Jenny Bissel Maui Health

Pesticides and children are a dangerous combination and the effects of pesticides on children will last a lifetime of physical and mental health problems. I urge parents, caregivers and all women in their stages of preconceptual, prenatal and postnatal developments to educate themselves about the dangers and effects of pesticides on children and to the unborn child. The first 1,000 days before and after a child is born are critical events. The choice a parent and our society make today will last a lifetime.” Jeny Bissell, R.N. is a Nurse and Supervisor of the Department of Health in the Maui Family Health Services Section.

I would like to share with you some paragraphs from a policy statement that the American Academy of Pediatrics published online on November 26th, 2012, titled: Pesticide Exposure in Children.

“This statement presents the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics on pesticides. Pesticides are a collective term for chemicals intended to kill unwanted insects, plants, molds, and rodents. Children encounter pesticides daily and have unique susceptibilities to their potential toxicity. Acute poisoning risks are clear, and understanding of chronic health implications from both acute and chronic exposure are emerging. Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems. Related animal toxicology studies provide supportive biological plausibility for these findings. Recognizing and reducing problematic exposures will require attention to current inadequacies in medical training, public health tracking, and regulatory action on pesticides. Ongoing research describing toxicologic vulnerabilities and exposure factors across the life span are needed to inform regulatory needs and appropriate interventions. Policies that promote integrated pest management, comprehensive pesticide labeling, and marketing practices that incorporate child health considerations will enhance safe use. Pediatrics 2012;130:e1757–e1763.

Children encounter pesticides daily in air, food, dust, and soil and on surfaces through home and public lawn or garden application, household insecticide use, application to pets, and agricultural product residues.3–9 For many children, diet may be the most influential source, as illustrated by an intervention study that placed children on an organic diet (produced without pesticide) and observed drastic and immediate decrease in urinary excretion of pesticide metabolites.”

Once we know better, we do better. We cannot turn a blind eye to all the children living and going to school very close to and down wind from the open-air GMO and Chemical experiments. Please read the back cover to understand how close our little ones are to year round testing of undisclosed chemicals. To learn more about these concerns please take the time to watch a video that Jeny Bissell shared with me, made by Dr. Evslin who has been a Pediatrician on Kaua’i for 34 years. After the American Academy of Pediatrics published the report, mentioned above, he was alerted to the link between pesticides and childhood diseases and what they are experiencing on Kaua’i.  Please check out his video on YouTube.

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