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"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison

 

The side effects of Ritalin are many, including loss of appetite, anxiety, insomnia, nervous tics, headaches, stomachaches and short-term growth retardation. - www.drweil.com

 

 "The main thing I have seen with children is a rapid calming effect." - Clinton Ober, Earthing, page 111. 

 

Most infant formulas contain little or none of the important fatty acids needed for development of the brain and immune system.

 

The brain is made mostly of fat. The ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 essential fatty acids in the brain is 1:1.

 

The neurotoxins in vaccines are fat soluble and pass through the blood-brain barrier to accumulate in the brain and spinal cord.

 

 Inflammation of the brain can cause behavioral problems.

 

Parasites can cause ADD/ADHD

 

The fluoride added to drinking water is a neurotoxin.

 

 Twenty three studies link water fluoridation to brain damage.

 

The artificial sweetener aspartame breaks down into three neurotoxins.

 

 Aspartame is commonly added to children's vitamins and thousands of other products.

 

Klinghardt Neurotoxin Elimination Protocol

 

ADD is sometimes attributed to an allergic reaction to milk.

 

Healthy children need sunlight.

 

55% of the delinquent behavior in minors can be attributed to oxygen starvation. - Philip Rice, M.D.

 

Food colorings cause ADHD in children.

 

ADD/ADHD is sometimes attributed to heavy metals from drinking water. Bizarre behavior may also be associated with heavy metals such as mercury from dental fillings.

 

Symptoms of lead poisoning include mental disturbances, learning disabilities, seizures, abdominal pain, and lethargy.

 

Vaccines contain mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde.

 

 Mercury is a metabolic poison, damaging brain, kidneys, and bone marrow.

 

 Aluminum is a neurotoxin.

 

 Formaldehyde, is a known carcinogen.

 

Study shows more ADHD and autism in vaccinated boys.

 

 Hyperactivity is a known adverse reaction to the pertussis (DPT) vaccine.

 

Other known reactions to the vaccine include: hemolytic anemia,
diabetes,
blood disorders,
paralysis,
infantile spasms,
seizures,
drowsiness,
epilepsy,
hyperactivity,
allergies,
learning disorders.

 

The only country left in western Europe with compulsory pertussis vaccination is Iceland.

 

"Find someone whose kids were never vaccinated. I don't know, just do it. Now ask them if their kids get colds, allergies, infections, asthma... Just ask them." - Dr. Tim O'Shea

Surprisingly, another source of heavy metals, pesticides, mold, etc. is your carpet. Leave your shoes at the door! Use a vacuum which monitors the amount of dirt being picked up and continue vacuuming until the red light turns green. A power head beats the carpet and removes dirt 3 - 6 times faster.

 

 Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter or a central vacuum which exhausts outside the home.

 

 Children spend  lot of time on the carpet. An old carpet may require up to 15 hours of vacuuming to get clean.

 

Hyperthermia is an effective means to remove heavy metals and toxic chemicals from the body. There are several articles in our Library.

 

As a vegetarian, you don't need to worry that food dyes contain some form of animal product. They are all synthetic chemicals. Their danger lies in their carcinogenic potential. They might also weaken our immune systems, speed up aging, and cause allergies and hyperactivity in children. There is no agreement from country to country which ones are safe. - www.drweil.com

 

Gluten sensitivity and ADHD

 

A 1993 Cornell University study used a regimen that eliminated dairy products, wheat, corn, yeast, soy, citrus, eggs, chocolate, peanuts and artificial colors and preservatives. After just two weeks, 19 of 26 children with ADHD showed decreased hyperactivity.

 

 In 1992 the Lancet published a study reporting favorable results using a low-allergen diet supplemented with calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamins. These studies suggest that dietary therapies may be a useful alternative to Ritalin, although they can be difficult to stick to. - www.drweil.com

 

Fortunately, there is a relatively simple alternative to Ritalin and it involves the rigid grain and sugar restriction that is discussed in the diet plan under Read This First at www.mercola.com


It is very unusual where this does not produce profound improvements in children afflicted with ADHD. - www.mercola.com

 

Cranial therapy, best applied by an osteopathic physician, aims to adjust the body to allow the nervous system to function smoothly. It may be especially helpful for hyperactive children who have experienced birth trauma or head trauma. - www.drweil.com

 

Lead permanently lowers the IQ of children. A hundred years ago, blood lead levels were less than 1% of what they are today.

 

 Even though lead has been removed from gasoline, paint and the solder used on water pipes, blood lead levels are still high. One of the largest remaining sources of lead is lead wheel weights used to balance auto wheels. The problem is that they tend to fall off onto the roadway, where they are ground into dust by passing vehicles. Each mile of roadway has received an estimated 177 pounds of lead from this source (50 pounds per kilometer). Once ground to dust, the lead can become airborne and is then deposited everywhere.

 

Exposure to lead causes violent crime. 1, 2

 

Children with ADHD are found to respond favorably to spending time in "green areas" such as parks, gardens, back yards, tree-lined streets, indoor gardens, and other nature areas. Find ways to incorporate these experiences into the child's daily routine.

 

ADHD is associated with infection. See this page for assistance with infections.

 

In children, chronic yeast infection can present itself as hyperactivity or learning disabilities. - Carolyn DeMarco, M.D.

 

Glyconutrients are found to be helpful for ADHD. Search the Internet for more information.

