How do synthetic pesticides work? Are they safe for humans? How are these chemicals deadly to pests? How prevalent are they in our society?
The human body is a miraculous organism. It processes information at lightning speed – just think of how you automatically pull your hand away from a hot stove. It tells you when you need to eat, when you need to void, when you need to sleep. It takes things in – like air and food – and processes them to the best and highest use without you having to think about it. These actions all take place down at the cellular level as the cells in our bodies communicate through what are known as synapses.
An image-driven explanation of a synapse is like throwing a baseball between two people. During a game, the baseball is thrown to the optimum spot depending on what is happening in the game – sometimes to home plate, sometimes to first base, etc. Throwing the wrong way is an error.
Yet instead of a baseball, imagine a synapse is tossing information through these pathways. If the information goes a certain direction, the correct outcome happens – you pull your hand away from the hot stove. If the synapses were compromised, you wouldn’t remove your hand from a hot stove and you would get burned.
Synapses are paramount to pass information to protect your body. Synthetic pesticides destroy synapses.
The imperative ingredient for synapses to work is acetylcholinesterase. This mouthful of a word allows nerve cells to communicate. Synthetic pesticides ‘work’ because they target acetylcholinesterase and irreversibly destroy it. Once exposed to the pesticide and the destructive effect takes place, it cannot be corrected.
In pests, these man-made chemicals are used to inhibit acetylcholinesterase which causes the pest to cease functions such as breathing, digesting, or procreating. Ceasing these functions means the pest will die.
But humans require acetylcholinesterase as well and when our cells are exposed to synthetic pesticides, they break down too. We absorb, inhale and ingest these pesticides at alarming rates. These chemical monsters exist in our environment, our structures and are used on our food supply. According to a 2011 report, more than 73 million pounds of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are used each year in the US in agriculture and residential settings.
As these pest control poisons affect organisms on a cellular level, ANY exposure can cause effects. They are undeniably linked to ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Cancer and many other health concerns. Fetal exposure is known to cause developmental delays and during a recent study, 100% of umbilical blood tested had documented levels of these pesticides present.
There are ways to avoid these chemicals. Buy or grow organic produce. Find out what chemical pesticides are being used in your home, office buildings and schools and request safe alternatives.
Synthetic pesticides are prevalent, cause health issues and should be banned as they are in other countries. It is up to the public to get educated and demand safety.