New Study Links ADHD to Pesticide Exposure

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Strawberries! (flickr user *clairity* (cc:by))

A study published yesterday in the Journal Pediatrics links pesticide exposure in children to a diagnosis of ADHD. When chemicals are everywhere, how can we keep ourselves and our children safe? 

Dr. Catherine Karr is a pediatrician and environmental health specialist at the University of Washington. She talks about the science behind the studies and how the pesticides affect children's brains. We also hear from Kate Dailey, articles editor at about what individuals and governments can do in the face of such pervasive exposure.

For more on how to ensure the food you buy is safe, including a list of fruits and vegetables and the range of pesticide levels found in them, visit (Non-organic strawberries, for example, carry a lot, while non-organic onions carry very little.)

And if you dare find out what health complications might be caused by the chemicals are in your shampoo, try:


Kate Dailey and Catherine Karr

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

Comments [2]


Darsi: not everything "natural" is safe, either. Deadly nightshade? Poisonous mushrooms? Have you ever studied aromatherapy? There are essential oils that are not considered safe for human use, period, and many more not recommended in pregnancy or for children.

I hate synthetic chemicals as much as the next person, but let's not pretend that because it came from a plant it's automatically good for you.

May. 20 2010 11:00 AM

Thank you Dr. Karr! clean water...clean food...clean air...healthier people everywhere. Pesticides and Kids don't mix! Next, let's talk about synthetic chemical fragrances...aftershaves, colognes, perfumes...chemicals that have been linked with Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer and damage to nerves...4,000 plus chemicals are currently being mixed together to create synthetic fragrances...95% of these ingredients are petroleum products...folks, it's time to wake up and smell the chemicals...maybe, flower power meant aromatherapy...natural!

May. 18 2010 11:23 PM

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