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CHILDREN, PESTICIDES, AND FOOD - Kolmes Man 5: I haven’t found workers at Home Depot or Lowe’s who are very aware of this, but if you go to Portland Nursery or Seven Dees they have gardeners who can explain non-pesticide ways to treat your plants that will prevent pests from devouring them. SK: There are things like dormant oil that are not toxic and can be sprayed on. If there are scale insects, there is very light oil you can spray that clogs up their breathing tubes so they can’t establish themselves. There are alternatives out there. Seven Dees is great. Portland Nursery is great. Also if you do use pesticides, it’s a really good idea to take your clothes all off and wash them right away if you are going to be near children. This website shows you a series of PET scans, including ones of young human brains at a series of ages.7 PET scans are non-invasive scans that show you where energy is being consumed. Any place that is lit up orange is an area of very high energy use. And you can see three weeks, four months, six and a half months, and nine months. Different parts of the brain are lighting up. What that means is that that’s where the connections are getting built as the nervous system develops. The reason it’s moving around is that your brain builds itself sequentially. It does this and then it does that, and then it does that. This means, given that there’s a porous blood-barrier, if an infant gets exposed to a neurotoxin, the impact of that neurotoxin depends on exactly when it happened. The process of brain development going on at that instant is what would get disrupted, and once you’ve passed that point you never go back and reestablish those connections anymore. There’s a kind of randomness here. An exposure at three months may be completely different to the child’s mental capacities than exposure at six months. Obviously, the best thing you can do is limit exposure overall. Alteration in brain development is generally irreversible. Once that’s happened, it’s there. The brain is going to have diminished function in some sense. The figures in this article show autism trends in the United States (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25189402).8 The numbers (see 7. Renato M. E. Sabbatini, “The PET Scan: A New Window into the Brain,” Brain & Mind, March/April, 1997, accessed February 2, 2016, http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n01/pet/pet.htm. 8. C. D. Nevison, “A Comparison of Temporal Trends in United States Autism Prevalence to Trends in Suspected Environmental Factors,” Environmental Health 13 (September 5, 2014):73, doi: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-73. 55