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Archive Category: ADD/ADHD

Fish Oil–For Your Brain

October 20th, 2012

A quote from the attached article:  “National Institutes of Health research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may inhibit cell death and could be instrumental for reconnecting damaged neurons.” Please include fish oil or cod liver oil in your diet.  Carlson and Nordic Naturals tend to be good over-the-counter brands–avoid low cost versions which may contain heavy metals or rancid fats.

Processed Foods

July 30th, 2012

Processed foods contain many additives that are not natural to our bodies. And while the FDA has deemed low levels of some of these additives as “safe”, people who consume a diet high in processed foods may actually be attaining levels exceeding the FDA limits.  And the situation may be worse for children due to their developing brains.  This article summarizes some of the concerns.  Please eat WHOLE foods.

New Approach to Improving Brain Function

April 20th, 2012

This is exciting research which reveals that certain sounds (beat patterns) can improve brain function–no supplements or medication required!  Read more here.

Top Ten Worst Processed Foods

March 22nd, 2012

OK, so I hope you all know how important eating WHOLE foods is for your health and that processed foods are NOT beneficial to anything but your taste-buds (and the seller’s income statements).  That being said, there is now a list of the 10 worst processed foods.  If you find that you’re someone who just must eat junk occasionally, you should at least consider complete avoidance of these:  click here.

ADHD and Child development

March 6th, 2012

There are at least three studies now linking “immaturity” with diagnoses of ADHD.  In other words, the younger children in a class are 30% (boys) to 70% (girls) more likely to get a diagnosis of ADHD when it may simply be a mature of normal childhood development and maturing.  In addition, not included in this article, food sensitivities are a HUGE underlying factor–if you suspect your child has ADHD, or if your child has been diagnosed ADHD, call for an appointment to learn about treatment options.   The article on development and ADHD diagnosis can be read in full by clicking here.

Tips for Brain Health

February 10th, 2012

Some great ideas are summarized in this link.  I agree with all except one:  saturated fats are only “criminal” if they are from unhealthy sources.  Butter from exclusively grass-fed cows can be an important part of our diets.  Organic coconut oil is another source of healthy saturated fats.  Do avoid animal products that have not been raised healthfully–for example, cows must be EXCLUSIVELY grass-fed.  And definitely avoid all trans fats!   NOTE:  Commercially-raised organic “grass-fed” beef is typically grain-finished at the slaughterhouse.  The healthy fats in grass-fed beef immediately deteriorate when grain is introduced into their feed.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Fats

December 19th, 2011

The Columbian posted this article today from the Chicago Tribune.  It’s a great brief summary regarding dietary fats.  Click here to read more!

OHSU and Brain Health

November 28th, 2011

OHSU is hosting a number of seminars on brain health–click here to learn more!

Avoid BPA–new research results on impact on children of pregnant mothers.

October 24th, 2011

Research is showing yet another concern regarding exposure to BPA (bisphenol-A)–there is an increased incidence of anxiety and attention difficulties in girls born to women who had elevated levels of BPA in their urine.

Bottom line:  Avoid packaged foods and plastic containers.  Stick to glass containers (stainless steel is a second option–I wonder what adverse metal or chemical might be found in SS in the future??) and whole foods (no packaging) to reduce exposure to unwanted additives.

Click here for the article.

SCD Support

September 29th, 2011

If you’ve been prescribed or are on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, click here for a link to a great “how to” site.  It includes e-books, information on starting the diet, and free podcasts, too.

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