Treating ADHD without Prescription Drugs


In the past decade I have read several articles in psychiatric journals that were discussing the treatment of ADHD in children as well as adults.  Not surprisingly, they concluded that the only treatment consisted of the use of psychoactive drugs – stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall, or antidepressants.

I feel the need to reiterate my approach to ADHD, based on the recent New York Times article revealing not only a shortage but complaints that Adderall prescriptions are no longer working; alleging perhaps a replacement has been switched to fill the need of a supply shortage.


New York Times Article - 3/9/2203 - People With A.D.H.D. Claim Adderall Is ‘Different’ Now. What’s Going On?

“They’re giving us ‘fake’ Adderall during the shortage,” the caption reads. “The adderall isn’t adderalling,” another user claims in a video.  Read full article here


Psychiatrists only consider the use of psychotropic drugs and fits comfortably with the fact that psychiatrists no longer practice psychiatry. Instead, their profession has been converted into psychopharmacology. A 15 minute session has replaced the old time 60 minute therapy session.

As a result, there are millions of children and adults being treated with drugs with toxic side effects that even include sudden death. 

Interestingly, children or adults who do not have ADHD develop all the signs and symptoms of a person with ADHD after starting on these drugs.

So the question arises, how can a drug that causes ADHD be used to treat ADHD? The answer to this question becomes readily apparent when one explores the reason why people have ADHD in the first place. However, before addressing this issue, I need to make a few observations.

Please visit my VLOG on ADHD to learn my approach to diagnosing and treating ADHD.  Click here.

The first comment is that people need to be aware that the causation of illness is rarely taught to doctors during their training. An exception to this, however, would be the field of infectious disease where the offending organism is treated. Otherwise, doctors are trained that if a person has a problem the symptoms should be treated with a drug. People are put on drugs to lower blood pressure, treat diabetes, lower cholesterol, relieve pain, or anxiety, or depression, or insomnia, etc.,without looking for a cause.

The only way to cure an illness is to treat the cause of the illness – ADHD is no exception.

The other observation that needs to be made is to comment on what is meant by the term ADHD. If one were to ask most people in the medical field or those people involved with the school system what their definition of ADHD or ADD is, the universal response would be that it is a “learning disorder” and is manifested by having difficulty focusing.

I disagree with this definition. Instead, I refer to it as an “interest disorder” – if they are interested in a subject, they have no trouble focusing. In my book called “Adrenaline Dominance”, I talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly conditions related to excess adrenaline. The only condition that I put into the ‘good’ category is ADHD. The reason it is placed in that category is that for the most part, the most intelligent, creative, successful people in the world have ADHD.

Interestingly, as far as I am aware, the Adrenaline Dominance only book ever written that discusses ADHD from the standpoint of excess adrenaline. Adrenaline, a neurotransmitter, gives people intelligence and enhances creativity in right-brained people. The people designated as ADHD also have an excess of adrenaline as a hormone, making them over-active. People defined as ADD are what I designate as creative type ADHD’s – their hyperactivity is in the brain. I would strongly recommend that those people interested in ADHD should read my book for a complete discussion of ADHD as well as many other conditions caused by adrenaline and often felt to be incurable.

So to answer the question as to why stimulant drugs cause ADHD, it is because they all raise adrenaline levels. When used in people who have ADHD, the excess adrenaline they provide actually numbs the brain in these people who already have over-adrenalized brains. This numbing feeling is generally why children hate to be on these drugs.

Like any other condition, the most logical approach to treatment is to eliminate the cause of the condition. In the case of ADHD, the lowering of adrenaline can actually cure this condition. To lower adrenaline, one needs to treat the reason why the body is releasing excess adrenaline. The treatment involves providing the fuel that the brain uses to function, along with the use of a 5% progesterone cream that is used to block adrenaline and insulin. A complete discussion of the treatment is found in my book “Adrenaline Dominance.” A significant drop in adrenaline can be expected in 24 hours.For those seeking a specially formulated 5% progesterone cream and my Adrenaline Dominance book and meal plan, visit

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Dr. Michael E. Platt has been a pioneer in the research and advancement of the therapeutic use of progesterone cream for use in managing adrenaline and hormonal imbalance. Dr. Platt is considered an important pioneer in observational, functional, alternative, and allopathic medicine focused on bio-identical hormones and adrenaline overload.  His three books “The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones”, “Adrenaline Dominance” and “Platt Protocol” have received 11 literary awards. 

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  • To further add based on questions for my approach to children with ADHD: Progesterone cream in a 5% strength is extremely safe for children. It is not a sex hormone and does not affect maturation in children. When the fetus is in the womb, it gets exposed to incredibly high levels of progesterone which is responsible for brain growth. A 5% strength means that each pump is 50 mg, the exact strength to block adrenaline. When using the cream in a six year old, whether it be for bedwetting or ADHD, it is best to use it frequently at first. Soon after incorporating the Adrenaline Dominance meal plan (available on our website) to lower adrenaline, you can reduce the dosage to twice a day. Once the meal plan is incorporated and the progesterone cream is utilized, the bedwetting or ADHD should be resolved fairly quickly.

    Children who are bedwetters are almost always very creative. They will have excess adrenaline their whole life.

    Children with ADHD can also look forward to having a lifetime of excess adrenaline. However, it is manageable with the meal plan and 5% progesterone cream. The recommended dosage is between 2 to 4 times a day.

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  • I’m curious if you also recommend progesterone for adolescent boys with adhd, or if it would mess with their maturation hormones?

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