Snake Oil for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 590


In the 1960s  a new cure for schizophrenia popped up every couple of years.  Dr. Linus Pauling, a Nobel prize-winning chemist, discovered that massive doses of vitamin C would cure schizophrenia along with a host of other things.  But in 2015  we’re still looking for a cure.

Many things are advertised to “cure” or at least help ADD ADHD.

Cerebellar training, homeopathy, various alternative substances, special diets, etc. There is  little research to support them.  It’s possible that some really helpful approach is lost in the static. It’s  possible that somebody somewhere sometime was really helped by one of these approaches.


George is selling training for ADD ADHD and learning disabilities.  I hope it works.  If someone has a product for ADD ADHD that works, why would they need to spread false information about medicines?

Dr. Klein posted a long anti medicine article from Dr. Mercola, who it turns is selling natural substances and has been discredited. Dr.Klein retracted his statement.


The web is full of fantastic claims and gross misinformation. This is unfortunate and a little scary. The misinformation about medication will scare off some people who could really benefit from it.

That’s a shame.    meetings-add funny


the post from george

dr. mercola

Dr. Klein on Dr. Mercola

an example of lots of them

Coming Soon:

Non stimulant  ADD ADHD medications,

then alternatives to medication, hopefully without the BS.

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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4 Responses to Snake Oil for ADD ADHD — ADD Tip O the Day 590

  1. It’s really surprising that there are so few treatments for ADHD other than medication and strategies. With menopause, for example, there are tons of things to try. But with ADHD, not so much. Why is that?


    • homey – there are other things.
      I’ll be covering alternatives soon. but the basics are sleep, exercise, structure, outdoor time, and one or more from: prayer,meditation,massage,yoga, tai chi etc, accupuncture.
      and some of those must be good for menopause too.
      welcome back and thank you for commenting


  2. Gail B says:

    Doug, Thank you for the very informative articles these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to your ‘coming soon’ articles as well. I work in an industry where random drug testing is performed. While I understand the need for the random testing, I truly dislike having to provide my doctor’s written explanation for the schedule II drugs I take. It is important to me to maintain a sense of normalalcy that I feel when taking the medication and would love to get the same results without taking the drugs. Your blog provides a balanced and educational point of view.
    Hopefully folks without ADHD will also learn more about this topic.


    • gail –
      I’m glad you like the articles. What I’m finding is that the more I address, the more turns up that needs addressing. Is this typical ADD or just life? Anyway, I’m trying to cover the bases, hopefully in plain English , and a minimum of words
      thank you for commenting.


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