequate sleep are 85% more likely to be hyperactive, 60% more likely to misbehave, 37% more likely to have difficult relationships with their peers and 65% more likely to have emotional problems. Despite this staggering amount of evidence for the critical role sleep can play in managing ADHD symptoms, doctors don’t emphasize regular sleep nearly enough when they talk to ADHD families about treatment.

My Plus-Minus Plan puts regular, deep sleep right where it belongs: at the heart of holistic ADHD treatments for kids. Finally Focused, my most recent book, reveals successful strategies for getting ADHD children to adopt better bedtime habits. I also discuss the role of the miracle mineral of magnesium in sleep hygiene and share how supplementing your child’s diet with melatonin and tryptophan (both natural ways our bodies lull us into sleep) and specific amino acids can make a big difference at bedtime.

The Plus-Minus program is a powerful tool for ADHD families to find their way of living the Finally Focused lifestyle. To find your own simple, scientifically proven strategies for managing ADHD symptoms in children without medication,  visit the Finally Focused website today

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Is your ADHD child a daydreamer, or far too easily distracted during daily tasks at home or at school? Do they suffer from excessive anxiety? Seen on an EKG, the unique brainwave patterns of children with ADHD are the reason for these frequent breaks in concentration and attention and sudden spikes in anxiety. Grades suffer, achievement drops, frustrations mount, and a negative cycle is set in motion. Parents of ADHD children need to know that there is an all-natural way to recalibrate their child’s brain waves for the better. Powerful organic antioxidants called OPCs are scientifically proven to boost the brain waves of ADHD children—without the side effects of commonly prescribed stimulants.

WHAT ARE OPCs?
“OPCs” are Oligomeric Proanthocyadinidins—completely natural plant extracts that have a powerful, scientifically proven, and very positive effect on human brain waves.

OPCs are produced by plants to protect them from environmental harm, and they are often identifying parts of that plant—the blue color in blueberries, the green pigment in green tea, the dark brown in dark cocoa. These protective antioxidants produced in certain plants can also protect humans. You have probably read about the scientific studies about the many benefits of a plant-based diet, or studies that link antioxidants to cancer prevention. OPCs have also been scientifically proven to have big benefits for our brains—especially in children and adults with attention deficit disorders.

HOW DO OPCs BALANCE THE BRAINS OF CHILDREN WITH ADHD?
The human brain, like the ocean, is a constantly shifting balance between different kinds of brain waves. Brain waves are a combination of electrical impulses that, when joined together, push us into a particular action or mood. There are four main types of brain waves—awake and active (beta), awake and resting (alpha), sleeping (theta) and deep sleep (delta). When these waves interact harmoniously, like the ocean tides, our brains work as they should to regulate our bodies.

So how do brain waves work together? The neurons in our brains communicate and coordinate through neurotransmitters, the messengers of the human brain. In children with ADHD, brain waves don’t ebb and flow the way they should. They break, and this leads to heightened anxiety, short attention spans, disordered moods, and poor impulse control.

The secret of OPCs is their striking similarity to our brain’s own neurotransmitters. In particular, OPCs mimic the types of neurotransmitters that trigger calming, focused, attentive behaviors. OPCs encourage the types of neural connections that children with ADHD have difficulty creating—and they do it completely naturally, with no side effects! All humans can benefit from these amazing antioxidants but they can have a life-changing impact on children with ADHD.

HOW DO I INCREASE MY ADHD CHILD’S INTAKE OF OPCs?
As any of my many patients can tell you, I don’t see ADHD as just an attention-deficit disorder. Over 30 years of scientific research and successfully treating patients has taught me that ADHD is a nutrition-deficit disorder, too. The unique brain and body chemistry of ADHD children can be balanced but it takes a different combination of nutrition, exercise, and sleep to make it happen.

