Pesticides tied to ADHD?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Pesticides tied to ADHD?
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Mon, 05-17-2010 - 3:14pm

Have you seen this latest news story that there could be links between pesticides and ADHD in children?

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Thu, 05-20-2010 - 10:53am

I would like to see this replicated. It can't hurt to go organic if you can afford it, but the study did seem to have some questionable areas.

My son was very active and had his other issues from a very young age. We did move to a rental across from an apple orchard when he was two. They did lots of spraying with no notice to people who lived there. We always closed the windows and I took the laundry off the line and rewashed, but there was drift to our lawn. Also my son eats way more apples than most people, a couple a day. We try to get them washed, but it doesn't always happen.

Interesting that they say celery is high - there was a place down the road it was being grown, I never saw them spray it. I don't think it was organic - it looked like they packaged in the regular Dole wrapper. Berries and apples, yes, they got sprayed a lot.

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 1:53pm

I thought the study was pretty flawed. Since ADHD is genetic, did they investigate family backgrounds first to rule out a history of ADHD? Did they see if there was a family history of exposure to pesticides? Also, the way they defined ADHD was fishy -- the kids didn't have to have a formal diagnosis, just symptoms of it. Well, as we all know, the symptoms could also be other conditions. Without the diagnosis, I don't think you can say these kids have ADHD.

I can say with certainty that our son was born with ADHD. So, would it be my pesticide consumption (even though I mostly eat organic produce) that caused his ADHD or would it be the fact that there is a case in my husband's family?

Honestly, I'm taking the findings with a grain of salt. They don't seem very thorough.

Michelle

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 9:16am
You make a good point, I hadn't thought of that.

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Mon, 05-17-2010 - 6:25pm
I saw that on the news earlier. I think it is hard to avoid all pesticides, but peeling and washing helps, and we do it. Not sure if there is an real link, but I do wonder if

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.