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Nature's Ritalin for the Marathon Mind: Nurturing Your ADHD Child with Exercise Paperback – January 1, 2010
"Steve Putnam shares an important concept that needs to be considered as a useful and rational alternative to drugs." -- Jaak Panksepp, PhD, Dept of Psychology, Bowling Green State Univ.
"Steve Putnam's book is fascinating. It is a 'must-read' for anybody interested in ADHD." -- Thom Hartman, author of several major books on ADHD
I find this volume exciting. It could have a major impact on our lives and the lives of our children. -- Dr. Mark Shipman, dir., Inst. for Developmental Research
Putnam shares a . . . useful and eminently rational alternative to popular drugs whose long-term effects remain to be evaluated. -- Dr. Jaak Panksepp, Dept of Psych, Bowling Green Univ.
About the Author
Stephen C. Putnam introduced--and advocates for--the now-popular concept that excercise can effectively supplement, and sometimes eliminate need for medication for ADHD children. He holds an M.ed degree in guidance and psychological services. As an adult ADHD, he adds personal experience to his extensive research, and has been a presenter for both of the major national ADHD organizations.
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In "Nature's Ritalin for the Marathon Mind" Steve Putnam has gotten the word out on the body-mind connection and the effect of exercise on the brains neurochemical system. More importantly, this is done in an easy to read manner making it possible for those in need to understand and to be able to develop a plan that is workable for them.
There is no one treatment for these children. A combination of medication, therapy, and a consistent daily routine is needed. Often exercise is completely neglected but can, as is pointed out in Putnam's credible book, address a number of psychiatric diagnoses while building self esteem, developing consistency in daily routines, and enhancing the general health of our youth. All of these issues need to be seriously addressed in our culture. The rationale to use the "marathon mind" in this positive, healthy way is completely plausable and could greatly decrease or make more manageable these problems for many children and their families. In some cases it may even eliminate the need for medication or placement outside the family home.
I hope the general public and the professionals working with our youth heed this important message. The book is an essential read for anyone living or working with children with these issues.
It's the simple and obvious that is so often forgotten or dismissed. Putnam effectively outlines how exercise impacts behavior, mental acuity, attitude and pleasure. While the book is intended to address the issues associated with ADHD, it is applicable to any parent, child, teacher or adult seeking possible avenues for relief and release. His casual writing style, anecdotal fodder and how-to approach makes this book an easy read and useful resource for anyone who deals with kids (or is a kid at heart).
Given the increasingly sedate nature of our culture, this book is an inexpensive and valuable resource for anyone trying to balance attitudes, actions and performance.
Of course, parents dealing with ADHD children have tremendous challenges. I've witnessed the trauma an ADHD family faces, particularly when medication is not effective and/or accepted. This book provides some wonderful possibilities for these frustrated, exhausted parents, to redirect and focus their child's intellect through exercise. Putnam doesn't claim (and carefully cautions readers to seek expert input) to offer a panacea, but does provide some interesting, documented and easily implemented ideas for encouraging and monitoring regular physical activity in the ADHD child with the goal of minimizing symptoms and encouraging excellence.