There are a number of children and adolescents who experience problems of overactivity and Attention Deficit, causing themselves and those who care for them significant distress and a wealth of negative unsatisfactory experiences. There’s often nothing more frustrating than seeing, or being, a child/adolescent who experiences learning problems, or LD (Learning Disorder) and ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). These individuals may often be out of control, over-stimulated, under-stimulated, or experience uncontrolled stimulation patterns throughout their sensorium, exhibiting behavioral patterns which are difficult to explain and which often disrupt an entire household. Attention Deficit (and its many forms: ADD/ADHD/LD) is a dysfunction of the Central Nervous System (CNS), most specifically the Reticular Activating System, which results in difficulties of maintaining attention and concentration, learning and memory, as well as involving an inability to process and sort out incoming information or stimulus from both an individual’s inner (subjective) and outer (objective) worlds. It may manifest itself in undue passivity or inattentiveness, or unruly, uncontrollable, aggressive hyperactivity in affected individuals. Attention Deficit is often overly frustrating, overwhelming and stressful to affected individuals, resulting in significant emotional and psychological problems. Thus, Attention Deficit globally interferes with all forms of learning, both academic and experiential, including the processes of socialization.
What Are The Causes Of Attention Deficit?
Attention Deficit is a limiting metabolic dysfunction of the Reticular Activating System, the center of consciousness that coordinates learning and memory, and which normally supplies the variety of appropriate neural connections necessary for smooth information processing and clear, non-stressful attention. This metabolic dysfunction first restricts the development of neural connections and the required neural density needed for efficient, multi-varied processing (i.e., perceptual processing equipment of the body, the “wiring hardware,” is in scant supply). Secondly, this “hardware” limitation subsequently leads to secondary imbalances of neurotransmitter production (i.e., the “programming switches” or “software” which turns the hardware “on” and “off,” such as dopamine and norepinephrine), and faulty neuro-buffering which produces further imbalances in right and left hemispheric processing.
How Does This “Hardware” Deprivation Affect Learning and Memory?
Memory and associative patterns (engrams) constantly require newly generated neural connections within the brain with increasing amounts of neurotransmitters and buffers to serve those connections (synapses). When neural building materials are lacking, demand for further connectivity cannot easily be fulfilled, interfering with the efficient processing of information, and frustrating the AD individual, making learning enormously difficult, if not impossible. In other words, neural “hardware” remains in limited production (there’s not enough of it), and the supply of new “roadways” or “wiring” cannot keep up with the demand (increasing stimulus or “traffic”) for new neural connections within the Central Nervous System (CNS). Thus, demands for new learning, memory, and the management of information processing cannot be satisfied.
What Are The Effects Of Not Having Enough “Hardware Connections”?
Insufficient “connections” result in existing neural pathways being repeatedly overworked and over stressed, often resulting in complete gridlock or shutdown so that nothing gets processed thereafter. This, most noticeably, generates frustration, bewilderment and behavioral problems in the Attention Deficited individual.
How Does This Limitation Affect An Individual’s Perceptual Abilities?
Although Attention Deficit starts in the brain, it really involves the entire sensorium (vision, smell, touch, hearing, etc.) as well as the inner world of cognition and emotion. When deprived of the required number of neural connections needed to process the “traffic” smoothly, competition between various stimulus results. Overly competitive stimulation from multiple external and internal sources (too much visual stimulation, too much sound stimulation, too many internal feelings and emotions, etc.) can cause undue frustration, irritation, aggression and anxiety. When the brain, or more specifically, the limited neural network or “wiring,” is overly taxed in this regard, it becomes unable to “tune in” or focus on some stimulation, while “tuning out,” or “turning down” (attenuating) other stimulation.
This lack of ability to focus on some particular stimulus while attenuating others, creates undue “noise” in the perceptual systems within the brain. For the Attention Deficited individual, this perceptual “neural-noise” is so undifferentiated, so overly noxious and continuous that it appears to be competitively assaultive, crippling any attempt to concentrate on one stimulus while attenuating others. So intrusive and uncontrollable is this “noise” that feelings of helplessness and anxiety are often overwhelming, forcing an Attention Deficited individual to look for ways in which to survive the assaultive nature of their world.
