ADHD Responds to Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic A Better Option than Drugs for ADHD
A recent study links stimulant use to sudden death; both the media and current research indicate chiropractic is a safer alternative for your child. The study was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and basically says that stimulant prescription medications that are most often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may cause sudden, unexplained death, adding to previous reports emphasizing the potential dangers of such medications.1 This study along with research from the International Pediatric Chiropractic Association (ICPA) are both suggesting the benefits of chiropractic care for ADHD sufferers. In addition a CBS Early Show segment following on the coattail’s of the study's release…the CBS Early show mentions chiropractic and other natural options and now for the first time a drug-free management of this complex condition is one step closer to reality.

Where can parents whose children have ADHD turn besides potentially dangerous medications? Chiropractic care, says the ICPA in its release, referencing a recent study titled "The Chiropractic Care of Patients With Attention Deficit Disorder: A Retrospective Analysis." According to the ICPA, the study, which has been accepted for publication, "shows promising results for children under chiropractic care." Dr. Ohm also references "Adverse Effects Associated With Chiropractic Care for Children," accepted for publication by a "major biomedical journal," which reports only "minimal and minor adverse effects associated with care."

The CBS Early Show's June 15 "Healthwatch" segment also recommended chiropractic care as a potential treatment option for children with ADHD.4 In a segment titled "ADHD Drug Warning," medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton told CBS anchor Julie Chen, "There have been studies that have shown complementary or alternative therapies [such as] chiropractic care or dietary changes can be beneficial in some children who are on ADHD medication ... either in place of or in conjunction with [medication]." Dr. Ashton also emphasizes the risks associated with ADHD drugs, stating that they can have "potent effects on the body," including elevated heart rate and blood pressure, which she says may account for the connection between stimulant use and sudden death (what she refers to as sudden cardiac death) seen in the study.

The CBS segment mentions that 4.5 million children and adolescents in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD, an estimated 2.5 million of whom are taking medication for their condition. With those staggering numbers and the latest research suggesting the potentially lethal dangers of prescription drugs in mind, all parents and patients should be aware of natural alternatives such as chiropractic care and weigh the risks vs. benefits associated with ADHD medications.

We have witnessed the facts above in our clinic here in Libertyville over the past 28 years. In addition to the chiropractic care noted here in the news, we have found hair analysis screening for heavy metals like mercury to be helpful. Also a food allergy testing by immune antibodies often reveals sensitivities or allergies to gluten which is in wheat, rye and barley and oftentimes dairy allergies as well as other foods in the diet. A newer therapy called Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) has also been effective in stimulating or calming the various portions of the brain as needed for a balancing effect.


1. Gould MS, Walsh T, Munfakh JL, et al. Sudden death and use of stimulant medications in youth. American Journal of Psychiatry, June 15, 2009; published online ahead of print.
2. Press release from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, received June 18, 2009.
3. Vedantam S. "Study Shows Possible Link Between Deaths and ADHD Drugs." Washington Post, June 16, 2009.
4. "ADHD Drug Warning." CBS Early Show, June 15, 2009.;contentBody
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