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Organic Raw Chocolate GREAT For ADD/ADHD

I have found chocolate heaven! I have stumble upon a fricking delicious, simply pure, and completely raw organic snack….. Righteously Raw Organic Chocolate Bars.

This is a Vegan/Kosher bar that is FREE of Gluten and Soy. There are NO refined sugars in this bar!!! Raw Chocolate is a super antioxidant and because this chocolate isn’t roasted, the nutritional elements are not damaged providing an ABUNDANCE of minerals. Chocolate gets a bad rap because of the way it’s processed and it usually contains dairy. Let’s not forget that dairy is a common food allergy for ADD/ADHD and it’s ridicoulsy hard on our digestive system to break down too.

These bars are not only delicious but they are acutally good for you! Righteously Raw flavor Maca Bar (Chocolate) and 90% Cacao Bar (Goji) have ONLY 4g sugar per servings (each bar has 3 servings). 80% Cacao Bar (Acai) has 5g sugar and 90% Cacao Bar (Caramel) has 6g sugar. How fricking amazing is that???? It’s very hard to find a snack or energy bar out there today that doesn’t have a high sugar content and still taste good. Sugar is one of the major culprits in compounding ADD/ADHD issues. I eat one entire bar every other day or every 2 days. I like to break them up into their serving size and nibble on them thorough out the day.  Righteously Raw bars are sweetened with Golden Hunza Raisins and Bahri dates (lowest glycemic index than any other date). Your taste buds will not even notice the low sugar content. The raisins and dates pack just enough sweetness. Since ADD/ADHD are usually low in their neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, raw Chocolate will benefit them because it stimulates their endorphins to produce these “feel good” neurotransmitters WITHOUT compromising their health. Plus these Organic bars are made in a nut free facility! Great news since majority ADD/ADHD have food allergies.

These are pricey bars they usually run you around $5.95 per bar on the net and over $6.99 in health food stores but they are well WORTH IT!! I order my bars from this site: http://www.coolrawfood.com/webstore/product.php?productid=16918&cat=352&bestseller=Y . You get 3 flavors (Chocolate, Goji, & Caramel) for $14.18.

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 Healthy Snacks For ADD/ADHD Who Have Yeast Overgrowth?

Q: Since you always say that yeast overgrowth is common with ADD/ADHD, I talk to my DR and she is going put my son on a fungal cleanse. Right now she has him taking some antifungal product and probiotics that she has recommended. I was wondering what are some healthy snacks you send to school with your son? I find that cutting sugar out of my son’s diet is impossible! But I’m trying :).


A: You only have to cut sugar out when you are doing a yeast/fungus cleanse for about 3-4 weeks. The point of the cleanse is to kill the yeast/fungus by starving them from their unusual supply of food (sugar, refined carbs, processed and junk food). Yeast overgrowth is so common with ADD/ADHD. It is also one of the #1 mimickers of ADD/ADHD.  Many adults and children find that after a yeast/fungal cleanse they no longer have mood issues and problems with memory or concentration. Food allergies, heavy metal toxicity, poor diet, over use of antibiotics or prescription meds (ADD/ADHD meds, steroids, birth control, antacids, etc) all contribute to yeast domination. Charlie seems to have a sensitivity to sugar. Even after a cleanse if he eats high amounts of sugar (especially refined sugars) it doesn’t take much for the fungus to proliferate again. Because of this it definitely makes searching for healthy snacks extremely difficult. His Biometics AM drink already has over 50g of sugar in it. Even though it’s a healthy sugar that is time released through out the day, starting the day out at that high of a number makes me have to work extra hard at finding snacks that are low in GOOD sugars. You are always going to have yeast in your body. But the ratio should be 15% yeast and 85% good flora. As long as I can keep the good sugars down to less than 100g a day, the balance of good flora in his gut is maintained at that ratio. But also keep in mind, he will take a probiotic first thing in the morning with his Biometics AM drink which ensures that the good bacteria flourishes and is established early on in the day. Next we always cook with extra virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil, which yeast and bad bacteria absolutely hate. And last, we juice in our vitamix one veggie drink after school that has one organic clove (we always select a nice big clove, not a skimpy one) per person in it….which fungus and parasites totally hates! Garlic is a natural antibiotic. I believe the correct saying is “A garlic clove and probiotic a day, will keep the doctor away!” Plus cheating on bad foods and dessert once on the weekend doesn’t affect the balance of Charlie’s natural flora because we have establish a healthy routine all week that allows his good bacteria to thrive. Depending how bad we cheat when we go out to eat, Charlie will sit in our infrared sauna or take a clay bath the next day. But we ALWAYS take a digestive enzyme when we eat out.

