Pesticides and ADHD

05.28.10 | Sherri Watters | Comments[1]

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Kids fed fruits and veggies laced with pesticides may run a higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. That disturbing find comes from Harvard University's School of Public Health, which analyzed urine tests and other health data gathered from a federal health survey. The study found a link between the children whose urine held higher-than-normal traces of the pesticide malathion and a diagnosis of ADHD. If their malathion levels were above the median for the whole group, they were twice as likely to have ADHD than their malathion-free peers.

Malathion is the most commonly used insecticide in the U.S. It's long been known to cause developmental delays in the children of farmworkers, who are exposed to the stuff as it's being sprayed. This was the first study to look at kids in cities and suburbs. Researchers say those kids are probably exposed through the foods they eat, particularly frozen berries.

Researchers used data gathered from the federal National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2000 to 2004. They followed up with interviews with the parents of the 119 kids with the behavioral disorder ADHD.

Sherri's Thoughts

This is a huge controversy all the way around. When talking with teachers, so often you hear the same comments repeated. The at risk children come from lower income homes where the fruits and vegetables that have been discussed are not readily available. These children tend to eat highly sugared processed cereals and foods. So many times we hear a report such as this and we throw the baby out with the bath water.

Simply washing most fruits and vegetables in a good organic cleaner for 10 to 15 minutes will remove the residue from sprays. I use Shaklee's Basic H. It is amazing to see the amount of dirt and particles in the bowl after a good soaking. Buying fruits and vegetables when they are in season is the best way to go as they are most likely local. Imported produce should be watched much closer as regulations are relaxed in certain regions.

In times when so many are trying to figure out all of the myriads of health problems that are plaguing our society today, fingers get pointed quickly and we have knee jerk responses to these reports. Take time to think it through and pray through the info that is coming at you. Good choices will be at your finger tips as we understand that so many of the "dangers" that we are warned about today merely need us to use common sense and take the proper steps to safety in handling fresh produce properly to give us and our family's optimum health benefits!

Please consult your doctor or nutritionist before making any changes to your diet.


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on 05.28.10 Elizabeth Hull commented

I heard this on the show today and got online to see what it was you washed your fruits and veggies with. Then I read about the frozen berries having high levels of pesticides. Very disturbing, especially given that I just gave my twin girls frozen blueberries pureed with peaches! They ate so much that, well, they came out blue on the other end! They're 8 months old and most of what they have had so far is organic. We're lucky to be able to afford it for now but as food prices go up, it's hard to do all the time. I will be washing my produce from now on and will only be buying organic berries. We get a bumper crop of raspberries in our yard each year-all organic. I wish we lived in a world where the folks who grew our food could be trusted to do what is best for everyone. Instead it's for profit and we all suffer. Low man on the totem pole who can only afford the least expensive foods gets the foods with the worst ingredients and additives. Exactly the folks who tend to need it the least. It doesn't seem fair. But I believe that where there is a will there is a way and God will bless our efforts at keeping our "temples" healthy if we do it with the right motives. Keep on pressing on! God bless.