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ADHD Causes: Toxins

What makes attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, such a difficult disorder to treat is that there are myriad factors that can cause this developmental delay.

A growing number of studies suggest that chemicals found in the environment may trigger ADHD in children.  Around 17% of American schoolchildren now suffer from ADHD and other developmental, learning, or behavioral disabilities. Among the many causes of this situation, exposure to toxic agents like mercury, lead, and PCBs during pregnancy or childhood is one of the most common and worrisome.  These toxins have adverse effects on a child’s cognitive abilities and developing nervous system.  While there is still much research to be done in this field, scientists do know one thing for sure: children and babies should not be exposed to the following chemicals or toxins.


Lead is the most studied environmental contaminant that triggers ADHD and other learning disabilities. Exposure to lead has been linked to a low IQ, the inability to pay attention, and disruptive classroom behavior. Moreover, lead exposure has been shown to be correlated with a tendency toward violence, failure to graduate from high school, substance abuse, and other emotional and behavioral problems.  Although these studies have shown a significant relationship between lead levels and the symptoms of ADHD, the extent to which lead contributes to the diagnoses of ADHD in children is not yet clear.


Pesticides are designed to infiltrate an insect’s nervous system, but did you know that the human brain has several of the same neurotransmitters?  This means that if a child ingests food contaminated with pesticides, the production of neurotransmitters in his or her brain will be affected, causing developmental problems as well as chronic inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Although pesticide manufacturers are required to prove that their chemicals do not cause birth defects or cancer, there is no mandate to test for their effects on a child’s nervous system.  In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has tested only nine pesticides for their neurological effect on children. This is a very small sample considering that there are 350 commercial pesticides used on food crops today!


Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are chemicals in coolants and lubricants that were discontinued in the United States because of their toxic components. Despite the ban, PCBs still linger in the environment and continue to work on human tissue.  Exposure to PCBs may occur in the womb while PCBs move through the placenta, through breast milk, and by eating fatty food and fish containing high concentrations of PCBs.  PCBs have been shown to disrupt cognitive development, lower IQ scores, and lower intellectual functions.  Although researchers have yet to determine if prenatal exposure to PCB is a trigger for ADHD, a study done with rats has shown hyperactive behavior when exposed to PCB through mother’s milk.

Other toxins that are known to trigger ADHD include cigarette smoke, alcohol, aluminum, and mercury. The last two are so major that I have dedicated an entire article to them.

With so many pollutants in our environment today, it is not surprising that toxic elements play an important role in triggering the disorder.  The first steps of the UnRitalin Solution involve testing for any toxic elements in the child’s body.  If any toxins are detected, part of the treatment plan will include a detoxification program to eliminate these toxins from the body naturally.  You will also need to examine your environment and try to find the source of these toxins.  The UnRitalin Solution will help you perform your detective work in a systematized, step-by-step fashion.