from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several organic compounds containing phosphorus, some of which are used as fertilizers and pesticides.
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- n. any ester of phosphoric acid or its derivatives, especially one used as an insecticide or herbicide
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- n. an insecticide that interferes with an insect's nervous system
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Additionally, there is evidence suggesting that environmental toxins such as organophosphate pesticides possibly contribute to "clinically significant levels of anxiety and depression."
Two of the most commonly used organophosphate pesticides, including one measured in the Columbia study, are no longer used in homes.
Lanphear says earlier studies have linked the specific type of bug killer included in these studies, organophosphate pesticides, with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD.
Eleven people got sick, including seven children who were hospitalized in Kahuku, Hawaii in 2007 when organophosphate insecticide fumes drifted over a school from a nearby sod farm.
Another wonderful researcher, Dr. Mary Bouchard, just published a blockbuster article showing that children with organophosphate pesticide residues in their urine were twice as likely to have ADHD as those children who did not have the residues in their urine.
Cynthia Curl published a wonderful study in 2003 in which she revealed her findings that children who were fed organic varieties of fruits and vegetables had far lower (in many cases undetectable) levels of organophosphate pesticides in their urine.
This was true regardless of whether organophosphate pesticides were used in the home or garden where the children lived.
The next question would then be, "could ADHD be improved by reducing the organophosphate pesticide exposures in the children?"
My answer is that such an improvement would be likely simply because of the action of organophosphate pesticides.
When considering hydrocarbons and the nature of their effects, it is important to remember that these substances may also be vehicles for highly toxic ingredients such as camphor, heavy metals and organophosphate insecticides.