The Everyday Toxins in Your Home Linked to ADHD in Children

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Exposure to pesticides and flame retardants could be causing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in unborn children. I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle Weekly News.

According to USNews.com, children are often put at risk when exposed to chemicals. This exposure can cause a variety of physical and mental problems, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

According to the article, “Science has made us realize that the hormones in our bodies are especially vulnerable to the effects of chemicals commonly found in consumer products, food packaging and other materials we use day in and day out.” So how do we protect ourselves, our children, and even an unborn fetus? Here are 7 ways.

  1. Avoid canned foods. Chemical compounds are still found in aluminum cans so a better alternative is to eat frozen foods.
  2. Opt for an electronic receipt. Chemical compounds are also found in the coatings of thermal paper receipts.
  3. This one should be pretty obvious, but avoid pesticides. This includes the pesticides you use on your lawn and the pesticides that are used in non-organic produce.
  4. Avoid flame retardants chemicals. These were once used on couches so consider opening your windows every day to allow new air to circulate through your home.
  5. Say no to dust. Sweep, vacuum, and mop regularly to keep a clean home and whenever possible use a HEPA filter.
  6. Pay attention to cosmetics. The article suggests avoiding products with “fragrance” or phthalates listed as ingredients on the label.
  7. And finally, watch how you use plastics. Do not put plastics in a microwave or dishwasher and if your plastic is scraped - get rid of it. That means the protective layer has been worn down.

By following these steps you can keep yourself safer and for pregnant women, you can help keep your child from developing health conditions such as ADHD. And to continue your education on the topic, check out our original series Navigating the Ambiguity of ADHD with Dr. Domenick Sportelli. I’m Kyle Kittleson. And remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this.

Source: US News & World Report


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