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From: Rebecca (
Subject:         Re: unschooling
Date: May 20, 2009 at 4:16 pm PST

In Reply to: unschooling posted by cj on May 17, 2009 at 5:59 pm:

I home schooled/unschooled my 4 kids for 17 years. They are all now college graduates and have made me a granny 14 times over. My youngest son, I have no doubt, would have been pegged ADD/ADHD had he been in school. Two of my grandsons are the same, and are now unschooled by my daughter.
In a wonderful book, "Toxic Psychiatry" the author, Peter Breggin says that there is no such thing as true ADD/ADHD. He says this is a psychological condition created by psychiatrists, for psychiatrists-- too control masses of children.
Your son's difficulty could very largely be dietary, as Peter Breggin states, as well as many other experts.
All sugar should be removed from his diet, and it's very possible he would benefit from a gluten-free, cassein-free diet. Since this is a vegan site, I assume you're at least vegetarian-- maybe not.
Removing all animal products is just plain better health, but the gluten seems to be significant, too. Schizophrenia and even autism have been cured using the GFCF diet. There's plenty of info all over the web about it.
With dietary changes, he may well be able to be still and focus, as you gently direct him into learning experiences.

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