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ADHD Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder linked to Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides

Objective : The goal was to examine the association between urinary concentrations of dialkyl phosphate metabolites of organophosphates and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children 8 to 15 years of age.

Conclusions : These findings support the hypothesis that organophosphate exposure, at levels common among US children, may contribute to ADHD prevalence. (more…)

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As a grandparent and American citizen, I have concerns relative to the health and safety of my grandchildren being exposed to certain chemical pesticides.

For the many  scientifically based reasons  stated below, this concern applies to all children. I am part of group of concerned parents and grandparents who have formed a non for profit group called APP representing Advocating Precautionary Principle. Precautionary Principle is a behavioral approach which is characterized by minimizing potential hazards to children’s health, at the onset of an activity, rather than accepting a level of harm to children health.

I write to ask for the adoption of the Precautionary Principle resolution towards chemical use and to stop the use of pesticides on at least certain areas where children may congregate and play. Through our groups efforts in Sarasota County, Sarasota County Commissioners passed a Resolution advocating the Precautionary Principle be followed by all of its citizens using chemical controls when children are present. Sarasota County passed the Precautionary Principle Resolution after the commissioners were made aware of the publication of the  2010 Presidents Cancer Panel Study Report which discussed windows of vulnerability for children exposed to chemical pesticides, as well as the  EPA Strategic Plan to screen 134 chemicals for endocrine disruption properties.

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“If organophosphate pesticides are damaging children’s brains at background levels of exposure and above, they should be abolished. The chemicals designed to act as neurological poisons — the organophosphate pesticides are proven neuro toxins to children. Give me a functioning developmental neurotoxicant screening program, with validated protocols. Give me chemical reform based on precautionary principles.”- Dr.Sandra Steingraber

In response to the publication of the study linking organophosphates to increases in ADHD, the EPA released a statement that summarized its work to phase out a limited set of organophosphate pesticides. I doubt that I was the only parent less than comforted to learn that the amount of organophosphates used on foods favored by children (e.g., apple juice and grapes) has declined by half — from 28 million pounds in the mid-1990s to 12 million pounds in 2004. My reaction to this news was along the lines of, 12 million pounds of known brain poisons with suspected links to ADHD are sprayed on foods commonly eaten by kids? Every year?  That’s insane.

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How can we demand policies that protect “We The People,”if critical information is being withheld, even hidden, that directly impacts our health and well being ?

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Dear President Obama, The White House, Washington, DC
cc Administrator of the FDA, Washington DC
cc  My Congressperson  cc My  Senator
Dear Mr.President and esteemed representatives of the American people;
We write to express our concern over the various FDA decisions on GMO Food Labeling and in particular we wish to express our deep concern over food labeling regarding visibility to us as consumers of the additives to grow/manufacture GMO Food. We ask that GMO Food be so labeled
Additionally we ask that  NON GMO Food as exists in organic production be permitted to be so labeled. (more…)

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