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Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:31 AM

UC Davis study links autism to pesticides.

I'm not entirely sure where to post this, so I'm going with the generic 'health' forum.

In the Fresno Bee, Barbara Anderson writes UC Davis study links autism to pesticides.

The study by the UC Davis MIND Institute found mothers exposed to organophosphates had a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism.

And the risk was strongest when exposures occurred during the second and third trimesters of pregnancies, the research showed.

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Using the pesticide data maps, researchers overlaid addresses of about 1,000 participants in a Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment study a population-based, case-control study of children ages 2-5 with autism, developmental delay and typical development. The study area primarily was within a two-hour drive of Sacramento.



The whole article is worth reading, and, as always with journalistic interpretations of scientific info, it doesn't hurt to go to the original study - Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides: The CHARGE Study.

Now obviously, most Americans don't live right around fields sprayed with pesticides, but as we all know, not all pesticides are thoroughly cleaned off of or out of the foods we buy.

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Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jun 2014 OP
VanillaRhapsody Jun 2014 #1
PADemD Jun 2014 #2
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jun 2014 #3
villager Jun 2014 #5
Ilsa Jun 2014 #4
bravenak Jun 2014 #6
KT2000 Jun 2014 #7
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jun 2014 #8

Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:34 AM

1. They might want to try studying migrant farm workers.....they would have the most exposure...

 

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:48 AM

2. See Health Effects of Organophosphates

Not just children affected.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organophosphate

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Response to PADemD (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:54 AM

3. Nasty stuff. Makes you wonder why

they're still allowed to be sprayed agriculturally inside the US.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:34 PM

5. Because not saturating us in the poisons of big corporations would be "woo," doncha know!

 

At least that will be the talking-point the "flack ferrets" (apologies to actual ferrets) will be dispatched with...

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:13 PM

4. A speech therapist working in the rice/cotton/grain

Farm belt told me observed what appeared to be clusters of autism along the coastal plains where farming was abundant.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:46 PM

6. I am glad you posted this.

 

I was think ing the same thing but i didn't want to be a conspiracy theorists. I also think it makes my allergies worse. Every spring my face swells up. ( that is my other ct)

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Original post)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:10 PM

7. Residential users of pesticides

sometimes follow the package instructions but many do not. Your neighborhood could have a higher concentration of these chemicals than living next to a farm!

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:15 PM

8. Could be.

I'm in an area where very few people seem to even bother with backyard gardens, and almost no one even uses any sort of 'lawn service' that applies chemicals (or even fertilizer - we tend to let our lawns go brown if that's the way the weather goes.)

Reminds me, I need to pull ye old electric toro out tonight and mow the lawns. I let them go a while longer than usual to give what few bees remain more time with the white clover that's all over the place.

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