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What ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS are associated with ADHD?

Nov 1, 2022 | Blog

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What ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS are associated with ADHD

When TOXINS disrupt brain development, disabilities like ADHD can occur. Infants and children are especially vulnerable to ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS such as CHEMICAL TOXICITY because their bodies and brains are still developing. During fetal development, exposure to even small amounts of TOXINS at critical times can have a lifelong impact on the child’s brain and physical health. What ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS are associated with ADHD?

Scientific research suggests that exposure to ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS may contribute substantially to ADHD, autism and learning disabilities. These include everyday TOXINS found in foods, cleaning and lawn products, carpeting and flooring, and personal-care products like skin care and toothpaste.

The good news is that the problem of ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS affecting ADHD can be solved if you know what symptoms to look for, what specialized laboratory tests are useful and the special detoxification protocols proven to REMOVE TOXINS from the body.


So, let’s examine this form of TOXICITY and how a safe, natural and science-based approach to detecting and correcting CELLULAR TOXICITY can restore BRAIN (and BODY) function from a SIGNIFICANT (yet often ignored) problem that many doctors miss.



 In light of the significant increases in the incidence of autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other learning and developmental disabilities, the scientific community has investigated what role ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS inside and outside the home could be undermining healthy development of the brain and nervous system.

Could they be CAUSING ADHD in children and adults?

It has also asked how certain environmental pollutants WORSEN the health conditions of those WHO ALAREADY HAVE a learning, developmental or behavioral disorder.


ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICITY is now understood to be a CAUSE, or at least a contributing factor in ADHD.

According to the CDC, the number of reported cases of ADHD increased by 43 percent between 2003 and 2011. Approximately 15 percent of U.S. children have a developmental disability, and research shows that the numbers are growing. Reported cases of autism spectrum disorders have spiked MORE THAN 100%.

While increased awareness and improved diagnostic procedures play a role, studies imply that other culprits — ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS and other influences — are contributing to the rising incidence.

 A growing number of researchers and health professionals are concerned that some CHEMICALS, found in everyday products, may be disrupting healthy neurological development in unintended ways and potentially intensifying the health concerns of those who already have learning and developmental disabilities.

“The overwhelming evidence shows that certain ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURES can contribute to lifelong learning and developmental disorders.”

-Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director for the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).


How Toxins Alter Brain Development

The effects of chemicals on the nervous system have been recognized since ancient times. Most early reports were the results of high exposures in workers that led to debilitating conditions or even death.

As science progressed, peer-reviewed scientific research proved that exposure to even SMALL doses of NEUROTOXIC CHEMICALS which sabotage the development of our brains can trigger learning and developmental disabilities.

According to an article published in the Lancet in 2006,

“A few industrial chemicals (e.g., lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs], arsenic, and toluene) are recognized causes of neurodevelopmental disorders and subclinical brain dysfunction” and “another 200 chemicals are known to cause clinical neurotoxic effects in adults.”

Another review article, linking violent behaviors to TOXINS, stated:

“A number of environmental exposures are documented to result in a common pattern of neurobehavioral effects, including LOWERED IQ, shortened attention span, and increased frequency of antisocial behavior.”

The most critical part of development takes place in the FIRST TRIMESTER of pregnancy — when the brain cell connections are established. This explains why some individuals with ADHD have a family or genetic history of the disorder. Many of those without a family history, though, show the same brain dysfunction due to TOXINS THAT DISRUPT the neuro-endocrine system.

According to the Endocrine Society, “numerous neurotransmitter systems, such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, glutamate, and others, are sensitive to endocrine disruption. Exposure to even small doses of ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS can wreak subtle or SERIOUS HAVOC with the human endocrine system.

The endocrine system is so fine-tuned that it depends on changes in hormones in concentrations of a tenth of a trillion of a gram to control the womb environment. As a comparison, that’s as tiny as one second in 3,619 centuries!


Which TOXINS affect ADHD?

You CAN BE EXPOSED to brain-damaging chemicals without living next to a TOXIC DUMP. For example:

  • Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) used to prevent food and other substances from sticking to carpets, drapes, and cooking pans. TEFLON and Scotchgard are examples.
  • Phthalates make rubber-based materials soft and pliable. They are found in vinyl, plastic bottles, toys, shower curtains, and raincoats. They are also used to make personal-care products, air fresheners, and shampoos.
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), used as fire retardants, are found in clothing and furniture, as well as bedding.
  • Bisphenol A (BPA) used to line food cans and other containers. It is also used to make plastic containers, like baby bottles, and certain paper products.
  • Triclosan is an antibacterial agent found in soaps, toothpastes, and many other personal-care products.



Most people are petrified of HEAVY METAL POISONING and try to avoid them completely. This fear stems from the assumption that ALL heavy metals are dangerous to the body.

However, ALL HEAVY METALS are NOT dangerous.

The human body MUST HAVE certain heavy metals in different amounts and forms to function. Anything grown from the earth is going to contain some level of heavy metals. Therefore, all herbs, fruits, and vegetables by their very nature contain some form of heavy metals.

Some metals — such as iron and zinc —are needed in small concentrations for overall health.

So, ALL metals are NOT created equal.

Only the RIGHT FORM of heavy metals helps supports the body.

When people consume a PLANT-BASED, ORGANICALLY GROWN heavy metal, IT IS NOT TOXIC.

It is the OVEREXPOSURE to INORGANIC, TOXIC HEAVY METALS that causes stress in the human body and leads to serious health consequences.

