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My 14 year old daughter was diagnosed with ADD.

She's been lyme free, no symptoms for well over 2 years.

I noticed the last year or so she's had trouble focusing.

Her Psychiatrist diagnosed her with ADD.

Does anyone know of any supplements or natural alternatives that might work well?

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I strongly suggest checking back with her LLMD. ADD can be a symptom that lyme is starting to flare.

HEAVY METALS should also be assessed.

A GLUTEN-FREE diet often helps.

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GOTU KOLA
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Gotu Kola (not a cola) can calm the nervous system while also helping with alertness. It helps give a sense of well-being without feeling wired or hungover.

Of everything I've used over the years, I cannot say enough good about the wonderful effects I've seen - in many ways - from Gotu Kola.

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www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez

PubMed Search:

Gotu Kola 257 abstracts

Centella asiatica 245 abstracts

Gotu Kola, seizures 3 abstracts

Gotu Kola, brain 29 abstracts

Gotu Kola, cognitive 8 abstracts

Gotu Kola, depression 8 abstracts

Gotu Kola, anxiety - 6 abstracts

Gotu Kola, startle one abstract

(#1: Protective antioxidant effect of Centella asiatica bioflavonoids on lead acetate induced neurotoxicity.)

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http://www.vrp.com/articles.aspx?page=LIST&ProdID=art799&search_in=articles

GOTU KOLA -- An Under-Appreciated Herb: Multifaceted Benefits on Microcirculation for Cardiovascular and Cognitive Health -- By Linda Fugate, PhD

The best nutrition in the world will not do anyone any good if it doesnt reach our tissues. The gatekeeper to tissues is the microcirculatory system, which includes blood vessels smaller than 0.1 mm in diameter. The health of the microcirculatory system is now recognized as critical to the total health of the individual. (1)

Gotu Kolas Effect on the Circulatory System . . . .

From Wound Healing to Brain Health . . . .

. . . Gotu Kolas primary action is enhancement of the health of the circulatory system. Because circulation is critical to the health of the entire body, Gotu Kola offers benefits in a variety of conditions.

The antioxidant and collagen supportive functions of Gotu Kola are particularly important in enhancing healing of damaged tissues. . . .

- Full article and citations at link above.

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From: The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook (Tillotson, et.al.)

http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/important-herbs/gotu-kola-leaf-centella-asiatica.html

GOTU KOLA LEAF (Centella asiatica,)

. . . bitter and astringent in taste and cooling in action. It is a brain and memory tonic, and an anti-poison, and very useful for wound and skin healing. . . .

. . . TAM doctors use it as a brain and memory tonic, and have found it especially useful in children.

In Nepal, during the ceremony for the first day of spring, gotu kola leaf is given to schoolchildren to help them in their studies by improving memory and concentration.

It is very safe and extremely effective. TAM doctors also use it to cleanse the system of toxins and reduce inflammation. TCM doctors use gotu kola to clear up boils and toxic fevers. . .

The primary effects of gotu kola include both wound healing and improvement of mental clarity and emotional balance. . . .

. . . The Indian Central Council for Research on Ayurveda and Siddha, citing more than ten pharmacological and animal studies of gotu kola, also found evidence of the following characteristics:

CNS depressant [calming without causing drowiness], memory enhancer, anti-convulsant, antispasmodic, behavior and intelligence enhancer, and blood sugar regulator (Pandley et al., eds, 1996).

- Full chapter at link above.

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http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FDN/is_1_12/ai_n27234590?tag=content;col1

Centella asiatica

Alternative Medicine Review, March, 2007

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From: The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook (Tillotson, et.al.)

http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/diseases/attention-deficit-disorder.html

Attention Deficit Disorder

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www.itmonline.org/arts/add.htm

Chinese Herbal Treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a broad syndrome that may include hyperkinetic syndrome, hyperactivity, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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Acorus was mentioned in an link above as being calming. Here is more on that:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez

PubMed Search:

Acorus 153 abstracts

Neuroprotective herbs 35 abstracts

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http://www.itmonline.org/arts/neuro.htm

Neuroprotective Herbs and Active Constituents Approaches to Preventing Degenerative Diseases

by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D.
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Even if all the lyme symptoms seem to be gone, this offers so much of value to anyone who has had or who currently deals with any aspect of lyme:
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http://www.klinghardtacademy.com/images/stories/powerpoints/autism%20protocol%2009.pdf?chakra_shop=091fbfd82767a7016c134abeaf0114a2

FOUNDATIONAL PROTOCOL for AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS

- Dr. DK
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The articles toward the end of this thread also are of great help for anyone with ADD issues. Take a look at the support methods.

See the LIVER and ADRENAL support links, especially.
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http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/2/13964?

Topic: How to find an ILADS-educated LL ND (naturopathic doctor), L.Ac. (acupuncturist), etc.

Includes how to find an ILADS-educated LL ND, a L.Ac. (Acupuncturist), a doctor of Oriental Medicine (O.M.D.), or a doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine (D.Ay.), certified herbalists or nutritionists, etc. DO, DC

Includes many professional links, articles and books on complementary / integrative methods. .

BODY WORK links are also included.
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ADD meds are stimulants, so a natural alternative would be coffee.

I've had students in 3rd grade who treated their ADD with good old coffee. Black.

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Def clean up diet
treat Lyme+co's
Avoid sugar
L-Theanine (supplement)

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Regarding coffee: Mount Hagen instant organic coffee. A TINY Amount may work earlier in the day but too much will trash the adrenals. And when the coffee wears off, adrenal fatigue may take over if some good nutrients are not consumed about that time.

