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29 Sep A Holistic look at Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are symptoms emphasized in the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. These criteria best describe presentation in children; symptoms are often more subtle in adults.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was originally believed to be primarily a pediatric condition. However, the available data suggest that between 30 and 70 percent of children with ADHD continue to have symptoms in adulthood. It is estimated that between 1 and 7 percent of the adult population experiences ADHD symptoms. There is no gold standard diagnostic test for ADHD in adults. Diagnosis is based on the clinical interview by a qualified practitioner; assessment of mental status, memory, and cognitive testing with distraction; and medical evaluation including neurologic examination and thyroid function studies.

Pharmaceutical medications, behavioral therapy (such as certain types of counseling), and changes in school for children are the main treatments offered.  However, it is important to consider the following when looking at ADHA/ADD holistically.

  • Insufficiencies of certain essential fatty acids, vitamins, or minerals are common among children with ADD/ADHD.
  • Exposure to toxic metals such as lead can affect the nervous system, possibly triggering hyperactivity.
  • Amino acids are the body’s building blocks for brain neurotransmitters and may be low in ADD/ADHD individuals.
  • Certain studies of children with ADHD have shown improvements in ADD/ADHD when they were placed on an allergen-free diet.
  • Intestinal flora imbalances (bacteria, parasites, or yeast) may lead to nutrient insufficiencies that predispose to ADD/ADHD.
  • Consider pre-conception care to learn about the effects of prenatal exposure to environmental toxins and how to minimize those exposures
  • and more….
The beauty of Naturopathic Care is that it can address each of these possible contributors to ADD/ADHD.   Working with Dr. Naumes to create an individualized approach using nutrition, exercise, individualized laboratory testing (via appropriate avenues), botanical remedies, and supplementation to replete or correct imbalances, the body can function at a more optimal level.   Making appropriate lifestyle changes is often of upmost importance.   Dr. Naumes encourages her clients to work closely with a qualified counselor/therapist.
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16 Sep Gluten-Free Living

Excerpt from SMU’s The Daily Campus:

Forced to live gluten free 

By Bethany Suba
Published: Friday, September 16, 2011

Dr. Kate Naumes was diagnosed with celiac disease the summer after her senior year of college.She had struggled most of her young adult life with fatigue, anemia and a lot of vague symptoms that her primary care doctor could not identify with a specific disease.

She ended up leaving school on a medical leave of absence because her health was so poor.

Once she was diagnosed with celiac disease her life did a complete 360.

“The first couple of years were really challenging because at first I was told that I couldn’t eat wheat,” Dr. Naumes said.

Celiac disease is a condition where the immune system responds abnormally to gluten.

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley and a multitude of prepared foods.

“Celiac disease can occur in people of any age and it affects both genders,” Dr. Naumes said.

Symptoms of celiac disease are an atrophy of intestines, weight loss, vitamin deficiencies or low iron or vitamin D….

Follow these links to read more about living gluten free and Gluten Free Recipes & Tips

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08 Sep Healthy & Easy Finger-Foods for Toddlers

This is a list of my favorite foods that I have been feeding my, almost-13-month-old, son.  I hope you find them helpful.

All Organic, All Easy, All Gluten-Free:

1.  Steamed Carrots
2.  Baked Sweet Potato with Coconut Butter
3.  Free-Range Chicken from Urban Acres, Broccoli, Brown Rice with Wheat-free Tamari and Sesame Oil
4.  Sautéed Zucchini and Squash
5.  2 Egg Yolks (just the yellow part!), fried with pepper
6.  Purple Cabbage sautéed with Ginger and Wheat-free Tamari
7.  Steamed Beets
8.  Bite-sized banana, watermellon, cantelope, and peaches
9.  Apple Sauce with Triple Berry Probiotic Therapeutic Foods
10.  Nitschke Natural ground beef with cumin & coriander

More about my food philosophy

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24 Aug Herbal Home Remedies for Kids


Today Wednesday August 24th, 2011 7:00pm
location: Call 415.754.8305

Come learn simple and effective ways to nurture your little one during their time of need. We’ll cover common childhood ailments such as:
-bruises
-cold sores
-conjunctivitis
-cradle cap
-sore throat
-insect bites

$10
to signup call: 415.754.8305
or email: drnaumes@gmail.com

Read more about Herbal First Aid Kits here

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13 Jul Vaccines

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THE GREATER GOOD had its world Premiere at the Dallas International Film Festival recently.

“THE GREATER GOOD looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.”

I haven’t had an opportunity to view this film yet, however I was excited to see that this documentary had been made. The issue of whether to vaccinate our children is a complex topic for parents to grapple with. My goal is to educate my clients regarding vaccine choices for each of their children. I can support you to have an open and educated discussion. A great time to begin investigating this topic is while you are pregnant. See you soon!

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