Attention Deficit Disorder: Common Causes

The causes of ADD/ADHD are medically controversial.

They include:

  • Allergic reactions to food additives such as artificial colors and preservatives
  • Allergy (bad reaction) to refined sugar
  • Candida overgrowth9
  • Multiple food intolerances (wheat, dairy) and multiple chemical sensitivities — these may be related to a dysfunctional immune system
  • Frequent childhood ear infections may be linked to later hyperactivity
  • Micronutrient deficiencies of trace minerals, especially trace minerals such as magnesium, iodine, iron, and zinc6
  • Natural light deficiency — A circadian rhythm disorder due to lack of adequate sunlight may produce symptoms of ADD/ADHD.
  • Hypoglycemia — Episodes of extremely low blood sugar may trigger neurological symptoms that mimic ADD/ADHD.
  • Heavy metal toxicity (such as lead, mercury, or cadmium) — possibly related to a dysfunctional immune system.9
  • Poor teaching methods combined with lack of discipline at home. This may contribute to a learned type of ADD/ADHD, where inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are learned behaviors rather than neurological disorders.

Additional Information about Attention Deficit Disorder

  1. Attention Deficit Disorder Overview
  2. Common symptoms of attention deficit disorder
  3. Natural and alternative treatments for attention deficit disorder
  4. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations that may help in the treatment of attention deficit disorder
  5. Conventional or prescription medications used in the treatment of attention deficit disorder
  6. Additional Reading for attention deficit disorder

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