Saturday, April 23, 2011

Eat Organic & Improve I.Q.

Are you eating organic?  If you're not and you are pregnant or planning on having a baby, you might want to consider it.  Three new studies have independently come out with results showing that babies exposed to pesticides in the womb have lower IQs than non-exposed babies.  Children with the highest levels of exposure scored 7 IQ points lower than children with the lowest levels of exposure.  Wow.

All three of these studies were published in the latest issue of the Environmental Health Perspectives Journal.

Read more about it at the NYTimes.  Or, read each of the three studies themselves.
1) Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood.
2) 7-Year Neurodevelopmental Scores and Prenatal Exposure to Chlorpyrifos, a Common Agricultural Pesticide.
3) Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and IQ in 7-Year Old Children.

If you're not able to go 100% organic, be sure to look at the Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide and at least eat the "dirty dozen" organic!