Pesticides, ADHD and what we can do about it

After reading today’s news about yet another study linking pesticides to yet another health issue, in this case ADHD, I thought maybe this time, we’ll pay attention to this dark undercurrent in modern life. Perhaps now, with 3-7 percent of kids affected by ADHD, and the disorder possibly triggered by pesticide exposure, we’ll finally see that it really is something in the water — and the food — that’s causing this crisis.

ADHD triggered by pesticides?

A study published in Pediatrics today points to pesticides as a trigger for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The study’s team of academic researchers sampled the urine of more than 1,100 kids, finding that those with the highest pesticide residues in their urine from organophosphate pesticides were more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Of the sample, 119 of the children had been diagnosed with ADHD.

The team concluded that: “These findings support the hypothesis that organophosphate exposure, at levels common among US children, may contribute to ADHD prevalence.”