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Pediatric ADHD Accounts for 6 Million Physician Visits Annually

Children aged 4 to 17 years who have a primary diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) collectively made 6.1 million visits to physicians' offices in 2012-2013, new research shows. "Health care utilization related to ADHD is of interest because the prevalence of parent-reported ADHD diagnosis among US children and adolescents has increased in recent years," Michael Albert, MD, MPH, Hyattsville, Maryland, and colleagues write.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
The increase of ADHD is real and probably caused by two factors; (1) an increase omega-6 fatty acids coupled with a decrease of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, and (2) increased gut permeability caused by a lack of fermentable fiber and polyphenols in the diet that allows microbial fragments to enter the blood and initiate increase inflammation that can spread to the brain.  If I am correct, the parents may need to make more visits to the grocery store and start cooking more at home if they want a suitable replacement to drugs for ADHD.

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