I double-posted this in Health and Healing.
Ds (7) had ADHD. I do not want to put him on pharmaceutical medications at this point - he is extremely sensitive to medications and their side effects.
I know that caffeine is also a drug, and I know that too much is a bad thing...but I see its side effects, when used minimally or moderately for most people most of the time, to be pretty gentle. I experimented a little this week and tried a little with some positive effects for ds. Am I deluded to think that there may be some merit to giving my ds a low amount of caffeine? It's a stimulant found in nature versus a stimulant formulated in a lab, but it has a similar effect on ADHD.
I don't want to sound like a conspiracy-theorist, but I feel like the medical community has a big investment in making the pharmaceuticals work over something that may be a little gentler on the system. The pharmaceuticals may have a more pronounced effect, but the well-documented and frequent potential side effects of the various meds also seem more pronounced.
Please don't flame me - I'm asking for constructive feedback. TIA!