A research study linking exposure to pesticides to an increased risk of ADHD has received extensive coverage in the media. The study found that children with higher than average levels of pesticide markers were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. The link between pesticides and attentional problems may be related to the effects that pesticides have on the nervous system. In light of this recent study, what steps can parents take to limit pesticide exposure? Some steps include:
1) Buy organic as much as possible (especially for produce that is grown in the ground or fruits or produce where the skins is consumed).
2) Wash all produce (preferably scrubbing the produce with a brush)
3) Do not use soap when washing produce as this can leave behind a residue containing chemicals.