(c) Misty Gregg
Why are children in the US on so many prescriptions drugs? There are literally millions of children who take medication for ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Do all of them need medication?
I do not have that answer, but I will share a personal experience with you.
When our daughter, Callie was in fourth grade, her teachers, guidance counselor and assistance principal called a meeting with my husband and me. They had “observed” Callie on several occasions being fidgety and chatty in class. (According to the teachers’ comments on my elementary school report cards, I had the same issues!)
They strongly suggested we take her to the doctor and they explained that often medication was helpful for ADD. So, these educators were diagnosing and making a medical recommendation for our child? How does that work?
We did not take Callie to the doctor, but rather decided to look at a nutritional approach. Callie began taking nutritional supplements (a multivitamin and a B-Complex) with her breakfast and we saw a huge difference in her concentration level.
We did not share this information with the school, so when we went back a few weeks later for a follow up meeting, they assumed she had begun taking medication. Callie’s teachers for the morning classes reported she was extremely focused, but the teachers for the afternoon classes commented she still seemed distracted and that they had seen very little difference.
This was great!!!
The B vitamins are wonderful for concentration, but they are water soluble. It makes sense that she could concentrate better in the morning and not as well when the B vitamins were gone from her system in the afternoon.
We added some additional B vitamins to her diet and eight years later, she has never taken any of the ADD/ADHD medicines that could harm her liver, among many other side effects.
They are so many different aspects of ADD/ADHD, so what worked for Callie might not work for someone else. Many of my clients’ children have gotten wonderful results by eating a gluten free diet, taking nutritional supplements, drinking purified water, getting plenty of sleep, exercising and eliminating toxic cleaning products from their home.
What has worked for you or someone you know?
Misty Wright Gregg is a preventative healthcare consultant and lives with her family in Virginia. As the owner of the “The Sage Soapbox,” she enjoys traveling for speaking engagements and individual consultations. www.TheSageSoapbox.com Please contact her @ 540.314.2324 or via
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