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ADHD Natural Treatment: Detoxification

We live in a world that grows increasingly toxic every day. Since 1900, there have been more than 80,000 chemical products released on the market. Out of those, only 550 have been properly tested for safety.  In the United States alone, 4.7 billion pounds of chemical waste gets dumped in the environment every year; 6 million pounds of this is made up of mercury, one of the most toxic substances known to man.  And if you think chemical pollution happens in faraway places and cannot enter our bodies and brains, think again.  Not only are we exposed to toxic chemicals daily through paint fumes, household cleaners, and the food we eat; the chemical contamination of our bodies can happen as early as birth.  By examining the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies as they emerged from the womb, researchers from the Environmental Working Group discovered that babies in the womb were exposed to  287 different chemicals – including pesticides, mercury, aluminum, phthalates, and dioxins.

Since toxic chemicals and heavy metals are some of the main triggers for ADHD and other developmental disorders, detoxification should be an integral part of any holistic management plan for ADHD.  In our clinic, we use a 4-step process to detoxifying the body and mind.

Remove the source of exposure

A detoxification program will not fully benefit the child if he or she remains exposed to the source of contamination.  Before detoxification begins, we will need to identify any constant sources of exposure. For instance, if you live in an old apartment building, the walls may still be covered with lead-containing paint. Moving to a newer building may sound drastic, but getting away from the source of exposure is the only way your child will be able to heal completely.

Optimize the body's detoxification pathways

Fortunately, the human body possesses its own detoxification system.  The liver is the primary organ responsible for detoxification, but the gastrointestinal tract, lungs, and kidneys also play crucial roles in detoxifying.  This second step involves designing and implementing a diet that will purge the gastrointestinal tract of any toxins while providing the necessary nutrients and minerals needed by these organs to properly detoxify the body.

Detoxifying naturally

Besides a diet, there are other ways to stimulate the body's excretory pathways. One of the methods we use in our clinic is an ionized foot bath designed to remove toxins through water with negatively and positively charged ions.  Through osmosis, the charged particles attach themselves to the toxins in the body and exit through the porous membrane of the skin.  The process is completely painless, even relaxing, and takes less than half an hour. When needed, we combine this process with therapeutic sauna.

Chelation

Chelation therapy is one of the most effective approaches to detoxification. It involves the use of chelation agents (such as EDTA and DMSA) that bind toxins and help excrete them out of the body. Chelation has a high success rate. However, some studies suggest that, if done incorrectly, chelation therapy merely transfer toxins from one tissue to another. This is why it should only be done under the careful supervision of a trained and licensed health care professional.