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Study Alert: Link Between Pesticide Exposure and ADHD

[1]As a mom to two young children, recent findings published in Pediatric journal were of great interest to me. According to a study conducted by Harvard University and the University of Montreal, in which urine samples were studied for over 1,100 children aged 8 to 15, for traces of organophosphate pesticide. Children with the highest level of this common pesticide were more than 90 percent more likely than children with no traces to have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder! The amount of pesticide traces were low, typical of what one might be exposed to when consuming commercially grown fruits and veggies.

However, I’ve long been a proponent of eating organic foods as much as possible, and fruits and vegetables are definitely not an exception. Although consuming organic won’t eliminate all exposure to pesticides, it will definitely lower the levels we come in contact with.

Here are some top tips to keep in mind in order to minimize pesticide exposure for your young children:

Pesticides have long been studied for their toxic effects on the nervous system, young and old, we are still waiting to learn more. But, I certainly believe reducing pesticide exposure whenever possible is a good thing. Where are your favorite places to find healthy and organic produce?

Assistance provided by Pam Majumdar [2]

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