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Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson's Chronic Condition Natural Treatment Blog

Intentional musings of a unique Shelby Township Michigan Chiropractic Physician dedicated to helping people find solutions to improving their health by rooting out causes to chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, stubborn thyroid disorder symptoms, balance disorders, chronic knee & shoulder pain, migraines, sciatica, ADD/ADHD/ASD, back pain, peripheral neuropathy, gluten sensitivity and autoimmune disorders so they can Reclaim Their Life!

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ADD - The Seven Types

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Wed, Apr 26, 2017

ADD - Not all types created equal

Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD comes in many forms. For many years, healthcare providers believed there was just one type of ADD. I noticed many years ago that the kids and adults with ADD had very different symptoms and very different brain map findings. Our neurobehavioral  practice grew very quickly and we started identifying several different forms. Dr. Daniel Amen published in his book, Healing ADD, that there are actually 7 distinct types of ADD. I agree with Dr. Amen and have dealt with these 7 distinct types.

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Topics: ADD, Neurofeedback, 7 Types of ADD, Brain Mapping

Alternative ADHD Treatments: Why You Should Consider Vitamins, Supplements, Diet, and Neurofeedback

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Selecting alternative natural treatments for the treatment of various disorders including ADHD is a great way to start on the path towards reducing the concerns associated with those types of disorders. While natural treatments are highly effective, they increase in effectiveness when considered and addressed from a complete system perspective. The human body is consists of smaller systems that make up the larger systems and while addressing an issue in one system, it can have effects on other systems. Therefore, alternative natural treatment providers suggest a complete approach to helping people deal with the various concerns and issues surrounding the disorder.

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Myths and Facts about ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Sat, Apr 22, 2017

When I write blog articles and posts on social media about ADD or ADHD, occasionally someone will strongly voice there opinion that ADD is a myth (okay, really sometimes they are downright rude and obnoxious about it...and I hide, ban and delete their posts). Thay assert ADD is a made-up concoction by teachers or doctors or the medical establishment. Typically the post is written hastily with no argument to back up their point of view.

I wanted to provide a more balanced view and couldn't find a more eloquenty stated, concise source than the quoted material from Dr. Daniel Amen, MD you see below. 

Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist and ten-time New York Times bestselling author.

He is the Founder and CEO of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia and New York City.  Amen Clinics have the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling nearly 100,000 scans on patients from 111 countries. Dr. Amen is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest award they give members.

Sorting the Facts from the Myths

"ADD is not even new in the medical literature. George Still, a pediatrician at the turn of the last century, described children who were hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive. Unfortunately, he labeled them “morally defective.” During the great flu epidemic of 1918, many children also contracted viral encephalitis and meningitis. Of those who survived the brain infections, many were described with symptoms now considered classic for ADD. By the 1930s, the label “minimal brain damage” was coined to describe these children. The label was changed in the 1960s to “minimal brain dysfunction” because no anatomical abnormality could be found in the children. Whatever its name, ADD has been part of the psychiatric terminology since the inception of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) in 1952. (The DSM is the diagnostic bible listing clinical criteria for various psychiatric disorders). Every version of the DSM has described the core symptoms of ADD, albeit by a different name every time." 
“An estimated seventeen million people in the United States have attention deficit disorder (ADD), which was later renamed as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I prefer the name ADD, as ADHD highlights the hyperactive component of the disorder (H) and discards half the people who have it, particularly girls, who are typically not hyperactive. According to the CDC, 13.2 percent of boys at one time have been diagnosed with ADD, 5.6 percent of girls.

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Topics: ADD, ADHD

Get To Know Type 1 ADD

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Fri, Apr 21, 2017

ADD - Type 1

Daniel Amen, MD[1] describes 7 types/subtypes of the ADD/ADHD spectrum. For many years, it was thought that there was only one brain pattern that defined ADHD. It was the work of Dr. Daniel Amen that made a large portion of healthcare providers accept the concept of multiple forms of ADD. By using patient history and brain mapping (QEEG), the ADD/ADHD classifications can be ascertained.
Type 1 ADD is cosidered Classic ADD and is also called ADHD.  We often find the child or adult has touble concentrating, hyperactivity, restlessness, impulsiveness, disorganization, and distractibility characterize this type of ADD. In neurofeedback circles, type 1 is also known as classic ADD. There is a distinct neurological finding in Type 1 cases. These cases show high theta waves (4-7 hertz) in the front portion of the brain along with low beta waves (13-30 hertz) in the front portion of the brain.  Type 1 shows up mostly in boys at a 3:1 - 4:1 ratio over girls.
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Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, Functional Neurology, Nutritional Help, Type 1 ADD

Why Treating ADHD With a Natural Approach is So Effective and Long-Lasting

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

When it comes to treating ADHD, there are many different options and approaches. One of the more effective options is the use of treatments that have a natural approach to helping those who have ADHD. Importantly, this natural approach should not be confused with holistic medicine as the scientific basis for natural treatment options have been conclusively proven for decades. However, for those considering a natural approach, it is good to understand what makes this method practical and longer lasting in contrast to other treatment options.

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Balancing and Nourishing The Brain Helps Solve Many Health Challenges

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Tue, Apr 04, 2017

Neurobehavioral disorders have exploded in our current generation. ADHD is diagnosed in a significant portion of school aged children. A research survey of parents shows that approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have ever been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States. ASD is estimated to affect more than 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. We are seeing many cases of anxiety and depression in kids as young as 4.

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Topics: ADHD, Neurofeedback, nutrition

5 Ways To Battle Brain Fog

Posted by Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, DC on Wed, Mar 29, 2017

What is brain fog?

In children, brain fog is associate with zoning out. We commonly see this in ADHD and autism cases. In adults, brain fog often take the form of having difficulty engaging in cognition, learning or memory. Examples of this include: forgetting names/dates/events, hearing someone speak but not understanding, difficulty staying on task, etc.

Various health challenges can lead to brain fog including the following (and more):

Learning how to battle brain fog is an important discussion and for this article, I will reveal five ways to battle brain fog.

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Topics: fibromyalgia, ADD, ADHD, Leaky Gut, brain fog, brain map, Throid Dysfunction

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