What Experts Say


I strongly recommend Dr. Newmark's book to all parents, relatives, and friends of children with ADHD, as well as the teachers, doctors, and other professionals who work with them. Before going to the pharmacy, we can use an integrative approach to help these children succeed and fulfill their true potential. Dr. Newmark tells us just how to do that.
— Dr. Andrew Weil

Dr. Newmark has finally crafted the book that I have long been wishing for: a wonderful self-help guide for parents looking for a thoughtful and science-based natural approach to treating ADHD. This integrative/holistic style reduces or eliminates the need for stimulant medications and offers sound advice about diet, sleep, nutrients, herbs and other key modalities. The book radiates a balanced wisdom that comes so rarely from practicing physicians today..
— Scott Shannon, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; author of Please Don’t Label My Child; editor of Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

If I had one book to read about ADHD, this is it. It is well-written, practical and filled with the uncommonly good common sense of an experienced and compassionate clinician with fair-minded and rigorous reviews of the state of the science.
— Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, Social Science Health Policy, and Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Foreword by Andrew Weil, MD

Dr. Andrew Weil with Dr. Sandy Newmark

Dr. Andrew Weil with Dr. Sandy Newmark

Introduction
Advance Reviews
Table of Contents

For many years I have been very concerned about the rapidly increasing frequency of diagnosing psychiatric diseases in our children. Foremost among these is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Once confined to a small percentage of children, ADHD has become epidemic over the past 25 years to the point where 6 to 8%of all children and over 10%of boys in this country are labeled as having a serious neurodevelopmental disease. Worse yet, 2.5 million children are taking psychostimulant medication on a long-term basis—medication that may have significant side-effects and unknown long-term health consequences.

We need to take a step back and find out what all this means. While I don’t deny the reality of ADHD and the need for drug treatment in some children, I have serious questions about the epidemic rise in diagnosis and the rate of dispensing the drugs. Were we just failing to recognize all these impaired children 30 years ago? Are we making the diagnosis too casually? Or are factors in the environment to blame for the prevalence of symptoms of ADHD?

I do not believe that all of these children need to be treated with powerful drugs.My 30 years of experience in integrative medicine have taught me that more basic and natural interventions, aimed at improving general health rather than targeting symptoms, can have dramatic effects on behavior and learning.

I cannot think of a more qualified person to address this problem than Dr. Sanford (Sandy) Newmark. Sandy and I have been friends for many years, since he was a graduate student in anthropology and I first settled in the desert outside of Tucson, Arizona.

In my book Spontaneous Healing, first published in 1995, I told the story of how Sandy introduced me to Dr. Robert Fulford, one of the great osteopathic physicians of our time, who became my mentor. Later, when my daughter was born, Sandy was her first pediatrician. I was delighted when he became a residential fellow in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona under my supervision and more so when he continued as a faculty member and primary pediatric consultant at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

In this book, Dr.Newmark addresses my questions about the ADHD epidemic thoroughly and masterfully. He explains in clear language what we really know about the disorder and gives logical reasons for the increasing frequency of its diagnosis. Most importantly, he outlines specific and effective steps to address the problem without immediately resorting to pharmaceutical medication.

This book represents a truly integrative approach to ADHD, covering all aspects of a child’s life, both as an individual and in the context of school, family, and community. Dr. Newmark begins, as I always do, with nutrition, emphasizing the fundamental importance of right food choices for growing children, especially those with ADHD. Food sensitivities, minerals, omega- 3 fatty acids, herbal treatments, and other useful alternative therapies are all covered with clarity and insight.

I especially like Dr. Newmark’s emphasis throughout the book on the many positive and valuable aspects of children with ADHD. Their creativity, spontaneity, artistic, and interpersonal skills should not be sacrificed on the altar of academic success.

I strongly recommend this book to all parents, relatives, and friends of children with ADHD, as well as the teachers, doctors, and other professionals who work with them. Before going to the pharmacy, we can use an integrative approach to help these children succeed and fulfill their true potential. Dr. Newmark tells us just how to do that.

Tucson, Arizona

January 2010

Dr. AndrewWeil is a Harvard-trained physician who is a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a best-selling author, and the founder and director of The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson. In 2005 he was named by ‘Time’ magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

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