 

"As with any problem, a cure can only come from pinpointing and correcting the underlying problems. Children with behavioral problems are rarely tested for allergic reactions to food or food additives, blood sugar problems, digestive enzyme and/or fatty acid deficiencies, thyroid imbalances, and other conditions that cause the same symptoms attributed to ADD and ADHD. But there is clinical proof that addressing these problems can cure attention disorders." - Dr. David Williams

 

Caprylic acid which is produced during the digestion of coconut oil destroys Candida (the organism that causes chronic yeast infection).

 

Watching TV may damage the brains of infants and children resulting in ADHD.

 

We find that when we get rid of mold in a house, any kids with ADHD in the home get better.
 - Dr. G. W. Graham

 

50% to 75% of children with ADD continue to experience problems as adults. - Dr. J. Russell Ramsay, PhD

 

Medical marijuana in pediatric medicine.

 

Pediatric Iodine

 

The Terror of Pediatric Medicine
(free eBook)

 

Improve the brain - Dr. Daniel Amen

 

ADD - Dr. Daniel Amen

 

PPP - Positive Parenting Program

 

PAX Good Behavior Game

 

ABeCeDarian Reading Program

 

Time Out

 

Shop Earthing.com  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like all stimulants, Ritalin can be addictive. In high doses, it can cause unpleasant symptoms such as anxiety and paranoia, as well as insomnia, headaches, and nausea. One study found that it caused cancerous tumors in male rats. Even though animal studies don't necessarily predict what may occur in humans, the FDA has asked the manufacturer to warn doctors that the drug may have the potential to cause cancer.  - www.drweil.com

 

Add to this the fact that there is little scientific proof that Ritalin is effective and you realize why many parents are searching for alternatives. According to an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the "clinical trials of the drug have often been biased and poorly constructed".

 

 

Ritalin is a frequently prescribed drug for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). An estimated 1.3 million of the 38 million American children between the ages of 5 and 14 are using Ritalin making it what some doctors consider to be the most over-prescribed drug in America. The FDA has warned that Ritalin has the potential to cause cancer. What are the alternatives to Ritalin?

 

 

Prior to Conception

 

Brighton Baby A Revolutionary Organic Approach to Having an Extraordinary Child by Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH. The genetic blueprint is set at conception. The time to ensure superior health for your child begins at least two years prior to conception. Video Dr. Dittmann recommends for both parents Original Quinton Marine Plasma prior to conception to help ensure a healthy child.

 

The importance of reducing your toxic burden when planning to start a family. Industrial chemicals that are now found to be developmental neurotoxicants include lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, toluene, manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethelene, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

 

Studies show diet and lifestyle choices of both parents have multigenerational health effects.

 

"...the diet of human adults induces changes in all cells even sperm and egg cells and that these changes can be passed on to offspring."

 

The ideal ratio between omega 3 and omega 6 oils in the diet is about 1:1. 1, 2, 3, 4 In the Mediterranean diet the omega 3 comes from fish oil and the omega 6 from olive oil. Omega 3 can also come from flax oil. Deep fried food is a common source of badly damaged oils. Vitamin E helps protect fats in the body.

 

"We've learned in the animal industry that we could prevent as much as 98% of all birth defects, even ones that are thought to be genetic in humans, simply by giving the females all known essential nutrients for that species six months prior to conception." - Dr. Joel Wallach, D.V.M., N.D. "The earlier you can get on all 90 nutrients prior to conception, the better off everybody is."

 

"Our immune system requires all 90 nutrients (60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 essential amino acids and two essential fatty acids) to maintain and repair itself in order to protect us from infectious diseases (i.e. - colds, flu, Strep-throat, "flesh-eating" Streptococcus A, Epstein-Barr virus, HIV, Candida albicans, rheumatoid arthritis, Herpes virus, Hanta virus, Cancer, Etc.)...The healthiest and longest lived cultures on the planet consistently consume high levels of 60 to 72 minerals with each meal, generation after generation - their reward is a drug free, crime free, disease free, healthful people who live long productive and joyful lives that have fulfilled their genetic potential for longevity!!!" - Dr. Joel D. Wallach pages 165 - 167. Watch Dr. Joel Wallach videos on YouTube.

 

 

During Gestation

 

Lack of iodine in the mother's diet affects fetal brain development. "Insufficient maternal iodine during pregnancy can result in permanently lowered IQ as well as thyroid problems." - Dr. David Brownstein

 

Listen to this lecture by Dr. Brownstein.

 

The ideal ratio between omega 3 and omega 6 oils in the diet is about 1:1. 1, 2, 3, 4 In the Mediterranean diet the omega 3 comes from fish oil and the omega 6 from olive oil. Omega 3 can also come from flax oil. Deep fried food is a common source of badly damaged oils. Vitamin E helps protect fats in the body. 

 

Vitamin K is fat soluble and works together with the other fat soluble vitamins A and D. Lots of vitamin D will not make strong bones unless vitamin K is also present. Adequate vitamins A, D and K are essential for growing children, or they will have an inadequate skeletal structure causing teeth to be crowded, forcing the teeth to come out crooked. The pelvic structure will be too small, causing difficulties when female children grow up and attempt to give birth to children of their own. Growth of certain parts of the brain may be hindered by inadequate development of the skull. Plus, many other problems continue for life if these three vitamins are inadequate during gestation and childhood. Watch this 2 hour video to learn more.

 

Vitamin C babies "Klenner gave: 4,000 milligrams during the first trimester, 6,000 mg during the second, and 10,000 milligrams of vitamin C a day - or even 15,000 mg - throughout their third trimester. This was his routine prescription for healthy women. He would respond to any sickness with daily vitamin C injections totaling many times that."

