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Minimizing Children's Exposure to Pesticides is Prudent
Do pesticides cause special problems for children? A new review of a series of research studies completed during the last decade suggests that the answer to this question is yes, and that we need to be sure that children are being exposed to pesticides as little as possible.
Permethrin and Hormones
In recent years, scientists have become increasing concerned about the ability of pesticides and other chemicals to disrupt our hormone systems. Hormones are chemical messengers that control importnat processes like growth, development, and sexual function so these concerns are significant. New research shows that the common household insecticide – permethrin – can disrupt hormones.
Exposure to Fungicides Linked with Nerve Damage
Most researchers agree that high levels of exposure to certain pesticides damage nerves, but there has been more controversy about whether long-term moderate exposure to pesticides can damage our nervous system. A new review compiles research showing that this kind of exposure to insecticides, fungicides, and fumigants is linked with nerve damage. The researchers noted the links with fungicide use, as these were unexpected.
Poisonings from Rodent Baits
Thousands of children are poisoned every year from accidentally eating rodent baits. A report compiled annually from incidents reported to poison control centers shows just how big this problem is.
Common Herbicide Linked with Pregnancy Problems and Hormone Disruption
New research often finds that pesticides cause unexpected effects on our health. A recent study of the commonly used herbicide Roundup not only found unexpected effects, but also found that the combination of ingredients in Roundup was more toxic than glyphosate, the so-called "active" ingredient in Roundup.