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What is it about Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity that we see a disease needing a drug to mitigate the problem versus first looking at the other possible root causes? (Some children do have a genetic or epigenetic condition that is not based on the following discussion.) I asked Dr. Sandy Newmark this question, here is his response: “I read Scattered minds a long time ago and thought it was a fantastic book. I agree with much of what he, and you, say. I do think he has a more of a narrow approach to etiology than I would support. I have many kids with clear ADHD who come from loving homes with 2 parents and little trauma history. There are genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors that are also important in etiology, and I would not want those to be overlooked.”
Well said! This week we look at the this topic as well as the micronutrients magnesium and sodium.