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Natural Remedies for ADD/ADHD

By Dianne Craft

The increase in the incidence of attention deficit disorders is both dramatic and alarming. Although the problem is complex, the answer can be simple. It is estimated that about 70 percent of the time the cause of the attention or hyperactive problem is the overgrowth of the naturally occurring candida yeast in the child, with the upset biochemistry this brings. Let’s look at some of the most common behavior characteristics of yeast overgrowth in children:

  1. Poor attention
  2. Hyperactivity
  3. Anger
  4. Mood swings
  5. Irritability
  6. “Spaciness”
  7. Inappropriate behavior (such as making odd noises, or talking very loudly)
  8. Memory problems (knows material some days, and not others)

These behavior characteristics are often accompanied by physical symptoms such as leg pains, difficulty falling asleep, sugar craving, canker sores, and poor digestion, or thrush as an infant.

Excessive antibiotic use in a child’s early years can create symptoms that appear to be focusing or hyperactive problems. These behaviors deceive parents and teachers, often leading to the unwarranted use of Ritalin. If this is the cause of a child’s difficulty with focusing, or impulsive behavior, Ritalin or other medications may help relieve some of the symptoms, but do nothing towards helping a child overcome the basic problem. A good natural anti-fungal program, using food and nutritional supplements often brings dramatic improvement in a child's attention ability and behavior in a short time. In my consultation practice I have seen many dramatic turnarounds in a child’s life when some very natural supplements are taken to help get this gut “dysbiosis” under control. It is always worth considering such a program when searching for help for a child.

Many times a child isn’t hyperactive, but rather hyperexcitable. When a child is hyperexcitable, he or she can focus on activities such as video and computer games for a long time, but seems to escalate into a frenzy of activity and excitement at other times, and experiences great difficulty “de-escalating,” or calming down. That is the ADD child who is exhibiting symptoms of a magnesium deficiency, which often accompanies candida yeast overgrowth in children.

Dianne has a private consultation practice, Child Diagnostics, Inc. in Littleton, CO, in which she helps parents and children find the reason for a child’s learning or behavior problem. She trains the parent how to help the child overcome the problem areas. Read more articles on her website:

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