ADHD Linked to Pesticides on Food

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In a new report, scientists say Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - or ADHD - may be partly caused by pesticides sprayed on food.

Millions of Americans have ADHD, a condition that causes behavior and learning problems.

Beware the Produce Isle

Most fruits and vegetables at your local grocery store have been sprayed with chemicals to keep insects from eating them - especially peaches, strawberries and raspberries, which have the highest levels of the pesticides.

A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics links those pesticides with ADHD.

Trish White knows all about the disorder since both her children have it.

"It's physically and emotionally exhausting," she said.

This news may cause her to buy organic food since it isn't sprayed with pesticides.

"A combination of things always affect a child's behavior, so you definitely want to look into everything," White says.

The study tested more than 1,000 children ages 8 - 15. Those whose urine contained pesticides were twice as likely to have symptoms of ADHD.

Skeptics Question the Study

Still, some health experts say the study doesn't go far enough.

"We need to do a study that measures pesticide exposure very early in life then follow the children over 5, 6, 7 years and see if the early exposure actually causes the disease," said Dr. Philip Landrigan with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Meanwhile, pesticides used on all produce in the U.S. have been reported as safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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