Welcome and thank you for listening. I am honored to have Dr. Pam Popper on the podcast today to discuss ADHD treatment alternatives and the role that nutrition plays in mental health. Dr Popper is the founder and President of Wellness Forum Health. She has designed and orchestrates numerous programs for health professionals as well as individuals interested in medical decision making and reversing lifesytle diseases. Her website is http://drpampopper.com where you can learn about her programs and courses. She does weekly video clips on YouTube and I highly reccomend subscribing to these. Her presentations are thought provoking, and she is not afraid to ask why and how medical therapies have become standards of care. She answers all of her own emails at firstname.lastname@example.org . She is the author of multiple books with the latest one being Food over Medicine-The Conversation that Could Change Your Life.
Today we discuss the recently released medication Jornay PM for the treatment of ADHD in children. This medication was released after two studies lasting only 3 and 6 weeks showing improvements in 5.9-7.1% of patients. The problems are many. How success was measured was very subjective, and there have been no long term studies with similar preparations of methylpenidate showing any benefit. In fact those treated tend to do worse with regards to behavior and hard metrics such as educational success. This is all in the face of substantial black box warnings that include psychotic breaks and suicide risk.
We want the best for our children and do not want them to have to stuggle or experience pain. However, that is just not life. We do know that one of the best things parents can do is provide nutrient dense meals on a daily basis. Good nutrition translates into bigger and better brains as well as healthy immune systems. Meal time can be a struggle in the early days or with change, and we give you some suggestions that may help. We will also provide you with alternatives to medications with regards to ADHD.
Thank you for listening.