New Studies May Link ADHD and Pesticides
Attention deficit hyper activity disorder (ADHD) has long been investigated for its causes. While it has been receiving a lot of research in the last few years and is becoming a better understood condition, its causes remain unknown. Recently, though, studies have shown that there may be a connection between ADHD and pesticide exposure in young children.
A common type of pesticide that is used in agriculture, called organophosphates, has shown growing concern among researchers as being a potential catalyst for ADHD. While the link between ADHD and pesticides is in the beginning stages of its research, several studies have shown that children who eat foods that have been treated with organophosphates have a higher risk of developing the condition.
Organophosphates were originally developed to be used in chemical warfare because of their neurotoxin properties. They are now used as a common pesticide for crops. There are about 40 organophosphates that are currently registered as being used as agricultural pesticides. When produce is not properly cleaned when it is harvested and served, people can become contaminated with the pesticides.
ADHD is a concentration and behavioral disorder that affects a person's ability to focus on tasks, communicate effectively, maintain relationships, and other symptoms that are detrimental to living in normal society. While children are most commonly diagnosed with the condition, adults can also suffer from ADHD if not properly diagnosed and treated at an early age.
If you believe you or your child may be suffering from ADHD and suspect pesticides may have played a role in your condition, speak with your doctor. He or she will be able to give you more information on the disease.