ADHD… or Just a Kid?

How many of you have or know children who are labeled as having Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.)?   

This is a diagnosis that is growing in prevalence in the United States. Figures now show that an estimated 6.4million children ages 4-17 have received the A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their life, an epidemic by today’s standards. The rates of A.D.H.D. have risen 41% in the last decade alone. According to Dr. Jerome Groopman, “There’s a tremendous push where if the kid’s behavior is thought to be quote-unquote abnormal, if they’re not sitting quietly at their desk, that’s pathological… instead of just childhood.” Dr. Groopman, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of How Doctors Think, has studied A.D.H.D. tremendously over the last decade. His thoughts echo that of my own, “Where do you draw the line between normal adolescence and that of a disease, and what is the cause of this increased rate of diagnosis?

Is this sudden rise due to environmental influences?


A child’s diet and the ratio of more digital stimulus and less physical activity plays a large part, but it is also due to the over-diagnosis used by doctors and even teachers who often first notice the “symptoms” associated with A.D.H.D. and make a referral to the medical doctor. On average in a classroom of 30 children, between 1-3 of them is labeled with the diagnosis of A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. Now I am not saying this is always the case, but if you had a classroom of unruly children, who are having their physical activity diminished already, would you not want to control those children? When diagnosed and medicated, these kids often become calm but only a diminished version of whom they used to be. Now two-thirds of these children are receiving prescription drugs for their easily labeled dis-ease. These drugs include Ritalin and Adderall, both of which are classified as a class II narcotic…that’s the same classification as cocaine! We understand the adverse health effects that cocaine can place on the body and how it can detrimental it can be, but we seem to justify it when it comes to the drugs we are handing our children which reside in the same drug class. Interesting.

These drugs not only stifle the energy levels of our children, but also will diminish their creativity, passion, personality, and health. We tend to look at medications as a way to treat a symptom, without understanding why that symptom is there in the first place.

Every symptom is only the result of a larger issue. In this case A.D.H.D. is the result of an imbalance in two opposing parts of the autonomic nervous system. When the Sympathetic Nervous system is out worked it results in an overstimulation of the mind resulting in symptoms classified as A.D.H.D. In order to remove these systems we have to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system or reduce the stimulus input that is creating the over activity in the child’s brain.  At Acru Health, we specialize in doing just this. The type of chiropractic care delivered in the Acru Health Office has been proven by Dr. Jay holder to reduce the abnormal prefrontal spiking on ECG, which is found in people with A.D.H.D. With reductions in abnormal spiking allowing the brain to calm and function in the way in which it was designed. This produces the proper level of brain activity and reduces the symptoms associated with A.D.H.D.

If your child is diagnosed with A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. please not only get a second opinion, but also explore the options that exist without the use of these narcotic class stimulants. There are plenty of things that you can do for yourself and your child that will work with the human body instead of against it. Feel free to call or email us with any questions about what you can do for someone who is labeled with A.D.H.D. The first of which, is to make sure they have the proper communication and input into their brain and nervous system. Call and schedule an appointment to make sure their brain and body are functioning, as they are intended to.