As I work with my ADHD patients to find their way to the Finally Focused lifestyle through my Plus-Minus Plan, I prescribe all-natural OPCs alone or in conjunction with other supplements or ADHD drugs. OPCs are safe, all-natural, have no side effects, and can do much more for your ADHD child than improve their focus, concentration, and mood. OPCs like flavanols can also:

  • Reduce the effects of food allergies in children with ADHD by boosting histamine levels
  • Protect the fat-rich cells in the brain from free radicals
  • Improve blood flow to the brain
  • Absorb dangerous metals like lead that children may encounter in their environment
  • Decrease inflammation in the brain

As you can see, we would all benefit from adding green tea to our diets. I do know, however, that it can be tricky to get children to increase their intake of green things! I have prescribed OPC supplements to my ADHD patients for years and I have followed the scientific evidence for their effectiveness very closely. My own observations and hundreds of scientific studies have shown that the ancient cultures of China, India and North America knew something we are still rediscovering: plants can provide powerful protection for our health and wellbeing. I have seen my patients find their focus, improve their grades and interpersonal relationships, and find themselves in a happier state of mind, all by taking OPCs.

OPCs are one of the most exciting treatment options available to families with ADHD children. To learn more about how OPCs can improve concentration and reduce anxiety in ADHD children naturally, visit the Finally Focused website today.

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Many families dealing with ADHD struggle with the decision to add medication to their child’s treatment. Before medicating children with ADHD, here are five critical questions that parents of an ADHD child should answer first.

It’s a familiar struggle and I see in my own office again and again: parents of children with ADHD trying to decide if their child needs to add an ADHD medication to their ADHD treatment plan. Their child may be falling behind or getting into trouble at school. They may be overly emotional, showing low self-esteem, having a hard time maintaining friendships, or acting out of control. They need help. But is medication for ADHD the answer?

These five questions can help families find the best ADHD treatment for their kids:

QUESTION ONE | Has my child been diagnosed with ADHD by a doctor?

ADHD is a developmental disorder, meaning that it is a condition that first appears in childhood. Children as young as four years old can be formally diagnosed with ADHD and most ADHD children will show a range of symptoms before they turn 12. But many of the symptoms of ADHD—being in constant motion, having a hard time listening, being noisy, talkative and prone to distractions—can also seem like “kids being kids.” After all, every child learns to control their body and focus their mind at different rates and ADHD is not the only condition that can make it harder for some children to master these skills.

Because there is no definitive test for ADHD, a proper diagnosis of ADHD is a careful, multi-step process that requires professional experience and training. A good doctor rules out other potential causes like anxiety or depression, identifies six or more known symptoms of ADHD, and may even consider a brain scan before diagnosing your child with ADHD.

Before parents consider giving their child medication for ADHD, they need an ADHD diagnosis from a qualified doctor.

QUESTION TWO | Do I understand the side effects of ADHD medication for children?

Like all medications approved for use by children, the most common medications for ADHD are rigorously tested, continuously studied and are considered safe for otherwise healthy children. But like all medications, ADHD drugs do have side effects. Parents and physicians must balance the risks of known side effects against the benefits a child may receive from their ADHD medication, understand how these medicines will react with other drugs their child may be taking, and children with known heart conditions should not take certain kinds of ADHD drugs at all.

The most common side effects of ADHD medication for children are problems with sleeping and a decrease in appetite. These may not sound like a big deal at first, but my research has shown that regular sleep and the right mix of nutrients are both very important factors in how well a child can manage their ADHD symptoms naturally over time. I work closely with parents in my practice to identify these potential side effects and develop a strategy for how to lessen them.

Before your child begins taking medication for ADHD, ask your physician about the known side effects and have a plan in place for how to deal with them.

QUESTION THREE | Do my partner and I agree that medication is the right treatment for our child’s ADHD?

In my consulting room, I’ve heard parents express many fears and doubts about giving their child medication for ADHD. They are good parents who want to protect their child and I work hard to give them the information that they need to make their decision and to feel comfortable with their choice. But what if parents or caregivers disagree?

Medical treatment for ADHD is a big step that adults should agree on. There are many ways to help families find consensus. I always encourage my patients to take a holistic approach to ADHD treatment and not to rely on medication alone. I always ask parents to try proven natural remedies for ADHD and to implement behavioral therapies before adding ADHD medications. I also recommend beginning ADHD drug therapies with less intensive (but highly effective) nutritional supplements called neurotransmitter precursors to rebalance brain chemistry naturally.

By easing families into a holistic treatment plan for ADHD, parents can find a way to get on the same page.

QUESTION FOUR | Will my child always need medication for ADHD?

