Why Iron Deficiency Can Cause ADHD

June 27, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

In the United States, the number of children diagnosed with ADHD increased by 4% between 2011 and 2012. This increase has many parents concerned that their children may be incorrectly diagnosed with the condition, especially when they receive psychostimulant medications to treat it.

Thankfully, emerging technologies in brain imaging are being developed to see if there are other factors at play in triggering the disorder. That way, children and adolescents don’t have to take medications for ADHD if something else is causing it. One such research being done at the Medical University of South Carolina is looking to see if levels of iron in the brain could be a sign of ADHD.


Could it be Celiac Disease?

June 18, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Can ADHD symptoms actually be a sign of food intolerance or intestinal problems? Some evidence suggests that ADHD is easily mistaken for celiac disease, a condition where a person is intolerant to the plant protein gluten from wehat products. When a child with celiac disease eats pizza, pasta, or any food with wheat in it, the immune system reacts by damaging the upper region of the small intestine. The initial damage only amounts to minor inflammation but if the child continues to eat foods with gluten, painful symptoms and impaired nutrient absorption can occur.


Miniature Gyroscopes are a New ADHD Diagnostic Tool

June 12, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

As you might have already learned from reading the UnRitalin blog, diagnosing ADHD is not as simple as it looks. ADHD shares a lot of symptoms with other related childhood conditions like autism and learning disorders, and it’s important to identify the correct problem from the very beginning. Until the roots of the symptoms are properly identified, all the treatment plans in the world won’t make a difference.

Much research goes into innovating ADHD tests and developing more accurate diagnostic tools. An exciting new development in wearable technology might be able to measure degrees of hyperactivity in children, thanks to tiny gyroscopes embedded in the device.


5 Ways to Take a Break from ADHD Medications this Summer

June 4, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

If you’re thinking about switching your child to ADHD natural treatments because of the side effects caused by stimulant medications, summer is the best time to begin the transition. With school no longer in the picture, kids don’t need to focus or concentrate as much. But if you’re used to the instant behavioral improvements that occur as soon as the drug is taken, taking a break from ADHD medications might pose a few challenges. Here are some ways to overcome them.