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Erich Bloodaxe BSN

(14,733 posts)
Mon Jun 23, 2014, 11:31 AM Jun 2014

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.


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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UC Davis study links autism to pesticides. (Original Post) Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jun 2014 OP
They might want to try studying migrant farm workers.....they would have the most exposure... VanillaRhapsody Jun 2014 #1
See Health Effects of Organophosphates PADemD Jun 2014 #2
Nasty stuff. Makes you wonder why Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jun 2014 #3
Because not saturating us in the poisons of big corporations would be "woo," doncha know! villager Jun 2014 #5
A speech therapist working in the rice/cotton/grain Ilsa Jun 2014 #4
I am glad you posted this. bravenak Jun 2014 #6
Residential users of pesticides KT2000 Jun 2014 #7
Could be. Erich Bloodaxe BSN Jun 2014 #8


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5. Because not saturating us in the poisons of big corporations would be "woo," doncha know!
Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:34 PM
Jun 2014

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


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4. A speech therapist working in the rice/cotton/grain
Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:13 PM
Jun 2014

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



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6. I am glad you posted this.
Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:46 PM
Jun 2014

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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7. Residential users of pesticides
Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:10 PM
Jun 2014

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!

Erich Bloodaxe BSN

(14,733 posts)
8. Could be.
Mon Jun 23, 2014, 01:15 PM
Jun 2014

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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