Pregnant women instinctively know to avoid toxic chemicals that might harm the developing baby, but would they even know they were being exposed to a dangerous group of pesticides called organophosphates now linked with reduced IQ in children?
Three independent investigations recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) have reached similar conclusions, associating prenatal exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides with IQ deficits in school-age children.The fact that three research groups reached such similar conclusions independently adds considerable support to the validity of the findings.
- 7-Year Neurodevelopmental Scores and Prenatal Exposure to Chlorpyrifos, a Common Agricultural Pesticide Virginia Rauh, Srikesh Arunajadai, Megan Horton, Frederica Perera, Lori Hoepner, Dana B. Barr, Robin Whyatt Online 21 Apr 2011 | doi:10.1289/ehp.1003160
- Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood Stephanie M. Engel, James Wetmur, Jia Chen, Chenbo Zhu, Dana Boyd Barr, Richard L. Canfield, Mary S. Wolff Online 21 Apr 2011 | doi:10.1289/ehp.1003183
- Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and IQ in 7-Year Old ChildrenMaryse F. Bouchard, Jonathan Chevrier, Kim G. Harley, Katherine Kogut, Michelle Vedar, Norma Calderon, Celina Trujillo, Caroline Johnson, Asa Bradman, Dana Boyd Barr, Brenda Eskenazi Online 21 Apr 2011 | doi:10.1289/ehp.1003185