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Ground-Breaking Book, Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception

Written by Jeanne Ohm, D.C.   
Friday, 01 September 2006 00:00

I encourage all parents, teachers and practitioners interested in pursuing their understanding of ADHD to read the profound writings of Thom Hartmann. His refreshing perspective takes ADHD out of the realm of a psychiatric diagnosis and its common treatments with drugs, to a theory of a genetic coding he labels the “hunter gene.”

Author Thom Hartmann introduced this theory of the “hunter gene” in his ground-breaking book, Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception. In its introduction, Thom Hartmann states, “This book is the first I know of to present the idea that ADD is not always a disorder—but instead may be a trait of personality and metabolism; that ADD comes from a specific evolutionary need in the history of humankind; that ADD can actually be an advantage (depending on the circumstances); and that, through an understanding of the mechanism which led to ADD’s presence in our gene pool,we can recreate our schools and workplaces to not only accommodate ADD individuals, but allow them to again become the powers behind the cultural, political, and scientific change which they so often historically represented.”

Bob Seay from Additude Magazine has this to say about Thom’s writings: “People who have AD/HD owe much to Thom Hartmann,who stood up nine years ago and dared to disagree with the conventional wisdom. Hartmann’s theories about AD/HD provided the hope and self-respect that had been missing from the medical model of the “disorder.” His thoughts about AD/HD, education and other topics are sometimes controversial and always compelling.”

Seay refers to research which has emerged verifying Thom Hartmann’s original theory. He writes, “In an article published in the January 8, 2002 edition of the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Dr. Robert K. Moyzis and other researchers speculate that early humans with AD/HD traits such as novelty-seeking, increased aggression and perseverance were more likely to survive. These traits have been associated with the DRD4 7R gene. Up to half of AD/HD individuals have this same variant gene, according to Moyzis, one of the authors of the study…Research like the Irvine study can help doctors, teachers and parents to better understand how their AD/HD children think and learn. But for those of us who have AD/HD, the Irvine study provides an important link to our past and hopeful possibilities for the future. “

Thom Hartmann has taken his quest to educate us all about ADHD with his many insightful books. Additionally, he has opened a school in New Hampshire, The Hunter School for ADHD children. From the school website we learn,“We view children with ADHD as possessing a powerful talent to learn and succeed. Children with ADD think faster and can perceive a wider range of stimuli than other children. They are, in fact, able to simultaneously perceive many things.”

What a refreshing and enlivening perspective!

— Jeanne Ohm, DC, Executive Editor of Pathways For more information please visit: www.icpa4kids.org

Jeanne OhmAbout the Author:

Dr. Ohm is a practicing DC in a family, wellness based practice since 1981. She is an international lecturer on the topic "Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy and Infancy" to practicing Chiropractors and affiliated Care Providers. A Post Graduate Instructor for numerous Chiropractic Colleges, ahe is also the author of many papers on pregnancy, birth, children and chiropractic.

Dr. Ohm is the founder of Makin' Miracles...Connecting Kid's n' Chiropractic, a community outreach program to educate children and adults about the life saving benefits of chiropractic. Ahe is also the producer and writer of the children's chiropractic song, "Power On!" and educational video, "Birth Trauma: A Modern Epidemic." In addition, she is the Executive Coordinator for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and editor of the I.C.P.A.'s bimonthly newsletter.

Pathways Issue 11 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #11.

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