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Could the food your child consumes be contributing to ADHD? The Journal of Pediatrics thinks so. In a study published today, research scientists studied a group of 1,000 children ages 8 to 15 , 119 of whom had been previously diagnosed with the syndrome, and analyzed their urine for pesticides and found those with the highest concentration of pesticide were more likely to have ADHD, an acronym for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
ADHD is a cause for hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and inability to concentrate. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 4.5 million children suffer from ADHD and it’s varied symptoms. It is suggested that even small amounts of pesticides effect children’s brain chemistry. Studies will need to be done on a long term basis, examining the theory that pesticide residues inhibit development, including cognitive thinking ability and behavioral function.
The effects of organophosphate pesticide exposure has been the subject of studies and much controversy in the past few years, with several articles being published in The Journal of Pediactrics1, which support this conclusion. While studies will continue as to the rate and proclivity of childhood exposure to pesticides, both in food and water sources, there are ways to limit your child’s exposure.
* Buy fruits and vegetables which are labeled Certified Organic. You may find out more about buying organic produce here:[Link Removed]
* Buying fruits such as apples, which can be washed easily, or fruits that can be peeled.
* Making sure the labels are accurate and that the fruits, vegetables, and juices are actually Certified Organic.
* Buying from your local farmers markets, where you meet the growers and can question the types of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers used on their produce (Corpus Christ, Tx, Aransas Pass, Tx and Rockport, Tx. all have bi-monthly farmers markets available on Chamber of Commerce web sites.)
The Environmental Working Group [Link Removed] You may also want to check out this video from Dr. Andrew Weil, internationally recognized author, physician, and wellness advocate on his opinion of pesticide contamination in our foods. You are also encouraged to contact your local wellness practitioner who can direct you to information regarding this growing concern.4
To protect your child’s health follow these guidelines; offer a variety of foods, and when possible, grow as much as you are able in container gardens. An excellent new book on backyard gardens and container gardens, The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan5, offers solutions for inexpensive, pesticide free foods that can be grown at home.
While studies are still needed to ascertain the amount of damage pesticides cause to children, the fact that a link has been made to pesticide residual on foods and ADHD6 should be a wake up call to us all. Children are our future! Lets keep them as healthy as possible!
May 2010 Shelli Rossignol LMT/CR
[Link Removed] www.pediatrics.aapublications.org
2. The Environmental Working Group[Link Removed]
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4. [Link Removed] Ora Massage & Bodywork
5. The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
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