Canadian researchers have found that exposure to commonly encountered chemicals in food are directly related to children developing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Pesticides!
“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.”
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.
This isn’t the first study that has linked this class of pesticides to human health problems. However, other studies looked at farmers or others who work closely with pesticides day in and day out. This study is the first to look at everyday exposure levels in children from around the country. And as it turns out, U.S. kids are exposed to harmful levels of pesticides in their food, day in and day out.
The article also stated that a 2008 Pesticide Residue Report detectable levels of one type of organophosphate alone showed up in 28 percent of frozen blueberries, 25 percent of strawberries, and 19 percent of celery sampled.
Organophosphates have also been linked to childhood leukemia. lymphomas, and bee colony collapse.
Fortunately we have been teaching this stuff for years now and have not been waiting for mainstream media or medical literature to catch up to the principal of eating food, not chemicals. Unfortunately rates of ADHD and chronic childhood diseases have gone up.
Come to our Total Food Makeover on Monday October 3 to find out more about this topic