For many years there is anecdotal evidence of a link between pesticides and ADHD. What was known for sure was that incidence of ADHD was on the rise. With higher incidence often in areas pesticides treatments; this is smoke, but no fire. Recent studies of the link between pesticides and ADHD put some fire to the smoke.
ADHD is a disease that affects the brain development of children. It affects child’s frontal lobe and makes the child have a very short attention span and an inability to focus. Children with ADHD have a specific problem with paying attention and planning.
The link between pesticides and ADHD
Scientists have recently begun to track the pesticides breakdown and children’s urine. Their results show that children with pesticides in their urine are twice as likely to have ADHD as the children with no traces of pesticides in the urine at all.
One specific type of pesticides, organophosphates, which is used on both fruits and vegetables is the specific one of the scientists were checking for in the above studies. In these tests scientists found even in small dosages of these organophosphates in the child system would show a marked increase in ADHD from the control children’s who had no organophosphates in the system. In other words now there is smoke and fire; there is a direct link between pesticides and ADHD that is traceable and scientifically proven.
Researcher Marc Weisskopf of Harvard said, “There is growing concern that these pesticides may be related to ADHD, What this paper specifically highlights is that this may be true even at low concentrations.” Mr. Weisskopf studies clearly shows there is a link to pesticides and ADHD and it is true even in relatively low doses.
What can you do?
Is easy enough to say that organophosphates can cause ADHD, the question is what can you do about it? The important thing is for people children to take action to ensure that their children do not consume organophosphates. The best way to do this is to simply buy organic fruits and vegetables. If you do buy store-bought vegetables make sure they are thoroughly washed after you purchase them. Often there are many organophosphates on the skin of fruits and vegetables. Watching them would least decrease the chance of a child getting a serious amount of organophosphates within their system. If you suspect your child has symptoms of ADHD contact a medical professional to get them evaluated.
The link between pesticides and ADHD is real, taking the simple steps will decrease the chances of children coming down with his cognitive developmental issue.