http://www.ns.umich.edu/new/releases/24890-chemicals-used-to-combat-zika-agricultural-pests-impact-motor-skills-in-infants

June 8, 2017  Laurel Thomas Gnagey:  Michigan News

Researchers at the U-M School of Public Health and U-M Center for Human Growth and Development tested children in China and found exposure to the chemical naled via their mothers during pregnancy was associated with 3-4 percent lower fine motor skills scores at age 9 months for those in the top 25 percent of naled exposure, compared to those in the lowest 25 percent of exposure. Infants exposed to chlorpyrifos scored 2-7 percent lower on a range of key gross and fine motor skills.

Girls appeared to be more sensitive to the negative effects of the chemicals than boys.

Naled is one of the chemicals being used in several U.S. states to combat the mosquito that transmits Zika. Chlorpyrifos, around since the 1960s, is used on vegetables, fruit and other crops to control pests.

Both are insecticides called organophosphates, a class of chemicals that includes nerve agents like sarin gas. They inhibit an enzyme involved in the nerve signaling process, paralyzing insects and triggering respiratory failure. However, they may adversely impact health through other mechanisms at lower exposure levels that are commonly encountered in the environment.

“Motor delays in infancy may be predictive of developmental problems later in childhood,” said first author Monica Silver, graduate student research assistant and research fellow in the School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health Sciences. “The findings may help inform policy as the debate over use of these chemicals continues.”

The only studies to date on naled health impacts have taken place in occupational settings, not with exposure in the general population, Silver says. Previous chlorpyrifos research has found ties to delayed motor development in children and a host of health issues for those who handle the chemical, including nausea, dizziness and convulsions.

**Comment**

This is another great example of a myopic view on a problem to the detriment of public health.  Much like the Lyme vaccine which uses OspA and causes chronic Lyme symptoms in many people, many pesticides are wrecking havoc on public health as noted by the University of Michigan. and many, many other sources.

Why?

http://www.naturalnews.com/055293_Zika_virus_birth_defects_profits.html  Scott Adams, author of Natural News, has come up with five industries with agendas that stand to gain from a Zika scare including: chemical companies, vaccine makers, biotech industry (GMO mosquitoes), and Planned Parenthood and the condom industry since the disease is believed to be spread sexually.

Let us not forget governmental agencies and researchers as they typically obtain grant money for their research that is highly dependent upon what I call “curb appeal.”  In other words, the best way to get money in the 21st century is to whoop something up using the media to obtain funding as well as career advancement, prestige, and essentially power.  http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/02/15/how-scientists-engage-public/  Even though nearly 80% of scientists acknowledge that science news coverage doesn’t distinguish between well-founded and not well-founded findings.

For a refresher of how it all went down with Zika:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/12/21/how-zika-got-the-blame/ Despite the CDC initially denying a causal link between Zika and microcephally, CDC authors then plopped one paper into a formula of which the paper only met 3 of 7 criteria and they did an about face.  

For more on Zika: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/03/08/fixation-on-zikapolio/
https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/07/17/zika-in-the-land-of-oz/
https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/10/26/zika-puzzling-scientists/
https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/03/04/health-policy-recap/
https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/04/08/zika-ebola-zombies-and-the-cdc/

What can really cause microcephally, not to mention cancer?

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/11/14/naled-causes-microcephaly/  

Naled’s breakdown product DICHLORVOS (another organophosphate insecticide) interferes with prenatal brain development. In laboratory animals, exposure for just 3 days during pregnancy when the brain is growing quickly reduced brain size 15 percent. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8065512

DICHLORVOS also causes cancer, according to the International Agency for Research on Carcinogens. In laboratory tests, it caused leukemia and pancreatic cancer. Two independent studies have shown that children exposed to household “no-pest” strips containing dichlorvos have a higher incidence of brain cancer than unexposed children.

Aerial applications of naled can drift up to one-half mile. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, naled is moderately to highly toxic to birds and fish. It also reduced egg production and hatching success in tests with birds and reduced growth in tests with juvenile fish. convulsions, paralysis, and death.”