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Apr 18, 2024

ADHD symptoms don't emerge in a vacuum, and they often have underlying hidden stressors, sometimes multiple, that need to be addressed. Without tackling these root issues, families find themselves stuck on an endless rollercoaster of symptom management. 

One often overlooked stressor is Lyme disease. It’s known for its broad range of symptoms, including some of those that might mimic or exacerbate ADHD. 

In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, meet Heather Gray. Heather is a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Bioenergetic Practitioner specializing in supporting clients with chronic and complex illnesses such as Lyme disease and similar diseases. She has 32 years of personal experience, and she understands the struggles of living with these conditions and is dedicated to helping others find relief.

Her personalized approach as a practitioner, podcast host, and author has helped countless people reduce inflammation in the body and brain, improve gut health, and achieve optimal wellness.

She helps her clients get to the root cause of their symptoms and helps them take control of their health journey. 


Link mentioned in the episode: 

Dye-Free for ADHD course - 


Key Takeaways:

[4:49] Heather’s personal journey with chronic illness

[10:13] What is Lyme Disease & how do people get it?

[12:53] How long does it take after getting infected that someone begins showing symptoms?

[15:44] Symptoms of Lyme Disease parents should look out for in children

[19:12] What happened when Heather was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease

[22:44] What a holistic approach to Lyme Disease looks like

[26:54] Heather’s advice to parents if they think Lyme Disease might be an issue for their child

[28:57] Where to find Heather online


Memorable Moments:

”Lyme disease is the great mimicer.”

”One of the telltale signs is it’s got migrating pain.”

”It’s a tick, mosquito, any blood-borne carrying insect…it can be sexually transmitted and it can be congenitally transmitted.”

”Only 30% of people with Lyme Disease will get that bullseye [rash].”

”There’s lots and lots of components that go into who gets it and who doesn’t.”

”I can’t even count how many times I’ve been reprimanded…when really it was an inflamed brain and lyme disease, mold toxicity, and celiac disease this whole time.”

”What a blessing it was at 34 years old…to finally have a piece of paper that said…there wasn’t something wrong with me in the way that I was made to feel my whole entire life.”

”The CDC just recognized chronic Lyme Disease as a disease for the first time last year.”

”I’ve talked to so many people with autoimmune and Lyme and they just talk about having flares, like it’s a normal part of the disease, which you don’t have to have the flares if you address all the different areas that need to be addressed.”

”No matter how common a symptom may be, it is never normal. It is always the body’s check engine light coming on, and sadly too often we take something over the counter, which is like putting a piece of tape over that check engine light, and things just keep getting worse and worse…So pay attention to those symptoms.”


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International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – 

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ADHD Parenting Course –
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