From: Jeff on

"Roman Bystrianyk" <rbystrianyk(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1173703215.408421.218430(a)j27g2000cwj.googlegroups.com...
>> > While the research concerning ADD and ADHD has been around for decades,
>> > DavidSon said he observed increased diagnoses in the mid-1980s and into
>> > the 1990s. "Initially, young boys were primarily the ones diagnosed
>> > followed by girls and then adults. I cannot speak for other practices,
>> > but I noted the growth was consistent with the expansion and
>> > development
>> > of video games. Additionally, you must consider the contributions of
>> > poor
>> > diet and faulty-discipline to ADHD. Diet and discipline have declined
>> > over time. It is a matter of record that our children have higher
>> > incidents of obesity, and don't mention the condition of
>> > child-discipline
>> > in the nation."
>>
>> Diet, family discipline, and video games don't cause ADHD.
>
> This study maybe of interest to you. Enjoy your day.
>
> Roman Bystrianyk, "Flax seed oil and vitamin C improve ADHD", Health
> Sentinel, January 8, 2006,
>
> Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is the most
> commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children. The diagnosis
> affects approximately 3-5% of school-going children. Studies have
> established that certain long-chained fatty acids are critical for
> normal brain development. Additional studies have show that
> deficiencies or imbalances in these fatty acids contribute to ADHD.
>
> Fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid or DHA and eicosapentanoic acid or
> EPA, are key for normal brain development and found in large amounts
> in fish oil. Alpha linolenic acid, or ALA, is a precursor fatty acid
> to DHA and is found in large amounts in flax seed oil. Children can
> convert ALA to DHA, but the conversion is dependent on adequate
> amounts of ALA and a low level of linoleic acid, or LA, in the diet.
> LA is found in large amounts in corn, safflower, sunflower, and canola
> oils.
>
> A study in the January 2006 issue of the journal Prostaglandins,
> Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, examined 30 children diagnosed
> with ADHD along with 30 healthy control children. They were given flax
> oil supplements containing 200 mg of ALA along with 25 mg of vitamin C
> two times a day for 3 months. A trained clinical psychologist analyzed
> the children's behavior before and after the 3 months. The children's
> blood cells were also analyzed before and after the supplementation to
> determine the change in fatty acids.
>
> It was found that at the end of the 3 months there was a "significant
> increase" in the levels of both EPA and DHA. All ADHD measures were
> improved after the 3 months. "Individual scores of Inattention,
> Impulsivity, Restlessness and Self-Control reduced significantly post-
> supplementation. SI [social problems] and I [learning problems] scores
> constituting RPS [Related Problem Score] were found to be
> significantly decreasing in the post-supplementation group."
>
> All the children in the enrolled study completed the 3 months of
> supplementation with no dropouts. The supplements were well accepted
> by all the children and there were no side effects.
>
> The authors conclude that, "All the symptoms like impulsivity,
> restlessness, inattention, self-control, psychosomatic problems and
> learning problems showed highly significant improvement. Social
> problems and learning problems together constituted-related problems
> score also dropped significantly. There is considerable evidence that
> polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation brought about improvement
> in educational and behavioral problems among children with
> developmental coordination disorder and reduction in ADHD-related
> symptoms."
>
> SOURCE: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids,
> January 2006

This was a poor study design. The control group (normal kids) was different
than the treatment group (ADHD kids). The control group and the treatment
group should both have been kids with ADHD. The kids should have been
randomly assigned to one group or the other. And both groups should have
recieved pills (without anyone knowing what was in them).

The results of the study as done are useless.

