Show #335 – Alexx Stuart Talks ADHD: Her diagnosis, processing of it, thoughts on how society can do better and more

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New music for the show, by LIOR.

We have a new tune for our show to welcome the new year! An old friend of mine from uni happens to be one of Australia’s finest artists, Lior, and as I love supporting local artists and it’s been brilliant having Melanie Horsnell’s music on the show the past couple of years, for 2023/24 it will be Lior. You will hear excerpts from his track “Caught Up”  – go check it out on iTunes or Spotify if you want to hear the whole song or album, Scattered Reflections. Co-written with Cameron Deyell, it’s a great song and I love the reflective energy of it – perfect for the show, right? Enjoy. Lior is always touring, so do check out his website. It is wonderful to hear him sing live, trust me.

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And on this week’s show!

This week’s show is just me – Alexx Stuart, founder of Low Tox Life and host of the Low Tox Life podcast that you’re listening to right now and I’m talking about ADHD and me – and you! I founded Low Tox Life back in 2009 because I wanted – for myself, family and friends a lifestyle where doing a little better than yesterday across food, body, home and mind – and of course care for our planet home and over the years it’s meant I’ve produced this show, written two books, spoke at countless events, written 10 e-courses to support people in their low tox goals and over 200 gluten-free recipes and 100 blogs on reducing toxin impact in our every day. Sheesh. “How can you have ADHD having achieved all that?” is something I often get asked and today might give you a window into it. Giving someone the gift of sticking to their passions, zone of genius and strengths allows for results to happen – it doesn’t happen often in the average workplace but when you work for yourself or a great boss you can! Today’s show isn’t all about the good bits though as there are many challenges, too. When I shared I’d had an ADHD diagnosis (combined-type) in January, naturally people in our low tox community had questions, and so in this show this week I share: 

  • Why I sought diagnosis / why I suspected it
  • How I felt about that and began to process it
  • The excellent aspects of what it revealed
  • The unfortunate and sad aspects of what it revealed as it played out in my life growing up and at work and in life
  • How much sweeter life is when you feel supported for who you are
  • How the world would benefit from recognising differences in people’s brains and the ways they produce great work, contribute and express themselves. 
  • The aspects or traits that are ‘modifiable’ vs fixed and how genetics plays a role as well as trauma, environmental toxins, and head injury to name a few ‘cherries on top’
  • What I’m doing to work with the challenges of ADHD
  • The answers to a bunch of community questions about ADHD
  • And believe it or not – even more! 
  • It’s 90 mins and I Did. Not. stop. Talking. I bring you: ADHD. Hehe IYKYK. 

Here are some of the health professionals and resources I mentioned in the show: 

Some work and definitions that may help by various Drs who focus on the condition: 

Dr. Russell Barkley: https://www.russellbarkley.org/factsheets/WhatCausesADHD2017.pdf

Dr. James Greenblatt https://www.psychiatryredefined.org/finally-focused-mineral-imbalances-adhd-part-ii/

Dr. Daniel Amen https://www.amenclinics.com/conditions/adhd-add/

The magnesium complex I take that I mentioned https://au.iherb.com/pr/dr-sinatra-magnesium-broad-spectrum-complex-120-capsules/101150

And the rest is best to chat to a practitioner about therapeutic doses and what you specifically might benefit from. 

Difference between actions of medications https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w44BXLATt5w

Follow me at @lowtoxlife on Instagram and share any more questions about the topic or an AHA

Here’s to celebrating who we are, being celebrated for it, as well as supported for what we find challenging. Now wouldn’t that be a lovely world indeed? 


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Enjoy the show,

Comments 1

  1. Hi Alex. I loved this podcast. Thanks for sharing your journey. I love your distillation of the complex into simple. What a gift! I’ve worked in Corporate leadership and development for much of my career and influencing leaders to allow people to play to their strengths rather than ‘being all things to all people, all the time’ is an ongoing battle. Thanks for your refreshing perspective.

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