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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • ADHD is often associated with learning disabilities, because people with ADHD may also have a hard time focusing enough to learn and study. Students with ADHD are often easily distracted and have trouble concentrating. They may also be excessively active or have trouble controlling their impulses.
  • One out of five teenage American boys has been diagnosed as hyperactive.  The CDC says ADHD cases have grown 53% in the past decade.  11% of all school-age children have been diagnosed.  Up to two-thirds are taking drugs to treat the condition.  Many doctors believe too many children and teenagers are being medicated.  "New Government Data Show Rise in Diagnoses of Attention Deficit," The New York Times reporting a CDC study on ADHD, April 1, 2013
What May Help
  • Hyperactive behavior in children has been linked to food dyes, although the research does not prove that food colorings actually cause ADHD behavior.  Some children are very sensitive to food dyes, preservatives, and sugar.  These items are significant ingredients in many juices, chips, cereals and most prepared foods.  Some children are also very sensitive to cleaning fluids and even scented candles, dust, cat dander, dogs and even carpeting.   Children with ADHD behavior often do better with quiet, routine structure, instead of over scheduling with additional activities.   
  • Some of the ADHD behaviors can be eliminated or diminished, as follows:   
    • Eliminate foods with large quantities of dyes.
    • Reduce or eliminate sugary drinks.
    • Plan a consistent routine in the home.
    • Snack on whole foods as found in nature, instead of packaged snacks.
    • Look for allergens in the home, and see if eliminating those helps.  
Dr. Doris J. Rapp believes that many children are erroneously labeled as dumb, lazy, nasty, rude, overactive, irritable, slow or impossible due to food and environment issues.  Dr. Rapp teaches parents how to recognize which children have allergies, food, or chemical sensitivities interfering with their ability to learn and behave normally.
The Lancet medical journal, Sept. 2007, and The Impossible Child,
by Doris J. Rapp, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
at State University of New York at Buffalo

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