The causes of ADHD in children are many and varied. In part one of this article I will discuss the many causes of ADHD most people have never thought about. These are a compilation of the things I’ve learned in my research I’ve done over the years when searching for solutions to our daughter’s problems.

Problems such as electromagnetic radiation, lack of Omega 3 fatty acids and the fact that nutrient deficiencies in general can cause symptoms of ADHD. It’s very important to get to the root causes of ADHD so the solutions can be more readily found.

Kid talking on smartphoneOnce the causes are discovered and dealt with then in most if not all cases, the child should have a cessation of the symptoms of ADHD and be able to live a normal life without the use of medication. This is true of any illness or disorder and is what I’ve lived by for many years and it finally paid off. Many of the causes of ADHD are not hard to rectify, it’s just learning what they are and taking action to remove them.


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD in children is on the rise according to One in ten children in the U.S. is now reported to have ADHD and two-thirds of them are on medication according to a report by the New York Times. The report also stated,

“The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 41 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.”

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momsbannersmhdThese reports are finally beginning to cause alarm in the medical community, but there are still too few in main stream medicine questioning what the causes of ADHD in children really are. This problem has alarmed many parents and those who believe in alternative medicine for some time now. And they want to get to the root cause of the problem and fix it instead of just medicating the symptoms away.

Some people believe that at least some of the causes of ADHD in these children are actually a misdiagnosis and they are acting completely normal. They are just highly energetic and the parents and teachers don’t have the patience to deal appropriately with them. While I believe this is certainly a strong possibility and some causes of ADHD are no doubt “misdiagnosed”, I also know that there are other issues or health disorders that contribute to many of the causes of ADHD that are not acknowledged by main stream medicine, and the treatments for these have proven successful in alleviating the symptoms of ADHD without the use of medication.


One issue out of many of the causes of ADHD problem in America is Electromagnetic radiation or EMR. A study was performed using mice that were exposed to radiation as fetuses and the results showed an increase in hyperactivity and problems with memory according to researchers at Yale University School of medicine and is indicative of one of the causes of ADHD.

It’s been known for some time that cell phone radiation is dangerous to the brain. One way to combat this problem is to use an EMR blocker and put on your cell phone and computer but be sure to get one that has been tested for it’s effectiveness.

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Another one of the possible causes of ADHD in children is the lack of Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet along with other nutrient deficiencies, but for this article I want to discuss Omega 3 deficiency. This nutrient is very important to the healthy functioning of the brain and the Standard American diet is woefully lacking in this nutrient. Of the many causes of ADHD this is one of the more important causes because of the importance of this nutrient to brain health.


A study was done by The Journal of Attention Disorders that showed a smaller subgroup of children in the study responded with significant reduction of ADHD symptoms after being treated with Omega 3/6 fatty acids for 6 months.

Another study done at the University of Oslo found a clear improvement in rats whose mothers were given Omega 3 fatty acid supplements as well as the baby rats themselves were given the supplements after they were born. The study showed marked reduction of ADHD symptoms in rats given the Omega 3 supplementation as compared to the control group that wasn’t given any extra Omega 3 supplementation. This is further evidence that Omega 3 deficiency is one of the causes of ADHD.

More research still needs to be done to further confirm the connection between an increase in Omega 3 fatty acids and a reduction in ADHD symptoms but there is enough evidence to warrant giving it a try besides the fact that it’s a very important nutrient and our American diet is lacking in it.

In part 2 we will look at other causes of ADHD like allergies for instance, and what can be done about them. So stay tuned! Watch the video of this article here:

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Beverly Butler
Author, Trained Health Coach

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