(NaturalHealth365) If you suffer from asthma, allergies or experience some kind of nerve damage – you may be filled with unwanted pesticides from your immediate environment. Pesticides are chemicals that kill unwanted molds, rodents, insects and plants and are used in a variety of settings including homes and schools.
The most recent data available shows that 45% of ‘pesticide poisoning events’ reported to poison control centers were for children – a very vulnerable demographic. In addition, evidence is increasingly emerging about chronic health implications from acute and chronic exposure to pesticides.
Are pesticides threatening our kids and future generations?
Increased pesticide exposure has been associated with poorer mental development, pervasive development disorder (autism), inattention and ADHD. One study concluded that on the basis of experimental and observational research, pesticides may be capable of inducing core features of autism while further data suggests a link between parental pesticide use and physical birth defects, low birth weight and fetal death.
A study of mothers living in California’s Central Valley found that kids born to moms who had been exposed to organochlorine insecticides, like DDT, dieldrin and heptachlor, applied within 500 meters of the home during days 26 and 81 of gestation were 7.6 time more likely to be diagnosed with autism. Furthermore, in 2012, Philip Landrigan MD and Director of Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) listed organochlorine pesticides as one of the ’top 10 environmental contributors suspected to contribute to autism’.
Allergies and asthma linked to pesticide exposure
The CDC found an 18% rise over a 10 year period in food allergies and allergist Elina Jerschow, MD states there is a connection between pesticides and this increase.
Dr. Jerschow reviewed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that people with higher levels of dichlorophenols (DCPs), in the body, were 80% more likely to have food sensitivity than those with lower levels. Dr. Jerschow acknowledges that while this does not prove causation, it does show that the two are related in some way. DCPs are found in tap water, moth balls, air fresheners, deodorizer cakes in urinals, and certain herbicides sprayed on crops.
Researchers from Spain state that many pesticides are sensitizers or irritants capable of directly damaging the bronchial mucosa and may increase the risk of developing asthma, exacerbate the condition in those who already have asthma and can trigger asthma attacks. A U.S. study found that pesticide sprays double the risk of developing asthma.
The connection between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease
Environmental Health Perspectives published a review of over 40 studies that looked at if exposure to insecticides and herbicides increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s. The biggest culprits are once again organochlorine pesticides.
Research out of UCLA also links the pesticide benomyl to Parkinson’s and even though its use was banned in the U.S. over 10 years ago, it is still showing up in our environment while research out of Italy found that people exposed to bug or weed killers and solvents had a 33 – 80% higher risk of developing Parkinson’s than people who were not exposed to them.
What can I do to reduce my exposure to pesticides?
Buying organic foods and using a water filtration system that removes pesticides is a wonderful start. Not using pesticides in your own garden or to rid your yard of bugs is another improvement. You must also be sure to check with your child’s school to find out what days that are spraying and what they are spraying for – because this could be the potential trigger for your child’s allergies or asthma.
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About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com
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