ADHD, AED, ASD: It’s in the Water

The #FLINT water crisis shines a spotlight on the adverse effects of lead-contaminated drinking water, presenting us, in concentrated form, with a list of symptoms that this author believes is also prevalent to some degree in broader American society.

What are the health effects and dangers of lead?

When cells in the brain absorb lead, it tends to affect the frontal cortex, the area responsible for abstract thought, planning, and attention, and the hippocampus, essential to learning and memory. …

… Lead can change how signals are passed within the brain, how memories are stored, even how cells get their energy, resulting in life-long learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and lower IQs.

The symptoms listed above are pervasive in our schools, work places, playgrounds and every-day life. They are not the cause of but contribute to ‘Trump-itis’, the racism that prompted the formation of #BlackLivesMatter and other recent social phenomenon. Could it be that the root cause of the decline in social and communication skills that is becoming more and more evident can be traced to the water we drink?

Social media can be a wonderful communication tool, but all too often is an outlet for rage expressed in uneducated, uninformed fashion, highlighting the lack of fundamental communication skills. This behavior is spreading into Main Street, the community at large. On MSNBC’s AM Joy (12/3/16) Joy Reid, in a segment titled “Trump supporter rant videos go viral”, highlights part of a 45 minute rant by a young lady claiming reverse discrimination simply because she was asked to purchase a $1 reusable bag to carry her goods. Joi calls this “Acute Discrimination Envy”. While this “Acute Discrimination Envy” (ADE) focuses on one aspect, it falls under the symptoms visible in the growing list of social/behavioral disorders.

The mental effects of poisoning will express themselves differently depending upon social, economic, and educational demographics independent of racial specificity. It may lead to overreaction of a police officer imagining his life is in danger, an airline passenger fearing the Arab-looking man doing complex mathematics, the airline staff escorting the offender, not the offendee who feels threatened by someone ‘speaking Arabic’, off the plane or the young lady thinking she’s being discriminated against simply because a person of color was offering what otherwise would be taken as common customer service.

We need to take a closer look at the ‘allowed additives’ to the fluids we ingest. Start by taking water samples from 173 randomly selected cities and rural areas. Test for water purity looking not only at lead content but also fluoride and other ‘acceptable’ content and impurities.

When a police officer shoots anyone test his or her blood and urine immediately. Gather the data and see if there are commonalities. In cases of ‘abnormal social disruption’ (ASD) do the same tests and gather data. I believe we’ll discover that the root causes stem from the contaminated water we drink and the processed foods we eat.

We should ask ourselves if these additives are helpful or detrimental to our health. Can we increase mental and physical health and reduce health costs simply by reducing the here-to-fore allowable parts-per-billion?

Perhaps we, as a nation, need to pay closer attention to the adage “You are what you eat”.

- @hypocrazy104

In a TEDTalks video Dr. David A. Sousa at TEDxASB lists caffeine, aspartame, food preservatives and colorings as the major additives which can lead to ADHD-like symptoms.

Fluoride Affects Many Tissues in Your Body Besides Your Teeth

...according to a 500-page scientific review, fluoride is an endocrine disruptor that can affect your bones, brain, thyroid gland, pineal gland and even your blood sugar levels.

There have been over 34 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage, including lower IQ in children, and studies have shown that fluoride toxicity can lead to a wide variety of health problems…



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Steven PBarrett 2 years 41 weeks ago

Hell, this reminds me of the "logic" demonstrated by the crazy general in "Dr. Strangelove" who took over his base in Britain and ordered bombers loaded with nukes to hit the Soviet Union and for quite a while, he blamed bad water as the culprit for so many of our woes leading him to justify the destruction of the planet.

Well, I have ADHD ("in spades") as one doc described it when I was in my late forties no less, and I've got Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's and maybe some other things I forgot. When you reach 65, it's okay to remind younger folks you've forgotten more than most people are learning these days in school. Look folks, having ADHD, etc. doesn't mean you've been exposed to all sorts of chemicals placed in whatever drinking supply you and your family used during your early years and you turned out the way you did later in life.

Pssst, it's a little more complicated. Hell, having ADHD "in spades" or hearts, clubs, whatever shouldn't stop anybody from being able to graduate from h.s. and college. I graduated from a very snooty public high school serving a college town in New England ... in just 3.5 years and graduated on time from college. Guess what my cumulative averages were? High? Ha! I was a "gentleman C 'scholar'" all the way through. But I managed and much of the credit for this goes to my parents who didn't know exactly what I had save for a lousy ability to focus and get things done on time. I majored in procrastination and if grades could be earned in that skill, I would've been at the tops in every school.

It takes love and a desire to push through on what you love as well and when you match loving encouragement you're receiving from those closest to you who believe in you (parents, spouses, sibs and kids and special teachers, coaches, bosses, editors) ... the only thing stopping somebody with ADHD, etc. is the constant ability for us to become our worst enemies. Boy, do we tear ourselves apart and inside out before we get to banging us down.

It's not water, it's something else, and I hope I captured it for those who need to know this the most and gain whatever encouragement my own story could offer. Yeah, I take meds, but the biggest medicine I can give is the determination to not let others dictate who I can be and how far I can go. SUbstitute my "i" for your my and take it to the bank. These alphabet conditions are only that; they're not life killers unless we choose to let them take our lives over like that crazy general who took over his base and let all hell break loose.

hypocrazy104 2 years 40 weeks ago

I'm not saying ADHD is caused by water. What I am saying is that the general deterioration in behaviour of many may have a common cause.

Indeed Dr. David A. Sousa lectures on the possible causes of misdiagnosing and over diagnosing ADHD. He points to the things we ingest.

I listened to some of the problems Flint children had and realised that, to some extent, those problems were evident in the population at large.

How do we explain the aggressive nature of many today, from Trump supporters to cops shooting civilians for no real reason? How do we explain the abysmal learning problems of today's youth? How do we explain the fact that many have either never learned or forgotten how to think?

These problems are common throughout the country. Is there some common cause that we are not looking at?

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