Monthly Archives: May 2010

Can Pesticides Contribute to ADHD?

PesticidesA study recently released by Pediatrics (the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics), entitled “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides” finds a possible link between childhood exposure to pesticides and a child developing ADHD.  Sometimes studies are able to be dismissed because one says that the exposure levels necessary to be influential are unrealistically high.  Unfortunately, this study finds a link “at levels common among US children”.  Continue reading

Taking Statins Can Cause Memory Loss

StatinsThe statin family of drugs, most commonly used to treat high cholesterol, can cause a number of potentially serious side effects.  One side effect you may not know to look for is memory loss.  If you know someone that is experiencing such a problem with memory, find out if he or she is taking a statin – it may be an easy cause to determine or rule out.

According to an article on, “Some people experience memory loss, report an inability to concentrate as well, and feel that they are developing Alzheimer’s disease when taking statin drugs.”  Interestingly, the article also mentions a study which seems to prove the opposite effect; in that study “simvastatin (Zocor) actually lowers the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.” Continue reading