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ADHD development in children linked to use of acetaminophen during pregnancy

ADHD acetaminophen ADHD development in children linked to use of acetaminophen during pregnancy

Pregnant women who take the painkiller drug acetaminophen, known more popularly by the brand name Tylenol, are more likely than pregnant women not taking the popular pharmaceutical to bear children with severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), claims a new study out of Denmark recently published in JAMA Pediatrics.
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For the first time since acetaminophen was granted approval back in the 1950s, researchers have linked the drug, which is commonly used during pregnancy for pain management and fever reduction, to causing a class of behavioral disorders to which young people are increasingly succumbing. Also known as paracetamol, acetaminophen was recently found to obstruct normal hormone function in those that use it, which for unborn babies can mean improper brain development.

The preliminary study included data on more than 64,000 Danish children born between 1996 and 2002, the mothers of whom reportedly called in twice during their pregnancies and once six months after giving birth to disclose painkiller use. The team, from the University of Aarhus, then compiled this data and compared it to rates of hyperkinetic disorder, a severe form of ADHD, among all the children.

They found that children whose mothers took acetaminophen during pregnancy were 13 percent more likely than other children to demonstrate ADHD-like behavioral problems, including hyperactivity and poor behavior, and 37 percent more likely to be diagnosed with hyperkinetic disorder, or “high end” ADHD. Duly, acetaminophen babies were found to be nearly 30 percent more likely to be prescribed ADHD medications than non-drugged babies.

“We really should start looking at non-pharmaceutical ways to deal with pain,” stated Jeff Chapa, director of maternal fetal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, to USA Today regarding the findings. Chapa, who was not involved with the study, is concerned that some pregnant women will now turn to other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) that likewise can lead to developmental disorders.

Just because it’s available over the counter doesn’t mean it’s safe

A common presumption with drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen is that, because they are available over the counter without a prescription, they must be relatively safe. But as this study and numerous others in recent years show, some of the most pervasive and widely-available medicines on the market today are among the most damaging, with acetaminophen ranking high on that list.

Acetaminophen has also been linked to causing autism in so-called “genetically susceptible” children. A study conducted by Dr. William Shaw, Ph.D., that was published in the Journal of Restorative Medicine last fall found that the marked increase in acetaminophen use among pregnant women in recent years is directly associated with a corresponding rise in autism, asthma, ADHD and related behavioral disorders in children.

“Toxicity of acetaminophen may cause autism by overloading the defective sulfation pathway catalyzed by phenolsulfotransferase, which is deficient in autism, leading to overproduction of the toxic metabolite N-acetylp- benzoquinone imine (NAPQI),” explains Dr. Shaw in his study, noting that abundant epidemiological evidence supports this position. “The marked increases in the incidences of autism, asthma, and attention deficit disorder in the United States coincide with the replacement of aspirin by acetaminophen in the 1980s.”

For the full text of Dr. Shaw’s study, visit:
http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com.

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Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders

water or fluoride1 Harvard research links fluoridated water to ADHD, mental disorders

A leading cause of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and autism in children could be the hidden chemicals lurking in the foods we eat, the water we drink and the products we consume, says a new study recently published in The Lancet.
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Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) found that, among other things, the fluoride chemicals added to many public water systems in North America directly contribute to both mental and behavioral disorders in children.

Building upon earlier research published in 2006 that dubbed fluoride as a “developmental neurotoxicant,” the new review included a meta-analysis of 27 additional studies on fluoride, most of which were from China, that linked the chemical to lowered IQ in children. After thorough analysis, it was determined that fluoride obstructs proper brain development and can lead to autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, ADHD and other health conditions, a “silent epidemic” that many mainstream health authorities continue to ignore.

According to the two main researchers involved in the study, Philippe Grandjean from HSPH and Philip Landrigan from ISMMS, incidences of chemical-related neurodevelopmental disorders have doubled over the past seven years from six to 12. The reason for this is that an increasing number of mostly untested chemicals are being approved for use without the public being told where and in what quantities such chemicals are being used.

“[S]ince 2006, the number of chemicals known to damage the human brain more generally, but that are not regulated to protect children’s health, had increased from 202 to 214,” writes Julia Medew for The Sydney Morning Herald. “The pair said this could be the tip of the iceberg because the vast majority of the more than 80,000 industrial chemicals widely used in the United States have never been tested for their toxic effects on the developing foetus or child.”

Fluoride must be immediately removed from public water supplies for child safety

While pesticides dominated the duo’s list as the most pervasive and damaging chemicals whose presence the public is largely unaware of, fluoride, which is intentionally added to public water supplies as a supposed protectant against tooth decay, is also highly problematic. It is also largely ignored by public health authorities as a possible factor in childhood development problems, even though the science is clear about its dangers.

Like lead, certain industrial solvents and crop chemicals, fluoride is known to accumulate in the human bloodstream, where it eventually deposits into bones and other bodily tissues. In pregnant women, this also includes passing through the bloodstream into the placenta, where it then accumulates in the bones and brain tissue of developing babies. The effects of this are, of course, perpetually damaging, and something that regulatory authorities need to take more seriously.

“The problem is international in scope, and the solution must therefore also be international,” stated Grandjean in a press release, calling for improved regulatory standards for common chemicals. “We have the methods in place to test industrial chemicals for harmful effects on children’s brain development — now is the time to make that testing mandatory.”

To learn more about the dangers of fluoride and the science behind why it is harmful and anything but beneficial for teeth, be sure to visit the Fluoride Action Network’s website.

You can also check out the abstract of the new study, entitled “Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity,” here:
http://www.thelancet.com.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.smh.com.au

http://www.medicaldaily.com

http://www.thelancet.com

http://fluoridealert.org

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