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ten positive results with people. And while that's generally not going to take care of all of the problems, it may lead to some significant improvement."

Physical exercise to fight hyperactivity is also an alternative. Yoga, as a support to kids already stabilized on medication, reduced levels of hyperactivity in boys. This was revealed by a study at the University of Sydney.

"When you do conscious breathing and integrate it with movements, there are physical and chemical changes in the body," said Toni Bradley, owner of Bedford's Serenity Yoga, which offers yoga classes for children. "And in a class with kids that have difficulty focusing, for kids who are hyperactive, yoga can be an effective tool."

However, some scientists argue that supplementation of certain vitamins and mineral is the method to normalize brain function. The effects of both Omega 3 fatty acids and methyl B-12 on kids with ADHD is being studied by Richard Deth, a professor of pharmacology at Northeastern University.

"What we're recognizing is that some of the treatments recommended like this really normalize the biochemistry of the affected organs, and in some cases, it's getting at the root of the problem," said Deth. "It's obvious that Ritalin is effective, but there's the downside that we don't really know about its long-term effects. My personal belief is that (these therapies) will eventually replace the Ritalin."

Chelmsford therapist Szifra Birke’s son was diagnosed with ADHD 20 years back. But she did not go for Ritalin. Her son who is now in college learned to self-regulate by doing things like playing basketball, which channeled his excess energy and brought focus.

"I definitely think that for many, many of these kids, medication is the shortest distance between two points," said Birke. "But I think it's a mistake to give medication to kids without doing the foundation-building with parents, which is to really understand ho
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