Thursday, July 22, 2010

If it Kills Bugs Why Wouldn't it Hurt Kids?

Pesticides Linked to ADHD in Kids

We have been discussing how diet and artificial dyes and chemicals in personal care products can effect hyperactivity in children. This article posted by ABC News on MedPage shows the link between pesticides and ADHD.

By Todd Neale, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: May 17, 2010

Children with greater exposure to pesticides appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a cross-sectional study showed.

These findings support the idea that pesticide, at levels common among U.S. children, may contribute to ADHD prevalence.

The population is typically exposed to pesticides through food, drinking water, and residential use. Major sources of exposure for children and infants is through the diet, as some fruits and vegetables have been shown to have pesticide residue.

The potential harm from pesticide exposure is greater in children because the developing brain is more vulnerable, and doses per body weight are likely to be higher than in adults.

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Don't forget to buy organic when possible. Reference the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides by clicking here.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My son has ADHD...I'm not sure how conclusive this study is though...only 1100 subjects on one sample each...however you should always wash your produce well...we have a saying in the food business about produce..."the last person who touched that didn't wash their hands after they went to the bathroom"...the thought of that tends to prompt the washing of produce in our house...