Pesticides have long been thought to be associated with an increased instance of ADHD in children. Pesticides are designed to attack the nervous system of insects; experts believe that it is very likely that they also affect humans’ nervous system.
Presently, there are 40 organophosphate pesticides registered in the United States, of which, 73 million pounds are used in agricultural and residential settings.
In a recent study, the Environmental Health Perspectives observed prenatal and childhood exposure to pesticides and the consequences it had on children. At the conclusion of the study, they found that mothers who had a pesticide level of ten times the norm increased their offspring’s chances of developing ADHD by five times.
Three months prior, a Harvard study found that a tenfold increase in pesticide levels was associated with a 55% increase of ADHD.
It is believed that this exposure to pesticide is related to the foods being consumed by children.