Is your child becoming more unruly and uncooperative? You know, more like the neighbor’s children? Heavy Metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum) and other contaminants such as pesticides (from commercially produced food) and drug hormones (from municipal tap water) in your child’s food could be adding up and contributing to aggressive or anti-social behavior, according to Neil Ward, professor of chemistry at the University of Surrey in the UK, and a world-leading researcher.
While one bite of food does not have a high amount, heavy metals can accumulate in your child’s brain causing inflammatory reactions that disrupt proper emotional responses and hormonal balance.
Toxins in food are cellular disruptors because they inflame the cell membranes, block the absorption of nutrients that make energy, stop hormone messengers from docking, c, and activate the immune system when it does not have a pathogen to fight. This is dangerous to everyone, but especially dangerous to children, according to Researcher Neil Ward.
Ward states that lead acts as an “anti-nutrient,” that hinders the utilization of magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B1. High lead levels are linked to low intelligence, inappropriate school behaviors, juvenile delinquency and violent behavior. Aluminum has also been linked to anti-social behavior.”
Each child has a different threshold where heavy metal exposure tips them into aberrant behaviors such as tantrums, attention deficit, hyperactivity, violence, and even autism-spectrum concerns. Some children are more resistant than others due to their body’s nutrition and genetics. But when the tipping point is reached, developmental damage occurs and lives are ruined.
Why Are Heavy Metals In The Human Food Supply?
Contaminants (metals, pesticides) and dangerous prescription drugs are getting into our food from the air (air pollution, car exhaust) and from water (agricultural irrigation from polluted rivers and pesticide use). Toxic food dyes spoilage resistant chemicals (preservatives), waxes, varnishes, and pesticides are often added to foods during processing. These neurotoxic chemicals all start adding up to altered behaviors in susceptible children.
The Toxic Big Three:
1. Mercury (Hg): Unlike the mercury used in glass thermometers, methylmercury, a deadly, cell-mutating form of mercury from industrial uses, has polluted the Earth’s oceans top to bottom, and comes back into the human body by eating fish or breathing the air near coastal areas where the waves churn on the beach. Mercury is a huge health risk, pregnant and nursing women, or women who may become pregnant, as mercury can harm a developing child. Today, children are being born with poisonous mercury in their brains and the amount directly correlates to the amount of “silver amalgam (aka mercury) filling in the mother’s mouth coupled with the amount of mercury-accumulated fish. One study found brain and personality disorders in children who had higher levels of mercury in their umbilical cord blood sample, including deficiencies in: motor function, language skills, memory, ability to apply their attention, and visual processes. Mercury levels have been found to be in high-fructose corn syrup – a sweetener used in many children’s beverages and snacks that is now directly linked to the rising incidence of childhood diabetes.
2. Cadmium (Cd): Linked directly to cancer, cadmium damages cellular genetics and causes inflammation which, according to Time Magazine, 2/2004, is the silent killer behind many chronic degenerative and auto-immune diseases. Cadmium accumulates in the body and can stay there forever unless detoxification agents (nutritional therapeutics) are used to purify the body. Cadmium accumulates in the bones (along with lead), kidneys, and liver where it impairs the body’s detoxification efforts. In children, cadmium causes cancer, brain damage, incompetent immune systems, behavioral problems, and learning disabilities.
90% of children’s exposure to cadmium comes from food, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Low levels are dangerous, and low levels are now found in all commercially grown foods.
3. Lead: Lead is a powerful, deadly toxin that can affect nearly every system in a child’s body. Ever since lead was used in paint that children would peel and eat, we’ve seen the horrendous effects of lead poisoning—apathy, violent crimes, antisocial behavior.
50% of the children in the USA between the ages of 1 and 5 have blood lead levels greater than the government-allowed level of 10 mcg per dl of blood, according to the U.S. Center For Disease Control.
Children are exposed to lead most commonly through lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in old buildings, however another alarming avenue of exposure is food and drinks stored in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery, and contaminated drinking water. Lead from car exhaust, before it was outlawed and cadmium used as a gasoline additive, has settled from the air onto the Earth and is being recycle through crops that end up on the plate.
Even with new laws reducing lead exposure from the seam in canned goods, the plastic liners have a neurotoxic chemical called bisphenol-a that is a flagrant hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen and thus interferes with both male and female hormone balance.
What Can You Do To Keep Dangerous Heavy Metals Out of Your And Your Child’s Life?
Eat, and have your children eat, a healthy diet. This means shopping at health food stores and farmers’ markets here organic, transitional organic, and non-pesticided, non-chemical fertilizer foods can be obtained. Organic foods can be purchased on line and shipped to your door.
People with diets rich in organic vegetables and fruit provide their bodies with the nutrients that help the body detoxify heavy metals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that children who eat wholesome, basic foods absorb less lead from the environment. A new company, The Green Polka Dot Box, ships organic foods to your door at a cost-savings of apx. 30% or more with free shipping.
A recent study found mercury in nine out of 20 samples of commercial high fructose corn syrup. But the dangers don’t stop, as it’s associated with diabetes, obesity, and inflammation. Now that 85% of commercially raised is enetically modified (GM) scientists are concerned about the corn’s molecules damaging cellular DNA. High fructose corn syrup is used in children’s fruit drink beverages, cereals, and foods.
Wash your produce before preparing it for the table. In the book, The Pro-Vita! Plan For Optimal Nutrition, the Dr. Hazel Parcells’ recipe for cleansing food and drawing out heavy metals is helping people lower their intake of heavy metals.
Avoid using commercial breakfast cereals which are little more than starch, sugar, synthetic vitamins, and preservatives. And now feature genetically modified grains. Make delicious smoothies with organic fruit; pure water; and non-GM, non-soy protein; and organic vegetable greens. Organic almond milk makes a tasty base for smoothies.
Future parents, both moms and pops, should do a nutrition/herbal based detoxification program before conceiving to give their baby the best start on life possible. Such a program is available at www.tipsondetox.com
Knowing that it’s impossible to avoid all health-damaging heavy metals in food, learn to minimize your and your child’s exposure to the worst. Know the “dirty dozen” foods that have massive pesticides – commercially produced apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, kale/collard greens. Always buy the Dirty Dozen as organic or do not buy them at all.
Worried if your body is approaching the disease threshold of retaining toxic pesticides and heavy metals, good advice is to do an annual purification program. But caution please, such programs must be done correctly. Dr. Jack Tips (N.D., Ph.D) pioneers the concept “Detox Done Right” and stresses the importance of first building the liver, then cleansing the body, providing draining and neuroendocrine support, and then cleansing inside your cells with cellular nutrition that boosts the cell’s detoxifier and anti-oxidant called glutathione—the most protective and effective antioxidant for the brain, liver and every cell.
In this toxic world, we must all be ever-vigilant about environmental pollutants and toxins. Our children’s future depends up it. Make your vote for a cleaner world by supporting organizations that alert lawmakers and the media to potential and existing dangers of heavy metals. Together we can leave a legacy of health to future generations.