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ADHD: A Patient’s Perspective - Page 2

Written by Greg Buchanan   
Friday, 01 September 2006 00:00
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Why is Parkinson’s disease mentioned in an ADHD article, you ask? Well, as I started to research various treatments I found that the dopamine link could also be found in pharmaceutical approaches to treating ADHD. Many imaging studies of children with ADHD have found an imbalance of the neurochemical dopamine. Methylphenidate, (Ritalin) a dopamine reuptake inhibitor, is the most common pharmaceutical treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder despite there being little evidence of any long-term benefit, nor knowledge of potential chronic side-effects. However, according to Gottlieb, reporting on an article in the Journal of Neuroscience, “Methylphenidate works in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by increasing levels of dopamine in children’s brains.” Apparently, “the drug seems to raise levels of the hormone by blocking the activity of dopamine transporters, which remove dopamine once it has been released.”

ADD a Patients Perspective

If Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and now ADHD drug treatments target dopamine depletion, could there be a common causal link? If the end result is dopamine depletion, then the causal link could be something which reduces the production of dopamine? Could Fernandez-Noda et al be correct in their conclusion that it is muscular compression of structures (arterial and neurological) that is the causal factor in the lack of dopamine production? Seems quite plausible and certainly worthy of at least some amount of focus from research organizations. Given that all of these conditions reportedly respond positively to upper cervical chiropractic adjustments to realign the relationship between the skull and cervical vertebrae, could the causal link be upper cervical subluxations causing compression of neurovascular structures at the base of the skull and/or further down at the base of the neck, where it meets the shoulders?

The phenomenon of upper cervical subluxations causing various health issues needs to be researched vigorously now, and all Governments should pour funds into upper cervical chiropractic research. I have found it no use whatsoever approaching various research organizations to get them to put some of their funds towards chiropractic research. They are usually polite but dismissive, believing that chiropractic would not produce any positive results. Surely scientists need to keep an open mind when it comes to research and investigate all avenues and claims.

Conservative treatment for ADHD is becoming a viable alternative as my research shows. In particular the application of manual therapy (chiropractic) appears to result in both resolution of the symptoms and the elimination of the need for administration of pharmaceuticals.

I came across a really wonderful book Manual Therapy in Children edited by Heiner Biedermann, MD, that communicates the benefit of manual therapy in the treatment of children for various disorders including ADHD. When reading this book, it would be easy to think that it was a chiropractic textbook because it discusses and advocates the manipulation of the skeleton including the upper cervical spine using many of the approaches developed by chiropractors over decades. The book is a great reference for any practitioner and has contributions from various medical doctors including surgeons. In the Introduction, Biedermann says “the problems associated with and labeled ADHD have a close connection with problems originating in functional spinal disorders. “