By Frank J. Granett R.Ph., Special for USDR
The onset of ADHD symptoms in adults as well as children may be caused by nutritional, physiological and environmental risk factors. Recently, The Price of ADHD Business health segment on Price of Business radio discussed how the assessment of environmental toxins is critical during the evaluation process of ADHD. The toxic environment assessment is especially important in the young child population prior to prematurely prescribing powerful ADHD stimulant drug therapy.
Decades ago, pregnant women were cautioned not to drink alcohol or smoke. In doing so, the possibility of giving birth to a healthy baby was very good. In today’s America, this warning needs to be expanded. Autism and ADHD have eclipsed epidemic rates. Additionally, neuro-behavioral conditions including depression are commonplace, with drug therapy as the primary treatment intervention. Pregnant women should understand that many household toxins, in addition to alcohol and tobacco, are able to penetrate the placenta and adversely affect neuro-fetal protein synthesis which is critical to normal behavioral health after birth. The Environmental Working Group in conjunction with the American Red Cross conducted a study assessing toxin levels in the umbilical cord blood of new born babies. The results were alarming and signal a more comprehensive educational understanding of how common environmental toxins negatively affect brain development in the fetus.
Another environmental toxin consideration involves the consumption of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods. Genetically Engineered (GE) or Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods are toxic to the digestive system. GMO foods produce a toxic insect killer substance called Bacillus thuringienis (Bt) which contributes to the destruction of the human digestive intestinal lining. Over a period of time this may contribute to a leaky-gut condition. Leaky-gut conditions are a contributing health risk factor to the onset of ADHD as well as autism. Pregnant women should consume only non-GMO foods while pregnant to reduce the health risk of neuro-behavioral conditions in their children.
Could the increased environmental toxin exposure during neuro-fetal development explain the epidemic diagnosis rate of ADHD and autism?
Numerous independent research studies validate the importance of reducing toxin exposure in the environment as well as food to reduce this alarming trend in America. The question, as Americans, is…..Do we have the will to hold those individuals and corporations accountable for producing toxins that directly impact the health and welfare of our next generation?
The American Epidemic: Solutions for Over-medicating Our Youth has additional information how to avoid GMO foods and develop a healthy focused mind without drug therapy. Visit www.CAOOY.org and “Ask the Pharmacist” tab to learn how nutritional supplementation therapy and diet may help reverse neuro-behavioral conditions.