Jeff

From: Roman Bystrianyk on
On Mar 12, 7:56 am, "Jeff" <n...(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
> "Roman Bystrianyk" <rbystria...(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:1173703215.408421.218430(a)j27g2000cwj.googlegroups.com...
>
>
>
> >> > While the research concerning ADD and ADHD has been around for decades,
> >> > DavidSon said he observed increased diagnoses in the mid-1980s and into
> >> > the 1990s. "Initially, young boys were primarily the ones diagnosed
> >> > followed by girls and then adults. I cannot speak for other practices,
> >> > but I noted the growth was consistent with the expansion and
> >> > development
> >> > of video games. Additionally, you must consider the contributions of
> >> > poor
> >> > diet and faulty-discipline to ADHD. Diet and discipline have declined
> >> > over time. It is a matter of record that our children have higher
> >> > incidents of obesity, and don't mention the condition of
> >> > child-discipline
> >> > in the nation."
>
> >> Diet, family discipline, and video games don't cause ADHD.
>
> > This study maybe of interest to you. Enjoy your day.
>
> > Roman Bystrianyk, "Flax seed oil and vitamin C improve ADHD", Health
> > Sentinel, January 8, 2006,
>
> > Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is the most
> > commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children. The diagnosis
> > affects approximately 3-5% of school-going children. Studies have
> > established that certain long-chained fatty acids are critical for
> > normal brain development. Additional studies have show that
> > deficiencies or imbalances in these fatty acids contribute to ADHD.
>
> > Fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid or DHA and eicosapentanoic acid or
> > EPA, are key for normal brain development and found in large amounts
> > in fish oil. Alpha linolenic acid, or ALA, is a precursor fatty acid
> > to DHA and is found in large amounts in flax seed oil. Children can
> > convert ALA to DHA, but the conversion is dependent on adequate
> > amounts of ALA and a low level of linoleic acid, or LA, in the diet.
> > LA is found in large amounts in corn, safflower, sunflower, and canola
> > oils.
>
> > A study in the January 2006 issue of the journal Prostaglandins,
> > Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, examined 30 children diagnosed
> > with ADHD along with 30 healthy control children. They were given flax
> > oil supplements containing 200 mg of ALA along with 25 mg of vitamin C
> > two times a day for 3 months. A trained clinical psychologist analyzed
> > the children's behavior before and after the 3 months. The children's
> > blood cells were also analyzed before and after the supplementation to
> > determine the change in fatty acids.
>
> > It was found that at the end of the 3 months there was a "significant
> > increase" in the levels of both EPA and DHA. All ADHD measures were
> > improved after the 3 months. "Individual scores of Inattention,
> > Impulsivity, Restlessness and Self-Control reduced significantly post-
> > supplementation. SI [social problems] and I [learning problems] scores
> > constituting RPS [Related Problem Score] were found to be
> > significantly decreasing in the post-supplementation group."
>
> > All the children in the enrolled study completed the 3 months of
> > supplementation with no dropouts. The supplements were well accepted
> > by all the children and there were no side effects.
>
> > The authors conclude that, "All the symptoms like impulsivity,
> > restlessness, inattention, self-control, psychosomatic problems and
> > learning problems showed highly significant improvement. Social
> > problems and learning problems together constituted-related problems
> > score also dropped significantly. There is considerable evidence that
> > polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation brought about improvement
> > in educational and behavioral problems among children with
> > developmental coordination disorder and reduction in ADHD-related
> > symptoms."
>
> > SOURCE: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids,
> > January 2006
>
> This was a poor study design. The control group (normal kids) was different
> than the treatment group (ADHD kids). The control group and the treatment
> group should both have been kids with ADHD. The kids should have been
> randomly assigned to one group or the other. And both groups should have
> recieved pills (without anyone knowing what was in them).
>
> The results of the study as done are useless.
>
> Jeff

And perhaps this report ...

Jenny Hope, "Junk food diet 'makes children badly behaved'", Daily
Mail, May 3, 2005,
Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/womenfamily.html?in_article_id=347122&in_page_id=1799

Diets high in processed foods are causing bad behaviour and learning
difficulties in children, scientists have warned.

They claim junk food stops the brain working properly, leading to
underachievement and a host of disorders.

Such foods not only lack the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty
acids that boost brain power but actually reduce the body's uptake of
nutrients that improve concentration, a study has found.

