Managing ADHD/ADD Without Medication

Faced with an ADD/ADHD diagnosis, people are often curious whether there are natural remedies for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The short answer is: yes! Dr. Neal has been researching alternative treatments for ADD throughout his decades-long career, and medication is not his first choice of treatment. There are a host of other options that are less invasive and that work with the body’s own systems for healing and body balance of homeostasis. Alternative treatments for ADD have no side effects, and some can create lasting change without forming dependency on medications or supplements.


For most medical professionals, medication is still the first course of treatment. And Dr. Neal is quick to say that he is not “anti-medication.” For some, medication can provide real, positive change, and many report that they use it effectively.


Unfortunately, others don’t get the desired result or experience negative side effects that outweigh the benefits. And still others would prefer not to even consider medication as an option, even if it could have some positive effect—which is why finding alternatives to medication for ADD has been Dr. Neal’s mission for over twenty years, in his comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of ADD/ADHD.


Natural remedies for ADD

  • Brain Gut Axis intervention
  • Neurofeedback therapy
  • Chiropractic medicine
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Supplements and essential oils

Above are some of the natural remedies for ADD or ADHD. Some of these manage the symptoms of ADHD as long as the person is undergoing the treatment. Others are focused on reducing or permanently eliminating the symptoms of ADHD.


One of the newest and most exciting of breakthroughs in brain health and ADD has to do with a part of the body that is getting more credit these days: the gut. The Brain-Gut Axis (also called the microbiome gut brain axis, or brain gut connection) looks at the relationship between the gut and the brain.


There is a lot of solid science unfolding over the brain gut connection. The bacteria in our gut has a symbiotic relationship with brain functioning. If the 1990s was viewed as “the decade of the brain” (due to computer tomography that aided us in seeing the brain function in ways never seen before), we’re currently in “the decade of the gut and bacteria.” We are making the critical connection that our gut health (and the trillions of healthy bacteria in our gut) has a direct impact on neurotransmitters needed for brain function. These new discoveries will profoundly shape how we are doing medical practice.


The microbiome gut brain axis theory is one of the most revolutionary and exciting discoveries—even for overall health. The more this subject is researched, the more it appears that many chronic illnesses are related to our gut health. 


Based on the microbiome gut brain axis theory, restoring the gut to a healthy state will then restore proper neurotransmitter production—hence, greater brain functioning, reducing symptoms associated with ADHD/ADD. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is leading the charge in understanding how glyphosate—a chemical in pesticides and insecticide is being used in the production of so many of our foods—is destroying our gut health. Dr. Zach Bush, MD, a triple board certified physician, is also a significant contributor in brain gut connection and its impact on many chronic disorders.


Brain Gut Axis intervention is just one of many natural ways to approach ADD and ADHD management. If you or your child are facing an ADD or ADHD diagnosis, and if medication doesn’t feel like the right choice for you, don’t give up. Finding alternative approaches to ADD/ADHD has been one of the defining missions of Dr. Neal’s career, and he is happy to come alongside you in your unique journey to health and wholeness.


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