May 2023 Issue 207
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
ABC with Omega-3Table of Contents ↑|
Nutrition is an important factor in providing children with the building blocks they need for optimal cognitive development, and recent research highlights the role omega-3 fatty acids may play in reading, cognition and behaviour in children.
Coma Care – the patient as teacherTable of Contents ↑|
I am very grateful to my many teachers, most of whom are young unemployed men who engage in high-risk behaviours (such as violence, road accidents etc.) that have left them traumatised. Hardly teacher material one would think. Yet these teachers may be the very people to open up the bottleneck that is evident in medicine today – where solutions are sought from experts using generic tools for a condition, rather than empowering individuals to find inner solutions.
Spotlight on TaurineTable of Contents ↑|
Taurine (a key ingredient in Red Bull) is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is naturally produced in the human body and found in certain foods such as meat, fish and dairy products. It has been marketed as a supplement for a variety of health benefits, including improving athletic performance as it may improve endurance and reduce muscle damage and fatigue, especially in older adults.
Why is there a need for a paradigm shift in medicine?Table of Contents ↑|
The ancient Greek goddess Hygieia represented the concept of maintaining health, i.e. prevention of disease, and her sister Panakeia the knowledge of remedies, i.e. treatment of disease. Dr Richards highlights how these two concepts relate to the different models of medicine today, and advocates alternative modalities such as chiropractic care.
Jason Vale on Making JuicesTable of Contents ↑|
Beautiful and bursting at the seams with pure health and goodness, the Jason Vale juice recipes we have selected for you this month will expand your juice interest.
An Appropriate Diabetes DietTable of Contents ↑|
Diabetes is not a stand-alone illness as it is the cause of several conditions, some of which are life-threatening, including heart disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer's disease and cancer. Many people who have diabetes do not know they have it. This article by Patrick Holford gives dietary advice on how best to control diabetes.
Nourishment for the EyesTable of Contents ↑|
Your eyes are precious – you only need to have minor eye problems to have an idea what it must be like to face reduced vision or blindness. Jeanne Viall looks at ways to give nourishment to the eyes, as well as the eyes and various life stages.
Music can Improve Sleep QualityTable of Contents ↑|
Can music be the secret to a good night’s sleep? The research says ‘yes’: slow, soothing rhythms can rock us into a relaxed state that invites sleep – a far better approach to taking a potentially addictive sleeping pill.
Celebrating Youth in PermacultureTable of Contents ↑|
‘Get more out of life by using less’: This is the essence of permaculture – an ecologically sound way of living that can be applied to households, gardens, communities and businesses. Today’s youth are embracing this concept and spreading the word.