On the first of June, 2010, the Washington post published an article that introduces the fact that pesticides that can be found in our fruits and vegetables, causing hyperactivity and inattentiveness in children. (psychiatry refers to those two traits as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD).
The ongoing debate about whether children have ADHD or are they just simply being children, has taken an entirely new turn in the last two years. More and more articles are being published, in major newspapers, that bring this debate to a stop.
The Post article refers to a study done at the University of Montreal and Harvard that studies the presence of pesticides in over 1100 children. The researchers found that "close to 95 percent had at least one of these chemical byproducts in their system." and that "Those with the highest levels were 93 percent more likely to have received an ADHD diagnosis than children with none in their system."
One of the researchers, Maryse Bouchard, is quoted in the Post article as saying that "...it is certainly cause for concern." and that "we are talking about very low levels of exposure...levels that were believed previously to be safe and harmless but which are now associated with a serious health risk."
For any parent who is concerned about their child's health and/or mental and behavioral health, it may be beneficial to do further research into this subject. The Department of Agriculture has a Pesticide Data Program which tests for these pesticides.
Parents have a right to be fully informed when they are told that their child may have a problem with hyperactivity and/or inattention. Per the Florida Statute on Patients Bill of Rights parents have a right to be informed about the proposed treatment and the alternatives modalities.
With full information, a parent can make a beneficial decision for their child. Before even considering treatment, a parent may want to understand scientifically and medically what may be causing any unwanted behavioral in their child. After all, per this research, pesticides could be detected by a medical test to determine whether your child has consumed too much. Per many medical doctors throughout the country, hyperactivity or ADHD may be a result of severe allergies, nutritional deficiencies or any other physical ailment that can influence their behavior.
Psychiatrists all too often propose a psychotropic (mind-altering) drug for the child. All too often, the parent is not given a full list of the FDA side-effects of that drug and all too often, the child may have had an underlying physical cause that goes undetected and masked with these heavy drugs.
Washington Post article: on Pesticides and ADHD.