Pest Poison Tied to Brain Defects in Young Kids By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: May 01, 2012.
Great, so good research illuminates a potential harm for use of a pesticide Chlorpyrifos. I checked and this chemical was produced by DOW Chemical. It was the prime insecticide ingredient in RAID – a common household insect spray. It was removed by the EPA from use in households (in USA – still in use in developing countries) prior to 2001. To the point, and this is the saddest point of all, DOW Chemical produced chlorpyrifos pills that students were given as a human experiment. Time Magazine reported that in 2002.
“And what ever came of Dow’s experiments on chlorpyrifos, the killer ingredient used in Raid and hundreds of other bug sprays and lawn-care products? The EPA ended up banning household use of the insecticide, a nerve-gas derivative found to cause brain damage in fetal rats and weakness and vomiting in children.” –By Julie Rawe
Time Magazine Article: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1002264,00.html.
And the chemical is still being used today in agriculture according to Wikipedia for corn crops and almond crops. The chemical metabolites have been shown to be even more toxic to fish and bees and the insecticide has been attributed to ADHD and the Gulf War Syndrome.
Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chlorpyrifos#History
Check out your exposure. This makes “organic” fruits and vegetables a primary choice. See the article http://www.ehow.com/list_7535755_effects-dursban.htmlfor more information. Dursban is the current name of DOW Chemical’s chlorpyrifos used in agriculture. Google chlorpyrifos or dursban and check out the expansive references to the harm this chemical causes.
James Patrick Muir