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PESTICIDE RISK TO THE UNBORN AND THE BRAIN
ATTACKED AT ALL POINTS: A BRIEF NOTE ON PESTICIDE RISK TO THE UNBORN AND THE BRAIN
By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Hons I Social Ecology 1999, University of Western Sydney)
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A “study showed there was approximately [a] 2-fold greater risk of having a stillbirth if the mother lived within 1 mile from an agricultural area which used organophosphate – pyrethroid – carbamate – or chlorinated pesticides” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Bell, et al., 2001).
Where do you live? How close is that farm? Is your residence downwind from an agricultural area, or do they spray immediately next door and ensure that Chemical Trespass is a certainty?
So, how bad can it be? Well… pesticides promote foetal death, miscarriages, and premature births (NCAP, 1999:3; Bonn, 2005; Cox, 2004) and are strongly linked to birth defects (Montague, 2001). A number of chemical substances can be “mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMRs) for human beings, and therefore susceptible to induce… congenital malformations and/or infertility” (IDEA 2006).
And, in terms of organophosphates and the first quote above, Glyphosate (commonly known as “Roundup”)… is an organophosphate compound. It is a non-selective, systematic herbicide. This organophosphate compound is the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup (Royal Society of Chemistry 2009).
Further, long-term, combinations of OPs (related to nerve gases like Sarin) may be producing impairments of intelligence and brain damage (Environmental Working Group 1998a:i). It is known that a link exists between Attention Deficit Disorder and Glyphosate (Cox, 2004). And, since it is known that pesticides promote aggressive behaviour and delinquency in teens (Hatherill, 1999; Tvedten, 1999, 2002:2), it should not come as a surprise that chemical pollution, in general, is linked to changes in human behaviour:
1. “Whereas, regarding toxicology, a number of these substances or chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals (endocrine disrupters)…” (IDEA 2006). Why do so many today have severe and ongoing hormonal problems?
2. “some [chemicals] are neurotoxic chemicals, leading to degenerative diseases of the central nervous system in adult[s]… and to intellectual impairment in children” (IDEA 2006).
We are being attacked at all points and on all fronts. Our wonderful chemical technologies are enabling the human race to enjoy multiple techno pleasures as our brains rot and our future generations grind to an infertile extinction.
 Synthetic pyrethroids are used for termite control in public housing.
 “Many organophosphates are also associated with irritation of the skin and upper respiratory tract… The controversy over whether neurobehavioural effects persist after recovery from organophosphate poisoning has continued for 30 years… There have been reports of deficits in memory and abstraction on test batteries and subclinical decreases in vibrotactile sensitivity in workers recovering from organophosphate poisoning, but results of clinical and neurological examinations were normal. Among workers who apply organophosphates but have not suffered poisoning episodes, some studies have shown similar types of subclinical neurobehavioural deficits and subclinical electroencephalographic abnormalities… whereas others had largely negative results…” (O’Malley 1997).
“Various epidemiological studies have demonstrated that individuals exposed to a single large toxic dose, or to small subclinical doses, of organophosphorus compounds have developed a chronic neurotoxicity that persists for years after exposure and is distinct from both cholinergic and OPIDN effects… Our review of the literature indicated that these studies describe a nervous system disorder induced by organophosphorous compounds which involves neuronal degeneration and subsequent neurological, neurobehavioral, and neuropsychological consequences” (Abou-Donia, 2003).
The neurobehavioural controversy exists precisely because, as this information clearly shows, most difficult-to-define poisoning impacts are sub-clinical, or presenting as a condition or illness that is not readily identified by the usual orthodox medical investigations (which are generally fairly obtuse). This is why sensitive neuro-psychological tests and behavioural assessment are necessary for those more ‘gently’ touched by pesticides.
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