Can ADHD Be Caused by This Common Pesticide?

February 4, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When it comes to what causes complex neurological conditions like ADHD and autism, scientists have no conclusive answer. We do know that they are caused in part by genetics, and in other parts, the environment. It’s the latter that I examine extensively ever time I see a new child for ADHD. More often than not, modifiable factors in a child’s lifestyle or environment are the trigger behind their symptoms.

A new study by researchers at Rutgers University discovered that exposure to common household pesticide called pyrethroids may be the culprit behind many cases of ADHD. Pyrethroids are used in a variety of places, from country farms to suburban lawns. They’re also used to control bed bugs. But whether you’re in a big city or small town, there’s a good chance your child has been exposed to this pesticide through contaminated produce.


4 Myths Everyone Still Believes About ADHD

January 13, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Despite increased awareness about ADHD, there’s still a lot of misinformation about what causes the condition and who’s at risk. Afflicted children are often blamed for their inability to sit still or pay attention, as though they behave this way on purpose. Here are some things that we should all know about ADHD so we can have a better understanding of why our children act the way they do.


Brain Scans Reveal Why ADHD Kids Can’t Focus

September 25, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

There are many reasons that explain why some ADHD kids have a hard time focusing while others don’t. Ongoing research continues to give us better insights as to why some symptoms are more dominant than others, and how best to treat these. New findings from a team of researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry reveals that there are key brain differences behind the inability to focus and pay attention.


Why Iron Deficiency Can Cause ADHD

June 27, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

In the United States, the number of children diagnosed with ADHD increased by 4% between 2011 and 2012. This increase has many parents concerned that their children may be incorrectly diagnosed with the condition, especially when they receive psychostimulant medications to treat it.

Thankfully, emerging technologies in brain imaging are being developed to see if there are other factors at play in triggering the disorder. That way, children and adolescents don’t have to take medications for ADHD if something else is causing it. One such research being done at the Medical University of South Carolina is looking to see if levels of iron in the brain could be a sign of ADHD.


5 Genes that Contribute to the ADHD Chemical Cocktail

May 22, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

At the UnRitalin Solution, we teach that ADHD is caused by the complex interaction between a genetic predisposition and environmental factors. Although our destinies are not determined by our genetic limitations, it helps to take a look at the genes that lead to ADHD symptoms. The presence of some of these genes can explain why a child might be well-behaved and inattentive, while another child can’t seem to sit still and has difficulty making friends. Knowing these genes can also help you understand how these influence treatment options.


4 Toxic Everyday Items That May Cause ADHD

March 27, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Can exposure to certain chemicals really cause ADHD in children? Research suggests that everyday toxins found in flooring, cleaning products, and foods can contribute to the onset of disorders like autism, learning disabilities, and ADHD in children. This happens because the developing minds of babies and young children are vulnerable to even the smallest exposure to these chemicals, which can create a lifelong impact on their psychological health.

You don’t need to be living near a toxic wasteland for your child to be exposed to these dangerous chemicals. Here are examples of 4 everyday items that could be toxic to your child.


MRI Scans Reveal that ADHD is Linked to Low Iron

December 2, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Most people aren’t aware that in a lot of cases, ADHD is triggered by a deficiency in vitamins and minerals needed by the brain. Iron, for instance, is a mineral needed to produce neurotransmitters and regulate dopamine, the brain chemical that controls movement and attention. It makes sense that a deficiency iron might contribute to the onset of ADHD symptoms.

New research shows that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans can be used to measure iron levels in the brains of children with ADHD. This is excellent news, because findings can help doctors and physicians make better decisions about the right treatment.



Can a High-Fat Diet Cause ADHD?

November 3, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

A new study just confirmed some of my findings about the high-fat Western diet and its relationship with childhood ADHD. The brain requires  a healthy amount of essential fatty acids from fish in order to produce neurotransmitters needed for attention and concentration. But when you have a diet rich in unhealthy saturated fats, the production of these neurotransmitters decreases, causing poor impulse control, short attention spans, and memory issues.


Childhood ADHD Associated with Air Pollution Exposure

May 24, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When I evaluate children for ADHD, I ask a lot of questions about their environment – specifically, where they spent their first few years of life. The developing brains of infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of mind-altering chemicals like pesticides and lead. Asking about where they grew up helps me identify the possible trigger for the disorder, which helps me determine what treatments work best.

Recently, a lot of attention has been focused on air pollution and its relationship to childhood ADHD. There is new evidence that shows infants who have had heavy exposure to air pollution from traffic are more likely to develop ADHD.



Sunlight Exposure Reduces the Risk of ADHD

April 5, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Ever wonder why ADHD is more prevalent in North America and Europe, and not quite so in more sunny locations? According to a pioneering study in the journal Biological Psychiatry, the ADHD diagnosis occurs less in places with intense sunshine.