No matter whether the child is 2 or 22 years old, there is just one key message I tell all parents and all teachers … Treat the underlying causes. Don’t treat the symptoms. Traditionally, physicians are not questioning why the wonderful boy or girl in their consulting room is presenting with their particular symptoms. In this (fast becoming outmoded) approach of traditional medicine, not only do practitioners treat the result, not the cause of the child’s problems, but they also fail to look at the whole child.
Traditional practitioners have not yet caught up with the latest research that shows that learning, behavior and mood symptoms often overlap with conditions such as food allergies, sensitivities to food additives and preservatives, heavy metal toxicity, hypoglycemia, hearing or vision problems, stress, an unstable home environment, gastrointestinal problems, and more. These are very often the underlying root causes for the child’s learning, behavior, and mood challenges and they can be quantifiably tested, but these tests are too often not routinely performed as part of the diagnostic process.
Has your child been referred to multiple specialists?
In many instances, the primary care or family practice physician and the different specialists and therapists that the child visits, do not speak with one another about the different symptoms that they are treating. They do not communicate with each other to explore whether there is a relationship between the symptoms they are each treating. Each physician is treating only a compartmentalized aspect of the child’s being, looking for a diagnosis within their own field of specialization. The skin specialist treating the child’s eczema, for example, and the practitioner treating the so-called ‘ADHD’, do not see a reason to collaborate. Yet there is a very real connection between the child who has eczema and also struggles with hyperactivity and inattentiveness. So who is seeing the whole child? It is your role as a Take Charge parent to find the healthcare practitioners that have the skills and the kind of practice that treats the whole child.
The 3 Step Process to treating causes, not symptoms.
Those of you who have read my book or followed my work will know about the three-step treatment program I practice and that I teach parents to put into action:
- FIND IT
- FIX IT
- FIRE IT UP
Let’s talk about the FIND IT step. Learning and behavior problems can be triggered by all kinds of emotional and physiological stress. Moms and Dads, if you find yourself in the predicament I described above, where your child’s healthcare practitioners are not looking for underlying causes and not speaking to each other, then use this article to help you find the healthcare practitioners that will explore and treat underlying causes such as:
Emotional Causes: There are many possible triggers – see The Spirit Diagnosis for examples.
Physiological Causes: Includes, among others, possible triggers such as:
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Gut problems including the possibility of irritable bowel or leaky gut
- Bacteria, parasites, fungus worms
- Food intolerances or allergies
- Vitamin deficiencies
On page 28 of my free ebook, you will find a list of 16 possible physical causes of behavior challenges in children. Sign up here to download the ebook.
STEP 2: FIX IT
With Step 1 done, you can begin the work of treating and removing the identified causes. The good news is that this does not involve prescription drugs but rather supplements, essential oils, herbs and a range of other natural treatments that will provide exactly what your child needs emotionally and physiologically, which you discovered in Step 1.
STEP 3: FIRE IT UP
This is the fun part where you learn what kind of parent-child relationship, communication, discipline, experiences and activities your child needs that will fire up his or her happy, learning, confident and stress-free neurochemistry. It is heartbreaking to see how so much time and money is being spent on treating symptoms and how in so most cases, the problems do not really go away – heartbreaking for the child, as well as for the parents. It does not need to be this way.
As always, I crave your insights. I would love to hear from you.