My two favorite places to shop on line are www.vitacost.com and www.VitaminShoppe.com. However Vitacost does seem to have the better savings but there are certain products that I can not buy on vitacost that I can only get at vitamin shoppe. I’m always on the prowl for healthy snacks. I bought a dehydrator but can’t seem to master the protein bar recipes. I think I need to take some kind of class or something. A dehydrator will allow you to make the BEST snacks such as your own organic trail mixes, flax crackers, and even veggie burgers. For some freaking reason I can’t seem to get pass the recipes for fruit roll ups and dehydrated fruits, which are all way to high in sugar for Charlie to eat everyday.

Favorite Health Bar

1. Organic Hempseed Bar (5g Sugar 9g Protein and 5g Fiber)

This is if I may say, a bad ass little bar. Low in good sugars but still high is protein (stabilize blood sugar) and fiber (binds to toxins & keep you regular) as well which are both important for ADD/ADHD. Forget about the fat content. The fats in this bar are the good fats. It contains a perfect balance of omega-3, omega 6, and GLA. Ingredients for this bar are: sunflower seeds, honey, shelled hempseeds, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. How simple is that?? A light bar that is o so good for you. Charlie takes one bar with him for lunch everyday. A box of 24 will run around $33.74 at vitaminshoppe. Nutiva donates 1% of all sales to exemplary organizations that support and promote sustainable agriculture. So far they have donated over $30,000. It was also one of the first food companies to place Non-GMO (Genetically Modified) symbol on their labels.

** KIND Healthy Snacks

This health bar is our “cheat bars.” They are not bars that we would eat daily. These are handmade bars made with all natural ingredients and premium nuts (almonds, Brazilian nuts, etc) that are all naturally dried and held together with honey. These bars are just so yummy without compromising your health. These bars are made by Peace Works which is a non profit company who seeks to foster peace through business. Our favorite bars are Kind Bar Sesame & Peanuts with Chocolate (15g Sugar, 6g Protein, and 15g Fat) and  Kind Fruit Nut Bars Almond & Coconut (11g Sugar, 4g Protein, and 14g Fat). These bars are a bit heavy but sill a good all natural product that supports a good cause. When Charlie takes these bars with him other kids are always begging him for a bite. They are delicious! A box of 8 will cost $14.99 at VitaminShoppe.

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.


Difference Between Fruits and Vegetables for ADD/ADHD

Q: We have began making the proper dietary changes in our diet. In the morning I will cut up bananas and apples with my son’s oatmeal (organic). When he gets home from school he will eat more pre-cut fruits; apples, grapes, strawberries- all organic 🙂 that I keep a Tupperware of it in our refrigerator. It’s been hard getting him to eat veggies. He will eat green beans or a romaine salad with ranch dressing sometimes. I will try to increase his veggies. Any advice?


A: The first time we changed our diet to more fruits and veggies, I didn’t really notice much of a difference in our bodies. However, when I pulled the bad stuff (MSG, artificial colors, dyes, preservatives, HCFS, etc) we saw immediate changes within the first week. We did notice one thing from eating more fruits and veggies, we all began having regular daily bowel movements (sometimes 2-3 times a day). It would take many more months down this road before I finally understood the importance of living foods and enzymes, over cooked veggies, and eating more fruits IS NOT the same as eating veggies.

