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I have went to doctors before we left El paso, Texas, and he diagnosed her with ADD but my husband and i do not want her to be on medication. We dont believe in that part. So i ordered the Synaptol today and when i receive it will give it a few weeks to see if it takes effect. She has a rough time reading and that is hindering her spellling at school. I have come to my wits end. I want to do more to help her but sometimes i am just stuck. I dont want her to be on medication because of all the side effects. She is a healthy 8 yrs old and i want her to stay that way. If there is ways i change by cooking her different food that help stimulate the mind or other things please feel free to write. I like all the advice i can get while my husband is deployed to Afghanistan. Thank you for reading this.

Robin asked this
April 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

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I was just reading a blog on this site about food and ADD/ADHD, lynn2182! http://www.hellolife.net/no-category/b/can-a-healthy-diet-ease-adhd-symptoms/ It seems that if someone with ADD/ADHD stays away from processed foods, it may help with the symptoms. I hope that this helps!

Rex answered
April 20, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Thank you so much! :)

Robin answered
April 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Robin -

I recently wrote a blog inspired by a study that linked ADHD with a western diet. While I don't believe this is the whole of the cause, it makes sense to me that nutrient deficiencies caused by modern diets may be contributing to the situation - primarily omega 3, iron and zinc deficiencies which have been tied to ADHD. You can read more about this here:

http://www.hellolife.net/add-adhd/b/the-well-mind-study-links-adhd-to-the-western-diet/

Another great blog, would be Jessica Corwin's (dietitian for HelloLife):

http://www.hellolife.net/add-adhd/b/six-diet-tips-for-addadhd/

Erin Froehlich answered
April 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM

THank you Erin. I appreciate the information :)

Robin answered
April 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Not a problem! :)

Erin Froehlich answered
April 24, 2012 at 8:32 AM

I have a 6yr old daughter who has also been diagnosed with ADHD... I tried Synaptol and it didnt work even after 2 bottles. I am now getting her tested for Iron and vitamin B deficiencies as well as food allergies as I have read that these things can cause signs of ADD/ADHD. We have put her on a really good vitamin by SISU call "Mini Vits" and looking for a better omega 3 supplement because I cant find SISU's "Omega bursts" here. SISU's products are all natural. We are also trying to avoid putting her on meds but so far behavioral changes and going with natural remedies isn't helping in her case. I have written 2 blogs about my daughters struggle on this sight feel free to take a look.

Rae answered
May 3, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Has your daughter been checked for Dyslexia? My daughter is 8 and has it. My daughters ADHD symptoms was her coping mechanism to the Dyslexia (thus avoiding reading). Just figured I would throw that out there.

My oldest daughter does have ADHD and we had some luck with a dairy free diet. It worked for about 6 months but then stopped.

Jack answered
May 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I have a son who has been diagnosed with ADHD for 3 years now. We have had him on medication, but we recently discovered that he has a vision based learning disability that isn't detected in a routine eye exam. It is called convergence insufficieny and it is often misdiagnosed as ADHD becasue it causes a lot of the same problems as ADHD. We have started him on Vision therapy and am hoping that this will make a big difference for him. I took him off of his Vyvanse, but have ordered the Synaptol to see if it works. The last 3 weeks of school have been terrible without any medication, but I couldn't justify the side effects anymore. I would recommend getting her eyes checked if reading is one of the biggest complaints for her.

Dani answered
May 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Well your daughter is older now, but if she still has issues you can also try B-Balanced DMG with the Synaptol. These 2 are something that definitely helped with my ADD and brain issues. The comment about Dyslexia is also something I would consider as well.

Tamara answered
April 5, 2016 at 12:28 PM
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