Zinc and ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder)
This study included 400 children diagnosed with ADHD. The children
were given 40mg of zinc each day, or placebo for 12 weeks. The children
were evaluated periodically for symptoms common to ADHD using scales for
attention, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and socialization skills. At
the 4-week interval the children given zinc had significant improvement
over children given placebo in scores of hyperactivity, impaired socialization
and impulsiveness. At 12 weeks they had improved even further versus the
placebo group. The study appears in the May issue of Progress in
Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry.
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
There is a need for good nutrition in children with ADHD. Recent research
has shown that food additives such as benzoates trigger hyperactivity in
all children, and they will certainly irritate the condition in children
with ADHD (although they probably do not cause the condition they certainly
add to a sufferers misery on a day to day basis). Conversely, a number of
nutrients aid children and possibly adults with ADHD. Nutrients other
than zinc that have proved valuable include L-Carnitine, DHA, and GLA. I
would also suggest using L-Carnosine and small servings of L-Theanine in
these children. Interestingly, a recent study shows that zinc supplementation
helps improve the effectiveness of antidepressant therapy in patients with
Lycopene and Cancer of the Mouth
Leukoplakia is a precancerous condition seen in the mouth. It can eventually
turn into cancer. Leukoplakia is a white plaque patch that cannot be scraped
away. In the recent study 58 people with oral leukoplakia were split into 3
groups, one group received 8mg of Lycopene each day for 90 days, a second group
received 4mg and the third group received inactive placebo. In the group receiving
8mg of Lycopene, 55% of these individuals had no plaque visible, a complete
resolution of the condition, the result was 25% of the 4mg group, and 0% of the
placebo group. The study found that higher doses of Lycopene reduce the size of
oral leukoplakia and reverses the precancerous changes.
Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
Previous studies have shown great effectiveness for natural tomato
oleoresin Lycopene in lowering the risk of certain cancers especially
cancers of the prostate, breast, mouth, larynx, throat, and esophagus.
It also may lower the risk of cancer of the cervix, stomach, colon, and
rectum. Lycopene has ability to protect blood vessel walls and may lower
the risk of developing a stroke. It also helps protect the skin, the eyes,
and immune cells (white blood cells).
There may be no Safe Level of Lead
In a recent study of 2,125 adults over 40 years of age, those with
the highest levels of lead or cadmium were almost 3 times as likely
to have peripheral artery disease (PAD). The alarming result is even
more cause for concern because the levels of lead or cadmium in the
blood were well within what is thought to be a safe level according
to OSHA guidelines.
Those with PAD had either 14% higher lead levels or 16% higher cadmium
levels than individuals without PAD. The OSHA level for safe blood lead
levels is below 1.93 micromoles per liter (the individuals with PAD
averaged just 0.10 micromoles per liter, well below the "safe" level).
The average cadmium level in those with PAD was 4.3 nanomoles per liter,
(far below the OSHA "safe" level of 44.5 nanomoles per liter). The study
is published in the current issue of Circulation, Journal of the American
Commentary - Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
PAD (peripheral arterial disease) affects millions of Americans.
Plaque deposits cause narrowing of the arteries that supply blood
to the arms and legs. Pain upon walking or exertion in the legs due
to hardening and narrowing of the arteries is called intermittent
Some of the risk factors for developing PAD include:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Elevated Homocysteine
- And now normal blood levels of cadmium and lead.
It seems that heavy metals are toxic at any level. To help protect
yourself from heavy metals try the following:
- Ultimate Detoxification Formula - one tablet once or twice a day with meals
- Add Chelate if needed - as directed by clinician
Hormone Blocking Therapy in Men with Prostate Cancer may increase the risk of Developing Bone Fracture and Osteoporosis
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of
Clinical Oncology states that men on hormone blocking therapy (testosterone
blocking therapy) for prostate cancer for a few years had a 40% increased
risk of developing a fracture over men treated for prostate cancer without
blocking testosterone. The study included almost 4,000 men on hormone blocking
therapy compared to almost 8,000 men with prostate cancer who did not use