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  • About 30% of children with ADHD also have some form of
    reading disorder, such as dyslexia. Recently, a study
    was done to examine whether or not ADHD treatment helped
    these children with their reading problems. The study was
    funded by the pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly and Company
    and was done using their flagship product, Strattera.

    In this 16 week study compared two groups of ADHD children.
    The first group consisted of 20 children with ADHD who had
    no diagnosed reading disorder. The second group consisted
    of 36 ADHD children who also had a diagnosed reading disability.

    After taking Strattera for 16 weeks, both groups of patients
    showed almost 50% improvement in their ADHD symptoms like
    inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Additionally,
    children who had a reading disorder jumped two years in
    reading skills from their level before the study.

    Interestingly, the children without reading disabilities
    also improved their reading skills by almost a year and a half.
    Both groups improved both in reading ability and in reading
    comprehension.

    In addition, both groups made gains in spelling ability. The
    ADHD group jumped almost nine months and the group who had a
    reading disorder along with ADHD jumped almost 10 months.

    This study is significant for a number of reasons. First of
    all, up to 30% of ADHD children also have reading disabilities.
    While there is no real evidence that having a reading disorder
    makes a child’s ADHD symptoms any worse, it definitely has a
    negative impact of school performance. The study also shows
    that even if your child does not have a known reading disability,
    treating his ADHD may still improve his reading ability
    significantly.


    The results of the study were not all good, however. A number
    of children had side effects from taking the medication, though
    none of them serious. Yet Strattera is known to cause some
    serious side effects, including abnormal mood fluctuations and
    even suicidal thoughts.

    Conclusion

    The results of this study suggest that a child’s
    ADHD interferes with the child’s normal ability to read.

    I say this because even children with no known reading
    disability were able to make significant gains in reading
    level just by receiving treatment for their ADHD. If this
    is true then it should not matter how you treat the ADHD, as
    long as you do something to treat it.


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    With that in mind, significant improvements in reading ability
    should occur when you use other treatments for ADHD, such as
    Ritalin, other stimulants, or even natural ADHD treatments.
    Since no one has yet to investigate the use of other treatments
    for treating ADHD and reading disorders, no one can say for sure
    whether or not this speculation is true.

    All that we really know so far about the connection of ADHD and
    reading disorders is that in one small study, ADHD children both
    with and without reading disabilities were able to make significant
    gains in their reading level when their ADHD was treated. This
    study points out that it is extremely important to treat ADHD
    and that such treatment should help school performance.

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  • Treatment for “Brain Fog”

    There is a very inexpensive and effective treatment for the “brain fog” that many people with ADHD complain about.

    “Brain fog” makes it hard to concentrate. You feel like you have just awoken from a nap and you are not quite in touch with what is going on around you.

    This can be very annoying to someone who wants to get something done, but just can’t concentrate quite enough to do it.

    Anyway, the thing that I have found very effective is called Enada.

    Enada is a modified form of vitamin B3. Although it is chemically similar to niacin, it is not technically a B vitamin. Enada functions on the cellular level to catalyze the conversion of glucose to energy. That means that Enada is involved in every energy reaction in every cell in the body.

    Clinically, Enada has been used for depression, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. It currently is being evaluated in chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Enada has not been studied in ADHD. However, I have heard anecdotal reports from clinicians who use it, that it improves their patients’ concentration and attention span, and lessens their fatigue. There are clinicians that use it as a first choice in adult ADHD inattentive subtype or in inattentive adolescents.

    The effects are not as dramatic as those of stimulants, but one can get acceptable results with Enada . It does not affect appetite and has some other advantages over stimulants in its side effect profile. Also, it works longer. When a patient takes Enada in the morning, it works all day.

    I have had good results using Enada as a coffee substitute in patients who have trouble tolerating caffeine. The only drawback I have found is that you need to take it in the morning one half hour before meals. When you do that, and it works, it works all day.

    The dosing also is a little tricky. You have to dose it by trial and error. I start with an initial dose of 2.5 mg in the morning, and have gone up to 10 mg in some people. The only side effect of overdosing is insomnia.

    Again, the only evidence for this being effective in ADHD is anecdotal. However, since Enada is basically harmless, it might be worth a try in adolescent and adult ADHD inattentive patients, particularly if you want to avoid taking stimulant medications.

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