Pesticides

Pesticides pose a serious and often underestimated threat to human health and the environment.

"Many studies published in prestigious, peer-reviewed medical and epidemiological journals and reports point to strong associations between chemical pesticides and serious health consequences, including--and I'll just read this list briefly--endocrine disruption and fertility problems, birth defects, brain tumors and brain cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, childhood leukemia, cancer clusters in communities, gastric or stomach cancer, learning disabilities, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, canine malignant lymphoma, and various acute effects." ... Dr. Merryl Hammond

In addition, Dr. Kelly Martin, M.D. of Cape Canadian Alliance of Physicians for the Environment stated:
"Current legislation does not require that pesticide solutions be tested, only their �active ingredients� are subject to scrutiny. Studies have found that many of the 'inert' components are often more toxic than the active ingredient. This says little, therefore of the overall toxicity of a solution. It must also be noted that little has been done to assess the cumulative effects of multiple pesticide exposure".

Many common pesticides used in the home and garden pose significant human health risks. Furthermore, a recent study by the Ontario College of Family Physicians states that ...
"Canadian children face 'undeniable risks' from exposure to pesticides. Children, because of their physiology and behavior, are exposed to greater quantities of pesticides than adults, and are more vulnerable to their toxic effects. A National Cancer Institute survey in the US indicated that children are six times more likely to get childhood leukemia when pesticides are used in the home and garden."

"Some toxicologists argue their discipline may have a blind spot when it comes to the stew of chemicals we breathe, drink, or  otherwise absorb over the course of life. One step in this awakening came in the journal neurotoxicology, in a challenge to the methods used by  toxicologists for decades to test the hazards of chemicals. Deborah Cory-Slechta, a toxicologist at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, found that exposing lab animals to the pesticides paraquat and maneb caused the degeneration in the dopamine circuits that underlies Parkinson's disease in humans. The damage occurred only if the exposure to one of the compounds was repeated (in this case, in utero and in adulthood) or through exposure to both pesticides in combination. Paraquat and maneb are quite distinct molecules, but the mixture or number of exposures produced the signature damage of Parkison's.
Such findings---and there are dozens of others like these -create a paradigm challenge for toxicology; an exposure just one time to one of these chemicals resulted in no disernible damage.
And up to this point that method - assessing the tissue damage from exposure to a single chemical or class of chemicals for a limited time - has been the gold standard in tests of a chemical's toxicity, our early warning system for protection. But it tells us nothing about how a given chemical might damage tissue if we are exposed to it in combination with others or over the course of a life span.The reality is that we all are exposed to a mix of countless chemicals continually, a predicamint for which toxicologists  as yet have no assessment method. As Cory-Slechta points out, the standard methods of assessing safe levels of exposure to a chemical fail to address the environmental realties. Synergy among synthetic chemicals lodged in our bodies challenges the assumptions underlying risk analysis calculations. For one, these tests simply look to see if a compound kills cells. But very low doses may fail to kill cells while nevertheless damaging the cells' ability to signal other cells or otherwise interfere with their functioning. And, Cory-Slechta adds, a single-chemical, onetime exposure of healthy adults tells us nothing about how a substance might impact children, the chronically ill, or the aged -  groups with greater susceptibility - nor about the realities, say, of beathing polluted air, a mixture of countless kinds of ultrafine particles whose chemical composition varies form place to place and day to day."
excerpt from "EcoLogical Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence"

When we face a problem like a bug infestation with the mindset of trying to kill, we a) encourage a "fight � back" reaction from the "enemy", b) we become quite limited in our ability to find good solutions and c) what comes around goes around and by trying to kill something else we end up hurting ourselves in the process. For example, look at what antibiotics have created: super bugs in hospitals that are immune to all drugs. The same is true for cockroaches. It takes them just couple of years of exposure to develop resistance against pesticides. We clearly need a different approach in managing our pest problems. (And other conflicts as well.)

If evil is branded it thinks of weapons, And if we do it the favor of fighting against it blow for blow We lose in the end because thus we ourselves get entangled in hatred and passion. Therefore it is important to begin at home, to be on our guard in our own persons against faults we have branded. In this way, finding no opponent, the sharp edges of the weapons of evil become dulled. For the same reason, we should not combat our own faults directly. As long as we wrestle with them, they continue to be victorious. Finally, the best way to combat evil is to make energetic progress in the good... I Ching

Insects have a place and function in the eco-system. They, like every sentient being, want to live. Therefore, directly fighting them with toxic materials (pesticides) is in the long term counter-productive. Methods like exclusion, trapping, baiting and modification of environment will bring lasting results. Example: If a house was well built and had no water damage, there would be no carpenter ant invasion. Period. However, as our building materials have become cheaper and thinner, the chances of water damage go up and so goes the risk of carpenter ant infestation. Home additions with their low slope roofs (ice back up) and thin vinyl siding are prime candidates.

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