Dr. Perlmutter's Recommendations
Dr. David Perlmutter, M.D., F.A.C.N. Neurologist and his recommendations from the text, Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten and raise IQ by 30 points, how to treat ADHD, have a smarter more focused child... Great book!
1. Diet and Nutrition rich in good proteins, DHA, purified water, organic fruits and veggies, and lean protein foods and little to no cows milk or gluten in diet for nursing Mom or children at any age. Use goat milk products when pregnant and nursing. Avoid cow's milk products for all children. No artificial colors, preservatives, flavor enhancers, nitrates, etc. Nothing artificial or words you dont understand should be in your foods. Limit fast food intake dramatically. Limit processed food intake. NO artificial sugars or dyes.
2. Limit TV, screen time, and video games to NONE before age 3 and limit to 30 minutes a day after that. Near focus time should be limited to educational needs on computer and at school, not for fun. Video games should be movement based and NEVER violent. Limit to 30 minutes as a privilege that is earned not given freely.
3. Formal musical training before age 4 and classical music.
4. Low stress environment is vital to a child's emotional, physical, and mental health and their IQ!
5. Don't drill rote memory skills into a child's brain. Create a love for learning environment where a child can learn, explore, have questions, and even make mistakes but learn from their mistakes and have a love of learning. Let them learn it is okay to take intellectual risk and learn from it. Children need to feel like they are succeeding and NOT failing all the time.
6. Feed the brain myelin for faster connections, more focus, and prune the excessive connections by repetition, DHA daily, purified water daily, and lots of calming touch inputs. Research shows that children who are raised in a loving environment full of loving touch with hugs, etc. have a higher IQ. Memory is enhanced by deep pressure touch (massage, vibration, hugs). Sensory Integration OT can help with this!
7. Decrease any anxiety or stress reactions called fight or flight responses with calming sensory diet inputs. See a pediatric Occupational Therapist for more help!
8. No lights or TV in bedroom when sleeping- any light source at night, especially a TV decreases melotonin production in the brain and you need this neurotransmitter to have good sleep cycles!
9. Supplement as needed with DHA, good multivitamin, have iron & iodine levels checked, vitaming levels and check for food sensitivities always!
10. Goat milk based formulas are best if you cannot breast feed.
11. Watch intake of sugars, especially high fructose, sucrose, dextrose, maltose or any -ose sugar. These contain excitotoxins that cross the blood brain barrier disrupting production of important neurotransmitters and promote free radical damage to brain cells.
12. Get the Better Brain Profile from Genova Diagnostics done asap if your child is having ADHD, Autism, Learning disorder, behavior issues, etc. to test blood and for food sensitivities go to: www.GenovaDX.com or call 828-210-7433. Includes testing for food sensitivities, level of brain fats including DHA, etc.
13. Prevent and treat ADHD by: DHA, correct diet and nutrition (casein free, gluten free, additive free diet), no excitotoxins in their diet (i.e. artificial colors, preservatives, sweeteners, MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and artificial sweeteners), limit screen time to only educational computer games and NO VIDEO GAMES, check for food sensitivities, intercellular vitamin analysis (www.spectracell.com), check vision regularly and get vision therapy if needed from a Board Certified Developmental Optometrist (COVD), and check auditory processing.
14. Supplement children with ADHD with DHA, Kids Brain Sustain (www.kidsBrainSustain.com), look at need for a whole food children's multivitamin, probiotics and more under the advice of a biomedical doctor that understands how nutrition affects the brain.
15. EXERCISE daily with high aerobic exercise at least 30-60 minutes a day!
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