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The American Academy of Pediatrics published a piece in 2012 that warned of pesticide exposure in children. And yet, let me ask you this… Why are we still spraying?
So given my allergy to pesticides, I’ve been re-thinking the “pesticide thing.” I’ve been digging up all new information published by PennState, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and many other reputable sources that have unwillingly made me sick.
It’s sick that a.) the systems meant to protect us aren’t doing their jobs (calling these chemicals “SAFE”) and b.) these articles never get read, that is…
until there’s a problem like there is with me.
So let me share with you what I’ve found, so that you are aware. Maybe you will disagree or maybe you will agree. But no matter what keep reading as I believe it’s impertinent for our health and the health of our kids. Take in the info and if you love it please share.
Pesticides are defined as “chemicals intended to kill unwanted insects, plants, molds, and rodents.”
Sounds great… doesn’t it? That is… until you read in the American Academy of Pediatrics that “the influences of low-level exposures on child health are of increasing concern.”
Umm what, you may ask. And yes, you should be just as concerned.
Pesticides are safe… aren’t they? Then why are there adverse birth outcomes in many of the epidemiologic studies such as pre-term birth, low birth weight, and congenital anomalies? And why are many studies today, correlating the rise of cancer in kids to the use of pesticides?
You got it… pesticide exposure is commonly linked to pediatric cancer, neurobehavioral and cognitive defects, and asthma. Pesticide exposure is often also correlated with ADHD and autism in kids.
Besides these MAJOR side effects, there are several other wonderful things that pesticides can do. They can cause irritation (skin, eyes, respiratory tract), nausea, vomiting, intestinal pain, allergic reactions, visual disturbances, confusion, bizarre behaviors, burning in the mouth, fever, seizures, muscle weakness, headache, tingling of the skin, mental confusion, excessive salivation, diarrhea, pinpoint pupils, abnormal facial sensations, numbness... Need I go on?
Many of us use pesticides because it’s just something we do. But what if there’s something NATURAL that we can use that won’t make our kids sick and won’t go in our food?
Read here for alternatives of what you can use: http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/WI_KAlternativP.pdf
There are numerous organizations that are aware of the health risks. And you don’t need to be a member to fight the use of pesticides. All you need to do is to start a group of parents, individuals, etc. to fight the use of pesticides in common areas like schools, playgrounds, etc. If we eliminate the use of pesticides we are also lowering our kids’ exposure of pesticides. And if the studies are correct, the rates of cancer should subdue too.
**Just remember to never underestimate the power you have. Your opposition and action may cascade into a domino effect that saves more people than you know.**
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So if I were writing this years back I may have thought I was crazy, but now after reading up on it, I definitely don’t believe so. I honestly believe, given the amount of research that I’ve done and my own experiences, that pesticides are making us sick.** And if you think of it, there’s no harm in removing them now and seeing whether the rates of cancer, ADHD, autism decrease.
**In these last few years, four people from school and one of my blogging-buddies (@ http://www.thedimplelife.com) either had cancer or died from it, all less than thirty. Besides this, out of three kids, all three have auto-immune diseases (Type 1 Diabetes, Food Allergies, etc.) within my family. Mine happens to be a pesticide-allergy.
And I don’t believe that you deserve to be sick… YOUR HEALTH MATTERS MOST.
With Love Always,
**There are countless more that I have printed up. I’ll go article by article soon!
Originally published at www.afitandfabulousmichele.com