Pesticides and Possible Link to ADHD

Now there is one more reason to buy and eat more organic produce and foods. There are new studies showing that the exposure to common pesticides may increase our children’s risk of developing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

In a current study it was found that 94 percent of children that were tested had pesticide compounds in their urine. The children with higher levels of these compounds were more likely to have ADHD.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, the food we consume is the major source of pesticide exposure for our infants and children. Of course, washing our fruits and vegetables can help reduce exposure to pesticides, however, the best option is to buy and eat organic foods whenever possible.

Local farmers markets and co-ops are great sources for obtaining organic produce which is produced without toxic pesticides. And as awareness heightens of the organic food benefits, we are able to find them more abundantly at our corner grocery chains.

On an ending note, when buying groceries, one should think “organic” regarding all the processed foods too… cereals, canned goods, etc. Unfortunately, these can be laden with pesticides and chemicals that can’t be washed off. The smaller the child, the more important it is to buy organic. Their cells are dividing quickly and there is a faster metabolizing of foods. Therefore, a small dose of pesticide to an adult is a large dose to a child.

Sources and Links:
“ADHD and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides” by M.F. Bouchard, et al. Pediatrics, 6/10.
“Study: Common Pesticides Linked to ADHD” by Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune, 5/17/10.
“Study Suggests Pesticides in Foods May Contribute to Attention Deficit Disorder in Kids” by Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press, 5/16/10.

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