Alternative Health Treatments

This page will focus on alternative health treatments – especially those which have been recommended by orthodox doctors. Please note that I am not a medical expert, you should definitely consult a medical professional regarding how these may affect you.

Version: 1.4 (9/24/17)

Diet

  • Increase Protein – ADHD – Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Sandy Newmark, ADDitude Editors.
    • Used to create neurotransmitters.
    • Prevents surges in blood sugar.
  • Increase Complex Carbohydrates – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark, ADDitude Editors.
    • Simple Carbohydrates are quickly converted into glucose but just as quickly are consumed and exhausted resulting in a high/low effect. Complex Carbohydrates provide more stability.
  • Decrease Sugar – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • Simple Carbohydrates (e.g. white bread) is almost same as sugar.
  • Increase Fiber – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
  • Reduce Chemicals – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • Additives, Preservatives.
  • Eliminate Foods Causing Sensitivity – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newman.
    • Common Culprits: Dairy, Wheat, Soy.

Supplements

  • Fish Oil Supplements (Omega-3 Fatty Acids) – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Ed Halloway.
    • Omega-3’s are an essential fat meaning that it must be acquired via diet, it cannot be produced by the body. It is primarily available in fish.
    • Decreases hyperactivity, impulsivity.
    • Improve concentration.
    • Up to 5,000 mg per day for adults; 2,500 for children according Dr. Ed Halloway. Newman suggests 1,000-1,500 mg for children 4-8 in the same article.
  • Iron (Ferritin) – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • Iron is dangerous in too large quantities, important to check with and be monitored by a medical professional.
    • Dr. Newmark notes that iron levels tend to be low in ADHD children. While a normal level might be 44 many ADHD children will be around 22 – still within normal range – but low comparatively. She suggests under 35 seeing about supplementation.
  • Zinc – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark, ADDitude Editors.
    • Regulates dopamine; may help with hyperactivity/impulsiveness.
    • Evidence is not as strong as for Omega-3/Iron.
    • Too much can be dangerous, check with and be monitored by a medical professional.
  • Magnesium – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark, ADDitude Editors.
    • Involved with neurotransmitters.
    • Evidence is not as strong as for Omega-3/Iron.
    • May help with relaxation, sleep.
  • N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) – Addiction (marijuana, cocaine) Compulsive/Grooming Disorders (Trichotillomania, OCD, nail biting, skin picking, pathological gambling), Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Alzheimer Disease.
    • Dr. Olivia Dean, Dr. Frank Giorlando, Dr. Michael Berk have written a positive review of current NAC research, see bibliography.
    • The mechanisms by which NAC operates are not well understood. It effects oxidative balance and helps modulate neurotransmitter pathways (including glutamate and dopamine).
    • Recommended as a possibility to me by my psychiatrist (400-600 mg 2x/day, 1200 mg max).[1]
  • S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAM-e) – Depression
    • Helps break down serotonin, melatonin, dopamine.
    • Recommended as a possibility to me by my psychiatrist (400 mg 2x day may have GI side-effects, 800 mg 2x therapeutic dose).[2]
  • Vitamin C – Dr. Hallowell recommends a diet rich in Vitamin C to support dopamine.
    • Be careful about supplement consumption near time of medication consumption, can cause medication not to be absorbed completely into the bloodstream.

Herbs

  • Gingko – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • Limited evidence.
  • St. John’s Wort – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • Limited evidence.
  • Rhodiola – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • Limited evidence.
  • Ginseng – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • Limited evidence.
  • Valerian – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • May help with hyperactivity and anxiety.
  • Lemon Balm – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • Dr. Newmark utilizes.
  • Pycnogenol – ADHD – Dr. Sandy Newmark.
    • Dr. Newmark utilizes.
  • Rhodiola Rosea (Arctic Root, Golden Root) – Depression, Fatigue, Anxiety – Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
    • Recommended as a possibility to me by my psychiatrist (600 mg therapeutic dose).[3]
    • Oz suggests starting at 100 mg and moving to 200 mg.
  • Oat Straw Extract – Fatigue – Dr. Mehmet Oz.
    • Two teaspoons mixed into morning drink.
  • Turmeric (Curcuma lona) – Depression – Dr. Andrew Weil.
    • See MegaFood for Dr. Weil’s thoughts.
  • Melatonin – ADHD – ADDitude Editors
    • May help with sleep.

Behavior

  • Regular Exercise – Depression – Dr. Andrew Weil.
  • Remove caffeine – Depression – Dr. Andrew Weil.
  • Acupuncture – Depression – Dr. Andrew Weil.
  • Meditation – Depression. Dr. Andrew Weil.
    • Weil notes that this “requires long-term commitment and does not produce immediate results, but can help to get to the root of depression.”

Appendix A. Supplement Options

In this section I’m going to provide information on some of the specific supplements currently available that fulfill some of the above alternative health recommendations.

NeuroLink (MindWorks, Dr. Amen)

  • Includes 180 capsules, one takes six capsules per day, thus this provides a thirty day supply, cost is $40 ($0.75/day).
  • Has 30 mg Vitamin B6, 1500% DV.
  • Has 1200 mg L-Tyrosine.
  • Has 750 mg GABA.
  • Has 600 mg Inositol.
  • Has 600 mg L-Taurine.
  • Has 150 mg 5-HTP.
  • Also offers Serotonin Mood Support (Vitamin B6, Inositol, Saffron Extract, 5-HTP).
  • Also offers SAMe Mood and Movement Support (S-Adenosylmethionine Disulfate Tosylate).[4]

Bibliography

  1. [1]These where what he suggested to me. Please don’t utilize these without talking to your own doctor.
  2. [2]These where what he suggested to me. Please don’t utilize these without talking to your own doctor.
  3. [3]These where what he suggested to me. Please don’t utilize these without talking to your own doctor.
  4. [4]Worth noting that the amount is 200 mg a day, while my psychiatrist recommended 800 mg a day as a therapeutic dose for me.

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