However, researchers are building a case for the causes of these conditions and the tools to reverse the damage. In fact, our pediatric team just got back from the A4M Pediatric Brain Conference, where for three days, they listened to experts share the current research about the declining health of our kids' brains and what we, as providers and parents, should be doing about it.
What the research saysToday, children are born with close to 300 toxins in their bloodstream, before they’ve taken their first breath. Researchers have found that endocrine-disruptors such as BPA and other persistent organic pollutants that cross the uterine lining are linked to lower birth size and decreases in gestational age. A 2009 study found that the severity of autism was directly correlated to the body burden of heavy metals. A 2017 study found excessive levels of lead in the baby teeth of kids with autism in tandem with lower levels of zinc and manganese, nutrients required for healthy development.
The active ingredient in RoundUp, glyphosate, has finally earned its place as a toxin linked to ADHD and autism. This potent pesticide has been shown to affect the human microbiome, leading to overgrowth of harmful microbes that can cause excessive dopamine, free radicals and damage to neurons.
What can we do to fix this epidemic?For kids struggling with chronic conditions like autism, ADHD, mental health disorders, autoimmunity, and the like, we have to identify the specific triggers of inflammation in their unique bodies. This customized approach is essential for healing because genetic and environmental factors vary from body to body. Factors most associated with these conditions that should be screened include:
- Heavy metals
- Food sensitivities
- Environmental toxins
- Microbiome dysbiosis
- Genetic mutations
- Nutrient deficiency
Most importantly, there is hope and there is treatment. Connect with our pediatric providers, Ashley Koch, MS, and Dr. Jackie Kirihara, ND, for more information.