Common pesticides may cause cancer

There’s something about seeing a line of ants on your windowsill… or a roach scurrying behind the fridge… that turns even the most mild-mannered among us into stone cold killers.

The next thing you know, we’re grabbing that can of RAID insecticide and spraying like there’s no tomorrow.

We tell ourselves we’re protecting our homes — and even our families. But it looks like the bug killers we’ve been depending on for years could leave a child you love fighting for his life.

A new Harvard study, published in Paediatrics, has found that common household pesticides and insecticides can trigger deadly cancers in children.

Researchers pooled 16 previous studies and discovered that children who were exposed to indoor pesticides were 47 per cent more likely to develop leukaemia and had a 43 per cent greater chance of having lymphoma.

It’s no secret that pesticides contain extremely dangerous chemicals — including powerful nerve agents — that have been proven to damage DNA. So the link between pesticides and cancer is just common sense.

But what many people don’t realize is that even if you’re careful with how much of these products you use around your home, you can still put your children and grandchildren at risk.

That’s because these poisons can linger in the air and on surfaces for days. And researchers say they’re not sure how much  exposure to pesticides it takes to increase a child’s cancer risk — but it’s probably not much.

Plus, other research has linked chemical pesticides to lower IQ and even attention deficit disorder.

There’s no sense subjecting our children — or ourselves — to the risks of these toxic pesticides. Especially when there are proven, chemical-free ways to control pests in your home.

Block their access to food, water and shelter. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home, take out rubbish regularly, wash dishes immediately after using them, and keep your kitchen and bathroom as dry as possible.

And try natural and safe insect deterrents like citronella, peppermint oil and bug zappers. You’ll be getting rid of those annoying critters while keeping a safe environment for the children you love.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Pesticide exposure linked to childhood cancer, low IQ, cnn.com

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