Study: Pesticide robs kids of IQ points

Study: Pesticide robs kids of IQ points

Prenatal ex­po­sure to a class of pes­ti­cides widely used on food crops is re­lat­ed to low­er in­tel­li­gence scores at age sev­en, a U.S. study has found. Organophos­phates a class of pes­ti­cides tox­ic to brain cells have been associated with learning delays and ADHD in children

The sci­en­tists at the Un­ivers­ity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley found that every ten­fold in­crease in meas­ures of organophos­phate pes­ti­cides de­tected dur­ing a moth­er’s preg­nan­cy cor­re­sponded to a 5.5 point drop in overall IQ scores in the seven-year-olds.

Organophos­phates are a class of pes­ti­cides tox­ic to brain cells, ac­cord­ing to the re­search­ers. In­door use of chlor­pyri­fos and di­azi­non, two com­mon forms of the pes­ti­cides, has been phased out over the past decade, mainly be­cause of health risks to chil­dren. The 329 chil­dren in the UC Berke­ley study had been fol­lowed from be­fore birth. Their preg­nant moth­ers had pre­vi­ously pro­vid­ed urine sam­ples that were tested for break­down prod­ucts of the pes­ti­cides. Read more here

Researchers advise con­sumers to thor­oughly wash fruits and veg­eta­bles, us­ing a soft brush if prac­ti­cal, are impractical. Plants use the water in the soil. If there are chemicals in the soil, there is a greater chance of those chemicals to become part of the food. The higher the percentage of water in fruit or vegetables such as strawberries and watermelon, the higher the pesticide counts. According to Environmental Working Group an excellent resource for everything that matters to our environment and your health

“Organophosphates have been associated with learning delays and ADHD in children,” Lunder added. “But the fact that three separate studies arrived at such similar conclusions is overwhelming evidence that this family of pesticides presents profound and very serious health risks to children before they’re even born.”

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiles USDA’s data and ranks the most popular fruits and vegetables according to the levels of overall pesticide residues. Find out here what you should always purchase organic. The 2011 guide will be out soon. Get the entire scoop including the studies involved here. Along with the top foods to always buy organic, conventional foods that are lowest in pesticide residue and sign up for their newsletter to keep yourself informed.

Feature Photo: Justyna Furmanczyk RGBStok.com

 

 

About Karen Langston

Karen Langston is an Arizona based nutritionist focusing on Crohn’s Disease and the connection between mind and body.

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4 Responses to Study: Pesticide robs kids of IQ points

  1. Irene May 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    That’s amazing – and not so surprising at the same time

    • Karen May 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      It is awful that we are only finding out about this now. It is worth it to have a heavy metal test and other test done to see what is lurking in your body before considering having a baby.
      Thanks for your input Irene.

  2. Michelle June 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Hello Karen..I could not agree with you more. We need to educate the next generation having babies to detoxify their bodies beforehand. There are so many children being born sick and America needs to wake up from the processed food fog and toxic exposures.. Thanks for sharing the Article.Hope it circulates and educates many people..;)

    • Karen June 24, 2011 at 8:13 am #

      Thanks Michelle, yes it seems that we live in a toxic world and most are not doing anything about it, looks the next generation are the ones suffering the consequences.

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