Monday, May 17, 2010

Pesticides Linked to ADHD

Youngsters with high levels of pesticide residue in their urine, particularly from widely used types of insecticide such as malathion, were more likely to have ADHD, scientists in the United States and Canada found. It is the largest study to date to look at the effect of pesticides on child development and behavior, including ADHD.

The most alarming finding was a near-doubling in odds of ADHD diagnoses among kids with higher-than-average levels of the most common of the six metabolites, a common pesticide, detected. Kids with high levels of dimethyl thiophosphate were 93 percent more likely to have the disorder than children with with undetectable levels of the marker. 

The best advice for parents is to buy organic produce or choose foods with low level of pesticides. Click here for the list.


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