Q: My neighbor is taking a supplement called etherium gold. She says it improves mental clarity and may help with my daughter’s ADHD.
Etherium gold is a supplement that contains gold, iridium, rhodium, silver, platinum and chromium. Very little factual information is available on this product. Etherium gold is sold on several Internet sites, all of whom claim it can treat ADHD.
When considering any alternative medication, it is important to review the available information and weigh the potential benefits against the risks. Herbal or natural supplements do not undergo the same level of scrutiny as FDA-approved medications. For this reason, supplements can contain varying amounts of active ingredients versus fillers, and some of these fillers could be harmful.
Specifically looking at Etherium gold, there is a theoretical risk associated with ingestion of heavy metals. The only acute toxicity trials were performed on laboratory mice -- not humans. The FDA has issued a warning letter to at least one website for making false claims about the medicinal benefits of Etherium gold in the treatment of ADHD.
In summary, until more information is available, I would not recommend Etherium gold as safe or effective for children in the treatment of ADHD.