Is ADHD linked to pesticide exposure

by Christine Sine

As you know one of the issues I am concerned about is environmental pollution and its impact on health.  My move towards organic gardening began when I researched the impact of pesticides on our health generally and particularly on that of our children.  Here is an interesting and concerning article that links use of ordinary pesticides with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in kids

Writing in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan detailed how, following World War II, nerve-gas factories were converted en masse into synthetic pesticide factories. These weapons reborn as pesticides are organophosphates, as are both Sarin and VX gases. For farmers, they work by, as Wikipedia tastefully puts it, “irreversibly inactivating” an essential neurotransmitter within insects — just as they worked for military generals by irreversibly inactivating the same equally essential neurotransmitter within soldiers.

The dangers of organophosphates are thus nothing new, though industrial agriculture continues to drop tens of millions of pounds of them on fields across the country every year. The argument in favor of their use has always been that, whatever their devastating effects at high doses, general exposure through the environment was far too low to do any harm. Read the entire article

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Christine Sine August 18, 2010 - 4:11 am

Brian,
I often think that parents understand what’s going on far better than doctors do. They use their observation & intuition rather than a lot of tests that sometimes can be misleading

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