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“Walking daily helps everything!” – Doc Meek

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ADHD Expert Spells it Out

I just received a newsletter from Dr Kenny Handelman, a Child and Adult Psychiatrist who has a private practice in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

He said he is sometimes challenged with, “What is the best natural treatment for those struggling with ADHD?”

He says he knows of one natural treatment that:

– calms the nerves

-increases focus and concentration

– reduces stress and frustration

– helps you sleep better

Exercise is King

In my practice, I have always advocated body movement as an effective antidote for ADHD stress and frustration and lack of focus.

I call it “Body Movement” because many people have negative feelings about the word “Exercise.”

As Dr Handelman says, “It is not easy for a person with ADHD to exercise.”

So I always promote something that is fun and enjoyable that gets the body moving outside in the sun (or the rain!) and fresh air. If rain dampens your spirits, walk in the shopping mall! Leave your wallet at home. ūüėģ

Walking helps Everything

A friend of mine was extremely sick, so sick he could not get out of bed. The doctors could not help him.

He said to his wife, “If I continue to lie here in bed, I will surely die here.”

He asked her to help him stagger forth with a cane.

He said he had learned over a lifetime that “walking helps everything.”

The first day he got only as far as half way down the driveway before he collapsed and his wife had to drag him back to bed.

Day two he got to the end of the driveway before he collapsed.

Would it surprise you to learn that he started to heal from his severe illness?

Walkin’ down the road

He now walks for several miles every day and is “healthy as a horse,” as they say.

He repeats to me, “Walking helps everything.”

And it certainly helps ADHD.

Kids (and adults) who are overwhelmed with a mental task, can take “time out” and move briskly (doing whatever) with the whole body for 20 minutes, and “bring on” several hours of concentrated mental activity. Wow!

Bounce on a mini-trampoline if you don’t like walking.

If you don’t want to bounce, and you can’t go outdoors, just run on the spot. Does wonders!

20 minutes!

Sweat a little. It will do you a world of good.

In more ways than one.

Thank you, Dr Kenny!

Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, Tues, April 14, 2015 

“One man’s stress reliever.” – Doc Meek

 Monday, November 29, 2010. Today I am grateful to know that we study, learn and memorize better when we are relaxed and alert, not stressed. I am thankful for the lesson in de-stressing given us by Dominick Birdsey, a character created by Wally Lamb (1998) in I Know This Much is True (not a book about religion).

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (1998) 
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Dominick’s twin brother, Thomas, suffers from mental illness and this creates great stresses for them both. Despite Dominick’s initial dislike of going to the gym for a stress-relieving workout, he later finds what does work for him (and you?).

Dominick Birdsey¬†speaks to us from¬†page 100¬†of¬†Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True:

“I actually started liking it down at Hardbodies [gym], though. Not the weight machines or the exercise bikes or any of that [crap]. There aren’t enough hours in the day as it is and I’m going to waste time riding a bike to nowhere?

“What I liked was the racquetball. Smashing those little blue balls against four walls felt good to me in a way nothing else had for a long time. Felt therapeutic, I guess. Racquetball spends you, you know? Sweats the p— and vinegar right out of you.

“Those little rubber balls can be anybody.”

Thank you, Dominick, for your insight about de-stressing! ūüėģ

Doc Meek, Monday, November 29, 2010, at Nose Hill Public Library, Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

P.S. I am enjoying reading I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb (1998). What encouraged me to read this book was¬†a comment in Publishers Weekly: ” . . . a fully developed and triumphantly resolved exploration of one man’s suffering and redemption.”

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“What if you are smarter than you think?”
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“The 7 Secrets of Stress Reduction.” – Doc Meek

Monday, November 15, 2010. Today I am grateful for knowledge that helps us keep calm in times of severe stress.

You already have all the resouces you need

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“You don’t have to go there to get there.” – Doc Meek


(1) Stop Creating Your Very Own Stress Bucket in the First Place
In our culture (western industrialized), over-pushing income and its twin brother debt creates our own private hell, no matter how successful you are financially.¬† Obviously if you take a more “conservative” (read “sensible”) approach, you can be reasonably well off and¬†content and satisfied as well.
As the old farmer said in the Farmer’s Almanac:
“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” ūüėģ
(2) Use Body Movement
A daily workout is vital to our mental, physical and emotional health, as most of us¬†know. “The best pill,” as¬†my son¬†says.
Even if we are not “officially” doing a daily workout, we need to get lots of physical¬† movement: walking stairs instead of taking the elevator, walking from the far end of the parking lot, walking in nature if we can, as it restores our heart and soul as well as our body.
Swimming is a geat boon to body and mind.
(3) Find a Good Source for Bodywork (Therapeutic Massage)
Therapeutic massages of various types are heavensent in times of stress, and also at other times. If we are short of funds, there may be friends who can exchange talents with us, or a massage school nearby that has student rates.
(4) Seek Active musical involvement
Not just listening to music, although that¬†works great for some who have practiced that; taking voice lessons has bailed out many a panic, even if the person is not a great singer. ūüėģ
Some have learned to play a new simple musical instrument, even if just percussion. Or maybe especially if it is percussion.¬†Beating on drums¬†can be¬†a great relaese! Especially if you can fnd a way to do it without driving anyone else crazy. ūüėģ
(5) Use Low-Dose Lithium
What!? Lithium!?
This is almost unknown (as a background gentleness generator) because lithium is almost always associated with manic-depressive disorder and the associated medically-prescribed high dosages and needed watchcare over toxicity issues.
However, a comparable-county study showed¬†that natural trace lithium in the water of county “X” resulted in lower crime rates, less domestic violence, and better medical and psychological health, compared with county “Y” with no natural trace lithium in the drinking water.
Johathan V. Wright, MD,  recommends 10 -20 mg natural lithium daily and at this level, toxicity is not even a remote concern. Dr. Wright tracked patients at this level for 10 years and finally stopped testing for toxicity as it is not an issue at natural low dose levels (compared with, say, 800 mg being prescribed for a patient with manic-depressive disorder). 
A little flaxseed oil can be taken as insurance against toxicity if the patient atill feels concerns. Flaxseed is helpful for high doses too, obviously, where toxicity is a real concern.
Natural lithium is available across the counter in health food stores in the US (not in Canada). It is usually available in 5 mg caplets and 20 mg caplets.
This is not a buzz pill or a downer; or a conventional “tranquilizer” drug.
Natural lithiuim is a very quiet background natural aid to the body and mind and heart, which does a world of good without being intrusive in any way.
(6) Try Screaming into a Pillow
This can be very effective for reducing acute stress. The purpose of the pillow is to avoid attracting outside attentiion to your heathy exercise. ūüėģ
(7) Simply Stare at the Stars
Not the Hollywood type. Go out on a clear night and look up. Stare at the stars. Contemplate the cosmos. Stay put and let it sink into your mind, heart and soul. For most people, regardless of belief, they can get a larger perspective on their “earthbound” problems and carry away a light load even though its weight is¬†just the same. ūüėģ
Here’s to daily self-mandatory walking and clear-night staring at stars¬†to keep stress at bay!
Doc Meek, Monday, November 15, 2010, at Strathcona Public Library, Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
“What if you are smarter than you think?”
Learning Specialist

For brain health, ensure heart health (short video):
More on heart health
Ph (801) 971-1812 (Jeannette); Fax [801] 282-6026

CANADA: P.O. Box 3105, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2T1
TONGA: Mele Taumoepeau, P.O. Box 60, Nuku’alofa
USA: 3688 W 9800 S, #138, South Jordan, UT 84095


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