A Holistic Approach to the Spiritual Life

I have been reading a very helpful book on ADD because my oldest son Marshall was diagnosed with it about 3 years ago. Finally, after trying many other avenues, I went ahead and put him on regular medication, but that barely takes off the edge. He is still slow, easily distracted, and often disconnected. This book was recommended by a friend who is also working at handling ADD.

What I love about the book is that the Dr. who wrote it offers a very holistic approach to treating ADD.  He discusses how every part of life is affected by the disorder, explaining the specific malfunctions in the brain that lead to ADD. He even has brain scans through out the book showing what the brain of an affected person looks like. He describes symptoms and explains the resulting behavior patterns with great detail and clarity. It has really helped me to understand how differently Marshall thinks, and how much of a challenge it is for him to function in the “real world”.

Then the book suggests a lifestyle treatment plan, that not only includes medication, but also a high protein diet, plenty of exercise, a regular routine, with sufficient sleep, and vitamin/mineral supplements. Further, the author offers suggestions for techniques in parenting an ADD child. He is very thorough in his approach. It has been encouraging to read his suggestions and varying testimonials of people he has helped, and see that many of the symptoms of ADD can be controlled, through healthful choices.

Our family has started to work very hard on our eating habits, implementing more high protein, high fiber foods, and eliminating junk food, especially processed sugars and wheat. We are also concentrating on better exercise habits, and a workable routine at home. This is a big adjustment for all of us, but we anticipate worthy results.

It is interesting to me the issues God places in our path to force us into Him. I would rather not have to bother so much with diet and an organized routine, and to be truthful those are areas where I haven’t been very faithful in in the past. But because of Marshall’s deficit, and wanting to help him, I have been forced to give more consideration to these area. The truth is, all the suggestions the Dr. makes in his book are helpful for anyone. They are wise, healthful, lifestyle choices. But they take time, and a willingness to learn new things. This is the part where I am forced back into God. Do I have time for this? No! Do I have the energy and mental fortitude to learn more new things? Not really.

That leaves me pretty needy. It leaves me begging Him for energy and wisdom to pursue a lifestyle that includes healthful choices in a way that honors him. Because the real crux of the matter is this: We must have a holistic approach to our spiritual life in order to grow and glorify Him.

2 Responses to "A Holistic Approach to the Spiritual Life"

  • What is the name of the book? Thank you for letting me know about your postings. I have cried for you and Joel and thanked God for every thing He has done for you. Brenda

    1 Brenda German said this (August 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm) Reply

    • The book is called Healing ADD and it is by Daniel G. Amen. I think the one I have was published in 2004. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

      2 Tabitha Joy said this (August 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm) Reply

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