In the last few years, it had been estimated that the rate in which ADD is affecting our children has increased to around 7%. That’s right, almost 7% of all US children are believed to be diagnosed with ADHD, not even counting those who have yet to be diagnosed. It seems as if the rate has increased exponentially over the past few decades, but until now, the culprit to this has been unknown.
In light of recent studies, though, there has been an increasing concern on what might just be the aforementioned culprit: pesticide. Apparently, even in low amounts, researchers have linked common pesticides to the disruptive symptoms caused by ADD and ADHD.
How was this discovered, though? It seems as if in a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the pesticide Malathion, most commonly used in fruits and vegetables, have been found to be directly linked with children with ADHD. Those who were diagnosed were found to have the highest amount of Malathion in their urine samples.
It seems as if from the urine samples of over a thousand kids who were tested, the 119 who were diagnosed with ADHD had the highest amounts. And these amounts weren’t that high at all. It doesn’t take too much of Malathion to raise ADHD risk considerably. It’s been studied to directly cause brain development, and this is what the researchers base their findings on.
However, they emphasize that this does not mean that only children are affected. In fact, ADHD can develop later in life towards adulthood, and has been documented in many cases. The researchers say that everyone could be at risk. This is due to the fact that pesticides are so commonly used and widespread in America. Additionally, organic options are often ridiculously priced higher than their pesticide alternatives.
Despite this, does the lower price really matter that much in terms of the safety of you and your family? Can you really put a price on your health?