Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter, is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Find out what others are saying about Dr. Blaylock by clicking here.

Are ADHD Drugs Safe?

Monday, 06 August 2012 09:11 AM

Question: My son has ADHD, but we have never had him take stimulant drugs. Do you feel stimulant drugs such as Adderall are safe?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
I do not consider stimulant drugs safe, and a number of studies are showing long-term problems, especially with behavior and social adjustment. These drugs are also associated with excitotoxicity in deep brain structures. It is important for doctors to test for all food allergies, as ADHD has been associated with several common food allergies.
Improving brain energy production, which can often be impaired in cases of ADHD/autism, can be accomplished with high doses vitamin B12, and moderate doses of folate, pyridoxal-5 phosphate, and niacinamide. DHA can improve synaptic function and reduce inflammation, while magnesium appears to benefit most of these children. It would be important to work with a neurologist who understands the metabolic basis of this disorder.

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