 

"...cells in an early state of development are more prone to epigenetic changes from nutrition than adult cells, hence the most notable changes are seen in fetuses and infants."

 

Neurobehavioural aspects of developmental toxicity

 

10 Americans - 22 minute video shows babies born pre-polluted with nearly 300 industrial chemicals

 

 

 

Starting at Birth

 

How a new-born is fed and then weaned has a significant influence on malocclusion, crowding of teeth, and narrowing of jaws. These in turn impact breathing and sleeping. Impaired breathing and sleeping can contribute to ADD.

 

"We now know that snoring children and children that don't get a good-quality - good REM sleep - are far more susceptible to having behavioral and brain dysfunction like ADD," Dr. Boyd says. "Giving a stimulant to a child for ADD is not the right thing to do for a child who needs better sleep. Sometimes just changing the architecture of their jaws early in life (I'm not saying that's the only thing), getting them myofunctional training, and getting them to chew harder, fresher, more nutritious foods can preclude all kinds of problems that we're throwing drugs at right now."

 

Birth by caesarian section prevents exposure of the new-born to the healthy vaginal bacteria that would ordinarily seed the infant gut. Caesarian section vaginal swab at birth 1, 2, 3. Breast milk may also be a source of probiotic bacteria for the infant.

 

Massage umbilical cord to increase infant blood supply. Cord blood banking 1, 2.

 

 

Toxic Gut Flora

 

Antibiotics destroy the friendly bacteria in your gut, allowing pathogenic bacteria and fungi (yeasts) to bloom. These then feast on the deluge of starch and sugar in the modern junk food diet. Beneficial gut flora produce vitamins and other nutrients that promote health. Pathogenic bacteria and yeasts do just the opposite. They produce acids and wastes that damage your gut lining, allowing all manner of nasty material to enter your blood. Plus, the acids and wastes from the bacteria also enter your blood and create havoc inside you. For example, the hostile gut bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) excretes a substance called proprionic acid that directly interferes with the functioning of the brain. Many problems with the nervous system are found to have their origin in the digestive system. Repeated exposure to antibiotics creates an increasingly hostile situation within your gut and a consequent weakening of the immune system and damage throughout the body.

 

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet controls the population of unhealthy intestinal bacteria and yeasts by denying them the undigested carbohydrates that they eat. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is explained in the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall. Problems helped by this diet include ADD, hyperactivity, autism, seizures, schizophrenia, plus many unhealthy conditions of the digestive system including Crohn's disease, celiac disease, and various inflammatory, irritable and ulcerative conditions of the large and small intestines.

 

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride 1, 2, 3, 4 developed the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet as a refinement of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The GAPS diet works in stages to heal the gut lining and restore a healthy gut population.

 

The GAPS diet eliminates sugar, grains, legumes and starchy vegetables. The GAPS diet permits meat, fish and other seafood, non-starch vegetables, ripe fruit, nuts, and oily seeds (sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin). The GAPS diet encourages fermented foods.

 

Before the invention of refrigeration, fermentation was a common means to preserve food for consumption throughout the year. Live bacteria in yoghurt, kefir and sauerkraut help maintain a population of healthful bacteria within our digestive system. The first thing you eat at each meal should be a tablespoon of sauerkraut or some juice from sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is a natural probiotic that introduces beneficial healing flora into the digestive tract. Kefir is better for the gut than yoghurt.

 

Every bacteria has a virus that can destroy it. This virus is known as a "bacteriophage". The bacteriophage controls the population of its associated bacteria by implanting its DNA into the bacteria. The phage DNA replicates inside the bacteria, eventually causing the bacteria to explode, releasing new phage viruses to find more bacteria. If you wipe out a specific type of bacteria with an antibiotic, then the associated bacteriophage may also disappear. When the bacteria repopulates, possibly due to a few antibiotic resistant survivors, then there may be no phages to control them. The human microbiome has two levels: bacteria and bacteriophage, that ideally live together in balance. When a bacteria multiplies uncontrollably, phage therapy 1, 2, 3 (consumption of the appropriate bacteriophage) can be an alternative to antibiotics. A "fecal implant" may owe part of its effectiveness to the presence of bacteriophages in the implant.

 

Be sure to purchase your sauerkraut from the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Learn how to make fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yoghurt, kefir, and kvass. Fermented foods also contain bacteriophages 1, 2. Plus, see our Fresh Juices page for many ways to strengthen the immune system and prevent the need for antibiotics.

 

Genetically modified foods are creating a hidden epidemic destroying your gut flora.

 

 

Essential Fatty Acids

 

According to Dr. William Campbell Douglass (Second Opinion March 2001), the brain is made mostly of fat. The myelin sheath that insulates every nerve fiber is made of fat. One fatty acid in particular is abundant in human breast milk, deficient in infant formulas, and the lack of it is directly related to ADD and ADHD.  This important fatty acid is called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and it is an omega-3 fatty acid. The essential fatty acids, also called Vitamin F or omega 3 fatty acids, are probably the most significant dietary deficiency today, and consequences include:

 

- improper development of the brain in the fetus (The diet of the mother has a great impact on the fetus, and any dietary deficiency will produce changes that can be passed on for several generations. Much of the brain development of the fetus takes place during the last trimester and all of the DHA required for this brain development must come from the mother).

