A Mother's Journey Blog

Benefits of Acupuncture for ADD/ADHD

Acupuncture is very beneficial for ADD/ADHD because it helps your brain naturally release it’s feel good neurotransmitters. Charlie does acupuncture probably once every 2 months. He gets the needles put all over his head. He thinks it cool and loves it. He says it “Chills him out.” Acupuncture also restores the natural flow of blood and energy to the brain. Unfortunately acupuncture was not enough to get Charlie off his ADHD medication a few years ago but when it is used along with natural remedies it does help balance ADD/ADHD’s brain chemistry even quicker. Plus this is a natural way of raising serotonin levels and releasing dopamine. And since many ADHD are anxious due to their high energy this is perfect to help take down the tempo because the endorphins release their anxiety and helps them generate deep relaxation.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

What are the range of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)? Where does ADD/ADHD fit in?

Q:I have been reading your blogs and I was curious because you keep mentioning that ADD/ADHD fall into the Autism spectrum. What does that mean exactly? And what other disorders fall into this spectrum?


Severe Range:


Rett’s Disorder

(CDD) Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Dyspraxia (difficulty in coordinating movement)

Dyscalculia (difficulty writing numbers)

Dysgraphia (difficulty writing)

Mild Range:



Dyslexia (difficulty reading and writing)


(PDD-NOS) Pervasive Development Disorder

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.


Benefits of Calcium/Magnesium for ADD/ADHD

Okay for me, Cal/Mag is one of the best products on the Biometics product line for ADD/ADHD. Calcium is one of the MOST IMPORTANT minerals for your body and 80% of Americas are deficient in both Calcium and Magnesium (which is where most health problems stem from) especially ADD/ADHD. You must keep in mind that ADHD are HIGHLY deficient in Cal/Mag and needs almost 2 servings daily until their body has regain balance. Plus when magnesium (known as the anti-stress mineral) is combined with calcium, it works as a natural tranquilizer. Without magnesium you would not be able to hold the calcium in your body no matter how much your daily calcium intake.

So let’s go over the benefits of Magnesium and Calcium and how it affects ADD/ADHD:

Magnesium helps fight depression, boost energy, helps burn fat, prevents heart attacks, maintains good cholesterol levels, aid indigestion, combats PMS symptoms,  helps prevent premature labor, and keeps teeth strong and healthy. 

Calcium‘s MajorRoles:

1. Stored in the bones.This is very important for ages of children from 9-19yrs (who need 1300mg of calcium), lactating mothers (1500mg), and anyone over 50yrs (1300-1500mg)

2. It is responsible for all muscle contractions in your body including your heart! This product is great for Restless leg Syndrome, menstrual cycle, migraines, athletes, and has a relaxing and calming effect.

3. It circulates in your blood stream and does MANY benefits:   a. Helps your Metabolism (dictates how much weight your body stores or burns off)  b. Regulates your hormones (especially Menopause!)

  c. Helps with the elasticity of your arteries (Blood Pressure)

  d. Aids with digestion enzyme activity (helps your body break down food-important for ADHD)

  e. Helps your body absorb B12 properly (important for ADD/ADHD)

  f. Helps with neurotransmitter release (which is important for ADD/ADHD and also helps calm ADHD with their hyperactivity)

  g. Blood Coagulation (needed in many phases for blood clotting)

  h. Helps Nerve impulses (important for ADD/ADHD)

  i. Helps neutralize an Acidic pH (important for ADD/ADHD) Acidic pH causes fungus, mold, parasites, bad bacteria (Candida), and viral infections that all thrive in your body due to lack of oxygen.  Basically your body becomes a play ground for diseases especially cancer!

99% of your Calcium is stored in your bones which leaves 1% to be used in your blood stream and muscles. When you are calcium deficient your body will have to pull the it from your bones and muscles so it can utilize it in your blood stream to neutralize acid. Remember that the next time you decide to give a child with ADD/ADHD sodas, junk foods, fried food, sugary food, etc that you are creating an acidic pH in their body.

