Attention Deficit Disorder: Ritalin Deficiency or Allergy
by Sandra C. Denton, M.D.
From a talk given at Second Annual N.A.E.T. Symposium 1996
“More than one million American children take
Ritalin regularly to help them with Attention Deficit Disorder, an increase
of two and a half times since 1990. Do we have a miracle cure—or
over-medicated kids?” (Newsweek, March 18, 1996, cover story) “ADHD
has become America's No. 1 childhood psychiatric disorder.”
Certain schools mandate that
parents give Ritalin in order for the ADD child to continue receiving
an education. Doctors readily prescribe this magic pill. And for some,
it seems to work, perhaps “easier” than altering the life
style by changing the diet and tracking down the actual cause of the
problem and the individual child.
Even with correct doses, there are side-effects, including
sleep disturbances, stomach pains and irritability, particularly when
the dose is wearing off; also, facial tics. Many parents report their
child turns into a zombie orrobot. No one knows the long term consequences
of this medication on our children or on their offspring.
Professionals base their diagnosis of ADHD on the existence of six or more
symptoms, in a way that significantly impairs the child, in each of three
major categories, including inattention (short attention span, failure to
listen, follow instructions, or finish tasks), hyperactivity (fidgets, doesn't
stay in seat, runs, climbs, excessively, inappropriately, acts “driven”),
Case histories of ADHD children indicate:
100% are deficient in magnesium
50% are deficient in manganese
80% are deficient in zinc
Over the past 12 years I have
found working with these children and parents very challenging, but rewarding.
Identifying the causes and aggravating factors is the foundation of therapy
I use with all of my patients, no matter what “label” their
disease may carry. In the case of ADHD I have found one or more of the
following factors to be important in achieving the 90% success rate we
have in our clinic: mineral deficiency (often caused by allergies to
these minerals which can be eliminated by the NAET method treating “mineral
mix” and individual minerals)—100% of these children are
deficient in magnesium, 50% are deficient in manganese, and 80% are deficient
In addition, both allergies to sugars and high intake
of sugar contribute to the hyperactive behavior in children. We have
an excellent video (Sugar Blues) in the office that both the parents
and children are required to watch. Also, artificial sweeteners are often
an aggravating factor in ADHD.
Candida Yeast related complex are found in almost all
of these children. Because of so many allergies, many of them have had
numerous infections and repeated doses of antibiotics, usually without
acidophilus, so you have the perfect setup for Candida. ADHD patients
will not get better until you take away the sugar/yeast foods that support
Candida and give anti-fungal agents with acidophilus for at least six
months. Of course, NAET treatments for Candida Albicans and for the specific
antibiotics that were utilized will shorten the recovery time.
Because the antibiotics are sweetened with sugar, you
also find cavities in the teeth, and the material used for filling the
teeth is mercury, which is neuro-toxic, depletes the body of the very
minerals it needs, attacks the immune system, and hinders every hormone
in the body, along with many other adverse side effects. The nickel in
braces and retainers that may also be used can also alter immune and
brain function. Fluoride treatments and fluoride toothpaste can be another
aggravating factor. The health practitioner may have to do NAET's
to these dental items along with many combinations.
Allergies to many foods, vitamins (especially
B's), minerals, inhalants, mold, chemicals, parasites, insect mix,
school-room air or bedroom air, and a host of other items need to be
identified and treated. Allergies to wheat and grains, dairy, corn products,
chocolate, cinnamon, and peanut butter are among the most frequently
seen food allergies.
Many children with ADD are allergic to sugar and
have a very high rate of Candida yeast related complex.
Of special interest is the
fact that I have not seen a single child who had ADHD that did not need
to have NAET to DPT, and several cases seem to begin around the time
of their booster injections prior to entering school.
Many of these children have normal thyroid blood tests,
but low temperatures and periods of unusual fatigue, dry skin, constipation
and other symptoms suggest that a "therapeutic trial of natural
thyroid" might be useful. Needless to say, NAET to thyroid and other
hormones may be indicated.
Hair analysis may reveal the presence of heavy metals
such as cadmium, copper, lead, or aluminum. It is well known that these
heavy metals definitely alter brain performance, intellectual abilities
and behavior. NAET plus chelating these metals from the system can restore
Allergies to neurotransmitters must be identified and
treated, including GABA, serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine
Food additives, sulfites, MSG, food coloring and flavorings,
and salicylates may need to be eliminated. Essential fatty acid deficiency
is quite common among these children.
Each case is different, and one needs to listen carefully
to the history and circumstances surrounding the onset of symptoms. Playing “Sherlock
Holmes” takes both time and patience on everyone's part and is
also a lot harder that it is to pop a “Vitamin R” pill. But
I can say that I happen to think the results are a lot more satisfying
and rewarding for the child in the long run.