August 6, 2016

Pesticides The Real Truths

Pesticides The Real Truths

Question and Answers to Some of the Concerns about Pesticides:

1. Question: Is a pesticide safe if the technician follows the directions on a toxic pesticide label?

Answer: NO! There is no safe way to apply an admittedly unsafe toxic synthetic, dangerous, poisonous pesticide chemical that is designed to kill living organisms indiscriminately. To put it quite clearly – if you are killing bugs by using a toxic chemical, then it can also harm you, your family and even your pets.

2. Question: If the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approves the pesticide does that mean it must be safe for my family?

Answer: NO! The EPA does not approve pesticides. They just register the pesticide for use after the manufacturer pays a large fee which can be a million dollars or even more. The EPA does not require the manufacturer of the toxic pesticides to disclose the hundreds of lethal chemicals that are part of the ingredients.

3. Question: Are Pyrethroid pesticides safe if they are based on the the chrysanthemumplant?

Answer: NO! A pyrethroid is a synthetic chemical compound similar to the natural chemical pyrethrins produced by the flowers of pyrethrums (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium, and C. Coccineum). Manufacturers of Pesticides would have you believe that pyrethroids are safe and harmless, but pyrethroids are toxic to fish and the EPA has listed most pyrethroids as suspected carcinogens; such as Bifenthrin.

A 2011 study found a significant association between delayed mental development at 36 months and piperonyl butoxide (PBO) and common additive and synergist that makes pyrethroid pesticides more lethal.

According to the (WHO) World Health Organization, while pyrethroids are a synthetic version of an extract from chyrsanthemum plant, they were chemically engineered to be more toxic with longer breakdown times, and are often formulated with synergists, with increasing potency, compromising the human body’s ability to detoxify the pesticide. They interfere with ionic conductance of nerve membranes by prolonging the sodium current, the nerves discharge repeatedly, causing hyper-excitability in poisoned animals. Synthetic pyrethroi are neuropoisons acting on the axons in the peripheral and central nervous system, by interacting with sodium channels in mammals and insect.

4. Question: When the toxic synthetic pesticide dries will it be harmless to people and pets?

Answer: NO! Pest control companies either directly or indirectly imply that once their toxins dry, that they will not be harmful.NOT TRUE! There are lists of 300 medical and university research document links that prove otherwise (Click here). A dried toxin is invisible, but definitely not Harmless. In fact, it is even more harmful because you can no longer see the chemical tracks of the volatilizing pesticide liquid.

5. Question: Are all pesticides pretty much the same?

Answer: NO! Synthetic pesticide toxins are man-made and have no counter part nor counter balance in nature. No part of the synthetic pesticide is ever extracted or distilled from plants. Insects develop resistance to synthetic toxins, due partly because of the poisons persistence in the environment and repeated low dose exposure that residual insects encounter. They actually become immune to the toxins. Synthetic pesticides usually carry a warning on the label such as Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Keep Away From Children, Not Safe Around Pets, or Poison!

Pesticide Facts

What Are Pesticides?

Pesticides are poisons designed to kill a variety of plants and animals such as insects (insecticides), weeds (herbicides), and mold or fungus (fungicides). Pesticides include active ingredients (chemical compounds designed to kill the target organisms) and inert ingredients, which may be carcinogens or toxic substances. They also include rodenticides and wood preservatives.

How Do Pesticides Reach Us?

Pesticides can be absorbed through the skin, swallowed or inhaled (most toxic). During application pesticides drift and settle on ponds, laundry, toys, pools and furniture. People and pets track pesticide residue into the house {3}. Only 5% of pesticides reach target weeds. The rest runs off into water or dissipates in the air. Drift from landscaping ranges from 12 feet to 14.5 miles {1}. More serious effects appear to be produced by direct inhalation of pesticide sprays than by absorption or ingestion of toxins. {2}

Are Registered Pesticides Safe?

Many of the “safety tests” used to test these products are fundamentally inadequate: they test for the acute (not chronic) effects of single (not multiple) chemicals on healthy (not sick, chemically sensitive or immuno-suppressed etc.) adult (not feta l or young) animal (not human) subjects exposed over short (not long) periods of time {10}. Some of the companies testing pesticides have been charged and convicted of falsifying residue and environmental studies that were used to support pesticide registration in the US and Canada {10}. Some pesticides become even more toxic as they break down. (In the US it is a violation of federal law to state that the use of pesticides is safe.) Pesticides initiate and propagate multiple chemical sensitivities. About 16 million US citizens are sensitive to pesticides (i.e. they have compromised immune functioning as a result of pesticide exposure). {10}

Besides Sensitivity And Toxicity What Other Health Risks Are There?

