There’s an “epidemic” of ADHD going around that seems to be sorely misunderstood. The disorder is treated by potentially toxic drugs that leave children even more disadvantaged in their adult life than the disorder alone. Not only that but the blame for the disorder keeps being placed on genes when heavy metal toxicity might be the much likelier source.
The (Delayed) Consequences of ADHD
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, is typically diagnosed when children display some combination of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty listening or following instructions
- Excessive talking and frequent interruption of others
- Frequent fidgeting
- Restlessness or the inability to sit still
These are, however, “symptoms” that most children normally display at some point in their lives. As such, diagnosis of ADHD is largely subjective based on the observations of parents, teachers, and doctors.
Excessive displays of these symptoms in childhood can be disruptive to a child’s everyday life and may negatively impact academic performance. The disadvantages of ADHD can, however, extend beyond childhood.
A recent study focused on the effects of the disorder on adult life. It found that children with ADHD are at an increased risk for complications and other difficulties when they become adults. When compared to children without the disorder, children with ADHD:
- Are almost four times as likely not to complete high school
- Are more than six times as likely not to attend college
- Are more likely to be laid off or be unemployed
- Have an increased risk for depression, suicide, and substance abuse
- Are more likely to get into a serious car accident (1)
The disorder is also linked to long-term poverty, which affects those with ADHD as well as their children and families.
ADHD Drugs May Be Worse Than ADHD Itself
It’s no wonder that kids with ADHD are at a higher risk for substance abuse. ADHD is commonly treated with highly addictive drugs like Adderall and Ritalin. Aside from their possible addictiveness, ADHD drugs might have many other dangerous side effects. The milder ones might be:
- Changes in eyesight
- Changes in sex drive
- Mood swings
But the more serious ones might include:
- Bipolar illness
- Changes in personality
- Hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms
- Heart and blood vessel damage
- Heart attack and stroke
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Increased risk for cancer
- Liver damage
- Panic attacks
- Permanent brain damage
- Slowed growth in children
- Sudden death
With all their side effects, anyone with ADHD might be better off not taking any drugs for the disorder. In fact, ADHD drugs might not be necessary at all.
ADHD is linked to overexposure to metals like aluminum and mercury. If we can say that metals are the root cause of ADHD, why not tackle ADHD by improving the body’s natural ability to detoxify instead of toxifying it further with potentially toxic drugs?
Detoxifying Might Be Better Than Drugs
Toxins easily find their way into our bodies through our foods, our drinks, and even the air. A developing fetus may be even more susceptible to these toxins than we are. Many toxins, heavy metals included, could pass from the mother to her child through the placenta.
Any mother who wants to lower her child’s risk for ADHD should eliminate the toxins in her body before she even becomes pregnant. She should also actively lower her exposure to toxins while she is pregnant. And, frankly, pregnant or not, we might all benefit from taking care to avoid as many toxins as we can.
You could lower your family’s exposure to toxins by:
- Making raw, fresh, organic foods as part of your family’s diet and cutting out processed and genetically modified foods.
- Ensuring that your family eats only wild-caught small size fish, as many fish are contaminated with mercury. As an alternative, you could all take a high-quality fish oil supplement like OmegAvail™ Synergy or OmegAvail™ Liquid.
- Using ceramic and glass cookware instead of chemically-lined non-stick cookware.
- Storing food and drinks in glass containers rather than plastic ones.
- Filtering the water in your home if it turns out to be contaminated with lead, chlorine, or other heavy metals and chemicals.
- Using organic or natural toiletries, cleaning products, and fragrances in your home.
- Only using drugs, especially drugs as dangerous as ADHD drugs, when absolutely necessary.
This is especially important for expectant mothers both before and during pregnancy. Children with ADHD may benefit immensely from the above guidelines. Additionally, exercise may benefit children with ADHD as exercise triggers the brain to release serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that improve cognitive performance and mood.
You may also support the body’s natural detoxification process by supporting the liver with a healthy diet and high-quality supplements designed to optimize the liver, like:
Those hoping to detoxify for their personal health or for the health of a future child should consider detoxifying with the supervision of an experienced medical practitioner. You could turn to Dr. Kalitenko for your detox needs.
Dr. Kalitenko’s detoxification process pinpoints your body’s heavy metal burden to determine the best way to naturally support your body’s detoxification system. His way to check the burden of heavy metals is to check their levels in your urine before and after a provocation agent is administered. This provocation agent draws heavy metals out of the bones and tissues where they’re normally stored and into the bloodstream and then in urine where it’s easier to quantify them. Dr. Kalitenko uses this information to create a program designed to support your body’s ability to detoxify, naturally ridding your body of toxins.
ADHD could lower a person’s quality of life throughout childhood and adulthood. With heavy metals as the apparent perpetrators, there’s no reason to leave them inside your body where they can wreak havoc, right? So take charge! Control your surroundings, control what you eat, and support your body.