These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. If you have a medical condition see a doctor and do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a medical professional.
Attention disorders are growing at shocking rates. The causes are becoming clearer, but the movement towards change is slow. Some research has been available at least for two years connecting phthalate exposure with attention disorders in children. Why the slow change? Information overload, and the right facts are not reaching those who need it. The most recent studies are now linking a rise in ADD and ADHD with exposure to man-made materials (1), namely from a class of chemicals called Phthalates.
Whether or not you have a child with an attention disorder (or are an adult with one), these substances are worth paying attention to. Like plastics, they are everywhere and more. Watch this video for a quick overview:
Phthalates are not just in plastic Previous studies focused on phthalates in vinyl and plastic toys but these recent studies are finding even more startling connections to synthetic fragrance, perfumes, lotions,shampoos and nail polishes to name a few. The most recent study found that pregnant women exposed to these chemicals had 2.5 times greater incidence of having a child with an attention disorder. Synthetic fragrance is everywhere and not enough people know the risks. I even wonder if many people do not believe the impact all these chemicals are having on this generation of children.
Pass this information on to your friends and family. Synthetic Fragrance might not bother you (yet) but it most likely affects someone you know and love.
Improve your chances of success Many families that look at summer as a time to try taking their children off Attention Disorder medication to see how the children do. If you are considering this, talk with your child’s doctor before taking any steps. Even if your child is on prescription medications, you can still remove toxins from your home and personal care routines. Since many man made chemicals can disrupt our systems, start with removing toxins you use everyday. You can get a copy of my free eBook The Seven Habits of Healthy People as well as a Bonus Healthy Home Checklist that will give you some tangible ways to reduce your toxin exposure.
Other things to consider:
Eat whole foods including lots of fruits and veggies
Avoid artificial colorings, flavorings and processed foods
Wash any new clothing before wearing
In addition, essential oils like Frankincense, Cedarwood and Sandalwood can be helpful with concentration and focus. Tree oils can help with grounding a child and keep them centered.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. For medical care, seek the advice of a doctor.