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Why are the ADHD Diagnoses for Women Increasing So Rapidly

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2018 7:11:40 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi


ADHD prescriptions for women are skyrocketing.

Prescriptions for medications used for ADHD have jumped by 344% between 2003 and 2015 for women between the ages of 15 and 44 years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

This is astounding! These medications are not addressing the underlying issues of poor diet, poor sleep and overburdened schedules.

Between .9 and 4% of women in the United States have received and ADHD drug prescription. Women in their mid to late 20s saw the highest increase at 700% where as women from 30-34 the prescriptions "only" increased 560%. "In 2015, the most commonly filled ADHD medicines among this group of women were mixed amphetamine salts, lisdexamfetamine, and methylphenidate."

 What is causing the extreme increase in the ADHD diagnosis?  What is behind all of these published statistics and findings?

Patients with ADHD have elevated lead and mercury levels. Lead and mercury cross the blood brain barrier and are responsible for mood disorders. Depression and Anxiety. I do a 6 hour provocative urine challenge to see what is stored in tissue storage and run blood baseline labs to differentiate between acute and chronic storage. It's amazing what we store in the body. Lead is the progenitor of depression, arthritis, renal disease, plaque in the arteries, macular degeneration and asthma to name a few. Mercury can cause cardiac dysrhythmias, thyroid issues, anxiety, impulsiveness and both lead and mercury are associated with ADHD. 

Who knows how electromagnetic fields affect our brain. We all have "dirty genes" which get gummed up with environmental exposures which affects our gut flora where we make our brain chemicals. We work on cleaning the "dirty genes, rebalance your gut flora and recommend the supportive brain nutrients.

Maybe we need to get back in balance with nature and reduce the demanding pressures of modern life. Scrap the Standard American Diet, improve your sleep, don't buy any "smart appliances" or smart meters, eat  a whole food diet, exercise daily and find meaningful non-pharmacy stress reduction techniques.

We offer I.V. Ozone chelation to clean up your total body burden. We do appropriate metal testing, reconstruct your diet, recommend supportive daily nutraceuticals and share self care detoxification tips (home ozone therapy, home colonics, sauna and immersion baths). 

Find out what your total body burden is today.

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ADHD prescriptions jump by 344% in women between 15 and 44 years of age. (n.d.). Retrieved March 22, 2018, from


Topics: Brain Health

Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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