Difference Between Fruits and Vegetables

1. At least 60% of food intake should come from vegetables, roots and tubers, FRESH herbs, baby greens, salad greens, and the most important veggie of them all…..sprouts.

2. Less than 15% of your food intake should come from fruits.

3. Next, you need to know the difference between fruits and vegetables. For instance, Did you know that tomatoes and celery are classified as a fruit? A very helpful site for me that you should check out:  http://www.greenforlife.com/.

4. Also, Did you know that you shouldn’t eat fruit mixed with other veggies, carbs, or meats? The sugars and acid in fruits slow down the digestion of the carbohydrates causing them to ferment and spoil in your belly resulting in bloating and gas. When you do eat fruit, you should eat it by itself. It only takes 15mins to 30 mins to digest.

5. Did you know that fruit is VERRRY high in sugar? Which is something that ADD/ADHD need to avoid especially in their first month down the natural remedy’s path. Once their body is cleansed of yeast/fungus then you can start introducing good sugars (in moderation) back into their diet. NOTE: Any fruit that ends in “berries” are always good for your kidneys.

6. Living food IS NOT the same as cooked veggies. Once food is cooked above 115 F many important nutrients and enzymes are destroyed. Living foods are chlorophyll and enzyme rich and this is what takes the burden off a toxic overloaded system and allow your body to begin to heal. If your cooking the green beans over this temp then at this point your really only eating it for it’s fiber content. Try to do your best to steam, dehydrate, or eat more raw veggies. Some veggies are better on your digestive system such as carrots when cooked but for the most part try to eat raw when possible.

7. And last, sprouts have the MOST amazing nutritional value (broccoli sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, etc)! Because they contain the highest level of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, they are considered  to be one of the MOST PERFECT FOODS known to mankind! For instance, mung bean sprouts have 25% more protein than  a T-bone steak. Sprouts are easy to grow at your home and will help on cost even growning orgainc seeds ;). You can always top sprouts on any sandwich or you mix them in a smoothie.

My Advice:

1. Look into whole foods such as barley grass, wheat grass, chlorella, spirulina, bee pollen, etc. and begin making green smoothies. To help with cost, take a powder form during the week and on the weekends juice the real thing. For example: We take organic wheat grass powder Mon-Thurs. Friday is our day off. On Sat and Sun we juice real organic wheat grass in our vita mix. 

2. Purchase a vita mix www.vitamix.com. I’m telling you that this will be one of your best investment on your journey. Go to their site and check out their videos. I can tell you that we can not eat fennel, beets, or radishes but we sure can drink it! If you can create a veggie drink of your choice that only takes a few mins, this will be a lot easier on you getting your child to cooperate and it will open the door to endless selections of vegetables that he would not normally touch.

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.

Non-Organic Produce That ADD/ADHD Can Eat

In today’s declining economy eating organic may not be an option for your family. One of the many health benefits of organic produce is that they are free of pesticides. This poison has a negative effect on ADD/ADHD because it can heighten their brain’s sensitivity to food allergies and it can cause neurological problems. So let’s discuss some of your options. According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) they have put together two lists, produce with the highest and lowest amount of pesticides (www.foodnews.org).

Here are the top 15 produces when ingested contain less than 2 pesticides daily:

1. Onion

2. Avocado

3. Sweet Corn

4. Pineapples

5. Mango

6. Asparagus

7. Sweet Peas

8. Kiwi

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Papaya

12. Watermelon

13. Broccoli

14. Tomato

15. Sweet Potato

Here are the top 12 produces when ingested contain 10 pesticides daily (Buy Organic):

1. Peach

2. Apple

3. Bell Pepper

4. Celery

5. Nectarine

6. Strawberries

7. Cherries

8. Kale

9. Lettuce

10. Grapes (Imported)

11. Carrot

12. Pear

Clearly you can understand why these 12 produces should be bought organic, BUT since money is a factor, here’s your second option. On my website under “Natural Antibiotics,” I have listed Nutribiotic GSE Organic Liquid Concentrate Grapefruit Seed Extract. It comes in a plastic bottle ranging from 2-4oz. This little bottle with last you FOREVER! You can buy this over the Internet or health food store. It will be cheaper if you buy online. Every household in my opinion should always have a bottle of GSE and Colloidal Silver. I’ll blog another day about the wide range benefits of this natural antibiotic.

