Can ADHD Be Caused by This Common Pesticide?

February 4, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When it comes to what causes complex neurological conditions like ADHD and autism, scientists have no conclusive answer. We do know that they are caused in part by genetics, and in other parts, the environment. It’s the latter that I examine extensively ever time I see a new child for ADHD. More often than not, modifiable factors in a child’s lifestyle or environment are the trigger behind their symptoms.

A new study by researchers at Rutgers University discovered that exposure to common household pesticide called pyrethroids may be the culprit behind many cases of ADHD. Pyrethroids are used in a variety of places, from country farms to suburban lawns. They’re also used to control bed bugs. But whether you’re in a big city or small town, there’s a good chance your child has been exposed to this pesticide through contaminated produce.


Can a Mobile App Really Treat ADHD?

August 2, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

An interesting press release arrived at my inbox this morning.  MindMed, a developer of neuro-cognitive treatment technologies for psychiatric disorders, just released a mobile app designed to treat ADHD in kids and adults. The app is fully optimized for a mobile device, and is said to treat ADHD symptoms by increasing attention, concentration, and focus. It might sound like a good idea to have such a treatment easily accessible on your smart phone, but can an app really treat ADHD?


New Brain Wave Test Approved to Assess ADHD

July 19, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

A single test cannot definitively identify ADHD in a child, but new technologies make it easier to detect symptoms and accurately determine the problem. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new ADHD test that examines brain wave patterns. For those who might have been misdiagnosed with the disorder, this brain wave test can create a better picture of what’s really going on.


Why Contact Sports Can Be Bad for ADHD Kids

July 5, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Sports are a great way for hyperactive kids to overcome their ADHD symptoms, but not all of them are beneficial. New research recommends that kids with ADHD away from contact sports like football or soccer. The disorder gives them a higher risk of being moderately disabled after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, which could have negative long-term effects.


Can Breastfeeding Prevent ADHD?

June 20, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Lowered risk for some cancers for mom and antibodies for baby are just some of the many proven benefits of breastfeeding. But a provocative new study from Israel reveals that a lowered risk of developing ADHD can be added to this list.


PS Supplements Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally

March 22, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

A good ADHD natural treatment addresses the underlying causes of ADHD symptoms by the root. One common cause is a deficiency in essential fatty acids and lipids today’s modern diet, which affects the structure of brain cells and contributes to neurological problems. New research from the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics show that supplementing with soy-derived phosphatidylserine (PS) can do much to replenish lost lipids and alleviate short attention spans, poor memory, and impulsive behavior.


ADHD Symptoms: Can You Only Have a Few?

October 7, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Is it possible to be diagnosed with ADHD even if your child only has a few of the symptoms?

This is a question that many worried parents ask about their hyperactive or inattentive children.  The first thing you need to know about ADHD is that it is a very individual experience; some kids may have a lot of symptoms while some will only have a few.  No two children will have the exact same symptoms or problems.  The diagnosis, however, should depend on much more than just the quantity of the symptoms.


ADHD Cognitive Training Now Available Through the Internet

February 28, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

The most popular ADHD natural treatments involve changing the way kids with ADHD think. After all, a child’s brain is still very malleable and can form new neural pathways to alter the way it thinks and responds to certain situations.  Wouldn’t it be better to just teach a child’s brain how to focus instead of using strong stimulants that cause serious side effects? Neurofeedback and Cogmed Working Memory Training are just some examples of brain therapies that help ADHD kids control their impulses.  Another option is the cognitive training programs from the Brain Potential Institute, which can now be done through the Internet.


Texting Before Bedtime Aggravates ADHD Symptoms

November 15, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Does your ADHD child have difficulty falling asleep at night? You might want to keep the computer shut and encourage your child to put his or her mobile phone on silent mode as well.  According to a new study from the JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey, sending text messages and using other electronic communication devices during bedtime can aggravate ADHD symptoms the following morning.


New ADHD Test: Quotient ADHD System

October 25, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Just as there is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat, there are many ways to test for ADHD.  The UnRitalin Solution’s ADHD test protocol is designed to uncover the causes of the disorder, and the first step we take is to confirm that the child indeed has ADHD. ADHD cannot be diagnosed based on the symptoms alone because they resemble normal childhood behaviors or symptoms of other disorders.  In addition, doctors need input from parents, teachers, and relatives, who each have subjective interpretations on the severity of the child’s symptoms.

Recently, a company called BioBehavioral Diagnostics was able to design, test, and release an ADHD diagnostic system called the Quotient ADHD System.  This non-invasive device is the first FDA-approved diagnostic test for ADHD, and it claims to objectively measure the three symptoms of ADHD using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and motion sensors.