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

Table of Contents

Foreword by Andrew Weil, MD
Introduction
Advance Reviews

Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

 

Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

 

Chapter 1 What Is ADHD – and Why Is There So Much of It? . . . . . . . . 6

 

Chapter 2 The Neurobiology of ADHD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

 

Chapter 3 The ADHD Evaluation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

 

Chapter 4 The Importance of Good Nutrition; or, When Did Pop Tarts
Become Breakfast? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

 

Chapter 5 Practical Guidelines for Feeding Your Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

 

Chapter 6 ADHD and Food Sensitivities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

 

Chapter 7 Omega-3 Fatty Acids and ADHD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

 

Chapter 8 The Minerals: Iron, Zinc, and Magnesium in ADHD. . . . . . . 109

 

Chapter 9 Herbs for ADHD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

 

Chapter 10 Neurofeedback and Other Mind-Body Therapies. . . . . . . . 134

 

Chapter 11 The Alternative Therapies: Traditional Chinese Medicine,
Homeopathy, and Energy Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

 

Chapter 12 Behavioral Interventions: Supporting Your Child
at Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164

Chapter 13 Working with Schools and Teachers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

 

Chapter 14 Medications for ADHD: When Are They Necessary
and How Should They Be Used? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199

 

Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218

 

Footnote References. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220

 

Appendix A Environmental Toxins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230

 

Appendix B Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235