Children have less knowledge in matters of health, and pound for pound they eat more food, breathe more air and drink more water than an adult. Their hand-to-mouth behaviors and activities close to the ground increase their chances for exposure to hazardous substances. Children’s metabolic pathways are more fragile and immature, so they detoxify and excrete pollutants less efficiently than adults. In addition, children develop rapidly and their growth can be disrupted by hazardous substances. Because of today’s marked increase to toxic exposure, the behavioral disorders and the incidence of infant and childhood cancers in particular are rising at an astronomical rate.
Studies have shown that leading causes of today’s childhood disorders is a combination of dietary issues and environmental toxins. Children are especially vulnerable to toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and manufactured artificial substances, as well as to the processed foods and drinks pushed by the unconscionable food and beverage conglomerates. A substantial number of childhood allergies are attributed to an underlying toxicity and blood tests reveal deficiencies in many important nutrients. It has also been found that some of the drugs children are being given for their conditions actually further deplete some of these necessary vitamins and nutrients.
Leading causes of child poisoning are personal care products, cleaning products, medications, synthetic vitamins, topical creams, tobacco products, antihistamines, pesticides, hydrocarbons, batteries, drugs, alcohol and toxic plants.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that every day 374 children up to the age of 19 are treated for poisoning in emergency rooms in the USA. At least two of them die every day.[i] Each year, more than 500,000 children under the age of 5 experience poisoning related to medications. More than 60,000 children are treated in emergency rooms due to accidental unsupervised ingestions each year.
Heavy metals like mercury, manganese, arsenic, aluminum and lead, even at low levels, are extremely harmful to children and can cause ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), autism, depression, spectrum disorder, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and other cognitive disorders.[ii] Heavy metal testing, including blood, hair and urine samples all have drawbacks and are often not conclusive. If metal poisoning is suspected in a child, a comprehensive detox program and elimination diet under the supervision of a highly trained professional is essential. Thankfully, researchers are beginning to uncover many of the causes of child maladies, such as the nutritional deficiencies, toxic chemicals, processed foods, GMOs, food additives, food coloring, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, phthalates, refined sugars and junk food.
It is normal for children to emit excess energy, get distracted, upset or argumentative, but when these behaviors are out of control and cause harm to the child or others, a diagnosis of a behavioral disorder is often made. Sadly, there is an epidemic of such disorders affecting children worldwide. Research indicates that one in six children in the USA alone is afflicted with developmental and behavioral disorders.[iii] In third world countries, no firm statistics are available, but the disorders are much worse as children are exposed to many more risks, including poverty, malnutrition, lack of education, lack of industrial controls, lack of health care, untreated infectious diseases and unfavorable home environments. One-third of children in low and middle-income countries fail to reach developmental milestones.[iv]
Unfortunately, many allopathic doctors and psychiatrists do not recognize these underlying causes and simply dispense pills and pharmaceutical cocktails to our children that artificially increase the level of chemicals in their young brains. These pills include Ritalin, allergy medication, Trileptal, Concerta, antidepressants like Prozac, painkillers, Adderall and a host of other pharmaceuticals. One in ten children are now on drugs, an increase of over 300% in the last few years. Of course, there may be an organic, underlying medical problem to some of the disorders and all possibilities must be explored, but there is also the potential that a child experiencing these issues is just toxic. These toxins, as we have noted, are everywhere, even in the mother’s womb.[v]
The brain is connected to everything in the body and brain disorders can be caused by what is in the body. Children exhibit a myriad of cognitive symptoms, generally coming from brain malfunctions or the weakest parts of their constitutions. Adverse symptoms can include sleeplessness, anxiety, autism, irrational behavior, hypersensitivity, pain, muscle spasms, cramps, fear, inflammation, a craving for sweets and the many psychological deficit disorders we have noted. For some of these children, the treatment can be relatively simple. We can discontinue their medication and address their nutrient deficiencies. We can also modify their lifestyle by adding natural nutrition and antioxidants, exercise, fresh air, proper rest, and most of all an effective detoxification program. In one study, conducted for at least three months, ADHD was reduced by 60% simply by switching to a healthy diet called a few-foods diet (FFD).[vi] There are a number of other studies that come to similar conclusions. [vii]
To reduce heavy metal toxicity and other toxins, it is imperative to clear and strengthen detoxification pathways, replenish natural vitamins and minerals and supplement the diet with probiotics, which several studies have shown to be effective.[viii] But before diving headlong into any treatment, and before stopping any medication for a child, it is imperative that a person consult a reputable and knowledgeable physician.
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