Yesterday I had an emotional conversation with the mother
of an 8 year-old boy whose doctor says he has ADHD
(attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). She was
desperate because this doctor wants to put him on drugs
(Ritalin), and she's scared to death about what that will
do to him.
She explained that her son is a good kid, but he's like a
Mexican jumping bean in school and can't sit still, so he
ends up in the principal's office.
His concentration flies right out the window after 2 or 3
minutes, and he rarely finishes his schoolwork or tests.
So he's either failing or barely passing his subjects.
And she got choked up when she told me how he cries when
he gets home from school because the kids on his bus call
She heard somewhere that diet changes can help kids with
ADHD, and was wondering if eating the way I teach in Great
Taste No Pain could help her son.
I told her, "Absolutely."
First of all, she has every right to be scared about the
drugs. There are tens of thousands of horror stories about
kids who have developed depression, tics, seizures,
headaches, anxiety and other atrocious side effects from
Ritalin and other ADHD drugs.
And many of these effects are irreversible.
And get this--researchers at the Brookhaven National
Laboratory at Upton, New York found that when Ritalin was
given to cocaine users, the people they gave the Ritalin to
couldn't distinguish the Ritalin high from a cocaine high.
As far as diet changes go, I explained to her that kids'
(and adults') brains need nutrients to function, and
deficiencies can cause serious problems.
For example, a low magnesium level is linked to ADHD,
autism and learning disabilities. Zinc deficiency can
cause depression and aggressive behavior. And being low on
iron causes poor brain functioning and erratic behavior.
And those are just a few examples.
I asked if her son eats a lot of bagged, boxed or canned
food and she said, "Of course."
As I asked her more questions, it was clear that in
addition to the processed nature of a lot of his food, many
of his meals were mis-combined so that the nutrients he is
taking in aren't getting to his body and his brain.
What she now understands is that supplements can't replace
nutrients that come directly from real food. This is
because an acidic body can't use the vitamins and minerals
from the supplements.
They simply end up as expensive, bright yellow
Nothing can replace real food in the right combinations--
the Great Taste No Pain way.
To your health,
p.s.: I just spoke to this woman again a few minutes ago
and she told me after just one day of following Great Taste
No Pain, her son said that he feels great and was able to
concentrate really well at school.