Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder have differing symptoms and medical treatments, but the naturopathic approaches to both have a lot in common. This is because holistically we are not interested in labels and diagnoses so much as underlying conditions. With both ADHD and ASD, this means addressing digestive issues and gut health as well as brain function. People with autism, for example, are 6-8 times more likely to have digestive problems than people without autism.
We regularly hear about the rising number of children with ADHD and ASD, but what is often overlooked is the amount of adults struggling with these conditions. Adult prescriptions for ADHD quadrupled in Britain between 2003 and 2008, while 1.8% of adult men are now diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (and 0.2% of women).
It is also important to point out that there are many gifts that an autistic spectrum or hyperactive personality brings, and any medical or naturopathic approach should seek to address discomfort not non-conformity. It should never be about standardising human behaviour, but about improving the life experience of the person.
This webinar provides an insightful overview of this vast topic, homing in on the areas of digestive and brain health that are most relevant to both ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We’ll take a good look at:
Nutrition for brain cells and cognitive health
Heavy metals and the blood brain barrier
Food and food additive sensitivities
The importance of keeping blood sugar in balance
Cravings for processed carbohydrates and sugar
Gut health and bowel flora
The gut-brain connection
The Feingold Diet, the Specific Carbohydrate diet and other such approaches
Stress and electrosensitivity
You’ll find this CPD-accredited webinar useful if you have a family member with either ADHD or ASD, or if you are a practitioner keen to work more confidently in this fascinating and rewarding area. I’ll share not only my research, but also my experience of how working on this level can make a real difference.