Increased Risk Of Leukemia
Cancers (Lung, Brain, Testicular, Lymphoma)
Increase In Spontaneous Abortions
Greater Genetic Damage
Decreased Fertility
Liver And Pancreatic Damage

Neuropathy
Disturbances To Immune Systems (Asthma/Allergies)
Increases In Stillbirths {1}
Decreased Sperm Counts

What Are The Main Risks For Children?

Children whose homes and gardens are treated with pesticides have 6.5 times greater risk of leukemia than children living in untreated environments. {1,2}

Cancer: Leukemia And Brain Cancer
Asthma And Allergies
Polyneuritis With Numbness And Pain In Lower Limbs. {5}
Altered Neurological Functioning And Long-Lasting Neuro-Behavioral Impairments. {10}

Birth Defects
Neurotoxicity
Gangrene (Tissue Death) Of The Extremities

Who Is Most Susceptible?

Children, Infants And Fetuses: Relative To Adults, Children Have More Rapid Breathing And Metabolic Rates, Greater Surface To Body Mass Ratios, Thinner Skins, Spend More Time In Contact With The Ground, More Frequently Place Their Fingers In Their Mouths, And Are Less Likely To Be Able To Read Hazard Signs.
Adults: Especially Those With Asthma, Lupus Erythematosus, Vasculitis, Dermatitis And Chemical Sensitivities {1}.
Animals: Pets, Wildlife Of All Kinds And Their Habitat.

What Are The Effects On Animals And Wildlife?

Animals may develop:

Cancer
Abnormal Thyroid Function
Decreased Fertility
Decreased Hatching Success

Demasculinization And Feminization Of Males
Alteration Of Immune Function {10}
Birds Die After Eating Granular Pesticides.

What Are Synergistic Effects?

Simultaneous exposures frequently cause synergistic effects, where toxicities of individual toxins can be vastly magnified. Most pesticides contain more than one chemical and during spraying season, most people are exposed to more than one product as they move around their neighborhoods.

Studies for synergistic effects are not required by the EPA for registration of these substances {1}, even though these effects regularly occur when chemicals interact in nature {10}.

What About Unlisted “Inert” Ingredients?

3700 Chemicals Can Legally Be Concealed In Pesticides.– Dr J. Irwin.
They Can Comprise Up To 97% Of Products Like Weed Killers.
These So Called Inerts Are Often Insecticides Such As Ddt Or Contaminants Such As Dioxin.
“Inerts” May Be Even More Toxic Than The Active Ingredients Which Are Listed On The Labels. {4} (Ie. Reyes Syndrome Was Linked To An Ingredient Additive That Allowed The Pesticide To Stick On The Trees.)
Fertilizer Sprays Also May Contain Poisonous Solvents.
Applicators Do Not Know The Danger Of Their Product Because They Don’t Know The Identity Of The”Inert” Ingredients.
Inerts Sometimes Include Benzene, Known Human Carcinogen (If It Were Spilled On The Highway, It Would Be Considered A Toxic Chemical Spill.) {11}

What Are The Alternatives?

Obviously for home pest control The Pest Border

Non-toxic chemical-free lawn care is available. Indoor and outdoor Bio-Tool kits are available for institutions, golf courses, schools, green houses and many applications. These approaches are compatible with composting, with home vegetable gardens, gardening for wildlife, and with children walking to school safely.

Chemical Pesticides have only been in existence for about 50 years. Gardeners, farmers, and foresters have always had to control pests, using methods like crop rotation, companion planting, biological controls. It is only recently that pest management has become virtually synonymous with the use of chemical pesticides. We must reverse this unsustainable trend. Ecological methods of pest control must replace the over-dependence on chemicals that now threatens us all.

Why Are Pesticides Used?

