If you clicked this title, you probably are familiar with what it’s like to tell your son or daughter to complete a set of simple tasks, only to find them playing with legos or, better yet, chasing down a screaming younger sibling with a cleverly crafted paper-towel-roll-sword just two minutes later.
Or maybe you are thirty years old and all too familiar with the embarrassing gaffe of forgetting to pay a bill for months in a row, or perhaps the phenomenon of walking into the kitchen to make dinner for your family, only to look up from your phone 20 minutes later wondering why you’ve been scrolling Facebook all this time.
You may even know the shameful feeling of having a spouse who does not understand how you can be so “lazy” or “selfish”. And you’ve probably sworn to yourself many times over that you would change it all – that “this” will never happen again – only to fall into a vicious cycle of depression, anxiety, and self-battery when you discover that you’re powerless to change ( true or not, this is the perception ).
These are all common experiences for an adult living with undiagnosed ADD or ADHD.
When I first received confirmation that I myself was living with ADD, and have been all my life, I experienced a few different emotions. The first of which was relief: I was not lazy, or inherently selfish.
The next emotions were frustration and denial. “No”, I thought. “There is no way I want to accept this label. There is no way I want to accept something about myself that I can’t change.”
One cool thing about people with ADD is that, contrary to popular understanding, we have the ability to ultra-focus on certain tasks, so over the past year I’ve taken that super power and applied it to learning all I could about ADHD. I’ve also since gone back to school for holistic nutrition. What I’ve learned from scouring Google Scholar and many other sources has surprised me. I’ve listed a few things that no one ever told you below:
We still don’t know all that much about ADD and ADHD
Yep. Shocker, we don’t. Technically ADD and ADHD would be classified as a “mystery illness”, because amidst the many theories ( many of which hold a lot of weight in my opinion ), we still don’t have a huge body of solid, factual evidence to show what exactly causes ADHD to develop. More on this below.
And with that lack of solid understanding – from the perspective of someone studying in the holistic health field – we don’t have a sure-fire method of treating or healing ADHD. There are wonderful methods for living successfully with ADHD ( the word ‘coping’ implies a life sentence that is so incredibly negative ), however management is a far cry from having the know-how to directly address root cause, which is important.
And with much of todays ADHD management being focused around medications that have serious health side-effects, we need to have a better awareness of both possible causative factors and realistic lifestyle adjustments that can help. Medication is not bad or wrong, but no one can argue that having multiple options and unbiased information is important in making the right choice for you.
That being said, we do obviously know some things
What we do know for certain is that ADHD has a so-called genetic link. It is a heritable disorder, but also idiopathic; meaning it can run in families or show up spontaneously with “unknown” and yet admittedly environmental causes.
We also know that among these environmental factors are early pesticide and PCB exposures. A recent study revealed that children who are frequently exposed to pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables are at a higher risk for developing ADD and ADHD.
It also a high likelihood that childhood vaccinations containing ethyl mercury ( which crosses the blood-brain barrier and stores in the brains of primates ) and other known neurotoxins are a causative factor. A recent first of its kind survey of over 600 American homeschooled children revealed that fully vaccinated children are 340% more likely to develop ADHD than their non-vaccinated peers.
And according to Merk’s MMR-II vaccine package insert ( of which the same dose is given to children and adults of all sizes ) 1 in 1,000 vaccine recipients are reported to develop serious neurological disorders. And as we know this isn’t the full story when we compare these numbers with the VAERS database.
And as for genetics
Is there really such a thing as “bad genes”? Or is it more accurate to say that there is only “bad exposure” to those genes?
The science of Epigenetics has been showing us that the latter is true since the early 1900’s. Dr. Francis Pottenger Jr., famous for his ten-year cat study, observed and documented different health outcomes in cats who were fed various preparations of cooked vs raw meats and milks. These various health outcomes – attributed to various gene expressions due to the different diets – were seen to be passed down through several generations.
The truck stopped at the fourth generation, wherein the cats were actually unable to reproduce. However – and this pattern has been observed in humans – at any point throughout the generational process prior to the fourth generation, the health destiny for a cat and their future offspring could be turned around with the appropriate diet.
What Pottenger, and later a team of researchers in Overkalix, Sweden, showed us, is that environmental and emotional experiences are passed down and, to a very significant degree, dictate gene expression.
Anyone who practices any form of generational energy work already understands this concept to be true on a very deep level. People store experiences, and also toxic exposures ( which alter gene expression ), in their cellular memory, which is passed down through generations.
Anthony William, AKA the Medical Medium, has been correctly diagnosing people with chronic illnesses that the allopathic and naturopathic industries don’t yet understand since he was four years old, and has been helping people to heal since he was in his teens. Interestingly enough he teaches that the actual driving force behind ADHD is mercury exposure and accumulation passed down through the generations.
This could potentially make sense for a few very interesting reasons that deserve another post ( on heavy metals ) entirely. But for now, I just want you to have a few different – albeit taboo – sources of information to pour over. Anthony’s information happens to align with much of what I study and teach already, and in the case of acne and ADHD, his recommendations have worked for me personally when no other natural method did.
Meditation is your new Best friend
Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind to help the body switch from the sympathetic ( fight or flight ) nervous system mode, to the healing state of the parasympathetic nervous system ( rest and repair ). While most Americans today spend about 95% of their life with the sympathetic system engaged, we would optimally be living the exact opposite: spending 95% of our time in the parasympathetic mode and only 5% in fight or flight.
Meditation is the tool that will train your brain to remain calm and to take life slower and more mindfully, which is an excellent state to practice for those with ADHD. And if you want an overview of scientific literature to corroborate that claim, here you go.
And finally, recognize the blessing
Part of why I included Anthony’s book as a referencing point here is because he takes the time to address the rarely acknowledged truth about individuals with ADHD, which is that these are often exceptionally wonderful and brilliant people.
Because the ADHD child is forced to utilize parts of their brain that most people do not, they are the highly emotionally, empathetically, and artistically intelligent people who contribute to making our world the wonderful place that it is.
If your child has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, know that your parenting experience doesn’t need to reflect someone else’s parenting experience
You are raising a truly unique and highly sensitive child, and that will take unique and sensitive approaches.
If you have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, you might have spent a good bit of time thinking that you have some sort of alienating disability or shortcoming. It’s seriously time to get beyond that way of thinking!
As an adult with ADD you have so much to offer your family and community in ways that other people just don’t. You are the person who is going to intuitively “feel” what your child or family needs; you are the person who has the ability to see through situations and people with a level of discernment only gifted to a few.
We need all sorts of people to make this world spectacular: you are no exception.
God has a plan for you, and ADHD might be part of it
Wether you are an adult living with ADHD or raising a child with it, there are so many support systems that can be put into place to help you feel better and live a more balanced life. Detoxification, nutrition, organization, and self acceptance are all key factors to address.
Set reminders on your phone, give yourself time limits in which to complete tasks, and set some simple organizational systems in place that will make your life easier. Pinterest for “organizational mom ideas” is my new favorite resource.
If you have any favorite positive resources, please share those with us as well!
If you have questions about lifestyle, nutritional healing, or natural chelation approaches, drop your information below!
No matter what struggles you may have faced, you can still create a healthy lifestyle that you love; you are still free to be all you are created to be!
Cool read: Bad genes, or bad exposures?