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ADD/ADHD, Preservatives, and Money: A Dangerous Trio

ADD/ADHD, Preservatives, and Money: A Dangerous Trio

I was born in 1950, and when I was going to school there was no such thing as ADD/ADHD. I never even heard the term “hyperactive.” The closest we came was to call someone squirrelly.

But now there are “official” reports that claim that 3%-5% of the U.S. population has ADD/ADHD, and up to 7,000,000 children (the numbers vary in the reports) have been diagnosed.

What is going on?

I find it almost impossible to believe that human brain chemistry has changed so radically in fifty years. Instead, our environment must have caused this change, and I see two direct links. The first one is the gargantuan profits that pharmaceutical companies are making from their ADD/ADHD drugs. And the second is the enormous change in the quality of our food.

Autism - Sensory Integration Therapy

Autism - Sensory Integration Therapy

Over the years, many studies have demonstrated a link between sensory integration therapy and improving the quality of life for autistic people. Sensory integration therapy is a valuable tool to teach autistic children how to interact with their environment. One of the main difficulties autistic children face is how they perceive the environment. Oftentimes, their sensory impulses are contradictory to what is expected by society.

Autistic children often have severe difficulty managing their sensory perceptions and a host of seemingly self-destructive behaviors or actions that are perceived to be senseless is the result. Autistic people sometimes cannot perceive their own physicality and must resort to these behaviors to “feel” something. For instance, some autistic children may bang their head against a wall or spin around in circles. Others have been known to self harm or crash into objects. These behaviors are the direct result of sensory integration impairment.

Sleep Apnea – Children with untreated Severe OSA have Lower IQ

Sleep Apnea – Children with untreated Severe OSA have Lower IQ

Johns Hopkins researchers have showed children’s brains with untreated sleep apnea to damage two parts of the brain that are linked to learning abilities. The study was first published in the online August 22nd edition of the journal, Public Library of Science Medicine.

The researchers used MRI technology to look at the brain activity of 19 children that had severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They also measured the brain activity of 12 children that did not have any problems with breathing while they sleep. The two locations that were measured with the MRI were the hippocampus and the right frontal cortex.

Insulin Resistance in Teens Predictor of High Blood Pressure Heart Disease

Insulin Resistance in Teens Predictor of High Blood Pressure Heart Disease

Researchers in Minnesota say that a low insulin response in the teenage years can be an early predictor of heart disease. They say the insulin resistance is independent of obesity, although obesity may increase the risk of diabetes and insulin resistance.

Dr. Sinaiko says “"The insulin clamp is considered the gold standard to measure insulin resistance, a precursor to type-2 diabetes. Insulin regulates sugars, starches, fats and proteins in the body. When cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, insulin levels increase to regulate metabolism." Sinaiko is lead author of the study and professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

Children with Autism have Abnormal Brain Structure – MRI Shows Autistic Kids have Enlarged Brain Size

Children with Autism have Abnormal Brain Structure – MRI Shows Autistic Kids have Enlarged Brain Size

Researchers say that children with autism have an “altered brain anatomy” thought to be due to an abnormal brain development. They used magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRI) to measure the transverse relaxation (T2) of cortical gray and white matter in the children's brains. The 60 autistic children involved in the study were between the ages of two and four.

The scientists compared the scans with 16 children with a developmental delay, and 10 children with a typical brain development. The scientists say that the autistic children had differences in the gray matter of their brains compared to the children with typical development.

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