ADHD: Diagnosis or Deficiency By Leslie Carol Botha
Tune in this week on Wednesday, December 12th at 9 am Pacific time to Holy Hormones Honey! for our show, “ADHD: Diagnosis or Deficiency?Â with our guest Julia Rucklidge. Â Catch this episode and othersÂ on demand everyday here!
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral imbalance and the most commonly diagnosed disorder in childhood often persisting into adulthood. According to the CDC the number of children diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. stands at 5.2 million. And that number is growing exponentially along with trends in ADHD medication use. Many other neurological symptoms are associated with ADHD including bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, social anxiety and panic disorders. Julia Rucklidge PhD has conducted a body of work from ADHD, bipolar and OCD using a micronutrient formula in lieu of medications. The outcome of her studies conclusively finds that the vitamin and mineral supplements had positive outcomes alongside an absence of side effects. She believes that further research needs to be conducted in larger controlled trials using the multinutrient approach. ADHD â diagnosis or micronutrient deficiency â you decide.
Julia J. Rucklidge, PhD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.
Leslie Carol Botha
Leslie Carol Botha, host ofÂ Holy HormonesÂ Honey!Â on theÂ VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, is a Womenâs Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Womenâs Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.
Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how womenâs hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.
Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is âone of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.â
Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.