Below is an interview I did with Dr. Brandy McCanns on the topic of ADHD and Diet.
Dr. Brandy McCans is a Chiropractor, Optimum Wellness Coach, and a Nutritional Therapist who has a passion for helping women love their bodies from the inside out, and teaching people how to make choices for themselves and their families that will help them live their absolute best life ever.
Dr. Brandy has been in the wellness industry for over 20 years. Her journey has taken her through some serious health issues, including Bi-Polar Manic Depression, Bulimia, and obesity, growing to 12 sizes bigger than she currently stands.
Not only has Dr. Brandy come through this life-threatening dis-ease, she takes her wisdom and knowledge and shares it with others so they too can find their way out of the forest of desperation and destruction in the most healthy, natural ways possible.
BB: What Role Does Diet Play in ADHD From Your Experience?
DR. Brandy: All Moms want what’s best for their families, especially to know that the foods they buy are healthy and safe. Here’s the deal ~ in the past two decades, autism has increased 1500%, ADHD 400%, asthma 300% (with asthma deaths increasing by 56%) and allergies 400%. This is evidence that we must educate ourselves with the knowledge of how to keep our children and families healthy.
In my experience, diet is the BIGGEST player in the game of ADHD. Ok, maybe there are some neurotransmitters out of balances in the brains of these children (an adults), but lets consider where many of these neurotransmitters are made: in the gut. The gut is considered our second brain! Emeran Mayer, professor of physiology, psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) says “A big part of our emotions are probably influenced by the nerves in our gut”.
Several studies have reported a possible association of celiac disease (CD) with psychiatric and psychological disturbances, such as ADHD, and a new variant of inflammatory bowel disease is present in a group of children who were studied with developmental disorders, including ADHD.
I very much believe that many of the above mentioned disorders are directly related to gut health. What we do know is that the problem IS NOT a lack of medication. Medication gives symptomatic relief, if your lucky, and increases toxicity of the body, just the opposite of what we need to create for those with ADHD. Yet, many mothers come to me and say, “I’ve changed their diet and it may have helped a little, but little Johnny still is bouncing off the walls, I just don’t know what to do”.
We have all heard to eliminate processed sugar, gluten, dairy, soy and corn. But here is what is happening:
The children of today are getting new proteins into their diets that are not from nature; they are from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). GMOs are foods that have had the genetic material of one organism put into the DNA of another organism. This crosses all species-related boundaries. Let’s face it, you will never see a fish mating with a tomato in nature!
This process is creating foods that ARE NOT more nutrient dense, rather they do 2 primary things.
1. Can survive Round Up (a deadly weed killer), so the plants get sprayed even more (and,our government increased the amount of Round Up that can be used when this GMO was created.)
2. Create their own pesticide in every cell of the plant. that means that each time you or your child eats a GMO (specifically Bt-toxin) plant or food, they are putting pesticides into their body.
On my website there are a few great pictures that show the damage to the intestinal lining and stomach lining from pigs that were fed a GMO diet, vs. a non-GMO diet. It is a significant difference and the inflammation that happens when GMOs are eaten creates a horrible intestine and gut environment. (www.PrettySexyWeightLoss.com)
The Bt-toxin’s function is to create holes in the intestinal wall so that the insect dies. Of course, the FDA says this does not affect humans, yet there are peer reviewed studies that indicate differently. So, think about it, if there are holes in your child’s gut lining and lots of inflammation, then simply taking them off sugar is not going to solve the problem.
We must repair the gut lining and eliminate the allergies that have been created from this problem in the first place.GMO Bt Corn, and other GMOs have been scientifically linked to specific health problems.
These problems include:
- organ damage
- certain cancers
- leaky gut
- autoimmune diseases
- birth defects
- inflammatory bowel diseases
- learning disabilities
- attention deficit disorders
- accelerated aging
- faulty insulin regulation
No longer is it just about “taking your vitamins” and getting off sugar. It is about 3 things:
1. Getting the nutrients you need, in an absorbable, whole food form, so that your body can assimilate the micronutrients and phyto-chemicals necessary for your body’s optimum function.
