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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that becomes apparent in some children in the preschool and early school years. It is hard for these children to control their behavior and/or pay attention. It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADHD, or approximately 2 million children in the United States. This means that in a classroom of 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one will have ADHD. The principal characteristics of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms appear early in a child's life. Because many normal children may have these symptoms, but at a low level, or the symptoms may be caused by another disorder, it is important that the child receive a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis by a well-qualified professional. The conventional approach to ADHD is to prescribe medications such as Adderrall, Concerta, Cylert, Dexedrine, Focalin, Metadate and Ritalin. 

Case: ADHD

A 7 year old boy was brought to Montana Integrative Medicine by his mother for an evaluation for ADHD. He had been having troubles in school, including difficulty concentrating, angry outbursts and disruptive behaviors. He also exhibited some of these symptoms at home, would frequently complain of stomach aches and had previously been diagnosed with ADHD. His biochemical testing revealed severe food allergies to milk and wheat, an intestinal bacterial infection, and functional deficiencies in vitamin B6 and folic acid.

Food allergies
Elevated xanthurenate, indicating functional vitamin B6 deficiency
Elevated formiminoglutamate, indicating functional folic acid deficiency
Elevated indican, indicating intestinal bacterial infection

His intestinal bacterial infection was treated, he avoided milk, dairy products and wheat, and was prescribed some dietary supplements for his deficiencies. The boy understood his behaviors were damaging, and once the results were explained to him, he agreed to comply with the recommendations. At his follow up several weeks later both he and his mother reported that all of his symptoms had improved and that he was no longer having any difficulties in school.