 

- improper development of the brain in infants (Breast milk contains lots of DHA, whereas infant formulas contain very little. Breast-fed babies have an IQ six to 10 points higher than formula fed babies and lack of DHA in infant formulas is thought to be the reason for this difference).

 

- low DHA levels during gestation and infancy can lead to ADD and ADHD in children.

 

- DHA helps the brain make serotonin, which regulates moods and helps prevent stress and depression (bipolar disorder / manic depression).

 

- deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA is associated with multiple sclerosis, muscular weakness, poor coordination, visual disturbances and problems with speech.

 

- DHA deficiency is associated with the development of schizophrenia and dementia (Alzheimer's disease). Autopsies of people who die young show that many already have the plaques, tangles and dead brain cells characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. The disease starts early and there is a epidemic of Alzheimer's emerging that will bankrupt health systems and governments. At this time, the average cost of care for each Alzheimer's patient is US$170,000. The only answer is to change the diets and lifestyles of young people in the direction of enzyme rich, nutrient dense food, plenty of exercise and rest, fresh air, sunshine, etc. as detailed in our 8 step program.

 

DHA rich foods include fish, fish oils, liver, brain, other animal organs, eggs, and some marine algae.

 

 If you have trouble digesting fish oil, you might try Vectomega which offers purified DHA and EPA.

 

Consumption of rancid fats, hydrogenated fats (margarine) and other unhealthy oils actively interferes with the metabolism of healthy fatty acids in the body. In most people there is both a deficiency of essential fatty acids and an abundance of unhealthy fatty acids. Most preservatives actively interfere with the metabolism of fats in the body.

 

Dr. Douglass suggests that DHA might replace Ritalin if people knew about it and the manufacturers of Ritalin have a vested interest in making sure that people do not learn about it.

 

The ketogenic diet has a calming effect on the nervous system.

 

The body has the ability to convert the omega 3 fatty acid (ALA) found in flax oil into DHA. For more information, please see our page regarding healthy fats and oils.

 

 

The Importance of Minerals

 

 

ADHD & The Mineral Connection

 

Parents and doctors alike now believe that diet and nutrition can play a key role in managing ADD, ADHD and learning disabilities. According to Dr. Gerald Olarsch, N.D., learning disabilities are definitely linked to the fundamental lack of minerals in the body. Dr. Olarsch says this condition commonly appears as a desire for salty and sugary foods. "Unfortunately for us, our body temporarily translates sugar and salt consumption as a fulfillment of the craving for nutritional minerals."

 

Using iron deficiency as an example he says, "Low iron levels were found to impair judgment, reasoning ability and all aspects of left brain activity, including scientific, mathematical, spoken and written language skills." Iron is only one of the many nutrient deficiencies impacting the health of individuals. Clinically low levels of magnesium in the blood plasma are also associated with conditions of hyper-excitability and inattention in children. It has been estimated that up to 90 percent of children are magnesium deficient.

 

The behavior problems associated with ADHD have also been linked to a zinc deficiency. A Florida pediatrician claims notable success in treating children with ADHD with liquid supplements of electrolyte trace minerals and additional zinc.

 

These are just a few of the mineral deficiencies that are impacting the nutrition of children and adults alike. The body requires dozens of elements to function optimally and since it does not manufacture them all we must go to other sources.

 

Thanks to the research efforts of Dr. Olarsch and many others we now have sufficient evidence to know that the condition of ADHD and learning disabilities are related to mineral deficiency.

 

- quoted from Life Force International (emphasis added)

 

 

For a possible cause of deficiencies in iron, magnesium and zinc see our article "Be Careful With Soy" on the Early Menarche page. Plus, consumption of soy has been associated with pathological aggressive behavior.

 

 

A fourth reason for mineral deficiency in humans is overuse of prescription drugs. It has been known since the 1950s that antibiotics interfere with uptake of minerals, specifically zinc, chromium, and calcium. (The Plague Makers) Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, and aspirin have the same inhibitive effect on mineral absorption. Moreover, when the body has to try and metabolize these drugs to clear the system, its own mineral stores are heavily drawn upon. Such a waste of energy is used to metabolize laxatives, diuretics, chemotherapy drugs, and NSAIDs, such as Tylenol, Advil, and aspirin out of the body. This is one of the most basic mechanisms in drug-induced immunosuppression: minerals are essential for normal immune function. - Dr. Tim O'Shea

 

 

"In newborn children iodine is responsible for the development of the babies' I.Q. Recent research shows iodine deficiency is felt to be the source of attention deficit disorder in children." - Dr. Jorge D. Flechas. Are we dealing with iodine deficiency or ADHD? Iodine deficiency results in both mental and physical impairment.

 

 

Child Prodigy

 

The difference between the child prodigy (i.e. - music, art, math, physics, etc.) and the high school dropout is not genetics or income level of the parents but rather the nutritional (and especially the mineral intake) competency of the child during pre and post natal development.

 

Simply translated, for $300 to $500 worth of minerals and vitamins per pregnancy, to include preconception supplements and monthly supplements during pregnancy and $50 per month for growth, development and longevity, the unnecessary production of millions of low birth weight babies and severely physically and emotionally disabled children would be eliminated - the ability for more people to reach their longevity potential of 120 to 140 years would be realized.

 

Setting aside the unforgivable human tragedy of emotionally and physically disabled children as well as "Bad Seeds" and all of the unnecessary human suffering, the ultimate savings to the American public over the lifetime of a disabled or jailed child would range from $500,000 to several millions of dollars each, for an annual savings to ourselves, the tax payers, in the trillions of dollars!!! - Dr. Joel D. Wallach pages163-165.