2. Cleansing the body of toxins so that your body can repair and function at its best.
3. Living a Clean Lifestyle, while enjoying life to its fullest.
1. WHY VITAMINS ARE NO LONGER ENOUGH
Most people are taking a vitamin or giving their kids some sweet, chewable vitamin product that tastes good enough for them to eat, like a sweet treat. What tends to be common is that the vitamin product that people are taking, and giving their children, are what is called an “isolate”. Basically this means that the isolated vitamin has been isolated out from nature and made in a lab. It DOES NOT have any of the phytonutrients that your body needs to absorb and assimilate the nutrients, even sometimes leading to toxic reactions. Actually, many of these “vitamins” are processed with heat and chemicals, which further breaks down the bio-availability and itself becomes more toxic. But who would ever think that their nausea, blurred vision and dizziness could be a result of their vitamins.
Whole Food Supplementation is definitely the way to go, in my book. many people ask me if I think supplementation is important, and I wish I didn’t have to say that in today’s world, yes it is. I know, you should be able to get all your necessary nutrients from a good, clean diet full of veggies. It is simply not the case. Our soils have been incredibly depleted of the micronutrients that it takes to grow nutrient-dense foods, and our bodies are under more stress that ever, so they use more nutrients, and lastly, our environment is more toxic and our bodies really don’t know how to handle this imbalance. This is why I say supplementation is necessary for us to be at our absolute best, and only a whole food form is going to give your body what it needs.
The term “cleansing” can bring up a lot of fear for many people, as many of us have seen that person who goes days or weeks without eating on a quest to create better health in their bodies. The thought of that pushes people away like the plague. I totally understand!
Who really wants to not eat for days on end, and, how can that ever be healthy? Well, cleansing does not have to mean “avoiding food for days or weeks”. As matter of fact, I feel like the avoidance of food is not the best way to cleanse your body. In order for your body to release toxins and heal, you need specific nutrients to facilitate the function of all your detox pathways in your body. That means you need to eat. There is scientific evidence that people who avoid food altogether may lose a few pounds, but some of that weight loss is muscle, the very thing your body needs to burn fat and stay strong and healthy.
I recommend people cleanse in a way that helps them maintain or increase their muscle mass while supporting all the detoxification organs in their body.
For my adults I recommend the 10-Day Transformation Program
http://drbrandy.got10days.com/tour_body.html), and for my kids, I recommend simply adding detoxifying and gut healing products to their diet. That may include Purium L.O.V.E. to mix into a yummy smoothie each day. The more good nutrients you can get into your child’s diet the better their chances of healing.
3. LIVING A CLEAN LIFESTYLE
Many people want to know what it means to “eat clean”. It basically means to eat whole foods,not foods from a package or can. And, as much as possible, eat organic, non-GMO. It is not likely you will be able to get away from every toxin and every toxin food, so that is why you have a daily regimen of organic, non-GMO supplementation. This helps to balance everything out.
Eating clean does not mean you cannot have your chocolate cake, yet those things are saved for special occasions or a night out. I coach my patients by helping them figure out how to live life in a balanced, healthy way, so that when they do eat their chocolate cake they feel great about it. Not many people can say that.
BB: How Can You Change Your Families’ Diet to a Healthier One?
- This is a process that takes time, be patient. This is a lifestyle transformation and doesn’t happen overnight. Be o.k. with that, and simply commit to a daily practice of taking one tiny baby step at a time. Eventually you will get there. If you feel like you don’t know where to start, hire a health and wellness coach to help you get started. It is well worth it.