What you need to know about GSE,is that by adding 30 drops of NutriBiotic GSE in a FULL sink of water and soaking produce (veggies, fruits, meats, poultry) for about 2-5 mins, it will kill and clean off all parasites, dust mites, insecticides, pesticides, etc.. You can also spray GSE onto produce. Add 20 drops of NutriBiotic GSE to a 32oz pump sprayer filled with water. Spray on any produce and rinse if desired.

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.

Corn A Major Food/Brain Allergy for ADD/ADHD

This is a comment that was sent to me and I’m so excited to post this on my blog:

I was diagnosed with A.D.D. (A.D.H.D) when I was 6 in 1984. About a decade ago I tried a self directed elimination diet after I had returned from living in Europe: where my symptoms of hyperactivity had completely disappeared. It took me 5 years, but I finally realized that I was allergic to CORN, including HFCS, corn syrup and all the other 1,200 derivatives of corn that are in 80% of our US foods. This allergy triggered my A.D.H.D. I felt good in Europe (and since in Canada) because they use wheat not corn in most their traditional foods. It took me so long to figure this out in the US, because in the ingredient lists of most products corn can be called, gluten, dextrose, and is used to make food coloring and food additives…etc.. etc..

The other interesting parallel that I discovered is that after the US initiated its trade embargo with Cuba in the mid-70s our supply of cheap cane sugar was cut-off and manufacturers had to find another source of sweetener. It was at this point that the corn suppliers stepped in and corn has been a major additive of our foods since. This addition of corn to our foods in non-traditional ways parallels exactly the increase in diagnosis of disruptive children with A.D.H.D. in the late 70s and early 80s. So my advice to people with A.D.H.D, take a week off corn (and A.D.H.D. medications)… Make your own food from scratch and just see if this makes a difference in your life. I can feel the difference with in 2 or 3 days.

Good references for learning about corn in US food are the book “The Omnivores Dilemma” and the new documentary “King Corn”.


I’m so glad Jason shared his personal experience and knowledge with me! It pains me to see children as young as 3 years old being put on ADD/ADHD medication when most of these children could have taken a $150 Food Allergy Test or do a Heavy Metal cleanse. I feel like a broken record when I mention in most of my blogs or e-mails that if you are a parent of a child that may have ADD/ADHD please go take:

1. Heavy Metal Test

2. Neurotransmitter Test

3. Fatty Acid Test

4. Food Allergy Test

5. Intracellular Test (optional)

These are the FIRST steps I would have taken had I known about these tests. Do you think ADD/ADHD medication cure the root of your problem? By taking these tests you begin to indentify the core of the problem versus treating the symptoms. As you can see Jason testimony is a great example of how food allergies contribute to hyperactivity. Like Jason we did an elimination diet too because like I said we were unaware of this test. This is a method of removing specific foods or chemicals from your diet for a specific period of time before reintroducing them and noting the effects in a journal or diary. Charlie’s kryptonite are dairy and especially artifical chemicals (MSG, and artificial colors, dyes, and preservatives). Not one single family practitioner, pediatrician, or psychiatrist mention this option to us. Instead they were all adamant that ADD/ADHD medication was the only option that would work. These test would have shaved off a year of trail and error for us.

Here’s a great example of finding the “Root” of the problem: My husband’s client was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome about 10 years ago. Her health was getting worse and worse as time went on. I had mention many times go get a Food Allergy Test done. But she was someone that believed whatever her doctor told her to do and an food allergy test sounded silly to him. But one day she was at the Health Store and they had a licensed pharmacist on staff that had a Bio-Feedback machine. She took this as a sign and decided to take this test. She sat for 1 hr with her hands on these hand-shaped things that are attached to the computer. It tells you what your levels are and your sensitivities to food. Mold and corn were her kryptonite. So she went home and pulled ANYTHING corn out of her diet. And then she realized what I had been telling her for months, HFCS is in everything. Like Jason within 3 days of eliminating corn from her diet, her fatigue was nearly gone.

