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How much plastic is your ADHD exposed to?

Fortunately, the dangers of using plastic to transport food, store food, cover it, heat it, and use it to wrap food are fast becoming common knowledge. For example, Canada declared bisphenol-a (BPA) in plastic, which is used to strengthen some plastics, to be toxic and banned its use.

As plastic ages or is exposed to extreme temperatures, such as heating or freezing, it releases traces of dangerous components.

The two components of greatest concern are BPA (mentioned above) and phthalates, which are used to soften plastic.

Other plastics are made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that filters acetaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen (capable of causing cancer) in your food and beverages.

These chemicals are used in the following elements:

Baby bottles

Can liners

Children’s toys

Vinyl shower curtains

Shopping bags

Plastic coating for food

Some plastic containers

Salad Dressing Bottles

Cooking Oil Bottles

Plastic containers made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) that spill lead, cadmium, mercury, phthalates, and the carcinogen diergyl hexyphosphate into your food

Soda Bottles / Soda Bottles

Water bottles

Peanut butter jars

Meat trays

Foam Take Out Containers & Cups

Foam packaging material made from polystyrene (PS) that spills styrene on food and is known to damage the nervous system.

These chemicals enter your body through the food, water, and dust you eat, or are simply absorbed through your skin.

BPA and phthalates affect the endocrine system as they mimic estrogen and other hormones and are therefore of concern in your child and siblings with ADHD, as well as adults.

Plastics have been linked to the following problems:

Structural brain damage


Increased aggressiveness

Impaired learning

Increased fat training

Risk of obesity

Changed immune system

Early puberty

Stimulation of the development of the mammary glands.

Disruptive reproductive cycles

Ovarian dysfunction

Changes in gender-specific behavior.

Abnormal sexual behavior

Stimulation of prostate cancer cells.

Increased prostate signs

Decreased sperm production.

So what can you do? Avoid:

Plastic bottles

Toys labeled with the numbers 3 or 7

Canned foods, especially those with acidic content like tomatoes

Microwave plastic

Freezing Plastics in Freezers

Plastic cups, utensils, tableware, and food storage containers

Canned drinks

Plastic diapers, use cloth diapers.


Boycott plastic shopping bags, use the canvas or cloth varieties.

Filter your own water with a reverse osmosis filter and fill glass bottles

To facilitate transport, use a stainless steel bottle.

If you prefer to carry a glass bottle, cover with a neoprene sleeve to prevent breakage.

Bring your own coffee / tea cup to go

Buy toys made from natural fibers.

Look for products with minimal packaging

Use fabric shower curtains

Use wooden spoons and other wooden kitchen utensils.

Use biodegradable bags for pet cleaning.

The sad thing is that it is the children and the fetus who are innocent victims of contamination by plastic toxins.

It’s going to be difficult to have a plastic-free environment because plastic is evident in shoes, clothing, electronics, all processed food packages, cars, household items, and personal care products, but some action is better than none.

This is also an environmental concern, as no matter how vigilant you are at home, you are still in danger from this chemical contamination of the environment.

With ADHD in your family, many of whose bodily functions are “different,” it is more important than ever to be aware of the toxins your child is consuming, especially the insidious and inadvertent ones.

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