Conversations That Matter

Treating ADHD with Nutrition - Karen Ryan

May 11, 2017

Karen Ryan

Treating ADHD with Nutrition


This week’s Conversation That Matters features Karen Ryan, a mother of a child that was clinically diagnosed with ADHD who quit her job as a nutritionist to care for her son. What she discovered was that neither stimulant nor nonstimulant drugs were an option for her son.


Ryan says, “as a nutritionist I believed there had be other ways of dealing with this. So I researched the crap out of it and learned that it’s a multipronged syndrome so it deserves a multipronged approach.” Ryan points out, “there is no such thing as a magic pill, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. So what you really need to do is educate before you medicate.” She goes on to say, “I would never advocate to a parent do not medicate your child but before you do, talk to me and I will give you a mental tool box that you can exhaust and if that doesn’t work then by all means go the route of medication.”


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