Cancer, Diabetes, and Autism Due to Pesticides?

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Cancer, Diabetes, and Autism Due to Pesticides?

Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen has a hypothesis about autism that’s called “the extreme male theory,” which theorizes that a hormonal imbalance leads to “overmasculinization” of a child’s brain.

Harvey Karp, MD, a world-renowned pediatrician, recently proposed that exposure to endocrine disruptors might be the cause.

Diabetes and autism are both increasing to epidemic proportions.

Until recently, synthetic chemicals have escaped blame.

What about cancer?

Despite investing billions and billions of dollars in research money, cancer death rates have remained fairly flat since the 1950s.

However, experts have known since the 1930s about the connection between environmental toxins, hormones, and cancer.

And yet, the companies funding lobbying groups have actively suppressed information, infiltrated and run the charitable organizations that are supposed to cure them, and invested in huge advertising campaigns to create a public sense of confidence in the very companies withholding and perverting the truth.

In America and England, 1 out of every 2 men and 1 out of every 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetime.

Cancer is the leading killer of middle-aged persons, and, after accidents, the second-leading killer of children.

Irrefutable causes of cancer have been listed as pesticides, including atrazine and arsenic; hormones, including artificial growth hormones used on animals; and the thousands of chemicals (and plastics) that are hormone disruptors.

It’s truly an outrage our government hasn’t done more to prevent the use of these known carcinogens.

But, researchers in our hospitals and universities are often funded by the companies who produce the chemicals being studied.

The research, unless clearly supportive of the funders and their products, is often suppressed or simply ignored.

Over the years, the Agricultural Health Study (AHS) has established a definitive link between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease, certain cancers and diabetes.

The following information from the study findings shows just how much we already know about the toxic effects of pesticides, and just how little we’re really doing about it.

Research involving pesticide applicators in the AHS shows exposure to some agricultural chemicals may increase the risk of diabetes, confirming the findings from earlier studies.

The study found a link between diabetes and 7 pesticides:  aldrin, chlordane, heptachlor, dichlorvos, trichlorfon, alachlor and cyanazine.

The strongest association with the disease was found for trichlorfon, although the number of applicators with heavy use was small.

Scientists with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) analyzed data from nearly 1,200 participants in North Carolina and Iowa who developed diabetes after they enrolled in the long-term AHS study.

Although 3 of the insecticides studied – chlordane, aldrin, and heptachlor – are no longer on the market, measurable levels of these and other pollutants are still detectable in the general population and in food products.

These chemicals are organochlorines, as is dioxin, which has been shown to increase the risk of diabetes among Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Participants who used the herbicides alachlor and cyanazine had a higher risk for developing diabetes, particularly those participants who had used these chemicals repeatedly over their lifetime.

Because few studies have looked at the association between herbicides and diabetes, more research is needed to confirm these findings.

As in other studies, AHS results confirmed the known link between obesity and diabetes.

In fact, the strongest associations were found among overweight and obese participants.

This may be because people with more body fat are more likely to store high levels of pollutants than people who are lean.

This also illustrates the classic technique of delay and doubt:  the perpetual need for “more research,” even though this study confirms other earlier studies.

Our government pays for research and then doesn’t act on it.

Continuing to do scientific research is essential.

But not acting on it is dangerous.

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