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Information compiled by Richard Pressinger, M.Ed., Tampa, FL , Wayne Sinclair, MD, Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Research on health disorders show links resulting from petroleum-based chemicals used in consumer products, pesticides and job environments. Common pesticides used in homes and lawns are now being shown in medical research to result in serious health problems years after exposure.  New research summaries have been added showing how pesticides are now being found to mimic natural hormones in the body (i.e. testosterone, progesterone, estradiol), thereby, damaging hormone controlled processes of brain development in children and normal aging in adults. (more…)

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Kindness

Reading the Presidents Cancer Panel Study Report results in a call to action to use the precautionary principle to protect children and others from unnecessary exposure to chemicals (such as pesticides). Such a call to action are simply acts of thoughtful  kindness. And the actions have a Biblical counterpart.

The Old Testament maxim “love your neighbor as yourself”[1] sets a very high goal for our human relationships. Sometimes, for a moment, we may love our neighbor, but as a way of life, love eludes us. We can, though, work to approach love through its practical manifestation: kindness.

Simple, unassuming kindness toward the people and the life around us brings both immediate and lasting rewards. As with any thoroughly right action, acts of kindness bring a special satisfaction to us and a ray of light into the world. Kindness flows naturally from our hearts: we need only lift the veils that hide and block it. (more…)

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When biologist Tyrone Hayes discovered that a top-selling herbicide messes with sex hormones, its manufacturer went into battle mode. Thus began one of the weirdest feuds in the history of science. Atrazine isn’t killing the frogs,” Hayes explains. “But if they’re reproductively impaired, that’s killing the population.”  Genetically, Darnell the frog  is male. But after being raised in water contaminated with the herbicide atrazine at a level of 2.5 parts per billion—slightly less than what’s allowed in our drinking water—he developed a female body, inside and out (more…)

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By Alice Park Time Life Health 

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1989564,00.html?xid=rss-topstories

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2010/05/17/peds.2009-3058.abstract

Chemicals in plastics and common household goods have been associated with serious developmental problems, while a long inventory of other hazards are contributing to rising rates of modern ills: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, autism.
Add attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to the list. A new study in the journal Pediatrics associates exposure to pesticides with cases of ADHD in the U.S. and Canada.
Led by Maryse Bouchard in Montreal, researchers based at the University of Montreal and Harvard University examined the potential relationship between ADHD and exposure to certain toxic pesticides called organophosphates. The team analyzed the levels of pesticide residue in the urine of more than 1,100 children ages 8 to 15 and found that those with the highest levels of dialkyl phosphates, which are the breakdown products of organophosphate pesticides, had the highest incidence of ADHD. Overall, they found a 35% increase in the odds of developing ADHD with every tenfold increase in urinary concentration of the pesticide residue. The effect was seen even at the low end of exposure: kids who had any detectable, above-average level of the most common pesticide metabolite in their urine were twice as likely as those with undetectable levels to record symptoms of the learning disorder.
“I was quite surprised to see an effect at lower levels of exposure,” says Bouchard, who used data on ADHD from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a long-term study of health parameters of a representative sample of U.S. citizens. (more…)

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Monsanto Co. said it’s leaving Britain due to opposition to genetically modified foods.
Officials at Monsanto — a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation and leading producer of genetically engineered seed — said the company is closing its wheat growing operation, based in Cambridge, which employed 125 people, and selling off crop-breeding centers in France, Germany and the Czech Republic, the Daily Mail reported. (more…)

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We Need  Federal Legislation-  Introducing SEPA  School Environmental Protection Act (SEPA).
Children need better protection from toxic chemical exposure while at school. Numerous scientific studies find that pesticides used in schools are linked to cancer, asthma and other health problems. A 2010 Harvard University study links everyday pesticide exposure to ADHD. While some states have taken limited action to protect children from pesticides in schools, these policies represent a patchwork of laws that are uneven and inadequate. SEPA would provide a minimum national standard to protect kids in their places of learning. (more…)

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Two generations ago, Rachel Carson woke us up, and her book Silent Spring and others sounded a clarion call that should have changed the country’s laissez faire attitude about inventing, using, and discarding chemicals into our air, water, and soil before we studied them to reassure ourselves that they were harmless.

My adage using the Precautionary Principle is better safe than sorry. Chemical pesticides  are NON SELECTIVE as to not only affecting insects but other species .The pesticides  are effective because they poison the insects’ neurological, reproductive or endocrine function – but we have similar functions and therefore the pesticides also affect adversely  our own neurological, reproductive or endocrine function – and that of our children

Select areas to read in APP  on this subject are : 

Health and Environment

Pediatric Precautionary Health (more…)

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