ADHD and Iron
I have been aware for some time of the link between ADHD and food additives. Another potential contributing factor to ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) appears to be iron deficiency. My colleague John Briffa, who keeps his ear to the ground for nutritional – related evidence, has pointed out a recent study, supporting the use of iron supplementation in children with ADHD who have reduced ferritin (iron stores) in the blood.
Previous evidence has suggested that iron deficinency is common in ADHD, and that iron supplementation may help this, but the newer study has a placebo arm and so gives us better evidence of the effect above placebo.
1. Konofal E, et al. Effects of Iron Supplementation on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children. Pediatr Neurol, 2007;38(1): 20-26
So – it is worth adding iron for a three month period in ADHD, although if you want your GP to prescirbe he or she will wish to do a full blood count and ferritin blood test.
I have also received information about a local event in Eastbourne for those interested in making a helathy lifestyle plan for the new year – see the continuation link for more information!
Meanwhile, have a great week in the run-up to Christmas!
Love & light,
Alison Grimston, Holistic Doctor and Healer
A Warm Welcome …to Eastbourne
• Have you recently moved to Eastbourne?
• Would you like a healthy New Year 2008 lifestyle plan?
• Would you like to meet new people?
We are delighted once again to extend a warm welcome to those new (and of course not so new) to the area. In our state of the art Culinary Arts Studio at the University of Brighton Darley Road, Eastbourne, we invite you to join us for an “Eastbourne Newcomers” nutritious and tasty welcome!
In association with Lucy Ann-Prideaux from Simply Nutrition (www.simplynutritiononline.com) Lucy-Ann with her great passion for food and nutrition, coupled with an expansive knowledge of nutritional science, will talk about her… TOP 7 LIFESTYLE CHANGES for YOU for 2008 …together with key food and dietary tips and advice, to help you get the very most out of the year ahead! This evening will provide a perfect opportunity to meet some like-minded new people, make new friends, or contacts over a glass of wine, or fresh juice, as well as enjoy delicious complimentary canapés from VegOut Sussex. We guarantee you a fun, informative, friendly and healthy evening!
This evening will take place on Monday February 4th from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at the Culinary Arts Studio, University of Brighton, Darley Road, Eastbourne BN20 7UR To book your ticket please contact Gilly Nicol on 01323 649127/ 07957 604386 Tickets £15:00 each