Most People Are Unaware Of Pesticide Dangers. (Most Companies Claim They Are “Safe”!)
Most People Do Not Know That Non-Toxic Lawn Care Is Available.
There Is A Powerful Economic Incentive For Large Chemical Companies To Promote Pesticides. In 1987 The Companies Ranked By Pesticide Sales Include: DuPont – $510 Million, Monsanto – $480 Million, ICI – $460 Million, Ciba Geigy $450 Million {1}. This, Today, Is Considered A Growth “Toxic” Industry.

How Effective Are Lawn Chemicals?

Chemical fertilizers and pesticides on lawns weaken the grass and destroy the natural balance of microbes and beneficial insect predators, thus promoting weed and insect proliferation.

Despite A 10 – Fold Increase In Insecticide Use, Studies Have Shown A Proliferation In Types Of Pests From Fewer Than 10 To More Than 300 {1}.
Of The 25 Most Serious Insect Pests In California In 1970, 24 Were Secondary Pests (Produced Because Of Insecticides) And 73% Are Resistant To One Or More Insecticides. {1}

GO GREEN. GO CLEAN.

 

 

PESTICIDE DANGERS

Here are 7 nasty and crazy effects of pesticides.

Pest Control Without Pesticides! Effects of Pesticides – Cancer

The dreaded diagnosis of cancer has been linked in over 260 studies worldwide to agrochemicals. Worse, scientists have linked pesticides with several types of cancers, including that of the breast, prostate, brain, bone, thyroid, colon, liver, lung, and more. Some researchers from USC found that “those who lived within 500 meters of places where methyl bromide, captan and eight other organochlorine pesticides had been applied, they found, were more likely to have developed prostate cancer.”
But even indirect exposure, such as through parental use, has been found to affect children in a terrible way. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has linked parental use of pesticides with an increased risk of brain cancer in children. “Parental exposures may act before the child’s conception, during gestation, or after birth to increase the risk of cancer,” the study said. And when the parents are exposed to the pesticides may also play a role in the different cellular changes that lead to cancer.

 

Obesity and Diabetes

Because pesticides have also been linked to obesity, it’s logical that it would be connected to diabetes, in which obesity often has a role. Some researchers found a higher prevalence of obesity in the participants with high urinary concentrations of a pesticide known as 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP). It is important to note that 2,5-DCP is one of the most widely used pesticides on the globe.

Robert Sargis, MD, PhD, revealed his recent study findings at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting, stating that agricultural fungicide created insulin resistance in fat cells. The journal Diabetes Care published in 2011 that people with excess weight and high levels of organochlorine pesticides in their bodies had greater risk of becoming diabetic.

Parkinson’s Disease

Long-term exposure to herbicides and pesticides have been associated in over 60 studies with Parkinson’s. You don’t have to be a conventional farmer to be wary of these findings. Use natural methods to keep pests and weeds out of your home and garden today.

 

Infertility and Birth Defects

One of the most well-known negative effects of pesticides, infertility is continuously found to be a result of exposure to these agrochemicals. Atrazine—a weed killer used in agriculture as well as on golf courses and which has been found in tap water—may be partially responsible for climbing miscarriage and infertility rates. As for men, one 2006 study pinpointed chlorpyrifos with lowering testosterone levels. This pesticide is often found in strawberry fields and apple and peach orchards.

Other researchers tested roundup on mature male rats at a concentration range between 1 and 10,000 parts per million (ppm), and found that within 1 to 48 hours of exposure, testicular cells of the mature rats were either damaged or killed.

Avoid pesticides even if you’re already pregnant. These chemicals are responsible for causing various birth defects, too. A report revealed that the top selling herbicide Roundup disrupts male hormones due to the main active ingredient – glyphosate.

 

Autism

Admittedly, pesticides aren’t solely to blame for autism, but they may be a hefty part of the equation. Leading scientists are attributing the condition to genes and insecticides exposed to the mother while pregnant as well as to the child in early years. This is because many chemicals affect the neurology of bugs, inadvertently affecting the neurological function of children, too. A 2010 Harvard study blames organophosphate pesticides—found in children’s urine—to ADHD.

What is the best way to to avoid pesticide exposure and pesticides in food? Don’t use pesticides, and buy organic. Organic isn’t always easy or cheap, so keep in mind these updated dirty dozen fruits and vegetables to always buy organic (plus 15 cleaner foods you can afford to buy conventional). NASA has also suggested raising air purifying plants indoors to clear your home of indoor air pollution. Remember to remove pesticides from your home, too.