ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), may be easily treated without medication. If you are diagnosed with ADHD by your doctor, ask to have additional lab tests done to rule out other conditions. A drug for ADHD only treats the symptoms of the condition. By doing lab tests to learn the imbalance in your body you will get closer to the real cause for your ADHD symptoms. Vitamins and minerals are a safer option when given in the right dose. Just ask your doctor if you can get a blood or urine test for a vitamin and mineral deficiency. This will help you find out which vitamins and minerals your body needs. Rather than medication, vitamin and mineral supplements are a safer natural treatment for ADHD symptoms. Just don’t take supplements without proper lab testing first.
Don’t Make Drugs Your First Option when Diagnosed with ADHD
When diagnosed with ADHD, a patient’s first treatment option does not have to be drugs. There is a trend in the U.S. to over-medicate children diagnosed with ADHD. You or your ADHD child may be a perfect candidate for medication, but chances are it may not be necessary. Always talk to your doctor about other options with less side effects before you medicate for ADHD. Studies have shown that some people diagnosed with ADHD have can be treated with orthomolecular methods. This is one of many natural treatments for ADHD. Orthomolecular treatment adds nutrition into the body based on lab tests. Patients are asked to eat a healthy diet and take supplements that treat their vitamin and mineral deficiency. Orthomolecular science works with various common disorders in the autism spectrum like asperger’s syndrome. They will also use special supplements to treat your ADHD diagnosis. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are commonly found in people with anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, depression, Schizophrenia, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Orthomolecular Medicine for Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency
I strongly encourage folks to try using orthomolecular medicine as an option before medicating with a prescription drug that has negative side effects. If you have visited our site before, then you may already know my family’s personal experience dealing with a tic disorder. Our treatment option was to wait 6 months before beginning a prescription drug that wasn’t guaranteed to work. This devastating news was a godsend.
At that time I placed a lot of faith in medicine as my answer, and when it was taken away as an option we had to quickly think outside the box. Our obsessive search for alternative treatments led to our discovery that supplementation for a vitamin and mineral deficiency might help. We later learned, through additional testing, that our child had malabsorption due to gut dysbiosis. Our son’s neurological symptoms were a sign that he was nutritionally starved. His digestive system was not working and his little body was toxic. We eventually got to the root of his problem when he tested positive for celiac disease. It’s an autoimmune disorder that attacks the small intestine every time you eat wheat gluten, barley, and rye. Celiac disease strips the body of its ability to digest food properly and causes a vitamin and mineral deficiency. So in a very long, winding, round about way we found the root cause of our son’s neurological problem: a vitamin and mineral deficiency.
Digestive problems are very common in patients with an ADHD diagnosis. Digestive problems are often an under-diagnosed factor in patients who suffer from mild neurological symptoms, hyperactivity, and attention deficit problems.
Pyroluria: The Hidden Mauve Factor in ADHD
Another path to consider is a little known blood hemoglobin disorder commonly called Pyroluria. Pyroluria is a condition where the blood creates too much of a certain chemical HPL (hydroxyhemoppyrrolin-2-one). That excess HPL binds with any zinc and vitamin B6 nutrients it comes in contact with, before they can be absorbed by the body properly. Your body gets rid of the extra HPL when you urinate, and unfortunately, the zinc and vitamin B6 that should have been absorbed. The need for zinc and vitamin B6 ends up being so great that supplementation for the vitamin and mineral deficiency is necessary.
Some orthomolecular doctors believe that about 10% of the general population have Pyroluria. This would include people commonly diagnosed with ADHD. Doctors have also discovered that as many as 20% of all psychiatric patients tested and nearly 40% of all schizophrenic patients tested were positive for pyroluria.
Pyroluria was discovered in 1958, by Abram Hoffer MD, PhD. in a psychiatric research program in Saskatchewan, Canada. Hoffer, the father of orthomolecular psychiatry, was looking for the root cause of schizophrenia. One study Hoffer did involved evaluating the urine of normal subjects for certain chemical fractions and comparing them to those of schizophrenic patients. They discovered the mauve factor. Their tests resulted in a mauve color on the stained paper, and that is how the nickname came about. The condition was eventually named kryptopyrrole disorder, pyroluria, and HPL.
So before you fill that prescription for ADHD, consider getting a few lab tests to determine whether or not you or your ADHD child have a vitamin mineral deficiency as an underlying cause.
To learn more about how to do that, watch this video about Lab Testing for a Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency:
If your test results show a vitamin and mineral deficiency your ADHD symptoms may improve with diet and supplementation. And you may be able to treat your ADHD without drugs.