Assessment by a psychiatrist found significant improvements in inattention, hyperactivity, oppositional/defiant behavior, and conduct disorder in the children after 8 weeks of supplementation with EPA/DHA. The results of this pilot study suggest that children exhibiting behavior associated with ADHD may benefit from supplementation with high-dose EPA/DHA concentrates.
Unfortunately, our kids are suffering the diagnosis.
Personally, I think kids diagnosed with the disorder simply lack physical activity (work or exercise), most likely just being in front of computer and TV/game monitors for their entertainment. Let them run around, skip rope, play soccer or basketball, garden, houseclean, etc. (exhaust them! LOL) and they would have their fill of needed activity.
Of course, there could also be a nutritional aspect, but I think that in these kids, the body is seeking its own outlet as well as forcing development (vs just sitting around). And I still think the ADD or ADHD is just calling something normal as abnormal so that drugs could be pushed.
I no longer believe that ADD or ADHD exists as a disease or disorder. Apparently, it's just something invented.
In our schools I feel that this is an easy cop out for a teacher that does not want to deal with an unruly child. The teacher “declares” that the child has ADHD then has him doped up on Ritalin and presto his/her problem is solved.
Of course when the kid then becomes suicidal and decides to shoot up the school it not obviously not their fault as this only proves that the kid should have been but on drugs even earlier.
I just ran across an article "MANIA" on WND which illustrates my previous post. The following is some excerpts.
To begin with, many of the most notorious mass killers in recent memory have been on, or just coming off, prescription mood-altering drugs.
• Andrea Yates drowned all five of her children in a bathtub. Insisting inner voices commanded her to kill her kids, she had become increasingly psychotic over the course of several years. Yates had been taking the antidepressant Effexor.
• Columbine mass-killer Eric Harris was taking the widely prescribed antidepressant Luvox when he and fellow student Dylan Klebold went on a sshooting rampage in 1999.
• Authorities investigating Cho Seung-Hui, who murdered 32 at Virginia Tech in April, reportedly found "prescription drugs" for the treatment of psychological problems among his possessions. Cho's roommate, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch Cho's routine each morning had included taking prescription drugs.
So what kind of meds had Cho been taking? Strangely, his medical records have yet to be released to the public – authorities claiming it's because an investigation is still ongoing, although critics suggest the purpose may be to protect the drug companies from liability claims.
• Patrick Purdy's 1989 schoolyard shooting rampage in Stockton, Calif., was the catalyst for the legislative frenzy to ban "semiautomatic assault weapons" in California and the nation. The 25-year-old Purdy, who murdered five children and wounded 30, had been on Amitriptyline, an antidepressant, as well as the antipsychotic drug Thorazine.
• Kip Kinkel, 15, murdered his parents in 1998 and the next day went to his school, Thurston High in Springfield, Ore., and opened fire on his classmates, killing two and wounding 22 others. He had been prescribed both Prozac and Ritalin.
• In 1988, 31-year-old Laurie Dann went on a shooting rampage in a second-grade classroom in Winnetka, Ill., killing one child and wounding six. She had been taking the antidepressant Anafranil as well as Lithium, long used to treat mania.
• In Paducah, Ky., in late 1997, 14-year-old Michael Carneal, son of a prominent attorney, traveled to Heath High School and started shooting students in a prayer meeting taking place in the school's lobby, killing three and leaving another paralyzed. Carneal reportedly was on Ritalin.
• In 2005, 16-year-old Native American Jeff Weise, living on Minnesota's Red Lake Indian Reservation, shot and killed nine people and wounded five others before killing himself. Weise had been taking Prozac.
• In another famous case, 47-year-old Joseph T. Wesbecker, just a month after he began taking Prozac, shot 20 workers at Standard Gravure Corp. in Louisville, Ky., killing nine. Eli Lilly, which makes Prozac, later settled a lawsuit brought by survivors.
All very interesting, you may be thinking, but what do the drug companies say in their defense?
One of the most widely prescribed antidepressants today is Paxil, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
Paxil's known "adverse drug reactions" – according to the drug's own 2001 FDA-approved label – include "mania," "insomnia," "anxiety," "agitation," "confusion," "amnesia," "depression," "paranoid reaction," "psychosis," "hostility," "delirium," "hallucinations," "abnormal thinking," "depersonalization" and "lack of emotion," among others.
Perhaps even more disconcerting, "MANIA" exposes the federal government's bizarre preoccupation with screening all American school kids to see if they're mentally ill – a process that often leads directly to a prescription for mood-altering drugs for the child who didn't answer the questions properly.
At the end of the study, the researchers report that blood levels of EPA and DHA were significantly increased, the AA:EPA ratio in the plasma also improved, as did behaviour assessed by a psychiatrist.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a prevailing issue in the United States, with millions of children getting diagnosed every year. A new study reveals that Pycnogenol, (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, reduces ADHD in children. The study shows Pycnogenol balances stress hormones, which lowers adrenaline and dopamine, resulting in a decrease of ADHD.
The findings, to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Nutritional Neuroscience is a spin-off of a 2006 study found in the journal of European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry that revealed Pycnogenol helped reduce hyperactivity and improve attention, concentration and motor-visual coordination in children with ADHD. The current study measures urine samples and blood samples of the children, which were not accounted for in the results of the original study.
The results reveal Pycnogenol lowers stress hormones by 26.2 percent in the case of adrenaline and decreases neurostimulant dopamine by 10.8 percent, which plays an important role in brain physiology involving learning, cognition, attention and behavior.
“The findings acknowledge that children with ADHD have dramatically elevated levels of stress hormones known to increase heart rate and blood pressure, causing excitement, arousal and irritability, as compared to children without ADHD symptoms,"said Dr. Rohdewald. “The findings of this study demonstrate a significant stress hormone lowering effect for a nutritional supplement for the first time."
So is the problem the "disease"? Or is it the diagnosis? :wink:
Makes me wonder: If a "disease" has no definitive method of diagnosis, how can a "treatment" be evaluated?
While it's good to know that nutrients mentioned do reduce stress hormones, are these hormones definitive for the diagnosis of the "disease"? Lots of people have high levels of stress hormones and they are not diagnosed (fortunately) to be ADD/ADHD.
BTW, the best way to burn off those stress hormones is strenuous physical activity (play, exercise, work). :wink: