Evidence Links Pesticides to Hyperactivity

A growing body of evidence suggests that organophosphate pesticides are a prime cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The pesticides are designed to attack the nervous systems of insects, so many experts believe it is not surprising that they also attack the nervous systems of humans.

Forty organophosphate pesticides are registered in the United States. At least 73 million pounds used each year in agricultural and residential settings.

According to the Los Angeles Times:

“The newest study ... examines the effects of both prenatal and childhood exposure to the pesticides ... [E]ach tenfold increase in pesticide levels in the mothers' urine was associated with a fivefold increase in attention problems as measured by the assays. The effect was more pronounced in boys than in girls.”

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