Taking control of Attention Deficit Disorder - Introduction
We present here an easy to follow diet-based program for the management of the condition known generally in the English-speaking world as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurological condition which affects the transmission of messages to and within the brain.
Though most attention in this website is paid to ADD/ADHD in children and we have generally addressed ourselves to parents, it is important to note that ADD/ADHD is in many cases a lifelong condition which can have very damaging effects on the lives of adults too. If you are an adult seeking answers to your own ADD problem, this website is for you and its recommendations are equally applicable to your condition.
Successful management of difficulties and behavioural problems - or at least a significant reduction of them - can be achieved in the context of the family home. The need to administer drugs may be reduced or even eliminated and there may be no need to rely on other forms of medical, psychological or educational intervention. All this may be achieved without significant expense.
This program is based on pioneering research carried out in Germany over many years by research pharmacist Hertha Hafer and her husband Herbert Hafer, a chemist, also working in research. Both have an extensive understanding of human chemistry and molecular biology. The Hafers adopted in the sixties a son who was severely affected by the ADD syndrome. In their efforts to help their child the Hafers applied the available information and their scientific training to analyse the problem. Hafer eventually came up with a convincing explanation for the riddle of ADD and a programme of treatment which made it possible to control the condition. She published her findings in 1978. This book enabled thousands of families to achieve significant and enduring improvements in the health of their children. The book has gone through six editions - the latest appeared in 1998 - and over 70,000 copies have been sold in Germany. It has been translated into French and sections into Italian and in 2001 it was translated into English.
If your child is experiencing difficulties at home and at school, if you are less than satisfied with outcomes of treatment that have been offered, if you are dubious about the side-effects and long term implications of the use of drug therapies, if psychological interventions seem to have had little or no benefit, we recommend that you try the low-phosphate Hafer diet (which is not a diet in the strict sense, because it is nutrititous food not limited to quantity). This approach can be tested easily, at no significant cost, at no risk whatever to your child's health, in the privacy of your own home. We believe - and European experience over fourty years demonstrates - that very many children will benefit immensely.
suggests that toddlers and pre-school age children respond quickly.
If the condition is well controlled, their education during the vital
pre-school and primary years can proceed satisfactorily; many ADD children
are of above average intelligence. If the condition remains untreated,
damage may well continue which will in the future become increasingly
difficult to reverse. It is also true to say that no sufferer is too
old to benefit from the Hafer therapy - we have a report of a man in his
seventies who experienced enormous benefits.
In this context it is necessary that we advise visitors to this site that while there are medical practitioners who are open-minded and supportive of approaches other than medication based management (click recommendations to read what the health experts say), you may receive scant support from some health practitioners if you choose to follow the program offered here. It is difficult indeed to account for this, especially as it is known that for our bodies to function effectively, they require nutrients from good food. Unfortunately, it is a fact that Western medicine is often oriented more towards drug-based treatments and behaviour management programmes rather than looking at deficiencies in nutritional intake and its consequences.
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