13 More Reasons to Avoid Pesticides (Part Two)

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This is the second part of the series on reasons to avoid pesticides. In Part One we looked at 13 reasons to avoid There are cancer causing chemicals that are lurking in our houses. They hide in unlikely places, as as a recent report
these hazardous substances, which include herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, disinfectants, and other compounds are dispensed everywhere to control, repel, or kill pests on our food crops, playgrounds, parks, personal lawns, gardens, and forests, and neighborhoods (mosquito spraying, anyone?).

We needed to do this article in two parts because there are too many reasons to squeeze into one. So here are 13 more reasons to avoid pesticides. This list, unlike the first one, includes some conditions and situations involving the impact of pesticides on children and the environment. Be informed and be safe!

1. ADHD. A study appearing online in Environmental Health in June 2015 reported on an association between the pesticide called pyrethroid and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The association especially applied to hyperactivity and impulsivity and was greater in boys than in girls. Pyrethroids make up most of the common household insecticides on the market.

2. Asthma (children).
Among children, exposure to pesticides is especially dangerous. The authors of a study in Environmental Health Perspectives noted that young infants and toddlers exposed to herbicides or pesticides during the first year of their life are 4.5 times and 2.5 times more likely to develop asthma, respectively, by the time they are 5 years old.

In a more recent report published in the same journal, researchers looked at the impact of exposure to organophosphate pesticides on children. Pesticide levels were measured in urine from mothers twice during pregnancy and from their children five times during childhood (from 6 months to 5 years of age) and correlated with respiratory symptoms. Overall, pesticide exposure during early life “was associated with respiratory symptoms consistent with possible asthma in childhood.”


By Deborah Mitchell| August 17, 2015
Categories:  Live

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Deborah Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell

Deborah is a freelance health writer who is passionate about animals and the environment. She has authored, co-authored, and written more than 50 books and thousands of articles on a wide range of topics. Currently she lives in Tucson, Arizona. Visit her at deborahmitchellbooks.com.

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