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ADHD and the Reward Deficient Brain: Drugs That Harm, Alternatives That Heal!

"Our son is now Ritalin free! He's now very good in a busy classroom environment, something that was never possible without drugs!" C.B., thank you mom.

Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorders has become America's number one pediatric complaint, beyond ear infections, for children in need of medical help. It was labeled "Diagnosis 90s", with a 700% increase seen between 1990 and 1997. Researchers in Virginia, as reported in the American Journal of Public Health (9/99), report that 8-10% Children in the second and fifth grades regularly take medication for ADHD. Among the fifth graders, one in every five white men took ADHD drugs, most notably Ritalin, which is a class II narcotic drug in the same class as cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and opium. Most experts agree that doctors do not prescribe medications for high school children and that they misdiagnose these children. In addition, as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association February 2000, the number of children ages 2 to 4 on psychiatric drugs including Ritalin and anti-depressants such as Prozac, jumped by 50% between 1991 and 1995. Experts with discovery problems this is because the effects of such drugs on young children are not well known. Doctors worry that such strong medications can harm a child's development.

"Methylphenidate (aka Ritalin) has the same effects as amphetamine and methamphetamine (Speed, Crystal meth.) Ritalin abuse can lead to severe psychological tolerance and dependence. Psychotic episodes, violent and strange behaviors have been reported." International Narcotics Board, 1996 .

The standard medical approach seems to be able to treat ADHD symptoms but not without the cost and the cost may be higher for some people. Is there another way, a non-drug solution, to curb this child's epidemic? The answer, for many, is a resounding yes! There are four keys to achieving non-drug success with ADHD children and adults. These four keys include understanding of the genetics, immune system, nutrition and neural system connection in ADHD.


"Many experiments since 1990 have found that the D2 dopamine receptor gene is associated with a variety of impulsive, compulsive and addictive behaviors, including poly dependence, crack cracking, smoking, carbohydrate cramps, pathological gambling and most importantly, behavioral conditions such as Tourettes Syndrome and ADHD Realizing that there is a genetic pathway underlying all of these behaviors, we decided to give this complex a name. Blum, PhD. Advantages: ADD & Addictive Brain.

Children and adults with true ADHD have a physiological inability to screen for impulsive stimulation and an inability to feel physiologically. This is mainly due to the lack of dopamine in the brain's reward system (the Bladder System), resulting in the inability to concentrate, remain focused or impulsive control and achieve well-being, hence the term Reward Deficiency Syndrome. The deeper cause is genetic, associated with the A-1 allele of the D2 receptor gene, which is associated with all addictive, impulsive and compulsive disorders including ADHD.

It is very common, when taking the case history of ADHD children, to know the family history of ADHD and / or addiction to both families, with alcohol, drugs, and common smoking addictions. In addition, depression, on the mother's side, is also very common. Once addicted, compulsive, and children with ADHD share the same brain chemistry as addicts, the need to find a natural non-drug approach to healing the brain's reward center quickly becomes paramount.

"Our belief is that ADHD is indeed an important precursor to a desperate and addictive life that has the potential to change medicine." Kenneth Blum, PhD. Immunology:

Researchers say that the nervous system and the immune system are closely linked to the continuous flow of electrical and chemical messages described as feedback loops or "Safety Pin Cycles". They also go as far as to say that the immune system is just a circulatory system. Immune cells also make, store, and secrete their own neuropeptides. In other words, immune cells produce the same chemicals that we consider to control the mood in the brain (Brain Reward Cascade). body integrity, but they also produce information chemicals that control mood and emotion. This is another example of two-way communication between the brain and the body. "Candace Pert. PhD, Molecular Emotion.

Inactivation of the immune system, damage, or weakness in any way affects the production of neuropeptide's own immune cells, which can negatively affect the Cascade Reward Brain and promote ADHD or mimic ADHD symptoms. As the immune system goes the nervous system goes, including negative effects on brain chemistry, especially in sensitive individuals such as ADHD children. Nutrition: Today there are many common medicines, nutritional foods, and toxic substances that damage our nervous system and immune system and thus affect brain chemistry. Shortlist: Sugar, Caffeine, Cow's Milk, Preservatives (MSG, NutraSweet, etc.), Artificial Dyes, Sodium Nitrates, Partially Dehydrated Oil, Pesticides, Antibiotics, More Counter Medicines (Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, Material Disclosure These ingredients should be avoided, especially for ADHD children.


Yeast-Related Complexes (YRC) is associated with intestinal flora imbalance, usually from past antibiotic use, which weakens the mucous membrane. These deficiencies allow toxins from the yeast to enter the bloodstream, affecting the brain's emotional and emotional control (Brain Reward Cascade), causing symptoms of depression, vulnerability, poor concentration, and many other health problems. Many symptoms can mimic ADHD or strengthen ADHD.

