Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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ADHD Linked to B12 Deficiency and Toxins

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 04:45 PM

By David Brownstein, M.D.

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Vitamin B12 is necessary for proper brain function. Sadly, vitamin B12 deficiency is also occurring in increasing numbers in our country, partially due to the fact that our food supply is woefully deficient in vitamins and minerals.
 
Recent studies have correlated declines in B12 with memory problems and a decline in brain volume. I have seen many children and adults diagnosed with ADHD significantly improve their brain function with vitamin B12.
 
For children, sublingual doses of natural vitamin B12 are adequate — either hydroxy- or methylcobalamine are adequate. For adults, the same forms of B12 in injection form are more effective. More information about vitamin B12 can be found in my book, Vitamin B12 for Health.
 
Proper testing and treatment for heavy metals and other toxins can dramatically improve neurological conditions such as ADHD. After 20 years of checking every patient who walks in my office for toxicities, I can assure you that we are becoming more heavily exposed to toxins.
 
More than 70 percent of my patients test positive for mercury poisoning, while 100 percent have shown bromine toxicity. Mercury toxicity adversely affects the thyroid and the neurological tissues, and bromine toxicity causes and worsens iodine deficiency.
 
The number one cause of mercury toxicity is dental amalgam fillings; fish consumption is number two. Bromine is found in a wide variety of food and consumer items such as furniture and clothing.
 
A proper detoxification plan that includes iodine supplementation can help eliminate these toxins.
 
Other toxicities including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum could also be present. ADHD is often misdiagnosed and wrongly treated. It is being caused by imbalances in the hormonal and nutritional systems as well as toxicities. A holistic approach that searches for these imbalances can be very effective at treating the symptoms of ADHD.
 
Keep in mind that stimulant drug therapies are dangerous. There are zero studies that show these drugs are safe and effective for children. And no one yet knows the long-term effects of treating so many children with these drugs.
 
Studying the mechanism of action of these drugs would lead any thinking person to conclude that it is not in the best interest of our society to medicate our youth with dangerous substances that do not treat the underlying cause of their illness.

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