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kangachick
Monday, May 2, 2011, 4:17am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi there. I really struggle with adhd and am trying to find a solution! I have mostly inactive add and I need help controlling it. I am so easily distracted, can't focus, etc.
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C_Sharp
Monday, May 2, 2011, 5:01am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Eat less sugar.

Avoid food coloring.

Use Alternate nostril breathing:

http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/mind/mind2.htm


MIfHI                            I follow a SWAMI diet.
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Lola
Monday, May 2, 2011, 5:20am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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our gut is known as our second brain
as previously mentioned by C sharp
heal the gut first and foremost......you ll be very pleased with the results


''Just follow the book, don't look for magic fixes to get you off the hook. Do the work.'' Dr.D.'98
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PCUK-Positive
Monday, May 2, 2011, 1:12pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Quoted from C_Sharp
Eat less sugar.

Avoid food colouring.

Use Alternate nostril breathing:

http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/mind/mind2.htm


Avoid anything artificial, sweeteners, colours, additives preservatives, aspartame for example is a big trigger in my opinion.

also some odd foods can cause problems in this area, you really do need to keep a detailed food diary for example some beef, chicken, and some rice cause our daughter problems. the reaction is pretty quick to hence the food diary.

other foods build on each other too.

although the low FODMAP diet was not designed to help this situation it does due to low sugar. but also look into feingold diet. and a dr Doris Rapp.

if you eat compliantly it helps of course but obviously something is upsetting the balance more than usual so you have to find it.



Kind Regards PC. FIfHI Swami III Pro

Partner (F) is O+(Non) MN. Duffy Fy(a+b+),  Lewis (a+ b-) Gatherer.
DD ( is O+(Non)NN, Duffy Fy(a+b-) Lewis (a+b-) Gatherer
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ruthiegirl
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Are you currently taking medication for ADD? If so, then stay on it a while- after you've done some healing, you can try to wean off of the meds.

If you're not currently on meds, then I wouldn't rush to start them. Most ADD meds are stimulants, designed to stimulate portions of the brain, allowing you to focus better. You can get a similar effect from caffeine, from compliant whole food sources. Green tea is good for all blood types. If coffee is on your list, that's an even more potent source of caffeine.

The best way to treat ADD naturally is to heal your gut and your overall body- when you have too many toxins floating around in your blood, it interferes with normal brain function. Just cutting out the gluten will likely have a huge effect on your focus. But this kind of healing takes time, and you may need some extra support (in the form of caffeine or other stimulants) in the short term.

Be careful that you don't add any herbs that are not good for your type, and also watch what you add to your caffeinated beverages. Adding milk and sugar to your tea won't help you- use compliant sweeteners and either drink your coffee/tea black or use a compliant "milk" in it. If you're using a commercial soy, rice, or nut milk- read labels carefully. Many of those have weird additives that aren't good for any of us. You need to be especially careful about ingesting carageenan and "avoid" gums since you need to repair your gut.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Andrea
Monday, May 2, 2011, 3:10pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi there

The book Fed Up by Sue Dengate is a great book on adhd . I am a primary school teacher and have referred many parents to this book. A few told me that they were able to go off ritalin by following this program. She has a great web site with heaps of information. Hope this helps.
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EquiPro
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Hi, Kangachick!  I, too, have ADD/ADHD.  I have found Adderral to be a lifesaver for me.  That being said, however, eating compliantly has helped my ADD/ADHD as much as Adderral ,if not more.

Not eating starches (none - for me, only legume based starch such as beans, work well) is key, as is getting good, hard exercise in every day if possible.

The moment I start eating starch (rice is a really difficult one for me), my brain begins to fog and I get that "so tired I can't think" feeling.  Eliminating starch from your diet will show a dramatic difference almost immediately.

I still take Adderral daily BUT, I have been able to cut down on it dramatically by following the BTD/ GTD (the GTD seems to be better for me in this regard).  There are good portions of day, REGULARLY, where I'm completely symptom free WITHOUT medications.  Good luck!


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Joy
Monday, May 2, 2011, 4:04pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi,

I was diagnosed with ADD as an adult and when I started doing research it really explained alot.
I took Ritalin for a short while but then stopped and haven't taken any prescription medicine for about ten years.  

