Hyperactivity is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in children. The statistics speak for themselves: in the US more than 6 million children 2-17 years old are officially diagnosed with ADHD (2015 CDC statistics). And numbers keep increasing.

Pharmaceutical companies and many doctors consider ADHD a treatable medical condition, which means that, sadly, most of these children will take drugs (i.e. Vyvanse, Ritalin etc) to manage their symptoms (not heal), a thorny topic that comes with its own very real problems.

But what if taking drugs masks the symptom, but doesn’t really go to the source of the problem?

What if we have been looking for answers to the wrong places all along?

What is really causing ADHD?

Hyperactivity is directly linked to common environmental toxins

It’s true.

And I am not re-inventing the wheel here. There is plenty of research, which draws a pretty clear picture on what is really happening.

We have plenty of data from human and animal studies, all of which point towards the same direction: any person overwhelmed with certain toxins and heavy metals is very likely to develop neurological conditions, including ADHD. And the younger the age exposure begins, the more permanent the effects, which means that children and babies are in higher risk.

Right now, there are 80,000+ chemicals used in different products, but only 200 of them having been assessed for safety by the EPA. You can probably imagine the toxic load we and our children are unknowingly exposed to on a daily basis… Many of these toxins will gradually and cumulatively change brain biology and behavior towards ADHD or other neurobehavioral conditions.

It is inevitable.

Frankly, thanks to the overwhelming presence of chemicals, it is a surprise that ADHD is only affecting 9.4% of children right now! Given the circumstances, it seems more appropriate to say the behavior problems and learning disabilities are effectively forced on children.

Is this a future stolen from our children’s generation?

You bet!

Mind Disrupted

There are quite a few nasties out there that are linked to hyperactivity, but let’s keep it simple and focus on two kinds that are reeaaally common.

PFCs or perfluorinated compounds. The name may sound exotic, but these toxins are the reason why Teflon and Scotchguard are grease and stain repellent. For most households, non-stick pots and pans are kitchen staples, which is why exposure to PFCs is widespread.  But in the scientific literature, the health effects of these toxins are very well documented.

Several studies (like this and this) have shown that children with high levels of PFCs are consistently found to have increased risk for ADHD. Newer studies shed more light into how PFCs actually work in the body and show that PFCs truly change brain biology by interfering with some of the most critical neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine.

Animal studies also show that prenatal exposure to PFCs results in decreased spontaneous behavior, increased hyperactivity and difficulty to familiarize with new environments.

Scary.

Another common family of chemical nasties are organochloride pesticides, which are the most commonly used in conventional agriculture. Children exposed to these chemicals show reduced mental functions, like memory attention and verbal skills, as well as slower physical and/or mental reactions to external stimuli. Animal studies go a bit further and warn that permanent behavior changes and altered hormone levels may also be possible.

I think that most parents – myself included – will agree that these poisons have no place in our homes, our life and certainly not in our children’s bodies and brains. Protecting our kids from getting exposed to developmental poisons is critical if we want to give them a better and safer future.

What can you do?

A safe and efficient way to help your child is to detoxify your house from toxins that are proven to cause hyperactivity.

That’s right.

In this way, you go to the source of the problem and reap multiple health benefits for the whole family as a bonus, because chemicals, of course, don’t affect just the brain.

You also give your child the opportunity to grow up without life-long medication (60-85% of children will continue to have ADHD as teens and at least half of them will become hyperactive adults) and since most of these toxins are linked to chronic health problems later in life, long-term health becomes a real and honest option for your child.

How to do it

It is easy to remove such toxins from your home when you know where to look and how to effectively deal with these beasts. And there are good and better ways to reduce the toxicity in your home.

In other words, it’s totally doable.

Continuing with the two families of developmental toxins we talked about, kissing goodbye Teflon and Scothguard-type-of products is your starting point for eliminating PFCs, putting you instantly miles ahead of the average family.

Organochloride pesticides are even easier. Unless you live in an agricultural area where chemicals are consistently used, you can eliminate them fast by simply buying organic.

And research shows that children respond wonderfully to such basic diet changes; a recent study showed that children following an organic diet just for a week, reduced by more than 90% the amounts of pesticides found in urine!

This is a massive success!

There is also an easier way!

Getting rid of PFCs and pesticides in your food is a fantastic start. But what if you want to do this thing right and detox the whole house? Meals cooked in non-stick pans and pots is just a single source of exposure after all.

There are several families of toxins that are linked to behavioral problems and it may feel a bit overwhelming and/or intimidating when you start thinking that you need to find out and deal with different toxins that hide in your home.

But it doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming!

If you are interested in eliminating toxic chemicals from your household in a systematic way, do check out my online program SAFE, which is designed to teach you how to create a non-toxic home for thriving children, minus the stress & frustration that most people feel when they realize what they are dealing with.

You can check SAFE out here

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