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Heavy Metals & ADHD

It seems that not a day goes by and I am presented with information around heavy metals and the havoc they wreak!

This morning I ran across this article about Heavy Metals and ADHD. It is from:

and is titled: “Heavy Metals’ Effect on Susceptibility to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Implication of Lead, Cadmium, and Antimony”

I will post the link at the bottom of this post for your reference.

Here is an Abstract from the study but in simple terms those with ADHD were tested and high levels of heavy metals were present.

Abstract:

Background: Heavy metals are known to be harmful for neurodevelopment and they may correlate to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In this study, we aim to explore the relationships between multiple heavy metals (manganese, lead, cadmium, mercury, antimony, and bismuth), neurocognitive function, and ADHD symptoms. Methods: We recruited 29 patients with ADHD inattentive type (ADHD-I), 47 patients with ADHD hyperactivity/impulsivity type (ADHD-H/I), and 46 healthy control children. Urine samples were obtained to measure the levels of the aforementioned heavy metals in each child. Participants’ cognitive function and clinical symptoms were assessed, respectively. Results: We found ADHD-H/I patients demonstrated the highest antimony levels (p = 0.028), and ADHD-I patients demonstrated the highest cadmium levels (p = 0.034). Antimony levels were positively correlated with the severity of ADHD symptoms that were rated by teachers, and cadmium levels were negatively correlated with the Full Scale Intelligence Quotient. Lead levels were negatively correlated with most indices of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children–Fourth Edition (WISC-IV), but positively correlated with inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms (p < 0.05). Conclusion: Lead, cadmium and antimony were associated with susceptibility to ADHD and symptom severity in school-age children. Eliminating exposure to heavy metals may help to prevent neurodevelopmental disorders in children.

The question becomes what do we do about this? The first thing I recommend is testing for the presence of heavy metals in the body and brain and the testing I use as a Board Certified Nutritionist, is Hair Mineral Analysis.

Hair Mineral Analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a comprehensive metabolic profile of the human body and in turn develop a protocol for helping to remove these heavy metals from the body and balance nutrients.

If you would like more info about the Hair Mineral Analysis testing, you can find it here:

Once results are received it is much easier to come up with a game plan based on variables such as nutrient deficiencies present, types of heavy metals and the overall toxic load.

It is unfortunate that we have to deal with so many toxic intruders and outside pathogens that can interfere with optimal health; however, luckily, when we identify them, we can work at elimination and also use nutritional intervention to offset various deficiencies etc.

As always, I hope that you found this helpful and feel free to reach out with any questions you might have for me. I am always happy to help.

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Heavy Metals

Heavy metals are a huge issue in our world today. Even the elementary schools in Ontario, where I reside, have recently been studied and revealed unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water.

Link to article re: Ontario Schools and Lead

Heavy Metals are no small matter.

I found this in Anthony Williams book “Medical Medium Celery Juice”

“Heavy metals and heavy metal oxidation are undiscovered leading causes of brain fog, memory loss, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism as well as sever mental and physical deterioration such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinsons.”

High levels of toxic metals like  lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum, inhibit the bodies ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health. ” Anthony Williams

Heavy metals are just plain nasty and the problems from them are getting worse. One of the best ways to determine your heavy metal load as well as nutrient deficiency is through Hair Mineral Analysis. Here is a link to more info on that:

Link to all posts about Heavy Metals

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Magnesium: The Relaxation Mineral

Minerals are essential for nutrition and nutrition assimilation for our bodies. Minerals work in similar ways to vitamins, as helper’s for the body’s enzymes. They are needed to make our bones (calcium) and our blood (iron) and for our nervous system. One of the key players is Magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is a common condition. If you are wondering if you could be deficient, check to see if any of the following apply to you:

. I have depression

. I fell irritable and often “fly off the handle”

. I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

. I am often anxious

. I have Autism

. I have insomnia or trouble falling asleep

. I have muscle twitching

. Or my favorite “I have wiggly toes”… the feeling that I must wiggle them

. I have premenstrual syndrome

. I have heart flutters, skipped beats, or palpitations

. I get frequent headaches or migraines

. I have leg or hand cramps

. I have restless leg syndrome

. I have heart flutters, skipped beats or palpitations

. I have trouble swallowing

. I have acid reflux

. I am sensitive to loud noises

. I feel fatigued

. I have asthma

. I have constipation (fewer than 2 bowel movements per day)

. I have a lot of stress

. I have kidney stones

. I have heart disease or heart failure

. I have mitral valve prolapse

. I have diabetes

. I have cluster headaches

. I drink a lot of sodas

. I have Parkinson’s Disease

. I have Osteoporosis

According to  a report by the World Health Organization three quarters of all Americans eat a diet that is deficient in magnesium

World Health Organization. Calcium and Magnesium in Drinking Water: Public health significance. Geneva: World Health Organization Press; 2009.

