Causes of ADD/ADHD

From a conventional medical perspective, the cause of ADD/ADHD is unknown. Some factors have been identified, however, that may play a role in ADD/ADHD:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors such as heavy metals, and alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy
  • Food additives
  • Brain injury

From a naturopathic medical perspective, however, there are other dietary/nutritional factors that can contribute to ADD/ADHD. While research on these factors has been mixed (probably because each of them only affects a subset, rather than all, kids with ADD/ADHD), in my experience most kids and adults with ADD/ADHD will improve when these factors are addressed. These factors are as follows:

  • Food allergy/sensitivity
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Methylation defects
  • Omega 3 fatty acid deficiency

ADD/ADHD, like most conditions, is multi-factorial. In any given person, a variety of factors will add up to cause the ADD/ADHD. When enough of those factors are present (when a certain threshold is exceeded), the person experiences ADD/ADHD. To prevent the ADD/ADHD, all of the factors don’t generally need to be addressed, just enough of the factors to take the person below this threshold.

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