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Parents share stories of how Vitamin B complex and Magnesium work to help their children's ADHD symptoms.

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Alice from Montreal,Canada writes.......

"I went into the site on natural ADHD remedies, and after reading everything I thought that it might interest people on what I have recently discovered on my son that will soon be 7 years old. I've read alot about the possibility of toxic heavy metals. Well, I've done about 1 years worth of research for my son. He has come a tremendous way including attention and behavior in school.

He is taking B complex 25mg. a day (not more for that age) which nourishes the nervous system. He is also taking calcium magnesium 125mg. twice a day breakfast and supper time. Magnesium is extremely important for neurotransmitter function. He is also taking grape seed extract (just as good as pycnogenol) and also Efalex (now on the maintenance dose) which is the fish oils. I did an elimination diet on him. He is off all refined flour, sugar, preservatives, and additives, and of course #1 OFF All food colorings!!!

I buy cookies at a natural health food store and many other products, I either buy there, or check labels. Juices MUST be 100% Natural, and MUST say that on the label. Oh yea, Dairy products is a big one on hyperactivity kids. Orange juice and apple juice have alot of acidity and it is known that orange juice causes hyperactivity. I remember when my friend was pregnant and couldn't feel the baby for a few hours, the doctor told her to drink some orange juice and it worked! One should dilute all juices!

With dairy products one can switch to Soy. Vanilla Soy is easier to drink taste wise. After I did all this, and had great results, but not perfect yet, I went one step further. I had a hair analysis done on my son, at an extremely reputable place. His results showed High levels of Aluminum and Zinc toxicity. Interestingly, I have read in the past that people with add/adhd very often have high levels of Aluminum and zinc. Aluminum deals with focusing and memory, and zinc deals with behavior. Another type of test that I had done while waiting for the hair analysis results to come back in the mail, was to test for assimulation of different metals in the body. Guess what, Aluminum and zinc were the only 2 that showed that the cells were not absorbing it properly.

My son is now on an excellent homeopathic detoxification (drops put in water) and there is a definite improvement , and we are only into it 2 weeks. I've really gone all the way on research!!! If someone says food is not the problem, they're right. It's most probably food and many other problems such as was my son's. You've got to do it all!

I forgot to mention asidophilus for build up of yeast (from taking antibiotics.) Always purchase only top well known supplements from health food stores.

When I got the results from the hair analysis recently, I wasn't able to discuss it with the doctor that sent it, because she went on vacation the following day. I had then on my own went to the health food store that I go to all the time, and showed the results to the naturopath. As I told you, I started my son last week for detoxifying mainly for Aluminum. Anyways, yesterday I called up the lab which is in Chicago, (I'm in Montreal) and asked what happens now. They told me that my doctor that took the hair clippings can call this real #1top doctor there, and make a phone appointment to discuss treatment of what to take. So, that is the latest. Also, I should mention that besides from aluminum and zinc were also copper, boron, and one or 2 others.

I decided to go into the internet and searched for boron and ADD/ADHD. You won't beleive it! It says how boron increases copper in the body. High coppper levels cause reductions in thiamine (vitamin B1). Lack of thiamine causes many problems associated with ADD. A lack of this vitamin reduces oxygen supply to the brain. Lack of thiamine may indirectly lower the neurotransmitter dopamine. There are below normal dopamine levels in hyperactive children.

Boron interferes with the metabolism of phenols. Phenylaline (a phenol) is able to reduce seratonin level. Serotonin levels are reduced in children with ADD. Boron reduces pyridoxine (vitamin B6) levels in the body. Boron has the ability to cause an excess of vital substances. This causes a spin off in alteration of other nurtients. Boron has an indirect effect of reducing zinc levels in the body. Calcium reduces zinc. Boron plays a role in excreting pyridoxine (vitamin B6) from the body. Vitamin B6 is necessary for zinc absorption. Vitamin B6 and zinc play major roles in neurotransmitter function.

Don't you find this EXTREMELY interesting!!!! Look how this matches up to my son's results! It's no wonder why when you give B vitamins, antixodants, etc. one can start to see some differences in their kids. But the key lies in totally balancing and getting rid of toxins etc. As I see, this must be put in the hand of a real professional for this. And that doesn't mean a regular ordinary doctor.

Last of all, a #1 book is "Ritalin Is Not the Answer" by David B Stein, Ph.D. and was just pubished this year. Fantastic, Fantastic book!!!!!"