Insecticides are harming your child’s brain

We spend our summers at war with bugs. Between the ant traps, citronella candles, and the bottles of Raid, we’re turning our homes into chemical fortresses to keep the creepy-crawlies out.

But while we’re trying to outsmart those pesky bugs, those insecticides may be causing permanent damage to your child’s and grandchildren’s brains.

In fact, they may even be a secret culprit behind the massive spike in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cases.

A new study, published in the journal Environment International, shows that common pyrethroid insecticides (I’ll tell you how to spot them in a moment) may head straight to your child’s brains and interfere with his or her ability to learn and even concentrate.

For the study, French researchers tested the amount of pyrethroid insecticides in the urine of 290 young children and measured their intellectual abilities. Children with the highest levels of insecticides in their urine had the worst verbal and memory skills.

These findings follow another study last month that showed a link between pyrethroid exposure and ADHD in children ages 5 to 15.

If you’re using just about any household bug killer you picked up at a grocery store, there’s a good chance it’s a pyrethroid insecticide. They became extremely popular starting in the 1970s, as the country started phasing out DDT.

You can typically identify a pyrethroid insecticide if you see cypermethrin, permethrin, deltamethrin, bifenthrin or cyfluthrin on the label.

One of the things I’ve discovered in my research on neurological diseases is that many of us have a genetic defect that prevents us from effectively eliminating toxins, like insecticides. These compounds literally pool in our brains and unleash a lifetime of damage.

Children are more exposed to the stuff than you are. So it’s only common sense that these dangerous insecticides could have lasting, harmful effects on their young brains.

So what can you do? First off, avoid any insecticides with the chemicals I mentioned earlier. There are plenty of safe, organic insecticides on the market, made with natural ingredients like cayenne.

Second, continue to make your home unfriendly to pests. That can be as simple as taking out the trash frequently, not leaving dishes in the sink, and keeping kitchens and baths as dry as possible.

Just taking these simple precautions can keep the war on bugs from turning into a war on our brains.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Pesticide chemicals, brain issues in kids linked, webmd.com

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