What is the Edison gene?

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 1 comment

The Edison gene may end up saving the human race.   “The genetic form of this disorder is not really a disorder at all.” Dr. James Swanson – University of California, Irvine The Edison Gene   In his book, The Edison Gene – ADHD and the Gift of the Hunter Child, Thom Hartmann offers a fascinating account of why ADHD is so prevalent in our culture today. Just as interesting is his proposal that the Edison gene may turn out to be the key to humanity’s survival. What is the Edison Gene? “There is no such thing as a specific gene for alcoholism, obesity, or a particular type of personality. However, it would be naive to assert the opposite, that these aspects of behavior are not associated with any particular genes. Rather, the issue at hand is to understand how certain genes and behavioral traits are connected.” Dr. Kenneth Blum The Edison gene is not simply one gene, but rather refers...

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ADHD Neurotransmitters

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 1 comment

Let’s continue our exploration of the biology of ADHD by now turning to ADHD neurotransmitters (NT). ADHD Neurotransmitter regulation is very complex ADHD Neurostransmitters The general impression with ADHD is that the dopamine systems are not working right, especially when needed during concentration. Additionally, the neurotransmitter norepinephrine is also suspected by some to be involved as well. This is not a single problem in the biology of ADHD, but rather the end result of a number of things that can go awry at multiple levels of NT regulation: not enough substrate to make the NT abnormalities of the enzymes needed to make the NT lack of co-factors needed to support the enzymes (ie. iron, magnesium, zinc) problems with the transport systems involved (for both release and re-uptake) problems with the nerve endings cell membranes (ie. OM-3 deficiency) toxins that can affect any of these systems   It is important to...

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Biology of ADHD

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 0 comments

Last week we met “Ryan.”   Read more about “Ryan” here   “Ryan” is a case of classic ADHD with hyperactivity if we were to use the standard labels. In review, he had the core ADHD symptoms of inattention, distractibility, disorganization, hyperactivity, restlessness, and impulsivity. But is this just his personality? Is this just how he is built? And if he is “built” this way, is this necessarily a problem? Do we need to do anything about it? And if so, do we need to do it now? Let’s take a look at some of the biology of ADHD. Biology of ADHD What do we see when we look into the biology of ADHD? In this post and the next we will explore findings from brain imaging, studies of neurotransmitter systems, and genetics. Lets start by looking at some of the brain findings. Many studies have been done comparing the brains of children diagnosed with ADHD (agreeably a very...

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Classic ADHD

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 0 comments

“Ryan” is 9 years old and has alot of energy. Does he have classic ADHD?   “Ryan” is a bright, beautiful handful (disclaimer: this photo is not really “Ryan”)   His teachers say he is easily distracted and often obstinate with them (although, when you ask his swim coach, he doesn’t think that this is true). Ryan has trouble paying attention in most classes, but has no problems tinkering with bikes and lawn mowers for hours. He also can play video games for long periods (when allowed to). His room is very messy. Ryan can be very impulsive and often doesn’t pay attention to how his actions affect others or his own future. He doesn’t track his homework well, but gets great test scores — A’s and B’s mostly. Ryan’s teachers say he should be tested for ADHD  (guess what their Vanderbilt scores are likely to show), but mom is a little confused. She has...

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7 Types of ADHD

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Attention/ADHD | 1 comment

According to Dr. Daniel Amen, there are 7 types of ADHD.   7 Types of ADHD – SPECT scans Dr. Amen — a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist — has been studying brains with SPECT scans for over 25 years. His body of his research is truly impressive with over 80,000 scans done at his clinics, and nearly 20,000 of these done on people with ADHD symptoms. SPECT (“single photon emission computed tomography”) is a nuclear medicine study that evaluates blood flow and activity patterns to different parts of the brain. It helps identify what areas are under-active, normo-active, and/or over-active. Dr. Amen found — consistent with other research at the time — that a majority of people with ADHD symptoms had decreased prefrontal activity when they tried to concentrate their attention. But he soon realized that ADHD was not one thing caused by one abnormality in the brain. He saw many different...

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