Hypoglycaemia or low blood sugar is another common problem in children with a high diet in simple carbohydrates (Sugar). Remember, many ADHD children have a Reward Syndrome and thus indulge in low-carbohydrates (sugars) that stimulate dopamine and help them temporarily feel comfortable with their own medication. These continuous spikes and valleys of blood sugar lead to symptoms of hypoglycemia, which mimic or exacerbate the symptoms of ADHD children. Some of the most common symptoms of hypoglycemia include fatigue, irritation, mood swings, muscle cramps, grumpy feet, headaches, concentrated problems, dizziness, and anxiety.

In addition, most ADHD children lack Fatty Acids (EFA) such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which are often referred to as "good" fats. Fat is essential for proper functioning of the brain and immune system. Examples of EFA's "good" fats are Flaxseed Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and Fish Oil. Omega 3 fatty acids are first converted into your body into eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and then docosahexanoic acid (DHA). DHA is very important for brain health because most of your brain is made up of it. DHA deficiency causes inevitable brain degeneration. Some common symptoms that indicate the need for EFA are irritation, poor concentration, dry skin; "chicken skin" or bruises on the upper arm, thighs, or outer cheeks; fingernails are fragile, soft, or split; nails with longitudinal lines; dry hair; pale dry in the ear; Hyperactivity; eczema; asthma. It is clear that deficiency of Fatty Essential Acid in ADHD children can mimic or exemplify ADHD symptoms.

Remember, true ADHD is of genetic origin, creating a Reward Syndrome in the brain that releases dopamine. In other words, the lack of rewards is the release of dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemical proteins made up of amino acids, which allow the transmission of nerve impulses to circulate the nerve synapse. ADHD is, in a sense, a problem with protein metabolism or the inability to produce enough dopamine. There are certain amino acids that are important for the health and healing of the Brain Reward Cascade.

D-Phenylalanine: Restores enkephaline (Neurotransmitter) and promotes anti-anxiety and anti-depression behavior. L-Phenylalanine: Restores Dopamine and Norepinephrine, which induces anxiety, attention, and anti-depression behavior. L-tyrosine: Restores Dopamine and Norepinephrine, which induces a sense of well-being, attention, and anti-depression behavior. L-Glutamine: Restores GABA, which causes anti-cravings and ant. L-Tryptophan: Restores Serotonin, which promotes anti-depression, anti-anxiety, and anti-insomnia behaviors. A diet rich in protein and fatty acids is essential for ADHD children or adults. Fresh turkey and salmon sandwich are the ideal morning, afternoon and evening.


"We can no longer consider the emotional brain confined to the classic locations of the Amygdala, Hippocampus, and Hypothalamus (Limbic System) ... We have found other anatomical locations where there is a high concentration of almost every neuropeptide receptor, such as the spinal dorsal horn, which is the first synapse in the nervous system in which all somatosensory information is processed. "Candice Pert, PhD., Molecular Emotion.

The brain reward center (Limbic System), a highly precise location of the Cascade Reward Cascade where dopamine is released, extends from the brain center to the entire back of the uterine cord. Therefore, any distortion or spinal cord intervention can interfere with and affect the Cascade Reward Brain. In 1993 researchers from Harvard Medical School found evidence for direct projection of spinal cord neurons into the Limbic System. They strongly suggest that these neuronal pathways affect behavioral function.


The common appearance of Subluxation Vertebral (spinal misalignments) creates a disruption to the nervous system. Ninety percent of all children born by fork delivery, vacuum extraction, or handover are difficult to dispose of at birth.

"The birth process even under optically controlled conditions is a potentially traumatic event for the fetus. The mechanical stress imposed by obstetric manipulation, even standard orthodox procedures, can prove intolerable to the fetus." Abraham Towbin, PhD. Harvard Medical School.

Spinal irradiation can negatively affect Bricks Reward Cascade that causes ADHD or causes some ADHD symptoms. Chiropractic's greatest contribution is the detection and correction of Vertebral Subluxation, which relieves tension and abnormal nerve impulses, allowing maximum production and flow of neurotransmitters, healing Cascade Reward Brain.

"My son has come to adjust and improve every day. Thanks to his doctor's expertise, he has been able to concentrate and follow his instructions, lost depression and lower levels of frustration and anxiety. He said he would never know that my son has ADHD. to sit quietly, follow directions, and pay attention to them! "DR, thankful mother.

"This further supports our speculation that by adapting the spine, free-subluxation will facilitate the recovery of well-being by activating limbic distribution of dopamine in the nucleus accumbens (limbic tissue)." Dr. Ken Blum, Dr. Jay Holder, The Reward Syndrome, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Nov. 2000.

As ADHD is the most frequently diagnosed mental illness in children, jockey pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession are reluctant to join the belief that the only way to improve brain chemistry is through medication. On the contrary, we now know that locking the strength of the immune and nervous systems through proper nutrition and certain chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral subluxation is one of the most powerful, non-therapeutic approaches to cure and improve brain chemistry today!

David Melendez, D.C., C. Ad.


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