Parents thinking about medicating their child for ADHD often find themselves thinking not just about the decision they face today, but about what it means for their child’s future. Will their child always need to take medications for ADHD? When parents ask me this question, I tell them that I can’t forecast the future. I can, however, give their ADHD child a better chance at a medication-free future.

According to recent studies, about 50% of children are able to naturally transition off ADHD drugs as they grow into adulthood. To give my patients the best chance of treating their ADHD without medication, I make sure the ADHD children I see are learning strategies to modify their behavior and are receiving the right nutrition and proven natural treatments to rebalance their brain chemistry.

Holistic treatment for ADHD can help children give up ADHD drugs as they grow into adulthood.

QUESTION FIVE: Have I explored the proven, scientifically studied natural remedies for ADHD first?

My work has shown again and again that medication is just one part of the most effective treatment for ADHD, and that behavior therapy and natural remedies for ADHD. My research reveals that the complicated relationship between an ADHD child’s biochemistry and their behavior can best be unlocked through optimized nutrition. Holistic ADHD treatments can work alongside behavioral therapy and ADHD drugs and they can work alone. They are essential for parents looking for a more natural way to treat ADHD in children or who want to avoid the side effects of ADHD medication.

I wrote Finally Focused, my latest book, on ADHD natural treatment to provide families of children with ADHD with scientifically proven tools they need to support and nurture their child, naturally.  For more about the rigorous research into the causes of ADHD, proven natural treatments for ADHD, visit the Finally Focused website.

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For families of ADHD children managing complex treatment plans and the side effects of ADHD medications, daily life can be very stressful. It doesn’t have to be that way. My patients are surprised to discover that some of the most effective ways to manage ADHD symptoms are simple: healthy eating, exercise, and deep sleeping. Because brain chemistry is a big part of the ADHD puzzle, a carefully calibrated diet, physical activity and regular, restorative sleep can significantly change how kids with ADHD act and feel—naturally.

Eat up: the best ADHD diet for kids to boost their brain power and self-esteem

Attention-deficit disorder is also a nutritional deficit disorder. We all know that “we are what we eat,” and rigorous scientific research has shown that the unique brain chemistry of the ADHD child:

  • responds negatively to common environmental toxins that can find their way into our homes and foods, like lead, copper, preservatives and food colorings
  • can’t handle sugars and sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup
  • craves amino acids, iron, protein, digestive enzymes, phytonutrients, probiotics and Omega-3s

Many of my ADHD patients also present with undiagnosed food allergies or sensitivities that make their ADHD symptoms worse. If you are parenting an ADHD child, you already know that to be successful, they need to approach life a little bit differently than the rest of us. Scientific research has shown that they need to eat a little bit differently, too. The best ADHD diet for kids is carefully calibrated to their specific ADHD symptoms and can make a world of difference.

The Finally Focused lifestyle helps ADHD families incorporate healing nutrients and supplements into their child’s daily meals. My recent book, Finally Focused, helps families find the right nutritional balance for their ADHD child through a Plus-Minus program balancing:

  • the miracle mineral of magnesium, which fuels the formation of neurotransmitters, those critical connections that share messages between brain cells and regulate mood-altering hormones like serotonin and dopamine. Many common ADHD medications can lower a child’s magnesium levels, and correcting a magnesium deficiency can make a big difference in brain function at home and at school.
  • boosting zinc, which powers brain waves (especially in boys) and reduces hyperactivity and inattention. Zinc can counteract the negative effects an excess of copper can cause in the ADHD child’s diet, and I help my patients identify the signs of “too many metals” in their water and meals.
  • Probiotics and digestive enzymes, which multiply good bacteria in the bellies of ADHD children, heal HPHPA and yeast imbalances and boost their overall health and brain power.
  • Omega-3s, wonderful fatty acids which studies have shown tend to be lacking in kids with ADHD. In fact, most of us don’t get enough Omega-3s! Our brains thrive on these fantastic fats and I help parents find foods rich in Omega-3s and decide whether or not to add supplements to their ADHD child’s diet.
Move on: regular exercise manages ADHD symptoms naturally

Attention-deficit disorder is also an exercise deficit disorder. I tell my patients what volumes of scientific research have told me—exercise is ADHD medication. The best part? It’s completely natural, and all the side effects of exercise are completely positive.

