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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1 edition (June 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805061282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805061284
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Nutrition-based therapies have been used effectively to treat a wide variety of health problems, ranging from PMS to cancer. In this helpful guide, clinical nutritionist Zimmerman discusses how diet therapy can provide long-term relief and even a cure for attention deficit disorder (ADD). During the past decade, the use of Ritalin, the drug most commonly prescribed for ADD, has risen 600 percent, but its effects are temporary and possibly harmful. Zimmerman's program for getting off medication involves eliminating allergic foods, additives, pollutants, and harmful fats and instead focusing on unprocessed, nutrient-rich meals supplemented with fatty acids, minerals, and vitamin co-enzymes. Her 30-day plan provides food charts and recipe ideas. This effective, natural approach, based on extensive research on the link between diet and brain function, will be greatly appreciated by parents of children diagnosed with ADD. Highly recommended for public libraries.AIlse Heidmann, San Marcos, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Zimmerman prefers the term attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) to attention deficit disorder (ADD). The teacher and nutritional biochemist posits prevention as the first priority in dealing with AD/HD, but once it is manifest, the most effective approach is to treat causes rather than symptoms--and Ritalin, she believes, is a symptom reliever rather than a treater. She discusses the various causes and stresses the importance of a carefully worked out diagnosis. Once that is reached, treatment can proceed realistically. Proper management of the child's activities and attitudes at home and at school is vital. Suitable foods, attractively prepared and presented, constitute the main element in her program, and she counsels sitting down, relaxing, and chewing at meals. Sugar is dangerous, the widely touted olestra can be troublesome, and even optimal regular nutrition needs supplements, so Zimmerman helpfully details acceptable and unacceptable supplements. The informative book is itself supplemented by lists of AD/HD-provoking additives, sources of appropriate foods and supplements, and resources for further information. William Beatty

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About Marcia Zimmerman

Marcia Zimmerman's earliest training was in medical technology and she worked in hospital laboratories where she studied living cells going about their business. Her special areas of interest were microbiology, histology, and biochemistry.

Marriage and the birth of three sons found Marcia re-directing her interest into education and she earned a post graduate degree in education and a California Life Credential in chemistry, biology and mathematics. She taught these subjects for several years. In time, the lure of molecules and a position in the lab the pediatrics department at Stanford University Medical School, got her back among the test tubes.

The pediatric research team, who was studying cancer and enzyme biochemistry, maintained strictly optimum levels of macro and micro nutrients for the living cells they were culturing and for the mice that were used in their research. In Marcia's words, "it began to dawn on me that each of the 100 trillion cells within the human body needed that same level of nutrition if they were to survive."

This realization sparked Marcia's study of nutrition and when her parents decided to retire, Marcia, her husband Jon, and sons bought their health food store. She asserts, "I was intrigued by all the bottles of nutrients and determined to learn how each contributed to optimum cellular function." She worked with children, many of whom had behavioral and learning disorders. She also guided parents and other adults in choosing a "super nutrition" regimen to jump start their journey back to health. It was extremely rewarding but a larger audience waited outside her small store.

Marcia's next move was back to school to earn an advanced degree in nutritional biochemistry. She also wrote coursework for a distance learning program to certify nutritionists. She became an expert in the use of dietary supplements and dietary measures to correct biochemical imbalances - before they caused trouble. In applying all the biochemical knowledge she had accrued, she designed programs with a specific desired outcome that suited a vast number of people.

Marcia's emphasis has always been on research rather than clinical work. She has authored several books that appeal to an international audience. She has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. According to Marcia, "information is so much more accessible today with the Internet. I use this tool for research, and to communicate and educate." We note that she also maintains an active speaking schedule and media tours as each of her books is released

Customer Reviews

The book is very interesting and is an easy read.
The only benefit we saw was that our son sleeps better now but there has been no improvement in his behavior, and in fact it may have gotten worse.
M. MacBeath
If you want what is best for your child, this is the book for you.

