The first part of the title to this article “Pesticide Regions Linked To Autism” is actually the title to an article written in The Sacramento Bee, by Edward Ortiz, on June 23rd 2014*. Mr. Ortiz’s article goes on to discuss the results of a study published by a team of researchers from UC Davis and their dramatic research findings showing that pregnant women who live near areas  where agricultural pesticides are applied demonstrate a significantly higher risk of delivering children with autism and other developmental delay issues. The actual study is titled “Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides- The Charge Study** and was conducted by a team of UC Davis researchers and published in Enviornmental Health Perspectives, on June 3rd, 2014. I provide a link below for anyone interested in reading the study in its entirety. At this point I would like to note that UC Davis is widely known to be one of the leading research universities in the world for agricultural and animal sciences and any study that the university and its scientists put their name on should be treated with all the seriousness that leading scientific experts can bring to any subject.

Mr.Ortiz’s article is an excellent synopsis of a thirty page scientific study and I quote freely from it, throughout my blog. The studies sobering findings show that mothers who live within approximately one mile of where agricultural pesticides were applied were found to have a 60% higher risk of having children with any of the spectrum of autism disorders. The sample study was 970 mothers, who lived in proximity to agricultural areas, and had children between 2 and 5 years old who were diagnosed with autism or developmental delay.  Now let’s just take a step back for a minute and stop and consider what this means: if you are a pregnant mother and live within one mile of an agricultural area, where poisonous pesticides are applied, you subject your child to a 60% greater risk of developing autism! My first reaction to this was “this can not possibly be right”? I went on to read the study and unbelievably it is correct and what is even more perplexing, at the moment, is no governmental body state or federal seems to be doing anything immediately about it, but that is a subject for another time.

The specific pesticides that were also the subject of the study fell into four groups that are generally referred to as “organophosphates”. I will only touch on two of them because they are the most commonly used.  I always find it rather distressingly ironic that an industry group, like the poisonous pesticide industry, is permitted to refer to their product as an “organophosphate”; when I see a word begin with “organo” I immediately think of safe and pure and the fact is the substances in question are anything but. The most common pesticide used in agricultural application is called chlorpyrifos and fifteen years ago the EPA  banned it for home use, due to its toxicity and potential to cause neurological effects. Unfortunately the UC Davis study proves that this poison should not only have been banned for home use, it should also have been banned, for use, within a mile of any one’s home. It certainly also raises the question of how about those pregnant women agricultural workers coming to work in the fields where chlorpyrifos has been sprayed?  The second most commonly used pesticide is called pyrethroids and this poison has been linked to respiratory ailments, heart palpitations and nausea in farmworkers. It has also shown to disrupt the endocrine system of lab animals. The study shows a definitive link between pyrethroids and autism disorders.

We now arrive at the point where it is fair to ask what does this scientific study have to do with the grand majority of us who do not live anywhere in proximity to an agricultural region, where poisonous pesticides are being utilized.? My articles title is “Pesticide Regions Linked To Autism- Is Your Home A Pesticide Region”? So how can your home possible be a pesticide region? Well the fact is if you are using any of the common brands of bed bug or insect sprays, which all contain pyrethroids, and spraying them inside your home you have just turned your home into a pesticide region. This poison might not always be the exact one being used agriculturally, but to put it into terms we can all understand it is fair to say “same church different pew! The UC Davis study was clear on the devastating effects of pyrethroids on pregnant women and that study demonstrated this poisons effect from one mile away. Now imagine spraying this inside your home, where we are not talking about a mile, but rather yards and feet!  Anyone who would actually read the UC Davis study, or even Mr. Ortiz’s excellent article, would probably be unwilling to even touch a spray can of these pyrethroid based poisons ever again.

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*The Sacramento Bee, 6/23/14, Pesticide Regions Linked to Autism, Edward Ortiz

** Enviornmental Health Perspectives, 6/3/14, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides-The Charge Study, Janie F. Shelton, Estella M. Geraghty, Daniel J. Tancredi, Lora D. Delwiche, Rebecca J. Schmidt, Beate Ritz, Robin L. Hansen, and Irva Hertz-Picciotto