Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gluten and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) - Part III

This is an update sent to me this fall about Jonathan, who has transformed his life through diet and alternative treatments. Although he has gone back on meds to help him with school, his life has been transformed through changes he has made and it is really the combination of dietary intervention with ritalin that has made all the difference. To see what his life was like on ritalin before the gluten free diet read his amazing story Gluten and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

"I wanted to drop a line and let you know how Johnathan is doing. Due to school he needed to go on a low dose of Ritalin twice a day and I am working very hard to get him off. Once he started school he had a very difficult time sticking to schedule and the structure and was having such a difficult time in school. He is finally going to therapy this coming Monday, so that should help. I also have found a local doctor who has a program called Maximum Potential for children with ADHD and other brain conditions. He advocates no medicine and he works on a ton of different modifications, including behavioral.

The reason why I am writing is that we just received his first quarter report card (which is usually not great). I was SHOCKED to see all A's and B's - the best report card he has had. I can only attribute that to the Gluten Free, which has helped him so much with the hyperactivity and to see the results of that on paper blew me away. It shows me along with everyone else in his life that what he consumes plays a big role in what behaviors come out.

I will keep you informed with the Maximum Potential Program."

Related stories:
Gluten and ADHD (Part I)
Gluten and ADHD (Part II)
Methylation and ADHD Medications