Food/brain allergies have different affects on different individuals. Some individual can become hyperactive or depressed. Jason mention that “corn can be used for food coloring and food additives.” Great point and another reason why you must also pull the artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives from your diet. Another major point that stood out about my husband’s client Bio-feed back results, was her sensitivity to mold as well. Rae Ann (Biometics Distributor) had mention to me about a book called “The Fungal Link by Doug Kaufman.” http://www.know-the-cause.com/Shows/tabid/54/Default.aspx Kaugman talks about how corn and peanuts get moldy because of the way they are grown and stored. So when someone has a sensitivity to corn products, they are also having problems with the mold in the corn too. Food allergies will lead to yeast overgrowth and constant inflammation. This overgrowth will develop into fungus and mold causing chaos in your brain and body chemistry. This is a must read book!!!

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.

Stevia Is Best Substitute for Refined Sugar & HFCS

Parents tell me one of the hardest part of changing their child’s diet is pulling the bad sugar from their diet since it is virtually in everything. This is completely understandable since sugar is highly additive. Just a day off of sugar will prompt mood swings, headaches, and foggy thinking. And artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and Sucralose are worse! Neither are a good substitute for bad sugars. This is really bad stuff especially since ADD/ADHD do not detox well. Sugar was the bane of Charlie’s health and mood swings. The first thing we did was immediately start Charlie on Grapefruit seed extract and a probiotic. At first 5 drops GSE once a day with probiotic before bed. Then we worked up to GSE 15 drops 2-3 times a day for 2 weeks and 2 probiotics a day. We never took probiotic with GSE.Next we ordered Stevia extract both liquid and powder form. This stuff is like magic! Charlie loved it and it made this transition effortless. He didn’t turn into a sugar junkie looking for his next snicker bar fix. For instance, instead of purchasing pre-packaged commercial flavored oatmeal that you get at the grocery store, here’s a healthy organic alternative found in the health selection or at Whole food Grocery Stores:

Cinnamon Oatmeal

Organic oatmeal flakes that either comes in a bag or from a dispenser that you empty into your plastic bad

Organic ground cinnamon (or the flavor you desire)

Organic nuts of your choice (almonds, soy, pecans, walnuts)

Unsweetened soy or rice milk (always heat milk on stove versus microwave- it kills everything including the nutrients)

*Sprinkle stevia powder as desired to make it sweet. (remember you don’t need much!)

*1tbsp Smart Butter

*Sometimes on special occasions we even sprinkle Unsweetened, or semi sweetened Carob Vegan Chocolate chips.

Stevia is the world’s only all herbal natural sweetener with zero calories, zero carbohydrates, zero gylcemic index, and sucralose/aspartame free. It comes from a shrub that is native to Paraguay called stevia rebaundiana. It tastes a little like licorice and is sweeter than sucrose. There are no side effects or dangers associated with Stevia. In the United States, our government for some unknown reason says Stevia is not considered a sweetener, so it’s not included on any product label as a sweetener. But in the rest of the world, Stevia is known as the best natural sweetener on the market today.

When selecting Stevia always go with raw rather than bleached and select Stevia extract versus Stevia. It doesn’t take much to sweeten your drinks, smoothie, desserts, etc… Remember when it comes to this sweetener, LESS IS ALWAYS BETTER. Too much will leave your drinks tasting bitter and gross. Stevia can be put in everything. The possibilities are endless!!! You can even cook with it. Couple of things to keep in mind; NEVER cook over 400 F and for every 1 cup substitute 1 tsp stevia extract. Anytime you replace a recipe with stevia there should be 1/3 cup of liquid or bulk added back to the recipe (egg whites, water, yogurt, fruit puree, etc).

Raw Powdered stevia extract: www.steviaextractintheraw.com

Organic Liquid stevia extract: www.nowfoods.com  

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.


