Chelation Therapy

The effect of deficiency of selected bioelements on

Hyperactivity in children with certain specified mental disorders

Starobrat-Hermelin B – Ann Acad Med Stetin – 1998; 44: 297-314


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Original Title:

Wpyw niedoboru wybranych biopierwiastkow na nadpobudliwosc psychoruchowa u

Dzieci z okreslonymi zaburzeniami psychicznymi.

Full Source Title:

Annales Academiae Medicae Stetinensis

Publication Type:

Journal Article



Author Affiliation:

Oddziau Psychiatrii Dzieci, Dzieckiem i Modzieza w Szczecinie.


Starobrat-Hermelin B


The aim of my work was the answer to the following questions: how often does the

Deficiency of magnesium, copper, zinc, calcium, iron occur among hyperactive

Children in comparison with healthy children, deficiency of which of the

Considered bioelements is the most frequent, what is the effect of

Supplementation of deficit element on hyperactivity and does it depend on other

Certain disorders that coexist with hyperactivity? In a process of establishing

The subject diagnosis I have followed the DSM IV criteria recognizing ADHD among

Examined ones. I have determined the deficiency of magnesium, copper, zinc,

Calcium, iron in the group of 116 children with diagnosed ADHD. Consequently, as

A result, I have found out that shortage of above-mentioned bioelements occurs

More often among hyperactive children than among those being healthy, and

Deficiency of magnesium is the most frequent in this respect. Further, I have

Divided the group of 110 children with magnesium deficiency into two groups

According to the other mental disorders that coexist with ADHD: 1) the group

Where hyperactivity coexists with disorders typical for developmental age such

As enuresis, tics, separation anxiety, stuttering, selective mutism (63

Children); 2) the group where hyperactivity coexists with disruptive behaviour