ALCOHOL and YOUR BRAIN:  

Fish-Oil-Staves-Off-Alcohol-Related-Dementia-Evidence-Suggests-381252-2Middle-aged men who drink 36 grams or more of alcohol a day, or a little more than 2 and a half standard drinks, are more likely to experience faster decline in all cognitive areas – but especially memory – during a period of 10 years, translating into 5.7 years of extra cognitive aging, a new study suggests.

The association for women in the study is less clear, although women who drink 19 or more grams per day of alcohol may experience faster decline in executive function.  Interestingly, women who abstain from drinking also have faster declines in certain cognitive domains

“Excessive alcohol consumption is known to have detrimental short- and long-term effects on the brain, but the effect on consumption of around 3 to 4 drinks per day is less clear,” said lead author Severine Sabia, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, United Kingdom.

Unlike much of the previous research on the impact of alcohol consumption on cognition, the current study included middle-aged persons.  “The elderly may have reduced their alcohol consumption due to health concerns,” said Dr. Sabia.  “In many of the previous studies, the effect of heavy drinking was difficult to assess due to the small number of heavy drinkers.”

The Whitehall 11 Study –

Researchers looked at a sample of 7153 participants in this study who had the requisite data on alcohol consumption and other covariates.  The ongoing study, which includes British civil servants, was started in 1985-1988, with a cohort that was 67% male.2178-man-drinking-whiskey_0

Researchers categorized amounts of reported daily alcohol consumption.  The reference category for men in the main analysis was 0.1 to 19.9 grams per day.  In women, the reference consumption was between 0.1 and 9.9 grams per day.  In the United States, a standard drink is 0.6 fluid ounces – or 14 grams – of alcohol.

The cognitive battery of 4 tests (a short-term verbal memory test and 3 tests of executive function) was carried out starting in 1997-1999 when the participants ranged in age from 44 to 69 years, and then repeated twice during the next 10 years.

The study showed that men who consumed 36 or more grams of alcohol a day showed faster declines on all cognitive measures compared with those consuming 0.1 to 19.9 grams a day.

The difference in 10-year decline was calculated.   The difference sizes are comparable to 2.4 extra years of cognitive decline in the global cognitive score, 1.5 extra years for executive function, and 5.7 extra years for memory.

“We found that the decline in memory was accelerated by almost 6 years in heavy male drinkers,” commented Dr. Sabia.  “This means, for example, that a man aged 55 years drinking more than 36 grams of alcohol pr day would have a decline in memory comparable to a man aged 61 years.”

And there was no clear association in relation to beer or wine, which suggests that the effect of the overall alcohol consumption was not driven by a specific beverage, said Dr. Sabia.

Eldery alcoholic womanEvidence in Women –

Because the study didn’t include women who were heavy drinkers, it was impossible to test the effect of the same amount of alcohol as in men.  There was only weak evidence in women which showed that drinking more than 19 grams of alcohol per day was associated with a faster decline in executive function, corresponding to 2.4 extra years of decline.

Although abstention didn’t seem to have an effect on cognitive decline in men, it did have an effect in women.  Compared with women consuming 0.1 to 9.9 grams per day, the 10-year abstainers experienced faster decline in the global cognitive score, corresponding to about 5 extra years of cognitive decline.

However, said Dr. Sabia, because the number of abstainers was small and their characteristics likely differed from other participants, “this result has to be replicated in other studies, including a higher number of abstainers, before drawing conclusions.”

The study didn’t examine the effect on cognition on binge drinking, but Dr. Sabia pointed to the “large literature on the detrimental effect of binge drinking, particularly in young adults.”

The ways in which excessive alcohol consumption might speed cognitive decline are complex, although the main hypothesis focuses on cerebrovascular and cardiovascular pathways, and involves effects that play out over time, said Dr. Sabia.

“Light to moderate alcohol consumption is associated with better vascular outcomes, while both abstinence and heavy alcohol consumption are associated with higher risk of vascular disease, which, in turn, may increase the risk of cognitive impairment,” she said.  “Furthermore, heavy alcohol consumption has detrimental short- and long-term effects on the brain, including direct neurotoxic effect, proinflammatory effects, and indirect impact via cerebrovascular disease and vitamin deficiency.”

