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Ever Notice That ADHD Have Allergies, Asthma, Or Dry Skin?

Ever notice that ADHD usually have allergies, asthma, or dry skin?? Charlie had the worst dry skin….EVER!!!!! When you find a HIGH QUALITY Omega-3 supplement, you will notice results with your child’s skin within 6-8 weeks. Remember ADD/ADHD are deficient in their EPA & DHA levels so you might want to get a Fatty Acid Test done: http://www.forresthealth.com/store/home.php?cat=810 . This way you will have a starting point. Most kids with ADD/ADHD will need mega therapeutic dosage of omega-3. So make sure you consult with your doctor or your local health practitioners who should also be able to give you this test. If a doctor has no idea what your talking about, go find another doctor! I have researched that the recommend dosage for ADD/ADHD is 3000mg to 5000mg each day. I am not a doctor! This is something I have been researching in books, articles, and websites. Do not take my word on this, go research yourself and check with your doctor to make sure this is safe dosage for your child. Charlie takes Green lipped mussels which is a more concentrated form. Green lipped mussels also do not thin your blood. This can be a problem with taking mega doses of Omega-3. A OmegaXL capsules are only 100mg, but because it is so concentrated it’s like almost taking 1000mg. He took 3 capsules twice daily for about 2-3 months. He now currently takes 2-3 capsules one a day with his breakfast. He no longer has dry skin either. OmegaXL can get very pricey when you are taking this amount daily, so you might want to stick to a fish oil for now.

Since Charlie is doing so well on his Omega-3 supplements, I though I’d try a therapeutic dosage. I was taking 2 capsules a day and had notice my skin was becoming more smoother. About 6 weeks ago I increased it 2 capsules twice daily. Yesterday, I had my hair highlighted and cut. The same stylist that I have been going to for 8 years says to me, “Girl what are you putting in your hair?? It’s sooo soft!!!” I’ve been cooking with coconut oil for about 3-4 months now. So I’m not sure if this is from the oil or the omega or both. I’ve been touching my hair all day and I do have to admit it does feel pretty soft ;).

By the way here’s a GREAT study I thought you all would enjoy reading:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids & ADHD: Promising Evidence for a Nutritional Cure

“ADHD children also tend to have more allergies, eczema, asthma, headaches, stomachaches, ear infections and dry skin than non-ADHD youngsters,” note Donald Rudin, M.D. and Clara Felix, authors of Omega-3 Oils: A Practical Guide (Avery 1996). Both Rudin and Felix claim that these problems, including ADHD, are part of a modernization-disease syndrome, which arises from malnutrition centered on an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.

Their contention is supported by growing scientific evidence. The connection between omega-3 fatty acid deficiency and ADHD has been confirmed by studies in which youngsters with ADHD, when compared with non-ADHD children had much lower blood levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid necessary for normal function of the eyes and the cerebral cortex (the brain region that handles higher functions such as reasoning and memory).

Scientific Evidence

Two types of fatty acids are considered essential. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids cannot be synthesized in the body, and must be obtained from the diet. The omega-6 fatty acids are distributed evenly in most tissues and easily obtained through food sources commonly found in the American diet, but omega-3 fatty acids are concentrated in a few tissues including the brain. Because of their relative scarceness in the American diet, many children – perhaps the majority of children today – are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. Learning specialists now believe omega-3 fatty acid deficiency leads to unique symptoms during childhood, including behavioral problems. The evidence is certainly suggestive:

  • In 1981, researchers first hypothesized that children with ADHD may have reduced nutritional status of essential fatty acids because they showed greater thirst (a symptom of essential fatty acid deficiency) compared to children without ADHD.
  • These results were further confirmed in 1983. When essential fatty acids were examined in 23 maladjusted children and 20 normal children, essential fatty acid blood levels in poorly behaved children were significantly lower.
  • In 1987, researchers further documented that 48 children with ADHD reported significantly greater thirst, more frequent urination, and more health and learning problems than children without ADHD. Significantly lower levels of two omega-6 fatty acids and one omega-3 fatty acid (DHA) were found in the subjects with ADHD symptoms.
  • In a 1995 study comparing plasma essential fatty acid levels in 53 boys with ADHD to a control group of 43 boys without ADHD, researchers found significantly lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • In the April – May 1996 issue of Physiology & Behavior, Laura J. Stevens, of the Department of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, and co-investigators reported that boys with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood showed more problems with behavior, learning, and health than those with higher levels of total omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Also, in 1996, researchers from the Department of Psychiatry, Technical University, Faculty of Medicine, Trabzon, Turkey, reported that levels of free fatty acids as well as zinc were severalfold lower in ADHD children compared to non-ADHD children.

The Doctor’s Prescription

“We shouldn’t be prescribing medicine simply because that’s the easiest way to go,” notes Dr. Mark Stein, who runs a University of Chicago clinic for children and adults with the disorder.While all children with ADHD are not deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, we believe that the addition of omega-3 fatty acids to the diet may be important for some ADHD children.

