Diet for ADHD? Today I saw this discussed in an article titled: Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs
The article, hosted on NPR.com, is from 2011. That’s five years ago. Yet — how many parents and their doctors know that they might prevent or treat ADHD if they eliminated certain foods early on?
Diet for ADHD is actually an Old Story
I remember how parents and the rare doctor researched, trialed and promoted this idea back in the 1970s and 80s, and how the mainstream press and other doctors ridiculed them.
In 1991, I took my first-born son to a top specialist for ADHD. I told her about the remarkable changes and success we were having with dietary changes. She said it was humbug, that children only improved because of the extra attention they got from their parents who now were carefully overseeing their child’s diet.
Any parent could have told her, and doubtless did tell her, that they had to give their child far less attention. Their child was now happier, less accident prone and more independent.
Ridiculed. Dismissed. Made to feel like a fool for even trying.
Do parents today know how lucky they are that studies affirm their experiences, and that they no longer have to feel foolish for trying?
The Lactogenic diet, ADHD and Autism.
The lactogenic diet is supposed to be all things that are good for a breastfeeding mother and her baby. What she eats should increase and stabilize a mother’s milk supply. The guidelines should show how to reduce or avoid colic. She can balance her milk’s fatty acids for a non-inflammatory immune response. It should balance blood sugar, reduce inflammatory insulin resistance, and improve overall health…
But sensory disintegration disorder, ADHD, ADD and autism are exponentially increasing in our children. We need to also consider how the lactogenic diet could help prevent these problems wherever possible. After all, we know that these problems are not merely genetic. They are very much the result of an overload of environmental “insults” (as they are referred to by doctors): toxins, food additives, pathogens, hormone mimickers…
The way that we give birth also plays a role of course…
Laying a Better Foundation through Food
A breastfeeding mothers’ diet can help. It is not the whole answer, but it can be foundational for her child’s better immunity.
It’s not really hard to do.
But I have to admit, this is a difficult conversation to have.
I don’t want to frighten mothers or make mothers feel as though they “should have.” Mothers get enough of that from all sides already.
It’s totally not fair to mothers that they have to take this learning curve just at a time when they want to relax and enjoy their baby…
Yet, our children need us to know and understand. And truth be told, they need us to have known and understood all of this years ago.
So my “summer’s resolution” is to no longer shy away from this conversation. In exchange for reading this challenging information, I promise that I will be supportive always.
I’ll send you bite-sized bits of information about lactogenic foods and herbs, and also write about what to avoid, and why.
Just a reminder: almost all this information is already in my book “Mother Food,” so go ahead and read that as well.
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Wishing us all motherly courage,