ADHD children usually have a hard time sitting still. Channel that kinetic energy from fidgeting into physical fitness! The Finally Focused lifestyle encourages regular physical activity at every opportunity. Exercise is a great way to get our bodies to flood our brains with dopamine and serotonin, two mood-enhancing neurotransmitters, and energizes our brain cells. ADHD children who exercise regularly show measurable improvements in concentration, mood, interpersonal relationships, stress levels, and impulse control.

One of the best benefits of regular exercise? The role exercise plays in facilitating regular deep sleep for ADHD children and teens.

Power down: deep sleep can make a big difference in ADHD symptoms in kids

Attention-deficit disorder is also a sleep deficit disorder. Recent scientific research keeps uncovering how important that time we spend under the covers truly is for our mental and physical health. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity, anxiety, burnout, depression, heart problems, and many more negative outcomes. ADHD children are no different.

In my thirty years of treating ADHD patients, I have yet to find one that did not have had difficulty falling asleep and a rough time waking up in the morning. Some of the medications commonly prescribed for ADHD are stimulants, and children receiving the wrong dosage may be experiencing insomnia as a side effect of their ADHD drugs. Many also have one or more of the following significant sleep disorders:

  • Sleep-disordered breathing, such as chronic mouth breathing, snoring or sleep apnea
  • Sleep movement disorder, like restless legs syndrome
  • Parasomnia, which can manifest as frequent nightmares, night terrors or sleepwalking

The connection between interrupted or inadequate sleep and the symptoms of ADHD is crystal clear. Children and teens who do not get adequate sleep are 85% more likely to be hyperactive, 60% more likely to misbehave, 37% more likely to have difficult relationships with their peers and 65% more likely to have emotional problems. Despite this staggering amount of evidence for the critical role sleep can play in managing ADHD symptoms, doctors don’t emphasize regular sleep nearly enough when they talk to ADHD families about treatment.

My Plus-Minus Plan puts regular, deep sleep right where it belongs: at the heart of holistic ADHD treatments for kids. Finally Focused, my most recent book, reveals successful strategies for getting ADHD children to adopt better bedtime habits. I also discuss the role of the miracle mineral of magnesium in sleep hygiene and share how supplementing your child’s diet with melatonin and tryptophan (both natural ways our bodies lull us into sleep) and specific amino acids can make a big difference at bedtime.

The Plus-Minus program is a powerful tool for ADHD families to find their way of living the Finally Focused lifestyle. To find your own simple, scientifically proven strategies for managing ADHD symptoms in children without medication,  visit the Finally Focused website today.

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Did you know that even hyperactive, inattentive, impulsive, aggressive, or angry ADHD children can find ways to become calm, quiet and focused on the present moment? “Mindfulness”—being attentive to what is happening right now and how it makes us feel—can have powerful, positive effects on the brains of ADHD children and teens. Brand-new scientific research has shown that this ancient practice can help treat ADHD symptoms in children, without medication.

Because of the unique way their brains are formed, children and teens with ADHD are often absent-minded and forgetful with short attention spans and even shorter memories. This struggle to stay focused at home and in school can lead to falling grades, difficulty finding and keeping friends, and emotionally charged clashes with parents, teachers, siblings, and peers.

If your ADHD child exhibits these common symptoms of ADHD, you should know that medication is not your only treatment option. In fact, one of the most exciting advances in natural ADHD treatment for children is actually very, very old: the Buddhist meditation technique of mindfulness.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is based on Vipassana, a meditation technique from Buddhism. Its two main principles are simple:

  1. Be attentive to the present moment—now, and now, and now.
  2. Be open, accepting, and curious about the present moment, no matter what is happening, within or without.

Mindfulness is a key component of my holistic Plus-Minus Treatment Plan for ADHD children and I have seen the difference it can make every single day—even in children who “never sit still,” “don’t listen,” or “can’t pay attention.”

How can mindfulness help treat the symptoms of ADHD children naturally?

ADHD is not just a behavioral disorder. The unique brain chemistry of ADHD patients causes many of the symptoms families find so difficult to deal with. Mindfulness is a natural way to reprogram our cognitive functions—to change the way our brains work, for the better.

So many symptoms of ADHD in children come from their inability to understand what is happening as it happens. Emotions and impulses become bigger, scarier and harder to control because they don’t understand what is causing them. Events and expectations are chaotic and confusing because they can’t see the connections between them. And how can ADHD children predict the consequences of their actions when they aren’t really sure why they are acting that way in the first place?

