The Natural Approach
There are many theories as to ADD's cause, but as yet no facts. This explains why practically all physicians in the U.S. currently attempt to simply mask patients' symptoms of the disorder with powerful drugs, as their only alternative.
Millions of parents across the United States are virtually frantic over the fact that not only have their children been diagnosed as having ADD, but that the prescribed treatment usually consists of powerful stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Cylert.
As a result, many such parents have the constant, gnawing, and disturbing sense of feeling trapped within a very bad situation:
"If I don't avail my child of these prescribed drugs...what else can I do that will help? If I keep my child on the drugs, I'm forced to watch the frequent side effects taking their toll...on my child's health, and on the peace within my family!"
The problem with drug treatment of ADD, however, are the frequent and dangerous side effects they produce.
What are some of these drugs' side effects?
Several short term effects could be the following:
Also, several authorities report that the long term consequences could be devastating. In a recent book by Thom Hartmann, entitled, "Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception" (Underwood Books, publisher), he suggests that there could be a link between long term Ritalin use and Parkinson's Disease.
Equally disturbing is that for many children and adults, the common, prescribed drugs often do not work very well.
All of this information may sound discouraging, however, it needn't be. The good news is this:
Every week from coast to coast (USA) many thousands of grateful parents, and adult ADD sufferers, plus ADD support group members are discovering dramatic relief from a new, entirely non-drug approach.
It is an approach that is totally safe to use, employing a 100% non-toxic and natural -- and powerfully effective -- nutritional method.
It involves the use of an antioxidant nutritional compound from France that has produced stunning health results across the Europe for over a decade, and that many progressive doctors are now beginning to recommend here in the United States and Canada.
This compound is a patented extract from the bark of the French Maritime Pine Tree (U.S. Patent Number 4,698,360). In an easy to swallow tablet form, has been hailed by researchers as the most potent, natural antioxidant compound ever discovered.
This patented compound is not a drug and is now readily available in the U.S. without a prescription. Moreover, it is far less costly than traditional drug therapy. It is as safe to use vitamin C. However, as an antioxidant supplement, it is actually 20 times more powerful than vitamin C, and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E.
"Pycnogenol® is important to brain function, not only because it protects blood vessels, but also because it is one of the few dietary antioxidants that readily crosses the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells.
The blood-brain barrier protects the brain from compounds that normally circulate in the blood. Brain cells are very sensitive to some compounds, even though they may not damage other cells in the body or even be needed by other cells...
"In laboratory experiments in which blood is rapidly injected into brain blood vessels, dramatically increasing the blood pressure within those vessels for a brief time, Pycnogenol® shows a significant protective effect." (ref. 24)
Dr. Richard A. Passwater, one of our nation's most respected biochemists, has documented the research done in Europe over the last forty years. Dr. Passwater's book, "Pycnogenol®, The Super 'Protector' Nutrient" documents the research showing that this compound gives relief from as many as 80 different degenerative health challenges. (ref. 4)
Richard A. Passwater. Ph.D., Report on Pycnogenol® as it relates to Attention Deficit Disorder - "The beneficial effects of Pycnogenol® on ADD only became known by chance. I received the first case report of ADD and Pycnogenol® in February 1995 from a mother who had been able to take her daughter off Ritalin® completely by giving her Pycnogenol®.
The next information came from a colleague who knew several adults who belonged to a ADD support group and who were markedly improved taking Pycnogenol®. I asked my colleague to get good data from the ADD support group. With a questionnaire he contacted members of the group and conducted interviews. There was no financial impetus for making these statements and the interviews were conducted separately so that none influenced any other.
In summary, the contacted ADD group participants reported dramatic improvements with the original Pycnogenol®, but not with grape seed extracts. The symptomatic improvements reported were
All these case reports point to a beneficial Pycnogenol® action which so far has never been anticipated, this was not investigated before, although this is now highly recommended."
"NOTE: Interviews were conducted at the ADD support group meeting on April 13, 1995. A follow-up interview revealed that only Pycnogenol® produced the dramatic results reported here. When "generic" extracts or grape seed extracts were tried by these same individuals, their results were greatly diminished or no noticeable results at all were obtained.