- Share this lifestyle with your other mom friends. Our company has developed the Million Moms Movement, which is a program to help more people get healthier food to their families. We are looking for 1000 moms to share Purium with 10 moms, so that we can together have a million moms feeding the highest quality nutrients to their families. When you have your own network of friends who are living the lifestyle too, you feel more supported and can bounce ideas off each other, then everyone wins.
- Begin by adding things, not taking away. Add in organic, non-GMO foods at home. It is a great first step. You can’t really change what your kids eat when they are at school or at their friends, so I say it’s what you do most of the time that counts. Yes, organic costs a little bit more, but either you pay for your health care now or your sick care later. Try to buy a few things organic, not everything. There is a list of foods on my website that are the 16 most important foods to buy organic, and there is a list of 12 foods that are o.k. to buy conventional.
Add in nutrient-dense foods to supplement your child’s diet, like Purium L.O.V.E. or Power Shake. Purium is a conscious company that holds the health of their customers (and the world) in their heart. They have a full product line, for everything from blood sugar balancers, adrenal support, sleep support, weight loss and muscle building products, and it is all aligned with higher purpose.
TWO PRIMARY PRODUCTS I GIVE MY PATIENTS AND USE MYSELF DAILY:
L.O.V.E. is a whole-food, nutrient-dense powder that you can add to smoothies and recipes so that your family is getting nutrients they wouldn’t get otherwise. It contains EFAs, protein, supports the immune system, and helps repair the body. L.O.V.E. stands for Live, Organic, Vegan, Energy. You may be saying you do not want your child to have any more energy, but think of it as the right kind of energy. You do not want to take away your child’s fun, you simply want it to be healthy fun. If your child has a healthy immune system, gut, and neurotransmitters,then they will have the energy a child should have, yet have the ability to use it in a practical way, rather than acting out.
Power Shake is a different nutrient-dense powder that I use that is loaded with super foods, is a natural detoxifier, supports healthy blood sugar levels, and helps curb cravings. If you can curb the cravings for the “bad foods” (which are usually a manifestation of an allergy/sensitivity/toxicity) then they will naturally lean towards the healthier foods.
I have been in this industry over 20 years, and the last thing I will ever do is give my patients something I haven’t tried myself, and tested on a number of other people. What I have found is that what I was creating in a 4-6 month window with my patients, I now am reaching that with them in 30-60 days. It is truly amazing.
Weight loss is a huge part of my patient base, then that roles over into their families and friends, when other start seeing their results and asking questions. I also see Blood pressure decrease rapidly, cellular vitality improve, mental imbalances correct themselves, like depression, ADHD, anxiety, and general unhappiness. many people come to me because they “feel stuck”, yet have an innate understanding that life can truly be better and that they too have the right to be happy in their lives. Helping these people find it is my greatest joy.
I also work closely with hormones, and as my patients go through the 10-Day Transformation Program to reset their metabolism, I help them discover if they may have specific hormone imbalances that may be causing their health concern. I have one lady who just sent me an email and is so happy her hair is no longer falling out! Another one of my “tough case” patients recently informed me that with Purium, she has lost 34 pounds and kept it off through the holidays. That is HUGE for her.
Since I work with all of my patients virtually, I get emails practically every day from my patients telling me of their success. This is how I know I am dong the absolute right thing.
BB: How Do They Get The Product?
Dr. Brandy: If you are interested in trying the products out, or doing your own 10-Day Transformation Program, I will give you a $50 Gift Card to get you started. Go to my website and in the upper right hand corner click on the $50 Gift Card.
I am giving anyone who calls a $50 Gift Card so they can try any of the products from this line on me. If you’d like a personal recommendation feel free to contact me and let me know. We can take a few minutes to discuss your health concerns and I will help guide you in the right direction.
Live Vibrantly ~
Dr. Brandy McCans
Thanks for the interview.
Author, Trained Health Coach
Disclaimer: As always, this content is not intended nor should it be a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. This article and the contents of this website are intended for information purposes only. Keep in mind that what works for one might not work for another.