 

 

"Even the mildest form of the Gerson protocol puts an end to ADHD in no time at all." - Charlotte Gerson page 89.

 

 

Vitamins

 

Lack of proper nutrition can influence mental health. High doses of niacin (also called vitamin B3) are found to benefit irrational anger, feelings of persecution, mania, dementia, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, general psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, violent behavior, and infections. See Food and Behavior by Barbara Stitt

There are eleven B vitamins. Since a deficiency in one B vitamin often indicates a deficiency in the others, and since the B vitamins work synergistically, it may be healthiest to take all the B vitamins together in a B-complex supplement.

 

Niacin (B3) - The Nutrient of Choice for Schizophrenia & ADD. There are several time release niacin and niacinamide tablets and capsules available at amazon.com. Time release may provide more stable blood levels through the day and night. Loss of appetite or nausea indicate the dose is too high.

 

 

Toxic Chemicals

 

"Many pesticides contain nerve agents that kill insects by disrupting the nervous system. These agents also affect humans and can cause permanent neurological damage to a child whose nervous system is still developing." - Dr. David Williams

 

 

As reported in the newsletter for the Ontario College of Family Physicians: "The amounts and variety of pesticides now used are far greater than at any other time in history." and "The committee on Pesticides in the Diet of Infants and Children concluded that the population is at great risk from the existing allowable levels of pesticide residues and that the data strongly suggest that exposure to these neurotoxic compounds at levels believed to be safe for adults could result in permanent loss of brain function when it occurs during prenatal and early childhood periods of brain development."

- quoted from www.OrganicHomeDelivery.com (serving southern Ontario)

 

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Poisoning the Well: Neurotoxic Metals, Water Treatment, and Human Behavior
by Roger D. Masters

 

Summary: Heavy metals compromise normal brain development and neurotransmitter function, leading to long-term deficits in learning and social behavior. At the individual level, earlier studies revealed that hyperactive children and criminal offenders have significantly elevated levels of lead, manganese, or cadmium compared to controls; high blood lead at age seven predicts juvenile delinquency and adult crime. At the environmental level, our research has found that environmental factors associated with toxicity are correlated with higher rates of anti-social behavior. For the period 1977 to 1997, levels of violent crime and teenage homicide were significantly correlated with the probability of prenatal and infant exposure to leaded gasoline years earlier. Across all U.S. counties for both 1985 and 1991, industrial releases of heavy metals were -- controlling for over 20 socio-economic and demographic factors -- also a risk-factor for higher rates of crime. Surveys of children's blood lead in Massachusetts, New York, and other states as well as NHANES III and an NIJ study of 24 cities point to another environmental factor: where silicofluorides are used as water treatment agents, risk-ratios for blood lead over 10g/dL are from 1.25 to 2.5, with significant interactions between the silicofluorides and other factors associated with lead uptake. Communities using silicofluorides also report higher rates of learning disabilities, ADHD, violent crime, and criminals who were using cocaine at the time of arrest.

Research conducted with Myron J. Coplan (Intellequity, Natick, MA) and Brian Hone under grants from the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training, Environmental Protection Agency, the Earhart Foundation, and the Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences, Dartmouth College. Read more.

 

 

 

 
Synthetic food dyes can cause hyperactivity in children. 

 

In Europe, foods containing synthetic dyes must display the warning "May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children."

 

M&M candies made in Europe contain natural food colorings. M&M candies made in the United States contain synthetic dyes. M&M candies are made by Mars Inc.

 

Smarties candies made in Canada by Nestle have contained only non-artificial food colorings since 2009.

 

"When you replace synthetic dyes with natural ones, as Smarties has done, it still doesn't make Smarties healthy." - Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society.

 

Junk food is still junk food, even with natural colors.

 

Foods that may contain synthetic dyes include yoghurt, cheese, fruit juices, applesauce, coleslaw, marshmallows, candied fruit, icing on cake, breading on chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, ...

 

Brand name prepared foods generally contain coloring. However, Loblaws announced in 2012 that it will be removing artificial colors and flavors from its President's Choice foods.

 

 

 

 
Allergies 

 

Dr. Arthur Coca reportedly cured many afflictions by using a pulse test to diagnose allergies to foods and other substances, and then having the patients adjust their diet and lifestyle appropriately - by simply avoiding the cause. Everyone might benefit from learning the pulse test. Basically, you measure your pulse (beats per minute) before you get out of bed and write it down, before you eat a meal consisting of one food and write it down, 30 minutes after eating and write it down, and 60 minutes after the meal and write it down. That is a completed test for one food. After the 60 minute test you can eat another single food meal and take your pulse at 30 minutes and 60 minutes writing it down each time. Repeat through the day. "The injurious foods are recognized by the abnormal speed-up of the pulse." Children can learn how to do this when they are old enough.

"It is my belief that there is nothing more valuable that you can do for your child than to learn the secrets of his heart through his pulse, and to teach him to join you in avoiding those things to which he is personally allergic. For then you will be giving your child the gift of good health, and what other gift can cause so much long-time happiness, and pay such pleasant dividends." - Dr. Coca

 

 

Simple Strategies for Lowering Your Exposure to Environmental Toxins from www.chandramd.com.

