Part three of this look at natural remedies for ADD / ADHD is on Vaxa’sAttend. This is sold through a web site called No More ADD and is a classic long-copy advert. If the product is as good as the marketing then we won’t need Ritalin for much longer.
So what herbs are in Attend? Vaxa list the fifty or so ingredients and provides a hyperlink for an explanation of each one. Browsing through the list, I spot Hypothalamus. As this is part of the brain it strikes me as an unusual ingredient for a herbal remedy. The extra information on this ingredient says it is an animal product (but not which animal it comes from) and claims it is an appetite suppressant. Why you want an appetite suppressant, especially one from an unknown animal’s brain, in a herbal remedy for ADD / ADHD, I don’t know.
Of course, the actual ingredients do not matter much because this is a homeopathic remedy where each ingredient is diluted many hundred or thousands of times. In fact, according to science and common-sense, a homeopathic remedy is just water. Wikipedia sums it up best:
…homeopathy defies the laws of chemistry by claiming efficacy for high dilutions of substances, at times to a point where it is unlikely that even a molecule of the original ingredient is present.
There is no evidence that Vaxa’s Attend will work. There is no known scientific reason why it could work. Any improvements people get from this effect can be ascribed to the Placebo Effect, the regression fallacy and/or the Forer effect.
In these articles on natural remedies for ADD / ADHD, none of the three treatments have offered any evidence that they work. Listol does at least include ingredients that have a reasonable connection to ADD / ADHD. Neither Attend or Focus ADDult has any meaningful evidence to explain their ingredient list let alone their supposed benefits.