Interesting article about pesticide exposure and ADHD

Barbara - posted on 12/25/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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In the recent WebMD magazine, September 2010 issue, written by Ari Brown, MD, they addressed this;

At least one in 10 American kids has attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity, or ADHD. And a recent study published in Pedicatrics did find an association between pesticides exposure and ADHD, so there may be a link.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health studied 1,139 children ages 8 to 15, about 10% of whom had ADHD. All of the children submitted a urine specimen for testing. The urine of children with ADHD had significantly higher levels of byproducts of organophosphates, a class of insecticides that acts on insects' brains and nervous systems. And the higher the level of these byproducts in the urine, the greater the chance the child had ADHD. What's scary is that these kids weren't living on farms or near pesticide manufacturing plants; they were kids exposed to normal levels of pesticides.

Some way to limit children's exposure to pesticides include buying locally grown fresh produce in season and then washing it carefully. And consider opting for organic versions of produce that tends to carry the most pesticide residues, including peaches, apples, cherries, imported grapes, strawberries, blueberries, celery, bell peppers, spinach, kale, collard greens and potatoes.

How scary is that!!! I have found a nutritional supplement that has totally detoxed my child and she is now med free, happy & healthy. It makes me sick to see how the government and FDA allows all of these toxins on and in our foods. Our bodies were designed for perfect nutrition, not chemicals.

Please let me know if you would like more information on what I have given my child.

Good luck to you and your family.

Barbara

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Nanette - posted on 10/13/2012

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WOW that is very interesting. I recently started reading articles about pesticides and your food. When I can I will go to the farmers market on Saturdays but sometimes it's just not feasible. So now I wash all produce in a mixture of vinegar and water. But the high pesticide produce I always try to buy organic from the store.

My son and I have also started reading labels on food products. Take a look at the labels most everything has high fructose corn syrup. Not natural. My sons favorite is PB&J. I've always bought the organic natural peanut butter but never paid attention to the jams. WOW! 99% of all jams found in the grocery store have high fructose corn syrup in them even ones that say "natural". I have only found 1 brand that doesn't and it's a small jar for about $4. So I started making my own jam with organic fruits. You can control how much sugar is used. Actually I have started making most of my sons snacks from scratch...granola bars, wheat thins and so on. Bread is next on my list. Paying the price for bread without all that (excuse the verbiage) crap in it as gotten ridiculous.

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