Archive for the ‘Pesticides’ Category

Pesticide use and melanoma

July 6, 2008

Residential pesticide use may increase the risk of cutaneous melanoma. Earlier studies have shown an association between occupational pesticide exposure, but this study showed a two and one-half times increased risk of melanoma in subjects exposed to indoor pesticide use four or more times a year over a ten-year period.

Other studies have suggested that household pesticide use increases the risk of several pediatric tumors including brain, leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
(European Journal of Cancer 43:1066-1075, 2007)
Copyright 2007 Phylis A Austin

Pesticide exposure in infants

July 4, 2008

During the “flea season” many people resort to commercial pesticides to control fleas in their homes. Pesticide instructions indicate that it is safe to reenter the treated house after two hours, but a study done at Rutgers University indicates that pesticide levels close to the floor, where infants or young children crawl or walk are significantly higher than on the adult level. Pesticide residuals remained even 24 hours post application. The pesticides may be absorbed by inhaling the pesticide or by skin absorption. Ventilated rooms cleared more rapidly than closed rooms. (American Journal of Public Health 80:689-693, June, 1990) We feel that only non-toxic approaches should be used in any home where there are infants or young children.

Copyright 1990 Phylis Austin

Flea pesticides and children

July 4, 2008

Treating the house and yard for fleas may be toxic to both children and adults in the area being treated. Dr. Lynn Goldman, chief of environmental epidemiology and toxicology branch at the California Department of Health Services reports that flea bombs leave residues on carpets, and children crawling about on the carpets and putting things into their mouths may absorb these toxins. She suggests that if flea bombs are necessary children should be kept out of the house until it is thoroughly aired, at least the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. (Pediatric News 24(11) November 1990)

Copyright 1990 Phylis Austin