Low-level exposure to pesticides has long been deemed safe, but growing evidence suggests otherwise. A number of studies have linked pesticide exposure to greater risk of ADHD and behavioral problems in kids. Now more research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and published in Pediatrics reports that kids who have more of the pesticide malathion in their urine are at a greater risk for ADHD. Researchers found that even low levels of the pesticide were linked to the behavioral disorder.
Pesticide exposure has also been linked to serious health issues such as cancer, birth defects, infertility, cardiovascular problems, endocrine (hormone) disruption, and respiratory disorders. Learn more about pesticides and your health.