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Soaring Child: Thriving with ADHD

Our mission is to give hope and answers to parents of children with ADHD who are looking for alternative (natural) and effective means of helping them learn to thrive at home, at school, and in life.

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Dec 7, 2023

This episode is Part One of a three part series about genetics and ADHD. 

Understanding the genetic underpinnings of ADHD can provide answers to many common questions and empower parents with actionable insights and strategies. Remember, knowledge isn't just power; it's also empowerment. 

In this episode, discover how genes can predispose someone to ADHD, the role of hereditary, and what this means for families like yours. ADHD might be influenced by our genetics, but it doesn't define who our children are or who we are as parents. 

If you've ever wondered about the genetic puzzle and how it affects ADHD, tune in to this solo episode with Dana Kay, board certified holistic health and nutrition practitioner, who specializes in helping families of children with ADHD learn how to reduce ADHD symptoms naturally. 

Learn more about my favorite DNA test here -


Key Takeaways:

[4:00] Overview of How Genes Work

[5:25] Why Most Genetic Tests Fall Short

[7:43] One Misconception about Genetic Testing

[12:30] How Genes Affect Common Symptoms of ADHD

[16:00] How Genetic Testing Can Help Us Understand Key Functions of the Body (like sleep, mood and behavior, diet, etc.)


Memorable Moments:

”ADHD might be influenced by genetics, but it doesn't define who our children are.”

”Most genetic reports are more confusing than enlightening.”

”Your personal genetic data often gets shared and sold to pharmaceutical companies for drug development.”

”One of the biggest misconceptions about genetic reports is that they put too much emphasis on individual genes. It's like trying to understand a movie by watching just one scene. You miss the bigger picture, the overarching narrative.”

”A single gene or even a gene mutation isn't necessarily a problem in itself. It's how that gene interacts within a complex system of other genes that truly matters.”

”When we're talking about ADHD tendencies, we don't just look at one or two genes. We focus on a quartet of them—COMT, DRD2, MAO, and 5 HTTLPR—and how they interact with each other. It's this interaction that can provide us with actionable insights.”

”Even if you or your child do carry the genetic profile commonly associated with ADHD, it's often just one piece of the puzzle. There are likely other underlying factors—be it diet, environment, or stress—that contribute to the symptoms. And those are the areas we can target to help your child thrive naturally.”

”The beauty of genetic testing isn't confined to just understanding ADHD. It's like having a treasure map to your body's inner workings.”

”Your DNA is not your destiny. It's a blueprint, yes, but how that blueprint comes to life depends on how you live—your lifestyle choices, your diet, and your environment.”

”Your genetics load the gun, but your lifestyle pulls the trigger.”


Dana Kay Resources:








International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – 

Free Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally Masterclass - 

ADHD Parenting Course –
ADHD Thrive Method 4 Kids Program –