Neurotoxins in our Food and their Damaging Consequences

imagesOrganic food has in many ways been established as the healthier alternative to the pesticide rich “regular” food. New research has brought to light the effects of neurotoxin exposure on the brain health of fetuses.

The experts have identified twelve key neurotoxins that have the most widespread effect on children. Apart from causing a lower IQ, they are also known to cause autism and ADHD disorders. Pesticides were the main contributors to the neurotoxins in our environment.

How does it affect fetuses?

Grandjean, a researcher claimed that organophosphate pesticides have the potential to damage a fetus’ developing nervous system.

Grandjean and Landrigan said, “Our very great concern is that children worldwide are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence, disrupting behaviors, truncating future achievements and damaging societies.” Researchers are now referring to neurotoxins as the silent pandemic.

The brain and the millions of neurons within it are created within the first few months of pregnancy. The development of the brain is dependent on the movement of neurons under the direction of neurotransmitters and hormones. The neurotoxins, disguised as pesticides can knock these neurons out of their course causing slight or serious damage.

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Landrigan was quoted as saying, “I advise pregnant women to try to eat organic because it reduces their exposure by 80 or 90 percent.” Children and pregnant women are advised to rely on organic food so that the brain can develop without being inhibited by neurotoxins.