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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Children exposed to organophosphates on fruit and veg are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -

Children exposed to organophosphates on fruit and veg are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder  - 


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Children exposed to higher levels of a type of pesticide found in trace amounts on commercially grown fruit and vegetables are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children with less exposure, a nationwide study suggests.
Researchers measured the levels of pesticide byproducts in the urine of 1,139 children from across the United States. Children with above-average levels of one common byproduct had roughly twice the odds of getting a diagnosis of ADHD, according to the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics.
Exposure to the pesticides, known as organophosphates, has been linked to behavioral and cognitive problems in children in the past, but previous studies have focused on communities of farm workers and other high-risk populations. This study is the first to examine the effects of exposure in the population at large.
Organophosphates are "designed" to have toxic effects on the nervous system, says the lead author of the study, Maryse Bouchard, Ph.D., a researcher in the department of environmental and occupational health at the University of Montreal. "That's how they kill pests."
The pesticides act on a set of brain chemicals closely related to those involved in ADHD, Bouchard explains, "so it seems plausible that exposure to organophosphates could be associated with ADHD-like symptoms."
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Environmental Protection Agency regulations have eliminated most residential uses for the pesticides (including lawn care and termite extermination), so the largest source of exposure for children is believed to be food, especially commercially grown produce. Adults are exposed to the pesticides as well, but young children appear to be especially sensitive to them, the researchers say.


Read more -http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/17/pesticides.adhd/index.html?hpt=T2

Tea Party favorite Rand Paul defeated Republican candidate Trey Grayson in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Kentucky -

Tea Party favorite Rand Paul defeated Republican candidate Trey Grayson in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Kentucky -





Tea Party favorite Rand Paul defeated Republican establishment candidate Trey Grayson in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary in Kentucky, giving the anti-big government movement its most significant political victory yet.


With 31 percent of precincts reporting, Paul was leading with 59 percent of the vote to Grayson's 37 percent.


Grayson called Paul to concede the race, Paul campaign manager David Adams told Fox News.


Paul is a 47-year-old Bowling Green eye surgeon who had never before run for office and turned to the Internet fundraising model used by his father to pay for his campaign. Grayson stayed competitive drawing heavy financial support from traditional GOP donors inside Kentucky.


Read more - http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/18/tea-party-favorite-rand-paul-wins-senate-gop-primary-kentucky/

Ron Paul - Fed's practice of printing money is the chief culprit that has led to the surge in Gold and demise of the Euro -

Ron Paul - Fed's practice of printing money is the chief culprit that has led to the surge in Gold and demise of the Euro - 






The Federal Reserve's practice of indiscriminately printing money is the chief culprit that has led to the surge in gold and demise of the euro, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) told CNBC Monday.



As gold hits a succession of all-time highs and the euro struggles for mere survival, Paul said debt overloads at the base of the recent currency trends can be traced directly to the US central bank.
"The Federal Reserve behind the scenes has the power to create money out of thin air. It's very bizarre," Paul said. "They can bail out their friends and let the people they don't like fail, and create a trillion dollars or more out of thin air in order to prop up some companies at the expense of others ... It's absolutely bizarre and, yes, the American people right now I think are waking up to it."



Paul linked the disruptions to the departure in 1971 from the old Bretton Woods global currency system. He said he has been anticipating the surge in gold as confidence in currency wanes, and after the Bretton Woods collapse.
"This is the unwinding of a system," he said. "Until we replace it with something else you're going to continue to see this."
But Paul predicted that the system will be changed as more and more people begin to see its fundamental flaws.
"The gold surge recently has people discovering they're really printing money," Paul said. "They're just kidding themselves and kidding the American people that the Fed can keep doing what they're doing, because the economic laws will bring this to an end and probably in the not-too-distant future."