Diseases/Pesticides Link

"The scientific literature
documents
elevated rates
of chronic diseases
among people
exposed
to pesticides,
with
increasing numbers
of studies
associated with both
specific illnessess
and
a range of illnessess".

"Wide Range of Diseases
Linked to Pesticides
"
Pesticides and You
Summer 2010.

RoundUp Deadly for Humans

"One specific
inert ingredient,
polyethoxylated tallowamine,
or POEA,
was more deadly to
human embryonic,
placental and
umbilical cord cells
than
the herbicide itself
– a finding
the researchers call
'astonishing.' "

Weed-Whacking
Herbicide Proves
Deadly to Human Cells

Scientific American
June 23, 2009

For French study, see
Chemical Research in
Toxicology
2009.

Glyphosate & Birth Defects

"The findings
in the lab
are compatible
with malformations
observed in humans
exposed to glyphosate
during pregnancy."

Sept 14 2010 GM Watch interview
with Argentenian
Professor Andres Carrasco.

See Global Research's
Sept 30 2010
article
and Carrasco et al's study.
.

RoundUp/Parkinson's Link

"a new
and alarming study
has been published . . .
which supports
the emerging connection
between glyphosate,
Roundup's active ingredient,
and
the emergence
of
neurodegenerative
conditions including
Parkinson's disease
and
Parkinsonian disorders.

With the current wide use
of Roundup herbicide
in the U.S.A.,
it is considered to be
a contaminant
in
air, groundwater,
rain and food,
making it virtually
impossible to avoid."

Roundup herbicide
linked to Parkinson's
- related brain damage
Digital Journal April 21 2012.

For study,
see 
Neurotoxicology
and Teratology
.

Health Studies Support Ban

"The science is
clear and compeling.

Over two dozen
studies show that
pesticide exposures
are associated
with
higher rates of cancer,
learning problems
and
behavioral problems
in children.

The question is:
should we protect
our children or
the profits of
the pesticide industry?

I think it is quite telling
that
the public has spoken
and,
thus far,
has been ignored."

Dr. Bruce Lanphear
Child & Family
Research Institute &
Simon Fraser University
quoted in First Call
BC Child and Youth
Advocacy Coalition
May 28, 2012 News Release.

Help BC go Pesticide Free!

The Canadian Cancer Society
continues to lead BC's
health and environmental
groups' advocacy for a
province-wide ban.

See Coalition's Feb 3, 2012
ban statement.

Review ban legislation
given to BC's Environment
Minister in 2010.

Join the CCS's "Pesticide Free
BC" Facebook discussions.

Take action! to help BC
go pesticide free.
Risk to Human Health
Many common pesticide products are NOT safe if used according to directions . . . contrary to assurances from regulatory agencies, manufacturers and the BC Government!

There is scientific and medical acceptance world-wide that pesticides contribute to numerous medical conditions including:
  • Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Cancers - brain, kidney, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma, pancreatic, prostrate, lung.
  • Hormone Imbalance/Endocrine Disruption – infertility, low sperm count, miscarriages, stillbirths, birth defects and hormone changes. 
  • Learning disabilities - autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and delayed development.
  • Leukemia – childhood and adult.
  • Neurological Conditions - Parkinson’s Disease.
See left sidebar "Diseases/Pesticide Link" and this comprehensive pesticide-induced diseases database.

Known health risks from pesticide exposure are wide ranging . . .
  • Children are at high risk from the fetal stage through their teen years while their bodies and immune systems are developing.
  • Infants are very vulnerable, in part due to their small bodies, constant placing of hands in their mouths and being on or near the ground.
  • Aware Canadian oncologists know their "garden cancer" leukemia patients live in neighbourhoods that use pesticides.  Sadly, a Toronto family knows a child is at risk, even when the family's lawn is pesticide free.
  • Pregnant women (and those who are trying) are also at high risk of hormone imbalance/endocrine disruption from low dose pesticide exposure.

    A 2013 Brazilian study concluded that a mother's pesticide exposure raises the risk of infant leukemia.
  • Those who work with pesticides are also at high risk through "on the job" exposure as ingredients can penetrate clothing, protective equipment and cell membranes.

    Sadly, the BC widow of a Peachland Integrated Pest Management (IPM) applicator knows of this occupational hazard.

See right sidebars . . . "We're a Human Experiment", "Our Children are at Risk", "BC Babies at Greatest Risk" and "Increased Risk of ADHD".

Hormonal/Endocrine Damage  . . .  Need Low Dose Testing

For years, research has been confirming that even minute levels of pesticide exposure are causing devastating, widespread, cross-generational endocrine damage to humans.

The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, is very clear that endocrine disruptors are a major human health and environmental concern and that low dose testing needs to be developed:

"A large and growing body of environmental health literature shows that
endocrine-disrupting substances have complicated dose-response curves
that do not fit the central tenet of regulatory toxicology, namely, that
the ‘dose makes the poison.’ . . .


