The mushroom-shaped “idea” cloud of ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) first puffed up in the 1980s, and has increased along with other disorders like it, so that some teachers now say “every classroom is a special needs classroom.”
With these disorders, even bright children are not able to learn easily.
The role of the environment is documented in the contribution lead and fluoride make to hyperactivity. Lead is stored in bones, liver, hair, and is higher in children with hyperactivity than in other children. Fluoridated water increases the absorption of lead if it is present. This combination most often occurs in neighborhoods of lower socio-economic incomes, where housing includes out-of-code paint, pipes, etc. See Fluoride.
Blood lead level testing is part of routine pediatric screening sometime before age 7 years, along with hemoglobin, and urinalysis. It is significant that ‘normal’ lead level in the blood has decreased over the last 30 years, from 25 to less than 10 mcg /dl. Holistic practitioners have said that a lead level of 9 in a one-year-old should NOT be considered normal, because the body size of a one year old is very small. Ideally, the lead level in the blood at any age should be zero. Levels even as low as 1 mcg/dl are correlated with ADHD, hypertension, and a variety of other disease processes in adults and children.
Hyperactivity may result from other environmental toxins, partly through the neurologic damage from
- repeated pesticides/chemicals and
- vaccine exposure during developmental years, as well as
- modern convenience food which contains with high levels of food additives and
- processed carbohydrates.
The perfect storm for cultivating a condition of ADD in children probably occurs when three things meet:
- a heavy environmental toxin load meets with
- a genetic susceptibility in certain children, and
- a modern lifestyle without rhythm or times of rest from sensory stimulation.
Children, throughout the ages, have been exposed to far less man-made sensory input and physical objects than in current times.
Normal physiologic development takes place best when children have
- a regular routine,
- sensory input from natural objects found on the earth (wood, rocks, wool, silk, etc.) and
- sounds from nature and living beings.
The lack of these simple but necessary developmental benefits is becoming a real problem in our so called modern civilization. This is now formally identified as the “Nature Deficit Disorder,” whereby the natural rhythms and order, the noise and silence of nature, the patterns of light and shadow, are not part of childhood experience.Print This Post
Answers other than drugs such as Ritalin and Adderal are slow to be brought forward.
Lavender baths and bedtime ritual assure the all-important ‘good night’s sleep.’ See Bedtime. Balancing nutrition goes hand and hand with healthy sleep. Eating protein plus complex carbohydrates and healthy oils stabilizes blood sugar for the day. See Breakfast.
Rhythmical massage re-enlivens the etheric to establish rhythms of rest and activity in the physical body and the nervous system. See Rhythmical massage.
What are the sights and sounds in the child’s experience? Are they from living people and creatures, or electronic? Minimize tv/screen time, rides in cars, electronic exposure, and adult information exposure. These modern activities are the activities of adults, where a robust nervous system is already well developed. The wise adults becomes an advocate for a child in today’s world, making a place for childhood to happen without intrusion of adult experience.
Real chores and meaningful tasks are far more valuable than entertainment. The work of the world is waiting to be learned: sweeping, washing the car, setting the table, feeding the cat, getting diaper for baby sibling, washing dishes, chopping vegetables, tending a campfire. Self-worth grows from being able to master what is useful.
Exercise, please, using the limbs in relation to the elements of the earth: climbing, swimming, swinging, throwing rocks into the river, sand and mud buildings.
Space for stillness: research documents the increased frontal brain blood flow when we are ‘daydreaming’; creativity and connections occur. Our current culture cultivates the busy primitive animal brain– we are most of the time focused, reactive, multitasking.
Omega 3 essential fatty acids especially the DHA component have value in stabilizing ADHD symptoms. Greenpasture Blue Ice Royal for adults 1/2 teaspoon or 2 capsules each morning.
True Botanica Chamomille Pentas Cream applied to the abdomen then covered with a lightly-filled hot water bottle helps settle at rest time or bedtime.
Uriel Aurum Lavender Rose cream applied on the chest or wrists brings centering for adults and children.
ASK YOUR DOCTOR: The pediatrician may recommend Uriel Bryophyllum conchae or Argentum bryophyllum as oral remedies for calming, in appropriate doses for age, and can suggest doses of omega 3 for your child.Print This Post
Be sure lead level has been checked. Know the number itself, not just ‘it was normal.’
Work with a pediatrician and if necessary a psychiatrist or psychologist to understand the elements involved in the person’s hyperactivity problem.Print This Post