ADHD management

Please click on the links below to read our articles. If you are interested in research findings, click here for links to research reports.

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The Food Standards Agency publishes a regularly updated list of food manufactureres and eating out establishments who do not use the six coal-tar based colours which are know to cause reactions in hyperative children. January 2014

Treating ADHD with Vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide) by Andrew W. Saul, Editor of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. October 2013

Helpful post from nutritionist Sara Vance on on treating children diagnosed with ADHD with nutritional supplements and elimination diets. April 2013

Great book offer from the Hyperactive Children's Support Group. February 2012

Good article in the New York Times about the over prescription of Ritalin for ADHD but, sadly, with no mention of diet as an alternative, drug-free approach. January 2012

Interesting interactive 'infographic' of the most effective treatments for ADHD. February 2011

Food Standards Agency updated lists of manufacturers who do NOT use the colours associated with hyperactivity. August 2010

Huge increase in use of Ritalin for ADHD children in the UK. Excellent article in the Guardian. May 2010

Treat ADHD without drugs – a helpful article by health writer Tony Isaacs suggesting dietary changes and useful supplements. February 2010

Homeopathy and ADHD – an article in the Townsend Letter adapted from his book on the subject by Dana Ullman. December 2009

Fatty acids in dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD: introducing the wide spectrum of conditions in which deficiencies of highly unsaturated fatty acids appear to play a role – Dr Alex Richardson. 2007

Additives and Mood: What to avoid and why – a guide (beginners and others) to additives and preservatives – Sally Bunday. 2003


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Research Reports

Critical appraisal of omega-3 fatty acids in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder treatment.
Königs A, Kiliaan AJ.
Lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids are found in blood samples of individuals with ADHD compared to individuals of the same age without ADHD. These authors review 25 research studies that have assessed whether giving omega-3 supplements to children with ADHD produces any improvement in symptoms. The studies produce differing results, but overall there seems to be evidence that omega-3 supplements can help alleviate the severity of the symptoms in ADHD, and may be especially helpful in patients with mild forms of ADHD. Given that the supplement is very safe, with few reported side-effects, it may well be worth a try before stimulant medications, which are associated with severe side-effects for some individuals.

Energy drinks significantly increase hyperactivity in schoolchildren. February 2015

Amounts of Artificial Food Dyes and Added Sugars in Foods and Sweets Commonly Consumed by Children. April 2014

Child ADHD medication use linked to later obesity. March 2014

Correlation found between the age at which children with ADHD begin taking medication, and how well they perform on standardised tests, particularly in maths. June 2012

Reviewing previous studies on dietary treatment of ADHD researchers in Chicago found a link between a 'Western' diet high in fat (especially Omega 6), sugars and salt and ADHD but less evidence for the success of specific ADHD diets such as the Feingold diet which they felt it would be hard for families to follow. January 2012

Exposure to green spaces could help treat ADHD. August 2011

Krill oil improves clinical scores in ADHD. November 2011

FDA does not accept the causal link between certian food additives and ADHD. 'More research is needed'. March 2011

New ADHD drug, Strattera, can cause tics. Courtesy of Latitudes, the Association for Comprehensive Neurotherapy. 2009

A new Cochrane review finds no evidence to support the use of risperidone to treat ADHD in people with intellectual disabilities, even though this is a common prescribing pattern. May 2009

ADHD and environmental pollutants, and naturopathic treatments. April 2009

Transcendental meditation reduces ADHD symptoms in teenagers. February 2009

A new treatment for ADHD – a walk in the park. December 2008

Reflexology calms ADHD children. November 2008

Advice about heart tests before ADHD treatment. October 2008

Ritalin-style drug set for wider role in adult mental illness. July 2008

Children with ADHD should get heart tests before treatment. April 2008

EEG neurobiofeedback can teach children with ADHD how to focus their attention. April 2008

Australia vows to reduce drug use for ADHD. 2007

Training the ADHD brain may boost behaviour. 2007

Non-medicinal treatment successful. 2007

Ritalin stunts growth. 2007

Ritalin may affect the developing brain. 2007

Breathing for ADHD. February 2008

The Feingold diet for ADHD. January 2008

Acupuncture for ADHD. January 2008

Study demonstrates the effectiveness of Working Memory Training for children from 7-17 years. December 2007

Omega-3 fatty acids from ocean farmed salmon could benefit children with ADHD. December 2007

Rules, routine and praise may help pre-schoolers with ADHD. September 2007

Noise helps memory performance in unruly children. September 2007

ADHD - Pouring oil on troubled waters. June 2007

Pycnogenol for ADHD. May 2007

Gymnastics helps children with ADHD to focus and use their energy. March 2007

Groundbreaking research is showing the effectiveness of the Transcendental Meditation technique. 2007

The Tinsley House Clinic approach to ADHD. February 2007

Kids and Antipsychotics: Beware! January 2007

Assessing salicylate tolerance. October 2007

Amphetamines may increase hyperactivity. March 2004

Magnets and ADD. March 2004



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