Potential and Definite Chronic Heath Effects
Common unsuspected effects could include
loss of memory. If the behavioral, or memory changes are severe, or
prolonged, SPECT or other brain imaging might help make a definitive
diagnosis. (Read articles by Gunnar Heuser, MD, PhD and Theodore Simon,
Women exposed to organic solvents have a
13 fold increased chance of having a child with birth defects and
developmental delay. (JAMA 1999) Solvents make up a large part of
Anvil or Kontol. How many of the “inerts” in this spray will pass
into the placenta and breast milk? Studies have shown exposed cows
have pyrethroids in their milk. Low- level chemical exposures are
thought to affect one in six children in the USA. (E Magazine, article entitled “Widespread Chemical Exposure
Threatens Our Most Vulnerable Population” by Jennifer Bogo.) Will mothers or their doctors recognize that the spraying going
on in 2004 caused these types of problems a few years from now?
Pyrethrins are considered by the EPA to
be “likely human carcinogens”. Farmers who use pyrethrins have a 3.7
fold increased risk of leukemia.
If the pesticide sprayers in Maricopa County develop cancer
in a few years, who will suspect it was the spray?
What about the children? Under the age of
5 years, there has been a 53% increase in brain cancer, and an 18%
increase in leukemia. Other reports state there is a 25% increase
in the past 25 years of brain tumors in children. (The Politics of Cancer Revisited
by Dr. Samuel Epstein.) Simply using garden pesticides can
increase by six fold the chances of a child developing leukemia. Flea
preparations can increase the chances of a brain cancer in children
by 2 to 4 fold. (National Cancer Institute 1987) Can we really afford to wait and see what the pyrethroid spray
does to the children in the Phoenix community?
Some will have a decreased sperm count.
Will infertile couples consider this when they cannot conceive during
the next few months or years? In
NYC some of the pesticide applicators are complaining of impotence.
Chemicals have definitely caused penises to be deformed and other
sexual problems in animals and man. (Chapter 5 of my book, Our
Toxic World-1 800 787 8780). It is known that pyrethroids alter
the normal functioning of sex hormones. One report tells of the estrogenic potential
of pyrethroid compounds in human breast carcinoma cell lines. (Env. Health Perspectives, Vol. 107, #3, March 1999) One report states miscarriages and preterm babies can be caused
by pyrethroid-like compounds. Liver tumors are more evident in exposed
female rats and kidney disease such as degenerated tubules are also
reported. (see Fact Sheet on pyrethrums for specific references) They also cause thyroid tumors in
animals. Exposed mice have more lung cancer and parathyroid tumors.
Will you wonder about the 2004 spray exposures when you see patients
with these problems in the next few years?
You might want to do chemical blood/urine
studies on all ADHD, developmentally delayed children, cancer, and
sex related problem patients. (See Chapter 13 of
Is This Your Childs World? by Doris J. Rapp,
M.D., for diagnostic tests to detect chemicals. 1 800 787 8780)
What about Your Pets and Wildlife?
Cats are particularly sensitive to pyrethrins
because of detoxification weaknesses. If exposed they can salivate
more, act depressed, have a change in behavior, anorexia and high
temperatures. Dogs have developed atrophied testicles.
Fish and bees are exceedingly sensitive.
(The ants in my front lawn were dead the morning after the spray was
used in my area.)
Are Officials Advising
Use of DEET?
To complicate the issue some Maricopa decision
makers are pushing the use of DEET preparations by adults and children
to prevent mosquito bites. Most doctors are aware the 30% DEET has
led to deaths in children. Less well know is the fact it is absorbed
more readily on sunburned or broken skin.
We must ask if lower concentrations really are that safe for
children. In addition, Dr. Abou- Donia at Duke University has published
a series of articles specifically demonstrating that synergistic effects
of combined chemicals and his example is DEET and the pyrethroids
compounds! (J of Toxicology
and Environmental Health and Experimental Neurology 2001 and see other
scientific references on pg 20 of Pesticides and You, winter 2003
and 4, Vol. 22 # 3.) Increased blood brain barrier permeability
actually can lead to cell death of brain mitochondria in rats and
the blood testis barrier is also affected.
Safer more effective topical preparations
are available. See my web
I sincerely hope you will consider the above
facts and help to increase the Maricopa County legislatorâ€™s awareness
of the many dangers of the nightly spray they are presently using
on 36,000 acres. We should be protecting our children and ourselves
from these toxins. Safer, less expensive and more effective methods
forms of mosquito control are certainly available. *
Doris J. Rapp is a retired M.D., board-
certified in pediatrics, allergy and environmental medicine.
*In relation to some treatment options that
appear to help, refer to www.drrapp.com
under “Are You Sick from the West Nile Virus or
Chemical Sprays?” or in Chapter 8 of book
Our Toxic World, A Wake Up Call, 800 787 8780) or see
Special Reports on Chemicals and Pregnancy and
“Why and How to Protect Your Home and Town.” (Little did I
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