We wanted a natural ADHD treatment for our son, Lachlan. So, after failing to see results with the Failsafe diet, we took the leap and booked in to see a Naturopath.
What did the appointment involve?
Our Naturopath practices iridology, which means that he looked into Lachie’s eyes to assess his health. I must say, this process was just fascinating! I watched and listened as the Naturopath listed off various regions of the body, then organs, then food types and more. He must have a photographic memory as he only looked at Lachlan’s eyes (through a magnifying glass) for about 30 seconds. He then recalled this image and visualised the corresponding section of the eye to each item he listed. This was how he determined what health issues Lachie had and what prescriptions to make. My ears pricked when I heard him say ‘salicylates’ and ‘amines’ (terms I had learned about from our trial of the FAILSAFE diet) but he didn’t really pause, he just moved on to the next item. I remember giving myself a little high-5 and thinking “yay, I didn’t miss anything with FAILSAFE, he really has no problems with salicylates or amines”.
Natural ADHD Treatment
Lachlan’s natural ADHD treatment, tailored to his individual needs, involved a new dietary plan. We were given a list of foods for him to avoid: wheat, dairy, gluten, cane sugar, yeast, pork, peanuts, cashews, crustaceans, preservatives, and red foods. (The red food meant that he could have green apples, not red; green grapes, not red etc). Lachie also had to take a magnesium supplement, as he was low in this mineral. We were told that if there was not a noticeable improvement within a couple of weeks, to get in contact.
A few weeks passed and we saw no improvement…. So we added another supplement, Tyrosine (an amino acid, which is the precursor for the hormone and neurotransmitter, dopamine). We persevered with the regime for a few months and booked another appointment to follow up. 10 days before this follow up, I had a meltdown! It was just simply too difficult. No gluten or sugar or yeast… that means no bread! No pork… no bacon to go with his eggs at brekky on the weekend! We had to make special food all over again for any special events he attended. However, the most difficult part was that we weren’t seeing any results. If we had been seeing results, it would have been worth the trouble, but we just didn’t see it.
What to do when it doesn’t work?
I contacted the Naturopath who suggested that I had two options: to deliberately feed him something he had been avoiding or to write down everything he ate, in case we had missed or overlooked something. I chose to do a combination of the two. During the school week, I was strict with his diet. However, on the weekend, I allowed him things to have things he hadn’t had in months.
He ate rainbow ice-cream from a waffle cone and then played quietly in his room, with Lego, while Cassie played too. We attended an Italian themed dinner with some of our neighbours, where he ate (at a guess) every last thing he was supposed to avoid…. Nothing! At our follow-up appointment, the Naturopath just shook his head. He did not understand it. He didn’t even charge me for the consultation! Although he did test Lachie (through kinesiology) to find that preservatives and red foods were no longer behaviour triggers, but that cane sugar still was. (These were the 3 items from the original list of foods to avoid that were thought to be triggering the ADHD-like symptoms. The other foods, I now know, were to help his body heal).
It was not our time
After this, I was still mindful about sugar and food additives, but I had basically accepted that this was just who my Lachlan was. He really was “just a boy” like everyone had told me. Maybe he will just grow out of it?
A few years later, we visited the same Naturopath. With a very similar dietary approach, but more focus on real foods rather than ‘replacing’ food items (bread, for example), we were finally able to see results.
Have you considered seeing a Naturopath for your child’s ADHD? What natural ADHD treatment options have you tried? I’d love to hear your experience.