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First, what are the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD?

• Inability to give close attention
• Difficulty sustaining attention
• Inability to listen when spoken to
• Inability to follow instructions
• Difficulty organizing tasks
• Avoiding tasks requiring mental effort
• Losing things
• Being easily distracted by external stimuli
• Often forgetful in daily activities
According to the DSM-IV which is the standardized manual used by psychologist to diagnose various mental disorders, in order to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, the individual needs to exhibit 6 or more of the above symptoms for at least 6 months.

And what about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD?

• Fidgety w/ hands or feet (H)*
• Often leaves seat in classroom (H)
• Restless (runs or climbs excessively) H
• Difficulty playing quietly (H)
• Acts as if “driven by a motor” (H)
• Often talks excessively (H)
• Answers prior to questions completion (I)**
• Problem awaiting turn (I)
• Interrupts or intrudes on others (I)
Fact: These symptoms are similar to those seen in some food allergy cases.
H*: Hyperactivity
I**: Inattention

Is there a dietary solution to ADD or ADHD?

In our clinic, we suggest a multi-modal approach to treating ADD or ADHD symptoms.
The first approach is the dietary modification when we identify the potential food allergens and eliminate them. If after 2-3 months, most symptoms have dissipated, we know that food allergies were the root cause of most of the ADD or ADHD –like symptoms.
In addition, Faye Elahi uses her vast knowledge of food- behavior relationship to design specific menus that enhance focus.

The second approach is to test for potential neurotransmitters imbalances such as norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonine, and epinephrine. The classic symptoms of high serotonine levels without down regulation by dopamine is rage, or high anxiety. In cases of an imbalance, a compounded supplement is recommended to be used for a short time.

Thirdly, sugar metabolism malfunction is ruled out with an economical blood test. In children with ADD or ADHD, Faye often finds deficiencies in sugar meta-bolism coupled with a high refined diet which can lead to hypoglycemia, fatigue, inattention, or irritability.

Fourth, Faye consults with the individual exhibiting ADD, or ADHD symptoms about the possibility of toxic metal contamination which could also be associated with some inattention or hyperactivity.

In most cases, it takes up to two private consultations along with simple dietary changes and one or two supplements to start seeing positive results without the use of medication therapy.

For more information or to attend one of Faye’s free ADD, ADHD seminars, contact her at the office at:
(214) 437-1297 or e-mail her at: faye@specialneedsnutrition.com