ADHD, Gluten and Alternative Treatments – FAM #042

Welcome!  Our episode today comes from our recent live webinar with Dr. Chantell Reagan, a wife and mom who has been a pharmacist for over 20 years.  Her career includes working in managed care and consulting, and now is focused on functional medicine and nutraceuticals.  Join us!


Chantell Reagan

Chantell began the journey to functional medicine as a result of her oldest son’s diagnosis of ADHD in preschool.  He was prescribed meds to manage behavior, anger, and hyperactivity. He also tried behavioral therapy, which had some success, but didn’t address the root cause. Chantell researched the link between ADHD and gluten and found surprising results.  When the family went on a GF diet, she noticed significant improvements in his attitude and behavior.  To change the family to GF, she started with easy swaps, then progressed to eliminating red dye, processed foods, dairy, and common allergens.

Chantell shares the following about ADHD and alternative treatments:

  • There are shocking statistics about the increase in ADHD diagnoses in American children.
  • Even more shocking are the statistics about the number of children currently on prescription medications for ADHD.
  • The Gut-Brain Connection is vital for understanding ADHD.  Chantell explains the connection and the importance of probiotics.
  • Another key component in ADHD is mineral and vitamin deficiencies.  “Simple mineral deficiencies can manifest themselves as ADHD, so supplements can work as well as prescription medications.”
  • Chantell shares her “4 S’s” Protocol for treating ADHD symptoms:  sugar, sleep, stress, and smart supplementation.  Join us for the details!
  • Choose supplements carefully to insure quality.  Chantell recommends the top 6 supplements to use in treating ADHD symptoms.
  • Essential oils can be very effective in treating ADHD symptoms, especially vetiver, cedarwood, and lavender.  Listen in for more details!

Chantell shares that her sons are currently on NO MEDICATIONS.  She uses essential oils, supplements, and probiotics.  They get sufficient exercise, sleep, and limited screen time.  Listen to Chantell to find out how to implement these changes in your family and check out the resources available.

How to reach Dr. Reagan and more:  (Chantell’s blog-visit to receive her Guide to Essential Oils and advice on supplements.)

Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD

Chantell’s Blog post, “Is Krill Oil the New Fish Oil? Questions Answered About the Top Micronutrient Deficiencies in ADHD”

VItamin B-6 (pyridoxine) vs. methylphenidate:

Essential Oils for ADD blog post:

Now it’s your turn!

WHAT changes have you made in your diet?

HOW have those changes affected your health?

WHAT has been your biggest challenge while implementing a healthy lifestyle?

WHO do you want to hear from?

Let me know in the comments below and I will try my best to get them on the show!  I want to answer your burning questions and for YOU to add your thoughts to the conversation.  So go ahead and leave a comment now.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, remember to eat consciously, because the world needs a healthy and vibrant you!


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  1. Christine says:

    Hi! I was looking forward to hearing the play back for Chantell’s talk, but I believe the incorrect Podcast has been linked. I’m hearing something about hiring and it doesn’t even sound like a Podcast from Dr. Anh. Am I doing something wrong or can this be fixed? Many thanks!

    • Dr Anh says:

      Hi Christine,

      Thank you for the heads up and sorry for the trouble. This has been fixed!

      Dr. Anh

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