ADD, AD-HD, Hyperactivity

Treating Children with AD-HD

  • Ritalin is a common amphetamine stimulant drug prescribed to children by medical doctors for the treatment of AD-HD. On the street, these drugs are known as “speed” yet they are prescribed for young children to help them settle down and focus.
  • In a study funded by the FDA, researchers found a 500% increase in the risk of sudden death in children who took drugs like Ritalin. It’s not just a risk either. Matthew Hohmann who suddenly collapsed and died in 2004, was taking these amphetamine stimulant drugs.
  • What does the FDA conclude about this? It claims that the “benefits are worth the risks” and continues to allow children all across the nation to take these hardcore drugs.

SSRIs Prescribed for Autistic Children Make Them Worse
by S. L. Baker, features writer

In the past decade, prescriptions for Ritalin, a stimulant medication commonly used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (AD-HD), increased five-fold, with 90% of all prescriptions worldwide consumed in the United States. As many parents grow leery of the traditional medical approach to AD-HD, we here at Advanced Health and Wellness Concepts have had promising results with non-drug treatments that focus on eliminating causes of brain malfunction like auto-immune conditions, food sensitivities, and viral infections, to name a few.  In addition, we implement perhaps the most successful treatment to these neurological conditions, called Hemispheric Integration Therapy.

Our philosophy at Advanced Health and Wellness Concepts is to TREAT THE CHILD NOT THE LABEL.

Some children may simply have difficulty learning certain subjects, but the current system, in a sense, prompts school officials to encourage parents of these children to have them diagnosed with AD-HD, says Dr. Scott Bautch, past president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Council on Occupational Health. “The higher the number of disabled kids in the school, the more funding the school can apply for,” states Dr. Bautch.

Some teachers might also have difficulty with students who have a different style of learning, according to Dr. Bautch. If the child is a visual learner and the teacher is not, perhaps the child is not being taught in a way he or she can learn opyimally. Before diagnosing the child with AD-HD, Dr. Bautch recommends doctors talk to the child and the parents. “Is the child too active? Bored? Does he have dyslexia or a different learning pattern? It can be a behavior problem, problems at home, or frustrations with the teacher’s style,” explains Dr. Bautch. “If we went to a conference where the speakers taught in a way we can’t learn, we would be frustrated and would misbehave; we’d get up and leave or chat to the person sitting next to us.”

The traditional medical model, however, seems to follow the cookie-cutter approach. The diagnosis of AD-HD is based on a questionnaire. But this is not enough, says Dr. Robert Melillo, chiropractic neurologist. “True AD-HD patients have other signs – tics, tremors, balance or postural problems, or unusual sensitivity to touch, movement, sights, sounds.” Unfortunately, although medications can keep AD-HD under control, they don’t cure it. Of the children suffering from AD-DH, 80% will have AD-HD features in adolescence, and 65% maintain them in adulthood.

Advanced Health and Wellness Concepts offers a non-drug and non-invasive treatment for AD-HD patients which targets the underlying problem, not the symptoms. “Motor activity, especially development of the postural muscles, is the baseline function of the brain. Anything affecting postural muscles (child not able to hold up his or her head, rolling over too soon or too late, crawling or walking too soon or too late are good examples) all will influence brain development. Musculoskeletal imbalance will create imbalance of brain activity, and one part of the brain will develop faster than the other, and that’s what’s happening with AD-HD patients,” says Dr. Melillo.  This diagnosis is called Functional Disconnect Syndrome.  In short, FDS is defined as an imbalance in one side of the brain that will cause certain characteristics or symptoms to be exaggerated in the stronger side and weakened in the under developed side.  The goal, once we find the weak side, is to strengthen that side with brain-based exercises.  The key is to strengthen ONLY the weak side, so the brain can balance again.  Balance the brain, and symptoms can go away!

Dr.Roney is trained to identify the malfunctioning part of the brain and find treatments to correct the problem, and help that hemisphere grow. “On every patient, we perform a Brain Function Exam. We test visual and auditory reflexes by, for example, flashing light in the eye, or asking patients to listen to music in one ear or the other. When the problem is identified, patients are placed on a treatment program; most of the therapies can be done at home.” Patients are asked to smell certain things several times a day … or wear special glasses. We also focus on individual problems. Some children, for example, have difficulty with planning, organization, and coordination; they benefit from timing therapies. They can learn to clap or tap to the interactive metronome (see side bar for information on the interactive metronome), and perform spinning and balancing exercises.

We test children before they start the treatment and then every three months. Within the the first three months, it is typical for a child to get a two-letter grade improvement in school on average. That is pretty dramatic. With children on medications, the improvement in academic performances is short-term and lasts only as long as they are taking the medication. Our programs change the brain function, so the improvement is lasting.

For more information, including a free DVD about the treatment or to see if you qualify for this program, call 714 241-9355.