Is that cheap dollar-store lipstick worsening your ADHD?

ADHD Assist
2 min readDec 27, 2022

Lead is a toxic metal that is well known for its harmful impact on the body, particularly its ability to harm the brain and nervous system.

Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of lead exposure, as their brains are still developing.

Evidence suggests that lead exposure may be associated with an increased risk of developing ADHD.

Studies have found that children with high levels of lead in their bodies are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD and have more severe symptoms of the disorder.

Common sources of lead:

  • old homes — from lead pipes or lead paint
  • cheap toys with lead paint
  • cheap cosmetics — (please don’t buy them from the dollar store)
  • Ayurvedic or traditional Chinese medicine products
  • living near highways and/or airport runways
  • living near lead smelting factories (the worst)

If you are concerned about lead exposure and its potential impact on your child’s health, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider.

They can help to assess your child’s risk of lead exposure and provide guidance on how to reduce the risk. Sometimes, your child may need to undergo lead testing to determine their lead levels.

My favourite tests for heavy metals:

  1. Hair Mineral Analysis — Hair Mineral Analysis shows deficiencies in minerals and toxicity induced by heavy metals. Hair is the second most metabolically active tissue in the body. This test can indicate mineral deficiencies and heavy metal toxicity that have occurred over a long period. Can Alt Labs has a good one for Canadians.
  2. Metals Urine Test — Urine toxic and essential elements analysis is an invaluable tool for assessing the retention of toxic metals in the body and the status of essential nutrient elements. Great Plains Laboratory has a good one.

If lead exposure is suspected or confirmed, your healthcare provider will work with you to develop a plan to reduce your child’s exposure and manage any health effects.



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