Originally Posted by Gentle Giant
Since we're veering toward a discussion of non-Rx supplements for mood disorders and ADD/ADHD, and since our son has recently been diagnosed with pretty obvious ADHD, has anyone had any experience with either Calm Child
or Attentive Child
or any of the others out there?
On the one hand, we don't want to have to medicate our child via Rx, but on the other hand, we're kind of leery of using "unproven" and "alternative" substances without having a good idea of their effectiveness.
My mom gave us a bottle of Calm Child as a suggestion, and we're struggling with whether we should try it or not. She's all like, "OMG, it says it has catnip in it! We can't give him that!" And I'm all like, "Dude, the reviews say it works." And she's all like, "OMG, I can't trust complete strangers!" And I'm all like, "Dude, I trust complete strangers all the time. You should try it! It's fun! Except when they take your wallet." And she's all like, "OMG! When did they take your wallet?" And I'm all like, "Dude, never. I just had a dream about it once." And she's all like, "
" And I'm all like, "
Hmph. Maybe I should try some for myself.
I'm leary of herbs with pharmaceutical properties that haven't been tested like man-made drugs. Some of them do nothing, but the ones that are effective drugs have side effects and risks, just like man-made drugs. Cocaine and opium are completely natural herbal products, after all.
I figure that nutritional supplements can't be too dangerous (unless you consume masive quantities) because they are already a normal part of the diet of lots of people. And avoiding particular foods (like corn syrup) is a completely safe experiment, and there are lots of people with sensitivities to one food or another, so it might help. But taking untested herbs? A lot of the ones that actually have pharmaceutical effects also turn out to be dangerous.