Food toxins, additives and colorings influence likelihood and severity of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Constant use of electronic gadgets, computer games and TV affects children with ADHD and ADHD-susceptible kids. Leading expert on holistic treatment of ADHD discusses effects of food additives, colorings, toxins and constant electronic gadget use on ADHD.
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ADHD Food toxins, additives and colorings. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. ADHD gadgets and TV. Artificial Food Coloring and Dyes Worsen ADHD symptoms in kids. Video interview with top expert in holistic treatment of ADHD. ADHD Without Drugs. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Medical second opinion helps to make sure ADHD diagnosis is correct and complete. Medical second opinion also helps to choose the best treatment for ADHD. Dioxin and smoke components increase risk for ADHD diagnosis. ADHD food toxins additives and colorings are present in nearly all commercially produced foods. Parents should avoid food additives and preservatives for kid’s health. Artificial colorings in food are dangerous for susceptible kids and can cause hyperactivity. The rise of gadgets worsens ADHD epidemic. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Ubiquitous computer games and electronic devices in schoolwork destroy attention of kids and make ADHD symptoms worse. Does Technology Cause ADHD? Smartphones, game consoles and portable electronics can make ADHD symptoms worse in susceptible kids. ADHD Food toxins, additives and colorings increase need for ADHD medications in children with attention deficit disorder. Video interview with top expert in pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, ADD) and autism. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Medical second opinion confirms that ADHD diagnosis is correct and complete. Medical second opinion also confirms that ADD treatment is required. Medical second opinion helps to choose the best treatment for autism and ADHD. Get medical second opinion on ADHD and autism spectrum disorder and be confident that your treatment is the best. ADHD toxins and food additives. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Environmental toxins penetrate almost all aspects of modern life. They are found in the air, in food, in drinks. What effect does exposure to toxins in the environment have on the development of ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD (Integrative Medicine ADHD specialist, UCSF). We have good evidence that these toxins do affect ADHD. We did one small clinical trial where cord blood was taken from the umbilical cord of infants. This is what they were bathed in for nine months. Cord blood from these newborn children had an average of over 200 industrial chemicals in it. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Other clinical trials have shown that you can measure the level of pesticides in a large number of children. Those children who have a higher amount of pesticides have more than twice the incidence of ADHD. These are pesticides like you would spray on fruit and vegetables. Another clinical trial looked at dioxins and diabenzoflurenes. These are chemicals that come out of smokestacks. The clinical trial found that people with the highest levels of these chemicals in their blood had three times higher the amount of ADHD. we know that these pesticides and other environmental pollutants are increasing the risk of having ADHD. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. This is a staggering amount of chemicals. in this clinical trial that you quoted there were over 200 chemicals found in the umbilical cord blood. More than 180 of those chemicals cause cancer in humans. 217 chemicals are toxic to brain and nervous system. Over 200 chemicals cause birth defects in animals. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. This is not just the problem that is relevant to ADHD but to a multitude of other diseases. Dr. Sanford [Sandy] Newmark, MD. Exactly. We should say that we don’t know at what level it takes for these chemicals to cause a problem. But their toxicity is additive. Sometimes one chemical is dangerous at this level and another chemical is dangerous at this level. If you put both chemicals together, they are going be dangerous at even lower level. What happens if you put 200 chemicals together? Dr. Anton Titov, MD. that could be a staggering compound effect? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. We just don’t know. Perhaps nobody is interested to do high quality clinical trials/ Because studying chemicals effect of attention deficit disorder would be very expensive. Because that they will require a lot of people to do the clinical trial. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Yeah, such clinical trials are very difficult to do. Then the second question is this. “What are we going to do about keeping these things out of the environment?” Most of them were legal. These chemicals were allowed to be used before we had any testing procedures. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. What to do to get rid of them now? The pesticides is the easiest one. Sometimes you feed children organic food, grown without pesticides, you can reduce their pesticide level 80% eighty percent. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. organic food helps in ADHD. food is something that parents can control in the environment of their children. Food is the easiest to control perhaps. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Yes. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Many children’s foods come in unnatural colorings, most of this are artificial. Do food additives and artificial colorings have any effect on ADHD? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Yes. We know artificial colors and flavors make all children more hyperactive. Children have worse attention after they eat food with artificial colorings. There are several clinical trials that show that. In Europe, if you put certain artificial colors in your products, then you have to put a label on that product. You have to say. “This may make your child inattentive and hyperactive.” Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Who would buy such product? Dr. Newmark: Exactly! they stop using it. As a matter of fact there’s something very famous in the United States. This food is called Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. “Kraft macaroni and cheese”. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Ultimate kids food? Yeah, the ultimate kids food. In the United States it has artificial color, artificial yellow. Why they have to do that color is beyond me. In Europe they use the natural color. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. By the same manufacturer? Yes. That is amazing! Dr. Newmark. Yes. Why? Because nobody’s gonna buy it in Europe, if it has the artificial color. Why don’t they do that here in the US? It’s probably more expensive. Dr. Anton Titov. Parents should check every food for artificial colorings. Artificial colorings used in food potentially can harm the child who is vulnerable to ADHD. Or it might worsen clinical situation in a child who might already have ADHD. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Exactly! That’s one relatively simple thing that parents can do. It is certainly very helpful, very practical. Yeah, yeah. Dr. Anton Titov. Children today spend a lot of time watching TV. TV often shows very emotionally charged content. TV programs have bright flashes that overstimulate the visual system. There is also computer gaming. There is a lot of homework that involves electronics. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. How does that affect kids who are perhaps more susceptible to ADHD? Or who might already have been diagnosed with ADHD? Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. We know that there’s a correlation between increased television watching and ADHD. Dr. Sanford Newmark, MD. Several clinical trials showed that. We were not really sure whether the increased television watching causes the ADHD. Or whether kids with ADHD watch more television. But there has now been one really good clinical trial. It shows that it looks like more television watching and video games will worsen ADHD. Some kids are not as susceptible to ADD. it probably won’t make them have ADHD. But for those kids who are vulnerable to ADHD or who already have ADHD diagnosis, TV and computer games could definitely make things worse. Then you start adding computer time and television time. Children use electronics for doing homework. Soon you are talking about many hours a day when children are doing electronics and television more than anything else. ADHD Food toxins, additives and colorings. ADHD gadgets TV. Video interview with top expert in holistic treatment of ADHD. Food dyes, pollution worsen ADHD.