The study findings are in line with previous research and with accepted guidelines.  According to Dr. Sabia, drinking fewer than 2-3 drinks a day for men and 1-2 drinks for women is “probably not deleterious” for cognitive outcomes.alcohol-dementia-sb10063503j-001-resized

But these “safe limits” may be too high for older people because of the physiologic and metabolic changes related to aging, said Dr. Sabia.  She pointed to recent evidence from a UK Royal College of Psychiatrists reports that suggests that the upper limit for those older than 65 years is 1.5 units per day or 11 units per week.

Some countries have specific consumption guidelines for the elderly.  For example, said Dr. Sabia, the US National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends that people older than 65 years not consume more than 7 drinks a week, and that they have no more than 3 drinks on any given day.

Statistical Sophistication –

Asked to comment on these findings, Lain Lang, PhD, senior lecturer, Public Health, University of Exeter, United Kingdom, who has done research on the impact of alcohol on cognition, noted the study’s “aggressive degree of statistical sophistication.”

For example, said Dr. Lang, unlike other studies, the researchers used more than a single baseline measure of alcohol consumption.

Another novel aspect to this study, he added, was that it included middle-aged participants.  Most previous work was carried out in adults aged 65 years and older.

Nevertheless, the study findings were not unexpected, said Dr. Lang.  “I don’t think it was entirely surprising in terms of the results in that they’re broadly pretty similar two what we’ve seen in older adults.”

The study may not have included sufficient numbers of women to get a good estimate of the effects of heavy drinking, commented Dr. Lange.  However, he added, “it would be rather surprising if this is problematic in men but not in women.”

Alch fixThe alcohol consumption cut-offs used in the study should be approached with caution, stressed Dr. Lang.  In women, for example, there is no way to verify that they are drinking 9.9 grams (the limit for the reference group in women) vs 10 grams a day.

“The general message that drinking a lot is potentially risky is fine, but I think it’s problematic to say that if you drink up to 9.9 grams you’re good, and if you drink 10 grams or over you’re in trouble,” said Dr. Lang.

He added, however, that he thought the 9.9 gram a day limit would be “in the ballpark at which you’d expect harm to occur.”

As for being unable to point to a particular type of alcohol as the culprit in cognitive deterioration, Dr. Lang said that this is a recurrent challenge.  “Unfortunately, for analytical purposes, very few people drink only 1 type of alcohol.”

To Conclude –

Some of you by this time are feeling better, but probably more of you aren’t!  The thing I believe to be important is that you have viable information and what you do with it is your own business.  As I always say – your health is your responsibility and it’s my hope that the information I offer in my blogs and so much more in my online radio shows is allowing you to get solid health news so that you can make wiser decisions.

In other words – this is all about helping you to –

Plan for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

 

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Alcohol-Related Dementia

Exposure to a compound found in fish oil may protect against the development of dementia in heavy drinkers, new research suggests.

Alcoholic_Dementia_by_maniacallyA study presented at the recent Congress of the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcohol in Warsaw, Poland, examined rat brain cells exposed to alcohol levels equivalent to 4 times the legal driving limit.

Results showed the cell cultures that were also exposed to omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) showed approximately 90% less neuroinflammation and 90% less neuronal brain cell death compared with the cells that weren’t exposed to the fish oil compounds.

“We hypothesized that omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA (which has been shown to neuro-protect from other acquired brain insults in the laboratory and to some degree in human studies) would suppress or prevent the neuronal degeneration due to binge alcohol exposure,” principal investigator Michael A. Collins, PhD, professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

Relevant to Humans –

Dr. Collins noted that although this was an animal study designed to measure neurodegeneration and related phenomena, and not a study specifically of dementia, “since brain degeneration underlies persistent or permanent dementia, the results were extrapolated to what might happen in humans.”

And although he noted in a release that further studies are now needed, “fish oil has the potential of helping preserve brain integrity in abusers.  At the very least, it wouldn’t hurt them.fishoil265__205440247

In 2011, Dr. Collins and colleagues published a meta-analysis of 143 studies showing that consuming up to 2 alcoholic drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women appeared to reduce the risk for dementia and cognitive impairment.

However, “too much alcohol overwhelms the cells,” they noted in a release.

“Our previous work and that of others had linked neurodegeration to ‘neuroinflammatory’-like mechanisms that include oxidative stress (oxygen and nitrogen free radicals).  The oxidative stress, we suspected, resulted in part from alcohol-induced excessive release of unsaturated fatty acids from brain membranes,” explained Dr. Collins.

