According to reports disorders of neuro-behavioral development affect 10-15% of ALL births, which is something to be rather concerned about. A study published in the Lancet Neurology has correlated these findings to a list of chemicals that are commonly found in our homes, as well as our food, water and air supply – adding to the marketing of drugs by their founding companies as well as increased levels of stressed parenting.
Lead has been linked to behavioral problems, attention issues, hearing complications, kidney damage, delayed physical growth, aggressive behavior, problems with sleeping, headaches and irritability, low appetitie and energy levels, and loss of acquired developmental skills.
Methylmercury often comes from the maternal intake of fish containing high levels of mercury according to the World Health Organisation and the EPA. Mercury poisoning can lead to developmental defects in children, such as cerebral palsy and skeletal issues.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) which has been associated with reduced cognitive function, and is often present in foods such as fish. It has been banned in the USA since 1978, at which point it was marketed with over 100 different trade names, some of them owned by Monsanto company.From improper disposal this chemical still remains in the hydrosphere.
Arsenic is next on the list, and when absorbed through drinking water has been linked to a reduction in cognitive function, and follow up studies have linked it further to neurological disease in adulthood.
Toluene is used as a solvent and exposure has been linked to brain development problems and attention deficit in children according to the EPA and OSHA. It is found in paints, paint thinners, adhesives, synthetic fragrances and nail polish, and has been found to directly affect the Central Nervous System.
Manganese is a trace element and while it is important for good health, too much can affect the central nervous system, and potentially damage sperm and cause behavioral problems for children in learning and memorizing information.
High levels of fluoride has been connected with a 7-point decrease in IQ levels in children.
Chlorpyrifos and DDT have both been linked to structural abnormalities of the brain and neurodevelopmental problems that persist up to the age of 7. Pesticides are banned in many parts of the world, but are still used in many lower-income countries. A link has also been found to Alzheimer’s disease.
Tetrachloroethylene are solvents that have been linked to hyperactivity and aggressive behavior, as well as increased risk of psychiatric diagnosis.
Finally polybrominateddiphenyl ethers (PBDE’s) are banned flame retardants but are strongly believed to be neurotoxins. Prenatal exposure has been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders in children.
For all the above reasons it is so important to make sure we all know exactly what is around us, in the food, water and air supply and to try and live as clean as possible. Detoxing and chelating toxins out of our body on a regular basis is very important to live a healthy lifestyle.