More on Food and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the day 533

errors in thinking

A common error is confusing correlation and cause. For example:

The number of people who watch Fox news has risen in the last 10 years. The scores of American students on standardized tests have been falling over the same time period.

Coincidence? You decide.

Another common error is assuming that our opinions are facts; if I believe something, it must be so.

color additives and ADD ADHD

Comment by Mike Ragnarok

Color additives tend to come in consumables that are unhealthy for other reasons. Bad diet makes everything worse, including brain function.

Eating junk makes you less capable of overcoming ADHD challenges. That’s not the same thing as eliminating junk being an effective treatment for ADHD.
If I follow you around screaming and shooting you with Nerf darts, I pretty much guarantee that me going away will improve your ability to pay attention to your tasks. Doesn’t make me going away a treatment for ADHD.


 supplements to ADD ADHD treatment

Ari recommends mindfulness as a supplement to other treatments.

response from me:

ari- good comment!
there are a lot of things that help with ADD ADHD – mindfulness, exercise, adequate sleep, and good nutrition. These help with pretty much everything, not just ADD ADHD.   I highly recommend them.
But the fact that they help with ADD ADHD doesn’t mean that the lack of them is the cause, or that ADD ADHD doesn’t exist.

Lots of different opinions.


question  o the day

If I do something, or take something, and it helps my ADD ADHD symptoms, does that mean that it’s a treatment for ADD ADHD?

Ari’s good comment

Mike’s  good comment

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What causes us to blossom?

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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7 Responses to More on Food and ADD ADHD — ADD Tip o the day 533

  1. Pingback: Alternatives to ADHD Medicines, part 2 —ADD Tip O the Day 594 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. Statistics are tricky. You can make them say anything you want. Which is why we should always think about any statistics we hear to see if they’re legitimate. Remember the one that said most traffic accidents occur within 25 miles of your home? Well guess what? Most of our traveling is done within 25 miles of our home.

    Just because we read something doesn’t make it so. We need to think, think, think!

    I think I got off topic a little.

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    • Homey –
      I think you are right on topic!
      but I know some people, actually, relatives, who think you don’t need to put on a seatbelt. If you’re not going far.
      “There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.”


  3. busydarling says:

    Just. Great.
    And no, it doesn’t make it a treatment, just a very good idea.

    Although, and it’s a recent brainwave of mine: given so many different things having a positive or negative influence on my brain functioning, I’m thinking that there may be times in my life in which I may get away with no meds… but that would mean doing everything else right.

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    • busy –
      I’m wracking my brain to get clear about what’s the treatment and what is just something that helps??
      One of the beauties of the medications – Ritalin, etc. – is that you only need to take them when you want to, and there’s no harm in skipping them. Of course, as you suggest, we may need to be a little extra careful when we’re off them.
      thank you for the comment


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