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    Here's an interesting answer to why there is an increase in ADHD diagnoses.
    What do you think?

    Why ADHD is on the rise
    Some studies indicate hormone disrupters, such as BPA, contribute to kids developing the disorder.
    By: The You Docs Health Advice, Published in the Toronto Star on-line on Sat Mar 02 2013

    Q: It seems like half the kids in my son’s fourth-grade class are diagnosed with ADHD. What’s going on? Am I imagining things? — Gail F., Columbia, Mo.

    A: Well, no, you are not imagining things. A recent report states that between 2000 and 2010 there was a 24 per cent increase in the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD, and a 90 per cent increase in the number of black girls diagnosed with it.

    How does such an increase happen? One answer could be that there’s an increase in the diagnosis, not in incidence, of ADHD. Another possibility is that, at least in part, the jump is caused by kids’ cumulative exposure to triggers right around the time they’re born and as they’re growing up.

    Some studies indicate that hormone disrupters, such as BPA (bisphenol A), found in plastics and household products (microwave ovenware, linings of food cans and even cellphones) may contribute to developing ADHD. Tip: The number seven on the bottom of containers identifies plastics that may contain BPA.

    What can you do to reduce your family’s exposure to such potentially harmful chemicals?

    • Avoid all paper receipts. Most have BPA or BPS (bisphenol S); they have the same effect. You don’t absorb BPA/BPS through the skin. However, if you get it on your hands and then touch your mouth or food—bingo! — you get 1,000 times the dose that you’d get from food or drink packaged in plastic.

    • Opt for fresh, not prepackaged or prepared foods.

    • Choose beverages in glass bottles.

    • Try to reduce your use of plastics whenever possible (we know it’s difficult).

    And make choices that keep your immune system strong and inflammation to a minimum: That means no trans fats and few saturated fats, no added sugar or sugar syrups, no grains that aren’t 100 per cent whole and lots of physical activity (get everyone out playing and running around every day). Have adults in your family take 1,000 IU of vitamin D-3 and give kids the age-appropriate dose listed on the label.
    Tina, Forum Moderator, TSFC Staff Liaison

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    Re: Why ADHD is on the rise

    I wish I knew all this stuff before I was pregnant! The US didn't ban bpa in baby bottles until 2010. I nursed my son until he was 6 mos then switched over to bottles and formula and I microwaved those bottles. I wish I had known! Just criminal!

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    • #3
      Re: Why ADHD is on the rise

      I suppose some of these risk factors were not widely known at some point until they became publicized. We can't blame ourselves if we didn't know.

      Hopefully the information was not kept under wraps by big business in the interests of profitability while disregarding safety.....naw..that never happens
      Steve
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      • #4
        Re: Why ADHD is on the rise

        This is the first I've ever heard about paper receipts containing dangerous chemicals. Wow, kinda scary! Thanks for sharing this very useful information!

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        • #5
          Re: Why ADHD is on the rise

          Yea, I'm now wondering if glossy print has the same issue?

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          • #6
            Re: Why ADHD is on the rise

            I don't know Geneva, but now as I sit sifting through receipts at tax time, I wonder what to do with this piece of information from the piece above:
            Avoid all paper receipts
            LOL. Do you think Revenue Canada would think it was a valid excuse?
            Tina, Forum Moderator, TSFC Staff Liaison

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            • #7
              Re: Why ADHD is on the rise

              Ha, Just wash your hands

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