Thousands of children given medication to combat attention deficit
disorder might be better off simply improving their diet, according to
the research.

The Oxford University study showed that giving children essential fats
found in fish and nuts could improve their brain power.

Their ability to learn was increased and their behaviour dramatically
improved by supplementing their diets with such fats.

Startling results

Startling results in children who were underachieving and in some
cases being disruptive were recorded after just three months.

The study involved more than 100 British children battling with
physical co-ordination problems.

They were given daily supplements rich in omega-3 essential fats that
are vital for brain development but have been reduced in the national
diet over the last couple of decades.

In the study, around 40 per cent of children given omega-3 supplements
made dramatic improvements in reading and spelling.

There was also a significant improvement in concentration and
behaviour, according to a report in this month's issue of the American
journal Pediatrics.

Researchers were led by Dr Alexandra Richardson, from Oxford
University's department of physiology.

"What we've shown is that you can improve behaviour and learning with
these oils," she said.

"Food affects behaviour. To ignore the role of nutrition is
indefensible. If you paid attention to diet you could really make a
difference."

Patrick Holford, who runs the Brain Bio Centre which tackles mental
health problems through nutrition, said: "We're seeing outrageous
imbalances in brain chemistry caused by the kinds of foods that sadly
millions of kids are eating, and no one's doing anything about it.

"These kids are digging their own graves with a knife and fork. We
know some fats found in processed and fried foods should be avoided.

"However, there are other fats that are essential and a deficiency can
negatively impact on a child's behaviour."

The study involved 117 children aged five to 12 in schools in County
Durham.

The children were of normal ability but underachieving and suspected
of having dyspraxia, a condition that affects co-ordination. It is
thought to affect at least 5 per cent of British pupils.

Even greater numbers have learning and behavioural disorders such as
dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Half the
children were given omega-3 essential fats capsules for three months,
while the remainder were given "dummy" treatment with capsules of
olive oil.

Making progress

Those on omega-3s made up to ten months' progress in reading in three
months, compared with those taking olive oil who made normal progress.

When the children swapped treatments, there was a similar jump forward
for those transferred to omega-3s for the second three-month period.

After three months on the supplements, half showed such improvement
they were no longer classified as having problems.

In some cases, children improved their reading age by up to four
years.

Dr Richardson, who is also co-director of the Food and Behaviour
Research charity, said unhealthy dietary fats can actually displace
the healthy fats in the brain.

Known as trans fats, they are mostly found in processed foods such as
crisps, biscuits and cakes.

Many teenagers get 40 per cent of their calories from fat.

The researchers are worried that such poor diets could permanently
damage brain development.

From: John Palmer on
On Mon, 12 Mar 2007 11:33:40 GMT, "Jeff" <news(a)googlemail.com> wrote:

>>>
>>> That's true of any drugs. I have read one of Peter Breggin's books. He
>>> clearly doesn't, IMHO, understand ADHD.
>>
>> ROTFLOL.
>>
>> He tells it like it is.
>
>He tells it like he sees it. And what he sees is the royalties he gets when
>his books sell.

He does neither. He's a liar.

I still remember his book on ECT. He took the number of reported uses
of ECT in one area, and assumed *everywhere* in the US was *exactly*
like that areas. He then decided that it would be underreported, and
arbitrarily extended the number of uses to a given number that he
thought was appropriately impressive.

Now, it's possible that he's simply incompetent, unable to understand
proper methods of using statistics. However, he portrays himself as an
expert, while making such pitiful mistakes. You can't think of
yourself as an expert while making such mistakes; word gets back to
you, and if you're in any way honest, you'll check your work.

So, Breggin *is* a liar, even if he's merely pretending to be
something he isn't.


>
>I have heard people say, "My kid can't have ADHD because he can concentrate
>on video games and TV for hours on end. If he didn't have to stop to eat and
>pee, he would play from when he gets up until he goes to bed." Being able to
>concentrate on TV or video games is called hyperconcentration, and is a
>symptom of ADHD.