Her brain may need more complex carbs - or more fats - &/or more protein. Carrot juice, with some greens, is very helpful. SPIRULINA POWDER is good, too. But so is whole protein.

CHICKEN or SALMON for BREAKFAST.

Dark Chocolate might also be considered as a mid morning snack with nuts. Since she is past lyme treatment and antibiotics, she should be able to handle a little sugar if along with nuts (or after a meal) and in DARK chocolate.

It's an acquired taste but 72% dark has about 12-15 grams of sugar per one once

85% DARK has about 5 -6 grams per ounce.

With it being dark, about one ounce is all most people want, anyway.

Nuts, themselves help brain function.

HEMP PROTEIN POWDER, too. Trader Joe's carries a chocolate hemp protein powder that is sweetened with a good source of palm sugar so it's helpful to manage an even glycemic load.
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http://icmr.nic.in/ijmr/2006/august/0804.pdf

THE REQUIREMENTS OF PROTEIN & AMINO ACID DURING ACUTE & CHRONIC INFECTION . . . - 20 pages

Anura V. Kurpad - Institute of Population Health & Clinical Research, Bangalore, India 129. Indian J Med Res 124, August 2006, pp 129-148.

Excerpt:

" . . . In general, the amount of EXTRA protein that would appear to be needed is of the order of 20-25 per cent of the recommended intake, for most infections. . . ."


- Full article at link (or google the title if it does not go through).
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Food additives can cause ADD, too.
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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2384105525501310962#

EXCITOTOXINS: The Taste That Kills

VIDEO - lecture just over one hour by the author of the book, Russell Blaylock, MD (neurologist)

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BOOK - http://tinyurl.com/avq449

Excitotoxins - The Taste That Kills - by M.D. Russell L. Blaylock

This is the 1997 edition

No customer reviews at this link but you can look inside the book and read (59 customer reviews) at the link for the 1996 edition of that book - http://tinyurl.com/as6je7

The customer reviews, in themselves, are an education.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez

PubMed Search:

aspartame - 938 abstracts

aspartame, neurotoxin 3 abstracts

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Relief of fibromyalgia symptoms following discontinuation of dietary excitotoxins.

Ann Pharmacother. 2001 Jun;35(6):702-6.
PMID: 11408989 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

CONCLUSIONS: The elimination of MSG and other excitotoxins from the diets of patients with fibromyalgia offers a benign treatment option that has the potential for dramatic results in a subset of patients.

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http://tinyurl.com/bs7ck6

Excitotoxins in foods.

Neurotoxicology. 1994 Fall;15(3):535-44. Review.

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http://tinyurl.com/28of7y

Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007 Aug 8; [Epub ahead of print] Links

Direct and indirect cellular effects of aspartame on the brain.
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Consider treating her for parasites which is common with lyme disease and can cause ADD. Google parasite symptoms and do a search on here. Also coconut oil can be very helpful.

www.coconutoil.com

Gael

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PARASITES/WORMS ARE NOW
RECOGNIZED AS THE NUMBER 1 CO-INFECTION IN LYME DISEASE BY ILADS*

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My son (age 7) has ADHD. I just read an article from Dr. Mercola saying that taking Krill Oil for 6 months will show at least 60% of ADD patients thinking and acting better.

I'm going to try that soon.

Other than that... a little black organic coffee for my son helps us get through home school.

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IGM: 18+, 23+, 30+, 31+++, 34+, 39IND, 41++, 58+++, 66+, 83-93IND
IGG: 31+, 39IND, 41+
Also positive for Mycoplasma Pneumoniae and RMSF.
Whole family of 5 dx with Lyme.

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No, but you might want to consider this ...

...(scroll to the Becker Interview)...

http://www.wirelessimpacts.org/science/becker.html

Dr. Becker died, but he spent his entire life studying the non-thermal biological effects of chronic exposure to artificial electromagnetic radiation, including microwaves. He was even nominated for several Nobel prizes for this research...so he isn't some quack. I've read both of his books and can honestly say he's onto something...Cross Currents and The Body Electric...EXCELLENT books.

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Urge Congress on EMF Safety, FCC Must Change Exposure Guidelines for Microwave Radiation Exposure: http://tinyurl.com/2cjq54y
Halt Universal Broadband, A Public Health Hazard:
http://tinyurl.com/3x7xrmq

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There is a website called Native Remedies and they have a product called Focus Formula and Brightspark for ADD

They work but you have to give them to your child several times per day. Definitely worth a try. When one of my sons was younger he would get very frustrated at times (we didn't know yet he actually had adhd) and gave him the products and 24 hours later he was so much better. We only used them sporadically though.

But he was officially diagnosed in the spring after schoolwork in 5th grade was getting really difficult for him. We put him on Vyvanse and it is amazing!!! He just made the honor roll and he is so happy. He gets up and takes it all on his own because he feels like a better version of himself on it. His symptoms are very subtle but considered severe. He absorbs and retains everything he hears now and he is so articulate.

I think our kids are lucky to get the diagnosis but many people don't and they struggle.

Good luck! Try the herbs but don't hesitate to try the medications out there. We are so glad we did.

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unsure what is Vyvanse?
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Since she has had lyme in the past, I would seriously consider treating lyme again. Perhaps seeing if there is any reaction (herxing) to herbal treatments first. Nutramedix Samento would probably be a good test. That would be a good indicator if the lyme is still there.

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