MY BASIC APPROACH TO ADD AND ADHD

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Terry Chappell, MD 
Celebration of Health Association 
Bluffton, Ohio 
419-358-4627 www.healthcelebration.com 
  I don’t do a lot of testing, but rather try to designate resources for treatment as much as possible. To test for yeast imbalance, I usually do a Stool culture. Some refer to do Organic acid testing of the urine, which I do occasionally. The advantage is that in addition to yeast it tests for other imbalances, such as oxalic acid (this was the cause of my kidney stones). It is a urine test, pretty expensive and sometmes hard to interpret. Yeast is most commonly present if a child has had a lot of antibiotics, has abdominal complaints, or craves sugar. I usually do an Elisa food allergy test for 99 foods (from the blood). Food allergies are usually a signifcant factor in treatment. We treat either with an elimination diet, injections, or by tapping on acupuncture points, called SRT (Symptom Reduction Technique), which is quite effective. A hair analysis for toxic metals is pretty much outdated because it has been shown that a problem with some kids is that they accumulate lead, mercury, aluminum and other metals by not excreting them, so they do not show up in the hair. I do some kind of challenge test. With kids, I often a collection of stool after taking an oral spray called metal free for a few days. Metals can play a big role for ADHD if present. 
 Rather than test for vitamins and minerals, which is not very accurate, I just treat with a multivitamin. I also use fish oil or other essential fatty acid and a homeopathic called mental clarity routinely. Amino acids can be important. Testing can be helpful to identify specific imbalances, but the treatment is difficult, sometimes requiring supplements several times a day. This applies to testing for neurotransmitters, like dopamine, seratonin, and adrenalin. Another avenue is to do a simple spot urine for all amino acids. A compounding pharmacy can then mix up replacement powder taylored for that specific child. The aa testing is not expensive, the treatment is fairly pricey, but easy to take. We sometimes do an adrenal stress index to look for abnormal cortisol levels. Cortisol helps you deal with stress, and abnormalities are easily treated with natural supplements. 
  Home use of vitamin B12 shots (methylhydroxycobalamine) are usually very helpful but have to be continued. These are cheap and easy. Finally and primarily, I would teach most children the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which they can do themselves to quiet down and focus.