Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Are Stimulant Drugs Safe for ADHD?

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 09:46 AM

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.

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Question: My son has ADHD. He’s on a gluten-free diet, and we have never had him take stimulant drugs. Do you feel drugs such as Adderall are safe?
 
 
Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
 
Your son is fortunate to have such loving, dedicated parents. In general, I am opposed to the use of stimulant drugs.
 
There are many contributing causes for ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder), but central to the condition appears to be constant brain inflammation, which in many cases is due to hidden food intolerances.
 
I generally suggest getting a comprehensive food allergy testing by such labs as Metametrix or an Alcat test.
 
Removing food allergies can produce dramatic results in many cases. Probiotic supplementation is also critical.
 
Because neurotoxic metals play a critical role as well, I would suggest getting a hair analysis for these metals. It is also critical to remove all excitotoxic food additives and sugar from the child’s diet.

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