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Study Says Pesticides in Food Chain Causes ADHD in Children

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...With all the information that has been collected on the subject of pesticides then and now, you'd think we would have quit using them decades ago. Not so. We're still using pesticides, and -- worse yet -- our food chain is polluted with them.

According to new research published in the Journal of Pediatrics, levels of pesticides commonly encountered across the country in food as well as around the home significantly increase children's risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and could be causing an increase in the number of children living with the condition.

Pediatrician and public health expert Phil Landrigan, M.D., professor and chair of the department of community and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, said in a recent interview with MSNBC, "For most people, diet is the predominant source. It's been shown that people who switch to an organic diet knock down the levels of pesticide by-products in their urine by 85 to 90 percent."

There you have it. The public continues to buy over-the-counter weed sprays for their yards in the mistaken belief they're not harmful. Big Agri absolutely depends upon pesticides in nearly all the crops they grow. The corporations continue to claim the new pesticides are safe. Deju vu, anyone? 

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