Exposure to Pesticides in Pregnancy Can Lower Children’s IQ

An apple a day – we are told to eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day to stay healthy. The question is, what are we eating with these healthy foods that we are not aware of?

It’s no secret that farmers use pesticides to protect crops from insects but how much residue remains on and in the crops when they reach the market? We also use pesticides around the house to keep our homes pest free.

Researchers at three university hospitals, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University conducted studies to measure levels of pesticides found in umbilical cord blood during birth and in the urine of expectant mothers with average exposure to pesticides to determine which women had the highest levels of organophosphate, a commonly used type of pesticide.

The children of the mothers with the highest pesticide levels were tested at seven years of age and found to have IQ scores ranging from 3 to 7 points lower then their counterparts born to moms with lower levels of the pesticides during prenatal testing.

The study conducted at Mt. Sinai Medical Center found that infants at one year of age had lower scores for cognitive abilities as well as deficits in their ability to reason as they aged.

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