 

Toxic chemicals assault our bodies every day, and many of these chemicals have never been tested for safety. The mix of many different toxic chemicals in our body can produce uncertain reactions. Regular enjoyment of hyperthermia will serve to detoxify the body and help prevent the build up of these chemicals. All age groups can enjoy hyperthermia. People planning to become parents would be wise to detoxify their bodies prior to conception of their child. Antioxidants such as MAK also help remove toxic chemicals from the body and prevent the toxic chemicals from damaging the body.

 

Indoor air is often much more polluted than outdoor air. Pay particular attention to children's bedrooms. The off gassing from carpets, soft plastics, particle board, crib mattresses, and other products can have a significant impact on the undeveloped immune system of infants. Clean the air of your entire home by installing a Heat Recovery Ventilation System and hooking it into your pre-existing furnace ducts.

 

Mycotoxins are toxic chemicals produced by fungus. The top ten foods contaminated with mycotoxins are: alcoholic beverages, corn, wheat, barley, sugar, sorghum, peanuts, rye, cottonseed, and hard cheeses. Mycotoxins are associated with hyperactivity.

 

"Many more of the studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to diabetes, migraines and headaches, autism, ADHD, and even Alzheimer's." - Lois Lenz. Another name for monosodium glutamate (MSG) is "hydrolyzed vegetable protein."

 

Fluoride can cause hyperactivity and brain damage. The CDC and ADA now advise to avoid using fluoride.

 

Many chemicals mimic hormones and have disruptive effects in the human body. Two good books on this subject are Our Stolen Future and Hormone Deception.

 

 

Toxic Light

 

 

The cameras recording the activity of the children exposed to full-spectrum light recorded a marked decrease in hyperactivity among the children, with a definite calming effect and an increase in their attention span compared to those exposed to the "cool white," non-full-spectrum lights. In particular, several extremely hyperactive children with "confirmed learning disabilities" calmed down completely and rapidly overcame their "learning disabilities" under the full-spectrum light.

 

The overall academic achievement level of those exposed to full-spectrum light was superior to those under the deficient lights, and, perhaps the most incredible finding of all, dentists found that those children exposed to full-spectrum light developed only one-third the number of cavities as those under the "cool white" fluorescent lighting.

 

 - Dr. William Campbell Douglass, Into the Light, page 189.

 

 

Given the amount of time the average person spends indoors, it is very important to use full spectrum lighting. Every workplace, school and home needs this lighting. To save energy, many people are switching to the curly compact fluorescent light bulbs. These energy efficient light bulbs are available in full spectrum versions. Search the Internet for a supplier of "full spectrum compact fluorescent light bulbs". Full spectrum light will produce vitamin D when it shines on the skin. When entering the eye, full spectrum light increases the production of the "feel good" neurotransmitter serotonin and influences melatonin production. This helps prevent depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

 

There is evidence that prenatal vitamin D deficiency negatively influences the brain development of the fetus. Nearly everyone would benefit from getting more vitamin D.

 

 
Vitamin D Council recommended amounts 

 

Based on the body's indicated daily vitamin D usage, the Vitamin D Council recommends the following amounts of supplemental vitamin D3 per day in the absence of proper sun exposure. 

 - Healthy infants - 1,000 IU/day
 - Healthy children - 1,000 IU/day per every 25 lbs. of body weight.
 - Healthy adults - 5,000 IU/day

Additionally, children and adults with chronic health conditions may need as much as double these amounts.

 

 

Women who use cell phones 1, 2 during pregnancy are more likely to have hyperactive children.

 

 

Lack of Sleep

 

Children should go to bed with the sun every evening. Then wake up naturally without an alarm clock. Sleep is when the body repairs itself following the day's activity. Inadequate sleep creates a backlog of disrepair in the body, causing it to become rundown, less youthful, worn out, and sick. The road to health begins with providing the body all the sleep it requires.

 

"Children with sleep apnea will often exhibit behavioral problems during the day." - Dr. David Williams Alternatives January 2007.

 

Many children and adults have disturbed sleep due to obesity. Excess fatty tissue can partially block the airway, disturbing sleep and causing oxygen deprivation to the brain (resulting in lower intelligence, poor memory and impaired functioning). A similar situation is caused by swollen tonsils and adenoids due to poor diet, allergies and congestion.

 

Dr. Williams highly recommends kefir milk. Kefir milk helps prevent allergic responses by inhibiting the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE) that triggers the release of histamine that in turn stimulates inflammation and airway constriction. Kefir milk also helps prevent a "leaky gut" that allows undigested materials to enter the blood stream. (Chem Ind 06;Oct 16 and J Sci Food Agric doi:10.1002/jsfa2469.

 

 

Benefits of Daily Exercise

 

Daily exercise has many benefits. These benefits include:

- reduced symptoms of ADHD

- increased blood and oxygen to the brain

- stronger nervous system

- improved reading and math scores

- increased production of norepinephrine and endorphins resulting in less stress and better mood

- better cardiovascular health

- reduced risk of diabetes

- weight loss

- improved sleep

- stronger bones

- improved immune function

 

 

Hyperactivity

 

This seems to be a growing problem with children and we wonder if the problem is connected with a lack of physical activity. Many play no games and neither do they have compulsory exercise lessons. We have found that rebounders are very popular with children of all ages. Some who have been a problem to their parents, aggressive and difficult to cope with, have calmed down after a few days' use of a rebounder. 

- Hawkins, Margaret, Rebounding for Health & Fitness, Thorsons, London, 1993, page 34.

