High Levels of Arsenic Found In All U.S. Grown Rice

Parents of infants may want to avoid rice cereals and rice containing products all together due to the high arsenic content.  Perhaps starting infants on organic fruits and vegetables would be the best approach.
see the consumer reports for more information : http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm
Dr. Paul

Starting Solid Food In Infants at 4 Months

There are a couple great reasons to start solid foods in infants around 4 months:

1.  Less iron deficiency hence less anemia

2.  Fewer allergies

My parents parents –  (early 1900’s) –   used to start solid foods at 6 weeks of age.  For the past two decades, the pediatric community was advising breast feed only until 6 months. It was thought this would reduce food allergies.  It turns out the opposite is true with regards to allergies.  Earlier introduction seems to allow the immune system to see these foods that are introduced early as part of the infants environment and hence fewer allergies. This fits with our understanding of the hygiene hypothesis where children who lived around animals and barns would have fewer allergies to animals, dust and hay etc.

This study (link below) demonstrates the benefit to iron stores of earlier introduction of solid foods.  In my career as a pediatrician the past two decades, it seems that low iron stores (as evidenced by low ferritin levels) are almost universal.  I completely agree with the new recommendations to start solids at 4 months age.

Timing of the Introduction of Complementary Foods in Infancy:
A Random Controlled Trial

Pediatrics published 12 November 2012, 10.1542/peds.2011-3838d

Dr. Paul

Pesticides May Be Linked to ADHD

Exposure to Pesticides May Increase
Occurrence of ADHD

New research reported in the June issue of Pediatrics, suggests that exposure to high levels of organophosphate pesticides may increase the odds for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Going organic, buying at farmers’ markets and washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consuming them, is the best way to minimize pesticide exposure.

“Organophosphates are one of the most widely used pesticides in agriculture.”

In their study, Bouchard and her colleagues analyzed data on pesticide exposure and ADHD in more than 1,100 American children aged 8 to 15.

“The higher the level of exposure [as measured by metabolites in the urine], the higher the odds of having ADHD,” Bouchard added.

High doses of organophosphates may inhibit acetylcholinesterase, a nervous system enzyme, and may affect different growth factors and neurotransmitters.

These findings may provide another clue into the causes of ADHD, a condition which affects one in fourteen school-aged children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism and other chronic disorders of brain and development may also be affected by pesticides, though this was not mentioned in this article.

At least one-third of fathers who have had ADHD in their youth have a child with ADHD.” Perhaps the inability to excrete (detox) pesticides is the possible reason.

The time is now to get serious about eating organic from the day of conception throughout our lives.

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