Could toxic metals be causing ADHD in my child?
When Sarah was diagnosed with ADHD two years ago, we went along to see a Naturopath. The Naturopath tested Sarah for various deficiencies and told me that we should take dairy and gluten out of Sarah's diet immediately. She also arranged for Sarah to have different blood tests and when the results came back, it showed that Sarah was low in vitamin D, vitamin B, zinc, magnesium, iron and a few other things.
We started Sarah on supplements, and we have continued with these ever since. Every day, Sarah takes zinc, magnesium, inositol, omega 3 & 6 fish oils and we use various essential oils too. At the time of having the tests we also gave her a vitamin B and D supplement, and shortly after, she had an iron infusion as she was anaemic.
Sarah was tested for the MTHFR gene, and the results showed that she had one of the gene mutations. MTHFR is a gene, and like all genes, it acts as a light switch – turning on or turning off various body processes. In this case, MTHFR takes folate (vitamin B9) and methylates (converts) it into methyl folate (5-methylTHF). Hardly seems like a big deal, does it? Yet, if you belong to an autism, ADHD, Pandas, Lyme or chronic fatigue group, you may have noticed a big buzz around this thing called methylation. While the past decade has seen MTHFR studied regarding cardiovascular disease and cancer, it turns out it might also be a big deal for those raising kids with developmental, neurological or behavioural symptoms and for those fighting chronic infections.
We have seen various experts over the last two years with different ideas on how to manage ADHD. We have tried various natural and pharmaceutical methods, and we are now managing it with diet, supplements, essential oils and a change in parenting. However, I am always on the look out to find out as much as I can about ADHD and to see whether there is anything else that we can do to help Sarah. I am still not convinced that her inattentiveness is just because she simply isn't interested in certain subjects in school. And that her hyperactivity is just her personality, that will see her skydiving and bungee jumping when she is older! But I guess, only time will tell on this one.
I recently had a fabulous facial with a lovely lady called Jules. Jules was previously a nurse, but now owns and runs an incredible clinic here in Perth, called 5Glyde. We got chatting about Sarah, and her ADHD, and then Jules told me about a hair strand test that she uses to help clients who are having health problems. Jules explained that everything has a frequency. Zinc, magnesium, calcium, etc. all have frequencies, and the levels can be determined via this cell test.
Jules uses a cell wellbeing test which is a simple and proven system of aligning your environment to optimise your physical, mental and emotional capabilities. Your environment controls up to 98% of the way in which many of your genes express themselves. Processed foods, low nutrient intake, toxins and chemicals, electromagnetic fields and extremely low-frequency influences are responsible for a breakdown in the body’s normal day to day functions. And your nervous system is strongly affected by toxins, additives and EMF/ELF (mobile phones, WIFI, etc.).
I found this fascinating and I booked Sarah and me in for the test straight away. On the day of the appointment, Jules took some hair strands from both Sarah and me. Well, Sarah pulled hers out herself, a whole handful of strands (what is it they say about impulsivity)?
Sarah was her usual hyperactive self. Bouncing up and down on the chair, taking her shoes and socks off and being silly; but that’s her, and I am sure in time she will grow out of it (or was it the ham and cheese croissant after school). I am still unsure whether gluten causes her to be hyper, but the jury is still out on that one!
I was hoping that the test may conclude that Sarah shouldn’t have gluten and dairy, but nothing could have surprised me more when I got the results back. The test was quick and the results even quicker. The report was emailed to me only 15 minutes later - that's my kind of test! The report was clear and easy to understand, and it highlighted what Sarah was deficient in, and what foods we needed to incorporate into her diet to help with those deficiencies. I found it fascinating and although it didn’t say anything about gluten and dairy, which saw Sarah shouting ‘wooooooohooooooo’, I will still endeavour not to give her gluten in school, but I will a bit more relaxed now at the weekends and school holidays.
What I found fascinating from the test was that Sarah had ‘high levels’ of toxic metals. There I am trying my hardest to clean up her diet, supplement her deficiencies and a whole other heap of things when little Sarah is swimming in toxic metals! I always meant to have Sarah tested for toxic metals, but I think at the time we were seeing so many different experts, I guess I overlooked it.
I have since learned that toxic metals can be found everywhere in our environment. They become problematic for people when they accumulate at high concentrations in the human body. Unfortunately, some people have a genetic predisposition to toxicity from heavy metals. As with other toxins, people with unaddressed MTHFR mutations have trouble clearing metals from their systems. This can lead to behavioural, structural and functional abnormalities in the human body depending on which metals have built up.
Could this be the reason that Sarah has high levels of toxic metals in her system? I have heard that there could be a link with the MTHFR gene and the body not being able to expel toxic metals, so could it be this? Could it be the fact the mercury in the childhood vaccinations hasn't been able to be expelled by her body because of the MTHFR? Could it be old lead pipes in our house? The tuna in her sushi? There are so many variables and so many avenues for me to explore.
Part of the test is that you spend the next 90 days changing various things about your lifestyle, diet, etc. and the get re-tested in 90 days. So for the next three months, I am going to go into Sherlock Holmes mode, and I'm going to research everything I can about this, and I will let you all know how I get on. The test also highlighted that we need to reduce mobile, computer monitor and low-frequency radiation from Sarah's environment. It’s interesting, as Sarah only uses the Ipad at the weekend, and she doesn't have access to a computer or a phone, other than that odd occasion she uses my phone. This is one of the very reasons I have just purchased a radiation mobile phone chip. My test results revealed that my radiation levels were off the scale!
If anyone would like to find out more about the test and have a chat with Jules, please go to her website www.5glyde.com or call her on
(08) 9385 5665. The test usually costs $350, but for a limited time, Jules is offering the test for $99! Let me know how you get on everyone, or if you have any information to share about how to reduce toxic metals, then let me know.
With love & light,
(aka Sherlock Holmes)