A number of strategies are possible, but two are generally the most common and most easily documented. The first is that of an ADHD individual. ADHD’s are hypothesized to have ample supplies of Acetylcholine and clear, lipofuscin-free, unobstructed Cholinergic pathways, allowing them to actively compete and overwhelm the intrusive messages from outside. Thus, ADHD individuals attempt to operate at a “noisier” or “more active” level (becoming intensely hyperactive) in order to compensate for the “noise” in their world. Most simply, ADHD individuals are for the most part simply trying to “shout-down” the crowded array of competing stimulation within their brain. And they usually win, although only for the short term. The more they assert themselves over the “noise,” the more tired and worn they become.
But the picture is slightly different for the ADD and LD individual. ADD’s and LD’s are hypothesized to have low Acetylcholine levels and adverse lipofuscin populations within the Cholinergic neural pathways, making a competitive response more difficult and trying. Here, another strategy of deflection is practiced. For both an ADD and LD individual it becomes so “noisy” that it becomes necessary to shut down all processing of the senses altogether, avoiding and deflecting all stimulation. For both these individuals, the incessant cacophony of “neural-noises” produces a powerfully competitive “numbing,” almost hypnotic, agent, wearing out neural sensitivities and response probabilities far faster than for ADHD individuals, disallowing any further stimulus differentiation to occur or responsive attention to take place. Simply “giving-up” to the competitively powerful undifferentiated “white-neural-noise” being generated by their sensorium becomes the only option — no other strategies are available because the neural-thresholds of the sensorium have over-fired and can no longer be sustained. Thus, unlike other children, the ADD and LD individual simply “shut-down” and “tune-out,” producing high Theta and/or Alpha brain waves. To summarize, the inattentiveness, restlessness, distractibility and “unmanageableness” which is so often the overriding picture of the ADD/ADHD/LD child and adult is often just the manifestation of a perceptual “survival” strategy needed by individuals “drowning” in a sea of intrusively aggressive stimulus “noise” – “noise” which is too overwhelming to sort through or manage.
Does The Number Of “Hardware Connections” Affect Intelligence?
It’s generally true that the more neural “connections” that are made, the more easily learning and memory may proceed. And, the less “connections” there are, the more frustrating learning and memory become. Thus, the correlation between the number/density of “connections” in a person’s brain and intelligence, is high. Ironically, Attention Deficited persons are generally those, in the face of increased demand, that have likely maximized the use of the “connections” they have developed, some eventually learning to increase the efficiency of processing to meet the challenge. Hence, many are subsequently known to be above average in intelligence — but it’s possible that they would likely be even smarter if they could be provided the building material for more connections, allowing them the additional hardware, and thus the increased capacity, to associate information even more creatively, while reducing the frustrations and anguish of being imprisoned in a neural system which they have physically outgrown!
Can Anything Be Done To Correct The Metabolic Dysfunction Of The Reticular Activating System?
Yes, there can! Fortunately, when appropriate
(1) neural building materials,
(2) precursors to neurotransmitters and
(3) an appropriate fund of neural buffers are supplied, neural networks may be created and forged quickly in order to meet the increasing demands of heavy neural traffic, especially in the prepubescent individual. In fact, given the chance, individual neurons can grow at the rate of 3-5mm per day! And, there are roughly 100 billion Neurons in the brain to be developed, along with a staggering 900 billion supporting Glial (“helper”) cells -a grand total of one trillion (1,000,000,000,000) cells to be nurtured – that’s 10 times the number of stars estimated to be in our galaxy!
Are These Neural Building Materials Really All That Important?