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292 of 296 people found the following review helpful By DOMIGENE YELLETS on June 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I wish I would have found this book before putting hundreds of hours at the computer researching the same subjects in order to help my 5 year old son. I didn't think anyone had published a work such as this because the three doctors we have taken our son concerning his ADHD and behavorial problems practically laughed in our faces concerning the treatments outlined in this book; they wanted to medicate, medicate, medicate. And while medication has helped my son concentrate in school, it did nothing for his anger, aggressiveness, and tantrums. I have read a lot of books on ADHD in the past 7 months trying to help my son, but this book is the best at explaining the full range of things that could be affecting your child's behavior, concentration, and hyperactivity. Marcia Zimmerman explains the relationship between essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, nutrition, and allergies as they pertain to proper brain functioning, but is technical without being overwhelming. If you have tried medication after medication and nothing is working then medication cannot be the solution to your child's problems. If you have been looking for some nutritional and biochemical answers to your child's problems, this is the book for you. If you are just starting down this road with your child and medication is not what you want, this is the book for you. If you want what is best for your child, this is the book for you. The investment in time you give to reading the book and trying the techniques outlined in the book can certainly make a difference in the life of your child.
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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By on February 27, 1999
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Over the past six years, I have read literally hundreds of books and articles on A.D.D., and consulted with some of the "best in this field" doctors. I truly wanted to help my son, and I did not agree with the doctors' "solution" of several doses of Ritalin daily. Marcia's nutrional plan was the only thing in my six year search that has really made a difference! After just altering a few of the many suggested dietary items, everyone noticed a remarkable change in Sean's behavior. He has been learning faster, is happier, and is much more like a "normal" kid. And the best part - he has been off Ritalin for over a year and a half! Parents - for yourself, but especially for your child: Read Marcia's book! It will make a positive difference in your family's life! The book is very interesting and is an easy read. (Unlike alot of experts who write on this subject, Marcia truly cares about our kids, and wants to make a difference!) I considered myself quite knowledgeable on this subject, but I learned so much from Marcia's book! THIS SHOULD BE THE FIRST BOOK YOU READ IF YOU EVEN SUSPECT YOUR CHILD HAS A.D.D.! God Bless Marcia! A very grateful parent, Lynn Stone
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By FloCo on June 13, 2003
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I'd give this book a higher rating if the book had been updated since '99. This book is a quick read if you've looked at other ADD nutrition books...dump the sugar, simple carbs, food additives, and increase vitamins and supplements...Zimmerman's arguments for why certain supplements, like fatty acids, are good for you, is an interesting read. Her 30-day diet to feed your brain and isolate food allergies that may aggravate your ADD sypmptoms is not as tough as it seems, and I have found the supplements to be exceptionally helpful for treating the aspects of my "creative wiring" that I don't like -- procrastination, inertia, etc. I found it a worthwhile read.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Titania on May 11, 2000
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In searching for books about ADD I found almost all are geared towards parents with children who had ADD/ADHD. Finally, here's a book for people of ALL ages that looks like a book for grownups. All my questions were answered and I found out more than I thought I wanted to know. I didn't follow the 30-day plan (I'm living alone on a tight budget and have an erratic eating schedule) but the supplements worked wonders. Within two months I was feeling 90% better. If only I'd found this years ago.
Congratulations to Ms. Zimmerman on a well-written book that has the ability to change lives.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Tara Marshall on April 9, 2007
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I am an adult diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, though due to significant language delay as a child, I actually meet the criteria for High-Functioning Autism.

I work with children, primarily on the autism spectrum. I am on the artificial additive free, gluten, casein, and soy free diets. I am quite healthy and happy on these. When I removed the artificials, I stopped having seizures, something medication had never controlled. My hyperactivity and insomnia were somewhat reduced.

Removing casein allowed me to begin making eye-contact with people, and I have begun noticing facial expressions. It also makes it harder for me to escape into my own world (I'm not so happy with this one, but it does make it easier to concentrate). Going gluten free reduced my intestinal problems. I only removed soy a couple of months ago, but it has a protein similar to gluten and casein, and I'm reactive to both of these, so I'll see what happens and update when I have reintroduced soy.

I suggest at least removing the artificials for ALL children, not just those with disorders or disabilities. One child diagnosed with autism whose mother removed just the artificials gained over a years worth of language in only 2 weeks. And she wasn't receiving speech therapy at the time.

As for the supplements, I take several. I can tell you that several speech therapists I know recommend that any child with severe articulation problems, apraxia/dyspraxia should take EFA - Essential Fatty Acids, particularly Omega 3s found in fish oil or evening primrose oil. It makes sense to go with a brand that has been laboratory tested and found free of mercury and other contaminants, particularly since so many people on the autism spectrum may be chemically sensitive.
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