Monday, November 17, 2008

Methylation and ADHD medications

Dr. Stuart Freedenfeld practices integrative medicine in New Jersey and has a comprehensive lecture on avoiding environmental toxins I have seen twice, but he also has a great overview of ADD/ADHD and the Biologic Causes and Non-Pharmaceutical Treatments. In it he discusses treatment options including B12 and Folic Acid (methylcobalamin and methyltetrahydrofolate) and says " There is growing evidence of defective methylation underlying ADHD and all ASD. There is also growing evidence that this is directly related to toxic effects of heavy metals especially mercury from the environment. " It is interesting to read up on methylation and to realize that methylation is a chemical process that is critical for so many reactions in the body--and that ritalin which is often prescribed for ADHD is a METHYL DONOR. Another popular methyl donor is coffee! According to one article I read from CARE: "A person with impairments in methylation is likely to be more susceptible to viral infection and to adverse reactions to live viral vaccines." And according to the Journal In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology, it looks like methyl-donor nutrients inhibit breast cancer cell growth.

Related posts:

Ritalin and Chomosomal Damage--A Small Study Draws Sweeping Conclusions
Epsom Salts, Magnesium Deficiency and Sensory Integration Disorder
Gluten and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)