In the study, the researchers exposed brain cell cultures from adult rats to heavy amounts of alcohol and then compared half the cells, which were further exposed to omega-3 DHA, with the other nonexposed half.

“Our results indicate excessive arachidonic acid (AA) mobilization due to increased phospholipase A2 (PLA2) levels/activity, and this appears related to elevations in astroglial aquaporin-4 (AQP4) and brain edema,” write the investigators.

In other words, excessive drinking can cause higher levels of PLA2 activity, leading to excessive production of AA (a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid), which in turn leads to increased AQP4/neuroinflammation and swelling of the brain.

Yet, inhibiting AQP4 was found to be neuroprotective to the cells.

Best Protection – 

Adding omega-3 DHA to the cell cultures not only significantly decreased the release of AA and the elevated levels of PLA2 and AQP54 but also decreased ADP-ribose polymerase 1 (PARP1) elevations and overall neurodamage.  How great is that?

Dr. Collins reported that the investigators area planning now to conduct studies that replicate the findings in intact adult rats exposed to binge-drinking levels of alcohol and that elucidate how DHA exerts its protection in the brain.

However, he stressed that helping heavy drinkers to cut back the amount they consume or to quite altogether is the best way to protect their brains.

“We don’t want people to think it’s okay to take a few fish oil capes and then continue to go on abusing alcohol,” he said.

To Conclude –

On the other hand, omega-3 fatty acids are so very important for so many other reasons that one would have to have just come back from space to not know how important omega-3’s and of course other nutrients taken in a synergistic way (balanced for your current needs) so as to maintain and gain optimal good health.

If you feel somewhat lost and keep spending your hard earned money on products you think are right for you – why not take a practical scientific approach and check out my individualized HealthTest© – Isn’t it time we all  Stopped, The Food & Vitamin Guessing Game!™ by finding out what your individual body really needs?

This is what –Planning for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!™ is all about.

Dr. Rhonda

 

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IODINE KEY FOR IQ:

Even a mild level of iodine deficiency during pregnancy is associated with adverse effects on the resulting child’s cognitive development, according to a study of 1040 mothers and their offspring in the United Kingdom.

20130130172235_IntelligentKidScientist389x271Iodine, linked to the production of thyroid hormones, is known to be essential for a healthy fetal brain and neurological development, and the World Health Organization (WHO) in fact refers to its deficiency as “the single most important preventable cause of brain damage worldwide.”iodinesafe_image

While the WHO warning refers largely to severe deficiency, the new study, published in Lancet, shows that even mild iodine deficiency in utero is linked to lower IQ and suboptimal reading ability in children.

“Women should be aware of the need for an adequate iodine intake in pregnancy – requirements almost double at this life stage,” said senior author Margaret Rayman, Dphil, codirector of the Nutritional Medicine MSc Program at the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom.

iodine-legend“Our sizable study adds to the sparse scientific literature describing the possible in utero effects of mild to moderate iodine deficiency,” she and her colleagues write.  “We have shown that risk of suboptimum cognitive scores in children is not confined to mothers with very low iodine status … but that iodine -to-creatine ratios that would suggest mild to moderate deficiency are also associated with heightened risk.”

What I have found strange for years is that mos allopathic doctor don’t even think of testing their patient’s iodine.  I’ve been automatically testing iodine for many years and more often than not, it’s low.  Actually, I give all my patient’s a home test so that they can test their thyroid and iodine at home.  I work in partnership with my patient’s, we need to work together to get the picture just right!

First Trimester is Key Stage for Adequate Iodine Intake:

Recently, doctors writing in Thyroid have drawn attention to the fact that iodine deficiency is still a problem in much of the world, including the United States.  Finally, they may be getting it!iodine4a

For this study, led by Sarah C. Bath, PhD, from the University of Surrey, the researchers evaluated mother-child pairs from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) cohort, focusing on urinary iodine concentration, as well as creatinine to correct for urine volume, among the stored samples from 1050 first-trimester, as well as a measure of IQ for the offspring at 8 years of age.

The group as a whole was found to have mild to moderate iodine deficiency, with a median urinary concentration of 9l.l ug/L (iodine/creatine ratio 110 ug/g.

Based on WHO guidelines on recommended concentrations of iodine during pregnancy, the researchers classified iodine/creatine ratios of less than 150up/g as being iodine deficient and a ratio of 150 ug/g or more as iodine sufficient.

