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ADD in an adult
Posted by: Ann Phillips
Date: January 4, 2002 5:20 AM

My son, now 29 years old, was first diagnosed at age 4 years with ADD and numerous times after that by Doctos and Psychologists. We went through all of the usual therapy and some not so common ones were tried. The only thing that helped was Tofrinil and that quit working when he reached his late teens. Recently he has begun having some success in coping with his life but is far from being able to be financially independent. He is discouraged because every time we came up with something new to try he thought it would be "the answer" and he became resistant to further therapy when nothing worked on a permanent basis. His condition was considered as being covertly hyperactive. He was prone to rages and resistant behavior but that has modified quit a bit the past few years. His diet: high fat with hamburgers, fried potatoes, pasta and very little fruit and veggies.



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RE: ADD in an adult
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: January 7, 2002 4:12 AM

The biggest link between ADD and diet is simple and refined carbohydrates. You son's diet sounds like Standard American Diet (SAD), loaded with carbs, low in fiber, high in processed and heated fats. The commonly measured chemistries can be normal and one can still be headed for disaster from a dietary standpoint. The risk of cancer from diets high in processed and heated fats is substantial. I could go on and on about this subject, but suffice it so say that diet has a major impact on one's mental condition. Also, detoxification from heavy metals usually helps such cases. Rage can be related to abnormally high levels of testosterone, so evaluation of his hormone status would not be unreasonable.



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