ADHD: Pesticides to Blame?
A recent study suggests a link between ADHD and pesticides. I don’t know if I buy this, but it is thought-provoking. In our household, genetics seem to be the obvious source of my son’s ADHD. What do you think — are pesticides to blame in some cases of ADHD?
One thing I do agree with: bug-killing substances can’t be good for us, so the more organic we are able to consume, the better. And that raises other debates about how to know WHAT you are consuming when you buy it from an unknown grower. I would love to hear comments from organic farmers and people in produce distribution and sales, such as my friends Tom and Beverly Carnes of Agarita Creek Farms in Fredericksburg, TX, who raise heritage livestock, offer log cabin accommodations and grow organic produce. I believe they will tell us to BUY LOCAL. It matters.
Also, I found some helpful information in this AOL Health article today: it suggests exercise, getting outside, chores/activities kids can perform to boost self esteem, and watching allergy-related foods. Gosh, sounds like a prescription visit to Agarita Creek Farms 🙂 or the grandparents! It goes on to suggest bio/neuro feedback, which we haven’t tried, but I blogged on in Gaming ADHD.
Have a pesticide free weekend if you can. We are off to celebrate the graduation of our second oldest child from the University of Texas!