ADHD, genetics and caution from the FDA
While attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is known to have a genetic component, the exact genes involved have remained elusive. Until now. A team of Israeli scientists has identified a specific gene, CDH2, that appears to play a key role in the development of ADHD. In March this year, the FDA warned about the risk of drug abuse with amphetamine stimulants. FDA safety advisers are also concerned that all amphetamine and methylphenidate stimulants used for ADHD may make heart and psychiatric problems more likely. Yoga and breathing exercises can benefit children with ADHD. Furthermore, it is recommended to consider alternative sweeteners like Xylitol and be cautious of food intolerances, allergies, micronutrient deficiencies, underlying infections and exposure to toxic metals, all of which can contribute to ADHD. Psychological factors are also an important consideration as is insufficient intake of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in cognitive development, particularly in children. The brain, primarily composed of fat, requires these essential nutrients derived from sources like oily fish, nuts, and plant oils. Research indicates that omega-3s, especially DHA, contribute to memory, motor skills, problem-solving, attention span, and reading ability in children. The intake of omega-3 is comprehensively covered in the article by Andrea du Plessis: ‘ABC with Omega-3.'
I am delighted to announce the online publication of Jan Webster's article on Coma Care. This article holds a special place in my heart, as I previously published it twice in print. Jan Webster's inspiring words truly move readers, shedding light on the vast areas of human understanding that still elude us. It is a must-read!
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Patrick Holford for his remarkable efforts in consolidating an extensive body of research in his comprehensive article, ‘An appropriate diabetes diet.' This article serves as an invaluable resource for individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Please share this piece with anyone you know who could benefit from its insights and guidance.
We are also privileged to have world-renowned expert Dr. Dennis Richards contribute an article titled ‘Why is there a need for a paradigm shift in medicine?' In this thought-provoking piece, Dr. Richards highlights the shortcomings of modern medicine. He draws attention to the invaluable wisdom embedded in ancient concepts, particularly from the health care practices of two Greek city-states, Kos and Knidus.
Talking of paradigm shifts, I am excited to share the first episode in a 13-part video series on Healthy Medicine by Dr Bernard Brom, who is cherished by many.
Yours in Healthy Living