(NaturalHealth365) Toxic chemicals pose a serious threat to our children’s health. The National Academy of Sciences states that 25 percent of disorders in children, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are believed to be caused by interactions between environmental factors and genetics.
Dr. Philip Landrigan, Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) states, “A large number of the chemicals in widest use have not undergone even minimal assessment of potential toxicity and this is of great concern. Knowledge of environmental causes of neurodevelopmental disorders is critically important because they are potentially preventable.”
The CEHC developed a list of the top ten toxic chemicals found in everyday products that are thought to contribute to autism and learning disabilities so that parents can be proactive and protect their children. They are:
1. Lead – One study published by Environmental Health Perspectives showed that as many as 21 percent of all ADHD children actually have lead poisoning. Several small studies have linked autism symptoms with lead poisoning and state that recovery from lead induced autism is possible. Common sources of exposure include dinnerware, artificial food coloring and toys.
2. Methylmercury – Exposure can impact a child’s brain and nervous system. This impacts cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, fine motor and visual spatial skills. The most common source of exposure is fish with higher mercury content.
3. PCBs – Manufacturing was stopped in 1979, in the United States, because it became known that PCBs build up in the environment and cause harmful health effects. Sources of exposure include: fish and older fluorescent lights found in schools, offices, and homes that still contain transformers or ballasts that contain PCBs.
4. Organophosphate pesticides – These pesticides affect the nervous system by disrupting the enzyme that regulates the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. These pesticides can run off the soil and enter our water supply. They impact children in the following ways: concentration, disorientation, severe depressions, irritability, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, nightmares, sleepwalking and drowsiness or insomnia.
5. Organochlorine pesticides – DDT is included in this category and these pesticides are used to protect crops, livestock, buildings and households from the damaging effects of insects. Pesticide residue on food is a major source of exposure as is soil for they can remain there for decades and enter our water supply. Studies have found correlations between organochlorine exposure and various types of cancer, neurological damage, Parkinson’s, birth defects, respiratory illness and abnormal immune system function.
6. Endocrine disruptors (ED) – Chemicals that have the capacity to interfere with hormonal signaling systems. Scientists believe that endocrine disruptors alter feedback loops in the brain, pituitary, gonads, thyroid, and other components of the endocrine system that affect development. Bisphenol A falls under this category.
7. Automotive exhaust – Kids breathe 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults so they are especially vulnerable to exhaust. Asthma is the most common outcome and it impacts 6.2 million children in the U.S.
8. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – Come from burning fossil fuels and other combustion sources. Exposure in utero and in infants is associated with increased anxiety and attention problems at age 6.
9. Brominated flame retardants – Widely used in flame retardants since the 1970s, in everything from TV sets to upholstery backing. Scientists now suspect links to cancer as well as developmental problems in children’s brains and their immune systems.
10. Perfluorinated compounds – Chemicals that make products stain and stick resistant are believed to be a carcinogen as well as impact behavior in children.
If you suspect your child has been exposed, strongly consider a detoxification process such as CEASE that will help your child escort the toxins out of their body.
About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com
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