Can ADHD Be Caused by This Common Pesticide?

February 4, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When it comes to what causes complex neurological conditions like ADHD and autism, scientists have no conclusive answer. We do know that they are caused in part by genetics, and in other parts, the environment. It’s the latter that I examine extensively ever time I see a new child for ADHD. More often than not, modifiable factors in a child’s lifestyle or environment are the trigger behind their symptoms.

A new study by researchers at Rutgers University discovered that exposure to common household pesticide called pyrethroids may be the culprit behind many cases of ADHD. Pyrethroids are used in a variety of places, from country farms to suburban lawns. They’re also used to control bed bugs. But whether you’re in a big city or small town, there’s a good chance your child has been exposed to this pesticide through contaminated produce.