Link between pesticides and increased risk of developing ADHD in children was recently discovered by team of scientists led by Maryse Bouchard. The results of their recent study have made many parents worry for the health of their children.
This study focused on children living in USA and Canada. Though, this was caused by the fact that scientists working on the study were based at the University of Montreal and Harvard University. Also, it does not mean that the results are invalid for the rest of the world. In fact, they are valid for any country where organophosphates are used as pesticides. Actually, breakdown products of organophosphates were linked to the increased risk of developing ADHD in children, not organophosphates directly.
Urine of over 1100 children was analyzed during the study to reveal any above average content of mentioned breakdown products. Researchers found out that children with above average content of these chemicals were in much higher risk of developing ADHD. It is sad, but even low levels of above-average exposure make children twice as likely to develop ADHD as those with no measurable exposure. Also, the risks increase rapidly with any further increase in exposure to these chemicals. Sadly, there is very little room for error as other possible factors were also closely examined with little or no effect on likelihood of developing ADHD in children.
On the other hand, many things remain unclear. For example, it is unknown what type and extent of exposure to pesticides causes these terrifying problems. As a result, more studies devoted to this cause are needed so that parents and entire society can take proper precautions. Though, there are precautions that can be taken even now. The most obvious ones are to avoid use of organophosphate pesticides at home and to feed your children thoroughly cleaned or organically grown fruits and vegetables.
To conclude, certain pesticides can undoubtedly be linked to development of ADHD in children. However, many aspects of this danger remain partially or entirely unknown. Nonetheless, parents should take certain precautions to protect their children.