After adjustment for 21 socioeconomic, parental, and child factors, including parental education and breast-feeding, the researchers found women with iodine/creatinine ratios of less than 150 ug/g were more likely to have children with scores in the lowest quartile for verbal IQ.

The children’s scores worsened when the deficient group (less than 150 ug/g) was further divided into 50 to 150 ug/g and less than 50 ug/g.

“Our study is the first to show an association between mild to moderate maternal iodine deficiency in UK pregnant women and impaired cognitive outcomes in their children at ages 8 to 9 years.  Iodine deficiency in pregnant women in the UK should be treated as an important public-health issue that needs attention,” Dr. Bath and colleagues assert.  And I so do agree!

According to WHO guidelines, pregnant and breast-feeding women are recommended an intake of 50 ug of iodine per day, compared with the recommendation of 150 ug for adults who are not pregnant.  “Women of childbearing age and especially those planning a pregnancy should enter pregnancy with good iodine stores in the thyroid from a diet rich in iodine sources prior to pregnancy.  It’s likely that the most important time to have good iodine intake is the first trimester.” noted Dr. Rayman.

 Eat Wild Seafood, Drink Organic Milk, and Avoid Kelp Supplements:

iodine nerdThe authors note that previous research has linked low maternal seafood intake with low verbal IQ scores in children, which supports their findings because seafood has high iodine content.  However, at lest 1 prior study has suggested that the effects of seafood in pregnancy on child cognition may be due to long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in fish.  To investigate this, they adjusted for such fatty acids in this new study; this made no difference to their findings, however.  They concluded that the fatty acids “are unlikely to be solely responsible for the effects of seafood on brain development.”

What’s so sad is that the food that most of us were brought up on are not the same foods we are given today.  If you’re interested in this subject may I suggest you check out some of my online radio show – you will be educated and aware for sure!

Seafood that used to be great sources of iodine like: clams shrimp oysters, etc. are full of parasites, And lets not forget the radioactive materials that Japan has put into our oceans.  Buy and eat only “wild” fish.  Yes I know some of you are saying, does she mean tuna in the can also?  Yes friends, tuna in the can is full of mercury.  Remember, I’m only the messenger!Iodinechild2

Foods like eggs, milk, cheese, cream cottage cheese, beef liver, lamb beef, pineapple, peanuts, whole wheat bread, lettuce, spinach, green peppers, etc.  All used to be great sources, but no more!

Salt – vital to life –  blood pressure or no blood pressure!  Shock! Shock! Shock!  I know, but I’m telling you the truth.  The original salt that we had years ago had all the natural minerals included.  And NO, those varied ‘sea salt’ on the grocery shelf are poison.  You want and need salt and the only one I use and recommend is Celtic Salt.

brain-stock_620x350Well I could go on and on, but I don’t want to just give you a blog/newsletter and try to selling a 6-month supply of supplements – not my style.  What I want each and every person to do is to STOP, buying products that you don’t know if you really need them, what you need to take with them, what foods may interact with them, and how much to take for your specific weight, etc.

That’s why I practice nutritional science.   

Know what you need and the easiest way is to take my copywriten HealthTest – it will give you the answers you need to know:

*       Am I nutrient deficient?

*       Which ones am I low or very-low in?

*       How do I adjust my food plan to increase the correct foods?

*       Will I get a personalized food program?

*       Will I find out how to purchase the right supplements in the right balance?

*       Will this help me to lose weight?

*       And so much more…. check out my website.

 

Parents have to get their body in balance and usually when Mom and Dad are on the right program for them – the kids will shine in every way!

 

This is what my goal is, to help you all –

Plan for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

 

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Certified Traditional Chinese Practitioners

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KID’S ABUSE and ADDICTION:

Stop abuse0Severe abuse suffered by girls during childhood may be linked to a subsequent food addition, new research suggest.

 As a fat kid, who became an obese 311 pounder, this isn’t the place,, to share, but I personally can attest to this and I’ve worked with hundreds in the same boar – and now they think or suggest – really!   If you’re suffering at any age, do check out some of my online shows, I’m very transparent, there are enough so-called experts out there who just write – yes, I write, but in each of my shows, less the male issues, I share some of what I’ve gone through and I do this to let you know that I care because I understand ‘hell.’sad_little

The month of April, which is my birthday the 7th, but I have a re-birthday and that’s January 6thThat’s the day I finally figured out I was worth living and I would do it as the song says – “My Weigh” and I have and will continue to be an advocate for those who have nobody.