One of the most bio-available sources of magnesium supplementation that we have found is an Isotonix form.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and supports more than 300 enzyme systems. It supports normal energy release, regulation of the body temperature, nerve function, adaptation to stress, metabolism and much more. One of the main mechanisms of magnesium in the body is its support of normal protein synthesis. Normal protein synthesis relies on optimal magnesium concentrations, as magnesium supports the normal delivery to the building blocks of life – our DNA – of signals that trigger the expression of amino acids. In other words, this process supports the body’s normal ability to “”make”” proteins. The recommended daily value for adults is 400 mg of magnesium. However, average daily intakes are much less. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that most U.S. adults – especially those over the age of 30 – were receiving, on average, approximately 290 mg of magnesium daily. That study also showed that dietary intake is particularly low among women. Unfortunately, inadequate levels of magnesium have been linked to poorer concentration, memory and cognitive function and muscle discomfort. Sleep quality is associated with higher levels of magnesium and when these levels are low, sleep quality may suffer. Isotonix Magnesium provides the body with 100 percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium in a highly-bioavailable formula. Thanks to its unique formula, which includes two different types of magnesium to increase its absorption by the body, Isotonix Magnesium helps maintain normal blood pressure and supports bone health and sleep quality, while promoting head comfort and optimal muscle health.

BENEFITS of Isotonix Magnesium

  • Promotes head comfort
  • Promotes optimal muscle health and comfort
  • Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Supports a healthy sleep quality
  • Helps maintain normal blood pressure
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Promotes cognitive health
  • Supports bone health
  • Helps the body maintain a healthy (or sufficient or proper) level of magnesium, combating magnesium deficiency

INGREDIENTS

Magnesium (Citrate & Glycinate) (400 mg)
Magnesium is a component of the mineralized part of bone and supports the normal metabolism of potassium and calcium in adults. It helps maintain normal levels of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, adrenaline and insulin. It also promotes the normal mobilization of calcium, transporting it inside the cell for further utilization. It plays a key role in supporting the normal functioning of muscle and nervous tissue. Magnesium promotes the normal synthesis of all proteins, nucleic acids, nucleotides, cyclic adenosine monophosphate, lipids and carbohydrates.

 

Magnesium works together with calcium to help maintain the normal regulation of the heart and blood pressure. Importantly, magnesium also supports the body’s ability to build healthy bones and teeth, and promotes proper muscle development. It works together with calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones strong. Magnesium also promotes cardiovascular health by supporting normal platelet activity and helping to maintain normal cholesterol levels.

 

Potassium (Bicarbonate) (150 mg)
Potassium is an electrolyte stored in the muscles. Foods rich in potassium include bananas, oranges, cantaloupe, avocado, raw spinach, cabbage and celery. Potassium is an essential macromineral that helps maintain fluid balance in the body. It also supports a wide variety of biochemical and physiological processes. Among other things, potassium supports the normal transmission of nerve impulses, contraction of cardiac, skeletal and smooth muscle, synthesis of nucleic acids, maintenance of intracellular tonicity and maintenance of normal blood pressure. In 1928, it was first suggested that high potassium intake could help maintain cardiovascular health. Potassium supports normal muscle relaxation and insulin release. It also promotes glycogen and protein synthesis. Potassium is an electrolyte that promotes normal heartbeat. Potassium supports the body’s ability to regulate water balance, recover from exercise and eliminate wastes.

WHERE TO BUY:

MaggiesVitamins http://www.shop.com/THESHOPCONSULTANT/Isotonix+reg+Magnesium-792868342-p+.xhtml?credituser=R1159126

 

 

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Nutrition and Mental Health

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Clinical Psychologist, Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

This video is excellent for everyone to watch. People dealing with ADD, ADHD, bipolar, and other mental illnesses or any illness period, will find this both fascinating and encouraging! For example one study shows people with PTSD went from 65% down to 18% symptomatic within one month of micro-nutrient intervention. This is very encoruaging!

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