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Pesticides Are Just As Dangerous As What?! Are You Kidding?!
2. Cancer and Tumors
One study conducted in 2005 found that there was a definite link between one pesticide (heptachlor epoxide) and breast cancer. Although this pesticide was banned in 1988, it is still being used to control fire ants. This pesticide has been linked to numerous cancers, including liver cancer. Another report by the American Cancer Society in 2000 found that children who were exposed to common household pesticides were three to seven times more likely to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
There are dozens more studies like those above linking pesticides to prostate cancer and leukemia, and one study out of the University of California at Davis found that exposure to pesticides during prenatal or postnatal periods was linked to autism.
The University of Mississippi found in a link between pesticides and hyperactivity. This makes sense when you realize that this is how many pesticides work. They target the central nervous system of insects, causing paralysis or seizures, which leads to their death. Imagine what can happen when you or your children are exposed to these same pesticides.
4. A Wide Range of Diseases
One research report found that there was a link between pesticide application and depression. Many pesticides are stored in the fat cells of the body, which means they can accumulate over time. This can mean that even very slight exposure to pesticides can accumulate over time, causing health problems many years down the road.
The University of Wisconsin published a study that found that pesticides seep into groundwater where they mix with fertilizers. This mixture of pesticides and chemical fertilizers was linked to endocrine system problems as well as immune disorders.
5. We Aren’t the Only Ones Affected
Although there are not very many studies regarding the effects of pesticides on the environment and wildlife, there are a few well-known facts.
Birds are especially affected (remember DDT?), as many eat insects that have been poisoned with pesticides. They also eat granule-type pesticides believing they are seeds.
Fish and frogs have been well studied, and these endocrine-disrupting pesticides are decimating their populations.
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Perhaps the thing that is the most mind-blowing is that going pesticide-free is so very easy to do! Most household insects can be killed with simple mixtures of boric acid and sugar, baited traps, and plain soap and water.
Don’t fall for the scare tactics of pesticide manufacturers. Pesticides are the real danger in our lives, not insects!