The Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Other Kinds of Cerebral Dysfunction

The Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Other Kinds of Cerebral Dysfunction

A compedium edited by William G. Crook, MD

Oversized spiral bound paperback, several hundred pages, $25

International Health Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 3494, Jackson, Tennessee 38303 USA

To provide health professionals with literature on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other brain dysfunctions, Dr. Crook, President of the International Health Foundation, has collected a valuable compendium of materials: reprints, articles, excerpts and comments. The materials provide excellent refutation to those who deny, or ignore the fact that poor diet is associated with ADHD, as well as those who defend the use of Ritalin for these disorders.

The compendium is impressive in scope. It contains numerous reports issued over a span of years, linking food allergies and food sensitivities to central nervous system disorders. One section consists of numerous papers relating the use of antibiotics for chronic ear problems with yeast overgrowth and brain dysfunction.

Dr. Crook recognizes the multifactorial nature of brain dysfunction of children, and he includes reputable papers on various aspects: heavy metals such as lead; mineral deficits such as zinc; the lack of sufficient fatty acids; and the role of pesticides in relation to ADHD.

Papers are included on other brain dysfunctions, including autism. There are excellent discussions of the biochemical basis of brain dysfunction.

The last section of the compendium deals with the deleterious effects of stimulant medications such as Ritalin on children with ADHD disorders, and the political aspect of this issue.

The editor has thoughtfully underscored important materials and has "flagged" sentences for nota beni importance. These aids will help the busy professional find the nuggets easily, and allow further reading for future time.

Originally, the International Health Foundation was established to cope with an inundation of health questions regarding the all-too-common yeast infection problem. During the 90s, the foundation extended its agenda to include practical help for individuals -- professionals and parents -- working with children who suffer from chronic ear infections, hyperactivity, attention deficits, autism, and related behavioral and learning problems. The foundation, an educational effort, collects and disseminates information on these subjects and encourages further research. For membership information, write to the address above.

This compendium is a welcome addition as a reference tool for all who deal with children who manifest various cerebral dysfunctions. The work should be in the personal library of health professionals, parents of ADHD children, and given to school administrators and teachers, as well as social workers and other individuals who need enlightenment about ADHD and related disorders.

Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients.

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By Beatrice Trum Hunter

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