Mindfulness helps ADHD children tune out distractions and tune into how they feel and what is happening. They learn not to judge the moment or themselves, just to be aware of it and its impact on their feelings and actions. And it works! Mindfulness can ease stress, boost focus, and alleviate depression in ADHD children and adolescents with, or without, medication.

Psychology Today recently summarized the excitement around the recent rigorous scientific research showing that mindfulness makes a measurable difference in brain function for people with ADHD. A May 2017 study found measurable improvement in young adults receiving mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy as part of their ADHD treatment plan, and a pilot study published in the Journal of Attention Disorder found mindfulness therapy significantly reduced ADHD symptoms in adults in just eight weeks.

Other recent research backs up my own decades of experience with patients and shows that ADHD children and adolescents see the very same benefits—without the side effects of stimulants and other ADHD medications. One wonderful study published in the journal Mindfulness found that practicing mindfulness helped eighth graders with ADHD improve their math scores by 88%!

Do you want to learn strategies for teaching and practicing mindfulness with your ADHD child?

Mindfulness is a natural treatment for ADHD but for most of us, it does not come naturally. It seems so simple. But in today’s world of smartphones, social media and sensory overload, mindfulness does not come easily. Even adults must practice different techniques (such as guided meditation and focused breathing) to help them tune out distractions and stay aware of their surroundings, emotions, and actions.

How can we teach these abstract concepts and techniques to kids? Lidia Zylowska, M.D., a noted researcher and author specializing on mental approaches to ADHD treatment, is a noted expert on mindfulness. Like me, she strongly believes that mindfulness makes a big difference for children with ADHD. In a recent article in Psychology Today, she suggests:

  • Making the practice of mindfulness shorter and more hands-on
  • Using engaging and easy-to-understand images and illustrations to explain tough concepts
  • Clearly explaining why mindfulness can help kids with the problems they care about (getting along with friends, doing better in school, feeling good about themselves)
  • Being creative and playful

Mindfulness is a key component of my own Plus-Minus Treatment Plan, and I share my own proven strategies in Finally Focused, my latest book on holistic, natural ADHD treatments. I show my patients and their parents how to use mindfulness to:

  • Improve attention
  • Normalize the brain
  • Calm their emotions

If you want to learn more about the magic of mindfulness and how it may help your ADHD child manage their symptoms without medication, visit the Finally Focused website today.

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Learn to better understand a child’s ADHD with the ADHD Child’s Bill of Rights, and how to help a child with ADHD with natural treatments.

When I first began treating ADHD in children, I came across a wonderful piece by Ruth Harris in the newsletter of the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children. “The ADHD Child’s Bill of Rights” helps parents, caregivers and educators see the world through the unique perspective of an ADHD child—and helps us see their unlimited potential.

Ruth’s ten simple statements show adults powerful, positive ways to interact with kids with ADHD and to begin making ADHD behaviors work for, and not against them. But families dealing with ADHD need more than behavioral strategies. Because the causes of ADHD in children include genetics and biology, behavioral therapy and medication can control it but not cure it. If you want to truly heal an ADHD child, you need a personalized diet for ADHD and a holistic treatment plan.

Over the past 25 years, I have dedicated my medical research and clinical practice in integrative psychiatry to studying the complicated relationship between an ADHD child’s biochemistry and their behavior. I have discovered that optimized nutrition is key to unlocking the most effective treatment for ADHD and essential for parents looking for a more holistic way to treat ADHD in children or who want to avoid the side effects of ADHD medication.

I wrote Finally Focused, my latest book, on ADHD natural treatment for the many of the same reasons Ruth wrote her Bill of Rights: to provide essential information on ADHD for parents and provide families of children with ADHD with scientifically proven tools they need to support and nurture their child, naturally. And I close Finally Focused with a reprint of the ADHD Child’s Bill of Rights and the ways it has inspired and motivated my work.

The ADHD Child’s Bill of Rights is a sensitive and informed approach that is so right for kids with ADHD. See how it has inspired my research into natural remedies for ADHD below:

1. Help me to focus. Please teach me through my sense of touch. I need “hands-on” help and body movement.

Because the causes of ADHD are both biological and environmental, ADHD children need more than behavioral therapies to naturally focus their attention. When you find the unique biochemical balance their growing bodies need, you will find they can more easily find—and keep—their focus.

