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The ADHD and Autism Nutritional Supplement Handbook


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Foreword Introduction Chapter 1: The Journey Begins: Getting Started and Supplementing Safely 1.1 Nutrition 101: Terminology, Principles, Recommendations, and Supplementation A.Safety First: Do No Harm B. No Speeding: How to Supplement-Start Low and Go Slow C. Natural, Synthetic, and Artificial Nutrient Forms D.Elemental Nutrients versus Nutrient Compounds E. Nutrient Absorption Rates Vary to Maintain Homeostasis and Prevent Toxicity F. DRI/RDA Recommendations versus Individualized Recommendations G.Supplement Description, Regulation, and Safety H.Tips on Getting Your Child to Take Supplements 1.2 The Quick Start: Six Supplements with the Biggest Benefits and Fewest Side Effects A.Magnesium B. Vitamin D C. Zinc D.Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids E. Probiotics F. Multiple Vitamin Mineral 1.3 Fuel Stop: The Quick Start Diet-A Healthy Organic Diet Chapter 2: Moving Forward: Supplementation Based on Specific Signs and Symptoms 2.1 Allergies 2.2 Anger, Aggression, and Self-Injurious Behavior 2.3 Anxiety, Perseverations, Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms, and Repetitive Behaviors 2.4 Attention and Focus Problems 2.5 Communication and Language Delays 2.6 Constipation 2.7 Diarrhea 2.8 Eye Contact and Vision Problems 2.9 Fatigue, Poor Endurance, and Low Muscle Tone 2.10 Hyperactivity 2.11 Mood Issues 2.12 Pica 2.13 Picky Eating 2.14 Sensory Sensitivities 2.15 Silly Behavior and Inappropriate Giggling/Laughing 2.16 Skin Problems: Eczema, Dry Skin, and Rashes 2.17 Sleep Difficulties 2.18 Yeast Overgrowth Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Landscape 3.1 Negotiating through the Territory: The Four Primary Systems A. Gastrointestinal B. Energy Metabolism and Mitochondria C. Immune D. Neurologic 3.2 Barriers and Bottlenecks: The Four Primary Mechanisms A. Methylation B. Sulfation C. Oxidation D. Inflammation 3.3 Stop Signs and Green Lights: How Environment Affects Genes Chapter 4: Tuning the Engine: Nutrients and Their Impact on Impaired Systems and Out-of-Sync Mechanisms Vitamins 4.1 Vitamin A and Beta-carotene 4.2 Vitamin D 4.3 Vitamin E 4.4 The Busy Bs: B1, B2, B3 4.5 The Worker Bs: Methylation Nutrients: Vitamin B6, Methyl B12, Folate, and DMG/TMG 4.6 The Helper B: Biotin 4.7 Vitamin C Minerals 4.8 Magnesium and Calcium 4.9 Zinc 4.10 Selenium Amino Acids 4.11 GABA and Theanine 4.12 Taurine Other Nutrients and Cofactors 4.13 Carnitine 4.14 Coenzyme Q10 4.15 Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids 4.16 Probiotics 4.17 Digestive Enzymes Chapter 5: Avoiding Traffic Accidents and Traffic Jams: Toxic Metals and Nutrient/Medication/Herb Interactions 5.1 Toxic Metals 5.2 Medication/Nutrient/Herb Interactions Chapter 6: The Right Fuel: An Overview of Special Diets 6.1 Gluten-, Casein-, and Soy-Free (GFCFSF) Diet 6.2 Low Phenol/Salicylate (Feingold) Diet 6.3 Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet 6.4 Anti-Yeast/Anti-Candida Diet and the Body Ecology Diet (BED) 6.5 Low Oxalate Diet (LOD) 6.6 FODMAP Diet 6.7 Rotation Diet Chapter 7: Planning Ahead: The Preconception through Postnatal Action Plan References Acknowledgments About the Authors Index

About the Author

Dana Laake, R.D.H., M.S., L.D.N., is a licensed nutritionist in Kensington, MD. Within her practice, Dana Laake Nutrition, she provides preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services. An honors graduate from Temple University (health sciences, dental hygiene), she received her masters' degree in nutrition from the University of Maryland. http://www.danalaake.com Pamela Compart, M.D., is a developmental pediatrician and a functional medicine physician in Columbia, MD. She is the founder and director of HeartLight Healing Arts, Inc., an integrated health care center providing comprehensive traditional and complementary medicine services for children and adults. http://www.heartlighthealingarts.com


"This book provides invaluable information on diet and supplements, as well as nutrient and medication interactions. From years of experience and sound research, these clinicians outline specific supplements that can positively impact your child's health and development. If you read only one guide this year, make it this one."Nancy Hofreuter O'Hara, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., Center for Integrative Health, Wilton, CT. "This is a much needed serious yet readable and usable guide to leveraging diet and nutrition to maximize progress for those with ADHD and autism. Critical topics are covered and the reader will be armed, not only with practical advice, but also with genuine understanding and the ability to make much better decisions."Martha Herbert, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Director of the TRANSCEND Research Program, Author of The Autism Revolution "Lost in the landscape of ASD, PDD, ADHD and a jungle of other labels for children's problems? The best path favors not labels but logical questions shared by practitioner and parent. Does this child have a special unmet need to get and/or avoid something which, if addressed, will favor Nature's buoyant impulse toward healing? This book guides you among the options and up the steps of that path with clarity, precision, wisdom and wit." Sidney M. Baker, M.D., F.A.A.P., Founder and CVO of Autism360.org Author of Detoxification and Healing, co-author of Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments

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