Conception Date and Development
A strange coincidence? Not according to Indiana researchers. They argue that the fetal brain develops shortly after conception and the pesticides used on crops saturate the air during summer months. Nitrates found in pesticides can alter the hormonal balance of the pregnant mother and impede the development of the fetal brain.
Nitrates and pesticides have already been known to cause maternal hypothyroidism, which is associated with cognitive deficiencies in offspring. Consuming pesticides in surface water has also been directly linked to lower cognitive scores. It may be many years before we know the full extent of the adverse effects that pesticides may have on neurodevelopment.Disclaimer
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