November 16, 2011

Pesticides and Prenatal Development

Filed under: toxins — Tags: organic pesticides, pesticide, pesticides — doctorsolve @ 11:21 pm

Three new medical studies from April 2011 reached a similar conclusion:  common plant and household pesticides have adverse effects on a prenatal’s future cognitive development. The studies tested different types of pesticides, including organophosphate (OP) pesticide, otherwise known as organic pesticide, which is utilized on fruits and vegetable, and chlorpyrifos (CPF), which is a popular pesticide used to kill insects and other pests.  Nonetheless, not all insect pesticides pose a threat to a prenatal’s future development.  For example, DEET, a popular insect and mosquito repellent pesticide, doesn’t seem to have any adverse effects on prenatal health, at least when applied in the doctor recommended small quantities.

How did the studies measure prenatal exposure to pesticides?

The researchers took urine and blood samples from mothers in their third trimester to analyze increases and decreases, caused by the presence of either OP or CPF, of certain metabolite levels.

How pesticides effect prenatal development:

The studies reached the following conclusions about how OP and CPF adversely affects a prenatal ‘s future cognitive development:

  • Exposing a prenatal to OP risks a decrease in mental development at 12 months.  Additionally, prenatal who are exposed to organic pesticides exhibit decreased perceptual reasoning.
  • Prenatal exposure to CPF results in an average IQ deficit of 7.0 points, as well as a memory deficit, when compared to their ‘unexposed’ seven year old counterparts.
  • Of course, overexposure to pesticides have been linked to childhood cancers, especially leukemia.
  • It is important to note that doctors have widely recognized for some time how vulnerable prenatals and babies are to pesticides and chemicals.  For example, doctors discovered in 2010 that premature infant inflammation was caused by phthalates, which are chemicals found in plastic.

Conclusions:

While clinical doctors warn against taking any study’s findings as absolute, when three studies arrive at the same result, the discovery can not be ignored.  As such, the researchers caution against CPF’s continued usage for agricultural purposes, particularly when pregnant women are at risk of exposure.  Moreover, a pregnant woman must take the necessary precautions to avoid both OP and CPF, in order to ensure the future healthy mental development of her child.

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June 24, 2010

Behind Bug Spray – DEET

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: Advil, bug spray, bugs, DEET, insect repellants, insects, pesticides, repellant, summer weather, tylenol — doctorsolve @ 2:38 pm

The summer brings great joys: beach weather, tanning, and flourishing plant life, but along with the good things summer brings an abundance of insect infestation. These bugs bite, sting, and otherwise irritate everyone trying to enjoy the great outdoors and the cheery weather. Thankfully you can prevent these pesky bugs from irritating you and you can ease the pain of any bites you already have.

Created in World War II, a pesticide known as DEET helped protect soldiers from the plethora of bugs that would have otherwise eaten the soldiers alive. This repellent developed a bad reputation because in high concentrations or when DEET is used on a daily basis for years it can cause harmful side effects. It was discovered that DEET increased the risk of seizures and neurological conditions. Although this may sound dangerous it is actually much less of an issue than it seems. Only 1 in 100,000,000 people experience a problem with DEET. The chances of getting hit by lightning are significantly higher: 1 in 280,000 people. In fact, you are more likely to become president (1 in 10,000,000) than to experience a problem with DEET.

To apply a DEET based bug spray, simply spray it onto your exposed skin and your clothing. It is recommended that children use only 10 percent concentration of DEET and adults use a maximum of 30 percent. The percentage is merely related to the length of time DEET will last, not its efficiency. DEET will keep mosquitoes from landing on you, and will also keep away ticks! On top of this, DEET also keeps away chiggers – these are tiny insects that give a rash. DEET based sprays are currently available and most over the counter insect repellants.

If you already have bites you need treatment for over the counter pain killers are the best way to ease any pain. Tylenol, Benadryl and Advil are all helpful in easing pain caused by insect bites.

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