Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is on the rise in America. While there are plenty of pharmaceutical drugs that medicate children with ADHD, these “medicines” do not treat the underlining cause of the disorder. In recent years, a growing body of evidence has suggested that fluoridated water is responsible for the growth of childhood mental disorders, from ADHD to autism.
According to a study published in The Lancet, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have pinpointed six new chemicals that they believe influence mental disorders in children.
The results are based upon a study published in 2006, which identified fluoride as a “developmental neurotoxicant.” The new study added manganese, DDT (pesticides) tetrachloroethylene (a solvent), and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants) to the list of neurologically damaging chemicals. According to the team, these chemicals are dangerous not just to mothers and unborn children, but they also influence mental health disorders like ADHD and autism in children.(1)
The researchers set out to help people avoid environmental toxins and urge manufacturers to conduct regulatory checks for their products. “Organic foods are of course useful, and seafood should favor shrimp, salmon, and other species low in the food chain,” co-author and adjunct professor of environmental health at HSPH Philippe Grandjean, told Medical Daily. “But many substances appear where the consumer has no way of knowing or detecting them. So this requires a systematic approach and initiatives on a national and international level.”(1)
According to the researchers, toxic chemicals linked to mental disorders have doubled over the past seven years from six to 12. This is because many untested chemicals are being approved as fit for public consumption, despite an overwhelmingly massive amount of evidence that suggests otherwise.(1,2)
An overabundance of mangenese, for instance, has been linked to a diminished intellect and poor motor skills. According to a 2003 study, solvents were discovered to have a significant link to aggressive behavior and hyperactivity in children. In addition, specific types of pesticides were linked to cognitive shortcomings.(1)
The authors of the study do not go into detail about the chemical mechanics that underpin these cognitive disorders. Aggressive children are over-diagnosed with ADHD and often outgrow their “disorder” with age. In genuine cases of ADHD, however, there are external influences beyond a child’s social circle that contributes to the disorder.
“Social factors have been blamed for causing problems for kids, but research on lead exposure shows the opposite,” he explained. “Some of the behavioral abnormalities and school problems are more likely due to lead, including part of those that have been attributed to social factors.”(1)
Lead poisoning is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, since it puts the unborn child at risk as well. When a mother breathes in small amounts of lead, the chemical accumulates in the blood stream, makes its way to the placenta and is absorbed by the fetus.
Fluoride has a similar accumulative effect in the bloodstream as lead. Whenever a pregnant women consumes fluoride on a daily basis, it passes through the bloodstream and into the placenta, where it accumulates in the baby’s bones and brain tissue. This can stymie the development of several vital organs and lead to long-term health problems. The authors of the study dub these hazardous chemicals as America’s “silent pandemic.”(1,2)
“The problem is international in scope, and the solution must therefore also be international,” stated Grandjean in a press release, urging for improved regulatory standards for toxic chemicals. “We have the methods in place to test industrial chemicals for harmful effects on children’s brain development — now is the time to make that testing mandatory.”(2)