It is also important to note that none of the participants in the ADD support group sell Pycnogenol® or are multilevel marketers. There is no financial impetus for making these statements only an interest in helping others. The interviews were conducted separately so that none influenced any other." - Richard A. Passwater, Ph.D.
Also especially gratifying is that adults and children with ADD are finding this patented compound is literally providing them with a non-drug, new lease on life.
The safety of Pycnogenol® has been reviewed in depth by Dr. Peter Rohdewald of the Pharmacology Institute of the University of Munster in Germany during the 1990 International Pycnogenol Symposium in Bordeaux. Dr. Rohdewald stated Pycnogenol® is a safe natural product with no adverse side effects whatsoever.("The New Superantioxidant-Plus", Keats Publishing,1992.)
Although we have traced the history of Pycnogenol® through more than 450 years, and although it has been used for decades, it seems destined to wider popularity and utility as researchers understand more about it. We have just scratched the surface.("The New Superantioxidant-Plus", Keats Publishing,1992.)
Not all Pycnogenol® are created equal... The excipients, flow agents, and binders used in preparing Pycnogenol® tablets make all the difference in how it is absorbed by the body. Many companies use low quality cellulose to hold the tablets together, and excipients that make the Pycnogenol® practically non-absorbable. A formulation that enhances rather than detracts from the body's ability to absorb the Pycnogenol® is the difference felt by people trying Pycnogenol®. Many brands in North America test only 10% or 12% bio-available, and none of the other brands test over 30% bio-available.
Our exclusive proprietory formulation (protected with a second patent) enhances rather than detracts from the body's ability to absorb the Pycnogenol® (this is bioavailability). Each 20mg tablet is 95% bio-available.
"The special formulation of this Pycnogenol® compound has been proven to bring amazing results in numerous clinical conditions. There are now many companies in the United States now selling Pycnogenol® and many others now illegally infringing on the registered trademarked name, selling grape seed extract compounds and mixing it with pine bark extract.
There has been no scientific research done on these extracts that can compare with the research done on Pycnogenol®. The results that I have had with this product, are from only one company, and it has the compound with the special formulation that Charles Haimoff (president of Horphag Research Ltd., the Pycnogenol® patent owner) has granted them exclusively." -Dr. W. LaMar Rosquist, Aging Long Life & Better Health
There is a brief audio cassette tape available that reveals all the facts in detail. The tape is entitled "ADD and ADHD...A New Option".* There is no fee or charge for the tape. It will be mailed to you with absolutely no obligation.
You will hear interviews and statements from several physicians and other health care practicioners. They will reveal many of the typical case history results of patients whom they had taken off of Ritalin, and other powerful drugs, and then experienced wonderful relief.
Further, you will hear from parents of children with ADD ... statement after statement of how this has changed their lives. One woman stated that her son was, "...a new boy after just days."
To be mailed your complimentary copy of the tape, and with "no strings attached", simply fill in the form below.
*NOTE: Always consult a health professional should the need for one be indicated. Much of the information here presented has been addressed by literally hundreds of individuals seeking the same solutions, to the same answers, with which you are now engrossed. Such materials have been compiled, reviewed and corrected to the best of the authors ability. It is presented for educational purposes only. It is your personal responsibility to determine the validity of any and all information presented. Pycnogenol® and proanthocyanidins are NOT drugs and NOT represented as having any medicinal value, Pycnogenol® is a nutritional supplement and NOT a drug. Pycnogenol® is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The author hereby declares that this writing is made without any statement or declaration which would represent that he/she is a doctor**, licensed medical professional, or other type of medical counselor. **NOTE: IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS THAT COME TO MIND THAT MAY NOT BE EASILY ANSWERED THROUGH YOUR RESEARCH AND THE HERE INCLUDED CITATIONS, PLEASE CONSULT THE APPROPRIATE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. The materials presented here are done so under the benefit and authority of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the united States of America and said authority pertains to that Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, ordained and preserved to the benefit of all peoples.
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