I've most often heard the term "hyperfocus". It's not (as far as I
know) strictly speaking a *symptom* of ADHD, but it does happen quite
frequently.

(I'm not sure that it doesn't happen to ordinary folks from time to
time, for example.)


John Palmer
--
Everything I needed to know in life I learned in Kindergarten. Like:
Beauty has a beginning, and an ending, but always lives beyond its span,
in the hearts of many.
From: Mark Probert on
wrote:
> http://www.mmdnewswire.com/content/view/1383/5/

Press release

> THE ATTENTION DEFICIT DILEMMA AND OUR CHILDREN
>
>
> March 7, 2007 Flower Mound, Texas. Recently, the Food and Drug
> Administration (FDA) announced additional precautions concerning drugs
> prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit
> Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Apparently, the government agency is working
> closely with drug manufacturers to develop new patient medication
> guidelines, and the FDA is calling for enhanced product labeling about the
> potential adverse affects. Among problems cited, adults with serious heart
> ailments, and those with other risk factors were experiencing sudden death
> in reports reviewed by the agency.
>
> The FDA also cited a slightly increased risk (1 of 1000) for drug related
> psychiatric adverse events such as hearing voices, unexplainable suspicion,
> and becoming manic. This was also evident in patients without previous
> psychiatric problems.
>
> Dr. Steven B. DavidSon, the author of the Christ-based Counseling volumes,
> and Director of the National Association of Certified Christ-based
> Counselors explains that these are not new revelations. "Actually, it is
> about time the Federal Government elevated the awareness about drugs used
> for ADD and ADHD."
>
> Given our Christ-based perspective, attention deficit has been with us since
> the first human beings where distracted. No doubt, there are persons who
> suffer severely, but parties need to seriously assess the risk-reward factor
> when considering the use of psychiatric drugs, particularly with children."
> DavidSon alludes to the work by authors Peter R Breggin and David Cohen in
> their book, Your Drug Could Be Your Problem. How and Why to Stop Taking
> Psychiatric Medications.
>
> While the research concerning ADD and ADHD has been around for decades,
> DavidSon said he observed increased diagnoses in the mid-1980s and into the
> 1990s. "Initially, young boys were primarily the ones diagnosed followed by
> girls and then adults. I cannot speak for other practices, but I noted the
> growth was consistent with the expansion and development of video games.
> Additionally, you must consider the contributions of poor diet and
> faulty-discipline to ADHD. Diet and discipline have declined over time. It
> is a matter of record that our children have higher incidents of obesity,
> and don't mention the condition of child-discipline in the nation."
>
> DavidSon also briefly addressed conditions where parents are encouraged to
> induce drugs where children are inattentive. Some parents lean toward
> medicinal therapy with the hope of improving grade performance. "When asked
> by parents about my Christ-based perspective, I suggest a simple observation
> such as 'how long can your child play a favorite video game?' If the child
> can play for extended periods of time and maintain scoring, the problem may
> be an educational-delivery deficit, and not an attention functioning
> deficit." DavidSon is adamant that people need to ponder these observations
> with their physicians before determining to use drug therapy. He adds,
> "Several years ago, I allowed my child to record satisfactory grade
> performance as opposed to inducing drugs as recommended by an educational
> psychologist. Thank God! Notwithstanding the short-term successes of
> these drugs, one in one-thousand does not sound like high-risk for an
> adverse drug reaction until your child is the one. Moreover, when the
> adverse reaction is related to brain functioning, or gives a child the
> impression that drugs should be administered for the slightest mental
> slippage, I decided my child would catch-up with the head-of-the-class
> later. It is a dilemma indeed trying to convince young people not to use
> recreational drugs to improve their social acceptance and fun when their
> parents encouraged drug-use for their educational acceptance. As Jesus would
> say, 'those who have an ear, let them hear.'"
>
> [to which I say AMEN!].

