Mercury exposure in utero may increase risk of ADHD, study shows

On the tail of a recent report, featured by this blog, regarding the alarmingly high levels of mercury found in canned tuna, a new study has shed light on the dangers of mercury exposure among pregnant women.

Expectant mothers have already been listed alongside young children as groups that should be most wary of exposure to this mineral. That's because mercury exposure has been shown to interfere with the healthy development of cells – so it goes without saying that mothers-to-be should keep this well compound away from their little ones.

Now, Health News reports that pregnant women who are regularly exposed to mercury may be increasing their future child's risk of developing a behavioral disorder like ADHD. To determine this correlation, the source reports that researchers were able to figure out the mercury levels of 600 Massachusetts women by taking hair samples from each participant shortly after she gave birth.

After following up with these women years later, the scientists reportedly discovered that the children of mothers who had been exposed to higher levels of mercury while pregnant were more likely to exhibit symptoms of ADHD, such as hyperactivity and a demonstrated difficulty paying attention.

ADHD rates among children have been steadily increasing in recent years, totalling approximately 5.2 million according the most recent statistics from the CDC. As a result, the source explains that the scientific community is eager to isolate environmental toxins and other factors that may play a part in this development.

Of course, exposure to mercury and other toxins isn't desirable for anyone, pregnant or no. Individuals who are concerned about these potentially harmful substances should consider contacting the Longevity Centres of America to discuss treatment for heavy metal poisoning. We offer a procedure called IV Chelation, which can remove dangerous compounds like mercurcy, lead and cadmium from your system.