Now to tell you what all the expensive grants have told them is – that analysis of more than 57,000 women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study 11 (NHSII) showed that those who experienced physical or sexual abuse as children and/or adolescents were twice as likely to have a current food addiction as the women who didn’t suffer past abuse.

food addictThe risk for food addiction was even greater for the women who had experienced both physical and sexual abuse.  OK ladies, I guess this is time for us to have a club and write our experiences.

Although the investigators note that these results need to be replicated (I’m not volunteering, are you?), before a causal link can be definitively stated, they write that it is important for clinicians to work toward decreasing the risk for serious overeating in women with a history of abuse.

Get this………………….

For example, those “who show a propensity toward uncontrolled eating could potentially be referred to prevention programs,” whereas women who are obese might be screened for early trauma to address any psychological impediments to weight loss, said lead author Susan M Mason, PhD, (wonder how much she weighs?), from the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, in a release.

It’s always amazed me that all these so-called experts have no life experience in any of these research programs, but I guess fat can be security for grant money for years to come.  For those who follow my shows, you’re not surprised, but for those who don’t – this is me!Stop abuse

Here we go again…………………

“Of course, preventing childhood abuse in the first place would be the best strategy of all, but in the absence of a perfect child abuse prevention strategy, it is important that we try to head off its negative long-term health consequences,” added Dr. Mason.

OK, maybe there’s hope, the researches are going to move into the recipients homes for a long period of time and see reality?  Just still hoping……

Would you believe (yes you would), this study was published online in Obesity in May.

Moving on – Beyond Comfort Food

According to the researchers, more than one third of all women in the United States experienced some form of abuse before their 18th birthday.

Although previous research has shown an association between childhood abuse and adulthood obesity, possibly because stress (stress is a motivator, dis-stress brings on pain, illness, disease and early death – check out my shows), may lead to the overeating of so-called “comfort foods,” the current investigators sought to examine whether early abuse could increase the risk of a later food addiction.   Let’s continue….

childhood-abuse1They examined data on 57,321 female participants in the NHSII who were asked about past abuse and current food addiction.  The latter was defined in the study as 3 or more “clinically significant symptoms on a modified version of the Yale Food Addiction Scale,”

Results showed that 8.2% of all the women assessed met the clinical criteria for food addiction.  In addition, 8.5% reported experiencing severe physical abuse as children or adolescents, and 5.3% reported repeated experiences of forced sexual activity.

Both type of abuse “were associated with roughly 90% increases in food addiction risk,” reported the investigators.

 Long-Term Effects of Abuse:

“Our large cohort allowed us to conduct in-depth examinations of the associations between the type and timing of child abuse and food addiction, a measure of uncontrolled eating reported by 8% of our simplified,” write the researchers.

However, the study had several limitation.  These included that the timing of the onset of food addiction symptoms could not be ascertained, which would have clearly shown that he abuse happened first, and that the study participants wee primarily white – so the results may not be generizable to the entire US population.  The researchers also relied on the women’s self-reports of child and adolescent abuse, which could no be validated.

Stop abuse5Nevertheless, the findings add to “accumulating evidence of the importance of stress (again it should be called dis-stress), in the etiology of some obesity phenotypes, and may help to inform the development of weight-loss regimens for women with abuse histories,” write the investigators.

“Our study also contributes to a growing body of literature documenting widespread and long-lasting mental and physical health repercussions of child abuse, which help to clarify the true societal costs of child maltreatment and the lend urgency to abuse prevention efforts.”

They add that future research should “further articulate the pathways from abuse to weight gain,” to help identify crucial points of childhood-abuse0vulnerability and to better assist with both prevention and treatment.

This study was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.  The study authors have reported no relevant financial relationships – whatever that may mean in the real world!

So, let me offer myself as a person who has been there and done that and has worked with, well I really don’t know how many – but you guys are wasting the grant money, as I’m sure some of you realize.  You don’t have a clue!  You can’t understand the women involved in your test tubes!  And I’ve been though it myself, so if you’re reading this, get in touch and we can have a real talk about the real issues and the real answers which you can’t get the way your trying to, hopefully, in good faith!

As those who know me know, I don’t often just use research which you can’t access, but this is obviously a heart issue for me and I would like to have some feedback.  What they didn’t consider or ask – how is Mom’s issues of eating affecting her family – why would one ask such a sensible question?  Don’t ask me!