 

 

 

Rebounding and Education

 

Rebound education has been very effective in the classroom for many years. Students with learning difficulties benefit with improved eye-hand coordination and reading ability. Students can speed up the memorization of times tables or other rote material be repeating it while health bouncing. Balance and coordination are also improved. 

- Brooks, Linda, Rebounding to Better Health, KE Publishing, 1995, page 63.

 

 

 

Transcendental Meditation (TM)

 

 

Transcendental Meditation

 

The scientific studies on TM have revealed a wide range of benefits for education, including:

- improved academic achievement

- increased intelligence and creativity

- improved memory and learning ability

- increased energy and alertness

- improved concentration and ability to focus

- reduced stress and anxiety

- improved moral reasoning ability and social behavior

- reduced usage of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes

- increased happiness and self-confidence

- improved self-esteem and self-concept

- increased self-actualization

 

Nidich, Ed.D., Sanford I., Randi Jeanne Nidich, Ed.D., Growing Up Enlightened, MIU Press, Fairfield, Iowa, 1990, page 8.

 

 

 

Children with ADD / ADHD have brain wave patterns low in beta waves, which are associated with alert concentration. Many EEG studies have demonstrated that the practice of Transcendental Meditation changes how the brain functions, and improvements are found in both alertness and the ability to concentrate. 

 

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TM and ADHD - video, research slide show

 

How does stress impact a child's brain? A video interview with Dr. William Stixrud (3 minutes)

 

Is sleep deprivation depriving our students? 3 minute video with David Lynch.

 

Effects of Meditation on Brain Coherence and Intelligence (5 minute video plus transcript of video)

 

 

 

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be aided by a combination of approaches similar to our 8 step program for cancer. Such a program for ADD and ADHD would include a clean nutrient dense diet combined with nutritional supplements (to provide essential fatty acids, trace minerals and enzymes), sunshine and full spectrum lighting, hyperthermia and antioxidants for detoxification, rebounding (to provide all the benefits of exercise) and Transcendental Meditation (to calm the mind and body, and improve attention span). This combination approach to ADD and ADHD will have many side benefits including improved academic achievement, better health, and improved social behavior. 

 

Carl J. Reich, M.D. found that "acidic pH is exhibited by anxious and depressed adults, hyperactive children, and rebellious or delinquent adolescents" (page 97). In studying alkalinity and acidity in the body, we have come to recognize what we call the "alkaline personality" and the "acid personality". The alkaline personality enjoys a youthful and healthy body, and calmness of mind and emotions. The acid personality experiences premature aging and is constantly being agitated by the "hidden hungers" of trace mineral deficiencies and irritated by excess acids and toxic chemicals in the system. 

 

The modern diet and lifestyle of young people which includes drinking great quantities of soft drinks, consumption of foods lacking in nutritional value, insufficient exercise, staying up late, and excessive watching of television is sowing the seeds of disaster for both physical health and behavior. Drugs such as Ritalin only mask symptoms, do not solve the underlying problem, and may even create new problems such as cancer.

 

 8 Step Cancer Program 

Impact on ADD & ADHD

1. More oxygen Increased mental alertness and clarity of thought.
2. More alkalinity Alkaline minerals bring mental and physical relaxation. Alkaline body tissues and fluids contain more oxygen.
3. Less free radicals Toxic chemicals that create free radicals are an irritant in the system. Antioxidants such as MAK help to neutralize free radicals and improve oxygen metabolism.
4. More exercise Improved circulation of the lymph resulting in nourishment and purification of the body tissues. 
5. Hyperthermia Helps to remove heavy metals and toxic chemicals from the body and improves circulation. 
6. More enzymes Enzymes facilitate all metabolic activities.
7. Nutrient-dense diet, B17, F, C, D, selenium & iodine Relief from many "hidden hungers" that cause agitation and discomfort at the cellular level. Increased calmness. Improved oxygen metabolism. Vitamin F is essential for proper development and functioning of the brain. Vitamin C helps detoxify the body and strengthen the immune system. Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption, which has a calming influence.
8. Transcendental Meditation Release of stress resulting in calmness of mind, body and emotions, together with increased attention span. Significant increase in blood flow to the brain.

 

 

Walnut Milk

 

"Walnuts are said to be the richest dietary source of the compound serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that provides two particularly desirable effects. First, it promotes feelings of relaxation and well being. Second, it gives a feeling of satiety, that is, it makes you feel less hungry and gives you a feeling of being full and satisfied. Walnuts can help you lower your cholesterol levels, lose weight, fight depression, and sleep better...

 

You can make a sleep-inducing "serotonin shake" (or walnut milk) simply by blending 1/8 to 1/4 cup of walnuts with an equal amount of skim milk about 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime. For even greater benefits, you could also include a teaspoon of ground flaxseeds and/or raw sunflower seeds, a tablespoon of lecithin granules, and a dash of powdered cinnamon and vanilla extract. The walnuts alone will do the trick, but you can experiment a little with the other items to come up with your own personal formula." - Dr. David Williams, Alternatives, November 2001.

 

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Whey powder might be a good addition to your "serotonin shake". Research indicates that eating whey protein increases the availability of tryptophan in the brain, which in turn increases serotonin. - Am J Clin Nutr 00;71(6):1536-44, Am J Clin Nutr 02;75(6):1051-6.

 

 

 

"When we see a soul
Whose acts are regal, graceful
And pleasant as roses
We must thank God
That such things
Can be
And are."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Brooks, Linda, Rebounding to Better Health, KE Publishing, 1995.