The American Chemical Society strongly endorses expanded endocrine
disruptor education and research and the development of more effective
science-based, decision-making tools and methods for reducing and eliminating
exposures of humans and the environment."

Source: ACS's Position Statement on Testing for Endocrine Disruption.


See right sidebar "Low Dose, Big Effects".

The hormonal, endocrine disruption that Rachel Carson forecast over 50 years ago and Theo Colborn's Our Stolen Future confirmed in 1996, is reflected in these disturbing trends:
  • Increased correlation between pesticide exposure and cancer (children's Non-Hodkgin lymphoma, breast cancer and testicular cancer).
  • Increased birth defects (undescended testicles in boys).
  • Decreased human sperm quantity and quality.
  • Feminization of male fish, birds and mammals.
  • Decreased fertility in birds, fish, shellfish and mammals.
  • Birth deformities in birds, fish and turtles.

For a comprehensive information source on endocrine disruption and the implications for human development and function, see the Endocrine Disruptor Exchange Inc (TEDX)


Scientific studies on effects of pesticides on human health include . . .
  • Elizabeth Gillette's 1998 study graphically documented the neurological impact of pesticide exposure on Mexican children.

    Drawings of children exposed to pesticides showed significant neurological impairment when compared to children who lived in the same Mexican region and were not exposed to pesticides.
  • In 2000, In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development concluded there is ample scientific evidence that a child’s exposure to neurotoxins found in pesticides can contribute to learning and behavioural disorders including autism and ADHD.
  • Toronto's Public Health "Playing it Safe" concluded in 2002 that our vulnerable children are at risk and must be protected from harmful pesticide exposure.
  • The Canadian Paediatrics Society's Paediatrics and Child Health Journal published a peer-reviewed study in 2006 that concluded 2,4-D can be "persuasively linked to cancers, neurological impairment and reproductive problems".
See left sidebars . . . "RoundUp Deadly for Humans", "Glyphosate & Birth Defects" and "RoundUp/Parkinson's Link" and "Health Studies Support Ban".

See right sidebars . . .  "Reduce Exposure Warning", "Limit Child's Exposure" and "Premier Breaks Ban Promise".

For more info on . . .
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We're a Human Experiment

"We are a
human experiment
without records being kept.

We have chemical warfare
going on
in our neighbourhoods.

The spreading
and the spraying
of chemicals
on lawns, trees and houses
is against
the common right
of all citizens
to breathe clean air
and to remain in health."

Are pesticides killing
the boy next door?


Dr. June Irwin, Feb 9, 1991.

Our Children are at Risk

"New evidence
suggests that there
are more opportunities
for children
and foetuses
to be exposed
to some lawn care
pesticides than was
previously understood."

Playing it Safe:
Healthy Choices about
Lawn Care Pesticides
.

Toronto Public Health
April 2002. Page 10. 

BC Babies At Greatest Risk

"At regular intervals,
new evidence
comes forward citing
the link
between pesticides
and cancer, birth defects,
and neurological illness,

The bulk of the evidence
shows that children
- especially babies
still in the womb,
are at greatest risk."

Canadian Association
of Physicians for
the Environment (CAPE)
June 4, 2010 News Release
in support of BC ban.

Increased Risk of ADHD

"There is evidence that
pesticide exposure
may elevate
the risk for
behaviour problems
in children,
such as ADHD."

Child & Family
Research Institute.
Faculty of Health Sciences,
Simon Fraser
University.
June 4, 2010 News Release
in support of BC ban.

For research
on increased risk
of Attention - Deficit/
Hyper Activity (ADHD)
from exposure to
organophosphate
pesticides,
see Science Daily
May 17, 2010 article
on University of Montreal
and Harvard University study.

Low Dose, Big Effects

“We conclude that . . .
the effects of low doses
cannot be predicted
by the effects
observed at high doses.

Thus, fundamental changes
in chemical testing
and safety determination
are needed
to protect human health.”

"Hormones amd
Endocrine-Disrupting
Chemicals: Low Does Effects
and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses"

Endocrine Reviews, June 2012.

See Environmental Health
News
March 15, 2012
article on study.

Also see the
American Chemical Society

(ACS) Endocrine Testing
Policy Statement
.

Reduce Exposure Warning

"The Ontario College
of Family Physicians (OCFP)
is strongly recommending
the public
reduce their exposure
to pesticides
wherever possible."

"Ontario Family Physicians
Warn of Pesticide Dangers
"
CNW Newswire
June 19, 2012.

For executive summary
and report, click here.

Limit Child's Exposure

"Children's exposure
should be limited
as much as possible."

American Academy
of Pediatrics
Pesticide Exposure
in Children.
Pediatrics Journal
Nov 26, 2012.

Premier Breaks Ban Promise

“It’s hard to imagine
how the premier could believe
that
these dangerous pesticides
increase the likelihood
of childhood cancer
and do so little
to prevent unnecessary
exposure to them.”

Premier breaks promise
to protect children
and the environment
from cosmetic pesticides.


Rob Fleming, New Democrat
Environment critic
February 21, 2013 Release.