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How are pesticides harmful to the human body?

Pesticides are toxic by design. They are created expressly to kill living organisms -- insects, plants and fungi that are considered “pests.” Many pesticides pose health dangers to people. Independent research scientists and physicians across the world have agreed on certain risks.

As acknowledged by U.S. and international government agencies, different pesticides have been linked to a variety of health problems, including:
  • Brain and nervous system toxicity
  • Cancer
  • Hormone disruption
  • Skin, eye and lung irritation

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.