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Pesticide Exposure Found to Lower Intelligence

Anthony Gucciardi
May 1st, 2012
Updated 11/17/2012 at 4:40 pm
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Pesticides, ubiquitous among not only the food supply but farms and homes worldwide, have been found to be creating lasting changes in overall brain structure — changes that have been linked to lower intelligence levels and decreased cognitive function. Previously linked in scientific research to the massive obesity crisis, pesticides are now known to impact the mind in ways that are still not entirely understood. Despite these findings, they are continually touted as safe by the profit-hungry chemical industry.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, observed pregnant mothers in New York who were exposed to a pesticide known as chlorpyrifos (CPF). Banned in 2001 from household use, the chemical is still used worldwide in agriculture. That’s right, this is a chemical that is not permitted to be used in your home, though it is perfectly fine to spray on your food. What the researchers found was that women who had higher levels of CPF had children with “significant abnormalities” in brain structure compared to mothers with lower exposure levels.

Perhaps the most startling finding by the academic team is that all of the women in the study, of which there were 369 total, were actually below the US established thresholds of acute exposure. Therefore, even low to moderate levels of exposure can seriously impact brain function. A large amount of exposure could be even more dangerous and destructive.

Lead researcher Virginia Rauh, a professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, summarized the findings:

“Toxic exposure during this critical period can have far-reaching effects on brain development and behavioral functioning.”

The findings will certainly cause a ripple in the pesticide industry, though the larger issue is why this pesticide is being used in your food after it was banned from being used indoors. If the pesticide is damaging by simply being used in the same living space as human, how could it be considered safe to put into your body?

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail Pesticide Exposure Found to Lower IntelligenceGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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  • HealthyParent

    I'm always washing my vegetables and fruits… don't know what they put on them nowadays.

  • Annie Raymond

    Then it's a good thing I've never resorted to chemical pesticides in our backyard garden. There are other natural, safer ways to keep pests off of your plants.

  • Judy

    People who believe one can eat pesticides and get away with it are absolutely ignorant about nutrition and how the body works. Maybe their brains have been affected for quite awhile so they are not thinking sensibly.

  • Angelica154

    Biggerbrain, insects just means a bit more protein to your diet. Grow up! Do you know how many insects are in your candy bars?

  • biggerbrain

    So, pesticides are bad for you, but insecticides are ok right?

    • Jonathan

      Actually insecticides ARE some sort of pesticides