meds and foods — ADD Tip o the Day 309

There is a lot of controversy around medications and food, especially in ADD and ADHD.

Although there are strong believers, I don’t think there is any really good evidence that additives or diet have much effect on ADD or ADHD.

There is little evidence that the medications do harm, although they certainly can cause side effects.  Everyone is different, and you have to find the right medicine, the right dose, and the right timing for each individual, and that doesn’t work out for everyone.  Yet for some, it is like a miracle; for others, not so much.

Some people do not like the idea of medicines, though there is no scientific basis for this.  The “natural” treatments are interesting.  Some of them have benefits.  The differences between them and the manufactured medicines is that they tend to cost more, tho not always; they are not manufactured under controlled conditions so you don’t really know what you’re taking – could be anything, in any amount.  Some of them have more interactions with other things than the medicines.  And they basically contain the same chemicals and work the same way as the medications which are manufactured under good controls.

I am not a fan of pharma companies. They often charge obscene prices and they sometimes lie about the research.  There is a myth that doctors make money by prescribing medicines.  I have never seen this and am not clear how it might happen.
Here is my son in laws recipe, which he says really helps his ADD:

St. John’s Wort, HTP, Tyrosine, Fish oil, Multi-V.
Plus good sleep and fanatical exercise.

St Johns wort is a “natural” antidepressant, which is effective in mild to moderate depression, has some of the same effects as ritalin, is expensive, manufactured under uncontrolled conditions, and has a higher chance of interacting with other things than the other antidepressants.  HTP and tyrosine are precursors to serotonin, which is what most antidpressants work on, among other things. I think everyone needs to take omega 3 FA – good for muscles, heart, brain.

dr. parker on meds clik here

anahi ortiz has a post on meds but i couldn’t find it.  maybe you can?

dana arcuri has strong opinions about doctors – “Doctors are drug pushers & no better than crack dealers. No wonder I prefer holistic health!!!.”  clik here

other natural substances: rattlesnake and black widow venom, poison mushrooms, jimson weed-just saying.

aha!  anahi ortiz on meds   here it is

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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3 Responses to meds and foods — ADD Tip o the Day 309

  1. Pingback: ADD ADHD and Food — ADD Tip o the Day 532 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. I’ll put your link in on this one or the next one, thank you. I like your approach; science, facts and logic have little effect on people whose minds are made up and we still need to find ways to help them. thank you for commenting


  3. Hi Doug,
    I agree wholeheartedly with your blog! As a physician, I’ve always given my families the choice to not medicate if they were against it but I would definitely advise CBT and/or coaching. If they wished to try a non additive diet or homeopathy I would give them my opinion and advise caution re getting needed nutrients and to look carefully at the OTC meds they wanted to try.
    Also, here is the link for my blog on meds:


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