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Pesticide commonly used in U.S. homes triples risk of ADHD symptoms in boys


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(NaturalNews) When Americans think of child predators, they think of creepy-looking strangers whisking their son or daughter away from the park playground. Americans rarely consider the real child predators hiding in sky rises behind glass walls, holding tight to chemistry degrees and six-figure salaries. Pharmaceutical companies routinely prey upon children who are burdened by various symptoms including hyperactivity and attention deficit. These symptoms are a sign of an imbalance in a child. This imbalance cannot be drugged or beaten out of a child. Instead of investigating the underlying causes of these symptoms, pharmaceutical companies find a way to make big money instead, selling destructive stimulant drugs like Ritalin and Adderall to families who don't quite understand why their children are having a hard time learning or paying attention.

Medical professionals who are licensed by the state may be quick to prescribe stimulant drugs without understanding where ADHD symptoms are coming from. The world is slowly finding out that ADHD isn't a condition or a genetic disease, but is really just a collection of symptoms caused by environmental toxins. One such toxin that can triple the risk of ADHD symptoms in boys is a common class of pesticide called pyrethroids.

Here's where the real chemical weapons of mass destruction hide

When Americans think of chemical warfare and terrorism, they think of nefarious Middle East dictators holding secret weapons of mass destruction. Americans rarely consider the real chemical warfare being waged by the pesticide companies. The real weapons of mass destruction might be under the sink or in the shed. They are being distributed from farm supply and department stores. Herbicides that have been deemed carcinogenic by world health regulators are sprayed all over American crops (glyphosate).

Insecticides and over-the-counter insect repellents that contain pyrethroids also permeate the American marketplace and pose a threat to human health. Pyrethroids have now been proven to cause symptoms of hyperactivity and attention deficit in children. In fact, US researchers found that exposure to pyrethroids triples a boy's risk of being diagnosed with ADHD. Experts at Cincinnati Children's Hospital made the connection.

Since 2000, the use of pyrethroids for agricultural and home purposes has skyrocketed, mainly because they have been considered a safer replacement for the now-banned organophosphates which are more acutely toxic.

Tanya Froehlich, the study's author, stated, "Given the growing use of pyrethroid pesticides and the perception that they may represent a safe alternative, our findings may be of considerable public health importance."

Increased exposure to pyrethroids increases impulsive and hyperactive behavior in children

The study, carried out in mice, showed that the chemicals heightened the risk of impulsivity and hyperactivity while causing abnormalities in dopamine production. This was especially true in male mice.

The researchers didn't stop with mice. They also looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2000 to 2001 on 687 children between the ages of eight and 15. A random urine sample measuring pesticide levels was collected from half of the children between ages eight and 11. Pesticide levels were also measured in a third of the children between ages 13 and 15.

The boys who had detectable levels of a pyrethroid (3-PBA) in their urine were three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Most shocking: Symptoms of impulsivity and hyperactivity increased by 50 percent every time a 10-fold increase in 3-PBA was detected in young boys.

Parents, who have been confused for so long about their child's ADHD symptoms, now have something to go by. Exposure to chemicals, especially pyrethroids, seems to be at the heart of the ADHD epidemic. Instead of being prey to pharmaceutical companies and their stimulant drugs, parents can now find new preventative strategies that remove struggling children from toxic chemical environments.

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