2. I need to know what comes next. Please give me a structured environment where there is a dependable routine. Give me an advance warning if there will be changes.

Regular sleep and exercise are some of the most important parts of a stable routine for children with ADHD and of natural ADHD treatment. The Finally Focused lifestyle reminds families to put adequate sleep and physical activity first on their ADHD checklist.

3. Wait for me, I’m still thinking. Please allow me to go at my own pace. If I’m rushed, I get confused and upset.

Common ADHD symptoms in children include irritability, anger and aggression. By balancing minerals and avoiding trigger foods, holistic ADHD therapy can calm emotions and center children with ADHD—naturally.

4. I’m stuck, I can’t do it … ! Please offer me options for problem solving. If the road is blocked, I need to know the detours.

Detours are just different ways of getting where you want to go. Natural remedies for ADHD are another road to wellness. What if your ADHD child could thrive on natural alternatives to the drugs used to treat ADHD?

5. Is it right? I need to know. Please give me rich and immediate feedback on how I’m doing. 6. I didn’t know I wasn’t in my seat … ! Please remind me to stop, think, and act.

Mindfulness plays an important role in the Finally Focused approach to natural ADHD treatment. Deep breathing and other mindfulness techniques can help kids with ADHD master the present moment.

7. Am I almost done … ? Please give me short work periods with short-term goals.

The neurological Families of children with ADHD who adopt the Finally Focused Plus-Minus Treatment Plan are often surprised at how quickly they see real results. For families who have had to develop such powerful reserves of patience to be effective parents, it can be such a thrill to see a difference in a matter of days.

8. What … ? Please don’t say, “I already told you that.” Tell me again, in different words. Give me a signal. Draw me a symbol.

Did you know that children with ADHD have a different balance of brain waves than their peers? And that they can greatly benefit from a less traditional educational environment? A more active environment and kinetic communication style can help ADHD kids keep up with their peers.

9. I know it’s all wrong, isn’t it …? Please give me praise for partial success. Reward me for self-improvement, not just for perfection.

Finally Focused recommends praise and reminds parents of children with ADHD to make that praise immediate (so your ADHD child connects the praise to what prompted it) and frequent, so they are encouraged throughout the process!

10. But why do I always get yelled at … ?

Please catch me doing something right and praise me for the specific positive behavior. When I’m having a bad day, remind me—and yourself—about my good points.


The most rewarding aspect of my research is seeing how scientifically proven, integrative and natural treatment can improve the self-esteem of ADHD children. From toddlers with ADHD to teens, too many of these kids receive negative feedback and experience frustration every single day. The Finally Focused Plus-Minus Treatment Plan doesn’t just give children with ADHD personalized, proven treatment options for ADHD. It gives them a positive sense of self.

For more about the rigorous research into the causes of ADHD, proven natural treatments, and the innovative approach of the Plus-Minus Treatment Plan, visit the Finally Focused website.

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Integrative Medicine for ADHD is a new online learning opportunity for medical professionals and caregivers hosted on Vimeo.com

Following the great success of the New England Conference on ADHD, this full-day conference is now available online – with continuing education credits available!

This video course features on-demand presentations by four renowned experts with extensive experience in the treatment of ADHD:

Dr. Edward “Ned” Hallowell MD, founder of The Hallowell Centers, Child and Adult Psychiatrist and New York Times best-selling author presents: “Strength-Based Treatment: What I Have Learned About ADHD in 67 Years”

Dr. James Greenblatt MD, Author of Finally Focused and Chief Medical Officer and VP of Medical Services at Walden Behavioral Care presents: “Nutritional Solutions for ADHD”

Dr. Jay Lombard DO, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer and Medical Director at Genomind presents: “Genetic Testing and Personalized Medications for ADHD”

 Dr. William Shaw PhD, Director of the Great Plains Laboratory presents: “Environmental Toxins, ADHD, and Behavioral Problems”

