Strawberries With A Side Of ADHD?
(BlackDoctor.org) — Not too sure that organic produce is worth the extra dough? This may change your mind. It looks like scientists in the US and Canada may have found a connection between pesticide exposure and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Researchers tested 1,000 kids, ages eight to 15, and analyzed their urine for traces of pesticides. They found that 119 of the participants had signs of ADHD. And get this — the children with the highest concentrations of pesticides were twice as likely to be diagnosed with this condition as compared to the kids who had only traces of the chemical in their urine. That’s a huge difference. The pesticides detected were ones commonly used in conventional produce such as frozen blueberries, strawberries, and celery.
ADHD affects about 4.5 million children in the US, and 2.5 million take medication to treat their condition. That means the findings of this study aren’t something that should be ignored, as the connection between pesticides and ADHD is pretty strong. Certain pesticides will leave the body after about a week, but this study shows that some degree of pesticide residue will remain in the body, making exposure to these chemicals ongoing. Kids are especially at a greater risk since their young bodies are still developing.
Scientists aren’t saying that eating conventional produce that’s treated with pesticides will automatically lead to the development of ADHD, because many other factors may be involved, but this study may offer yet another reason to choose organic foods whenever possible.
Mother Was Right About Cod Liver Oil
Some years ago, African-American mothers’ daily routine or ritual was to give their children cod liver oil to promote and ensure good health. Most believed that this distinctive oil was extremely protective and helped to maintain wellness and prevent illness in their precious children.
Mothers swore by it and knew it was good for their children.
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Of course, their children, in many instances, swore that they did not like the unique oil’s taste, in spite of whatever their mothers thought about the benefits.
Cod liver oil, by the way, is oil that is derived from the liver of codfish.
Well, Of Course, Mother Was Right!
Cod liver oil is a wonderful nutritional supplement, which provides multiple health benefits. It is rich in nutrients such as:
Vitamin A: Helps to maintain a healthy immune system, helps resist bacterial and viral infections and is beneficial for eyesight and healthy skin.
Vitamin D: Helps maintain strong and healthy bones.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties, which help relieve the symptoms of arthritis, improve brain function, reduce stress, prevent allergies, healthy skin, relieve asthma and help with learning and behavioral disorders. Other possible benefits are help in preventing serious diseases such cancer, diabetes, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, kidney problems and high cholesterol. Plants and nuts are also good sources of Omega-3s, including flaxseed oil, canola oil, broccoli, cantaloupe, kidney beans, spinach, grape leaves, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower and walnuts. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) are the most beneficial forms.
Cod liver oil is available in liquid or capsule form, thus in the capsule form one does not have to contend with the taste. In addition the oil is available in various taste friendly flavors.
It’s important to check the label of the cod liver oil or fish oil to make sure that it states it’s free of mercury, lead, PCB and other toxins. If it doesn’t state that it’s, free of those toxins then it probably isn’t. This is particularly important for pregnant women. In addition anyone on anti-coagulant medication should take Cod liver oil only if advised by their physician.
As we know mother is usually right. She was right years ago about our health and the need to take cod liver oil, and she is right today. Because cod liver oil which has Omega 3s fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin D is extremely beneficial to most people.
Check first with your doctor to make sure it’s appropriate for you to try it today!
By Dr. Leonard Weather, Jr., BDO Contributing Writer
In addition to serving as the 2010-2011 president of the NMA, Dr. Leonard Weather is also a gynecologist, specializing in infertility, fibroids, pelvic pain and endometriosis. Dr. Weather is a health educator, ordained minister, painter and photographer. He is the publisher of the Dr. Weather Report, a monthly healthcare eNewsletter and he has authored three inspirational poetry books and an infertility handbook.