High Fructose Corn Syrup Horrible For ADD/ADHD

Have you seen the commercial where the couple are talking about HFCS? The boyfriend is concerned about eating his girlfriend’s popisicle because it’s got HFCS in it. His girlfriend says, “What? That it’s natural and made from corn? And that in moderation, it’s perfectly fine.” I guess the Corn Refiners Association has a new PR agent. I was totally shocked with disbelief when I first saw this commercial. Un fricking believeable!! How totally misleading is this commerical??? Well first of all, HFCS is in EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!! Go to your kitchen cabinets right now and start reading the back of the labels. If you threw everything out that contained HFCS, you wouldn’t have anything left to eat. And for the items that you do have left, they are either artificial sweeten or have MSG which isn’t any better. HFCS is in sodas, bread, soups (chicken noodle, cream of mushroom, vegtable soup, etc), ketchup, beer, health bars, cereals, popsicles, yogurts, sauces (such as Worcester, spaghetti sauce, etc), puddings, maple syrups, pop tarts, etc… Basically anything that comes in wrapper, is pretty much sweetened with HFCS. Most of these products are marketed to our children in vending machines at our schools.

Second, simple sugars suppress your immune system, causes hormonal imbalance, causes chromium deficiency, interferes with absorption for calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins. If you read my e-book, blogs, or website you are already awaere that ADD/ADHD are highly deficient in their minerals and B vitamins. I could keep going and going with the amount of damage sugar can cause to one’s body. And HFCS is even worse than sugar! Fructose from corn is a natural sugar derived from corn syrup. BUT High Fructose Corn Syrup goes through many more chemical processes (extractions, drying, etc..) than simple fructose. NOTE: It’s in the extra chemical processes that make HFCS so lethal.

And third, let me briefly cover 7 important factors you need to know about HFCS especially if you or your child have ADD/ADHD:

1. Causes obesity because the body doesn’t  process HFCS like it does sugar causing you to crave more food.

2. In the liver, it creates larger amounts of triglycerides, which increases the risk of heart disease.

3. Induces insulin resistance. Carbohydrates cause your body to produce insulin. But HFCS is different from carbs because it doesn’t stimulate insulin production. So instead of burning the calories for energy, your body ends up storing them as fat right from the get go. Without insulin, your appetite has no shut-off mechanism causing you to over eat.

4. Increases a dangerous type of fat in the blood and causes high blood pressure.

5. HFCS is a MAJOR factor in negative behavioral reactions in both children and adults today. It can result in hyperactivity, lack of focus, and fatigue. Just by decreasing HFCS will increase good behavior.

6. When coming off ADD/ADHD medication, it’s extremely important that you limit your sugar intake especially HFCS. This will help reduce blood sugar spikes. Phase 2 and Chromium help with decreasing sugar cravings and balancing blood level. I know for boys it’s not a big deal if they are eating like a horse once off ADD/ADHD medication. However for girls eating uncontrollably is not a bonus.

7. And worst of all, most of commercial HFCS are contamination with mercury when it goes through the process of extraction. FYI, heavy metal toxicity already is a common problem with ADD/ADHD. Products that were tested and contained mercury contaminated HFCS are: Quaker, Hunt’s, Manwich, Hershey’s, Smuckers, Kraft, Nutri-Grain, and Yoplait. Check it out: http://healthobservatory.org/library.cfm?refid=105026

So do you still think HFCS is perfectly safe?? I’ll be honest here and admit that I will sometimes marinate with teriyaki sauce plus we still go out to eat as a family once every 2 weeks. It’s very difficult trying to find products without HFCS but it can be done with a little bit of labor. I feel with us eating 85% organic, high quality supplements, and doing regular cleanses (clay baths, etc.), we do have the upper hand here so a little HFCS here and there is not a burden on Charlie’s body. But if I was first starting out my journey for a natural solution, absolutely NO HFCS! You can do mild moderation of HFCS once the brain and body chemistry is back in harmony. Just keep in mind, HFCS is very additive.

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.