Research Links Pesticides With ADHD In Children

A new study suggests a possible link between children's attention-deficit disorder and exposure to common pesticides used on fruits and vegetables.

The study found detectable levels of pesticide compounds in the urine of almost all the children studied. The kids with higher levels had increased chances of having ADHD, a common problem that causes students to have trouble in school.

The children may have eaten food treated with pesticides, breathed it in the air or swallowed it in their drinking water. The study didn't determine how they were exposed.

Experts say the research is well done. But more studies will be needed to confirm the connection is more than chance.

The findings appear Monday in the journal Pediatrics.


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  • by Anonymous on May 17, 2010 at 09:13 PM
    Don't forget Harris Teeter & Lowes Foods...then there's Wal-Mart, too.
  • by MAP Location: downeast on May 17, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    Where is the study of children whose parents don't believe in spankings, think that timeout causes damage to the psyche, and overall lack discipline because they are too busy being their kid's best friend?! We need to get back to the basics and hold our children responsible for what they do. I have 2 small children that understand actions versus reactions. Hold your kids accountable, and we'll see what kind of studies are needed then...
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on May 17, 2010 at 02:37 PM
    Here is just one example of lazy parenting: I was in DollarTree one day at the checkout lane. The cashier was making 'nice nice' chat with the patron checking out. She was remarking on how easy it was to feed her children the canned off-brand 'Spaghettio's' for dinners at night. I have seen more Mothers buying cheap conviency crap too. If more of these 'conviency Mothers' cooked real foods/made salads (and don't give me excuses of how you work and are too tired), the amount of food ingested by children with 'additives' would decrease. It's all about conveniency for some parents. I also understand about being tired when you come home from your job; that's why you should plan healthy meals/pre-cook/package/freeze ahead on the weekend/your days off. Don't complain if you don't do the work. We all have the same challenges with our children; some of us are just willing to go the extra miles without making complaints.
  • by Farmer Location: Pitt Cty. on May 17, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    Eat organic. Better for your farm, and better for your body.
  • by concerned Location: williamston on May 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM
    This area seems to be the junk food capital of the Country. Everyone around here love PORK this and PORK that.Greece,fat,sugar,Processed foods,fast foods etc.Sad to say,its great though for the medical industry.
  • by What's new Location: NC on May 17, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    ok...when are they going to quit blaming every medical problem with something in the environment. Everyone has something wrong with them medically in some form or fashion. Nothing has changed. Science has just brought more things to our attention that were just explained by another illness prior to their miraculous discoveries
  • by help on May 17, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    I'd would love to eat organic all the time. I love to go to Whole Foods whenever I'm in Raleigh or Chapel Hill. But..I live in eastern NC with only Foodlion and Piggly Wiggly. I wish Whole Foods would move east!!!!!
  • by concerned on May 17, 2010 at 07:33 AM
    I teach quite a few children with this diagnosis. The government should do a study on how many of these children are drug babies. Then they need to study the parents to see if they a fit to be "parents". They won't give the children their medication because they are either too sorry to go get it, or they say it changes their personality. But the state looks at me and wonders why I can't teach them. They need to observe them crawling under desks, daydreaming, playing with thier 100 silly bands, etc. HELP!!!!!
  • by Joni Location: Washington on May 17, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    OK so who decides that we all must eat orgasmic fruits and vegatables isnt that a decision that we must make for our own selves? I dont like to be told what to eat espechially fruit and such you might could put up a sign?
  • by okayheregoes on May 17, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    Unsure... this is part of the problem in America. "Fruit" rollups are NOT fruit! Processed food is full of things that do not belong in the human body. Like people here are saying... switch to an organic lifestyle. It's so creepy to have to make a conscious effort to eat as we did before Swanson created that first TV dinner. :( And a note to the major food producers out there... corn/soy byproducts don't belong in every product you put out. If it won't have the right 'texture' if you freeze it, store it for 2 years or microwave it... maybe you shouldn't be looking to it as a food product. Source your food from reputable local producers who adhere to organic production methods or grow your own & vote for healthier food in the marketplaces by spending your food dollars wisely. If you don't buy it, they can't profit from it and continue to flood the market with junk. America has to move away from the 'got to have it now and in copious amounts for the cheapest price' or we're done for...
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