We call them Millennial Kids. Their generation straddles the century change. And the ones born on this side of 2000 will be like no other generation before them.
It’s hard to imagine what life is like for children today. Stimuli bombard them every waking hour — video games, cell phones, Facebook. Plus, most of them eat highly processed, low-nutrient foods. All this revs their bodies at full tilt.
So it isn’t surprising that we’re seeing more and more diagnoses of hyperactivity. How could they NOT be hyperactive?
Now more than ever, we owe it to these kids to explore non-drug options for hyperactivity. (I’m sure their parents and teachers will appreciate it too.)
Dr. Spreen has already outlined his regimen for treating hyperactive children. (You can read the details here.)
He believes that a high percentage of children AND adults are sensitive to chemicals and other components in foods.
Dr. Spreen: “It’s a case of a foundering ship with all sorts of useless cargo on deck to be thrown overboard. The trick is finding the right cargo to get rid of.
“I’ve seen kids react, big-time, to certain stimuli, i.e., artificial colors, nightshades, dairy, wheat, whatever. The pediatricians say they ‘outgrow’ them. I don’t buy it. I say they go deeper. And they’re chronic. So they don’t show up as more acute symptoms. It takes lots of a doc’s time to figure that out. And then it’s inexpensive to fix — neither of which fits today’s medical model.”
Dr. Spreen starts by looking for a patient’s food and chemical sensitivities. After removing those issues, two questions remain… Is the patient hyper, so he can’t concentrate? Or can he just not concentrate?
Dr. Spreen: “For the former, I’d recommend some tryptophan, or GABA, or DL-phenylalanine. Or maybe low-dose valerian or kava, etc.
“For the latter I’d pump in the gingko biloba, PS (phosphatidylserine), ginseng and some B-12. (The first two I’d also give the former group.) I might even add a little caffeine, though they’ve most likely already done that to excess.
“I would also be supporting their adrenals with adrenal glandular.”
Here’s a quick glossary for some of the items Dr. Spreen mentioned above…
Tryptophan is an amino acid and a natural sedative.
GABA is another amino acid. It limits nerve cell activity in areas of the brain associated with anxiety.
DL-phenylalanine is also an amino acid. It helps replace dopamine, a key neurotransmitter.
Phosphatidylserine is an essential fatty acid that helps maintain cognitive function.
Adrenal glandular is an extract of dehydrated animal adrenal gland tissue. It helps alleviate adrenal exhaustion. Dr. Spreen: “I’d probably use the gingko biloba for the specific situation at hand. Adrenal glandular is more generalized treatment, as so many adults have weak adrenals.”
Finding the ideal balance of dietary choices and supplements may require some trial and error. But this method will resolve most cases of hyperactivity and attention problems without resorting to drugs.
“F.D.A. Is Finding Attention Drugs in Short Supply” Gardiner Harris, New York Times, 12/31/11, nytimes.com