The Disturbing Origins Of ADHD And What You Can Do About Them
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a disorder of modern times, affecting more and more of America's children. While the origins of ADHD are surprising and disturbing, alleviating or even reversing symptoms is possible.
Twelve percent of U.S. children and teens had a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 2011, a number that has jumped by 43 percent since 2003, according to a large national study based on parental reports of an ADHD diagnosis according to a recent analysis.
ADHD Is A Heavy Metal Issue
Because of other pesticide use from generations before us you may or may not be surprised to learn that toxic heavy metals have been moving through the tissues of your prior relatives and you for generations.
According to research, "heavy metals are commonly found in both polluted and unpolluted environments, water, and soils, because most of them naturally occur all around the globe. Although heavy metals are commonly found in the Earth’s crust, they are found in elevated amounts in agricultural soil because of outrageous use of commercial fertilizers, and of contamination caused by manufacturing plants. Heavy metals, it seems are everywhere – including your child’s body."
Although not fully understood, the current science tells us that heavy metal toxicity is genetic, instead of inherited – use the term epigenetics and assert that heavy metals alters gene expression from generation to generation. Science also classifies children in polluted areas to have a higher heavy metal load, when in fact heavy metals affect everyone. Heavy metals aren’t only passed on from generation to generation, they’re in our food, thanks liberal use of commercial pesticides, as well as on our lawns and in the air and the only protection we have against them are eating the proper foods in our diet that help remove them.
Heavy Metals Can Also Play An Important Role In Neurological Disorders
A study published in the journal Epigenetics observed that an increase in these disorders, in particular hyperactivity disorders, such as ADHD are caused by environmental factors that alter the nervous system, because of intoxication of the fetus by heavy metals (lead and mercury). Other substances of wide use, such as pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and now the recycling of electronic waste expose at risk infants and children in developing countries, as well as processed foods, and even baby formula according to a study from the University of Alberta.
We Are Growing More Intolerant To Heavy Metals Especially Mercury
Because heavy metals are virtually everywhere, ADHD has become a rampant condition affecting our children and is indicative that current generations are more intolerant to heavy metals than ever before, particularly to the heavy metal mercury. What is more, we are not only dealing with inherited mercury, we are dealing with new mercury that enters our bodies through environmental exposure from mercury falling out from the sky, in our water, food, in pesticides and more. For example, you may have come into recent contact with mercury by simply by eating a can of tuna.
Heavy Metals Accumulate
Heavy metals gather in the body and become more toxic as they build on themselves over time. This is because the metals oxidize, then run or bleed causing symptoms in the body. This oxidation is due to eating a high fat diet, since fat oxidizes heavy metal. This occurrence can be seen by the worsening of symptoms throughout someone’s life, such as an increase in ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, and even memory loss.
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ADHD Can Be Reversed With Diet
Several studies have renewed interest in whether certain foods and additives might affect particular symptoms in children with ADHD according to a Harvard Report.
It is not only food dyes and additives at blame for exacerbating ADHD and it is not only processed foods – on the whole it’s an unnatural diet and exposure to new heavy metals that are at fault for this epidemic. The American Diet in general is way too low in the very plant-based foods, particularly fruit and vegetables that can help to remove heavy metals from the body slowing and efficiently over time. Unless there is consistency of the intake of these foods from infancy, including breastfeeding, as well as the elimination of unnatural processed foods as well as other exposures to heavy metals, we will keep seeing children with ADHD.
When it comes to children’s health, we must, first and foremost, fortify and build up their immune systems so they are not overreacting or under-reacting when they come into contact with viruses, bugs or the foods they eat . We must also be concerned with avoiding deficiencies. Work with your practitioner or competent Naturopath or Holistic Nutrition Practitioner to understand how food can help to remove heavy metals from the body safely and gently alleviate, and in some cases reverse ADHD symptoms.