FYI: Calcium citrate absorbs 2.5 times faster than Carbonate. Calcium Carbonate is more absorbable than most other types of Calcium, and if the Citrate form is not available, the Carbonate form is fine. However, there are some types of Calcium supplements that are not recommended at all:  those that have bone meal, oyster shell, or dolomite as their source of Calcium. Regardless of how inexpensive they may be, these sources of Calcium are not good choices because they may contain high levels of lead.

BIOMETICS’ CAL/MAG 100 contains 100% of the US Daily Values of Calcium, and  50% of Vitamin D. When added to water, the Calcium in CAL/MAG 100 undergoes a carbonation reaction, which converts Calcium Carbonate to Calcium Citrate, the most absorbable form of calcium,  to enhance skeletal and other body systems. *

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Aspartame Bad For ADD/ADHD, Lowers Serotonin Levels

     As I have mentioned many times before and will continue to do so; it’s important for ADD/ADHD to avoid all artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. So I’m gonna mention some of the harmful effects of aspartame. Did you know when aspartame is paired with carbohydrates it causes your brain to slow down its production of serotonin which most ADD/ADHD, depression, and bi polar already have low levels. 


     Did you know that the FDA has received more complaints about aspartame than any other ingredient to date? Aspartame not only effects ADD/ADHD but it has been linked to arthritis, birth defects, lupus, diabetes, seizures, depression, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, and many more. Aspartame is a carcinogenic, that’s means it can cause cancer. And it’s totally toxic. How? Well when the methyl alcohol which is a component of aspartame, enters the body, it turns into Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin. Anytime you see the word “neurotoxin” that means this is SUPER BAD for ADD/ADHD because they already have problems with lack of neurotransmitters. The last thing they need is a toxic agent that destroys or damages the neurons they do have left. 


     O and for you adult ADD/ADHD who like drinking sugar free drinks loaded in aspartame because you think regular sugar drinks make you fat, just know aspartame is highly acidic. What does that mean to you? Acidic foods and drinks equal fat cells. When your body is overloaded with acidic foods and drinks, it has to convert the acid into fat cells then stores it to protect your organs from this acidic damage. Your body will also pull calcium from your blood stream in order to neutralize the acid. And if there isn’t enough calcium in your bloodstream, it’ll pull it from your muscles, and it there is not enough calcium there, your body will pull it from your bones to neutralize all the acid in you stomach. The long term effect of this results in acid reflux, heart burn, osteoporosis, bone spurs, kidney spurs, acne, Oh and lots of mosquitoes bites (they love people who are acidic). BTW, ADD/ADHD are already highly deficient in calcium and magneisum.

      FYI, Aspartame is in NutraSweet, Equal, almost all sugar free gums, sodas, and energy drinks. Bottom line: Don’t buy anything that’s Sugar Free. It’s worth the 3 seconds to read the label. Stick with Fructose a natural slow releasing sugar.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.

Folic Acid helps with Memory

So how does Folic Acid affect ADD/ADHD? Well, like many of the B vitamins, Folic Acid affects mental function. It helps serotonin production (very important for ADD/ADHD-it’s the “mood” neurotransmitter) by elevating mood and can even act as a mild antidepressant. However, it takes extremely large dosesup to 50 mg — to get results. Plus a certain amount of memory loss seems to go along with age and this could be slowed by taking folic acid supplements, because it lowers levels of homocysteine. Although folic acid is found naturally in legumes, carrots, artichokes, cantaloupe, avocados, apricots, beans, lentils, soybeans, garbonzos, barley, whole wheat, dark green leafy vegetables, and in some cereal grains, taking a multivitamin or a B-complex vitamin is the best way to ensure you get enough Folic Acid each day. It’s a water soluble vitamin so the body does not store what it doesn’t use. The US Daily Value is 400mcg per day for most individuals, and 800mcg for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Remember, the US Daily Allowance is the mininum amount an idividual needs to take daily. Biometics Bio Fuel and Get-Go-N both contain 400mcg of Folic Acid.

