ADHD Diet Boulder CO

Here is a truth about the parents of a child with a disability: We are relentless. Nothing fuels determination like listening to your child cry herself to sleep at night, or hearing her ask, yet again, if she'll ever be able to talk like other kids.

Ralph Joseph Grasso, MD
(303) 494-7860
1295 S Broadway St Ste C
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1964

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Attilio Bruce Catanzano, MD
(303) 449-7541
3609 Hazelwood Ct
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1971

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Marilyn Kennedy Adler, MD
(303) 449-6100
1470 Oak Pl
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wright State Univ Sch Of Med, Dayton Oh 45401
Graduation Year: 1987

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Charles Andrew Rogers, MD
(808) 246-0497
2505 4th St
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1976

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Gerald Marvin Dank, MD
(303) 546-9420
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Lausanne, Fac De Med, Lausanne, Switzerland
Graduation Year: 1960

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Arlene Patricia Hegg, MD
(303) 442-4340
210 Cactus Ct
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1982

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Dr.Gerald Chitters
(303) 545-5380
954 North St #302
Boulder, CO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg
Year of Graduation: 1978
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Raymond Leidig, MD
1333 Iris Ave
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1959

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Catherine James Schieve, MD
(303) 442-6734
2315 Broadway St
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1977

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Leland Mann Johnston, MD
(720) 565-1422
1740 Sumac Ave
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1978

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The ADHD Diet

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By Melanie Haiken

The day my daughter refused to eat even her favorite food—peanut butter and honey on toast—was the day I lost it. Bursting into tears, I pulled open the medicine cabinet and swept all three of the medications she was taking into the trash.

Linnea, then seven, had spent the previous year on three different powerful psychotropic drugs, one after the other, as we waged a desperate battle to control her stuttering and the facial tics that went with it. Not only did the medications (a tranquilizer, a blood pressure drug prescribed off-label, and an antidepressant) leave her tics as rampant as ever, they caused a host of side effects including depression, lethargy, and an almost complete loss of appetite.

Always a skinny girl, Linnea had become thinner and thinner, at one point dropping below 50 pounds. And I had become a drill sergeant, standing over her while she tried to eat, alternately commanding and cajoling as I measured the circumference of her tiny arms with my eyes. Instead of the medications controlling her tics, it seemed that her tics were controlling us.

So into the wastebasket went the bottles of clonazepam and clonidine and desipramine, and off I went into full research mode. There must be something out there, I thought, that can help my daughter without wreaking such havoc on her young body.

The Search Begins
Here is a truth about the parents of a child with a disability: We are relentless. Nothing fuels determination like listening to your child cry herself to sleep at night, or hearing her ask, yet again, if she’ll ever be able to talk like other kids. Doctors and schools characterize us as demanding and difficult—yep, it’s true. We will do anything—anything—to help our suffering children lead a normal, happy life. And yes, this dedication makes us easy targets for all the hucksters and charlatans out there touting the latest miracle in a bottle. But it also makes us powerful advocates, unshakable in our pursuit of the breakthrough that might make all the difference to the child we love.

It had been a long road up to this point. Linnea first started stuttering when she was just three, and the problem has become progressively more severe, characterized by what are called complete blocks—when her throat closes up and she gets trapped in a tense, tight-throated silence. As she struggles to get her words out, she goes into a multitude of tics—grimacing, blinking, throwing her head to one side. It is disconcerting and disturbing; even those who love Linnea dearly sometimes have to avert their eyes when she is trying hard to talk.

Shortly after the peanut butter incident, I sat down at my computer, cruised some email newsgroups, and discovered a vast and hugely knowledgeable resource: my fellow parents of kids with behavioral disabilities. I quickly learned from these dedicated people that there are nondrug treatments that can make a real difference for children with disorders like Linnea’s. It was a vas...

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