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A Natural Cure For ADD, HAD
The appended article contains a natural, and supremely effective cure for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Hyper Activity Disorder (HAD).
It is incomparably superior to Ritalin as it not only cures these conditions, but dramatically improves the toddler's and kid's intelligence, ability to concentrate, their learning ability, their social skills and responses - even the bonding between parents and child.
[ BACKGROUND - ARTICLE BELOW ] Fish oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, the substance which makes up about 1/3 of our brains and nervous systems. So is all seafood, from the cold waters of the sea, and particularly so sardines, herring, trout, salmon, halibut, albacore, shrimp, clams, light chunk tuna, catfish and cod. Essentially, all fish and seafood with 'dark' meat are particularly high in Omega-3 fatty acids - and in addition, all seafood also contains the complete range of the 72 natural trace elements, which is another major - and crucially vital - factor for our mental and physical health [ see SUPREME HEALTH in these pages ].
Consequently, even better than fish oil is a daily serving of a minimum of 4 ounces of seafood for a 125 lb. (60kg) adult - and more is better - with similar amounts for toddlers and kids. Since brain volume doubles in the first year of their lives, and their brains and nervous systems keep pace with their rapid physical growth, infants, toddlers and kids need a great deal of the Omega-3 fatty acids, and pound per pound - far more than an adult where brain and neural development has been completed.
There is every indication that our daily food is severely deficient in the Omega-3 fatty acids, and that there is something seriously wrong with our food. Until recently, a few decades ago, fish was not a required source of Omega-3 fatty acids. I, for one, grew up without practically any fish in my nutrition. Mother 'murdered' fish dishes so badly that everyone refused to eat them, with the result that mother gave up on fish. It wasn't until my mid-twenties that I had, with much trepidation and upon much assurance from my friends, a fish dish in a Chinese restaurant. And I have been blessed, like everyone else, with a lively and acute mind all my life.
Indeed, there are many hundreds of millions of people in landlocked areas, and particularly in regions without refrigeration, who have never eaten a fish in all their lives - yet they have lively and fully functional minds. The most dramatic example are the Hunza, of the Himalayas, who have never seen a fish in all their lives, yet were, according to the English army doctors who first examined them, "the ideal of human mental and physical health".
Indeed, their superior wits kept them undefeated against the many acquisitive attempts of much larger neighbours.
Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyper Activity Disorder are very recent advents. I grew up in a large area of high density family-oriented apartments in Berlin, Germany, and personally knew many hundreds of kids. And not a single case of Attention Deficit Disorder, or Hyper Activity Disorder, neither around home, nor in the schools I went to, or anywhere else that I was aware of.
So, if there are only a few sources of Omega-3 fatty acids other than seafood - i.e. walnuts, flaxseed oil, canola oil and spinach - where did our bodies obtain the large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids we needed for healthy mental and physical development - or for that matter, where did women obtain the large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids they needed for the healthy development of their foetuses, and after birth, in their mothers milk for their infants healthy growth and development? Where did they come from?
There are ample sources of Omega-6 fatty acids in our regular food, and it may well be that our bodies simply converted Omega-6 fatty acids to Omega-3 fatty acids, but have now lost that ability, due to the lack of one or more specific trace elements which performed enzymatic or catalytic function. I see no other explanation for the sudden scarcity of Omega-3 fatty acids in our systems.
Study Shows Omega-3 Improves Pre-school Learning Skills
Fish oil diet feeds brains of toddlers
The behaviour of pre-school children improves dramatically when given a daily dose of fish oils, according to the first study made into dietary supplements for young people under the age of three. After just six weeks of daily doses of Omega-3, parents reported a transformation in the behaviour and learning abilities of children as young as 20 months old.
The study has gained the attention of Professor Robert Winston from the Institute of Reproductive & Developmental Biology at Imperial College London who revealed in last year's BBC series, "Child Of Our Time", how fish oils can calm disruptive children aged six and upwards.
"The data has been extremely impressive," said Winston, who discusses the study at a debate on the potential impact of Omega-3 on childhood development. "The evidence is getting ever stronger that children who have diets poor in Omega-3 are not achieving their natural potential." Omega-3, polyunsaturated fats found in significant amounts only in oily fish and offal, make up a quarter of the grey matter of the brain and are vital to brain and eye development.
Research into the effect of fish oil supplements on older children, pregnant women and young offenders have all identified powerful benefits, but this is the first time the impact has been tested on pre-school children. The Observer has seen interim results for the Durham-based study of 60 children aged between 20 months and three years, which was launched three months ago and is due to run for a year.
The results reveal dramatic improvements in the performance of underachieving toddlers, many of whom had been disruptive and unable to concentrate. Children were assessed for their motor skills, IQ, reading, spelling and behaviour, and the study identified a huge reduction in symptoms of the sort associated with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.
The biggest improvements, however, were observed in the children's concentration and behaviour. "The performance of almost 60 per cent of the children involved has improved dramatically," said Dr Madeleine Portwood, educational psychologist for Durham local education authority and lead investigator at the Durham Sure Start trial.
"We saw children whose learning skills went from being six months below their chronological age to absolutely normal in just three months. Some two-year-olds went from having a vocabulary of 25 single words to being able to use whole sentences, while others were able to sit down and concentrate for the first time in their lives." Portwood, who is also speaking at the debate, believes it is vital to focus on helping children to reach their full potential before they get to school.
"If we help them when they are three years old, they will not have had a chance to fail," she said. "But if we wait until they are older, they will have suffered years of alienation and possibly irreparable damage to their self-esteem."
The trial is part of a broader, Child Progress Profile research project being held by the Peterlee Sure Start scheme using fish oil supplements called Eye Q, made by the company Equazen.
"A spin-off of the children's improvement was a vastly improved bonding between parent and child which led to a significant increase in their learning," said Portwood.
Lisa Darrell, mother of 20 month-old Lottie, has found her daughter's concentration has improved noticeably since joining the study three months ago. "She now watches people and tries to imitate them, instead of rushing around not taking any notice," said Darrell. "Lottie has always had a very balanced diet so I was sceptical that a daily supplement would make any difference, but the changes have been unmistakable."
[Source - The Observe, July 17, 2005, Amelia Hill, education correspondent]
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