TIP: When you look at high quality multi-vitamin supplements, make sure you select a product that list folate versus folic acid. Folate means that it is a natural form of Folic Acid. If it says Folic acid on the label this means it is the synthetic type.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.


I have ADHD, If I’m Taking High Quality Supplements, Aren’t I Getting Everything I need? Why Eat Organic?

Q: I’m have ADHD and I read on your blog how important it is to maintain an organic diet. I’m a little confuse why you need to have such a strict organic diet. If I’m taking high quality supplements, aren’t I getting everything I need? Do I really need to eat organic as well? This can get pretty expense and having to purchase supplements too. 


A:  I love answering this question! Yes, you do need BOTH high quality supplements and organic veggies, fruits, and meats because:

1. Eating organic foods are not only high in minerals and vitamins BUT they are also FREE of pesticides, herbicides, harmful fertilizers, insecticides, or any other poisons for that matter. PLUS they are not GMO or genetically engineered or modified and do not use any growth hormones. Organic meats or livestock’s are FREE of antibiotics, steroids, and growth hormones. Since omega-3 originates in the green leaves of plants, grass, and algae; organic grass feed livestocks will be higher in omega-3 and CLA (helps fend off cancer and burns body fat).

2. ADD/ADHD do not detoxify well so when you purchase organic products, they will not have artificial sweeteners, dyes, flavors, MSG, and many other preservatives that causes negative reactions with ADHD.

3. ADD/ADHD are highly deficient especially ADHD because they burn through their vitamins quicker. Any time you are stress, emotionally burden, or are involved in strenuous mental activity; ADHD will zap through their vitamins. Eating organic helps keep the balance of your nutritional level daily. Plus ADD/ADHD usually have heavy metal toxicity because they are so deficient in their daily mineral intake. Having the proper amount of minerals that you get from both your supplements and food will help prevent this.

If money is an issue and you had to choose between organic foods or supplements, I would suggest supplements. I would then pull out the harmful foods that ADD/ADHD (all listed in my e-book: milk, high fructose corn syrup, etc). Next I would purchase products that do not have artificial dyes, sweeteners, flavors, MSG, etc. Like for example, if you purchase Sun Chips Orginial, they aren’t that bad for you. In fact they are chips ADD/ADHD can eat…However, you start buying the flavored Sun Chips (Cheddar, etc) and they next thing you know you got MSG, artifical color, preservatives, hydrodenated oils, etc…..

The lesson here, Always read the label if you can’t buy organic.

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.


Organic Bruschetta Recipe for ADD/ADHD

Organic Bruschetta Recipe for ADD/ADHD

3     organic tomatoes

1/2  organic zucchini

1/4  organic red onion

1     clove of organic garlic

Cold pressed extra organic olive oil

Fresh Basil & Orengno

Veggie Shreds (lactose free) Parmesan, Mozzarella, & Romano Flavor

Organic extra virgin coconut oil

Cocktail Pumpernickel Bread

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Dice up all the vegtables, garlic, herbs and mix 3 tbsp olive oil and a dash of sea salt and pepper together in a bowl. Heat oven to 350F. Spread Coconut oil on each of the cocktail pumpernickel bread slices. Then sprinkle some veggie shreds and cover with bruschetta. I like to put more veggie shreds on top as well. Put them in the oven for about 2-3 mins.

*Sometimes I will sprinkle garlic pepper on top of each of the bruschetta slices. Totally up to you. This is a recipe that Charlie loves me to make for him. During the week, I will pre-mix the bruschetta in a large bowl and cover. When he gets home from school and wants something to snack on before dinner, all he has to do is turn on the oven and slab on the bruschetta on his pumpernickle bread. This only takes him like 3-5 mins to prepare and retrieve from the oven. Very easy, very quick, and very good for you!!!

Enthusiastically yours,

Shirley Highers


When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they are taking better care of it.