Recently a landmark study was released that links pesticides to ADHD in children. In the study, performed by the Journal of Pediatrics, more than 1,000 kids were tested and of those 119 had ADHD. The children that had ADHD were found to have high levels of pesticides in their systems, particularly organophosphates, which were first developed for chemical warfare.
So what does this mean? Obviously, we need to be more mindful of pesticides and how these common chemicals affect our health. But, more so than that, we need to look at our exposure to ALL toxins and how this exposure might be affecting us and our children. In the case of ADHD, there are many potential factors that may be causing the symptoms related to this condition.
Specifically, many of us eat highly dangerous toxins every single day and don’t even know it. These toxins are additives and preservatives called excitotoxins, which can cause a host of problems including headaches, nerve problems, anxiety, hyperactivity, depression, mental illness, seizures and brain damage. Check out this amazing book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, to find out the truth about the dangers of common preservatives and food additives. What you’ll find is that there is concrete scientific evidence against common substances like MSG found in a variety of foods (not just Chinese Food!!). These harmful substances are put into food to make it taste better and represent a billion dollar business. The problem is that they are also making us sick.
The good news is that we can do something about this by choosing foods that are free of these common chemicals. Check the labels of foods and stay away from packaged foods that contain an abundance of chemicals. Also, be careful because seemingly harmless ingredients such as “enzymes,” “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” “natural flavors” and “spices” are really MSG in disguise! Two of the biggest culprits that you would never suspect are diet foods and Campbell Soups which are loaded with excitotoxins. Also, just because foods are labeled as “natural” or “organic” does not mean that they are safe! Get informed and take control of your health and the health of your family! Try making wholesome meals at home completely from scratch for a month and see how you feel. Our guess is much, much better.
For more information, please read the informative article by our friend Jaime Ann about Treating Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) Naturally.