By Dr. James Blumenthal, Los Angeles Doctor of Chiropractic and DAN! Doctor
In this article, Dr. Blumenthal discusses Interactive Metronome, retained primitive reflex therapy, and clinical nutrition and functional neurology as alternative treatments for ADHD.
How do you determine what treatment methods to use in individual cases?
We have a deep respect for the natural healing ability of the human body. We use a two pronged approach of first removing the obstacles to good health, and then providing the building blocks that support optimum functioning so that our bodies can do what they have been so brilliantly designed to do.
Instead of trying to simply manage or reduce symptoms, our goal is to eliminate them entirely by solving the underlying problems that are causing problems for our patients and improve their lives permanently. This requires more careful attention to and understanding of the people we work with.
To do this, we obtain a very careful history and examination and specialized lab tests for digestive function, food sensitivities, neurotransmitters, nutrients, detox pathways, body burden of toxic metals and chemicals, and other factors. Read more
By Dr. Lidia Zylowska, MD, Los Angeles psychiatrist
What is Mindful Awareness?
Mindful awareness is a type of mental training developed from long-standing meditation practices. It involves intentionally bringing attention, with an attitude of curiosity and openness, to the present moment (for example, paying attention to one’s breath, body sensations, thoughts, feelings or sounds in the room).
Attention directed in a non-judgmental manner expands our awareness of what is happening inside or outside of us on a moment by moment basis. Ultimately, mindful awareness leads to enhanced self-awareness and a realization of what can be changed about our thinking, our reactions or our behavior in order to have more positive lives.
In particular, individuals with ADHD learn to observe ADHD symptoms non-judgmentally with self-compassion and at the same time work to change what can be changed. Such practice can lead to a greater ability for focus, self-direction, personal growth, and an improved mood. Read more
By Dr. Audrey Griesbach, Los Angeles developmental pediatrician
On a behavioral level, what is ADHD?
When people think of ADHD, they often assume that the problem lies in the individual’s willingness to pay attention or listen. In fact, it is not a problem of ‘wanting’ to pay attention.
What we think of as ‘attention’ is actually a very complex processing function of the brain that operates continuously and allows us to engage in and demonstrate skills we refer to as attentive behavior. These skills include the ability to concentrate, seamlessly shift our focus from one thought to another, regulate alertness, maintain mental effort, organize our thinking, retrieve and access information efficiently, manage frustration, and self-regulate our emotions and actions.
Children with ADHD are often frustrated because they want to do better but they cannot show what they know. To compound the problem, they do not understand why they have difficulty and begin to doubt their abilities. Read more