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What causes attention deficit disorder (ADD)?

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a national health crisis that continues to grow -- yet it remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses today. Around 20% of boys and 11% of girls are being diagnosed with it.
 
While genetics, maternal alcohol or drug use, birth trauma, jaundice, brain infections and head trauma can play a causative role in ADD symptoms, the increase in people being diagnosed with it is likely related to influences in our world today that negatively affect brain function, including:
  • Limited physical education in school
  • Excessive use of video games
  • Diets filled with processed foods
  • Exposure to environmental toxins (i.e. pesticides in the food supply)

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