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ADHD Without Drugs - A Guide to the Natural Care of Children with ADHD ~ By One of America's Leading Integrative Pediatricians Paperback – April 30, 2010

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Dr. Newmark has finally crafted the book that I have long been wishing for: a wonderful self-help guide for parents looking for a thoughtful and sciencebased natural approach to treating ADHD. This integrative/holistic style reduces or eliminates the need for stimulant medications and offers sound advice about diet, sleep, nutrients, herbs and other key modalities. The book radiates a balanced wisdom that comes so rarely from practicing physicians today. --Scott Shannon, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; author of Please Don t Label My Child; editor of Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health<br \><br \>If I had one book to read about ADHD, this is it. It is well-written, practical and filled with the uncommonly good common sense of an experienced and compassionate clinician with fair-minded and rigorous reviews of the state of the science. --Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH; Director, Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, Social Science Health Policy, and Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center<br \><br \>Parents are keenly interested in finding non-drug, holistic strategies that support their child s natural healing systems and that help build healthy brains. This excellent new book artfully blends the best of conventional and complementary options for kids with ADHD. Over years of clinical practice and scientific study, Dr.Newmark has developed a balanced, safe, natural approach that I will wholeheartedly recommend for all of my patients with ADHD. Parents are keenly interested in finding non-drug, holistic strategies that support their child s natural healing systems and that help build healthy brains. This excellent new book artfully blends the best of conventional and complementary options for kids with ADHD. Over years of clinical practice and scientific study, Dr.Newmark has developed a balanced, safe, natural approach that I will wholeheartedly recommend for all of my patients with ADHD. --Timothy Culbert, MD, FAAP, Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician; Medical Director of Integrative Medicine Program at Children s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

If I had one book to read about ADHD, this is it. It is well-written, practical and filled with the uncommonly good common sense of an experienced and compassionate clinician with fair-minded and rigorous reviews of the state of the science. --Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH; Director, Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, Social Science Health Policy, and Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Parents are keenly interested in finding non-drug, holistic strategies that support their child s natural healing systems and that help build healthy brains. This excellent new book artfully blends the best of conventional and complementary options for kids with ADHD. Over years of clinical practice and scientific study, Dr.Newmark has developed a balanced, safe, natural approach that I will wholeheartedly recommend for all of my patients with ADHD. Parents are keenly interested in finding non-drug, holistic strategies that support their child s natural healing systems and that help build healthy brains. This excellent new book artfully blends the best of conventional and complementary options for kids with ADHD. Over years of clinical practice and scientific study, Dr.Newmark has developed a balanced, safe, natural approach that I will wholeheartedly recommend for all of my patients with ADHD. --Timothy Culbert, MD, FAAP, Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician; Medical Director of Integrative Medicine Program at Children s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

About the Author

Sanford Newmark, MD, is a physician with 23 years of experience in pediatrics. He received his medical degree in 1984 from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and three years later completed his pediatrics residency there. For the next 14 years, Dr. Newmark practiced general pediatrics but took special interest in behavioral problems such as ADHD and autism. In 2000, he graduated from the two-year fellowship program in integrative medicine at the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, which was founded by and continues to be led by Dr. AndrewWeil. Dr. Newmark was the first graduate from this program to practice general pediatrics and is now part of the program faculty. For five years, he was Director of the Center for Pediatric IntegrativeMedicine, a Tucson, AZ, clinic for children with a wide variety of medical issues. In 2009 he relocated to California to join Whole Child Wellness, an integrative pediatrics practice near San Francisco. Dr. Newmark lectures frequently on ADHD, autism, and integrative medicine, and has contributed three chapters to academic integrative medicine textbooks. Dr. Newmark has been married to his wife, Linda, a psychologist, for 36 years. They have two children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Center of the Difficult Child; First Edition edition (April 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982671407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982671405
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Buying this book is a no-brainer if you are concerned with ADHD. I only want to add that Dr. Newmark gave a 56-minute talk entitled "An Integrative Approach to ADHD" at the University of California. You can google it; it's available on at uctv. tv and on Youtube. I suggest you watch it while waiting for your book to come. He knows what he is talking about--see for yourself.
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As a long-time educator and school counselor, my heart breaks each time a young child's diagnosis of ADHD is addressed with chemicals as the first protocol, altering the young developing brain with drugs. Dr. Sandy Newmark's carefully researched and documented new book supports alternatives to drugging our intensely, delightful youth, giving parents and educators tools to tackle real issues of focus and the under-developed executive functioning. This book is exactly the resource I have needed to combat the ever-growing demand made by well-intentioned parents, physicians, educators when they query, "Have you considered putting him/her on medication?" Rather, have you considered ADHD Without Drugs? Bringing out the best version of our children without drugs - who doesn't want that?

Tammy F. Small, M.Ed., Educator for 27 years, School Counselor and Certified Advanced Nurtured Heart Trainer working with educators, families and WONDERFULLY INTENSE children
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I like that the author is an MD. He uses research as the basis for his recommendations. His approach is a common-sense one. First, work on nutrition; eliminate foods with artificial colors, artificial flavors, and artificial preservatives as much as possible. A research study in the Lancet journal concluded that artificial colors (dyes) make ALL children hyperactive; England forbids the use of certain artificial colors in foods, however, the USA has not taken similar action.

Omega 3s have been proven to help kids with ADHD.

Check your child's serum ferritin levels (CBC-serum ferritin test) and zinc levels to see if supplementation is needed. Use magnesium-rich foods and possible supplementation.

For sleep issues, melatonin and valerian is recommended.

The best insight was to try common-sense methods first. If your child shows improvement, great. If these methods fail, then ADHD medications are prescribed.

additudemagazine.com is a great website with information about ADHD. Dr. Newmark has 2 webinars, to which you can listen for more information.
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This book presented a variety of possible methods for addressing ADHD. In each case, the author discusses the pros and cons and does not claim any miracle cures. He explains the studies that were done to validate various approaches and also includes examples from his practice. Despite the title of the book, he does discuss situations when medications may be helpful and is not categorically against them. Unlike many books of this type, where all the content may be found in the first few chapters and the remaining chapters are all just a rehash to fill out the book, each chapter of this book addresses a unique subject in a concise manner. I found the content very useful and we have already applied several of the ideas successfully. Finally, I really appreciated the down-to-earth and non-pompous fashion in which the material was presented--it's clear the author understands first hand how difficult dealing with ADHD can be.
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Very informative with out preaching. We use drugs to help our son, but this title is a little misleading as this author advocates trying everything you can to help, rather than just using drugs. Its an easy read, but has plenty of good tips and advice to help parents with their ADHD kids.
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Great alternative to medication. The omegas have helped. And please don't forget to see if your child has eye issues. Could be a convergence issue and only developmental pediatric eye specialists can check for that. Good luck!
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My 9 year old son was just diagnosed with ADHD inattentive type. This book has been so helpful. From the brain chemistry to how to deal with teachers and schools to the different types of medications, he covers it all. He is also so encouraging. He really helps me focus on my son's gifts rather than his learning challenges. It's a must read!
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As a parent and therapist I am constantly looking for common sense, holistically based resources. It has been impossible to find unbiased, holistic, and accurate information from the medical community-until now. Dr. Newmark provides parents with accurate information that is untainted by the pharmecutical companies. He provides real tools for navigating an ADHD diagnosis and dispells common myths and fallacies about how to treat it. His book brings hope to all parents facing this challenge in a practical and supportive way. Thank you Dr. Newmark, for changing everything about the way we view ADHD!
- Lisa Bravo, MC,LPC,LISAC,NCC and parent
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