Tag: IQ

Breastfeeding May Protect Against ADHD and Improve IQ

The beneficial effects of breastfeeding are many. Children who are breastfed are at less risk of developing ear infections, colds, asthma, obesity, diabetes, and even leukemia.1 Breastfeeding has also been linked to improved brain development and lower risk for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral problems. Because ADHD and other behavioral problems are also linked to the child’s IQ—which…

Fish Oil Supplementation Boosts Young Children’s IQ

Most parents want their children to get ahead in the world, and intelligence level tends to be the measure society uses to gauge the ability to excel. While there are certainly arguments to that point, not many parents would pass up the chance to increase IQ level in their children if they could. A recent study published in the journal…

Toxin Exposure and Loss of IQ in Children

Three toxins that have been found to affect children’s developing brains and nervous systems—lead, organophosphate pesticides, and mercury—have been found to impact children’s IQ in the overall population, according to a recent study published online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Most studies evaluating the effects of toxins look at one toxin in a relatively small group of people. This…

Manganese in Drinking Water Associated with Lower IQ in Children

  An unexpected toxin was recently found to have a strong association with intellectual ability in children — manganese. Where is this manganese coming from?  Surprisingly, from tap water that contains manganese concentrations below the current guidelines for safety. Kids with the most exposure to manganese through tap water were found to have lower IQs than those children who were…

Pesticide Exposure—From Prenatal to Parkinson’s

  I often blog about the widespread negative effects of chemicals and pesticides. We live in a toxic soup, and the more people realize that, the more likely they will be to make changes. Ultimately, the more natural products and services you buy, the more those products and businesses will appear until one day (in my perfect world) we will…

Standard American Diet in Toddlers = Lower IQ

As it turns out, 3-year-old children who consume a diet high in processed foods are more likely to have a lower IQ by the age of 8 when compared to children who eat either a traditional meat and potatoes diet, or a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, salads, rice and pasta. A recent study tracked almost 4,000 children from…