Yes, they are! One half of the dry weight of the brain (neurons, glial and brain cells) is made up of fatty acids and lipids. The “hard neural connections,” or synapses, between all these essential areas of the brain where the coordination of memory and learning take place is largely made possible by the structures of Fatty Acids and Phospholipids alone. And, the physical number of neural connections then potentiates further production of neurotransmitters and neural buffers, which in turn enhances memory processing and learning even more. If these essential building blocks of the brain’s “hardware” and “software” are not adequately provided for, then many “connections” will simply not be made or developed. The good news is that Växa’s Attend supplies these important factors!
What Is Attend?
Växa’s Attend is a safe, all natural, homeopathic medicinal specifically engineered to relieve the distraction, inattentiveness and possible overactivity of the ADD/ADHD/LD individual, enabling the body to balance both neural growth and neurotransmitter production within the Brain and Central Nervous System (CNS). Attend is engineered to naturally address the specific dietary and neurochemical deficiencies which are thought to occur within the population of Attention Deficited individuals, whether from child or adult populations. Attend is formulated to supply the essential building materials for the entire neural network, potentiating balanced stimulation of the Reticular Activating System while providing appropriate neural buffering within.
How Does Attend Work?
Quite uniquely, Attend is designed to complement the body’s natural calming and balancing agents with specific micro-nutritionals (Lithium bromatum, carbonicum) and neurotransmitters (eg. GABA, DLPA and other neural buffers) which help to target, direct and smoothly focus attention, while naturally complementing the activity of the Reticular Activating System. Attend also supplies the essential framework of Lipids and Fatty Acids, natural hormones, as well as neural growth and synchronization factors quintessential for neural and glial cell generation so as to meet the demands of increased neural “traffic” through the Reticular Activating System. Additionally, Attend supplies the essential catecholamine precursors (such as catechol, phospholipids and naturally occurring trans- and cis-cloramide, a naturally conjugated form of L-dopa) to dopamine, acetylcholine and norepinephrine, the 3 most important neurotransmitters within the brain. And, the natural hormone pregnenolone is included in Attend for memory retention, which also helps maintain the specific “programming” that brain cells need to store and retrieve short term memory, essential in any learning paradigm. Pregnenolone is directly related as well to neural genesis, growth and reconfiguration, wherein gene activation is enabled, allowing the multiplication, growth and “connectivity” of neural cells, allowing learning to proceed with less frustration. Lastly, Pycnogenol®, and other supporting flavonoids within Attend, help feed and strengthen the small capillaries within new neural growth sites, preventing free radical cascade damage to the expanding neural network, protecting neural patterns.
How Long Do You Have To Take Attend Thereafter?
Since most demands for neural growth occur in childhood and adolescence, all ADD/ADHD/LD children should use Attend as a daily supplement until adulthood. Children who are exceptionally hyperactive (ADHD) and tend to throw temper tantrums will find additional relief with Växa’s Extress. Additionally, all children who are ADD/ADHD/LD will benefit from Växa’s additional supplement called Memorin+, which aids in memory retention and makes learning easier with less frustration. Adults who still suffer from Attention Deficit will also be aided by taking Attend as a daily supplement with Memorin+. Växa’s Attend Strategy Pac supplies all 3 formulas (1 60 capsule-bottle of each) for your convenience
Are There Any Side-Effects With Attend?
No, Attend is completely safe and non-toxic! Unlike other medications, Attend works without the harmful side-effects that may stunt the growth of developing children. Indeed, Attend works to stimulate neural growth patterning and regenerative activity so as to forge more “connections” within the neural network. Interestingly, other ADD-specific pharmaceuticals have been suspected of retarding growth of ADD individuals, which ironically, is the last thing you would want to do with individuals who have been neurally limited! Furthermore, Attend works without diminishing overall processing, cognitive and learning activities, as does methylphenidate and other drugs, including amphetamines, antidepressants or anticonvulsants normally prescribed for ADD, and all of which have been shown to detrimentally diminish cognitive activity. Attend will likely enhance the positive effectiveness of other pharmaceuticals, and can be used conjointly without difficulty while in transition from less preferred drugs.