Believe me I don't negate prescription medicine for ADD/ADHD for it has helped alot of people.
But all the suggestions above  are part of the puzzle to feeling better mentally and physically.
The BTD lifestyle is a huge boost for this condition.  Find the foods that help you.

I also recommend the book "Driven To Distraction" by Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Ratey.  It was written over ten years ago but it made me feel alot better.  BTW, both these doctors also have ADD.

I found that nutritional yeast and the Omega oils helped me alot.

Joy
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AKArtlover
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organics only. there was an article i posted awhile back showing that pesticides and herbicides were a cause in kids.


"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:13,14
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EquiPro
Monday, May 2, 2011, 4:26pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Joy


I found that nutritional yeast and the Omega oils helped me alot.

Joy


I eat nutritional yeast almost daily and use a ghee as one of my primary fat sources, so Joy's statement goes for me, also, although I didn't know that these items help with ADD/ ADHD...


FRESH START TODAY!!!
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remember the advice should be taken in context of the givers blood type. you are an A so slightly different than O's with similar problems, remember that - you nay be able to get a way witha little more starch and fbre than O's. maybe not!  


Kind Regards PC. FIfHI Swami III Pro

Partner (F) is O+(Non) MN. Duffy Fy(a+b+),  Lewis (a+ b-) Gatherer.
DD ( is O+(Non)NN, Duffy Fy(a+b-) Lewis (a+b-) Gatherer
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paul clucas
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Hi Kangachick.

Welcome to the forum.  

You may find that the most easily-available grains will help keep you out of focus.  I wish I or my parents had known this many years ago.

To help you here is a simple co-ordination and stretching exercise that gets rid of the brain-fog.

1  Sit in a quiet room with either one (directly) overhead light or no light source.  If you are sitting in a chair make sure you are sitting forward enough to twist your torso without touching the back of the chair.  

2  Close your eyes - you should have no visual or audio clues as to which direction you are facing.

3  Raise a hand in front of you with your thumb turned toward your face, and with the elbow on level with your shoulder (Like an Egyptian!     ) .  You will keep your face toward this hand as if you were looking at it, but your eyes are closed.

4  There are two simultaneous movements that must be co-ordinated. You slowly twist so that your face and hand swing around until you are almost facing the direction of you shoulder.  At the same time, you will swing your other hand behind your back and over your head to bring the tip of the middle finger to the center of the opposite knee.  It is important that you concentrate on getting the fingertip to the precise point on your knee; accuracy is difficult - but this the goal.  The other hand has to stay at the same distance in front of your face, as you twist your torso.

5  Switch hands and swing and twist in the opposite direction.  Exactly where your swinging hand starts is not important, but the other hand has to be directly in front of your face before you twist your torso.

6  About twenty repetitions, of each hand in turn, should be enough to sharpen your focus.

I learned about this exercise many years after I received a successful therapy for Dyslexia, invented by Dr. Tomatis.  The cross-stretching helps to build concentration, relieve tension and wipe the emotional slate clean.

ADHD is connected with ear function and is a frustrating experience.  I would like to see ADHD, Dyslexia, Asperger’s, and Autism wiped out.  Most current methods seem to be crutches rather than attempts to address the source of the problem.  It is possible that a combination of different techniques, with diet and epigenetic diagnostics will be effective in addressing these ill-defined syndromes.


My weight loss goal: 220 lbs.  A 6'4" dyslexic oddball: the size of a line-backer, the silhouette of Winnie-the-Pooh.
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geminisue
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Curious, does too much coffee make you hyper, or calm you down?  I heard it works to calm people down with ADDH, but don't know for sure, if it works.  thanks
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kangachick
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Quoted from geminisue
Curious, does too much coffee make you hyper, or calm you down?  I heard it works to calm people down with ADDH, but don't know for sure, if it works.  thanks


I don't drink coffee or tea, never have, never will so I don't know.
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although the low FODMAP diet was not designed to help this situation it does due to low sugar. but also look into feingold diet.


If you haven't looked into them yet, I definitely agree about looking into the feingold diet, and, because of some of the other problems you've mentioned that you have, I would look into the low FODMAP diet as well.


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