 

Douglass, M.D., William Campbell, Into the Light, Soundview Books, 1996. It is available from Second Opinion Publishing Inc., PO Box 467939, Atlanta, Georgia 31146-7939. Phone 800-728-2288 or 770-399-5617.

 

Hawkins, Margaret, Rebounding for Health & Fitness, Thorsons, London, 1993.

 

Nidich, Ed.D., Sanford I., Randi Jeanne Nidich, Ed.D., Growing Up Enlightened, MIU Press, Fairfield, Iowa, 1990.

 

 

 

The Reason Behind the Madness

 

As I was writing the last month's issue of Health & Healing, Buford O'Neal Furrow Jr. walked into the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles and, without a word, fired 70 rounds with an Uzi-type gun, wounding five people. A month earlier, Mark Barton murdered his wife and two children and then methodically and dispassionately gunned down 21 people in two brokerage firms in Atlanta, killing nine.

 

These and virtually all of the gun-related massacres that have made headlines over the past decade have had one thing in common: they were perpetrated by people taking Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox, Paxil or a related antidepressant drug.

 

Last month, I warned you about the dangers of these selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and detailed a few of the scores of murders, suicides and other acts of violence committed by people taking Prozac-like drugs. These drugs can cause akathisia, mental and physical agitation that sparks self-destructive, violent behavior. They can also induce dissociative reactions, making those who take the drugs insensitive to the consequences of their behavior.

 

This is the type of drug that Eric Harris was taking when he walked into Columbine High School and massacred his fellow students. Kip Kinkel, who killed his parents, then went to his high school in Oregon, killed two students and wounded 22 others, was taking Prozac. Joseph Wesbecier was taking Prozac when he killed seven people with an AK-47 at a printing plant in Kentucky, before taking his own life.

 

...the overuse of Prozac-like drugs is not even part of the national debate, and those who sound the warnings against them are ignored. I can only surmise that the reason the FDA continues to disregard these mounting SSRI-related casualties is because of this agency's close alliance with the multi-billion dollar drug companies.

 

- Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD, Health & Healing, October 1999 Vol. 9, No. 10 pages 7, 8.

 

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Here is a list prepared by Dr. Mark Sircus:

 

7-year-old Macauley Showalter died from the use of Ritalin and three other psychotropic drugs.

12-year-old Adrian Wade committed suicide after taking Strattera for ADHD.

15-year-old Leanne Bessner was prescribed Concerta for ADHD. After two months of taking the medication, Leanne committed suicide.

12-year-old Candace Downing was prescribed Zoloft. Her mother Mathy found her hanging from the valance of her bed.

20-year-old Meg Blanchard [Gwen Olsen's niece] was prescribed Effexor. After failing to hang herself from the ceiling fan, she burned herself alive using lantern oil.

16-year-old Jeff Wiese was prescribed Prozac. On March 21, 2005 Jeff killed his grandfather and girlfriend, seven Red Lake High School students, wounded over a dozen more, and then killed himself.

18-year-old Eric Harris was prescribed Luvox. He and his friend Dylan proceeded to kill 13 students and teachers at Columbine High School before killing themselves.

15-year-old Kip Kinkel was prescribed Prozac. On May 21st, 1998, Kip went into his high school in Springfield, Oregon and killed four people while wounding 23 others.

23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui was prescribed antidepressant medication. Experts say he exhibited the classic signs of "manic anti-depressant-induced behavior." On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui murdered 33 fellow students and professors at Virginia Tech University. Antidepressant medication is the common ingredient in nearly every school shooting in history.

 

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See extensive list of young mass murderers taking psychiatric drugs.

 

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Evaluate the safety of the drugs you are taking 1, 2

 

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The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans. - Dr. Daniel Amen


 

 

 

 

Nonviolent Kids...at $1.50 Per Day

 

Speaking of the benefits of nutritional supplements, British scientists recently carried out a rigorous study among young adult prisoners. They gave some youthful offenders supplements with adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. They then recorded the number of disciplinary offenses among these inmates and compared them to convicts who received an inert placebo.

 

The effect was dramatic: there was a 35.1 percent reduction in offenses in the treatment group, while the placebo group showed no reduction. The Oxford University authors concluded that "antisocial behaviors in prisons, including violence, are reduced by vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids." They pointed to "similar implications for those eating poor diets in the community."

 

Violence and misbehavior in our society could probably be reduced at a cost of around $1.50 per day. Is anybody paying attention to what science is telling us?

 

Reference:  Gesch CB et al. Influence of supplementary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids on the antisocial behaviour of young adult prisoners. Randomised, placebo-controlled trial. Br J Psychiatry 2002;181:22-28


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A study of 3,000 children over a 14 year period starting at age 3 showed that 1,795 of these children had poor nutrition including deficiencies in zinc, iron, B vitamins and protein. Compared to the group without nutritional deficiencies, the group with nutritional deficiencies demonstrated a 515 percent increase in violence and antisocial behavior at age 17. - Am J Psychiatr 04;161:2005-2013.

 

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Could Chronic Niacin Deficiency Be a Root Cause of Increase in "Deranged" Violent Crimes?

 

 

 

 

"Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king's rich food be observed by you, and according to what you see deal with your servants." So he hearkened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king's rich food. So the steward took away their rich food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables.  - Daniel 1: 12 - 16.

 

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What was the staple food of Roman gladiators? A porridge made of barley and beans.

 

 

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