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Autism Linked to Popular Backyard Product

Posted by on Jun. 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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Autism Linked to Popular Backyard Product: Check Your Cabinets, Moms

by Adriana Velez

pregnant womanA new link between pregnancy and toxins could make you give your "natural" household products a second look. A study found that pregnant women who live within a mile of places where pesticides are used have a higher risk for having a child with autism. The highest risk is for women in their last trimester, and for those living near a golf course or farm. So what does that have to do with what's in your cabinets at home?

Well, you may not have much control over how your neighbors treat their lawns and crops. But it turns out, some of those same chemicals linked to autism can be found in your own home, and from the very sources you'd least expect.

The study didn't zero in on specific pesticides, just commercial pesticides in general. But the lead researcher, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, points out that some of the chemicals like pyrethroids found in  pesticides applied to big, public spaces can also be found in so-called "all-natural" household products. You know, the ones we moms buy so we can AVOID toxic chemicals?!?

Pyrethroid in particular get away with being called "natural" because it's based on a chemical found in chrysanthemum blossoms. But it is SO not from flowers.

So, what to do about this information? Well for starters, check the active ingredients in your home pesticides. A safer alternative to pyrethroids, Hertz-Picciotto says, is a powder called diamaceous earth. It kills insects by dehydrating them rather than attacking their nervous systems.

Basically the phrase "all natural" is useless. 

But don't give up! Check out this handy-dandy ultimate non-toxic baby guide, which lists ingredients you should avoid, sneaky language on products that can mislead you into thinking a product is safer than it really is, and labels you can actually trust. No go forth armed with knowledge, pregnant women.

What do you usually use to get rid of the the bugs around your house?

by on Jun. 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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jjamom
by Michele on Jun. 25, 2014 at 6:11 PM
We have a service that comes out every 6 weeks or so.

When needed, I do use sprays. I just used some yesterday in my rosebushes because I saw they were being eaten up and I saw a Japanese beetle on them. I am very careful in spraying away from me, not getting any on my skin and even then still washing my hands very carefully when finished. If pregnant, I wouldn't have used it at all. I was very cautious what I used as well as ate and drank during pregnancy.
mandee1503
by Amanda on Jun. 25, 2014 at 6:20 PM
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I'm so tired of all these suppose causes. Next will be breathing.
letstalk747
by Joy on Jun. 25, 2014 at 8:38 PM

nothing

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jun. 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM
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You made me LOL!!! Love it!!! Totally agree:)

Quoting mandee1503: I'm so tired of all these suppose causes. Next will be breathing.
N.Carter2001
by Silver Member on Jun. 25, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Well if it a spider and my friend nancy is over i yell at her to kill it. Thanks to my cousin i have a fear of them. or a big shoe is what i use.   R apartments do spray but i swear then more bugs come in cause they do spray outside.

SamMom912
by Silver Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 8:18 AM

 OMG, i WAS breathing when prego with Sam... OMG!!!

I agree... I do nothing about bugs around my house... outside is their home... I do nothing about bugs inside my home exept ask them nicely IF they are willing to pay rent.. if they dont agree, I either relocate them (outside) or if they are too big and scary (spiders) I suck them up with the vacuuming.

Quoting mandee1503: I'm so tired of all these suppose causes. Next will be breathing.

 

andersonmommy2
by Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 6:49 PM

All I have to say on this is it's a joke!!! I grew up in a farm community where everyone used round up and I think I only went to school with a couple kids with Autism. I'm sure if this were the case there would have been a lot more Autistic farm kids too. I'm sorry but I laugh at this study. 

Cindy18
by Gold Member on Jun. 28, 2014 at 7:01 AM

We have never really done anything outside of the house for bugs. Actually with the expectation of ants. We had a big ant issue many years ago and I did finally put some poison around the outside of the house. 

I figure that the outside is where the bugs SHOULD be. It's when they venture inside that I have a problem.

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