REAL Christians:

http://www.christianadhd.com/
From: Mark Probert on
Jeff wrote:
>
> "Roman Bystrianyk" <rbystrianyk(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1173703215.408421.218430(a)j27g2000cwj.googlegroups.com...
>>> > While the research concerning ADD and ADHD has been around for
>>> decades,
>>> > DavidSon said he observed increased diagnoses in the mid-1980s and
>>> into
>>> > the 1990s. "Initially, young boys were primarily the ones diagnosed
>>> > followed by girls and then adults. I cannot speak for other
>>> practices,
>>> > but I noted the growth was consistent with the expansion and >
>>> development
>>> > of video games. Additionally, you must consider the contributions
>>> of > poor
>>> > diet and faulty-discipline to ADHD. Diet and discipline have declined
>>> > over time. It is a matter of record that our children have higher
>>> > incidents of obesity, and don't mention the condition of >
>>> child-discipline
>>> > in the nation."
>>>
>>> Diet, family discipline, and video games don't cause ADHD.
>>
>> This study maybe of interest to you. Enjoy your day.
>>
>> Roman Bystrianyk, "Flax seed oil and vitamin C improve ADHD", Health
>> Sentinel, January 8, 2006,
>>
>> Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is the most
>> commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children. The diagnosis
>> affects approximately 3-5% of school-going children. Studies have
>> established that certain long-chained fatty acids are critical for
>> normal brain development. Additional studies have show that
>> deficiencies or imbalances in these fatty acids contribute to ADHD.
>>
>> Fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid or DHA and eicosapentanoic acid or
>> EPA, are key for normal brain development and found in large amounts
>> in fish oil. Alpha linolenic acid, or ALA, is a precursor fatty acid
>> to DHA and is found in large amounts in flax seed oil. Children can
>> convert ALA to DHA, but the conversion is dependent on adequate
>> amounts of ALA and a low level of linoleic acid, or LA, in the diet.
>> LA is found in large amounts in corn, safflower, sunflower, and canola
>> oils.
>>
>> A study in the January 2006 issue of the journal Prostaglandins,
>> Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, examined 30 children diagnosed
>> with ADHD along with 30 healthy control children. They were given flax
>> oil supplements containing 200 mg of ALA along with 25 mg of vitamin C
>> two times a day for 3 months. A trained clinical psychologist analyzed
>> the children's behavior before and after the 3 months. The children's
>> blood cells were also analyzed before and after the supplementation to
>> determine the change in fatty acids.
>>
>> It was found that at the end of the 3 months there was a "significant
>> increase" in the levels of both EPA and DHA. All ADHD measures were
>> improved after the 3 months. "Individual scores of Inattention,
>> Impulsivity, Restlessness and Self-Control reduced significantly post-
>> supplementation. SI [social problems] and I [learning problems] scores
>> constituting RPS [Related Problem Score] were found to be
>> significantly decreasing in the post-supplementation group."
>>
>> All the children in the enrolled study completed the 3 months of
>> supplementation with no dropouts. The supplements were well accepted
>> by all the children and there were no side effects.
>>
>> The authors conclude that, "All the symptoms like impulsivity,
>> restlessness, inattention, self-control, psychosomatic problems and
>> learning problems showed highly significant improvement. Social
>> problems and learning problems together constituted-related problems
>> score also dropped significantly. There is considerable evidence that
>> polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation brought about improvement
>> in educational and behavioral problems among children with
>> developmental coordination disorder and reduction in ADHD-related
>> symptoms."
>>
>> SOURCE: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids,
>> January 2006
>
> This was a poor study design. The control group (normal kids) was
> different than the treatment group (ADHD kids). The control group and
> the treatment group should both have been kids with ADHD. The kids
> should have been randomly assigned to one group or the other. And both
> groups should have recieved pills (without anyone knowing what was in
> them).
>
> The results of the study as done are useless.

Agreed. In addition to placebo and blinding, they could have added a
crossover component.