Fo­cus­ing on ADHD

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An­other school year is here, and with it comes a re­newed fo­cus on chil­dren’s and teens’ health. One of the most com­mon dis­or­ders among school-age kids is ADHD, char­ac­ter­ized by inat­ten­tion, hy­per­ac­tiv­ity, and im­pul­siv­ity. A new book, Fi­nally Fo­cused, by James Green­blatt, MD (james­green­blattmd.com), maps out one of the best nat­u­ral treat­ment plans for this com­mon syn­drome that we’ve ever seen. Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est, Green­blatt stresses the im­por­tance of mag­ne­sium sup­ple­ments for those with ADHD. Here’s an ex­cerpt from his new book: I’ve been treat­ing chil­dren with ADHD for 30 years—and I can’t re­mem­ber one child with the dis­or­der who didn’t bene t from tak­ing a mag­ne­sium sup­ple­ment. Mag­ne­sium plays a role in more than 300 en­zyme sys­tems, bio­chem­i­cal spark plugs that ig­nite cel­lu­lar ac­tiv­ity. For ex­am­ple, if mag­ne­sium is min­i­mal, so is ATP, the fun­da­men­tal fuel that pow­ers ev­ery cell. Blood sugar isn’t cor­rectly reg­u­lated, and the im­mune sys­tem is weak­ened. Most im­por­tant for your ADHD child, the brain is com­pro­mised.

Stim­u­lant drugs like Ri­talin and Ad­der­all that are in­tended to help ADHD might ac­tu­ally be com­pli­cat­ing the prob­lem— be­cause they leach mag­ne­sium from the body. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, a de cit of nerve-nourishing mag­ne­sium is of­ten be­hind ADHD drug side e ects like ir­ri­tabil­ity, ag­i­ta­tion, anx­i­ety, in­som­nia, fa­cial tics, and nail-bit­ing.

In one study, doc­tors mea­sured the mag­ne­sium lev­els of 114 chil­dren with ADHD and found that 110 of the chil­dren—96 per­cent—were de cient. My clin­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence is sim­i­lar, with rates at 90 per­cent. I rec­om­mend ev­ery pa­tient with ADHD take a sup­ple­ment of the min­eral. SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD IS LOW IN MAG­NE­SIUM Poor con­cen­tra­tion Ir­ri­tabil­ity and anx­i­ety De­pres­sion and ap­a­thy Mood swings Fa­tigue Sleep­ing prob­lems like in­som­nia

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