 Integrative Medicine for ADHD enables professionals and caregivers to:
  • Incorporate integrative therapies into treatment and practice using exclusive educational content, including comprehensive evaluations of current scientific evidence
  • Conduct a comprehensive assessment – including a nutritional, biochemical, and metabolic profile – for clients with ADHD
  • Identify evidence-based strategies to personalize ADHD treatment for individual clients
  • Understand the role nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins play in exacerbating ADHD symptoms
  • Utilize genetic testing for personalized medication selection
Topics covered in this conference include:
  • Common Nutritional Deficiencies in ADHD
  • Phytochemicals for ADHD
  • Minimizing Medication Side Effects with Nutritional Therapies
  • Behavioral and Lifestyle Modifications
  • Genetic Polymorphisms Linked to ADHD
  • Environmental Triggers for ADHD Symptoms
  • Effective Pharmacological Treatment Options for ADHD

An integrative strategy acknowledges how an individual’s symptoms are unique and may require different areas of support, and successful treatment focuses on restoring attention and focus while minimizing medication side effects through complementary evidence-based integrative therapies.

For more information on Dr. James Greenblatt’s Integrative Psychiatry approach to healing ADHD please refer to this recent interview with The Timeless Family

For more information on Integrative Medicine for ADHD please visit FinallyFocusedBook.com

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I’m delighted to announce the publication of my book Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Treatment Plan for ADHD. I’ve written Finally Focused like a book-length prescription that provides health professionals, parents and patients with all the background information and practical guidelines they need to effectively treat ADHD.

The book has already been endorsed by several of my esteemed colleagues in the field of integrative medicine:

Daniel Amen, MD, psychiatrist, brain health advocate, founder and CEO of the Amen Clinics, and a New York Times bestselling author, wrote this about the book:

“Finally Focused is one of the smartest books on ADHD in many years. It is filled with a clear, effective, science-based program that gives you all the building blocks to treat ADHD naturally and effectively. I highly recommend it.”

David Perlmutter, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain and The Brain Whole Life Plan, wrote:

“Finally Focused offers up a powerful and compassionate alternative to the current reality that two thirds of ADHD patients are taking powerful medications, the long-term consequences of which have never been evaluated. James Greenblatt’s work honors the notion of ‘above all, do no harm,’ and does so while achieving impressive results.”

As an integrative psychiatrist, I don’t limit myself to prescribing medications for ADHD. I look for and detect underlying causes of the disorder and I address those causes, using natural treatments first and medications only when necessary. If I prescribe medications, I do so with nutritional support that will minimize medication side effects.

I don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment because it doesn’t work! Every person with ADHD – child, adolescent or adult-has a unique pattern of deficiencies and excesses. Correcting these deficiencies and excesses-adding what is needed and subtracting what isn’t-is the heart of the book: the Plus-Minus Healing Plan.

Having successfully treated thousands of people with ADHD using this Plus-Minus approach, I’m still frustrated that there are millions of people with ADHD who are searching for answers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11% of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD-more than six million kids. Another eight million adults have the disorder, with only about one in five treated.

Untreated, children with ADHD do poorly in school, with nearly 50% of ADHD kids being suspended at some point. They have more problems with their family and fewer friends. They’re relentlessly criticized for their behavior, and their self-esteem plummets.

Untreated, adolescents with ADHD tend to engage in risky behavior. Compared to their peers without ADHD, they’re more likely to smoke, use illegal drugs, drive recklessly and get into accidents, and have sex earlier. Thirty percent drop out of high school, compared to 10% of non-ADHD kids.

Untreated, adults with ADHD can be inattentive and distractible, and find it hard to get organized and on track. They often do poorly at work. They’re twice as likely to get separated or divorced from their spouses. They experience more anxiety and depression. And they’re more likely to be addicted to tobacco or illegal drugs.

I wrote Finally Focused to bring relief to as many people with ADHD as possible-and new insights and options to the health care professionals who treat ADHD.

Part I of the book is composed of the eleven elements of the Plus-Minus Healing Plan. All of the eleven treatments in my Plus-Minus Plan are simple and well-documented. Each treatment is followed by a “Step-by-Step Action Plan” that shows professionals and readers how to use the treatment, step-by-step. There’s nothing included in the Plus-Minus Plan that has failed to prove its effectiveness over three decades of treating children and adult ADHD. Part II includes unique guidance about medication and behavior therapy, the two main conventional treatments for ADHD.

If you’re a health professional, parent/caregiver of a child with ADHD, or adult with ADHD – I hope Finally Focused works for you.