The REAL problem is…




Public (HEAVY METAL) Enemy #1: LEAD

LEAD is among the most studied neurotoxicants relevant to mental disorders.

Understanding the Link Between Lead Toxicity and ADHD


Most exposure in children in the US occurs through lead paint in older houses, schools, and other buildings; or in surrounding soil and dust, which has accumulated lead from pollution.

Other sources of exposure include water (leaching from lead pipes) and lead in toys, jewelry, candles, canned foods, candy wrappers, cosmetics, and poor quality dietary supplements.

For those who live near airports, AIR POLLUTION is a source-airplane gasoline is still leaded.

Lead’s effects on childhood IQ, ADHD as well as physical health have been of concern for decades. We now know a great deal about how lead affects the brain and IQ.

Some of the COMMON SOURCES of LEAD poisoning (and other types of heavy metal toxicity) include:

  • Environmental pollutants, such as air pollution, traffic fumes, contaminants in food, cigarette smoke or radiation.
  • SILVER dental fillings (amalgams) slowly release MERCURY into the body.
  • Eating a poor-quality diet (for example, eating farm-raised fish that carry high levels of mercury). According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the most common way we’re exposed to mercury in the U.S. is by eating fish that contains heavy metals, such as swordfish, shark, mackerel and tuna. A diet that includes refined, processed foods and not organically grown can also be a source.
  • Drinking water that is contaminated with trace amounts of metals (such as LEAD and aluminum).
  • Birth (heavy metals can be passed down in utero from mother to her offspring).
  • Exposure or use of HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS that carry mercury, such as adhesives, air condition filters, cosmetics, fabric softeners, felt, floor waxes and polishes, and talcum powder.
  • Tattoos.
  • Exposure to substances that carry LEAD, such as canned foods, some chocolates, toothpastes, old paints, insecticides, ceramic pottery, and construction pipes.
  • Use or exposure to other household items, such as antiperspirants, baking powder, baby formulas, plastic toys, antacids, aluminum foil, certain metal pots and pans, stainless steel cutlery, coins, and inexpensive makeup.


Help me!

 How Do You Test for TOXIC CHEMICALS

 Without testing it is difficult to know with certainty that your body has accumulated these poisons. It’s also difficult to diagnose since conventional medicine does not prioritize the FACT that they are a problem.

Fortunately, while most doctors IGNORE the role of these TOXIC METALS, Functional Medicine providers do consider ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS that affect health and have ADVANCED TESTING that can uncover these HIDDEN factors of poor health.

If you would like to KNOW if you have ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS or HEAVY METAL TOXICITY, an advanced yet simple test is a Urine Test. Excreting an elevated level of these TOXINS is a sure sign of toxicity.

The best, most advanced lab that offers HEAVY METAL testing is Vibrant America.


Help me!

 How Do You Get Rid of ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS from Your Body?

 TOXIC exposure is inevitable.

We live in a SEA OF TOXINS and total avoidance is impossible.

So, if you can’t completely avoid them, what can you do?

The answer is…

You can make food, advanced supplementation and lifestyle choices in daily life that both MINIMIZE your exposure to them AND help your body remove them safely.



Ultimate KEY to REMOVING TOXINS #1 –


Normally, your immune system defends against the daily assault of all ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS including HEAVY METAL TOXICITY, but ONLY WHEN it is working correctly and NOT being OVERWHELMED by the extremely high TOXIC BURDEN all around us.

Failure of your body’s natural ability to detoxify itself from toxins results in health issues.

Supporting the body’s ability to bind to and eliminate toxins is a key part of healing from any and ALL toxic exposure.

So, you MUST support your body’s natural detoxification and drainage systems.

New, emerging technology, designed to help remove ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICITY/ POISONING and SUPPORTING DRAINAGE systems (your body’s NATURAL ability to eliminate poisons from itself) are necessary to successfully recover from this kind of toxicity.

Let’s examine this more closely…


How do I get rid of these toxins in my body?

Special agents that BIND toxins in the gut and in other tissues so they can be more easily excreted are required for this.

An excellent, natural REMEDY for BINDING environmental toxins is called Carbon Technology

Made of specially-selected and precisely-formulated extracts of fulvic and humic acids, Carbon Technology uses these natural substances to tightly BIND toxins to help remove them from your body via stools.

The fulvic and humic acids in Carbon Technology have advantages to binders like activated charcoal and bentonite clay, two common binders, discussed below.

One big advantage is that Carbon Technology can travel beyond the gut.

Also, fulvic and humic acid extracts are a good source of nutrition, including amino acids, phytochemicals and minerals.  This is good since cells damaged by pesticides and environmental chemicals NEED TO SELF-REPAIR.


There Is Hope

In conclusion, ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICITY is difficult to avoid completely and impacts many disorders, including heart disease, obesity, autoimmune disorders and even brain or neurological problems such as ADHD.

So, if you’ve ever asked “What is my doctor missing?” and suspect that ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS such as TOXICITY may be a part of neurological problems such as ADHA, do NOT give up.


It’s important to work with an experienced practitioner who can recommend the right supplements designed to remove these toxins directly.

The good news is that there are doctors with specialized knowledge in FUNCTIONAL/FOUNDATIONAL MEDICINE who are ready with a science-backed action plan to DETECT AND CORRECT TOXICITY.

Moving from TOXICITY to PURITY, and allow you to get back to looking, feeling and functioning at your best.