In fact, studies show that children whose treatment program includes only medication, educational and psychological therapy continue to be at high risk for vandalism, petty crime, frequency of alcoholic intoxication, and possession of marijuana. Dietary improvements may be the KEY to fostering long-term health and acceptable behavior. Parents of ADHD children and ADHD adults who wish to utilize omega-3 fatty acids as a method of modifying their behavior should use both flax and seafood sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Flax provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the master omega-3 fatty acid from which other omega-3 fatty acids are synthesized. Seafood provides DHA directly which appears to be a vital omega-3 fatty acid for modifying behavior of ADHD children and adults. The rate of conversion of ALA to DHA is quite low. However, alpha-linolenic acid may be important to behavioral improvements as well. Therefore, a combination of flax and seafood is best.

DHA is available in pill form and various formulas can be recommended by your health food store retailer. On the other hand, flax, which can be inconspicuously incorporated into children’s meals, holds many benefits. Flax can be used in baking (e.g., muffins and bread), salad dressings and in smoothies – as well as many other tasty dishes. Although many persons believe that flax is too fragile to be used as a cooking oil, “recent studies show little or no loss of [alpha-linolenic acid] when milled flaxseed is baked as an ingredient in muffins or breads,” says Felix.

-Source – [The Doctor’s Prescription for Healthy Living, Vol. 4, Number 9 pgs. 12-13]

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.



Clinical Study on Deficiency in Omega-3 with ADHD

Purdue University researchers have found that boys with low blood levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids, have a greater tendency to have problems with behavior, learning and health consistent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or (ADHD).

Some previous studies by other researchers have indicated that symptoms associated with a deficiency in fatty acids are exhibited to a greater extent in children with ADHD. Those symptoms include thirst, frequent urination and dry skin and hair. The Purdue researchers, however, were able to pinpoint omega-3s as the fatty acids that may be associated with the unique behavior problems in children with ADHD.

“There are two types of fatty acids that must be obtained from the foods we eat because the body cannot synthesize them,” says John R. Burgess, assistant professor of foods and nutrition. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are both essential to the body. However, evidence is accumulating that a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids may be tied to behavior problems, learning and health problems.” ADHD is the most common behavioral disorder in children, affecting between 3 percent and 5 percent of school-age youngsters. It’s diagnosed more often in boys than girls. The cause of ADHD is unknown, but research suggests many factors may contribute to it, including biological and environmental elements.

Stimulant drugs such as Ritalin often are used to calm children with ADHD and are effective about 75 percent of the time. “With our research we are trying to find potential causes of ADHD so that nutritional treatments can be developed for some children with ADHD,” Burgess says. For this study, the researchers compared the fatty-acid levels in the blood of 96 boys, ages 6 to 12. Fifty-three of the boys had previously been identified as having ADHD, and 43 did not. Teachers and parents also were asked to rate the subjects on a scale used to assess childhood behavior problems. The parents also filled out a health questionnaire for possible symptoms associated with essential fatty acid deficiencies. Approximately 40 percent of the boys with ADHD had a greater frequency of symptoms indicative of essential fatty-acid deficiency, as reported by their parents. Nine percent of the boys without ADHD had similar symptoms.

Burgess says boys with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids scored higher in the frequency of many behavioral problems. Children with lower omega-6 levels reported significantly more colds and health-related problems than those with higher levels, but they did not exhibit more behavioral problems. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish and other seafood. Burgess says there are also small amounts of omega-3s in some polyunsaturated oils. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to the proper functioning of the central nervous system. He says the body doesn’t need a great quantity of omega-3 fatty acids, and he speculates that in children who have low blood levels of omega-3s, their metabolism may be unable to adequately process the little bit that they need from the foods they eat. “While all children with ADHD are not deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, we believe that this may be important for at least a subset of ADHD children,” Burgess says. “However, at this point we don’t know what the relationship is between omega-3 fatty acids and ADHD

– Source – April/May edition of the journal Physiology & Behavior

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 Omega-3 with my Son’s ADHD

I didn’t realize when I started my son on his vitamin regimen that he would need omega-3 supplements. I never understood the importance of an omega supplements for ADD/ADHD. So I began trying every brand of omega supplements on the market that I could get my hands on. I would experiment with each brand that had omega 3, 6, 9 for about 3 months before switching to another brand. I never notice any results from any of those omega products but I just kept giving it to Chalrie because of all the clinical studies that said omega-3 are crucial for the proper development of ADD/ADHD’s brain. Apparently the brain doesn’t develop as quickly as other children their age. Which explains my son’s lack of maturity and poor social skills.

My son has the worst dry skin….ever!! And he use to have the worst allergies every spring but that stop when he started on Biometics product line (Fast Start Program, Cell Care, and Bio Immune). But his skin however, was still dry. Well, I stop giving him the cheap fish oils with omega 3, 6, 9, and up graded to a high quality and concentrated omega-3 supplement. Charlie had been on this particular product for over 6 weeks. What a difference when you use products with high quality. His skin started looking hydrated! Yeah! He still had one rash left on his leg but the other 5 rashes have gone away since adding this omega-3 supplement to his regimen. After 3-4 months of taking three capsules of Omega-3 twice daily, his skin is supple and rashes are all gone.  The results have been unbelieveable! He seems to be making wiser decisions too. Although we still have a long way to go on that one, but I am gracious for any improvements! I will continue to educate myself or seek natural remedies to add to his vitamin regimen to make sure I give him everything he needs to develop properly. So stay tune because I’m all for experiments!

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.