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Bad News About Pesticides

Dangers of Pesticides

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  • A new study revealed that mothers’ exposure to organophosphate pesticides during pregnancy was associated with lower IQ, increased risk of attention problems, poorer cognitive functioning and other problems in their children
  • Prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos pesticide was also associated with lower IQs and poorer working memory in three-year-olds
  • Exposure while in the womb to DDT, a pesticide banned in 1972 after close to 30 years of use, increases women’s risk of high blood pressure decades later
  • The pesticide industry pours millions of dollars into lobbying efforts to defeat increased regulations at both the state and federal levels; they’ve also engaged in tactics to discredit scientists revealing pesticide dangers
  • Eating organic foods as much as possible is one of the best ways to reduce your pesticide exposure, along with not using them in your home (including on pets or for head lice treatment)

By Dr. Mercola

More than one billion pounds of pesticides are used in the US each year, an amount that has quintupled since 1945. This includes 20,000 products made from varying formulations of more than 1,000 chemicals, sprayed everywhere from farm fields and gardens to playgrounds and schools.

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