A recent study suggests that there is a link between occupational exposure to pesticides and Alzhiemer’s disease.
At first glance we might think, “I don’t work in the fields, therefore this study does not pertain to me.” It is true that the people in this study were subjected to more pesticides than the average person, but that is not to say that even small levels of pesticides don’t impact our health.
Pesticide use has dramatically increased over the past 50 years, she says. There are now more than 18,000 pesticides licensed in the U.S., and more than 2 billion pounds are applied each year, says Kathleen M. Hayden, PhD, of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
People suffering from Alzhiemer’s has also increased over the years with no known direct cause. Currenly 5.3 million people are suffering from Alzhiemer’s and not all of them worked with pesticides in their past.
There appears to be a number of factors that play into the prevalence of Alzhiemer’s, but this study shows us one factor that we can have direct control over by choosing foods that are organic.
Some foods hold on to pesticides more than others, here is a link with the list of foods that are more pesticide laden and others that have less; Pesticides in food
Alzheimer’s is a disease of the old, but the choiced that we make now affect our health in the future. Choose your food wisely especially if you have a growing child in your household.
For a more about this study on WebMD click here.