My goal is to give you information and fact when I have them so that you know I’m just wanting to help you to –

            Plan for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!™ Dr. Rhonda

 

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ADHD – TIPS FOR PARENTS

These survival tips can help you cope, even on the most difficult days.Parenting a child with ADHD can be stressful.fkids

 Another morning, another scene: Your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) won’t brush his teeth, get dressed, or at breakfast, and the school bus comes in 15 minutes.  Your meeting starts in an hour, and you have a 30-minute commute.

It’s an understatement to say that, at times, life can be a challenge when you have a child with ADHD.  On top of this, parents often blame themselves for their child’s impulsive, aggressive behaviours.

In the stress (it’s really dis-stress) of the moment, it can be easy to overreact, but lashing out at your child or blaming yourself helps no one, says Billi Bittan, PhD, an ADHD coach and therapist in private practice in Tarzana, Calif.   Parents need to take care of themselves first to be able to help a child with ADHD.  “Like the fight attendant says: Put the oxygen mask on yourself first and help your child,” Brittan advises.

adhd-and-teens7 Survival Tips to Help You Cope:

 Here’s how you can help yourself cope, even on the most difficult days:

    1.      Learn as much as you can about ADHD:

The more you know about ADHD, the better you can deal with your child’s behavior and help her to succeed in life.  You will feel empowered if you know what to do in various situations, especially when your child acts out.  Resources about on the Internet and in bookstores. Write down your questions and take them to your child’s next doctor or counselor appointment.

   2.      Don’t think you have to do it alone:

Seek professional help, especially if you’re feeling depressed and frustrated or exhausted by your parenting responsibilities.  Join a support group for parents of children with ADHD.  Sharing ideas and listening to others have a support group in your area, think about starting one or join one online.

   fkids11 3.      Stay calm:

Remember that even when you’re having difficulty controlling your child’s behavior, you can still control your own.  Getting frustrated and angry when your child doesn’t listen or is forgetful won’t help.  It will likely only make maters worse.  You’re child’s role model Bittan says, so act the way you would like her to act.

   4.      Schedule “me” time:fkids8sorry

You need to pay attention to your health, both physical and mental, to be better able to take care of your child.  You can’t take care of your child if you’re sick, Bittan says.  Take time each day to do a favorite activity, whether that’s reading a book, doing yoga, or talking on the phone.  Eat right, exercise, and manage your stress.  Taking advantage of my individualized HealthTest©  to make sure you’re not nutrient deficient which can certainly affect your emotions, may be the best first step in taking care of YOU!

   5.      Focus on the positives:

Make a list of all the things that are positive, valuable, and unique about your son or daughter.  The more you believe that your child can learn and succeed, the more likely it will be to happen.  Think about this list every morning when you wake up, and you will start your day with a smile.

Again, if you’re nutrient deficient you can cope so much better.  I would also suggest that you start journaling – get out all the yuck of each day – make this part of your health program – it was one of the best things I learnt to do and still do it today.

6.      Have realistic expectations:

If you set high expectations that your child won’t be able to achieve, you’re seeing him – and yourself – up for failure.  “You wouldn’t ask a child in a wheelchair to climb the stairs to his room,” says Bittan.  Know your child’s limitations and don’t expect the impossible.  “You can raise the bar,” she explains, “but do it slowly and be sure to celebrate the achievements your child makes along the way together.”fkids4

   7.      Simplify your life:

As a parent of a child with ADHD, you automatically have a lot on your plate.  Don’t agree to take on more outside duties than you can handle.  If you limit your commitments, you won’t feel as harried and will be better able to concentrate on what’s important for your child.

While parenting a child with ADHD can be dis-stressful, focusing on the positives, seeking support from others, and taking care of yourself can make your job easier and more rewarding.

I believe that the most important thing you can start to do immediately which will make incredible changes is to change your household food plan.  For more information check out my blog yesterday and when you get your own HealthTest© report you personal food program can become applicable to the whole family – how great is this offering?

adhd_8For all parents who are dealing with ADD and ADHD, first let me tell you how proud I am of you for having to learn how to make your life right for you both Mom and Dad, and maybe even a brother or sister – when you do it together the rewards will be seen by all of you, and the benefits will be the rewards of how you’ve changed – when you see your child living better – which of course benefits everyone.

I hope these last two days have given those who are dealing with these issues some hope and a road for more answers.  This is all and always about –

Planning for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda

 

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