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Natural Product for ADD?
Q: I keep hearing infomercials on the Christian radio station that I listen to about a natural product called "Focus Factor" for kids and adults with ADD. Do you know anything about this product? How can I find out about it other than buying it?
A: Through the years there have been many false claims made for "cures" for ADHD. I would be highly suspicious of using any product for ADHD that has not been rigorously tested both for safety and effectiveness. Try calling CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders) at 1-800-233-4050 or go to their website. You'll find the latest information about research-supported treatments there.
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For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.