The rise of ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) in kids today is very unsettling. There is yet another ground breaking study that links the recent growth in the number of cases of children suffering from ADHD to a certain pesticide that is very commonly found. Studies published in the Journal of Paediatrics voice their concern stating that a pesticide by the name of organophosphate pesticide malathion could very well be responsible for the cultivation of this disruptive disease. The level of exposure required for this pesticide to cause ADHD is very low and this fact raises more alarms. As it found mainly in unwashed or unclean fruits and vegetables, it is extremely common and within hands reach of a child in every household.
ADHD- Is it manageable?
Recent statisticians claim that almost 3 to 8 percent of the children in the US maybe suffering from ADHD. The growth rate of this disorder has rocketed sky high since the inception of chemicals and other wastes into the atmosphere. There still lies an ambiguity about the statistics as there is a chance that this disease may have been under diagnosed in the past.
Results of the Study
Having done intense analysis of the urine samples collected from over 1,100 kids between the ages of 8 and 15, it was found that this particular pesticide was present in higher concentrations among the 119 who were previously diagnosed with ADHD. The malathion concentration in their urine was high compared to the rest of the group, but, in essence the levels of the pesticide were low. This shows that the risk involved with even a small doze is considerably high in comparison with other pesticides.
Are these results conclusive?
The results obtained after any such examination are put to test again and again. These results are not conclusive yet, but the inferences obtained from them should not be taken lightly. Studies performed prior to this have shed certain knowledge on the risks of pesticides. Studies of specific high risk groups have shown that there is a definite link between the use of pesticides and development of the brain. These studies, however, were mainly for the children of farm workers who are often led to inhale many of these toxins. The new research shows that an even broader public might be at risk. An epidemiologist at the University of California- Berkley says that the ongoing research is provocative and interesting as the level of pesticide required for a contamination is very low.
Suggestions to prevent further contamination
As consumers, you can purchase organic vegetables and fruits whenever possible and this should be underlined in the case of Strawberries and Peaches as the levels of pesticides present in them are very high. The risk of having pesticides at home has currently increased manifold times and it is best if you get rid of other pesticide riddled items like bug sprays and other sprays intended for use on your lawns and gardens.
A word of advice would be to ensure that you clean your vegetables and fruits properly before you consume them.