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Hope for Families with Attention Deficit Disorder

September school routines are in full swing and parents and children are doing their best to adjust to new schedules and duties. For far too many parents, this time of year means finding a way to best support their child with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While routines for these children receive a great deal of attention, many parents still underestimate the importance of their child’s diet.

Proper nutrition is vital for children with ADD/ADHD but each individual’s needs can be different. Using services from a chiropractor, adding an abundance of good healthy fats to their diet and addressing different toxicities such as chemicals, heavy metals, food sensitivities and immune issues that can wreak havoc on the nervous system and gut health can go far towards managing these disorders.

ADD and ADHD medications can produce serious side effects, including hallucinations, depression and anxiety. According to, more than 17 million children worldwide have been prescribed psychiatric drugs with warnings such as suicide, hostility, aggressive behavior, hallucinations, weight loss, impaired appetites, heart attacks, stroke and even sudden death. For most children, these medications are not the answer. Proper nutrition and holistic services can help children cope with their disorders without the devastating side effects.

Source: Jennifer Bitting, a holistic health practitioner with Thrive Health and Wellness. For more information, call 856-881-4103, email [email protected] or visit