For focus and full potential,

James Greenblatt, MD

www.finallyfocusedbook.com

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In my last blog, I wrote about B-vitamin deficiencies and the role they play in the symptoms of ADHD. In this blog, I’d like to continue discussing nutritional deficiencies and ADHD – concentrating on mineral deficiencies and imbalances. Specifically, magnesium deficiency…zinc/copper imbalance…and iron deficiency. Let’s look at them mineral by mineral…
Magnesium to the Rescue
I devote the first chapter of my book Finally Focused (forthcoming from Harmony Books in May) to the mineral magnesium. Why?
Well, as I write in the book, I’ve been treating children and adults with ADHD for thirty years – and I can’t remember one patient with the disorder who didn’t benefit from taking a magnesium supplement. How can one nutrient make such a big difference in the symptoms of ADHD?
Magnesium plays a role in more than three hundred enzyme systems, biochemical spark plugs that ignite cellular activity. For example, if magnesium is minimal, so is ATP, the fundamental fuel that powers every cell. Blood sugar isn’t regulated. The immune system is weakened. Most importantly for ADHD, the brain is compromised.
Too little magnesium weakens the brain because the mineral plays a key role in the formation of neurotransmitters, chemicals that help send messages between brain cells. The end result of a magnesium deficiency can be…poor concentration…irritability and anxiety…depression and apathy…mood swings…fatigue…and sleeping problems, like insomnia.
And too little magnesium is common in ADHD children and adults. In one study, a shocking 96% of children were deficient. My clinical experience is that 9 out of 10 ADHD patients are low in the mineral. (That statistic is a little less “shocking” when you realize ADHD medications deplete the body of magnesium.)
Studies also show that supplementing the diet with magnesium eases hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity, balances brain waves, and restores deep sleep. It can also reverse side effects from ADHD drugs.
In my book Finally Focused, I discuss magnesium in-depth, providing a complete “Plus-Minus” Action Plan” for supplementation in children, adolescents and adults.
 
The Zinc-Copper Seesaw
 
Chapter 4 in Finally Focused is an in-depth look at the zinc-copper balance in the body: if the level of zinc goes up, the level of copper goes down.
And a balance of these two minerals is a must. Too-high copper levels can hurt the brain, while normal levels of zinc are a must for a healthy brain. But nearly half the ADHD children I see in my practice have too much copper and too little zinc!
In the book, I discuss research which shows that ADHD children are low in zinc…that those with the lowest levels have the highest levels of inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsivity, anxiety, and other symptoms of ADHD…that low zinc levels interfere with the effectiveness of ADHD medication…and that zinc supplements often improve the symptoms of ADHD.
As with magnesium, Finally Focused provides a complete Plus-Minus Action Plan to balance zinc-copper levels. I describe the telltale symptoms of a zinc-copper imbalance. (One such symptom: ADHD medication didn’t work and may have made your child worse.) How to test for the imbalance. And the best dosages of zinc if tests show low levels of zinc and high levels of copper.
 
Iron and the ADHD Brain
 
You’ve probably heard of iron-poor blood. But have you heard of an iron-poor brain…?
Well, it’s common in ADHD. And since iron is a must for a healthy brain-studies show that iron-deficient children score poorly in math and language tests, for example – a lack of iron can cause or worsen the symptoms of ADHD.
Here’s one fascinating study on iron and ADHD that I discuss in Finally Focused. Researchers at the Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Medical University of South Carolina used sophisticated tests to evaluate iron levels in the brains of children with or without ADHD, reporting their findings in the August, 2014 issue of Radiology. They found that those with ADHD who had never taken Ritalin had “significantly lower” levels of brain iron. However, those with ADHD who had taken Ritalin had normal levels of brian iron. The researchers theorized that one way Ritalin works is by boosting iron levels in the brain.
As I explain in Finally Focused, lab work is needed to detect an iron deficiency, and iron should not be taken unless there’s a test-proven deficiency. Additionally, it’s possible to take too much iron, and dosing needs to be carefully monitored by a doctor.
If your child has ADHD…or you are an adult with ADHD…I sincerely hope that you’ll order my book Finally Focused…read about possible mineral deficiencies and imbalances…and put my Plus-Minus Treatment Plan to work for your child or for you.
For focus and full potential,
James Greenblatt, MD

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