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Mineral Therapy for Children with Learning and Behaviour Problems.

Posted by on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 16:50
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Minerals, like vitamins, are necessary for the maintenance of health. At least thirteen minerals have been identified as essential to health, including potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Others like zinc and copper so called “trace elements” are needed only in tiny amounts.

Proponents of orthomolecular medicine claim that mineral deficiencies can result in learning and behavior problems. They also claim that such deficiencies can be detected by measuring the concentration of certain minerals in the hair and that supplemental treatment with the appropriate minerals will result in improvement in learning and behaviour problems.

Like the orthomolecular theory of vitamin deficiency, the notion that learning and behavior problems can result in a broad range of problems. Iron, for example, is an essential component of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying component of the blood. Iron deficiency results in anemia, which is characterized by pallor, fatigue, headache, and shortness of breath. Magnesium deficiency, which can occur as a result of alcohol abuse or prolonged treatment with diuretic drugs, can produce anxiety, restlessness, tremors, palpitations, and depression.

This theory, however, is not consistent with what is actually known about mineral deficiencies, which the exception of anemia and magnesium deficiency, are quite rare in any population which receives a minimally adequate diet. Now are there any well controlled studies which provide support for the theory or for the treatment approach.

Like vitamins, minerals are necessary for normal physical and mental functioning, and like vitamins, they pose dangers when taken in excessive amounts. An excess of iron, for example, can result in nausea, abdominal pain, and liver damage. In excessive amounts, zinc can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb iron and copper, in turn resulting in nausea, vomiting, fever, headaches, fatigue, and abdominal pain.

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  2. 16 September, 2009, 20:18

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  3. 18 September, 2009, 15:42

    The nervous system communicates with biochemical stimulants from one dendrite to another. The stimulants are composed of derivatives of B vitamins, if a child has poor nutrition, his central nervous system does not function sufficiently for learning to take place. And, millions of children in this country go to bed hungry every night, and go to school the next day without breakfast. As a school psychologist I have assessed many of these children in public schools, and my diagnosis is overridden by the need to do something with the children who do not benefit from traditional teaching methods. The FDA states that the problem of poor nutrition is not limited to poor families. Overweight is a problem for all children from all social classes. No longer are the affluent protected from these consequences. It is pandemic in our society, and if a hungry child is given a vitamin or some minerals, I say hooray for the parent who is at least trying. I have heard only once in my life time of a persona suffering from an overdose of a vitamin or mineral. Millions are suffering from poor or malnutrition, so let them take vitamins. Author: LEARNING DISABILITIES: Understanding the Problem, Managing the Challanges.

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    21 October, 2009, 3:26

    There are a lot of good opinions here. Really gives me a new way of looking at things….

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