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Pesticides in Food Linked to ADHD in Kids

Experts say diet is likely the most common route of exposure for chemicals contributing to ADHD.



Pesticides in Food Linked to ADHD in Kids

Make it organic: Chemical pesticides in food raise a child's risk of ADHD, a study found.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Levels of pesticides commonly encountered across the country in food as well as around the home are significantly increasing children's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and could be causing an increase in the number of children living with the condition, according to new research published in the journal Pediatrics. "It's mainly exposure through food. Diet is the driver," says pediatrician and public health expert Phil Landrigan, MD, professor and chair of the department of community and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. "For most people, diet is the predominant source. It's been shown that people who switch to an organic diet knock down the levels of pesticide by-products in their urine by 85 to 90 percent."

THE DETAILS: Canadian researchers used data collected from nearly 1,140 children participating in the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, including pesticide by-products found in urine. They found that in that group, 119 children met the criteria for ADHD.

Children with substantially higher levels of a breakdown product of neurotoxic organophosphate pesticides were twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. The university researchers conclude that parents should buy organic for their kids. Numerous other researchers stress the importance of women eating organic at least six months before conception and throughout pregnancy, too.

Filed Under: ORGANIC FOOD, PESTICIDES

Published on: May 17, 2010



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Pesticides and ADHD

This is such a no brainer I could scream!! I have been telling anyone who would listen for years that Sevin, the popular pesticide being thrown around by everyone works by attacking the neurological system of bugs. How far a stretch is it to realize that used in quantity, it would be in the ecosystem and would do the same to people?!? How many millions did this study cost us?

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