A Michigan State University study has found that almost one million children in the United States are potentially misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), simply because they were the youngest and least mature in their kindergarten class.
According to the study, that number accounts for some 20% of all diagnosed cases!
That’s right… 1 in 5 ADHD diagnoses is likely wrong!
So why is it happening? It starts with teachers’ ideas about behavior in the classroom.
“Many ADHD diagnoses may be driven by teachers’ perceptions of poor behavior among the youngest children in a kindergarten classroom,” says Todd Elder, the study’s author. “…but these ‘symptoms’ may merely reflect emotional or intellectual immaturity.”
The study is exposing what many have argued for years: ADHD is not a disease, but just kids being kids (although excessive hyperactivity is due largely to a toxic diet).
Meanwhile, a study at UC Berkley has found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides is linked to a 5.5 point drop in overall IQ scores in 7-year-olds. Here again, toxicity is to blame.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, people are exposed to OP pesticides through eating foods from crops treated with these chemicals. Farm workers, gardeners, florists, pesticide applicators and manufacturers of these insecticides may have greater exposure than the general population.
Toxicity and deficiency are root causes of all disease – including the “disease” of ADHD.
These studies reinforce the need for parents to be vigilant about what their kids are exposed to in ALL facets of life, including dietary, environmental, and spiritual influences.