ADHD Cases Rise, Studies Link Pesticides

The number of kids who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities went up 17% in the past 12 years. The main reason for the rise, research has found, is increased diagnoses for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Another reason may be the rise in premature births.

Most of the rise was driven by the rate of ADHD, growing from 5.7% to 7.6% over the course of the 12-year study.  Autism rates showed the fastest growth, from 0.2% to 0.7%.

This is scary news, considering studies which have linked the use of pesticides to the rise in ADHD in children.  A study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that kids exposed to higher levels of a pesticide found in teeny amounts on commercially grown produce are much more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than kids who did not receive as much exposure.  This study, which has been reported on CNN, is the first to look at effects of exposure to these pesticides on the general population.    Pesticides are meant to be toxic to the nervous system – that’s one reason they kill pests.

“Organic fruits and vegetables contain much fewer pesticides,” advises Maryse Bouchard, Ph. D., who does research at the University of Montreal in the department of environmental and occupational health.  “National surveys have also shown that fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets contain less pesticides even if they’re not organic.  Though pesticide can be useful in certain situations, most of them are toxic to humans – especially young children who are still developing.

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Oct 13, 2011 | Category: Lice Treatment | Comments: none

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