Are You Suffering from
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?
By Dr. Juliet Tien (Dr. J), D.N. Sc.
Are you suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Review the following
checklist, and you will find out!
• Are you having trouble concentrating?
• Are you forgetful?
• Are you impulsive?
• Are you hyperactive?
• Do you talk very fast?
• Is your speech slow or slurred?
• Are you a smart thinker and yet a slow learner?
• Are you prone to motion-related phobias (such as fears of moving elevators, escalators, cars, planes, trains, or crowds)?
• Are you often depressed, anxious and irritable?
If you’ve checked off more than three items, then chances are you are among the five million Americans who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)! Despite the growing attention this disorder has received in the past few decades, the diagnostic and treatment process remains elusive, complex, and inclusive!
Possible Causes of ADD
ADD can affect children, adolescents, and adults. Each case can differ widely in terms of symptoms, causes, therapeutic process and prognosis. After dealing with numerous children and adults with ADD, I have found the following common factors:
The most common physical factor I have found, which may be shocking to many, is yeast infection involving the inner or middle ears. Dr. Harold Levinson in his book, Total Concentration (1990) states that more than 80% of patients with ADD he has seen suffered from inner-ear infections.
He explains in great detail how the inner-ear system or the cerebellar-vestibular system (CVS) controls the flow of sensory information entering the brain. When this system is impaired by infections of the inner ear, your vision, hearing, balance, senses of direction, motion, altitude, depth, and smell, and anxiety level, and all motor information leaving the brain can be scrambled.
Consequently, this auditory drift results in problems in balance and coordination, concentration, memory, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. In some cases, speech timing is off, which can result in slow, slurred speech or rapid speech. A malfunctioning inner ear has difficulty processing motor input; this in turn makes the affected individual prone to motion-related phobias such as fear of moving elevators, escalators, cars, planes, trains, buses and crowds.
What Dr. Levinson failed to address was what this inner-ear infection is all
about and what causes it. In my experience, this inner-ear infection is yeast
infection that can be contracted before or after birth. If a pregnant woman has
a yeast infection, she can give this infection to her baby through the blood
stream and/or birth canal. The baby can be born with yeast infections
manifesting symptoms such as eye or
ear infections, respiratory tract congestion and colic.
Most children and adults with ADD suffer from psychological distress. The following is a good example:
Mary, a 19-year-old Caucasian college student was brought to my office because of her impulsive eating, which resulted in overweight problems, poor mental concentration, resistant behavior, constant chattering, rapid speech, poor academic performance and low self-esteem. Mary exhibited the above behavior while she was in elementary school. She was doing fairly well while she was placed in a private high school with a structured routine. After entering college, she was overwhelmed by the “complicated life of a sophomore” and her previous pattern of ADD behavior began to worsen.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) has created many SAD stories. Over-consumption of food containing sugar, dairy, wheat, yeast, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and chemicals (including food preservatives and coloring, and heavy metals) has caused every American yeast overgrowth at one time or the other, to a greater or lesser degree. Symptoms of yeast disorder that contribute to ADD include headaches, poor mental concentration (foggy mind), middle or inner ear infections, strep throat, nasal congestion, mood swings, depression and phobias.
Many people with ADD live in an environment that contributes to or worsens their disorders. Children with ADD often have parents who also suffer from ADD. Some parents recognize their disorders; however, most don’t. Many schoolteachers also have ADD, but most don’t recognize or don’t want to admit to the affliction. Stress due to parents’ divorce, illness, financial hardship, etc., also can complicate a child’s ADD.
If ADD is untreated during the childhood, the symptoms will continue into
adolescence and adulthood. If the environment is non-understanding and
non-supportive, the difficulty in dealing with everyday demands will be
Treatment for ADD
There are no uniform symptoms, causes or treatment modalities for ADD. Every case should be given individualized attention and treatment plans. Basically, there is no cure for ADD. However, the symptoms can be controlled with proper intervention. After dealing with clients with ADD for three decades, I have found the following treatment methods to be most effective:
Anti-Yeast Nutritional Therapy:
An anti-yeast nutritional program works wonders to reduce hyperactivity, poor mental concentration, irritability, moodiness and the other symptoms mentioned above. The logic is very simple: an anti-yeast nutritional program reduces the infection in your middle or inner ear. When the yeast infection is under control, the swelling of tissue goes down. This, in turn, allows sensory input to be transmitted from the external environment to your brain without obstacles or blockage. Consequently you can be more receptive and responsive.
Chinese herbal formulas are also found to be effective in the detoxifying and healing process. The most important formulas to use are the ones that clean up infections in the middle ear and the sinus. When the yeast infection in the middle ear is under control, you will be able to hear better, respond more appropriately, and in most cases, your ear ringing will also go away.
Sinus congestion not only blocks sensory input, but also prevents the brain from getting a sufficient supply of oxygen. This, of course, is a double whammy! When sinus infections are cleared, your mental clarity will also be restored.
Not every individual with ADD experiences hyperactivity. You might experience low energy and depression. Therefore, additional herbal formulas for uplifting energy and mood are recommended.
As mentioned earlier, all individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder tend to experience emotional issues that have not been worked through. Either children or adults, it is important for them to identify the core problems contributing to the disorder. Seeking help from experienced therapists dealing with ADD is an essential step.
If impulsiveness is present, you will need to be in a behavior modification program either on an individual basis or in a group situation. The purpose of these programs is to help you learn to set limits on your behavior and learn a new way to gratify your needs or delay your gratification.
People with ADD are often highly intelligent. If you are one of them, don’t give
up! You can make a great contribution to society if you learn how to control
ADD and make the best use of your intelligence!
Dr. Juliet Tien (Dr. J) is a leading expert in yeast and parasitic infection, weight, and addiction control, a former UCLA professor in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, president of Dr. J’s Holistic Healing Center Inc., and a cable TV Producer & Host: The Holistic Approach to Health and Success. She is also the best-selling author of Breaking the Yeast Curse: Food and Unconditional Love for Magic Healing and Healthy and Tasty: Dr. J’s Anti-Yeast Cooking.
For more information, please contact: Dr. J’s Holistic Healing Center, 17000 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 206, (818) 986-4551. Visit: www.drjshealthnet.com, www.effectivedetox.com.
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