ADD and ADHD medications raise a lot of concerns when given to our children.
Many of them carry a "black box" warning from the FDA because of their dangerous side-effects and toxicity. Here's what a recent study from the Netherlands found out:
"The Lancet study suggests that with a very restrictive diet, kids with ADHD could experience a significant reduction in symptoms.
"ADHD, it's just a couple of symptoms — it's not a disease," the Dutch researcher tells All Things Considered weekend host Guy Raz.
The way we think about — and treat — these behaviors is wrong, Pelsser says. "There is a paradigm shift needed.
If a child is diagnosed ADHD, we should say, 'OK, we have got those symptoms, now let's start looking for a cause.' "
Pelsser compares ADHD to eczema. "The skin is affected, but a lot of people get eczema because of a latex allergy or because they are eating a pineapple or strawberries."
According to Pelsser, 64 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food.