Holistic, Alternative, and Complementary Treatment Options
Your very smart child somehow manages to lose her homework assignment while walking from the classroom to the house. She forgets to bring the right books home from school. Her teachers complain that she stares out the window too much and although she aces her tests, her daily homework scores pull down her overall grade. They describe her as a joy to have in class with a vivid imagination, and lament that “she could do so much better!” You can send her to her room to get ready for bed, and 30 minutes later find her in another part of the house intrigued by a book or a game.
Your other child doesn’t receive such glowing remarks from his teachers. He’s a sweet kid, but he just can’t sit still. He’s impulsive and he talks out of turn. He fidgets a lot and distracts the other kids. He loses his homework and forgets his books, too, but it’s easier to mistake that for defiance, especially with his growing irritability in response to what he perceives as “nagging” from parents and teachers. He just wants to go play outside. His energy seems endless.
Parents are frustrated. Kids feel conflicted. The schools are putting the pressure on. It seems like everyone is trying to steer parents into drugging their children, and with any luck, the parents will question the “need” for medication.
Although ADD and ADHD – Attention Deficit Disorder (the H stands for Hyperactivity) – are used interchangeably, they are actually two separate and distinct conditions. ADD is predominantly an overactive right brain hemisphere (with less influence offered by the left side), and ADHD is predominantly an overactive left brain hemisphere (with less influence from the right side). Those with ADD are typically shyer, more introverted, creative, and usually not hyperactive, but merely inattentive and dreamy. Those with ADHD are those who exhibit lower inhibition, and so they talk too much, can’t sit still, and seem to have an abundance of energy.
Conventional medicine ignores the functional neurological right/left brain imbalance, and instead claims that ADD and ADHD are one and the same–a genetic imbalance in neurotransmitters that must be medicated at all costs. They fail to understand (or even consider) the underlying reason for the wonky neurotransmitter levels, and they completely overlook (or flat-out deny) how our present-day lifestyle, environment, and society influence and contribute to these imbalances.