A couple of months ago, we took Third Son to a holistic medical doctor to help us with cleaning up his body. He had been diagnosed with ADD via the Tova Test and other indications when he was young. His grades have been mediocre at best. Forget telling him more than one thing at time. He would never remember.
Over the years, Third Son’s academic record was a source of many arguments between my husband and myself. I wanted to medicate him. He did not. I know this sounds odd for of those who read Green Talk regularly that I would advocate drugs for ADD. I am at my wits end.
The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree
Why would I be thinking about medicating my son? As I have told my loyal readers, I was diagnosed with ADD when I was young and took Dexedrine for 6 years. I know first hand what it is like to not be able to focus. I went from a D student who could not read to an A student in less than 6 month. I am sure I have other learning issues since I can’t spell and can’t sound out words, but then again all of my kids are dyslexic.
To make a long story short, this ADD kid (Moi) graduated from law school. The same one who was kicked out of the reading circle in first grade since I could not paying attention or was disruptive. Who knows? (Ask Mrs. Roar, my first grade teacher.)
It saddens me to watch my Third Son struggle and basically given up. So, we compromised and found a holistic medical doctor to see if he had food sensitivities, heavy metals accumulation, or other problems that could be causing his “fog.”
Boy, was I shocked.
We found out that he had high levels of antimony (from flame retardants, plastic bottles, etc.) and mercury.
You guys know me.
I have been the one who is constantly preaching about the dangers of chemicals in our furniture, building products and food. Pleading for a safe chemical law. So, he among other children, is suffering from our own hands. Our plastic bottle society, flame retardants, and other harmful chemicals.
Despite my urges for no more plastic water bottles in the house, my husband continued to buy them for the kids’ lunches reasoning that they needed to drink water. When Third Son’s tests came back with a high antimony level, that was it.
There are no more plastic water bottles in my house anymore.
It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. If they want water at school, then seek out a water fountain. Third Son has a stainless steel water bottle in his locker that he can fill up when needed.
Gut full of yeast
In addition, his gut was full of yeast. Probably years of antibodics for ear infections and sinus infections. The doctor restricted his sugar and milk ingestation for two months. He prescribed a yeast medication in addition to the food restrictions. He explained that yeast feeds on the sugar in milk products and sugar itself.
I have always suspected that milk did not agree with his body since I could “smell” when he had been eating milk products.
Sugar Free and Milk free Diet
A diary free and sugar free diet is a lot harder than you think. So many products have sugar in them. Look at the ingredients in that just purchased organic tomato sauce. Yep sugar. Bread. Yep Sugar. We are addicted to sugar. Almost everything has sugar in it. He wasn’t allowed to use brown rice syrup, honey, barley malt, or agave, just Stevia or Xylitol. Thank goodness that I am use to removing sugar from food recipes since First Son has JV diabetes.
Then there is dairy. It is in many food too. Don’t go running to the veggie cheese. Check the labels for casein, milk, whey, or milk protein. See here for a complete list of ingredients to avoid for a dairy free diet.
My Milk and Sugar Free Finds
For weeks, I made homemade bread with my bread machine. I used King Arthur’s organic white whole wheat flour and added Xylitol rather than sugar since he would rather die then eat whole wheat bread. Since this particular brand is “white,” and more bland than whole wheat, he complained less. Personally, I like the darker whole wheat better but if you have a white bread lover, this King Arthur brand might do the trick.
And what kid does not love tomato sauce? I made homemade tomato sauce from canned organic plum tomatoes since my frozen stock of homemade tomatoes ran out. Finally, hubby found a sugar free tomato sauce at Whole Foods.
He so wanted pizza. A teenage staple. Bread machines make amazing dough. Add some soy cheese (make sure it is dairy free,) tomato sauce, and you had yourself a pizza!
Sugar free corn muffins and sugar free brownies (subbed rice milk for milk and Xylitol for sugar substitute). Some recipes were hits and others duds.
What about salad dressing? Thank goodness, he likes salad. I made him a Good Season Italian Dressing clone. He ended up not using it. (Sign.)
He was a trooper. Did it make a difference? He lost some weight, but he was already skinny to begin with. We also found out he was taking only half of his yeast medicine. So, not all of his yeast was killed. Is he able to focus more? Same. But we are still watching what he is eating, and the doctor gave him a rest before we try the yeast diet again.
Heavy Metals Should Only Be For Rock Groups
The next step will be chelation to remove the high levels of antimony and mercury in his body. The doctor feels that this heavy concentration may be causing brain fog. When I inquired as to where Third Son would have obtained such high levels, he said flame retardants and also pointed to my mouth which was full of mercury fillings. (Had them removed several years ago.) Readers, if you recall the EWG tested blood cord samples and found that many toxins were passed through the placenta from the mothers to unborn children. In this article, I reported,
“When EWG matched these chemicals up against their toxicity databases, they found that 134 of these chemicals cause cancer, 151 are associated with birth defects, 154 are associated with hormone disruption, 186 are associated with infertility, 130 immune disruptors, and 158 associated with neurotoxins. Although this amount of associated disruptors adds up beyond the 200 chemicals noted above, many of the chemicals have multiple effects.”
So, could I have caused his issues? Unfortunately, yes. Inadvertently.
Third Son constantly breaths through his mouth. I have always wondered if his sleep is interrupted. The only time he could breath through his nose is when he was in the Luray Caverns in Virgina. The Doctor explained that all the minerals in the cavern air helped him to breathe. He suggested inhaling Himalayan Pink Salt. (Post to follow.)
I will keep you posted about his progress.
- have you tried chelation?
- what natural cures have you found help ADD?
- any advice?
Thanks Readers, for your help.
Photo by Chris Corwin.
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