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Are Environmental Toxins Causing Your Child's ADD?
On any given day, you and your child probably come in contact with
products that contain phthalates. Toys, shower curtains, food
cleaning materials, product packaging ? they all contain
are suspected of causing numerous negative health effects.
A new study from Korean researchers has now discovered a link
exposure to phthalates and ADD in school-age children. Writing in
journal _Biological Psychiatry_, the team reported that children
concentrations of phthalate metabolites found in the urine
severe ADD symptoms.
The notion that environmental triggers may make ADD symptoms worse
completely in line with what I have witnessed in my own practice.
working with thousands of children and teens with ADD, I have found
many environmental toxins impact ADD symptoms.
Another new study in the online edition of _Pediatrics_ lends
support to this theory. Researchers from the Cincinnati Children?s
Medical Center found that exposure to two environmental toxins ?
smoke and lead ? significantly increases the risk for developing
study showed that:
Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were 2.4 times as
Children with the highest levels of lead in their blood had 2.3
Children with both prenatal exposure to smoke and high levels of
childhood were 8.1 times more likely to have ADD.
The research team estimated that eliminating prenatal exposure to
could reduce the incidence of ADD by as much as 38 percent in
eight to 15. In this same age group, the incidence of ADD could be
by about 25 percent if there was no exposure to lead during
In my book, _Healing ADD_, I detail many other environmental toxins
make ADD symptoms worse, and I offer a host of natural
interventions to help
reduce or even eliminate symptoms.
To Your Brain Health,
Daniel G. Amen, MD
CEO, Amen Clinics, Inc.
Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association